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Fabulous upcycling ideas

Celebrate a new arrival

Enjoy a retro fling

Gorgeous summery looks

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“Contemporary, summery, girly but grown-up, and wonderfully simple to make, this is the perfect pendant for those with busy lives and individual style”

hello... ... and welcome to Issue 22 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. So spring has well and truly sprung and the magazine is a riot of colour this issue as we embrace the pretty lilacs, blues, pinks and greens of the season and look ahead to a hot summer palette too. For a delicate, feminine feel, check out Ros Dyer’s gorgeous wildflower necklace design on page 20 and Samantha Hope’s lovely Japanese-style willow bracelet on page 87. Deborah Stuart creates a beautiful contemporary look on page 46 using shaggy loop chain maille, seed beads and pearls, Michele Dobson’s classic crystal set on page 84 is simply stunning, and our Bead Challenge on page 64 mixes pastels and brights in ice-cream sundae shades to glorious effect. If, like so many of us, you find your creativity and enthusiasm burst into life in the spring after a few months’ hibernation, our design team has a wealth of ideas to inspire you. Ana Baird takes you step by step through making your own unique but professional-looking beads on page 13, using everything from wool to wire. Judith Hannington presents a brilliant beginner’s guide to creating wonderful lampwork scene beads on page 50, proving these miniature works of art don’t have to be as complicated as they seem. And for something quick, funky and fun, Gaynor Armitage demonstrates why there’s no more versatile material than rubber on page 72. Talking of fun, four talented designers had a blast transporting themselves back to the decade of Pacman, peace signs and power dressing this issue. Enjoy their unmistakably ’80s-influenced projects, starting on page 27. We at CB&J are unashamedly excited about the Jubilee (an extra bank holiday AND an excuse for plenty of sparkle – what’s not to love?). Indulge yourself with our themed

EDITORIAL Editor – Anna Wright Editorial Assistant – Lindsey Hopkins Art Editor – Stella Osborne Sub-Editors – Becky Higgins, Justine Moran Photographer – Rachel Burgess CONTRIBUTORS Gaynor Armitage, Ana Baird, Mel Brooke, Carol Cash, Candy Chappill, Dawn Cotton Fuge, Michele Dobson, Rosalyn Dyer, Claire Ennis, Heather Gossage, Judith Hannington, Samantha Hope, Lindsey Hopkins, Claire Humpherson, Linda Jones, Debbie Kershaw, Lisa Mair, Jen O’Flaherty, Nina Osborne, Deborah Stuart, Anna Weller, Katy Widdowson, Debbie Wood

Whilst every care is taken in the writing, research and preparation of this magazine, the publisher cannot be held responsible for any errors in articles or advertisements, or for the contents of websites reviewed. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the opinion of the publisher. All copyrights and trademarks are acknowledged.

shopping guide on page 45 if you want to be a princess for a day, or take a look at Linda Jones’s array of beaded headbands on page 40 for a modern alternative to a tiara! If you’re spring cleaning this month, make the most of all those leftover bits and pieces from your stash (and your kitchen drawers and even the recycling bin) with Lisa Mair’s fabulous upcycled jewellery pieces on page 77. There’s something for you no matter how much time or experience you have, from a simple but stylish safety-pin bracelet to a striking flower pendant constructed from an old drinks can. Finally, please take a few moments to let us know what you think of CB&J. Complete our survey at to be in with a chance of winning £100 worth of amazing goodies from Beads Direct. Find out more on page 44. Happy beading!


YOUR FREE GIFT The ready-to-string necklace wire and clasp (with crimps) FREE with this issue of CB&J is the perfect quick solution if you have jewellery to make in a hurry – or why not use it to introduce a friend to the joys of beading? We have some suggestions for gorgeous beads to go with it on page 22, so you could create a lovely personal kit – if you can bear to give it away!

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What’s inside this issue of INSPIRATION & ADVICE


Close-up photos and clear instructions to help you master techniques and try new ideas



Stunning bead selections to help you make the most of your FREE ready-to-string necklace

Step-by-step guides to unique but professional-looking beads using wire, crochet, wool and seed beads


27 OUT OF THE ’80S

Gorgeous keepsake pieces to celebrate a new arrival or special christening day

Sunglasses at the ready! Awesome retro looks from the boldest, brashest decade yet



Brilliant ways to transform old drinks cans and leftover odds and ends into striking jewellery

Oh-so-pretty seasonal projects mixing a feminine colour palette with contemporary designs

regulars 06 News

We take a look at what’s new in the world of jewellery and beads

10 Readers’ Letters

Your ideas, views and top tips

18&48 Competitions

A host of beading delights and unmissable craft show tickets to win

26 Giveaways

£££s worth of products up for grabs


Everything you need to know to create incredible lampwork landscapes and pictures

33,45&61 Shopping Guides

Indulge yourself in a little retail therapy

34 Bead Doctor

All your questions answered

62&76 Designer Galleries We showcase readers’ creations

64 The Bead Challenge

Three designers test their creativity

82 Workshop Calendar

91 What’s On

All the upcoming bead shows and fairs from around the UK

92 Techniques Glossary

Master the basic techniques with our step-by-step guides

94 Tools Glossary

The lowdown on all the tools of the trade

95 Findings Glossary

Top workshop dates across the country

Our round-up of the vital components of jewellery making

88 Day & Night

98 Coming Next Issue

Quick and easy ideas to take you from daytime chic to an evening out

A peek at what awaits in Issue 23 as the British summer hots up!

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features 13 Homemade Treasures

Everything you need to know to create your own, unique felt, wire, beaded and crochet beads – and bring them together in fabulous jewellery pieces

39 Kalahari Sunset

These lovely, unusual earrings have a wonderful holiday vibe. Prepare to dream of warm nights, sunsets and cocktails...

20 Wildflower Meadow

56 Small But Perfectly Formed

We start our series on perfect gift jewellery to mark milestone birthdays and events with four wonderful pieces designed to celebrate the arrival or christening of a new baby

72 Flexible Friend

This incredibly pretty necklace captures all the delicate beauty of the most fragile wildflowers in a design that is far more robust than it looks!

Rubber is not widely used in jewellery but is a fabulously versatile material that is easy to work with and ideal for instant fun factor or a more gothic feel

40 With Flowers In Your Hair

A beaded hairband adds decorative flair to any party outfit, and we have a host of embellishment ideas, whether you’re heading to a summer wedding, school prom or Jubilee party

22 Beading Frenzy

Feast your eyes on these gorgeous bead selections and find inspiration for creating your own stunning necklace using this issue's free gift

27 1980s Style

Clashing acid colours, shoulder pads, geometric patterns and Madonna... four designers step back in time to create the ultimate in retro jewellery

46 Lilac In Bloom

This pretty necklace and earrings set mixes pearls, seed beads and simple chain maille for a perfect feminine summer look that is classic but contemporary

50 New Horizons

Lampwork scene beads, whether simple or intricately detailed, natural or stylised, are stunning miniature works of art. Our brilliant beginner’s guide takes you through how to create them, step by step

77 The Only Way Is Up

Upcycling has become a fashion buzzword in recent years with everyone keen to do their bit for the planet while expressing their own sense of style

84 As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

This oh-so-pretty set uses crystals in a gorgeous summer palette to evoke the sparkle of dew on a rose garden in the early morning sunshine

87 Willow Weaving

This beautiful Japanese-style bracelet echoes the fluid shape of ornamental weeping willow tree branches

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36 Heart Of Glass

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Save an incredible 40% when you subscribe to Creative Beads & Jewellery

54 Making A Scene

Find further inspiration for creating beautiful picture and landscape beads in our lampwork art gallery

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new? Sit back and relax as we bring you the latest from the world of jewellery making

SWEETS FOR MY SWEET The Bead Cellar in Devon has announced the launch of its annual beadwork competition – and the theme for 2012 is ‘Sweets for my sweet’. Shop owner Kate Eldridge says: “Whether beaders are inspired by the 1960s Drifter’s song, their favourite dessert or a romantic memory, the atmosphere at the exhibition will be sweet! Beaders tend to love colour and this theme should conjure up ideas with bright summery colours that can be effectively transferred into summer fashion and jewellery with highly creative and dazzling results.” The competition is divided into three categories – Junior, Novice and Experienced – to encourage enthusiasts of all ages and experience to get involved. The winners and runners up in each category will be awarded gift vouchers from The Bead Cellar, and all entries will be included in the shop’s summer exhibition, which takes place between Saturday 4th and Saturday 18th August. “During August the whole of Devon has a holiday vibe and whatever the weather there is plenty for craft enthusiasts to see and do,” says Kate. “The Bead Cellar’s summer exhibition taps into this vibe and is a really exciting event to be involved with, or to have your beading displayed in, as visitors from all over the country come to admire and be inspired by the beadwork on show.” All entries (received in person or by post) must be in by 31st July and the entry fee is £3 per submission. Full details and competition rules can be found at or are available from Kate by phoning 01409 231442.


If the idea of delicious food-themed jewellery has your mouth watering (see ‘Sweets for my sweet’, left), head to the Shiney Co store in Bath on Saturday 12th May, where the team will be running free demonstrations packed with tips and techniques for making your own polymer clay sweet treats. 11am-12noon – Blending colours, conditioning clay and making doughnuts 2pm-3pm – Blending colours, shaping the clay and creating cupcakes 4pm-4.30pm – Q&A session, and your turn to have a go... There’s no need to book – just head along to Shiney Co, 5 Saville Row, Bath BA1 2QP (; 01225 332506)

PICNIC TIME Handmade resin fruit tart dangles, £2.08 each, ice cream waffle cone dangles, £1.99 each, and macaroon dangles, £1.99 each, from; 0844 357 0943




MEMORY LANE Our retro makes this issue have unleashed a wave of childhood nostalgia – which we’ve been indulging with a wealth of fabulous themed charms and beads. We couldn’t resist sharing a few of our favourites... Kitsch Peanuts Snoopy dog bell, 44p from

Jemima Puddleduck pendant, £2.95 from

Wood smiley face beads, £1.10 for 10 from

Lego bead mix, £4 for 10 from

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JUST IN TIME FOR THE JUBILEE! Brass 22mm metal royal crown charms, 65p each from




NEWS SENSATIONAL SILK Indian sari silk ribbons in an array of colours, 25p for approx 1m from; 01738 630740

We’d love to know your thoughts, opinions and recommendations when it comes to bead shops, jewellery styles and techniques and, of course, CB&J. Please devote a few minutes to sharing your ideas and comments via our new online survey at The more feedback we get, the better we can tailor the magazine to your wants and needs. And as a thank you for taking the time to get involved, you’ll be entered in our draw to win one of two fantastic prizes from Beads Direct – £100 worth of gorgeous beading goodies. See page 44 for more details.

WIN! INBIRDHOUSE YOUR SOUL The vintage look is still big news and these lovely charms are perfect for combining with glass beads and pearls in a summer colour palette for beautiful Victoriana-style makes with a touch of old-fashioned class. Prices start at 15p each from, but we have two mixed sets of these charms, worth £15.50 each, to give away this issue. For your chance to win, send your name and email address on a postcard to CB&J22 Beads Unlimited vintage charms, Practical Publishing, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG to arrive by 7th June 2012

DID YOU KNOW? Father’s Day falls on Sunday 17th June this year, so there is still plenty of time to create the perfect gift. Think personal and masculine by imprinting a message into a metal dog-tag style pendant, which you can string on a simple manly chain! See designer Candy Chappill’s baby-themed version using Art Clay on page 56 this issue for a step-by-step guide you can easily adapt.


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NEWS THOSE WHO CAN... The London Jewellery School has launched a programme whereby individual jewellers, business owners or collectives can set up and run their own jewellery-making classes using the successful LJS model and with ongoing support from LJS in setting up, promoting and delivering classes. The programme has been launched following growing demand for fun and professional jewellery-making classes across the UK and overseas. “We have been approached numerous times to offer a franchise or options for jewellery makers in other locations to set up a similar project to LJS and this is the perfect solution,” says Jessica Rose, London Jewellery School director. “It’s affordable and gives new teachers and teaching organisations the kickstart they need, with plenty of flexibility to be original.” The package offered to successful applicants at a cost of £1,000 includes an AJTC (Accredited Jewellery Training

Centre) start-up pack, a copy of the popular jewellery business distance learning course taught by LJS, use of the LJS AJTC logo, promotion of the classes and centre through the LJS website, consultations with LJS owner and director Jessica Rose and ongoing support via email for the first year. There is also an annual fee of £250 starting from the second year to remain part of the LJS network and have the School continue to support and promote your classes. There are several criteria for acceptance and numbers will be limited each year. You will need to complete a short application form followed up by an informal telephone interview to ensure you are right for the scheme. LJS is looking for centres and individuals that can sign up to its ethos of accessible jewellery-making classes for all, under the motto ‘Everyone can make jewellery’. For more information, visit www. or call 020 3176 0546



If you’re as smitten as we are with Ana Baird’s wonderful beaded beads on our cover and on page 13 this issue, but don’t have the time or inclination to make them yourself, these plastic rocaille beads from Beads Unlimited could be the next best thing. Measuring 18mm and available in five on-trend seasonal colours, prices start at 60p from – but we have three multi-mix bags worth £18 each to give away this issue.

For your chance to win, send your name and email address on a postcard to CB&J22 Beads Unlimited rocaille beads, Practical Publishing, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG to arrive by 7th June 2012




... these fabulous chunky, textured Yummy Bead Bracelet kits. Simple but striking, perfect with a summer dress, and available in five colours from

Check out these Indian sterling silver gemstone-inset box clasps, new at Precious Sparkle Beads. Hard to find in this country, they offer an ideal way to personalise a necklace or bracelet – choose a gemstone that corresponds to a birthstone, a traditional anniversary stone or simply a favourite colour. Priced at £20.99, they come in single, double and three-strand versions, so are perfect for multistrand projects and wonderful for use with chain maille. Available from Precious Sparkle Beads, 10 Charlotte Street, Perth PH1 5LL;; 01738 630740

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Silver Orchid Beads is a family business born from our love of making jewellery, we are based in South Yorkshire and attend Bead Fairs all around the UK. We absolutely love what we do and hope that this comes across to everyone we meet We have over 4000 items on our website which is ever increasing. We pride ourselves in our friendly and professional service.

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your letters We’d love to hear from you, so please share your ideas, opinions and top tips with us. Email or write to Letters, CB&J, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG

YOUNG TALENT I first stumbled across your magazine when in Reading with my dad last July. Like all other beginners, I had to start at the bottom and work up and being only 11 I have a lot of time to practise!

In Issue 16 of Creative Beads & Jewellery, I won a £50 gift voucher for Empire Beads that set me off to a flying start! My earrings here are a slight twist on Emily Kirsh’s ‘Petal confetti’ design in Issue 16. I love them.

My ‘Planets’ keyring is my favourite creation and I’m working on a necklace to go with it and my watch and brooch I made very recently. I love the magazine and hope to make a lot more pieces in the future. Thank you! Rebekah Shaw, Ascot, Berkshire

PRIZE WINNER I was absolutely thrilled to receive a prize from Beads Unlimited in the post of a selection of very pretty flower beads to use to create something. Then a second parcel arrived! It was a Viking Knitting kit and I can’t tell you how it made my day because now I can try to make something that I would never have done before. I usually buy the same beads, but this has given me the chance to try something completely different. Thank you for the wonderful prizes that you offer every issue in Creative Beads & Jewellery. I also particularly like the array of projects ranging from beginner (which is what I am) to advanced, so there is always something for everyone to try. Joy Templeton, Bournemouth


TIME TRAVEL I’ve just made a bracelet (right) that I’m quite proud of – an unusual occurrence! – and I wanted to share it. I call it my ‘Explorer bracelet’. I’m learning to fly at the moment and am studying for my navigation exam,

so maps and travel are second nature to me right now. I made the rectangular charms from old maps and resin, and the round steampunk-style round ones from layered old watch innards. Becky Rogers, Bath

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STAR LETTER RECYCLING CONVERT I have never written to a magazine before, but wanted to share with you the items I’ve made from bits and pieces inspired by the article by Sarah Goode in Issue 21. I am quite new to jewellery making and have just subscribed to CB&J. Sarah stitched her odds and ends onto

pieces of material for her pendant project, but I stuck on my slightly different selection of beads, microbeads, sequins and all kinds of things I use in card crafting. Two of my pendants are made using clothing tags as a base, and two using scraps of acrylic I found in my stash. With all the items, I just covered them in crystal glaze, set in all the beads and other things, and added micro-beads to fill the gaps (in some places I mixed beads and glaze to give extra texture). I painted the edges in a matching acrylic paint,

then sprayed the whole lot with sealer. They are each strung on matching cord. I have MS, Fibromyalgia and post-polio syndrome (among other things), made more difficult by a carpal tunnel problem, so these designs were ideal – no fiddly bits involved! I have also finished a spiral bead necklace from the Riverside Beads article in Issue 20, and am

IN FULL BLOOM Thank you so much to Kate Eldridge of The Bead Cellar for her amazing tulip corsage in Issue 21 of CB&J. Since I got into jewellery making three or four years ago, I think my poor mum and sister have had necklaces, bracelets and earrings for every birthday, Christmas and other special occasion! I really wanted to make something different for Mother’s Day this year but had no idea what until I turned the page in your magazine and saw Kate’s tulips.

delighted with learning a new way of making jewellery. It took forever because of my dexterity problems, but I did it! Thank you for an easyto-follow and interesting magazine. I hope to do many more of the projects in future. Janet Chard, Charing, Kent CB&J: Thank you for writing in. It’s wonderful to see how readers are inspired by the projects created by our design team, and then adapt them to suit their own strengths and tastes. We are all huge fans

I haven’t done much bead weaving at all and had a couple of mishaps, but it wasn’t as complicated as the

TTER STAR LEr of this e n The win r Letter issue’s Sta fabulous is receives thset from e iz r p dcowbea

of Sarah Goode’s gorgeous pendants and her recycling ethos. Check out Lisa Mair’s article on page 77 this issue for totally different styles of jewellery using all those leftover bits and pieces.

finished piece looks, and I’m so pleased with it. Ellie Hepworth, Kendal, Cumbria


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Be Inspired By Tuffnell Glass Here we talk to Emma Green to find out more about this small, but unique company Established in 1998, Tuffnell Glass are the UK’s largest supplier of glass beads and glass bead making kits for everyone, from total beginners to seasoned professionals. To book a bead making lesson with Emma or Teresa simply call us on 01262 420171 “Tuffnell Glass was founded by Martin Tuffnell, an experienced glass blower, and his partner, Teresa, 13 years ago. I started with the company not long after that, after an exciting and addictive lesson in glass bead making with Teresa. I was working in the stained glass centre in Scarborough but had made my own jewellery for 17 years but it never occurred to me to make my own beads until I met Teresa and Martin. As time has gone on, I’ve worked with them more and more and I now help them with every aspect of the business, including the teaching. TEL: 01262 420171

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treasures Ana Baird reveals everything you need to know to create your own, unique felt, wire, beaded and crochet beads – and demonstrates how to bring them together in fabulous, individual jewellery pieces


ABOUT ANA… Ana started jewellery making as a hobby while studying at university for her teaching degree in her home country of Peru. Her designs have gone from simple stringing to more elaborate wirework, macramé and beadwork. Her jewellery is influenced by her roots, by nature and also by everyday items. Ana is an active participant in the Northern Ireland Beaders Guild as part of the committee, and also manages its website. She enjoys blogging and regularly updates her own blog, Latin Beads, at with her latest jewellery and crafty creations.


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TOP TIP A blunt needle could make threading the felt beads easier


TO CREATE Make eight turquoise and eight green felt beads – four of each colour


should be slightly bigger than the others. Crochet three beads in green (use only three strands of thread for


MATERIALS • deep turquoise Merino wool top • green Merino wool top • Bright Chartreuse DMC size 8 perle cotton thread • silver beading wire • Supablue 0.9mm wire • 1.2 mm wooden beads • green AB size 8 seed beads • turquoise size 10 seed beads • assorted turquoise, green and blue glass and acrylic beads • Nymo thread


two of them). Make one turquoise and two green beaded beads, and two blue wire beads. Cut two 48cm lengths of beading wire – you will be using this as a double strand throughout. Attach one end of the toggle clasp to the wire using a crimp bead. Thread on three assorted glass beads followed by a small turquoise felt bead, another glass bead and a small green felt bead. Add a glass bead, a small turquoise felt bead, a glass bead, a

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crimp beads jump rings eyepins toggle clasp

TOOLS • • • • • • • • •

crochet hook felting needles foam felting pad detergent bowl beading needle beading mat conditioning wax round-nosed, flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters


small green felt bead, a glass bead, a larger green felt bead and a large turquoise felt bead. Thread on a small glass bead followed by a green crochet bead, a glass bead, a blue wire bead, a glass bead, a green beaded bead, a glass bead and a turquoise beaded bead. Now thread two large green felt beads and one large turquoise felt bead individually onto eyepins. Create a loop in the end of each pin. Use a jump ring to attach one end of a green felt bead to the main necklace, then



thread on a green crochet bead and attach the turquoise felt bead in the same way. Connect the other ends of the two felt beads together with another jump ring, attaching the remaining green felt bead as a dangle at the same time. Thread a large turquoise felt bead onto the main necklace and then mirror the bead sequence of the first side to complete. Attach the other toggle end using a crimp bead and thread the beading wires back through a couple of beads. Trim off any excess.


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BEADS MASTERCLASS MAKE YOUR OWN HOW TO MAKE FELT BEADS Pinch a small amount of wool and pull it with your fingers (see Fig 1, below) – longer lengths will make bigger beads. Repeat so you have two lengths of similar size (Fig 2). Hold the end of one length with your index finger and thumb and start rolling the wool toward you until you reach the other end, trying to keep it a consistent pressure to make a small ball (Fig 3).

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Place one end of the second length on top of the ball and roll it in the opposite direction until you reach the end (Fig 4). Your ball is now ready for needle felting. Place your ball on your foam felting mat. Hold it with one felting needle and with the other begin to felt the wool by poking the fluff with the needle and pushing it sufficiently through the wool a few times (Fig 5).





HOW TO MAKE WIRE BEADS Cut a 90cm length of coloured wire and wrap it around the tip of your round-nosed pliers a few times (see Fig 1, below).



Take the coiled wire off the pliers and wrap around it in the opposite direction with your hands to create a small ball (Fig 2).



Remove the ball from the mat and roll it in the palm of your hands to keep the shape (Fig 6). Put the ball back on the mat, hold it with one needle and keep felting with the other so you work on all the sides. Repeat this process until the ball is firm (Fig 7). Add a little bit of detergent to a small bowl or container, fill with hot water and drop the ball in (Fig 8). Leave there for a couple of minutes.

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Roll the ball in the palm of your hands to keep the shape. Rinse it in cold water and let it dry. Then carefully

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Keep wrapping the wire, in a diagonal manner this time so you can see an ‘X’ shape emerging (Fig 3). Use your fingers to smooth and neaten the wire as you wrap.





TOP TIP Try olive soap instead of detergent – you’ll find it in many chemists and health shops, including Holland & Barrett stores VARIATION To make a spotty bead, follow Steps 1-7 then pinch tiny amounts of a contrasting colour and needle felt them before placing the bead in the soapy water

Continue wrapping the wire, changing the angle in this way, until you are left with a short length (Fig 4). Tuck the wire end neatly inside your bead (Fig 5).


pierce a hole with a beading needle.

VARIATION When you’re left with about 30cm of wire, add some seed beads to the outer wraps for a different look



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ESTHER NECKLACE intermediate


TOOLS • • • • • • • • •

felting needles foam felting pad detergent bowl beading needle beading mat conditioning wax crochet hook round-nosed, flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters


TO CREATE Make eight pink felt beads and eight spotty purple felt beads. Create one large and two small beaded beads using purple AB and pink seed beads. Crochet four beads with two colour threads, and make two large lilac wire beads using 1.3m of wire and a few seed beads. Cut two 52cm lengths of beading wire. Make two 3cmlong coils using 0.3mm wire and round-nosed pliers. Thread a coil onto the end of both strands of beading wire together, and bend this section of wire over to



make a loop. Secure with a crimp bead and attach a ‘chain’ of three toggle loops using a pair of jump rings each time. Thread on a pink felt bead followed by a spotty felt bead, another pink felt bead and a Pandora-style bead. Repeat the same sequence again. Thread on a crochet bead, a pink felt bead, a beaded bead, a crochet bead and a Pandora-style bead. To make the central feature of the necklace, thread on a wire bead, a spotty felt bead, a large beaded bead, another spotty felt bead

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and another wire bead. Repeat the beading sequence for the first side of the necklace in reverse so the design is symmetrical. Add the wire coil, bend the wire strands and secure with a crimp bead. Thread the wires back through a couple of beads and trim any excess. Attach the toggle bar using a pair of jump rings.



• purple Merino wool top • magenta Merino wool top • pink Anchor six stranded cotton thread • lilac Anchor Coton á Broder thread • silver beading wire • lilac 0.9mm wire • 12mm wooden beads • 18mm wooden bead • purple AB size 10 seed beads • pink size 10 seed beads • Nymo thread • crimp beads • 6 x purple lustre Pandora-style beads • jump rings • eyepins • silver-plated 0.4mm wire • toggle clasps

Experiment with creating patterns on your felt beads or beaded beads

WHERE TO BUY The wire used here is available from the Scientific Wire Company; The readymade beads and findings can be bought online at and

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BEADS MASTERCLASS MAKE YOUR OWN HOW TO MAKE BEADED BEADS Using a length of Nymo thread measuring around 1.2m, string your core wooden bead, leaving a 20cm tail. Tie a knot

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and pull it inside the bead (see Fig 1, below). Pass the thread through the bead another seven times, using a needle. Now


space out the threads evenly around the bead (Fig 2). Pass the needle under a thread close to the bead’s top hole




(Fig 3), then through the loop. Repeat with the other threads and at the bead’s bottom hole. Thread on a seed bead and pass under

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the next wrapped thread (Fig 4). Repeat until you have added a ring of beads. To step up to the next round, pass under the next wrapped thread, through the first bead added in the first round, and under the next wrapped thread (Fig 5). For the next round work two beads for each wrapped thread (Fig 6). Increase the number of beads for the next rounds so the seed beads cover the wooden bead evenly, until you reach the halfway point (Fig 7). Decrease the number of beads until you have the bead covered. Knot the thread and trim.


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7 VARIATION Use two colours of seed beads to create a striped pattern on the bead

HOW TO MAKE CROCHET BEADS Make a slip knot by creating a loop and pulling the thread through with the crochet hook (see Fig 1, below). Make four chain stitches (Fig 2).

Join them into a circle with a stitch connecting the first and last stitches (Fig 3). Make one chain stitch and eight single crochet stitches







into the ring to create a small circle (Fig 4). Make a single crochet into the first stitch, followed by two single crochet on the next stitch. Repeat in

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this way for the second round (12 stitches) and third round (18 stitches) to increase the size of your circle (Fig 5). For the next round make a single

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crochet in each stitch. Place your core wooden bead into your crochet work – it should fit snugly around the bead. Your work should also cover half of the bead; if it doesn’t, work a few even rounds until covered halfway (Fig 6). Begin to decrease the stitches. Single crochet one stitch and skip the next one. Repeat in this way until the bead is completely covered, leaving a small hole at the top (Fig 7).




7 VARIATION Using just three strands of thread instead of the normal six will give a finished bead with a more open weave and a paler overall appearance. To make a two-colour bead, crochet the two threads together so you’re using six strands in total


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WIN! e have 20 £25 loot bags to give away this issue, courtesy of Each prize bag comes stuffed with all the latest charms, beads and crafty goodies from the extensive online shop, meaning it is bound to


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wildflower meadow This incredibly pretty necklace captures all the delicate beauty of the most fragile wildflowers in a design that is far more robust than it looks!


ABOUT ROS... Ros first began making beaded jewellery 20 years ago, but in recent years her passion has focused on bead weaving. Largely self-taught, she started out buying kits and adapting the patterns and ideas to learn basic techniques. More recently, Ros has attended classes at The Bead Cellar, enjoying the opportunity to engage with other enthusiasts. For the last 10 years she has taught maths in North Devon, and she now uses her infectious enthusiasm to teach bead skills, as a way of expanding her hobby. Taking inspiration from nature and finding fascination in the mathematical patterns and sequences involved in beadwork, Ros is now excited to be venturing into design.

MATERIALS TO MAKE A 20” CHAIN • 90 x Czech fire polished glass 4mm beads in two colours (A and B) • 6g size 11 seed beads (C) • 1g size 15 seed beads (D) • 25 x Lucite 6mm flowers in two colours (E and F)


TOOLS • • • •


size 12 beading needle beading thread scissors beading mat




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BEAD WEAVING INSPIRED BY... SUMMER On a long but comfortable length of thread pick up an A bead, a C bead, an A, a C, a B, a C, a B and a C and, leaving a 12” tail, stitch around again to form a circle (see Fig 1, below left). With your thread emerging from the C between the two As, pick up three Cs and pass through the original C again, in the same direction, to



form a loop (Fig 2). Pass through the next A and C beads and pick up three Cs. Pass through the original C again, in the same direction, to form a loop. Repeat this process twice more to take you all the way around the circle and back to the C that you started from (Fig 3). Stitch through the next two C beads in that loop to get into position to add the next unit. Pick up an A, a C, a B, a C, a B, a C and an A, and pass through the C that you started from, in the same direction, to form a new circle (Fig 4). Pass through the next A and C in the new circle and pick up three more Cs. Pass through the C you started from again, in the same direction, to form a loop. Repeat twice more to take you all the way around the circle and back to the C that you started from, where the new unit joins the previous one (Fig 5). Pick up flower E, which should be a contrast to the colour of your A beads. Pick up a D bead and stitch back down through the flower and into the opposite C in the loop to secure in place (Fig 6). Pass around the unit, through A, C, B and C beads, then down though the next two Cs in that loop to get into position to add the next unit. Pick up a B, a C, an A, a C, an A and a B, and pass through the


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TOP TIPS Keep the tension firm, or stitch around the circles again if you need to firm it up If your fire polished beads have sharp edges, upgrade your beading thread to Fireline or similar


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C that you started from, in the same direction, to form a new circle. Pass through the next B and C in the new circle and pick up another three Cs. Pass through the C you started from again, in the same direction, to form a loop. Repeat twice more to take you all the way around the circle and back to the C that you started from, where the new unit joins the previous one. Pick up flower F, which should be a contrast to the colour of your B beads. Pick up a D bead and stitch back down through the flower and into the opposite C in the loop to secure in place (Fig 7). Pass around the unit, through B, C, A and C beads, then down though the next two Cs in that loop to get into position to add the next unit. Repeat Steps 5-12 until you have 19 units in total. Remember to alternate the flower colours and make sure the flowers all sit on the same side of the necklace! Put to one side. Make another chain of 18 units, then create a 19th unit, picking up one of the C beads from the 19th unit of the other chain as the second C bead of the loop. Embellish the A side of these units with two or more flowers. Attach your clasp with a few C beads and finish off any loose threads.



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TO CREATE THE OPTIONAL BEADED PENDANT On a new thread, make a new chain of three units and embellish as on the main body of the necklace. With your thread exiting the third bead in the C loop at the far end of this chain, pick up 12 Cs, an A and two more Cs, and stitch back up through the A. Add one or two branches of 4-6 C beads to each C in this stack. Alternate your remaining A and B beads, and E and F flowers, at the ends of the branches, held in place with a single D bead. Attach the other end of this chain to the bottom of the 19th units of the main chain. Cover the join with a flower if necessary and finish off any loose threads.

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TOP TIP Don’t be afraid to experiment with lots of branches and maybe even some crystals or drops as well as flowers. The old saying ‘the more the merrier’ works well for this type of beading – think of creating a leafy bush rather than a winter twig...





Using a new thread, stitch a D bead into the centre of each outer loop of C beads. This will add another dimension to the loops and draw the colours together with the flowers




SPECIAL OFFER FOR ALL OUR READERS! The beads and tools required to make these projects and many others are available from The Bead Cellar. Please quote reference CBJ22 when placing an order to receive a 10% discount

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from The Bead Cellar, Broad Street, Black Torrington, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5PT;; 01409 231442


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beading frenzy Feast your eyes on these gorgeous bead selections and find inspiration for creating your own stunning necklace using this issue’s free gift

Turquoise 6mm Swarovski Elements pearl rounds, 8p each, Aquamarine 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads, £1.36 for 20, Turquoise 8mm Swarovski Elements pearl rounds, 14p each, Capri Blue 5mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads, £1.99 for 20, Lapis 10mm Swarovski Elements pearl rounds, 22p each, Denim Blue 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads, £1.50 for 10, Deep Lapis 12mm Swarovski Elements pearl rounds, 36p each, from JillyBeads;; 01524 412728

Black & white floral 28x21mm acrylic oval beads, £3.95 for 20, red & white floral 28x21mm acrylic oval beads, £3.95 for 20, black & white floral 18mm acrylic round beads, £2.50 for 20, red & white floral 18mm acrylic round beads, £2.50 for 20, from Beads Unlimited;; 01273 740777 22

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Silver-plated hematite round beads, £4.49 for 55, Clear AB crystal 10mm shamballa-style round beads, £2.35 each, lilac crystal 10mm shamballa-style round bead, £2.35 each, crystal AB Czech crystal 14x10mm shamballa-style oval beads, £3.49 each, dark amethyst crystal 10mm shamballa-style round beads, £2.35 each, purple/silver two-tone crystal 10mm shamballa-style round bead, £3.25 each, silvertone pinch bail, £1.49 for five, rhinestone 12mm glitter ball with loop, £1.99 each, purple crystal 10mm shamballa-style round bead, £2.35 each, pink/silver two-tone crystal 10mm shamballa-style round bead, £3.25 each, from Beads Direct;; 01509 218028

Aqua 7-8mm baroque pearls, £2.50 for 20, crystal 8mm crackle glass beads, 85p for 20, silver 4mm semi stardust beads, 70p for 10, Lagoon 13x8mm blown glass olives, £2 for five, green 4mm crackle glass mix, 75p for 30, Sea Grass/Sea Spray 14mm crackle glass beads, £1.80 for 10, blue/green 20mm blown glass hearts, £1 each, from Budding Beads, Studio 1, 74 St Lukes Road, Southport PR9 9AP;; 01704 808933


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Iolite faceted pear briolettes graduating from 7x5mm to 13x10mm, £19.99 for 21, dyed green jade 8mm round beads, £4.19 for 16” strand, dyed watermelon jade 6mm round beads, £2.79 for 16” strand, from Precious Sparkle Beads, 10 Charlotte Street, Perth PH1 5LL;; 01738 630740

Coco wood 8mm disc beads, 75p for 50, grey 14mm vintage pressed glass disc beads, 25p each, artist-made polymer woodblock 17mm rounds, £1.50 each, artist-made polymer woodblock 19x21mm bicones, £1.75 each, artist-made polymer woodblock 33mm focal beads, £4.95 each, from Big Bead Little Bead;; 01462 438233 24

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5 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £10 EACH Jillybeads (; 01524 412728) is giving five readers the chance to win a £10 voucher to spend how they choose on the stunning array of jewellery-making supplies available on the website.

2 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £31 EACH Boxes and Busts (www.boxesand; 01446 701230) has donated these great Kumihimo starter kits, which give you everything for a standard eight-strand braid, plus a reel of S-Lon, a pack of 4.5mm seed beads and a set of 4mm ends to complete a beaded braid as well.

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TO ENTER For your chance to win one of these great prizes, send your name, address and email address on a POSTCARD, along with the name of the product you want to win, to CB&J22 Giveaways, Practical Publishing, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG to arrive by 7th June 2012, or enter your details online at

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BOJANGLE BEADS PRIZE SETS 3 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £16.98 EACH Boost your stash or help a friend get bitten by the beading bug with this lovely leaf and rose charm bracelet kit. It’s an ideal beginner’s kit – and why not use the jewellery tree to display your creation, and many more, when you’ve finished? These prizes have been donated by Bojangle Beads (www.bojangle; 01509 211974), offering a wide range of charms, beads and kits.

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1980s style


ABOUT JEN… In 2007, Jen saw an ad in the paper, looking for a sales assistant at The Bead Shop Scotland then opening in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Studying at art college and having always had a great fascination for all things creative, she jumped at the chance. Despite knowing next to nothing about jewellery making when she started, Jen’s skillset expanded rapidly and she has now been planning and running workshops for more than three years – and has become completely addicted!

TO CREATE Cut two 1cm pieces of French wire with scissors. Gently thread one onto a 1m length of Tigertail. Bring the ends of the Tigertail together and let the French wire fall to the centre. Now thread a crimp over the two ends and bring it down to the French wire to make a little loop with the Tigertail hidden beneath. When in place, squeeze the crimp.



Ah, the 1980s. Clashing acid colours, shoulder pads, geometric patterns and peace symbols – all to a soundtrack of Madonna and Michael Jackson. Four designers have stepped back in time to create the ultimate in retro jewellery, inspired by fashion’s boldest decade yet... BOOMBASTIC NECKLACE

Thread an 8mm round bead over both Tigertail ends and let it fall down to meet the crimp. Now add nine triangular beads to each strand and bring them together by threading an 8mm round bead over both ends again. Repeat until you have six triangular bead sections and finish by threading on one last 8mm round bead to pull the strands together. To complete this section, thread a




WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from; 01620 822886

Lastly, attach your lobster clasp to the end of one chain with a jump ring.


crimp over the two ends of wire and let it fall down to the last bead, then carefully thread your remaining piece of French wire over the two ends. Take the two ends back through the crimp and the 8mm bead. Gently pull the Tigertail until only the French wire is visible in the loop, then squeeze the crimp with flat-nosed pliers to secure. Trim any excess Tigertail with cutters.

Cut your chain in half. Take a jump ring in your flat-nosed or chain-nosed pliers and gently open. Keeping the jump ring in the pliers, hook on the French wire loop at one end of the beaded section and the last link on one length of chain. Close using both sets of pliers. Repeat this process for the other side of the necklace.


MATERIALS • 108 x Lucite triangle beads • 7 x pearly-coated 8mm round beads • 3 x 6mm jump rings • 0.014” Tigertail wire • 0.5m silver-plated chunky chain • large lobster clasp • medium French wire (gimp) • crimps

TOOLS • 2 x flat-nosed or chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • sharp scissors


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’80S ICONS NECKLACE intermediate


TO CREATE Mix equal parts of the red resin clay. About half the quantity in the pack should be enough for this, and will also cover the ring and bracelet. Make sure the two parts are evenly mixed and leave to stand for approximately 15 minutes. Taking about half your mixed clay, roll it out using spacers to get an even thickness. Remember to use balm on the mat and roller to stop your piece sticking. Cut your ‘I love the 80s’ image into a triangular shape and press gently onto the clay with clean hands. Place a spacer, ruler or other straight edge against the image and cut the clay into a




triangle. Use the excess pieces of rolled clay to cover the corners of the triangle, placing them over the image to help keep it in place. Roll out a thin sausage of clay and use it to create a border between each covered corner. Cut each edge flush with the corner using a craft knife. Press your charms, beads and crystals into the clay. If you want to add a crystal on top of the image, roll a small ball of clay and use this to stick it on. Roll another piece of clay approximately 3-4cm long and cut the edges straight using a craft knife. Turn your triangle over and place this strip onto the back

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of the triangle, over a drinking straw. This will create a bail. Smooth the edges down using a clay tool and water. Repeat Steps 1-6 using yellow and green clay and your popstar images. Try to make the triangles different shapes and sizes, and add crystals and beads in different formations. Leave all your clay pieces to cure for 24 hours. Take out any drinking straws, which should be easily removed. Sand your clay pieces to remove any rough edges or imperfections. Prop all your pieces so the



WHERE TO BUY All the beads and findings used here are available from; 01509 218028 Diamond Glaze is widely available from craft retailers Find Beads Direct on Facebook or Twitter, or watch the team on YouTube at You can see more of Claire’s work at or 28

image lies as flat as possible, and use Diamond Glaze to create a glass effect over the pictures. Once the Diamond Glaze is dry, thread five strands of faux suede cord through the bails you made on the back of each triangle. If you find five strands don’t fit, or there is lots of room left, you can add more or fewer strands to suit. Thread three strands of invisible thread through the bail. Tie a single knot in one thread, add a dab of Fevi Kwik glue and slide a square bead over the knot. Leave to dry. Repeat this process along each invisible thread to add your ‘floating’ beads. Lay out the necklace and measure approximately 18” end to end. Use sticky tape to hold all the strands together at this point, and cut off any excess thread. Mix some more yellow clay. Roll





it out and make two tubes, large enough to fit over your necklace ends. Put in place and mould with your hands, tweaking until the ends come to a point. Trim an eyepin and push it into the end of a ‘cone’. Repeat at the other end of the necklace. Cut out a large diamond from the remainder of your rolled clay and use a smaller diamond cutter to cut out the centre. Add some crystals to the diamond ‘frame’ and push an eyepin cut to approximately 2mm into the diamond. This will create part of your clasp. Use a diamond cutter a size between the small and large ones you’ve already used. Add some crystals and place an eyepin as before. This will form the other half of your clasp. Once the clay clasp and ends are cured, sand if necessary. Join the clasp to the ends using a small jump ring each side.




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TO CREATE Prepare red resin clay and create your ‘framed’ image using the same basic technique as for the necklace opposite. Mix and roll out some green clay and cut it into a strip. Cover a ring mandrel in cling film and wrap the green strip around it at a suitable size for your finger. Cut through the clay at an angle where the ends of the strip overlap, then pull away

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• bright mixed colours Apoxie Sculpt resin clay pack • lime silver-lined Miyuki 4mm square beads • ice blue colour-lined Miyuki 4mm square beads • yellow silver-lined Miyuki 4mm square beads • burnt orange 3mm faux suede cord • apple green 3mm faux suede cord • lemon 3mm faux suede cord • sea blue 3mm faux suede cord • silver-plated small peace symbol pendant • 0.25mm invisible cord • eyepins • jump rings • 80s Clipart • Michael Jackson and Madonna images











Prepare red resin clay and create your ‘framed’ image using the same basic technique as before. Roll out another piece of clay and cut two strips approximately 3-4cm long using a craft knife. Turn your mixtape over and position these strips each side on the back, placing them over a drinking straw to create a bail. Smooth the edges down using a clay tool and water to make sure they adhere and leave to cure for 24 hours. Take out the straw, which should be easily removed. Sand your clay piece to remove any rough edges or imperfections. Ensuring the image

the excess and join the two ends together to create the ring. You may need to add water to make the join. Place an extra blob of green clay over the join and use this to stick the tape on top. Leave to cure for 24 hours. When the clay has cured, use Diamond Glaze over the mixtape image to create a glasslike effect. Ensure the image is completely flat when glazing.

is as flat as possible, apply Diamond Glaze to create a glass effect over it. When the glaze is dry, thread approximately four pieces of faux suede cord and three pieces of invisible cord through the bails. Add square beads to the invisible cord as described for the necklace opposite. Use yellow clay to create a tube. Roll out the clay, cut a strip, wrap it around a pencil covered in cling film, and leave to cure.




Thread the strands of cord and thread through the tube once fully cured. Under the tube, tie each invisible thread to a faux suede


cord. Knot any remaining suede cords, then cut off any excess thread below the knot to finish.

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diamond cutters set Fevi Kwik glue clay roller clay spacers balm sanding pads craft knife Diamond Glaze glue ring mandrel pencil drinking straws cling film


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MADONNASTYLE GOTHIC NECKLACE TO CREATE Begin by gluing the sparkle heart cabochon onto the heart and wings pendant base using a strong jewellery adhesive such as Hypo Cement. Leave to dry. Once your pendant is dry, you can begin assembling the necklace. Take a length of fine bronze chain and open up a link at one end, attaching this to the loop at the side of your pendant. Measure the chain dropping around the pendant to the length you would like it, then attach the end to the loop at the other side of your pendant. Repeat this process with a piece of fine antique silver chain, making this drop longer than the bronze one from the previous step. Take a 1m length of chunky bronze chain, find the middle



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and attach your gothic cross charm at the centre point using two 7mm jump rings. Attach your heart and wings pendant


MATERIALS • sparkle heart cabochon • gothic cross pendant charm • heart and wings pendant charm • fine bronze chain • chunky bronze chain • antique silver chain


• large toggle clasp • 7mm jump rings

TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • GS Hypo Cement or similar glue

33 links up the bronze chain, using a 7mm jump ring on each side. It is worth counting the number of links precisely up each side to ensure the pendant sits level. Finally, attach your clasp components to the ends of your chunky bronze chain by simply opening the links at each end of the chain and slipping the clasp parts in.


WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Bojangle Beads, 50 Church Gate, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 1UE;; 01509 211974

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ABOUT MEL… When Mel launched she had a hunch that beading and jewellery making would become popular in the UK. Like many others, she started out designing and selling jewellery pieces at local craft fairs but, she says, “it was difficult to source interesting, fashionable beads, so I began to spend a lot of time working on that to the point where the bead side of the business took over”. So Beads by Lili was born, with the strapline ‘We dream of beads’ because, Mel says, “beading and fashion is my passion and I literally would dream of beads!”.

MATERIALS TO CREATE Begin by threading one 6mm and one 14mm acrylic bead onto a headpin to make the central drop. Then thread more assorted colourful acrylic beads, either individually or in pairs, onto eyepins. Bend each pin end over


at 45°, trim and use round-nosed pliers to turn a loop the same size as the eye. Link the central drop directly to a single wired 8mm bead, then start to work up each side of your necklace by linking the pre-wired beads together, either


WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available as a kit from; 01249 651769

directly from eyepin loop to eyepin loop or with occasional jump rings. As you work up each side, add a peace charm now and then by attaching it with a jump ring. The necklace looks most effective if worked in a non-symmetrical pattern, but the finished sides need to be an equal length of around 15cm. Use jump rings to attach short lengths of oval-link chain to



each side of the necklace, checking it is your desired size. Add a jump ring to one end of the chain and a trigger clasp to the other end. To finish, add a central length of linked beads to the necklace, about 9-10cm up each side from the middle drop beads, not forgetting to add a final peace charm in the middle.


• assorted 6mm acrylic round beads • assorted 8mm acrylic round beads • assorted 14mm acrylic round beads • acrylic peace charms • gold-plated small oval-link chain • 5mm jump rings • 7mm jump rings • gold-plated eyepins • gold-plated headpins • trigger clasp

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters


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Captivating cabochons 39p

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bead doctor Got a beading query or jewellery dilemma? Ask our resident expert for the answers more exciting stuff – nothing wrong with ambition!). However, at the end they often say to place the bead in your kiln, annealing bubble or vermiculite without explaining which one you ought to choose or what happens next. Can you tell me in beginner’s terms please? Freya, by email


STRUT YOUR STUFF I loved the ‘Social butterflies’ article in the last issue of CB&J, especially Claire Ennis’s idea of using a peacock feather in a fascinator. I’d like to recreate her design, though I’ll probably add some ‘peacock’ beads in purple, blue and teal with an AB coating – I do like my colour! My question is where I get the feather. Short of creeping into


the grounds of a local stately home in the dead of night, I don’t know where to look! Vanda, Lewes, East Sussex

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... You can buy lovely peacock feathers in packs of six for £5.99 from www.handcrafteduk. com; 01363 818054. You’ll be sent the whole feather at up to 70cm long but you’ll obviously only want the tip with

the eye for your project. If you want them at a more manageable size, you can purchase a pair of 30-35cm feathers for £1 at www.aber; 01302 810083.

ANNEALING OPTIONS I’ve been thinking about having a go at lampwork, particularly after seeing so many gorgeous beads in your magazine and online. I’ve been reading some recent step-by-step guides to making basic round and barrel beads (yes, and the

Lampwork beads need to cool slowly to ensure they don’t break or crack from thermal shock, but the method you use is largely down to personal preference. Vermiculite is available from garden centres and is not expensive to buy. It is a good idea to have it in an old slow cooker that you can keep switched on or an old ceramic pot that you can pre-heat to keep warm. Alternatively, you can use a fibre

blanket – simply place your beads between two pieces of the blanket and they will be sufficiently cool in about 45 minutes. Some designers swear by annealing bubble, a lightweight insulating material made up of thousands of tiny silica balls. Beads take up to three times longer to cool than when using vermiculite or fibre blanket, resulting in fewer stressed and broken beads. Before you insulate your bead, you must make sure that it is cool enough. One simple way to do this is to place the bead under the table so you can see when it has stopped glowing orange. If you place your bead into the insulation too soon it could become misshapen, pitted or disfigured with pieces of fibre, annealing bubble or vermiculite.

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I bought some gorgeous beads while on holiday but the holes vary quite a lot in size and I’m struggling to get even fine beading wire through the smallest ones. Some of the edges also feel a bit rough and I worry that they’d eventually fray or cut through any thread I used with them. The owner of my local bead shop said a bead reamer would solve both problems but I didn’t want to buy one until I knew exactly what it was and how to use

A bead reamer is exactly what you need! It’s essentially a fine round file with a diamond coating. As diamond is so hard, this enables it to ‘rub’ away the inside of a stationary bead hole as you roll the tool handle slowly between your palms, enlarging it and smoothing any burrs or rough edges. You can get reamers in different diameters depending on your requirements. Some gemstones in particular often come with very small holes, which can be carefully made slightly bigger,

though you do have to be realistic about the size of the hole within any individual bead – if you overdo it, the bead will crack or break. The other crucial thing to remember is to keep both the reamer and the bead lubricated with water at all times while working. If you use the reamer dry, the diamond coating will quickly be stripped off, rendering it useless. Reaming dry will also heat the bead, which can lead to cracking or chipping, while water will keep it cool. Some people

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work under a fast-dripping or gently flowing tap, which has the additional advantage of flushing away the powder created by the reamer, but if you don’t have access to running water while beading, you can simply submerge your bead and the reamer bit in water within a suitable container.

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BREAKING POINT I’m a relatively novice jewellery maker and mainly stick to basic stringing onto beading wire, but I’m now finding that some of my favourite pieces are breaking with wear. Sometimes it’s because I haven’t attached the clasp securely and the crimp has slipped, but once or twice the wire has actually broken in the middle. Why would this be happening? Should I have strung onto two strands rather than one? Amanda, Newbury, Berkshire

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... You don’t say what kind of beads you are using. If they are very heavy, you may want to use a double strand of wire, employing it as one throughout the design, including as you attach it to the

clasp components, so there is no weak point. If they are standard-sized beads, the problem is most likely to be abrasion on the wire, caused by sharp or rough edges or burrs on the inside of the beading holes. These can usually be smoothed out with a bead reamer (see above). You should also ensure you are using the largest diameter of wire that will fit through the holes as extra space will increase the amount of friction, and don’t string your design too tightly – you don’t want gaps and visible wire but there should always be some ‘play’. When making jewellery that will be subject to a lot of wear and tear, such as bracelets, it is worth opting for the most flexible wire possible, such as Beadalon 49.


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heart of glass

Hang this stunning heart decoration in the window, where the crystals will shimmer and sparkle magically as they catch the sunlight

ABOUT NINA & CAROL… Mother and daughter team Carol and Nina have been beading for many years now. They went on a 10-week basic beading course together, fell totally in love with jewellery making and have never looked back! Nina says: “We’re addicted to all types of beading, lampworking and glass fusion – so much so that we had to open a shop so we could share our love of beads and crystals and making all sorts of jewellery, tiaras and decorations with as many people as we can.”



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WIREWORK WINDOW HANGING Cut a 60cm length of 1.5mm wire and manipulate it by hand to create a heart-shaped frame, working from the point at the bottom. You will need to leave a wide dip where the two ‘arcs’ meet at the top, which may look strange at this stage but will allow space to fit crystals all the way round.


Wrap one wire end around the other at the base of the heart where they meet, leaving a 1cm tail. As 1.5mm wire is hard to work with, one wrap should be enough to secure the heart shape. Use pliers to create a small decorative spiral in the wire tail. Using a length of 0.4mm wire, wrap it securely onto the frame at the bottom where the two ends are joined. Now start to add the crystals of your choice, wrapping the wire around the main frame to secure each time and positioning the beads to the top and both sides. Ensure the visible wire wrapping is hidden at the back.


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Wire some crystals close to the frame and others further away to make a vine pattern. To create a stem, hold the threaded bead 2cm from the frame and twist the two strands of wire together to give it form. For additional embellishment, occasionally thread on a small flower bead and add a crystal into its ‘cup’ before passing the wire back through the flower and securing as normal. Keep going in this fashion all the way around the frame. We used smaller, more manageable lengths of 0.4mm wire so they didn’t kink or snap, and kept adding new pieces as needed.




When you reach the bottom, wrap the last piece of wire tightly around the main frame, and ensure that it is secure and there are no sharp edges sticking out. Push any ends in neatly with chain-nosed pliers. Create a hanging loop by wrapping two equal lengths of 0.4mm wire securely to the dip in the top-centre of the frame and adding a few evenly spaced crystals, twisting the wires together between them as you go. One strand of wire should pass through the bead and the other snugly around it. Twist both sides together below the bottom crystal, then secure the ends around the frame as before.





Create a small version of this heart as a gorgeous summer pendant. Use a pair of jump rings for added security to attach it to a two- or threestrand suede necklace, picking out the crystal colours with the suede. Creating a short ‘chain’ of jump ring pairs may let the pendant hang more freely

MATERIALS • assorted crystal beads • bell flower beads • silver-plated 1.5mm wire • silver-plated 0.4mm wire

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from; 01277 226722


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INSPIRED BY... TRAVEL TO CREATE Cut six rings of 20mm memory wire. Thread beads onto one ring in the following order: One gold stardust bead, two gold metal beads, two gold stardust beads, two gold metal beads, one gold stardust bead. Arrange the beads so that one of the stardust beads will cover the join in the memory wire ring. Glue this bead in position and allow to completely dry. Take your second memory wire ring and thread on four orange glass pearls and four Pink Opal glass beads. Arrange them so that one of the orange




These lovely, unusual earrings have a wonderful holiday vibe. Prepare to dream of warm nights, sunsets and cocktails...



ABOUT ANNA… From a background studying theatre design and costume history, Anna now focuses her creative energies on jewellery design and the online bead shop www. Big Bead Little Bead prides itself on offering vintage and one-off artist-made beads not available elsewhere, plus a great range of classic Czech glass, metal filigrees, crystals, brass and silver charms, and everything else you need to make originallooking jewellery.


MATERIALS • 8 x gold 5mm metal stardust beads • 8 x gold-plated 4mm metal round spacer beads • 8 x lilac 4mm glass pearl beads • 8 x orange 4mm glass pearl beads • 12 x Pink Opal 4mm Czech glass round beads • 4 x Lavender Purple 4mm glass pearl beads • 2 x purple 6mm vintage Japanese acrylic speckle beads • 1m gold 0.3mm copper beading wire • 1m orange 0.3mm copper beading wire • 1m purple 0.3mm copper beading wire • gold-plated 23mm fish-hook ear wires • 2 x gold-plated 4mm metal jump rings • 6 x gold-plated 6mm metal jump rings • memory wire (20mm diameter) • 6 x gold-plated 30mm metal headpins

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • wire cutters • strong jewellery glue

beads will cover the join in the memory wire. Interlink this ring with the first. Glue the orange bead into position and allow to dry completely. Thread the following beads onto your third memory wire ring: One lavender glass pearl, one lilac glass pearl, two Pink Opal beads, one lilac glass pearl, one lavender glass pearl and one vintage Japanese speckle bead. Arrange them so the vintage purple bead will cover the join in the memory wire. Interlink this ring with the one in Step 2 and glue the bead in place. Allow to dry. Repeat to make the interlinking rings for the other earring. Cut each length of wire into two 50cm pieces. Take a gold memory wire ring and start winding gold wire


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Create four dangles using gold headpins and lilac glass pearls, and two using orange glass pearls on the headpins. To do this, thread on a bead, use your pliers to make a 90° bend in the pin just above it, trim to about 7mm and roll a loop. Use a 6mm jump ring to encircle the beaded rings at each point where they interlink. The top and middle rings will interlink between the gold stardust bead pair and the middle orange glass pearl pair. Add an orange beaded dangle to this jump ring. The middle and bottom rings

8 around it, placing the beads evenly and working so there will be a pair of stardust beads at the top and bottom of the ring. Check the positioning as you wrap to ensure the overall look is symmetrical. Next work on the connecting ring − use the orange wire and proceed as before. The four orange beads will sit to the top of the ring and the pink beads to the bottom. Finally, use the purple wire to wrap the third beaded ring. The vintage Japanese bead will sit centrally at the bottom with the other beads symmetrically above.




will interlink between the middle pair of Pink Opal beads on the middle ring and the pair of Pink Opal beads at the top of the bottom ring. Add a lilac beaded dangle to this jump ring. Add another 6mm jump ring to the top beaded ring, positioning it between the top two gold stardust beads. Add a lilac beaded dangle to this jump ring. Use a 4mm jump ring to join this 6mm jump ring to an ear wire. Repeat to complete the second earring.



WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from; 01462 438233


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ABOUT LINDA… Linda has been designing and creating jewellery for 20 years and specialises in wirework: teaching and demonstrating, designing for books and magazines and contributing filmed projects for online TV. She runs The WireWorkers Guild (wireworkersguild., which is a free forum for wire jewellers, and has eight published books to her name. The most recent is Wire & Beaded Wedding Jewellery & Accessories, published by Cico Books and available from www. For information about Linda’s wire jewellery workshops in Kent, take a look at her website at


with flowers in your hair This lovely beaded flower hairband will add decorative flair to any party outfit, and Linda Jones has a host of suggestions for adapting and embellishing it, whether you are heading to a summer ball or wedding, the school prom, ladies’ day at the races or a Jubilee party... BEADED FLOWER HAIRBAND

TO CREATE Cut approximately 15” of 0.4mm wire and secure this by binding the centre around the ring, securing it tightly around one side (see Fig 1, below).

1 MATERIALS • silver 2.5cm circular ring (like a curtain ring) • approx 2m silver-plated 0.4mm (or 0.5mm) wire • cream pearl beads in various 4-8mm sizes • clear faceted crystal beads in various 6-8mm sizes • metal hairband


TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • wire cutters


Thread a pearl or crystal bead onto one of the projecting wires and, holding the bead firmly on the flat surface of the ring, wrap the working wire once around, securing the



bead in place (Fig 2). Thread a second bead onto the wire and repeat by binding and securing it next to the first bead (Fig 3). Continue wirewrapping beads to

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the flat surface of the ring until it is totally covered (Fig 4). If you run out of wire, cut another length and secure the end between the last two beads before continuing.


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3 Choose two felt squares. Fold each square in half and pin a paper template along the fold as shown in Fig 1, above left. Use scissors to cut around the outline on each and once the felt is unfolded,

you should be left with two flower shapes. Place the felt shapes on top of each other so that the background petals show through to the front. Place your beaded flower at the centre and thread one

your first petal (Fig 6). Repeat to create four more petals around the ring centre (Fig 7). You might need to cut and secure extra wire as you go. If you are left with any projecting wire, use this to start beading the centre of the ring (Fig 8). Alternatively, cut another length and attach it between the beads around the ring. Continue threading beads to fill the centre part of the circle

and if you are left with any wire projecting, use this to bind the beaded flower decoration to your hairband. Cut more wire as necessary to ensure the flower is securely fixed to the side of the band, then cut off any excess and neaten the ends with the pliers. If you wish to reshape the petals as I have done, just push down the centre of each one with your fingers to indent – rather like a heart shape (Fig 9).


Cut another 15” length of wire and secure the centre between two beads on the ring. Begin threading beads onto one of the projecting wires (Fig 5) – a minimum of 15 beads is recommended as a good length for each petal loop. Once the beads are threaded, bring the end of the wire around to form a loop and secure around the beaded ring to form


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more large bead onto approximately 6” of wire, pulling the bead to the centre of the wire. Push the wire ends through the centre of your beaded flower, then through the centre of the felt cutouts (Fig 2).

Push the wires right through to the back of the felt (Fig 3) so the bead is snug on the front. Use the projecting wires to wrap and secure the finished flower to the hairband.

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1 BEADED BAND Once you have securely wired your beaded flower to the desired position on your hairband, cut a long length of wire and attach it snug to the decoration on the back of the band. Thread pearl or crystal beads onto the wire and secure each bead to the top of the band, wrapping the wire tightly once around the band as you go (see Fig 1, above). Continue until the beads come down level with the flower on the other side, and finish with a smaller pearl or crystal.




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OCCASION JEWELLERY BEADED HAIRBANDS RIBBON ROSETTE Cut approximately 18-20” of ribbon and approximately 10” of wire. Starting at one end of the ribbon, thread the wire in and out of the ‘centre line’ of the ribbon, weaving it through and pushing the ribbon up into a ruffle (see Fig 1, below right). Continue threading the wire in this way until it projects at the opposite end of the ribbon length (Fig 2). Place the ruffled ribbon at the back of the beaded flower (Fig 3) and bring the ends of the wire together. Twist them together to secure, thus creating a rosette of ruffled ribbon behind the flower.


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Secure the twisted wire ends around the hairband at the back of the flower. Spend a little time rearranging the ruffled ribbon until you are satisfied.


BEADED TENDRILS To create tendrils at the side or back of the flower, cut a length of wire (around 5” long) and secure the centre around the hairband. Twist the wire together to form a stem (see Fig 1, below). Thread your bead onto one of the wire strands, then bring the

1 2 3 1 RIBBON BOW Cut a length of ribbon to measure approximately 18-20” and tie it in a bow around the hairhand at the back of the beaded flower for extra embellishment. Alternatively, tie two or three pieces of ribbon behind the flower and cut the ribbon lengths along the middle to halve, creating a more ‘spiky’ effect.

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from; 0844 357 0943



TOP TIPS Supplement or add your own coloured beads to infuse extra colour, or to help your hairband blend in with a chosen outfit Paint the ends of cut ribbon with clear nail varnish to prevent any fraying


other strand around the side and secure it to the wire protruding from the bead hole (Fig 2). This will secure your bead in place on the twisted stem. Twist the remaining wire together and cut off any excess length. Using the tips of your pliers, bend the small piece of twisted wire into a loop and squash the wires together at the top of the bead to neaten (Fig 3). You can add more than one bead onto your beaded tendrils and if you find that they flop over and fall when they are on the band, just twist the stems together so that they overlap one another.




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ABOUT DEBORAH… Deborah has been making jewellery for about four years and, apart from a few classes in the early days, is self-taught. “I come from a crafty family,” she explains. “My mother made a lot of my clothes as a child and my grandmother was a terrific knitter. I’ve dabbled in both those disciplines but jewellery is my main love. I have repaired and remodelled jewellery since I was a child and the logical next step seemed to be to design from scratch.” Deborah now sells her jewellery at a local outlet and her designs have appeared in various books and magazines. She enjoys working with simple techniques but a variety of resources, including wire, fabric, leather and feathers, as well as the more usual beading materials. “I believe the right components and colour combinations can be every bit as striking as more complex pieces,” she says.

MATERIALS • approx 70 x silver-plated 6mm jump rings • 15 x 12mm glass pearls • assorted co-ordinating 4.5mm seed beads • 30 x silver-plated bead caps • reel silver-plated 20-gauge wire • silver-plated lobster clasp

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • 2 x flat-nosed pliers • flush cutters



in bloom

This pretty necklace and earrings set mixes pearls, seed beads and simple chain maille for a perfect feminine summer look that is classic but contemporary


TO CREATE Keeping the wire on its spool, thread on a bead cap, a pearl and another bead cap. Turn a simple loop at the end using roundnosed pliers. Trim the wire to about 1cm and turn another simple loop. Ensure the loops are flush to the bead caps to hold them in place. Make 14 more pearl units in exactly the same way. Now join three of the units together in a chain by opening and closing the loops as required. Repeat to make five of these pearl connections in total. Open 10 jump rings using flat-




nosed pliers. Thread a seed bead onto each one. Close each jump ring and set aside. Open a further five jump rings. Holding one of the open rings with your pliers, add a beaded jump ring, the end loop of a pearl connection and a further beaded jump ring. Close the open ring securely. Take another open ring. This time string a beaded jump ring, the ring you have just closed in Step 3, and another beaded jump ring. Close the open ring. Continue in this ‘shaggy loop’ pattern until all but one of your open rings and two of your beaded rings have been used. Onto the last open ring string a beaded



ring, the end loop of another pearl connection and a final beaded ring. Close the jump ring. Repeat from Step 3 until all the pearl connections have been joined to shaggy loop units. Open a jump ring. Thread on the end loop of the pearl connector at one side of your necklace and the loop of the lobster clasp. Close the jump ring. Make an extender chain by linking four jump rings. Make three more beaded rings and add them all to the end of the extender chain with a further jump ring. Join the extender chain to the end loop on the other side of the necklace using a final jump ring.

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TO CREATE Make a pearl unit as described for the necklace. Attach an ear wire to one of the loops. Make a shaggy loop unit as before. Open the simple loop


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TOP TIPS The shaggy loops pattern is one of the most forgiving chain maille designs and does not really require specialist jump rings, although you should always go for good quality Practise closing jump rings to get the most secure, closure possible. This will prolong the longevity and comfort of your chain maille jewellery Experiment with different sizes, colours and finishes of pearls and jump rings to make this design your own


at the other side of the pearl and string the first non-beaded jump ring of the shaggy loops. Close the loop. Open a jump ring, string a seed bead and attach the ring to the left side of the first non-beaded jump ring. Repeat to make


a beaded ring for the right side. There are now four beaded rings on the first jump ring instead of two. Repeat this process to add two beaded rings in the same way to the third non-beaded jump ring. Open a jump ring, add a seed bead and attach the ring to the bottom non-beaded jump ring of your


• approx 44 x silver-plated 6mm jump rings • 2 x 12mm glass pearls • assorted co-ordinating 4.5mm seed beads • 4 x silver-plated bead caps • silver-plated 20-gauge wire • silver-plated lever-back ear wires

earring. Add another beaded ring to this last one and repeat once more. You now have a beaded chain

on the bottom of the shaggy loop unit. Repeat the whole process to make the second earring.


TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • 2 x flat-nosed pliers • flush cutters

WHERE TO BUY The pearls used here are available from; 01273 454672


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WIN! e have 30 pairs of tickets to give away to the unmissable Chilterns Craft Show, taking place 24th-27th August at Stonor Park, Henley-onThames in Oxfordshire. Embrace the summer months and enjoy a visit to the Chilterns Craft Show where you’ll find the best that British craftspeople have to offer. This inspiring event will showcase handmade and unique arts and crafts for the home and garden, live music, features, displays and a stunning show garden, as well as delicious food and drink. More than 250 craftspeople from all over the UK will be showing why handmade is best with some fantastic gifts and treats for indoors and out. With everything from ceramics to glassware and jewellery to paintings, the show really does offer something for everyone. This year, teams from Rowan Forestry and Toad Hall Garden Centre will be joining forces to create a stunning show garden for all to enjoy. Showcasing some sumptuous plants and flowers along with water features, sculptures and ornaments, this is the ideal place to get inspiration for your own tranquil oasis.


Brand new for this year’s show, the Graduate Marquee will display the work of newly qualified designers and makers from across the UK. If you fall in love with one of their designs you’ll be able to purchase it and take away some special, unique and limited pieces from young British talent. Don’t miss the Good Food Live Area, which is a must-visit for all foodies! Head to the Live Cookery Demonstration Theatre where guest chef Paul Da Costa Greaves will be whipping up some mouthwatering delicacies with lots of inspirational and easy-to-use ideas to transform your cooking. Stock up on delicious goodies in the Specialist Food & Drink Marquee where you’ll find some of the finest produce around, including cheeses, marmalades, chocolate, chutneys, fudge, wine, beers and much more besides, sure to tempt even the most strong-willed! Finally, match the perfect wine to your feast at the Tutored Wine Tasting. With a selection of wines from around the world, it’s your chance to pick up tips from the experts and leave ready to impress any future dinner guest! Get involved in one of the hands-on workshops

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ABOUT JUDITH... Judith lives in West Wales on the Carmarthenshire/ Ceredigion border overlooking the beautiful Teifi valley. She has always enjoyed crafting and exploring the versatility of different mediums, and is often inspired by the natural world around her. “I love experimenting with different designs through lampworking and glass fusing to make both functional and decorative


Lampwork scene beads, whether simple or intricately detailed, natural or stylised, are stunning miniature works of art. Judith Hannington’s brilliant beginner’s guide takes you through how to create your own, step by step

items, and relish that first peek into the kiln once a firing or annealing cycle is complete,” she says. “I find the process of working with glass completely absorbing and am constantly amazed at how such a fragile material can be manipulated in so many different ways – it grabs all of my attention in a way that no other material ever has.” Find Judith’s creations at

he great thing with lampwork scene beads is that you can make them as simple or as complicated as you wish and they will all be equally beautiful. There are a variety of different ways of constructing them, one of which I have covered here in this complete step-by-step guide. It is possible to purchase ‘special’ glass


rods to create the base of your bead but some of these colours do not come along very often and are usually snapped up straight away. Two of my favourites are Effetre’s Kiwi Green and medium or dark Fossil, perfect for grass and hillsides or mountains so if you are keen on making lots of these beads and spot some of

this glass, purchase a bundle immediately! Fortunately, it is not difficult to create your own alternatives – it will just add a little extra time to your bead-making process. Silvered ivory stringer (see boxout, top right) is great for creating the horizon on scene beads for a mountain effect or for using below a grassy hillside as rocky ground.

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LAMPWORK SCENE BEADS The foreground grass can be created using frit swirled into a base green bead, as illustrated with the Prairie Bloom bead on page 52. Tree beads work well on a similar background and the trees can be given seasonal character by leaving the branches bare for a winter tree, creating a springtime look by adding green buds and blossom, adding full clouds of green summer foliage

or using russet tones for an autumnal scene. Of course the scenes do not have to be botanically lifelike and you can create graphic interpretations of nature. The Wildflower Meadow bead on page 53 falls into this category – it gives a sense of thin wispystemmed flowers wafting above the ground and yet there are no petals, leaves or grass blades in sight. I love experimenting with different scene

beads – using a range of backgrounds, trying unusual colours and sometimes making mistakes that lead to a new idea. My alternative tree bead design (see page 54) was supposed to have a turquoise blue sky but I picked up a rod of Caribbean Sea instead (as the coating on this magical glass looks identical) and a new colour scheme was born that conjures up a lovely ‘tree in the twilight’ scene.



Wrap a strip of silver leaf around the already-warmed end of a dark ivory glass rod and burnish (rub) the foil onto the rod to ensure complete contact.



Gently melt the foil into the glass, then create a gather on the end of the rod as per usual stringer preparation. Pull your stringer from the gather, handling it gently as the silver makes the glass quite brittle.

TOP TIP I fashioned a razor tool for shaping leaves and raised flower petals by embedding a razor blade into the end of a lollipop stick. Old dental tooth picks make great poking tools

TREE BEAD intermediate

TO CREATE Prepare a 1mm and a 2mm stringer in your choice of brown glass before starting your bead, and also your 1mm leaf and blossom stringers as required. Create your choice of background – here the first bead is made from Fossil glass with a Kiwi Green bead made alongside before adding the sky section. If you are using the frit method to create the grass then start with this section, followed by your rocky ground to the left (either Fossil glass or an ivory section wrapped with silvered ivory stringer) and your sky to the right (see Fig 1, below). Working higher up in your flame use the 2mm stringer to create the tree’s trunk

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MATERIALS and three or four main branches. Heat enough to attach the stringer firmly to the bead but not melt them in (Fig 2). Remember to keep topping up the heat on the whole bead. Use the 1mm stringer to add the smaller branches to the tree, taking some over





the edges of the bead to the reverse (Fig 3). To create a leafy springtime tree add three stringer dots of green glass to the end of each branch and around the branch joins (Fig 4). Heat and squash these in a little using a small graphite paddle or brass shaping tool.



The bead can be developed by adding more greenery over the top and squashing lightly just to flatten and make the dots a little more rustic (Fig 5) or by adding white followed by Rubino stringer dots among the foliage to create blossom flowers.



• Light Turquoise Blue, Rubino Ora and White Effetre glass rods • Medium Fossil and Kiwi Green Effetre glass handmade rods • Unique Tamarind CiM glass rod

TOOLS • prepared mandrels • Kalera Long & Lean bead press • graphite marver



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TO CREATE Prepare 2mm white, opaque green and silvered ivory stringers and 1mm Rubino and grass green stringers before starting your bead. Heat your mandrel and create a mediumsized round bead from opaque green glass towards the left-hand side of the bead release. Heat the bead until glowing and roll it in the frit to get an even coating (see Fig 1, below right). Gently melt the frit into the bead, then heat and rotate the glass slowly so that it droops away from the mandrel (Fig 2). Keep rotating the bead slowly until the frit is nicely swirled around, then continue heating and rotating the mandrel until you achieve an even round shape again. Apply wraps of turquoise glass snug up to the right side of your green bead to make a barrel shape, keeping the green bead warm but not glowing (Fig 3). Heat and roll the glass on your graphite marver to shape into a neat, even barrel (Fig 4). Don’t allow your nice round green end to get too hot as it will aid shaping the barrel. From now on remember to keep flashing the whole bead in and out of the






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flame, especially when working on the front face alone, to keep the bead evenly heated. Working high up in your flame, apply several wraps of silvered ivory stringer around the bead over the join between the two colours – apply in a wiggly, uneven fashion as this will make the mountains more realistic (Fig 5). Melt the stringer in, reshaping the bead on your marver as necessary, then heat until gently glowing and squash to shape in your bead press (Fig 6). Heat one side of the bead at a time to polish out the chill marks. Again working high up in the flame, apply an opaque green stringer flower stem to the bead, working from left to right. Gently heat the stem and press into the surface of the




bead a little, pushing the top end of the stem completely flat. Apply five white stringer dots as shown in Fig 7. Melt the white dots into the surface of the bead (Fig 8), then apply a Rubino dot to each and melt these in quite high in the flame to avoid burning out the colour. Heat the point at the centre of the dots and plunge in your poking tool. Heat this same spot again to draw the petals into a flower shape, then apply two large stringer dots either side of the flower stem for the leaves (Fig 9). Spot heat each leaf one at a time, then pull it into a leaf shape by touching the cold stringer to the side away from the stem and pulling in an outwards and upwards direction.



Flatten the leaf slightly on the surface of your marver then reheat it and push your razor tool into the centre to create the vein (Fig 10). Apply a white dot in the centre of the flower and melt it in almost flat. Plunge your poking tool into the centre of the dot (Fig 11). Apply a dot of transparent green stringer over the poked hole and melt until just domed to trap the bubble of air (Fig 12).

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MATERIALS • Light Turquoise Blue, Rubino Ora, Dark Ivory and White Effetre glass rods • Opaque Green Reichenbach glass rod • Midori FenG Frit Factory raku frit blend • silver leaf

TOOLS • prepared mandrels • poking and razor tools • Kalera Long & Lean bead press • graphite marver • tin foil container for frit














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TO CREATE TO MAKE YOUR ENCASED STRINGER Warm the end of a rod of Reichenbach Deep Black glass – these are often very chunky and shocky (the end may spit and pop, sending off tiny pieces of hot glass) so be prepared and start high up in your flame. Encase about ¼” of the rod with clear glass, heating, marvering and adding further layers to get about half the width of your rod in encasing thickness (see Fig 1, above left). Heat the tip of the encased rod, then pull and snap off a stringer from it – as you are working with quite a chunky rod you do not need to create the usual

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WHERE TO BUY All the glass rods and tools used for making these beads are available from Frit for the grass sections can be bought at – you can choose sample bags to keep postage costs low!

gather on the end (Fig 2). Repeat the heating and pulling until you have a batch of stringers and have used up the encased section of rod (Fig 3).


TO MAKE THE BEAD Prepare some 2mm Deep Black, white and transparent colour stringers, in addition to your encased stringers. Create a round ‘grass’ bead, then add a skinny barrel alongside as the base to the sky (Fig 4). Encase this blue barrel section with transparent light turquoise glass, tucking in the right-hand end of the encasing layer for a neat finish (Fig 5). Use an encased stringer to apply the flower stems to the bead, working high up in the flame for control. Start the stems at the join between the grass and the sky, then make them varying lengths. Melt in smooth then add a single

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MATERIALS • Deep Black Reichenbach glass rod • Kiwi Green Effetre glass handmade rod • Light Turquoise Blue transparent Effetre glass rod • White and Light Turquoise Blue Effetre glass rods • coloured transparent glass rods of your choice for the flower heads

TOOLS • prepared mandrels • graphite marver

wrap of regular black stringer around the bead over the bottom of the stems (Fig 6). Melt everything in smooth. You can then add flower heads of your choice – here, a regular black stringer dot followed by a white dot, all melted in, followed by a coloured transparent dot that is heated until rounded but still dimensional.



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LAMPWORK GALLERY SCENE BEADS Find further inspiration for creating beautiful picture beads in our lampwork art gallery

making a scene

Winter Sun bead by Annelyse Taylor;

Seashells focal, £12, by Julie Fountain;

Turquoise Rockpool cabochon, £20, by Julie Fountain;

Prairie bloom beads by Judith Hannington;

A Little Taste of the Sea bead set, £22, by Julie Fountain; 54

Silver weeping willow bead, £9, by Colette Ladley;

Tree beads by Judith Hannington;

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small but


We start our series on perfect gift jewellery to mark milestone birthdays and events with four wonderful pieces designed to celebrate the arrival or christening of a new baby

NAME TAG PENDANT intermediate

TO CREATE Create your stamp by loading up the required name and date of birth in your letter holders. You can use two rows by clicking your letter holders on top of one another (see Fig 1, above right), or just do one row at a time (you may have to use this option if the name is longer than five letters, as it won’t fit in your smallest holder).



Roll out your clay using 1.5mm spacers to ensure an even thickness. Use a Teflon sheet as a work surface and add some Badger Balm to your hands, roller and Teflon to avoid the clay sticking (Fig 2). Using the needle tool, cut around your chosen dog tag size (Fig 3). Dip the end of your needle tool in Badger



Balm to achieve a smoother cut, and try to keep the needle vertical to get a nice straight edge to your piece. You are now ready to imprint your stamp (Fig 4). Simply line it up and apply gentle pressure (I find it useful to practise in polymer clay first to get an idea of how much pressure is needed). It’s a good idea to apply a small amount of Badger


Balm to your letters to ensure they don’t stick. Apply your birthstone gem by pushing it gently into the clay, pointy end first. Push the gem in until its surface is flush with the surface of the clay (Fig 5). Once your piece is dry (as a general rule, you should leave it overnight in normal room temperature), refine any rough edges with a sanding pad. I like to use a rubber block to support the

piece as it is very fragile at this stage (Fig 6). Drill a 2.5mm hole in the top of your piece using a swivel pin vice. Again I used a rubber block to support my piece (Fig 7). You are ready to fire! I fired my tag in a kiln for 30 minutes at 800°c. I then finished it off with a brass brush (Fig 8). Don’t worry if you don’t have a kiln, as you can fire on a kitchen gas hob or with a crème brûlée torch.





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Art Clay is the perfect medium to create a personalised piece. You can stamp it with the baby’s name and date of birth and inset their birthstone, as here, or even add their tiny fingerprint if desired.

MATERIALS • 10g Art Clay Silver 650 • 2mm round lab-created gemstone


Finally, I gave my tag an antiqued effect using liver of sulphur. Mix a couple of drops of liver of sulphur with warm water, submerge your piece until you reach your desired colour,


• alphabet stamp kit • alphabet stamp kit refill – numbers • 1.5mm spacers • roller • Tuff non-stick Teflon card • Badger Balm • dog tag shape template • QuikArt stylus needle tool • 180-grit sanding pad • rubber block • swivel pin vice • 2.5mm drill bit • firing method • brass brush • liver of sulphur • Pro Polish pad


This piece is intended as a keepsake and has been strung on a chain designed for a much older child or adult. Babies and young children should never wear anything around their necks without constant supervision and a built-in breaking point in the necklace

WHERE TO BUY then polish off the extra with a polishing pad (Fig 9).

All the materials and tools used here are available from; 01929 481541


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TOP TIP For longer names the wire upon which the letter beads are threaded can be gently curved so that it will fit the wrist and  sit nicely. Alternatively you could use just baby’s initial. Blank cubes are available to use on each side of the initial and some retailers have similar designs with a heart or a flower



MATERIALS • sterling silver letter block beads • sterling silver butterfly, star and heart charms • sterling silver small toggle clasp • sterling silver rhombo beads • sterling silver 0.9mm half-hard wire • sterling silver heart chain • sterling silver 3mm jump rings • sterling silver split rings • sterling silver fine-gauge headpins • ruby rondelle beads

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • bead reamer

INCORPORATING BIRTHSTONES Birthstones are  not all available  in through-drilled bead form so you may need to use a cabochon or claw setting for flat-backed or faceted stones  or a post setting for half-drilled stones.  Many varieties of semi-precious stone also only have very small threading holes. In the case  58



chain to each side of the name component using split rings, then attach each part of the clasp to the other end of the chain lengths in the same way. Create your birthstone dangle component using the appropriate birthstone – here the ruby beads are threaded onto headpins

of the rubies featured here (the birthstone for July), the holes can be enlarged slightly using a diamond-tip bead reamer to fit fine-gauge headpins. When working with such tiny stones a small manual reamer is all that is necessary – you should hold the bead in water and rotate the reamer slowly with minimal pressure to prevent cracking or damaging the bead and to

prolong the life of the diamond tip. When working  with cabochon birthstones, roughen the surface of the setting before gluing and use a goodquality adhesive such as two-part epoxy. For faceted stones  use snap-tite or  claw settings, which require no gluing  and leave the stone open-backed to allow light to pass through.

Create a wrapped loop in the end of a length of 0.9mm wire, then thread on rhombo beads alternated with your alphabet beads. Finish the wire with a second wrapped loop snug to the final rhombo bead. Attach an eight-link length of heart



and a wrapped loop formed in each pin snug to the bead. Hang each pin from chains of varying numbers of jump rings to allow them to fall at slightly different lengths, connecting the chains together at the top using a single ring. To finish, attach your birthstone component to the connector on the ring part of the toggle clasp and your charms to heart links at varying points along the bracelet using single jump rings.



This bracelet measures 6” in length, which makes it suitable for a 5-6 year old  – a reasonable age at which a child can wear such a piece for a special occasion. To lengthen or shorten the bracelet, simply use more or fewer of the heart chain links. Don’t clutter the bracelet with too many charms at the point of making – each birthday or special event as the child grows up can be celebrated with  a new charm reflecting the child’s age and interests.

WHERE TO BUY Precious and semi-precious stones suitable for birthstone jewellery are available from and All the sterling silver beads, findings and wire used here are available from

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TO CREATE Cut a 20cm piece of half-hard wire and wrap a double loop at one end. Wind the end of the wire down 3-4 times and trim any excess. This is your ‘anchor wire’. Thread on your first pearl. Take a 3’ length of dead soft wire and wrap it around the anchor wire below the pearl, leaving only a tiny tail of wire just above where you have wrapped it. Now bring the wire up along the right side of the pearl, and wrap over the top and underneath the anchor wire. Bring it down the left side of the pearl. Wrap the wire over the top of the anchor wire and under, just below the pearl, as you have done at the top. Bring the wire back up




the right side of the pearl. Push this section of wire with your fingers so that it is under the first one. Wrap over and under the anchor wire just above the first wrap you did. Bring the wire back down the left side as before. Do this a total of three times, making sure you have pushed your pearl closer to the wrapped loop on the anchor wire as it will be moving around a bit. Cross the wire over the anchor wire and wrap four times. Bring the wire down the right side, cross it over the main wire and take it up the left side. With each wrap you will be bringing your wire over the four wraps you have just done before adding the next pearl. This time, instead of three wraps on each


side, the right side will have four and the left will have three. After the second pearl, the wrapping will begin on the left side, and it is the left side that will end up with four wraps and the right with three. Continue in this way with each bead you add. When one starts on the right, the next will start on the left, and so on. Keep adding pearls until your bracelet has reached the desired length. Complete the wrap above the last section of herringbone, and trim the excess wire. Complete another



This piece is inspired by the shamballastyle bracelets that have become hot property in the last couple of years. Made with sterling silver wire and pearls instead of cord and glitzy beads, it is a true keepsake, combining a contemporary look with traditional precious materials. double wrapped loop with the anchor wire and trim the excess. Shape your bracelet around a mandrel. Add a clasp using a jump ring each end.

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Precious Sparkle Beads, 10 Charlotte Street, Perth PH1 5LL;; 01738 630740


MATERIALS • freshwater pearls of your choice (approx 7-8mm) • sterling silver 0.6mm half-hard wire • sterling silver 0.5mm dead soft wire • 2 x sterling silver 5mm jump rings • lobster clasp

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • wire cutters • mandrel


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TO CREATE Cut a 20” piece of stringing wire. Slide on one part of your clasp to the midpoint of the wire and double it over. String a crimp over both ends of the wires and push it down


MATERIALS • beads to represent your story • 7-strand stringing wire • size 2 or 2.5 crimps • clasp


towards the clasp. Leave a small loop and squeeze the crimp shut. Thread on the beads in the order of the story. Finish with two crimps, separated by the bead representing heaven. Thread both ends of wire through the opposite end of the clasp and push back down through the crimp, bead and crimp. Pull tight, then squeeze both crimps shut.

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I love the idea that beads can be representational and there are lots of different examples of jewellery where beads do exactly that, such as a rosary or red heart beads on Valentine’s Day. In this case, a story bracelet, telling the story of Jesus, seemed a perfect gift to make for a baby’s baptism. These kind of gifts are traditionally keepsakes that come into use when the child is older, so this special bracelet could then be worn on a First Holy Communion or Confirmation day. The beads can be anything you like. I have used: • A heart bead – to symbolise God’s love • Three identical beads – to represent shepherds • Three identical beads – to represent the Wise Men • Clear bicone crystal – to symbolise the star over Bethlehem • Wooden bead – to represent Jesus • 11 identical beads – to represent the disciples • Black bead – to represent the 12th disciple, Judas (betrayal) • Red bead – to symbolise the blood of Jesus • Cross – to symbolise our sins forgiven • Golden bead – to symbolise heaven

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Bead Sparkle, 59 Northgate Street, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1JJ; 01380 730977 60


• flat-nosed pliers • side cutters

If you are not religious or the child you are making the gift for is not part of a Christian family, create your own story in beads. You can make this completely personal to the recipient, with beads to represent family members, pets and special places or occasions, such as the destination of their very first holiday

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Be inspired by these fabulous designs and send your own creations in to us – we’d love to see them

lampwork beads faceted rondelles sterling silver beads Karen Hill Tribe clasp crystal heart


3mm assorted glass pearls 6mm assorted glass pearls three-ring connector slider clasp crimp beads beading wire

STEAMPUNK NECKLACE BY LINZI ALFORD FROM CUMBRIA MATERIALS • vintage clock face • silver-plated wings stamping • silver-plated chain, lobster clasp and extender chain • metal discs • feather charm pendant • snowflake stamping • cogs from old watches

NATURE BRACELET BY KATHY LAKE FROM HERTFORDSHIRE MATERIALS • Lucite flowers and leaves • acrylic butterflies • ceramic ladybirds

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glass flowers Austrian crystals silver-plated chain clasp

Don’t be shy! Share your creations with us and you could see them on our gallery pages! To submit your work for publication either email an image to or send your project with a stamped addressed envelope for return to CB&J Gallery, Practical Publishing, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG. Don’t forget to include a list of the materials you used.


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the bead

We asked a trio of talented designers to get busy with the same selection of beads – with delightfully different results!

challenge THIS ISSUE’S BEAD MIX...

... is a lovely summery selection of Swarovski Xilions, acrylic roses, contemporary Tilas and shimmering pearl and seed beads, along with silver oval links in various sizes – perfect for modern but feminine makes. The mix was supplied by The Bead Shop (Nottingham);

LINDSEY SAYS… I loved the vibrant summery colours in this Bead Challenge set. The resin flower beads were a delight to work with!



TO CREATE Cut a piece of craft wire twice the length needed for your bracelet and fold it in half. Use pliers to create a double twist in the folded end of the wire and add a jump ring and lobster clasp. Feed on beads in your desired pattern until the bracelet is filled. Secure the open ends of the wire onto a jump ring. Use resin to adhere three pink flower beads evenly along the bracelet.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • craft wire • jump rings • Ranger Glossy Accents

• lobster clasp

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • wire cutters

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TO CREATE Attach an eyepin to one of the ovals and feed on your bead pattern. Wrap the other end of the eyepin around the opposite side of the oval and cut away any excess. Add a blob of resin on the reverse of the oval to both places where the eyepin is attached to secure in place. Repeat three times to create enough beaded ovals for your bracelet. Thread three flower beads individually onto eyepins and create a loop in each pin.


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Add a jump ring to one side of the first beaded loop and attach your lobster clasp. Add a jump ring to the opposite side of


the loop and attach to one loop on a flower bead. Now add a jump ring to the loop on the other side of the flower bead and attach

the second oval. Repeat to create your bracelet, adding a jump ring at the end to complete your clasp.


• Bead Challenge bead mix • lobster clasp • jump rings • eyepins • Ranger Glossy Accents

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • wire cutters

NECKLACE beginner

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • headpins • eyepin • jump rings • chain • craft wire • Ranger Glossy Accents

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • chain cutters

TO CREATE Cut your chain to size and attach a lobster clasp to the open ends using jump rings.


Attach the large floral bead to a large oval using craft wire and add a blob of resin to the wire for extra security.


Add an eyepin to the focal oval and attach a jump ring. Connnect the jump ring to the central link of your chain.


Thread pearl beads onto headpins and attach one to each link going away from the main focal, using jump rings.



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ABOUT HEATHER… Heather is a designer at The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd, where she works in the shop and teaches jewellery-making workshops. Heather first discovered her interest in mixed media while completing her degree in Textile Design. Since graduating she has continued to teach herself new crafts, which she hopes to incorporate with her textile skills.

TO CREATE HEATHER SAYS... When I first received this selection of beads, it looked to me like a bead weaver’s heaven, and having very little experience of bead weaving myself I was a little apprehensive! However, I decided to make the beads my own and enjoyed the challenge of creating a soft, feminine selection of jewellery

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • sterling silver-plated fish-hook ear wires • 12 x silver-plated size 1 crimp tubes • silver 7-strand Beadalon wire

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters


Cut a 10cm length of Beadalon and fold it in half. Thread a single crimp tube over both ends and pull it down to make a small loop where you have folded the wire. Squash the crimp. Thread a Light Creamrose pearl, a pale turquoise 15mm rose and another Light Creamrose pearl over both ends and pull up to the crimp tube. Squash another crimp tube under the last pearl to hold the beads in place. You should now have two lengths of Beadalon coming out of the last crimp tube.




Leave a couple of millimetres gap on one strand, then squash a crimp tube on the wire. Thread on a 4mm Pacific Opal Xilion bead and secure with another crimp tube to hold the Xilion in place. Repeat on the other strand of Beadalon using an Air Blue Opal Xilion, but secure it lower down the wire. Trim one of the lengths slightly shorter than the other. Twist open the loop on an ear wire and attach to the loop at the top of the earring to complete. Repeat to make the matching earring.




WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd;; 0115 958 8899


TO CREATE Cut 11 pieces of cable chain, each 14 links long. Now create a decorative link – thread a seed bead, a 4mm Rose Water Opal Xilion and another seed bead onto an eyepin and make a loop, then trim off any excess. Repeat Step 2 to make 12 decorative links in total – six in Rose Water Opal, four in Pacific Opal and two in Air Blue Opal.

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Join the 11 pieces of chain using the decorative links by twisting the loops on each end of the decorative links open and closed using chain-nosed pliers. Add a 5mm jump ring to one end of the chain and use a second 5mm jump ring to attach the clasp to the other end. To make the rose pendant, cut a 50cm length of 0.6mm wire and thread on the 25mm rose bead so it sits centrally. Place the flower over the top of the large oval quicklink and secure it in place by wrapping the wire around each side of the link. As an additional feature, use the excess wire to add a few beads to the edge of the flower.


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• Bead Challenge bead mix • 6 x silver-plated crimp beads • silver 7-strand Beadalon wire • silver-plated eyepin • 3 x silver-plated headpins • silver-plated three-strand slider clasp • 6 x silver-plated 4mm jump rings


TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters

TO CREATE Cut a 40cm length of Beadalon and fold it in half. Thread a single crimp bead over both ends and pull it down to make a small loop where you have folded the wire. Squash the crimp bead. Thread a 4mm Pacific Opal Xilion over both ends and pull up to the crimp bead. Thread the two strands through the two holes of an aqua AB Tila bead.



Continue this pattern until you have 10 Tila beads and 11 4mm crystals on the thread. Thread a crimp bead onto both strands and create a loop by folding the Beadalon and threading it back down the same crimp bead. Squash the crimp and trim off any excess wire. Repeat Steps 1-3 to make the other two strands for the bracelet,



using the Light Creamrose pearls and pink lustre Tila beads to create the second strand and the Air Blue Opal Xilions and opaque turquoise Tila beads for the third strand. Attach the three strands to the slider clasp with 4mm jump rings, positioning the pink Tila and pearl


strand in the middle. To make the rose charm, thread the 15mm powder blue acrylic rose onto an eyepin and create a wrapped loop in the pin. Thread three Rose Water Opal Xilions individually onto headpins and make a


wrapped loop in each pin. Attach all three to one of the loops on the acrylic rose. Attach the other loop on the rose to one of the 4mm jump rings on the bracelet to finish.

Thread five 4mm Xilion beads individually onto headpins and create a wrapped loop above each bead. Use a 6mm jump ring to attach these to the bottom of the quicklink and another 6mm jump ring to attach the pendant to the chain.


MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • 5 x silver-plated headpins • 12 x silver-plated eyepins • 2 x silver-plated 5mm jump rings • 2 x silver-plated 6mm jump rings

• silver-plated small cable chain • silver-plated 0.6mm wire

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters


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NECKLACE beginner



ABOUT CLAIRE… Claire has always been creative, and six years ago she set up Claire’s Crystal Classics (www.claires, selling her jewellery and accessories. She likes working with silver and gold, together with




I love flowers and pastel colours so when this bead mix arrived it could not have been more up my street. Acrylic flowers are very now and I was really excited to see what I could make that would bring all the colours together in a fab design!

Link silver ovals together with the largest in the centre and the size descending each side. Add a mixture of pearls, crystals and acrylic flowers to seven headpins, topped with either a silver-plated 1mm ball or a white seed bead. Add three of the embellished headpins to the centre of the necklace and a further two to the medium-sized links each side. Attach each one by completing a wrapped loop directly onto the chain. Using a short length of 5mm wire, wrap

lampwork beads and gemstones, including freshwater pearls. She is also inspired to make funky jewellery with the use of buttons. Claire is a self-taught artist with the exception of enrolling onto a silversmithing course, and her motto is that anything is possible.

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the final oval link three times, add a cluster of three seed beads and wrap a further three times to secure. Cut off any excess wire. Attach a 7mm jump ring to each side of the smallest oval link of chain and add your ribbon end to each side. Cut four 16” lengths of ribbon, two of each chosen colour. Place two differentcoloured lengths of ribbons on top of one another and secure in a ribbon end by squeezing flat with pliers. Repeat on the other side. Add four hand-tied bows interspersing the embellishments.

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• Bead Challenge bead mix • 7 x headpins • ribbon in two colours • 2 x ribbon end crimps • silver-plated 2mm balls • silver-plated 5mm wire • silver-plated 7mm jump rings

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • sharp scissors • superglue

TOP TIP To get a more secure finish add a dab of superglue to the centre of each bow and to each end of the ribbon ends

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Add a crystal, an 11mm acrylic flower, a pearl and a seed bead to each headpin and turn a wrapped loop directly onto a medium-sized oval link. Attach this link to one of the smallest oval links using a link connector. Cut a 5” piece of 0.5mm wire and wrap three times a



MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • silver-plated fish-hook ear wires • silver-plated 0.5mm copper wire • purple ribbon • 2 x 2” headpins

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • sharp scissors • glue

small distance away from your embellishment drop. Add a seed bead, a crystal and a further seed bead and wrap once more. Repeat twice more, then repeat the sequence on the opposite side of the oval link. Cut a small amount of purple ribbon, hand-tie a


bow and glue it to the centre point where the two links meet. Attach the top small oval link to an ear wire. Repeat the process to complete the second earring.

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TOP TIP To get the perfect edges on a ribbon bow without fraying, the trick is to seal the edges very lightly with a lighter flame. I used a long handled lighter to gently melt the raw edges and seal them. Please note you have to take care when doing this!

BOOKMARK beginner

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • 2 x headpins • silver-plated 7mm jump ring • 5 x crimp beads • silver bookmark blank • purple Tigertail

TOOLS TO CREATE Add a 7mm jump ring to your bookmark end. Cut approximately 5” of purple Tigertail and feed it through the jump ring to just short of halfway. Add a crimp bead to both strands and secure at the top near the jump ring.

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Add a selection of two-holed tile beads, seed beads, crystals and pearls, and secure in place with a crimp bead.


Add a selection of crystals, pearls, acrylic flowers and seed beads to two headpins. Attach the embellished headpins directly to the


WHERE TO BUY The ribbon, bookmark blank, Tigertail and findings used here are available from

jump ring by creating a wrapped loop in each one.

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ABOUT GAYNOR… Gaynor is an accountant by day, and spends her evenings and weekends making jewellery and glass lampwork beads. “After a day working with figures, I find that turning on my torch and creating glass beads, or designing jewellery, allows me to relax and de-stress,” she says. “I sell my work online at my website www.purple and at local craft events in the Essex area, to raise money for two causes I care about, Dr Hadwen Trust and Viva.”

flexible friend

Rubber is not widely used in jewellery making but is a fabulously versatile material that is very easy to work with and ideal for instant fun factor or a darker, more gothic feel. Gaynor Armitage has a variety of inspiring ideas for incorporating it into your designs


Use rubber tubing over Tigertail as a stringing material

MATERIALS • • • • • • • • • • •

black rubber tubing Tigertail focal heart bead silver-plated add-abead pendant 2mm crimp beads split ring or jump ring 2 x silver 4mm spacer beads 2 x wire guardians or short length of gimp wire sterling silver toggle clasp 2 x headpins fish-hook ear wires

TOOLS • • • •


round-nosed pliers crimping pliers wire cutters sharp scissors

TO CREATE Cut a 20” length of Tigertail. Thread a small crimp bead and either a wire guardian or a small piece of gimp wire onto one end. Thread the wire through the loop of your toggle clasp, then back through the crimp bead. Pull into


a tight loop and crimp the crimp bead with your pliers. If you leave a small tail of Tigertail, this will be hidden by the rubber tubing. Add a small silver spacer bead. Cut a 17” piece of rubber tubing and thread it onto the Tigertail.


Attach the focal heart to the add-abead pendant by simply unscrewing one end and adding the bead. Screw the end back on. Now attach the loop at the top of the pendant to a small split ring (you can use a jump ring if you prefer

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but a split ring provides a bit more security). Thread the pendant onto the rubber tubing, then add a small silver spacer bead. Use the same method as before to finish this end of the necklace with the second part of your clasp.

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• black rubber tubing • bracelet-size memory wire • 15 x ruby 12mm AB Moon glass star beads • 13 x ruby 8mm AB Moon glass star beads • silver 4mm spacer beads


TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • memory wire cutters • sharp scissors

TO CREATE Cut four coils of memory wire and use round-nosed pliers to turn a neat loop in one end. Thread a small silver bead right up to the loop. Cut 27 2cm lengths of rubber rubbing and thread the first one onto your memory wire. Add a 12mm star bead, another length of rubber tubing and an 8mm star. Continue in this pattern until you have used up all 27 tubing sections and 13 star beads in each size. Thread on a small silver bead then snip off any excess wire, leaving approximately 7mm for your final loop. Use round-nosed pliers to create the loop and gently squeeze shut.

1 2 Cut rubber tubing into sections to add dimension and texture to a memory wire design


TO MAKE THE MATCHING EARRINGS Cut four 1cm lengths of rubber tubing. Take a headpin and thread on a silver spacer bead, followed by a piece of rubber tubing, a silver spacer bead, a 12mm star, a silver spacer bead, a second piece of rubber tubing and a final silver spacer bead. Cut off any excess pin and turn a loop in the end, not quite squeezing closed. Attach to a fish-hook ear wire before closing the loop securely. Repeat to make the second earring.

1 2 MORE IDEAS WITH RUBBER Get away from classic, gothic or festival looks simply by choosing different colours of rubber tubing. Aqua, for example, can be combined with chunky styles of co-ordinating glass pearls or faceted glass beads for perfect summer holiday style. Alternatively, incorporate several colours into one project, either in subtle gradations or bold, contrasting blocks. Why not give stacked bangles a modern twist by using a different colour on each coil of memory wire? For a fabulous multi-textured contemporary necklace or bracelet, layer overlapping strands of simple rubber tubing – either plain or interspersed with small co-ordinating beads – with strands of chain, suede and beads. Or you could get ambitious and make the most of rubber’s bendy properties by forming petal or other shapes with a wire core to make a focal pendant or brooch, or the centrepiece on a bracelet or headband.

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TO CREATE Cut a single coil of memory wire. Use round-nosed pliers to turn a neat loop in one end and gently squeeze shut. Thread a small silver bead up to the loop. Thread on a round rubber bead, followed by a tube bead. Continue until your choker is the desired length – I have used 16 round beads and 15 tubes. Thread on a small silver bead to give a neat finish to the end and cut off any excess wire,




leaving approximately 7mm for your final loop. Use round-nosed pliers to create a neat loop and squeeze shut. Use a jump ring to attach your lobster clasp to one end of the choker, and a second jump ring to connect an extension chain to the other end.


TO MAKE THE MATCHING EARRINGS Thread a silver spacer bead, then a round rubber bead and


MATERIALS • rainbow 8mm spiky rubber round beads • rainbow spiky rubber tube beads • choker-size memory wire • silver 4mm spacer beads • large lobster clasp


• • • •

extender chain 2 x jump rings 2 x headpins fish-hook ear wires

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • memory wire cutters

another spacer bead onto a headpin. Cut to the required length – I made mine about 6cm long – and turn a loop in the end, not quite squeezing closed. Attach to an ear wire, then close the loop securely. Repeat to make the second earring.

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Choose rubber beads for a fun, retro design that’s bursting with tactile appeal

CARING FOR RUBBER Rubber is a very easy, durable material to work with. Tubing can easily be cut neatly to length with normal household scissors, and to keep your rubber jewellery pieces clean, you simply need to wipe them with a weak solution of warm water and washing-up liquid.

WHERE TO BUY Black rubber tubing is available from Spiky rubber rainbow beads and the star beads used on the bracelet can be bought online at The focal pendant used on the necklace is available from

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designer Each reader featured wins this stunning set of bead strands from Silver Orchid Beads


Take inspiration from these lovely designs, created by some of our talented readers


MATERIALS • • • • • •

Cerise and Chocolate glass pearls crystal AB Czech glass faceted beads headpins jump rings mother-and-son chain toggle clasp


• assorted green 4mm beads • silver beads • silver spacers


size 8 seed beads glass pearls Czech fire polished glass beads suede ribbon


FLOWER WATCH BY CLAIRE FINDLAY FROM TYNE & WEAR MATERIALS • watch face • white flower charm • silver small flower charms • ½” chain • white pearls in various sizes

• mother-of-pearl nuggets in various colours • silver chain • headpins • jump rings • lobster clasp

• clear crystals • silver filigree spacer beads • silver jump rings • silver headpins • silver bead caps

Don’t be shy! Share your creations with us and you could see them on our gallery pages! To submit your work for publication either email an image to or send your project with a stamped addressed envelope for return to CB&J Gallery, Practical Publishing, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG. Don’t forget to include a list of the materials you used.


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the only way is up LISA MAIR DESIGNER

Recycling can sometimes be associated with bottle banks and papier mâché, but upcycling has become a fashion buzzword in recent years with everyone keen to do their bit for the planet and their family finances – while expressing their individuality and staying bang on-trend. Give it a go with Lisa Mair’s fabulous suggestions

Upcycle (v): The process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value

ABOUT LISA… Lisa is “a genuine Essex girl” who works and designs from home, and dreams of eventually having a studio. Her “proper job” is in a primary school but she is working towards being able to design jewellery for a living. Lisa says: “I

have three boys and a husband, and jewellery is my escape into a girly world away from football, Xbox, Top Gear and other man TV.” A few years ago, Lisa set up Trouble Cat Jewellery to sell her unique handcrafted jewellery. Every creation

is handmade using recycled, reclaimed and upcycled materials. “My favourite materials are haberdashery pieces ribbons, buttons, zips, and safety pins,” says Lisa. “Trouble Cat Jewellery is for the brave, it is a little unconventional and

different from stuff you’ll currently find on the high street. I use bold, bright colours, plus I am constantly on the lookout for items to use on my jewellery and accessories that aren’t necessarily associated with jewellery design. The journeys I take to

find materials to use for my jewellery are just as much fun as making the jewellery itself.” Trouble Cat Jewellery, named after a rescue cat who would chase and play with the beads in Lisa’s work area, can be found at www.trouble


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MATERIALS • empty 330ml can in your chosen design • small piece of scrap craft felt • silver coloured 1” craft bottle cap • 18” black suede or leather thong • silver coloured small toggle clasp • 2 x silver thong ends • silver-plated 8mm jump ring • 2 x silver-plated 5mm jump rings


The aluminium once cut can be very sharp. As a safety precaution, wearing rubber gloves or thin gardening gloves is advisable

TO CREATE First you’ll need to prepare your empty drink can. Fill the can with hot water and rinse thoroughly to remove any fizzy drink left behind. Next remove the top and bottom parts of the can, leaving just the printed middle section. To do this, push the sharp point of your scissors into the can as close to the top as you can and cut round. Repeat for the bottom section. The thin middle section of the can needs to be dried completely to



avoid any sticky residue or staining, then wrapped the wrong way round a rolling pin to flatten. Take your circle punch and cut out seven separate discs. You may find it easier to cut your flat piece of aluminium can into seven sections ready for punching as smaller pieces are easier to handle. Use the most colourful parts of the can as this will make your finished design more interesting and vibrant. There should be enough of the can left over to make spares in case of any mishaps. Gently rub around the edges of your seven discs using a fine-grade sandpaper or emery board-style nail file to remove any sharp or rough areas, making each disc smooth and safe to wear. Next take each disc and bend it back and forth at different points to create fold lines and creases. Flatten the disc



back out with your fingers, then gently rub your nail file or sandpaper over the printed surface. This will cause the aluminium to become exposed along the lines and creases, giving a distressed vintage look. Be careful not to rub away too much of the printed design. Take your bottle cap, which will be used to create the centre of the flower design. Spread the inside of the cap generously with glue, then carefully drop one of your prepared discs into place, design side up. While this is drying, cut a disc of craft felt measuring about



3.5cm. This will hold the design together and provide a soft backing that will feel nicer against your skin. Take your 8mm jump ring and glue it to the



• 1” circle punch • fine sandpaper or nail file • good-quality strong glue • 3-4 plastic clothes pegs • sharp scissors • rolling pin or similar

edge of your felt circle, so that half is attached to the felt and the other half is exposed ready for threading onto your thong. When the jump

Mix two or more drink can designs together to give your pendant a completely unique look Change your findings and thong to match the colours in your drink can Make a flower and add a brooch back to your felt rather than a jump ring to make a stunning brooch for your coat

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TO CREATE Open each safety pin and thread on a random selection

1 ring has dried enough to be secure, lay your disc on a flat surface with the side the ring is glued to facing up. Arrange your remaining six discs in a flower shape around the outside of your cut felt, leaving about 1cm exposed in the middle. I would practise this a few times until you are happy – each disc needs to slightly overlap the last. Glue each disc into place, using clothes pegs to clamp them in position while they are drying. Leave to dry overnight or as directed by the glue manufacturer.

When both pieces are completely dry, take your bottle top centre piece, spread glue across the top of the cap and place it glue-side down onto the middle of your six arranged petals. Put a small book or other similar object on top of your finished flower pendant to aid the gluing process.


of beads. Use larger beads on their own, and thread on two or three tiny or seed bead together. When all your safety pins are loaded with beads, start adding them to each link of your blank charm bracelet. To create a


more random effect, add two or three pins to some links and just one to others. Space out your colours evenly. The great thing about this bracelet is that nothing is permanent so you can fiddle and adjust the layout until you are happy.

Once your pendant has dried fully, thread your thong through the jump ring at the back of the design. Finish with thong ends and add jump rings and a toggle clasp of your choice. To keep the thong in place and make the pendant hang more neatly, you can knot your thong securely to the 8mm jump ring.


TOP TIP Your disc may be uneven after the distressing process so I advise holding the disc and bottle top in place with a plastic clothes peg until the glue has dried to ensure it sticks evenly and securely

MATERIALS • silver-plated toggle charm bracelet blank with toggle clasp • 30 x steel safety pins in assorted sizes (25-40mm) • 10 x white 25mm safety pins • 80 x assorted odd beads, faux pearls and crystals in 3-4 complementary colours (up to 6mm)

TOP TIP Before you start, collect up as many odd beads, crystals and pearls as you can. Have a rummage around for old, broken and odd jewellery that you may be able to make use of by reusing the beads. You will then be able to select shades of four complementary colours for your bracelet



Safety pins can be found in all colours so mix and match with various shades of beads. Black and gold pins work well with rich browns and red beads on a copper or black bracelet Use any additional bead-loaded safety pins attached to a kilt pin for a brooch. Or add your pins to an odd length of large-link chain to make a necklace


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MATERIALS • 30x20mm oval brooch back • 2 x standard 60cm vinyl or fabric tape measures (15mm wide)


TO CREATE Take one tape measure and cut it into four roughly equal lengths. Add a dab of glue to one end of one of these pieces and secure it to the other end with a slight overlap, creating a ring. Pinch the ring together in the middle to make a bow tie shape and add a dab of glue to secure. Use a plastic clothes peg to hold the tape



in shape until the glue is dry. Repeat with the remaining three lengths. Lay two of these completed pieces across each other in an ‘X’ shape. Glue together in the middle, secure with a peg and leave to dry. Repeat with the other two pieces. Then lay the ‘X’ shapes across each other to form a rosette. Again, add a dab of glue to the middle and hold in place until dry using a clothes peg. While the rosette is drying, cut a 30cm length from



your second tape measure, ensuring you incorporate the brass or metal end for added embellishment. Gather this piece into a double bow tie shape, leaving the metal end exposed. This can be done freestyle and can be looped and secured any way you want. Just add a dab of glue and secure each looped section to help your centre piece take shape. When both your centre piece and rosette shape are fully dried, arrange the centre piece on top of the


rosette and glue the two together. Secure with a peg until dry. Finally,


• sharp scissors • good-quality strong glue • 3-4 plastic clothes pegs

add your oval brooch back with a generous coating of glue.

To add extra embellishment to your brooch, add a large flat-back decorative button as your centre piece Instead of adding a brooch back to your finished design, glue onto a wide headband for an on-trend fascinator

WHERE TO BUY All the findings used here, along with the bracelet blank and thong, are available from

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17th April – Introduction to beading 24th April – The Chunky Stuff 1st May – Shamballa-style bracelets 8th May – Earrings 15th May – Introduction to beading 22nd May – Twist ribbon necklace 29th May – Advanced beginners 5th June – Stretch bracelets 12th June – Make clay mosaic beads 19th June – Introduction to beading 26th June – Shamballa-style bracelets



14th April – 90-minute jewellery make & take 14th April – Crafternoon Tea craft group 21st April – 90-minute jewellery make & take 28th April – 90-minute jewellery make & take 29th April – Shamballa bracelet 11th May – Crafternoon Tea craft group 13th May – Shamballa bracelet 9th June – Crafternoon Tea craft group

7 MARKET STREET, NOTTINGHAM NG1 6HY WWW.MAILORDER-BEADS.CO.UK 0115 958 8899 14th April – Tiaras 19th April – All-day basic jewellery making 21st April – All-day basic jewellery making 26th April – Swarovski chain maille 26th April – Stampbord pendants 28th April – Introduction to Silver Art Clay 5th May – All-day basic jewellery making


56 ONGAR ROAD, BRENTWOOD, ESSEX CM15 9AX WWW.BRENTWOOD-BEAD-SHOP.CO.UK 01277 226722 Brentwood Bead Shop offers classes covering everything from beginners’ basics to a variety of techniques, including wirework, chain maille and corsage and tiara making. Workshops are run on Wednesday evenings 8-10pm and Saturdays 11am-1pm and 2-4pm, with other midweek sessions available on request. Classes cost £20 per person.



6 DEAN PARK STREET, STOCKBRIDGE, EDINBURGH EH4 1JW WWW.BEADSHOPSCOTLAND.CO.UK 0131 343 3222 14th April – 90-minute jewellery make & take 19th April – Celtic knot bracelet 21st April – 90-minute jewellery make & take 22nd April – Silversmith techniques 26th April – Egyptian coil bracelet 28th April – 90-minute jewellery make & take 29th April – Rags to Riches brooch 10th May – Aluminium etched bangle 13th May – Raspberry Ripple bracelet 17th May – Earrings galore 27th May – In the Navy necklace 31st May – Vintage button bracelet 82

50/56 HIGH STREET, MARKET DEEPING, PETERBOROUGH PE6 8EB WWW.RIVERSIDEBEADS.CO.UK 01778 346810 13th April – Introduction to wirework 14th April – Silver Art Clay level 1 15th April – Starter jewellery-making class 15th April – Peyote bead weaving 21st April – Starter jewellery-making class 22nd April – Level 2 coiling gizmo 28th April – Introduction to wirework 29th April – Fascinator workshop 6th May – Starter jewellery-making class 12th May – Shamballa bead bracelet 26th May – Starter jewellery-making class 6th June – Starter jewellery-making class 7th June – Shamballa bead bracelet 9th June – Shamballa bead bracelet


7 THE GREEN, HADDENHAM, ELY, CAMBS CB6 3TA WWW.SPOILTROTTENBEADS.CO.UK 01353 749853 14th April – Crystal Clay jewellery 20th April – All-day bridal jewellery 21st April – Introduction to beaded jewellery making 25th April – Cocktail hat workshop 27th April – Express jewellery making 28th April – Art Clay silver rings 5th May – Beaded bangles 18th May – Nest rings & herringbone weave wire links 19th May – Introduction to beaded jewellery making 26th May – One-day introduction to chain maille jewellery 2nd June – Sculpting wire for tiaras & prom jewellery 9th June – Art Clay silver introductory pendants, beads, baubles & charms 16th June – Introduction to beaded jewellery making 23rd June – Full Persian weave chain maille (intermediate) 7th July – Japanese lace weave chain maille 13th July – Art Clay silver introductory pendants, beads, baubles & charms 14th July – Introduction to beaded jewellery making 21st July – Metal Clay fun day 28th July – Freeform wire wrapped necklace & ring



14th April – Three Jewellery Projects in a Day wirework class 18th April – Ladder stitch & spiral rope beadwork earrings 21st April – Crystal netted beadwork bracelet 25th April – Macramé friendship bracelet 28th April – Macramé shamballa-style bracelet

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DIARY FOCUS ON... MID CORNWALL SCHOOL OF JEWELLERY Founded in 2001, the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery has established an international reputation for excellence and innovation in the training of traditional and contemporary jewellery-making techniques. A variety of short courses for all skill levels run all year round, including half-day tasters and one- or two-day classes. The purpose-built, well equipped workshop provides a safe and supportive learning environment. The School’s reputation attracts top tutors from around the world and high-quality masterclasses run every year. They also specialise in teaching silver metal clay with two of the world’s leading artists on the staff. The most thorough and comprehensive brand-neutral silver metal clay qualification in the world was developed at MCSJ. The four grades of their Diploma can be studied separately or as a 10-day intensive course, which runs twice a year. It is also available as a home study course. Book online through the website. Complete beginners can also make their own wedding rings at the School. TREESMILL FARM,TYWARDREATH, PAR, CORNWALL PL24 2TX WWW.MCSJ.CO.UK 01726 817989 19th April – Silver metal clay taster 20th April – Silver metal clay for fun 21st-23rd April – Intermediate metal clay, Diploma grade 2 25th April – Open workshop day 28th April – Charm bracelet in a day 29th April – Two silver rings in a day 1st May – Silver metal clay for fun 5th-6th May – Making glass cabochons: Fusing for beginners 7th May – Silver metal clay taster 8th-9th May – Advanced metal clay, Diploma grade 3 10th-11th May – Adding colour to metal clay 16th May – Open workshop day 19th-20th May – Resin memory bracelet

5th May – Crystal cuff beadwork bracelet 19th May – Flat rope beadwork bracelet 26th May – Beauty Queen ring 9th June – Crystal & cube beadwork bracelet 16th June – Beadwork & rivoli ring



Tuesday evenings – Jewellery-making course for beginners (six weeks) Thursday evenings – Intermediate jewellery workshop (six weeks) 14th April – Crystal cuff beadwork bracelet 21st April – Macramé shamballa-style bracelet 5th May – Crystal & cube beadwork bracelet

21st May – Silver metal clay for fun 25th May – Silver metal clay taster 27th May – Make your own wedding rings 30th May – Open workshop day 2nd-3rd June – Masterclass with Lesley Messam: Potion bottle necklace 4th-5th June – Masterclass with Lesley Messam: Mixed metal clay pendant 9th-10th June – Ring & pendant stone setting weekend 11th-15th June – Mixed silverwork week 16th-17th June – Beginners metal clay, Diploma grade 1 26th June – Silver metal clay taster 27th June – Open workshop day 28th June – Silver metal clay for fun

12th May – Three Jewellery Projects in a Day wirework class 26th May – Beadwork & rivoli ring 2nd June – Beginner’s beadwork ruffle bracelet 9th June – Macramé shamballa-style bracelet 16th June – Wire sculpture (three pendants, two rings) 23rd June – Three Jewellery Projects in a Day wirework class 30th June – Textured necklace 7th July – Crystal & pearl beadwork ring 14th July – Crystal cuff beadwork bracelet

14th April – Macramé shamballa-style bracelet 21st April – Wirework/coiling gizmo beads 28th April – Button & crystal cluster wirework rings 5th May – Wire & button necklace 12th May – Crystal wirework headband/tiara 19th May – Wire wrapping stones 26th May – Beginner’s jewellery techniques 2nd June – Beadwork & rivoli ring 9th June – Three Jewellery Projects in a Day wirework class 16th June – Beauty Queen ring



Wednesday evenings – Bead & wire jewellery-making course (six weeks)

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ABOUT MICHELE… Michele Dobson is a partner in World of Beads in Winchester. Along with her partner, Simon, she creates unique one-off pieces, many using lampwork glass beads that Simon makes himself. When designing jewellery items, Michele draws on her time living in the Caribbean for inspiration, especially the bright, vibrant colours that surround every aspect of life on the islands. As well as designing and making jewellery for World of Beads, Michele offers a bespoke jewellery-making service to cater for her clients’ individual needs.


as I walked out one midsummer morning This oh-sopretty set uses crystals in a gorgeous summer palette to evoke the sparkle of dew on a rose garden in the early morning sunshine

TO MAKE THE SET • 45 x white 6-8mm baroque pearls • 26 x Olivine 6mm Swarovski bicone crystals • 26 x Fuchsia 6mm Swarovski bicone crystals • 24 x Crystal AB 4mm Swarovski bicone crystals • 8 x Crystal AB 6mm Swarovski bicone crystals • Tigertail • calottes • crimp beads • clasps • headpins • 6mm jump rings

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters


NECKLACE beginner

TO CREATE Cut two 16” lengths of Tigertail. Place one end of each piece into a calotte together, and fasten with a crimp bead. Close the calotte over


the crimp bead. Thread a 4mm crystal onto both strands of wire. Separate the two strands and thread a pearl and a Fuchsia crystal onto one. Thread an Olivine crystal, followed by a pearl, onto the other. Thread another 4mm crystal onto both strands together.

2 3 4

Continue beading in the same way until you have 18 repeats of the fourbead pattern, finishing with a 4mm crystal. Thread both pieces of Tigertail into a calotte and fasten with a crimp bead. Close the calotte over the crimp and finish the necklace by attaching the clasp components

5 6

to the calotte loops at each end.

BRACELET beginner

TO CREATE Cut a piece of Tigertail wire approximately 10”


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long. Thread on a crimp bead, followed by a 4mm crystal and one half of the clasp. Make a loop by threading the wire end back through the crystal and crimp bead, then flatten the crimp using your flat-nosed pliers. Add a second 4mm crystal followed by a pearl,


and one each of the three colours of crystal, ending with another pearl. Repeat the pattern five times, finishing with a 4mm crystal. Check the tension and attach the second half of the clasp with a wire loop and crimp in the same way you started the bracelet.

3 4

EARRINGS beginner

TO CREATE Thread each bead individually onto a headpin and turn a wrapped loop above it. Open a 6mm jump ring and thread on a pearl and a jump ring.

1 2

Open the second jump ring and thread on two crystals in different colours and another jump ring, to give a chain effect.


Do this twice more, attaching an ear wire to the final jump ring. Repeat to make the second earring.

4 5

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from World of Beads, 1 Stonemasons Court, Parchment Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8AT;; 01962 861255


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willow weaving This beautiful Japanese-style bracelet echoes the fluid shape of ornamental weeping willow tree branches



ABOUT SAMANTHA… Samantha first met Donna McKean Smith, the owner of Riverside Beads, more than 13 years ago.They share a passion for all things crafty and after Samantha became a regular at the bead shop, Donna invited her to run a couple of basic beadweaving classes to see if any customers would be interested. She now teaches five classes a month. Samantha says: “My love of designing and bead weaving comes from the process of taking the most basic of beads and creating beautiful pieces.”

TO CREATE Cut a length of thread around 2.5m


MATERIALS • size 9 seed beads • size 11 seed beads • approx 22 x 4mm cube beads • toggle clasp • beading thread

TOOLS • needle • scissors

long and fold it in half. Attach the toggle end of your clasp at this halfway point using a lark’s head knot. Thread your needle onto one strand and pick up seven size 9 seed beads. You are now starting work on the first side of the bracelet. Pick up five size 9 seed beads and take your needle back up


WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Riverside Beads, 50-56 High Street, Market Deeping, Peterborough PE6 8EB;; 01778 346810

through the third and fourth beads from the needle end to form a ‘box’ of four beads. The two beads that have turned back are known as the return beads. Pick up a size 11 seed bead and go back down through five size 9 beads. Pick up a 4mm cube and go up through the two return beads. Repeat Steps 2-4 until your bracelet is the desired length. Thread the needle onto the other strand and go up through the first five of

3 4 5 6

the size 9 seed beads at the start of the bracelet. Add another two. Pick up five size 9 seed beads and go through the third and fourth beads from the needle, again forming a box of four with two return beads. Pick up a size 11 seed bead and go back down through five size 9 beads. Instead of picking up a cube, go up through the cube from the first side of the work and then the two return beads on this side. This will draw both sides

7 8 9

of the work together. Repeat along the whole length of the bracelet. To finish, sew together both sets of the two middle return beads. Then pass the needle and thread through the loop part of the clasp and down through two of the middle beads. Repeat to secure the clasp. Secure your thread and run it through your work before trimming. Repeat with the other strand.

10 11



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day & night Use the same selection of beads to create a contemporary daytime bracelet, and a beautiful multi-strand necklace ideal for summer evenings

lobster clasp attached to memory wire loop

loop in end of memory wire

wire fed in and out of chain links until whole chain used

asymmetrical pattern of 8 bicones each side

bicone on eyepin attached centrally with wrapped loop

SHOPPING LIST silver Jewelry Basics starter pack, £4

teal Jewelry Basics resin donut, £4


sapphire Jewelry Basics faceted beads, £4

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turquoise Jewelry Basics faceted beads, £4

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strands crimped together, covered by focal bead

beaded strands on each side loosely wound together


ABOUT DEBBIE… Debbie has been making jewellery for about five years. She is a designer, silversmith and mum of three, and is currently the resident designer for docrafts.

crimp to attach clasp

short length of chain attached centrally to beading wire loop at base of donut


eyepin drop 2 x equal wire lengths each doubled over at this point


loop in eyepin through wires

wire length folded in half, wrapped around back of donut and crimped

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from

Craft & Jewelry 7-strand beading wire, £2.50

dark blue Jewelry Basics mixed glass beads, £4

Frost Seamist Jewelry Basics oval glass beads, £4

Ocean Breeze 4mm Crystazzi bicones, £4

Cousins memory wire pack, £3

Symbolize ovallink chain, £4


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glossary of


Follow these basic techniques to get started on your projects


Grip the jump ring on each side of the 1 opening using pliers – either two pairs of flat-nosed, or one flat-nosed and one

To open the jump ring, bring one pair 2 of pliers towards you, opening the jump ring like a door rather than pulling

round-nosed pair.

it apart.

Slide your component onto the ring, 3 then reverse the action of your pliers to bring the ends neatly back together.

FORMING A PLAIN LOOP This is the simplest way of creating a loop on a headpin, eyepin or a length of wire, ready for connecting to other components.

Trim the wire end to 1cm above the Grip the tip of the wire using roundRelease the wire, rotate the pliers back 1 2 3 last bead, and make a 90Âş bend close to nosed pliers, and rotate the pliers away towards you and grip the wire again. the bead using a pair of chain-nosed or from you to start curling the wire. Continue rotating the wire and repositioning flat-nosed pliers.


your pliers until the loop is formed.

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GLOSSARY TECHNIQUES CREATING A WRAPPED LOOP A wrapped loop is stronger than a simple loop, as it is completely closed and is perfect for heavier pendants and for creating links.

Trim the wire end to 3cm above the 1 last bead, then use a pair of chainnosed pliers to make a 90º bend a short

Hold the wire just above the bend Position the bottom jaw of your pliers 2 3 using round-nosed pliers, and wrap the into the curved wire and complete the end of the wire over the top jaw. curve to form a loop. Your wire end

distance above the bead.

Holding the loop flat using chainnosed pliers, grip the wire end using flat-nosed pliers and wind it around the stem to cover the gap between the loop and the bead.


should be back at the 90º angle.

Trim the end of the wire using cutters, and flatten it against the stem using flat-nosed pliers to squash any sharp edges.



Position the crimp bead in the ridged 1 section of your pliers and squeeze to curl the crimp.

Position the crimp bead back in the 2 oval section of your pliers, ensuring it is sitting vertically, then squeeze gently to compress the crimp to a smooth, rounded shape.

FINISHING ENDS Stringing materials, such as cord or ribbon, can be knotted and the knot covered with a clam calotte. Stiffer stringing materials, such as nylon beading wire, should be finished with a crimp, which can then be covered with a clam calotte.

Simply thread a calotte onto your stringing material, tie a knot or fix a crimp at the end, then slide the calotte back up to the end and close the two halves for perfect concealment.


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tools of the trade

Get to grips with your jewellery-making tool kit – we guide you through the essential contents and their applications for professional-looking results




Also known as snipe-nosed pliers, these have flat jaws on the inside and rounded jaws on the outside and are designed for precision jobs such as creating wrapped loops.

Pliers with round jaws that taper to a point are used for forming loops and curves and are ideal for creating your own jump rings.

These pliers have flat faces on both sides of the jaws and are used for gripping wire and jewellery components while you are working on them, and for bending and flattening wire.




Although chain or flat-nosed pliers will suffice to fix crimp beads, crimping pliers give a neat, professional finish. They are two-stage pliers, specifically designed to crush and fold crimp tubes to fix the position of beads on stringing material and to secure the ends.

These pliers will handle cutting lengths of soft wire and trimming headpins and eyepins. The jaws are angled for a clean, flush cut.

Memory wire cutters are essential if you want to use this sturdy wire for creating jewellery, as it will damage the jaws of regular wire cutters.

NYLON-JAW PLIERS Nylon-jaw pliers are identical to flat-nosed pliers except that the jaws are moulded from plastic and are used to handle soft precious-metal wires and components that could be easily marked or dented.

WIREWORKING TOOLS If you are keen to create your own wire components, a chasing hammer and steel stake are essential for flattening and workhardening (toughening) wire shapes. Chasing hammers are lightweight and easy to handle, and steel stakes on which to hammer your work have an ultra-smooth surface to eliminate the chance of marking your pieces.

BEADING TWEEZERS A pair of beading tweezers is handy for managing tiny seed beads and unpicking knots in stringing materials.


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From pins and clasps to rings and wire, if you’re new to jewellery making let us guide you through the essentials...

‘Findings’ is the word given to the group of core components needed to make jewellery. They are available in a variety of base and precious metals with a range of finishes; bronze and copper findings are now widely available, and make an interesting alternative to gold and silver. If you are specifically looking for hypo-allergenic findings, niobium and titanium components and wires are ideal and are available in a variety of colour finishes.

CLASPS Used to join the ends of a bracelet or necklace together, either manually or magnetically, clasps are available in a variety of designs. They can be simple wire components or highly decorative pieces that can be an integral part of jewellery design.

EYEPINS Instead of having a flat or decorative head, eyepins have a looped ‘eye’ that enables other components to be attached directly to them.

JUMP RINGS These are simple wire loops that are used to connect different components. Standard jump rings can be opened and closed, and you can purchase jump rings that are soldered closed when added security is required.

THREAD Thread encompasses many different materials, both manmade and of natural origin, and should be chosen according to the beads in your design. Silk is perfect for threading pearls and semi-precious stones, while nylon is more suited to glass beads. You need to be able to tie a knot in the thread that is large enough to stop the beads coming off, so take this into consideration. Flat threading materials such as ribbon and suede lace are perfect for large-holed beads, and can be finished with coils or box calottes to secure the end to your clasp.

SPLIT RINGS Split rings are similar to jump rings, but with two rotations of wire. They are used when added security is required. Unlike closed jump rings, they can have components added to them in the same way that keys are attached to a key ring.

EAR WIRES Fish hooks are the standard ear wires used to create dangly earrings, but beaded designs can also be hung from ball and pin earrings, or even clip-on bases for non-pierced ears.

HEADPINS Similar to a standard sewing pin, headpins are commonly used to make dangly elements in a piece of jewellery. Standard headpins have a flattened top, but common variations include ball pins and pins with decoratively beaded ends.

STRINGING MATERIALS: CHAIN There are many different chain designs made from several different metals – or modern polyester for a lightweight but chunky alternative. Use small lengths of chain in a design to link different components, or single links from a large open chain as part of a feature pendant.

WIRE Wire is sold by both length and weight, and is categorised by its gauge (the thickness of the wire). The following table describes the uses for the most common wire gauges. Gauge

Thickness (mm)












Binding, knitting and weaving Threading small, delicate beads. Binding and twisting Wirework with crystals and medium beads Wire-wrapping large beads and creating wire components Bold, chunky wireworked designs

Coloured wires are usually copper with an enamel coating. Tigertail is a speciality twistedsteel beading wire with a nylon coating, while Soft Flex wire is similar but more flexible and less prone to kinking. You can buy solid or plated silver and gold wire, and plated wire is often a good economical option (silver-plated wire won’t tarnish as quickly as solid silver). Memory wire, available in ring, bracelet and necklace sizes, is a stainless steel wire that never loses its shape. It is sold in coils that can be cut into individual rounds, strung with beads and finished with an end cap.


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