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56 exclusive designer projects you’ll love Issue 23

Best of British Special nspiration for ALL levels of beadcrafts a nd jewellery making Ideas and i

Get set for summer Sensational makes for sunny days & sizzling nights

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Shamballa style YOUR way

Stunning effects with Pebeo

Create unique charms & links

Exciting Friendly Plastic ideas

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Plus quick makes, gift jewellery, glass fusing, giveaways and more!

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“I love the combination of delicate antique filigree and the shimmering colour and texture provided by the Friendly Plastic in this stunning, truly individual necklace”

hello... ... and welcome to Issue 23 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. Summer’s here, and whether you’re jetting off on holiday or staying on British shores, we’ve got the perfect jewellery ideas to see you through to September. Stephie Hall’s stunning necklace on page 15 and on our cover this issue captures the very essence of tropical paradise in its shimmering paua shell focal and iridescent beadwork, while Deborah Stuart’s Bronzed Goddess set on page 24 is the epitome of Continental chic. There’s a quick-to-make necklace with plenty of fun factor from the girls at Budding Beads on page 23, and Sarah Millsop of Beader’s Companion has the answer to a bulging suitcase and overthe-limit hand luggage on page 26 with clever multi-way jewellery that gives you several lovely holiday looks in one. A staycation has rarely looked so tempting, with the sparkle and tradition of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee followed by all the excitement, hope and glory of the Olympic Games on home soil. Cheer on Great Britain in style wearing a pair of Sarah Austin’s fantastic and beginnerfriendly Union Jack chain maille earrings (see page 37) or indulge in a patriotic spending spree with our pick of Cool Britannia beads and charms on page 39. Embrace this on-trend red, white and blue colour scheme in slightly more subtle fashion with Anna Weller’s charm bracelet on page 40 or Donna McKean Smith’s twist on the hugely popular Shamballa bracelet on page 34. Few looks have become as sizzling hot as the Shamballa style, which has developed into a fully fledged celebrity craze in recent

EDITORIAL Editor – Anna Wright Editorial Assistant – Lindsey Hopkins Art Editor – Stella Osborne Sub-Editors – Becky Higgins, Justine Moran Photographer – Rachel Burgess CONTRIBUTORS Sarah Austin, Mel Brooke, Karen Brown, Carol Cash, Candy Chappill, Dawn Cotton Fuge, Tracey Cross, Andre Curran, Michele Dobson, Kate Eldridge, Steph Gibbs, Stephie Hall, Lindsey Hopkins, Judith Hannington, Emily Kersh, Debbie Kershaw, Sharon Lindley, Donna McKean Smith, Sarah Millsop, Nina Osborne, Amanda Pickstock, Jane Purdy, Deborah Stuart, Liz Welch, Anna Weller, 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.

months – complete with requisite bling and soaring designer price tags. Donna’s brilliant article takes it back to basics from page 32, showing you how to adapt the basic technique to give it your own personal take. Steph Gibbs has also focused on individual style this issue with a fabulous fascinator and bracelet in deep lapis and petrol tones on page 60, proving you can get dressed up for a summer occasion without falling back on pastels and pinks. Plus there are more innovative suggestions to guarantee you’ll stand out from the crowd, with the gorgeous, unusual effects you can achieve with new wonder-product Pebeo showcased from page 19 and Liz Welch demonstrating her unique Oooze technique using Friendly Plastic from page 47. Give them a go – you’ll be amazed at how simply you can get spectacular results you’d never find on the high street. Happy beading!


YOUR FREE GIFT Our fabulous mini book, free with this issue of CB&J, is packed with essential information and techniques, creative suggestions and design concepts, and inspiring step-by-step projects – you won’t want to be without it, whatever your personal style and experience level

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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



We have a fantastic selection of beading delights, books, show tickets and more up for grabs

From stunning statement pieces to simple beach wear and travelfriendly ideas, we’ve got it all!



Introducing Pebeo Fantasy paints – the easiest way to wow-factor results!

Innovative suggestions and detailed step-by-step guides for wonderful wirework



Give your own personal twist to the celebrities’ favourite look of the moment!

Discover Friendly Plastic and the incredible Oooze technique for one-of-a-kind creations

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

28&38 Competitions

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

30 Bead Doctor

All your questions answered


Unique ways to join in the patriotic spirit sweeping the nation this summer

39&87 Shopping Guides

Indulge yourself in a little retail therapy

42&62 Designer Galleries We showcase readers’ creations

58 Giveaways

£££s worth of products up for grabs

64 The Bead Challenge

Three designers test their creativity

82 Workshop Calendar

90 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 ideas to take you from a casual holiday daytime look to a hot night out

A peek at what awaits in Issue 24, from fabulous projects to your free gift

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features 12 Fun & Games

53 Coming Of Age

Get into the Olympic spirit this summer with these playful projects inspired by the greatest show on earth!

We continue our series on perfect gift jewellery pieces to mark milestone life events with four wonderful designs to celebrate reaching adulthood

15 Tropical Depths

Making exciting use of seed beads, crystals and pearls to showcase a spectacular paua shell cabochon, this necklace is guaranteed to turn heads

19 Magic & Moonshine

Pebeo Fantasy is a dazzling new product that has really got the CB&J team excited and we couldn’t wait to share!

32 Shamballa Festival

Take the hottest jewellery trend around and give it your own personal twist with these fabulous variations

37 Flying The Flag

Put on a show of patriotism with plenty of individuality with these striking but simple coiled weave chain maille earrings

40 A Day At The Seaside

Show your true colours this summer with this fun-to-wear and easy-to-make British seaside-themed charm bracelet

60 Blue Bayou

A statement flower shape in striking non-seasonal colours gives a wonderful look for a summer wedding or ball without compromising on edgier tastes

72 Daisy Chains

Chunky lampwork daisy beads add a lovely, fresh feel to any design and can be used to create jewellery in a variety of summery styles

23 Beach Brights

Super-quick and simple to make, this vibrant necklace will look just as fabulous on the beach or at the bar

76 Wire Symphony

Learn how to create your own wire links, shaped charms and embellishments for classy, unique jewellery – combined here with decorative beads and rich pearls for an exotic Middle Eastern flavour

24 Bronzed Goddess

Here gorgeous statement beads in shimmering beach-babe tones are perfectly combined with laid-back style

84 Pick n’ Mix 43 Flowers In The Window

Be inspired and add your own creative flair to create unique glass artwork that will sparkle in the sun

44 When The Living Is Easy

This pretty necklace and earrings set mixes pearls, seed beads and simple chain maille for a perfect feminine summer

26 Roses & Limes

This innovative multi-way jewellery set in pretty, zesty shades is the quintessential holiday project

47 New Squeeze

Discover Oooze with Friendly Plastic to create beautiful, unusual designs packed with shimmering colour and dimension

These colourful beaded sweets are almost irresistible. Use bright beads with delicate netting and herringbone stitch to create a necklace that’s good enough to eat

Subscription offer Save an incredible 40% when you subscribe to Creative Beads & Jewellery Turn to page 70 for full details


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

DID YOU KNOW? Father’s Day falls on Sunday 17th June this year, so if you’re still looking for a last-minute gift idea, bear in mind that the trend for Shamballa-style bracelets is raging just as strong among male celebrities, from Matt Cardle to Michael Schumacher, as it is among the girls. See our guide to creating Shamballa-style bracelets with a personal twist on page 32 for inspiration.

Regular CB&J contributor Judith Hannington has emerged victorious in the Glass Beadmakers UK intermediate lampwork bead category for 2012, with the results announced at the recent Flame Off show. The two-day annual event enjoyed its biggest turnout yet with a hugely successful itinerary of demonstrations and stalls. “My entry to the ‘Fauna’ category was inspired by a gift I made for a friend’s 30th birthday,” Judith says. “She loves all things magical – fairies, toadstools, etc – and her birthday present request was a red and white toadstool bead for a necklace. So I set to work – or play! – and her present was made and my ‘woodland scene’ idea was born. It evolved (and grew in size) with each added component – balancing the scene, keeping to odd numbers, finding somewhere to sit the robin. The glass elements are a mix of regular through-holed beads made on a standard mandrel, beads made over the tip of a regular mandrel to achieve a ‘no-hole’ appearance and the flat-backed ladybird, which was made on a cabochon mandrel. My aim was to create a ‘bring a smile to the viewer’s face’ piece – something fun.” You can view and purchase Judith’s lampwork and fused glass creations at



GET THE LOOK Create your own personal version of the London-themed jewellery pieces that are taking the high street by storm this summer... London Tour Bus pendant necklace, £7 from

Sterling silver London Bridge charm, £3 from; 01462 438233 Enamelled London red bus charm, 97p from; 01509 211974

Enamelled Union Jack charm, 74p from; 01524 412728


BEE HAPPY Crystal bumble bee pendant pattern, £3.25 excluding materials from

Turn to page 39 for more Cool Britannia beads and charms to inspire your patriotic spirit!

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If you’re looking forward to long summer days spent beachcombing or out walking in the countryside, at home or abroad, this new title could contain the perfect ideas for turning your souvenirs into unique and lasting jewellery pieces. In Wild Jewellery, designer and author Sarah Drew offers handy tips on sourcing decorative materials – from a beautiful feather or pine cone to driftwood – before giving stepby-step instructions to creating one-of-a-kind pieces from your resulting treasures. From a sea plastic cocktail ring to a driftwood deco tiara, the pieces employ a wide variety of jewellery-making techniques, making the book ideal for beginners and experienced makers alike. Published by Jacqui Small Publishing at £16.99.



... these lovely thong-style bookmarks, perfect for marking your place when you leave the sunlounger for a quick dip – and easy enough to make on the plane! Available in five vibrant colours from

SUMMER NIGHTS WIN! Bright and shiny vacuumplated flat beads will add a splash of colour and a dash of fun to any jewellery piece – ideal for a little pizzazz on those summer evenings out. Mix and match round and square beads for maximum impact! Prices start at 15p each from www.beads, but we have two mixed sets of these beads, which come in five fabulous designs, worth £17.50 each, to give away this issue. For your chance to win, send your name and email address on a postcard to CB&J23 Beads Unlimited flat beads, Practical Publishing, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG to arrive by 2nd August 2012

AMERICAN STYLE Anita’s Beads in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, is delighted to be hosting renowned US-based jewellery designer Diane Fitzgerald for two workshops in September. Diane has taught classes around the world and is a true expert when it comes to beadweaving. As a collector, Diane focuses on contemporary American art glass beads and European and Japanese vintage beads. In the first workshop, Diane will explain how to create a beautiful Crystal Garden right-angle weave bracelet. The second will focus on this Pentagons & Crystal necklace, featuring Delicas and Swarovski crystals, which has never been taught before. The workshops will be held on 14th and 15th September and each costs £55, which includes a buffet lunch but not materials. Visit or call 01273 454672 for more information or to book your place.


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Sadly, for safety reasons, babies and beads are not a good combination. If sleepless nights and all that tugging, pulling and chewing from your little one has put your jewellery making on hold for a little while, at least you don’t have to give up wearing it entirely. Mama Jewels designs completely non-toxic pieces that can be washed and sterilised and won’t break – and this summer it is adding this pretty Fleur necklace to its collection. Available in four colourways, priced £19.95, from

We all spend time daydreaming about our next holiday, don’t we? Fuel the fire with a look at one of the companies offering jewellery-making cruises in exotic locations. Inspiration for a new project can come from anywhere, but exploring islands and hidden beaches is sure to prompt more than a few ideas, plus you can improve your skills and learn new techniques as you sail the high seas – and return home with as many fabulous handmade souvenirs as you have time to make. Time to start saving! Check out and for starters to find out more!



SIZE MATTERS! Fantastic Shrink Plastic by Natalia Colman, £9.99 from





Following in the footstep of supermarkets and high-street stores everywhere, Spoilt Rotten Beads has launched a new customer loyalty scheme. Bead Bucks gives shoppers the chance to gain points whenever they buy something at www. and for every £10 spent online, customers receive one Bead Buck. Collect 12 Bead Bucks and you’ll get £6 off your order.

Summer is in full bloom and we’re loving everything floral, especially these pretty flower beads. The trend for bright colours is still going strong, and mixing and matching a few different shades of beads will add a vibrant pop of floral freshness to any outfit! Cutie clay flower mix, 60p for 10 from

See page 72 this issue for some beautiful daisy lampwork bead designs

If you’re planning a picnic or afternoon tea in the sun this summer, these cute teapot toggles would add the perfect finish to any charm bracelet or necklace. Measuring 16x13mm, the toggles are the same on both sides and come in antique gold, antique black and silver-plated finishes, priced from 40p each from For more picnic-themed beading treats, check out our good-enough-to-eat shopping guide on page 87 this issue!

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Beads, findings and a herd of other stuff...

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 self taught. CB&J is great as the designers’ explanations are so easy to follow. I have attached a picture of a herringbone weave necklace I made (below) after reading Dawn Cotton Fuge’s article on making a bracelet this way in Issue 22. I have tried this weave before but could never quite get it right. I hope that I have done Dawn’s instructions justice. Janine Cragg, Bangor, Co Down

IT’S A WRAP! I just thought I’d like to let you know that your magazine helped me with a kit I’d been given as a present a couple of years ago. My sister bought me a Bead Fairy Polka Dot Bracelet kit and I’d been a bit reluctant to tackle it as it’s rated intermediate level, in case I got it wrong. But then I needed a present for a really good friend and as it’s just her colour, I decided to give it a go. “Oh heck, I need to


make lots of wrapped loops – I’ve not done those before...” Then I remembered seeing how to make them in the Glossary of Techniques in the back of Creative Beads & Jewellery. Thank you! I’ve enclosed a picture of the bracelet (above) – I did a good job, if I say so myself, thanks to your clear instructions! Having the step-by-step pictures as well as the written description made it really easy to

make the 30 wrapped loops that I needed, and it only took me an evening to assemble the whole bracelet. It would have taken me a lot longer if I’d had to work it out for myself. Sarah Holmes, by email

CRYSTAL CLEAR I would just like to congratulate you on a fantastic, informative magazine. I have been making jewellery for two years and am totally

FEMININE TOUCH Well, you’ve managed to surprise me. I’ve always admired what can be achieved with chain maille but found it a bit geometric and masculine (if you know what I mean) for my tastes – I tend to like my jewellery pretty and sparkly. Then I saw Deborah Stuart’s ‘Lilac in Bloom’ article in Issue 22 of CB&J (below right), and I’m smitten! This shaggy loops pattern with

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STAR LETTER BEADING THERAPY I am the co-ordinator of St Helens AUTISM Support Group, Merseyside. We have been established since March 2009 and now have 12 regular families on the register with others popping in and out for support. We meet every week with the kindness of the children’s disability service, who host us on a donation basis. Our aim is to empower parents by giving them the the seed beads, pearls and bead caps is just gorgeous. I’ve made three pairs of the earrings in different colours already and have promised myself I’ll find time to do the necklace this weekend. Thank you. Clair McGuire, by email

opportunity to put their creative skills to good use in a comfortable, small group, encouraging them to relax, chat and de-stress, as the caring role with an autistic child is extremely demanding on a daily basis. We are aiming to accommodate the parents’ needs every week with the option of participating and joining in group activity and jewellery making/crafting sessions. Some of the parents haven’t been out of the house very much and need encouragement, and some of the mothers have not had the

chance to be in touch with their female side for a long time due to the demands of their caring role. I have found that this very therapeutic jewellery-making group activity gives a wide range of benefits that continue long after the session is over. This will ease a lot of anxiety within the home and for the child who has autism if the parent is able to go home from the group sessions relaxed and ready to face the challenging day ahead. We rely on donations of beads and findings and are grateful for anything that other enthusiastic jewellery makers can


little afraid to mix different types/textures of beads, but seeing the experts and their projects in CB&J gave me the confidence to experiment. I now try to mix beads to add texture and interest to my pieces. I’ve attached a picture of one of my recent projects (right), which combines crystal bicones and shell beads of different bright colours – I’ve been looking forward to wearing it over the summer. Thanks again for the variety of makes you include each month – it’s an invaluable resource for novices like me! Emma Vidler, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Hello! Just wanted to let you know how inspiring your magazine has been to me. I’ve only been making jewellery for a year or so and there’s always a project that fires my imagination. When I started on my ‘beady journey’ I was a

donate to help this eye-opening experience for the parents continue. Tracey McFadden, Newton le Willows, Merseyside CB&J: We all appreciate how therapeutic beading can be, and what an enjoyable ‘escape’ it must be for these parents who do such an amazing job for their children. We hope your Star Letter prize will help the group continue to flourish. If any readers wish to donate unwanted beads or other essentials, please send them to us

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

at the usual CB&J address and we will be very happy to forward them on to Tracey and the St Helens AUTISM Support Group.


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Get into the Olympic spirit this summer with these playful projects inspired by the greatest show on earth! OLYMPIC RINGS NECKLACE

ABOUT MEL… Mel 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 (www.beads 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!”.


TO CREATE Begin by cutting five two-loop rings of ring-size memory wire (similar to split rings). Slide them together to link them in a chain, then wrap each one in a length of 3mm ribbon, following the colour sequence of the Olympic rings symbol – blue, yellow, black, green and red. Sew the


ribbon ends neatly or glue to finish off. Cut five 18cm lengths of 0.4mm


MATERIALS • ring-size memory wire • 3mm ribbon in blue, yellow, black, green, red and metallic gold • seed beads in blue, yellow, black, green and red • gold-plated large oval-link chain • gold-plated small oval-link chain • ribbon clamps


• gold-plated chunky toggle clasp • gold-plated 0.4mm wire • gold-plated 5mm jump rings

TOOLS • side cutters • needle and cotton or glue

gold-plated wire. Use round-nosed pliers to help create a hook that can then be wrapped around the first ribbonwrapped ring a few times to anchor it. Wrap the length of wire around the ribbon-wrapped ring, adding three colour co-ordinated seed beads every other wrap until you have worked all the way around. Wrap the end around a few

times, trim and squash in so that the end does not stick out. Repeat for each ring. Attach a ribbon clamp to the ribboncovered rings on each end of your sequence (blue and red), then use a 5mm jump ring each side to attach a 17cm length of large oval-link chain and a 17cm length of small ovallink chain. Attach the components of the


Playing on the interlinking rings of the Olympic symbol, this necklace uses textiles, beads and wire, intermingled with flashes of gold toggle clasp to the other ends of the chain. Weave a long length of golden craft ribbon through each of the chains on each side. Knot the ends and trim.


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BEST OF BRITISH THE OLYMPICS Circlets of blue, yellow, black, green and red with golden jump ring ‘spacers’ nod to the Olympic rings symbol in this playful bracelet – yellow, black, green and red. Omit the final two jump rings and slide a 2mm crimp bead onto each end of the Tigertail after the last golden acrylic bead. Thread on the second part of the toggle clasp and take the ends of Tigertail back down through the crimp beads on each strand and through the golden bead. Pull the wire ends so that you get a neat, snug arrangement of beads, then squash the crimps into a round shape with crimping pliers and hide them both with a single crimp cover. Trim off the excess Tigertail.

7 TO CREATE Cut a 36cm length of Tigertail and thread one part of the toggle clasp into the centre. Thread both ends of Tigertail through an 8mm golden acrylic bead and two 5mm jump rings. Thread one wire end through a blue glass bead, then the

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other wire end through the same bead from the opposite side. Add the following to each end of the Tigertail: two jump rings, blue glass bead, two jump rings, blue glass bead, two jump rings. Thread one more blue glass bead onto one end of the wire,

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then thread the second wire end through the same bead from the opposite side. Thread both strands of Tigertail through two jump rings, a golden acrylic bead and another two jump rings. Repeat Steps 3-5 with each remaining colour of bead in order


LONDON 2012 BRACELET beginner

MATERIALS • 6 x blue 6mm glass round beads • 6 x yellow 6mm glass round beads • 6 x black 6mm glass round beads • 6 x green 6mm glass round beads • 6 x red 6mm glass round beads • golden 8mm acrylic beads • Tigertail beading wire • gold-plated 2mm crimp beads • gold-plated 3mm crimp bead cover • gold-plated 5mm jump rings • gold-plated 15mm toggle clasp

TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • crimping pliers • side cutters


In this project, little colourful seed beaded wire circles make fun, long drop earrings inspired by the Olympic rings

MATERIALS • 20-24 blue seed beads • 20-24 gold seed beads • 20-24 black seed beads • 20-24 green seed beads • 20-24 red seed beads • gold-plated 0.4mm wire • gold-plated ear wires

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

TO CREATE Start by threading 10-12 red seed beads directly onto your 0.4mm goldplated wire. Thread the wire end back through the last bead in the opposite direction so that it forms a circle.


Cut the wire ends each side of the seed bead circle to measure around 2cm and twist them together. Use round-nosed pliers to coil them into a loop. Thread around six green seed beads onto the wire reel, then

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pass the end through the loop on the top of the red seed bead circle. Add another six green seed beads, trim the wire ends to 2cm, twist together and coil into a loop as before. Repeat Step 3 with each sequential


colour of seed bead – black, gold, blue. Use chain-nosed pliers to carefully open the loop on the bottom of an ear wire, then slide on the loop on the blue seed bead circle and close. Repeat Steps 1-5 for the second earring.

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tropical depths

Making exciting use of seed beads, crystals and pearls in gorgeous tropical water shades to showcase a spectacular irridescent paua shell cabochon, this stunning necklace is guaranteed to turn heads


TOP TIP These pendants are fantastic for using up bits and pieces as they’re not uniform and are fairly chaotic in nature; you can incorporate a lot of toning but mismatched bits and pieces into one pendant

ABOUT STEPHIE‌ Stephie is a full-time jewellery designer and retailer living in South Gloucestershire. She loves to experiment with new and unusual materials, combining the ordinary with the extraordinary to create unique pieces of jewellery art. Stephie started making jewellery at 17 years old and finds it difficult to imagine life without creating. She runs two websites, an eBay shop and an Amazon store, and can be found at www.stardustand


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marker (to hide the white backing). Take your beading needle up from the back to the front, then down a second hole to the back, and tie the thread securely. Take it back to the front and add a round crystal bead, then move around the border alternating crystals with pearl fragments. Pearl fragments are added by going up through the hole in the pearl, through a seed bead then back down through the pearl hole (Fig 9).


TO CREATE MAKING THE PEYOTE BEZEL Stick a piece of Ultrasuede to some stiff backing using Super Tack PVA. Place between two flat surfaces to dry. Then adhere the flat back of your paua shell cabochon to the Ultrasuede and again allow to dry.


Use a sewing machine needle to punch two holes through the Ultrasuede and backing at the edge of the shell, about the width of a size 15 seed bead apart (see Fig 1, above). Bring your threaded beading needle through one hole from the back to the front and back through the other hole. Tie securely



MATERIALS • 30x40mm paua shell cabochon • 21 x assorted blue and purple Swarovski 4mm round crystals • 18 x Cobalt or Sapphire Swarovski 4mm bicones • 14 x Violet AB Swarovski 4mm bicones • approx 32 x blue 6-7mm potato pearls • assorted blue and purple size 10 seed beads • assorted blue and purple size 10 seed beads • size 15 seed beads in three contrasting colours – I used gunmetal, transparent sapphire and amethyst


• blue tiny pearl fragments • navy blue Nymo beading thread • Ultrasuede • backing fabric (stiff felt or pelmet interfacing) • 2 x closed jump rings • jump ring • clasp

TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers • size 10 beading needle • sewing machine needle • Polyvine Super Tack PVA glue • glue spatula • sharp scissors

at the back, then go up through the first hole, add a size 15 seed bead and come back through the second. Continue punching holes and adding seed beads around the edge of the shell, each approximately a bead length apart from the next (Figs 2 and 3). Take the needle straight through the first bead sewn on when you get back to where you started. Add a bead to the needle, then take it through the next sewn-on bead. Continue working around the shell (Fig 4) until all the gaps have been filled with a bead. When you fill the last gap, go straight though the next sewn bead and the threaded bead after, then add a single bead to start the next row. Continue around, going through the threaded beads and skipping the stitched ones, adding a bead

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between each pair of threaded beads (Fig 5). When you’ve gone all the way around, go up through the first bead and start a third row, following the same pattern of skipping every other bead (Fig 6). When this third row of blue seed beads is complete, start the next row in a contrasting colour (Fig 7) and continue to give three rows of contrasting beads. When complete, take the needle through to the back and add securing stitches before snipping your thread.


ADDING A PEARL & CRYSTAL BORDER Trim around the completed bezel about ¼” from the edge (Fig 8). Mark out the resulting shape on a second piece of Ultrasuede, cut this out and put to one side. Go around the edge of the backing and Ultrasuede section with a black


ADDING TASSELS Secure a new thread at the bottom centre of your focal (Fig 10) and add seven size 15 seed beads, a crystal, four more seed beads, another crystal and two further seed beads. Take the needle back up all but the seed bead you added last, then through the backing fabric. Add another tassel made with seed beads, a crystal and a shell fragment (Fig 11), then another using seed beads and crystals, and another with a shell fragment. Work out from the centre in one direction,



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Shell cabochons are particularly shallow. If you make a pendant with a chunkier cabochon, you will need to add extra rows to your peyote bezel to get an appropriate depth to hold it. Despite gluing the stone, the bezel is very important for holding it in place so the correct depth and high tension in your beading thread are critical If you’re feeling brave, try a more ornate peyote or brick stitched bail for your pendant – they look fantastic! Just make sure it’s not wider than the gap between the two necklace pearls where it needs to sit I run my thread through a block of beeswax before starting to stitch. This helps stop it fraying and makes it run more smoothly through the beads and layers of fabric

adding seed bead and crystal tassels until you have 10 tassels on one side. Tie off and repeat your tassel making on the other side until you have 19 tassels in total (Fig 12). Start at one side of the tassels and add shorter tassels of alternating size 15 and size 11 seed beads in toning colours. Intersperse these along the existing line of longer tassels and finish the stitching at the back (Figs 13 and 14).




back and take the needle up to a gap where base Ultrasuede shows between the crystals and pearls in the border. Add a few contrasting seed beads (my filling stitches all had 3-5 seed beads per stitch) and take it back down to the back (Fig 15). The idea is to fill in as much as possible with these tiny clusters of seed beads – don’t worry about filling right to the edge but continue around the border until the inner gaps are covered with beads (Fig 16). Stick the Ultrasuede cutout that you placed to one side over the


white backing material using a thin layer of Super Tack PVA glue. Leave to dry.

MAKING THE NECKLACE Tie off a length of thread to a jump ring and thread a necklace alternating five size 11 seed beads with an even number of 6-7mm potato pearls until it’s a suitable length (I used 32 pearls for a 17” necklace). Tie off to another jump ring. Tie a second length of thread to the first jump ring and take the needle through the first four seed beads, emerging between the fourth and



fifth beads. Add about nine size 15 seed beads, then go over the pearl and thread through the next section of seed beads, going in between the first and second and emerging between the fourth and fifth (Fig 17). Continue beading like this until the end of the necklace is reached, then tie off. Repeat for a second set of seed bead ‘waves’ over the pearls. When finished, trim all the ends closely and add a tiny dab of glue or nail varnish to fix the knots on the jump rings in place. Allow to dry, then add a clasp to one jump ring.

EDGING THE PENDANT & ADDING A BAIL Once the pendant back has dried on, tie off a new thread to the bottom and go around the edge,


adding enough size 15 seed beads and a single size 10 seed bead to each stitch, stitching together all three layers securely and hiding the edge (Fig 18). I used 1-5 size 15 seed beads with each stitch, according to how much black needed to be covered. Under the tassels, just stitch to secure without adding any beads, holding the tassels securely out of the way to avoid tangling (Fig 19). Once completed, secure another thread at the top centre and add enough alternating crystals and size 10 seed beads to make a loop that will pass over the necklace pearls. Take the end straight through all the layers and tie off to the starting tail (Fig 20). Add the pendant to the necklace.

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WHERE TO BUY Ultrasuede is available from Pelmet interfacing can be bought online at The thread, crystals and pearls used here are available from Heavy jump rings and clasps can be purchased online at


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magic & moonshine

This dazzling new product has really got the CB&J team excited and we couldn’t wait to share! Perfect for everyone from complete beginners to experienced artists, its beautiful, unique effects are guaranteed to impress

MATERIALS • Pebeo Fantasy wooden bracelet blank • Turquoise and Pearl Pebeo Fantasy Moon paints

TOOLS • Pebeo Iris round paintbrush




TO CREATE Thoroughly stir both paints (see Fig 1, below left). Brush the entire outer surface of the bracelet with Turquoise Moon paint (Fig 2).

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Whilst it is still wet, add a little of the Pearl Moon (Fig 3) and gently swirl into the Turquoise to give a marbled effect. Leave to dry and see the effect develop after a few minutes (Fig 4).

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Allow to dry for 10 hours (it will be touch-dry after two hours). Paint the inside of the bracelet with the Turquoise Moon paint and allow to dry (Fig 5).

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FANTASY PRISME SQUARE BRACELET TO CREATE Thoroughly stir each of the three colours of paint (see Fig 1, below).


Using a pipette, apply Violet Prisme to completely fill the first section of the bracelet (Figs 2-5). For the next section, apply Violet Prisme but do not completely fill (Fig 6). Immediately add some Moonstone and

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Eggshell colours, using a new pipette for each paint (Figs 7-9). Continue until all the bracelet sections are filled, using colour combinations of your choice (Fig 10). Leave to dry and watch the effect develop after a few

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minutes (Figs 11-17). Leave to dry for a few hours (it will be touch-dry in six hours).


TO ADD A ROUNDED, GLAZED EFFECT Using Gedeo glazing resin, thoroughly mix 5ml of hardener and 10ml


of resin, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Using a clean pipette, apply the resin to the bracelet sections until the surface of each section is evenly covered (Figs 18 and 19). Allow to dry for 24 hours.

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After glazing

Before glazing


MATERIALS • Pebeo Fantasy square bracelet blank • Violet, Moonstone and Eggshell White Pebeo Fantasy Prisme paints • Gedeo glazing resin (optional)









TOOLS • Pebeo pipettes



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INTRODUCING... PEBEO FANTASY WHAT IS PEBEO FANTASY? Pebeo Fantasy is a special-effects paint that can be used for a variety of crafting and decorative applications and is ideally suited to creating gorgeous, shimmering jewellery pieces with surprisingly little effort. The paint can be applied by pipette or brush, or simply by pouring onto a at, horizontal surface, and can be used on a multitude of surfaces, including metal, wood, glass, ceramics and more. As they dry, Pebeo Fantasy Prisme paints reveal a unique, textured look that is mottled or reminiscent of snakeskin in appearance, with the overlay of more colours giving a deeper contrast and adding to the dramatic effect. The look achieved with the Pebeo Fantasy Moon range is less structured in pattern with colours swirling together in a marbled effect and taking on a stunning pearlescent sheen. All the paints dry hard and almost chip-proof, though you can also add a resin glaze at the end for a shiny, protective ďŹ nish that also gives additional depth or dimension. It is almost impossible to control the way the different colours merge and react, making the technique perfect for non-artists and ensuring that every piece is entirely unique.












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HOLIDAY JEWELLERY FUN IN THE SUN Waxed cord gives a casual look that is perfect for holidays and it’s also practical for the beach, with no chains to get tangled, clogged or hot. The sliding knot allows this necklace to transform from relaxed daywear to evening wear simply by adjusting the length to suit your neckline or for a more eye-catching choker style



This vibrant necklace is super-quick and simple to make, and will look just as fabulous on the beach or at the bar this summer

MATERIALS • 5 x 18x14mm sand-polished glass pebble beads in your choice of colours • 6 x silver 10mm swirly olive spacer beads • 10 x size 8 seed beads (two to complement each pebble bead) – we used Czech Trans in Ruby, Yellow, Aqua, Emerald and Amethyst • 30” cotton wax cord • 5 x silver-plated 2” headpins

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • clear nail varnish



TO CREATE Create a matching bracelet or even an ankle bracelet using one focal pebble bead to complement the necklace. Or make the set using all your pebble and seed beads in the same colours to give a more subtle, sophisticated look that co-ordinates with your favourite holiday outfit

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from; 01704 808933



Thread a seed bead onto a headpin, following it with the co-ordinating pebble bead and the other seed bead the same colour. Turn a wrapped loop in the top of the pin, snug to the beads. Repeat with the remaining pebble and seed beads. String a silver swirly olive bead on your


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cotton cord, followed by each of your five beaded pins, alternated with the rest of the silver olive beads. Centralise the beads on your cotton cord and tie a square knot: Place the right-hand cord over the left, then bring the right cord under the left (see Fig 1, below). Take it over itself to create a loop




ABOUT TRACEY & KAREN… Tracey and Karen are friends who shared a love of jewellery making and a belief that there were not enough bead outlets in their local area, Southport. Over coffee one day, they realised that they both dreamt of having a ‘beady’ business. “And so Budding Beads was developed,” says Karen. “It was the most expensive coffee we ever had!” Budding Beads is an online bead shop that also offers a range of jewellery-making workshops. Karen’s passion is seed beads and bead weaving, while Tracey loves to experiment stringing with larger beads. (Fig 2) and bring the end through this loop. Tighten the knot, but not too tight so that the knot doesn’t slide. For extra security, tie another square knot on the short cord, and bring it down to the original knot (Fig 3). Create another sliding knot on the other side, bringing the longer loose thread over the attached cord to create a loop and pulling snugly so it slides comfortably (Fig 4). Trim the cords and prevent fraying by dabbing the ends with clear nail varnish.




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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.


TO CREATE Onto the leather thong, string two Mottled Heather washers, a Gold Earthy washer, a green patina round, another Earthy washer, a Bordeaux


MATERIALS • 8 x green patina 10mm ceramic rounds • 6 x Mottled Heather 8mm Greek washers • 8 x Gold Earthy 13mm Greek washers • 8 x Gold Brassy 13mm Greek washers • 1m dark brown 1.5mm Greek leather thong • Blue Copper large



Gorgeous statement beads in shimmering beach-babe tones are combined with laid-back style for a set that is equally perfect for relaxing by the pool, strolling round the shops and sights, or enjoying an alfresco meal

ceramic cube • 2 x Orangery large ceramic cubes • 2 x Coppernut large ceramic rounds • 2 x Bordeaux Green large ceramic round

TOOLS • tape measure • scissors

round, a Gold Brassy washer, a patina round, a Brassy washer and an Orangery cube. Repeat the pattern from the beginning but this time omitting the first two washers and substituting a Coppernut round for the Bordeaux and a Blue Copper cube for the Orangery one. Complete the other side of the necklace by reversing the pattern (the Blue Copper cube is the centre point and appears only once).


Measure the thong and trim if necessary to your desired necklace length, remembering to allow plenty of extra for some knots and to tie the ends in a bow. Centre the beads on the thong. Tie a knot firmly behind the last bead on each side to hold the arrangement in place. Thread a Mottled Heather washer onto each end.



Knot the very end of the thong on each side, then knot again behind the washers to hold them in place.


TO CREATE Shape a length of wire around a


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HOLIDAY JEWELLERY ST TROPEZ STYLE TOP TIP I like the casual, holiday feel that having to tie  the necklace gives  to the whole piece. If you prefer a  more formal  finish, use cord ends, an extender chain and lobster clasp to complete your necklace

TOP TIP Making your own findings is a useful skill to learn as you’ll never be without exactly what your jewellery needs for that finishing touch. However, if time is tight, there are obviously lots of earring hoops and ear wires on the market for you to use instead

Make sure the join is at the back of your earring and that the ends are well tucked in – use chainnosed pliers for this. Create a second earring to match the first. Cut a length of wire and form a simple loop. Kink the wire just above the loop and bend it around a curved object such as a pen to form the main part of the ear wire. Kink the end of the ear wire about 0.5cm from the end. File the end to remove any scratchiness. Repeat to make an identical ear wire. Open the loop of an ear wire and attach the loop on a hoop earring. Close securely and repeat to complete the second earring.

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Form your earring into a pleasant oval shape – pulling gently on the base of the beaded loop will help this. Once you are happy, wrap the wire around the stem you made previously so that the wraps meet in the middle (mine took a total of 10 wraps).

3 suitable rounded mandrel – I used the centre of a small sticky tape roll. Cross the wires slightly at the point

where they overlap (not too much or you won’t be able to string your beads), then bend one wire end upwards

WHERE TO BUY The large ceramic beads used here are available from; 01747 820562 The other beads and thong can be purchased from; 01224 729423 Wire is available from; 01446 701230

and form a loop approximately 1cm from this bend. Wrap the wire about five times around the stem. String your beads onto the other wire end in the following sequence: Mottled Heather washer, Gold Earthy washer, Mottled Heather washer, Gold Brassy washer. Repeat the pattern once more. String a round bead. Reverse the washer pattern to complete the second side of your earring.



MATERIALS • 2 x green patina 10mm ceramic rounds • 16 x Mottled Heather 8mm Greek washers • 8 x Gold Earthy 13mm Greek washers • reel Warm Gold 0.71mm wire

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • flush cutters • mandrels (for earring hoop and ear wire) • tape measure • file or cup burr


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This innovative multi-way jewellery set in pretty, zesty shades is the perfect holiday project – pop it in your luggage and simply unclasp the different components to change your look in an instant


ABOUT SARAH… Sarah was first introduced to beading and jewellery making years ago when she was doing demos in craft stores at weekends, whilst she was still at school. Eventually this led to Sarah acting as a cover tutor at a local college and the popularity of the course grew so much that she started teaching her own classes. Beader’s Companion launched in February last year on Create & Craft, with Sarah as the figurehead, and this has enabled her to discover new techniques and design her own kits. Sarah particularly enjoys providing the inspiration and designs that encourage those new to the craft.

single-strand necklace


TOP TIP multi-strand necklace


To ensure the loops you create are even, slip your round-nosed pliers into the preformed eyepin loop and mark the position on the jaw with a pen

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HOLIDAY JEWELLERY MULTI-LOOK PIECE TO CREATE Begin by making the dangles. Trim six headpins to 3.5cm and six to 2.5cm. Slip one green shell disc onto each of the longer pins and a purple shell disc onto each of the shorter ones. Turn a small loop at the top of each pin, snug to the bead. Cut 30 4cm lengths and three 3cm lengths of chain. Open a jump ring and add one green beaded pin, five 4cm pieces of chain and a purple beaded pin. Make another five identical dangles. Then make a beadless dangle using the 3cm lengths. Use two beaded dangles to create a pair of earrings, simply attaching one to each ear wire. Thread a single green shell bead onto an eyepin and form a plain loop. Make 15 more in green, then 17 in purple. Put two purple and three green beaded pins to one side, then connect the remaining beads in groups of three – in either a random or symmetrical pattern. Now cut more chain. You will need two 6cm pieces, two 8cm pieces and 12 four-link pieces. Create each section separately by joining chain and beads in the following orders: Back chain of necklace – clasp, single green bead, 8cm chain, threebead group, 8cm chain, single green bead, clasp Bracelet or top tier – single purple bead, 6cm chain, three-bead group, four-link chain, single green bead, fourlink chain, three-bead



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group, 6cm chain, single purple bead. Take one of the dangles from Step 3 and attach a clasp Necklace or middle/ bottom tier – connect five four-link pieces of chain and four three-bead groups, alternating between the two. Attach the chain-only dangle in the middle. Repeat but use a beaded dangle in the middle. Use the jump rings on two dangles to connect the ends of each string. Now you are free to wear each item separately or put them all together in one multilayer piece. If you use them individually as a set, you will have a single-strand necklace to put over your head, a bracelet fastened using the separate dangle on the clasp and an anklet secured by connecting the two clasps. To connect them in one statement necklace, fold the single-strand necklace in half so you have a jump ring at each end and remove the dangle from the bracelet, then use the clasps at each end of the anklet to attach everything together. You will be left with a spare dangle on a clasp, so why not attach it to a keyring, bag or mobile phone?


MATERIALS • strand purple shell discs • strand green shell discs • 2 x gold chain findings packs

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

WHERE TO BUY earrings

All the products used here are available from


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WIN! e have six fabulous prize sets to give away this issue thanks to Beader’s Companion, netting each winner a whopping £83.92 worth of products! Beader’s Companion specialises in all things


jewellery and beading and you’ll find a huge selection of essential products and must-have buys on the website, including beads and kits, gift boxes, storage, watch faces, wires, cords and more. Each prize includes:

• 3 x Create jewellery kits – green chain jewellery kit, red round pendant jewellery kit, and purple drop pendant jewellery kit • 2 x Create seed bead collection sets – brown and red & white • Gold thread, chain and wire findings sets!


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For your chance to win a Beader’s Companion prize, send your name, address and email on a postcard to CB&J23 Beader’s Companion, Practical Publishing, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG to arrive by 2nd August 2012 or go to SEE ALL THE PRODUCTS AVAILABLE BY VISITING THE WEBSITE AT WWW.BEADERSCOMPANION.CO.UK OR CALL 0845 313 0918 NB: By entering this competition, you accept that your details may be passed on to a third party.


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bead doctor Got a beading query or jewellery dilemma? Ask our resident expert for the answers

am trying out as many projects as I can fit into my week at the moment, including lots from CB&J. I’ve been considering making a lovely necklace design I found in a book as it doesn’t seem too complicated, but there is a ½” length of gimp mentioned on the materials list. I don’t even know what this is or what it does. Can you enlighten me please? Vicky Dent, by email


SUPERIOR SPARKLE I’m new to jewellery making and this may be a silly question but what is the difference between Swarovski crystals and Czech fire-polished beads – other than the price? I’ve been browsing the bead stores online and they often look quite similar in photographs. Liz Mynott, Falmouth, Cornwall

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... It’s not a silly question at all, Liz. It would probably be worth spending some time at your local bead store if it’s not too far away – in most shops, the staff are more than happy to chat


through any queries you may have, with the advantage that you can also get to grips with the beads hands on. You will often see and feel distinctions between different styles and materials that are simply not visible in photographs. Essentially, crystal is made by adding lead oxide to glass to give it extra clarity and sparkle. This also makes it harder than glass, which allows it to be precisely faceted in the same way that gemstones are cut, giving the crystal its brilliance – the term applied to how light is reflected within the bead. Swarovski is a brand name at the very top end

of the market. It is an Austrian manufacturer of faceted crystal beads (along with glass pearls), which are available in a dizzying variety of colours – with numerous shades of each. Many of these are duplicated across the range of shapes and sizes, which include hearts and similar pendants as well as small round beads and the famous bicones, now sold under the brand name Xilion. A Swarovski bead can have up to 100 sharp precision-cut facets and is renowned for its high quality – as a result it will be more expensive than other faceted glass beads. The company is also known for being

right at the cutting edge of fashion trends. In contrast, firepolished is a generic description and there are many companies within the Czech Republic who create these glass beads, which are faceted using machines and then heated to give a slightly rounded finish with great sparkle. As there are so many manufacturers involved, the colours are not uniform and there will be variations in shade, as well as shape, depending on when and where you purchase them.

MYSTERY MATERIAL I’m quite new to jewellery making and

You may have come across gimp previously under one of the other names it is also known by – French wire or bullion. Basically it is a tight coil of wire available in narrow diameters that is sometimes used over your stringing material, usually beading thread, where it is looped to attach it to your findings. It is simply intended to give protection against abrasion at a potential weak point. You will generally find it in sterling silver, silver-plated or goldplated finishes, and fine, medium or heavy weights depending on the thread you are using. You typically buy it in lengths of 30cm or more and cut off the required amount for your design. In most cases, this will be less than 1cm at a time so it goes a long way.

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UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY ION across rubber beads. T S E QU F THE The ones Gaynor used O UE were a little bit too ISS 1980s even for my BURNING RUBBER I loved Gaynor Armitage’s article on using rubber for your jewellery in Issue 22. I’ve used the tubing as a covering on beading wire or memory wire a few times, but I’d never come

taste, though! Can you get any subtler varieties? Also, the article mentioned using the tubing in different colours, for example to get a summer look, but my usual bead store only stocks it in black. Where can I find it in other shades? Jenna Walsh, Crawley, West Sussex

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... The rainbow beads Gaynor used were certainly eye-catching, and rubber beads do

tend towards this end of spectrum as it suits the fun nature of the material. However, there are more subdued colour combinations available – these blue/pale blue and monochrome varieties are available from www. priced at 30p each for 6mm round beads, 40p each for 8mm rounds and 30p each for the 15x6mm tubes. You could also tone down the look by using the rubber beads more sparingly, interspersing them with simple acrylic beads in solid shades. As far as tubing goes, check out www. the, www. and www.jennysbead for colours

ranging from summery turquoise, pale purple and vivid fuchsia to natural green and sky blue, as well as useful clear.

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GETTING A HANDLE ON IT! I sell a bit of jewellery at local craft fairs and online and am expanding my repertoire to include decorative handmade purses and miniature bags, which I would like to finish with seed bead handles. What should I be

threading the beads onto, given that I need the handles to take the weight of the purse and

These beaded purses can look absolutely stunning, but I wouldn’t actually recommend using a strand of seed beads for the handles. Beading wire should give the flexibility you need, particularly if you opt for 49-strand or similar, but any wire thin enough to pass through seed beads is unlikely to be strong enough for the job that you have in mind.

If you question forhave a Doctor, emathe Bead il it to bea practicalpdudoctor@ or write to Bead Docto Creative Bea r, d Suite G2 S s & Jewellery, t C h ri st opher House, 217 Wellington Road South , Stockport SK2 6NG I would advise either using larger beads with holes of a wider diameter – the sky’s the limit here; think pearl beads, turquoise or shell chips, wooden rounds, whatever works best with your bag design – or opting for multiple strands of seed beads, loosely crossed over or plaited together for a great visual effect as well as added strength. As with any jewellery piece, you want to choose the largest diameter of wire that will fit through your beading holes, to minimise friction. I hope that helps.


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ABOUT DONNA… Donna is the owner of Riverside Beads in Market Deeping, near Peterborough – you will also find her and the Riverside team at bead and craft shows around the country. The store has been established for nine years and aims to offer a great range of beads and findings, along with friendly helpful service and affordable inspirationpacked classes, which include macramé workshops for anyone looking for a little further help with their knots after reading this article! Donna says: “I love jewellery making, trying new techniques and ideas and, most of all, using new beads.”

WHAT IS SHAMBALLA? The word Shamballa (also spelt Shambala or Shambhala) comes from Tibetan Buddhism and the bracelets are intended to be highly symbolic. Shamballa is a mythical kingdom hidden in Inner Asia, where only spiritual and visionary concepts are said to matter. Shamballa bracelets evolved to represent personal spirituality and states of mind such as inner peace, tranquillity and happiness. 32


Take the hottest jewellery trend around and give it your own personal twist with these fabulous variations on the stars’ favourite look

AN A-LIST LOOK Shamballa bracelets have become a sizzling hot trend – with a price tag to match on the high street and in designer stores. Sported by the likes of Jay Z, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ashton Kutcher, the Kardashian clan, Jennifer Aniston and Matt Cardle, the look has been given a new twist with the introduction of some serious bling! While traditional bracelets had a nylon or waxed linen string embellished with hematite and metal beads, the current trend is for pave set crystals and rhinestones to give maximum sparkle in glamour, in contrast to the earthiness of the macramé. What bead stores now sell as Shamballa or Shamballa-style beads are primarily this disco ball style, usually made by setting rhinestones or crystals into resin or clay. This has allowed for an array of colours, with many people choosing coloured cord too.

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Cut two pieces of cord measuring approximately 13”. Set one piece aside until Step 9. Tie a knot about 2” from the end of the other piece and pin this end to the top of your bead mat. Thread your beads onto the cord and


tie a knot 2” from the other end. Now pull the cord tightly and pin it to the opposite end of your bead mat – this becomes your lazy cord. I have used the traditional square knot here. Place your long piece of cord under your lazy cord


at the top, keeping it even on both sides (see Fig 1, below). Take your righthand cord over the top of your lazy cord, creating a D shape. Take the left-hand piece of cord down over the right-hand piece, under the lazy cord and up through the D shape (Fig 2). Pull each side of your cord to tighten the knot. Now take your lefthand piece of cord and make a backwards D over the top of your lazy cord. Take your right-hand cord down over the left-hand piece, under the lazy cord and up through the backwards D shape. Pull each side of your cord to tighten the knot (Fig 3). Keep repeating Steps 3 and 4, creating knots using alternating sides of the cord. The length you need is dependent on how big you want the bracelet, but approximately 2” is about right – you can always make the fastener at the end a bit bigger if it’s too small! Until now your beads have just been at the bottom of your cord. At this point, push the first bead up to your knots (Fig 4) and follow



5 TOP TIP Try using a marker that you move to each side when you do your knot so you don’t forget which side of the cord you are working on



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MATERIALS • approx 70” cord (this varies depending on the tightness of your knots and the type of cord) • your chosen beads

TOOLS • beading mat and pins • GS Hypo Cement glue

the process in Steps 3 and 4 around the bead. I normally do one set of knots but you can do this as many times as you like to vary the look – just remember that if you do more in between, it will make the bracelet bigger! Slide another bead up to the knot and follow Steps 3 and 4 again. Repeat the process to secure all the beads into your bracelet, then continue to create the knots until you have 2” at the other side of your beads. Secure the ends with glue (Fig 5). You can now weave the cord back up the side of the bracelet for extra security or just cut off the spare. Unpin the lazy cord and untie the knots at the ends. Place the two ends overlapping (Fig 6). Using your remaining 13” piece of cord, go back to following Steps 2-4 with the two pieces you have just overlapped acting as the lazy cord (Fig 7). Once you have the desired length, secure the ends again with glue. Add two beads onto the lazy cord and, once the glue is dry, trim all the extra ends off.










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Use smaller beads or crystals that will fit within the ‘frame’ of the bracelet to make smaller, more subtle pieces that still have colour and sparkle. Better still, create lots of them in a variety of colours and styles and wear them together to tap into another hot trend for this season


The watch can be created using the same knot as the basic Shamballa bracelet. However, you cut your lazy cord into two and work on one side of the watch at a time. Take a piece of the lazy cord and thread it through one side of the watch face so there is an equal length each side of the bar (you will have a double strand to macramé  onto). Follow Steps 3 and 4 of  the instructions for the Shamballa bracelet  on page 33 to create your knots, adding your beads when required. Repeat this down the other side of the watch and finish as per the bracelet instructions.

Create a cute personalised bracelet by using alphabet beads in place of your Shamballastyle or other beads to spell out the recipient’s name

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SHAMBALLA-STYLE BRACELETS INDIVIDUAL STYLE TOP TIPS If you are working with leather, bear in mind that it can break more easily than macramé cord and don’t pull your knots too tightly If you are unable to get your cord through the beads, cut the end at an angle and coat with clear nail varnish to create a solid piece to thread

TWISTED BRACELET To get this lovely effect, simply repeat the knot from Step 3 of the instructions for the Shamballa bracelet on page 33, omitting Step 4. The bracelet will naturally twist.

To create a double coloured stitch, cut approximately 20” from two different colours of cord and cross these strands over at the top in the place you make your first knot (you can also tie or glue them together). Then follow Steps 3 and 4 of the instructions for the Shamballa bracelet on page 33, bearing in mind that if you start your first knot on the right-hand side, the colour of cord you have on the right will be the outer colour of your knot.



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flying the flag

BEST OF BRITISH CHAIN MAILLE Combine a show of patriotism with individual style by creating these striking but simple chain maille earrings using straightforward coiled weave




Sarah’s love of chain maille began with her interest in medieval history, which led her onto starting her own maille shirt. This was abandoned when she discovered coloured jump rings and the fact that you can use chain maille to make jewellery! Sarah runs Beadsisters with her husband, Steve.



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Close 24 white rings, 45 blue rings and 16 small red rings. Open one small red ring and link the following closed small rings: one white, one red, one white, two red (see Fig 1, below). Repeat to make six ring sets. Open a red id 6.8mm ring and thread on a ring set from Step 2, ensuring the rings are in the order white-red-white. Add a closed blue ring. Referring to Fig 2, continue adding one ring set from Step 2 and one blue ring until you have threaded all six sets of white-red-white rings and six blue rings. Close the id 6.8mm ring.

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Keeping to the colour pattern, add one white ring, one small red ring, one white ring and one blue ring to the id 6.8mm ring. Repeat. Link a small red ring to one of the whitered-white groups of rings added in Step 5. Repeat. Thread the following onto one id 20.6mm ring: six closed blue rings, one closed white ring, two remaining small red rings of one

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ring set, one closed white ring. Continue threading the rings, this time with seven closed blue rings, one closed white ring, two remaining small red rings of one ring set, one closed white ring. Repeat Steps 7 and 8 a further two times each, until you have nearly filled the large ring. Close the id 20.6mm ring.

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Keeping to the pattern, link six blue rings and one white ring. With two small red rings, connect one loose red ring attached to the id 6.8mm ring to the id 20.6mm ring. Add one white ring. Link seven blue rings and one white ring. With two id 4.2mm red rings, connect one loose red ring attached to the id 6.8mm ring to the id 20.6mm ring. Add one white ring. Using two small red rings, attach the ear wire to the two



• 68 x red anodised aluminium jump rings, id 3.6mm, 0.81mm • 64 x white anodised aluminium jump rings, id 3.6mm, 0.81mm • 120 x blue anodised aluminium jump rings, id 3.6mm, 0.81mm • 4 x red anodised aluminium jump rings, id 4.2mm, 0.81mm • 2 x red anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.8mm, 1.64mm • 2 x red anodised aluminium jump rings, id 20.6mm, 2.4mm • turquoise niobium ear wires

TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers

id 4.2mm rings added in Step 11. Repeat Steps 1-12 to make the second earring.


WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from; 01776 830352


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WIN! We have 30 pairs of tickets to give away for the unmissable Creative Crafts Shows

isit The Creative Crafts Show and you’re guaranteed to be inspired whether you’re an experienced crafter, a beginner, or simply looking for a new hobby! Due to popular demand The Creative Crafts Show will return to Manchester Central on 30th August-1st September 2012. This newly refurbished venue with its excellent facilities is a great destination for crafters. Its city centre location benefits from the free Metroshuttle bus that links all the city centre railway stations, main car parks and many bus and Metrolink tram stops. Plus there’s free parking at local rail stations and Metrolink tram stops in Greater Manchester. The Creative Crafts Show in Manchester is your first chance after the summer to restock


on all your favourite craft products and start to plan your Christmas projects – you can find everything you need all under one roof! You can learn new techniques from the experts and exhibitors, with all the latest in sewing, cardmaking, décopatch, embroidery, knitting, patchwork, quilting, scrapbooking, ribboncraft, papercrafts, stamping, beading, painting, dressmaking, tapestry, découpage, crochet and much more! There is something for everyone at this superb show. Show manager Marlene Carr says; “We’re thrilled to be returning to Manchester Central – visitors can look forward to new features and more activities happening throughout the show and improved and extended catering


£400 worth of great craft show tickets to be won!

facilities. It will provide a wonderful opportunity to replenish crafting materials after the summer break with a huge range of crafting and hobby products available at fantastic show prices.” The Manchester show kicks off an autumn schedule of unmissable events, with The Creative Crafts Show also taking place in Esher, Surrey, on 21st-23rd September, Leeds on 18th-20th October and Belfast on 15th-17th November. These shows have a loyal following across the UK and a deserved reputation for being a great day out for any crafter. A visit to The Creative Crafts Show means you can indulge your passion for all things crafty and you’re sure to discover exciting new ideas to try at home.

UPCOMING SHOWS Take your pick from the following show locations for your chance to win a pair of tickets! Manchester Central 30th August-1st September Sandown Park Exhibition Centre, Esher, Surrey 21st-23rd September Saviles Hall, Royal Armouries, Leeds 18th-20th October King’s Hall, Belfast 15th-17th November

For your chance to win a pair of tickets, send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J23 Creative Crafts Show with the location of the show you’d like to win tickets for, Practical Publishing, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG to arrive by 2nd August 2012 or enter your details online at For more details on The Creative Crafts Show and cbj23giveaways other upcoming events go to or call the ticket hotline on 01822 617744 NB: By entering this competition, you accept that your details may be passed on to a third party.


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Stockist: Beads Direct Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: 97p 3 2

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GB team Get caught up in the patriotic spirit sweeping the country this summer with our pick of the Best of British beads and charms


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Show your true colours this summer with this fun-to-wear and easy-to-make British seaside themed charm bracelet beginner

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 artistmade 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 original-looking jewellery.

MATERIALS • 2 x white 10mm vintage curved glass cube beads • white heart crystal 6mm acrylic faceted round bead • chalky white 10mm pressed Czech glass round bead • chalky white 8mm fire polished Czech glass round bead • 5 x cobalt blue 7x10mm faceted rondelle beads • red opaque 8mm fire polished Czech glass bead • red opaque 4mm fire polished Czech glass bead • 2 x siam red & crystal 8mm crackle glass bicone beads • siam 8mm fire polished Czech glass round bead • 10 x silver-plated 6x2mm metal washer beads • 5 x silver-plated 50mm metal eyepins


TO CREATE • 6 x silver-plated 10mm metal closed jump rings • 17 x silver-plated 4mm metal jump rings • silver-plated 3x2mm trace cable chain • silver 22mm metal lighthouse charm • silver 20x16mm metal bucket and spade charm • silver 10x8mm metal scallop seashell charm • silver 20mm metal ship’s wheel charm • silver 11x11mm metal scallop seashell charm • silver-plated 17mm filigree box clasp

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

First, thread each of the eyepins with a silver washer bead, a red bead, a white bead, a blue bead and then another silver washer bead. Use your pliers to put a 90° bend in the wire next to the final bead, then trim the wire to about 7mm in length and turn a loop to mirror the one at the other end of the headpin. Decide on the order that you want for your beaded pins – lay them out in a circle and choose where to position the clasp. Connect the pins together with the



10mm closed jump rings, using the loops at each end of the beaded pins. Add a closed ring to the beginning and end of your row of connected beaded pins. Cut five 35mm lengths of chain. Use 4mm jump rings to connect the chain lengths between the 10mm closed rings. I alternated the positioning of each pair of jump rings so that one pair would sit above the eyepin and the next


below – this helps make the design look less formal in its structure. Next, use a 4mm jump ring to connect a charm to each of the beaded sections. Loop the ring around the chain rather than through a link so that there is greater movement when the bracelet is worn. Finally, use the last pair of 4mm jump rings to connect the clasp to the first and last of the 10mm closed rings.



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

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Each reader featured will win a fabulous prize from Silver Orchid Beads

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

CHOCOLATE LIME TWO-SET 07971 005046 or 07906 435430


chocolate and lime shell pearls green fire agate beads gold metal rice beads 7-strand Beadalon wire gold chain gold 0.07” wire

PEACOCK NECKLACE BY JANINE MCALISTER-CRAGG FROM BANGOR, CO DOWN MATERIALS • size 11 seed beads • size 15 seed beads • 30mm dark vitrail crystal


purple and green glass beads seed beads silver wire silver rose clasp

TIARA BY CHARLOTTE BRACE FROM NORTH SOMERSET MATERIALS • silver tiara base • silver wire • Swarovski crystals

• Tibetan silver flower spacer bead • glass pearls • silver stardust beads


lava bead ceramic beads small beads ½” chain

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thin leather chain jump rings 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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flowers in the window Follow these instructions and add a little of your own creative flair to create unique glass artwork that will look simply stunning with the sunlight shining through it intermediate


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.”


TO CREATE Take a piece of clear 2mm fusing glass of approximately 10x12”. Cut a 10” length of blue transparent glass a few inches deep. Place the blue glass on top of the clear glass, sandwiching copper wire for the hanging loop between the two layers.

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Place narrow strips of transparent green glass vertically along the bottom of the clear glass to make your blades of grass – we simply used offcuts from other projects in a variety of shades. Use a Sharpie pen to draw your petal shapes on the coloured 2mm fusing glass of



your choice, close to the edge of the glass. In clean lines, starting at the edge of the glass, being very firm and keeping the cutter upright (holding it like a pen), follow the outline you have drawn. Keep cutting until you get to the other side of the glass, and break carefully.

WHERE TO BUY Bullseye 90coe glass is available in a range of colours and as frit and stringers from; 01268 560314

Position your petals on the clear glass and add Aventurine Green stringers for the stalks. Glue the flowers in place with fusing glue. Create the summery mottled pattern on the clear background using small petal shapes cut from white glass and yellow frit randomly sprinkled on. Carefully place the piece in your kiln and fire on a fusing programme according

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• clear, transparent blue, transparent green and white Bullseye 2mm fusing glass • Bullseye 2mm fusing glass in your choice of petal colours • Aventurine Green Bullseye glass stringers • yellow glass frit • 1mm copper wire

TOOLS • Sharpie pen • handheld glass-cutting wheel • fusing glue • kiln

to the manufacturer’s instructions. Let your window hanging cool down in the kiln until you can touch it – don’t place it on a cool surface before this as it will crack.



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when the living is easy

This casual look using looped suede and fun, lightweight Lucite flowers is perfect for the summer months, whether you’re shopping, socialising or simply relaxing in the sun


MATERIALS • 39mm Lucite flower • 2 x 15.8mm Lucite flowers • 7 x 9mm Lucite flowers • 7 x 6mm crystal bicones • 8 x 8mm large-hole cube beads • 3.2mm faux suede lace in two colours • 14 x ball headpins • short length of wire

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Thread seven crystal bicones individually onto ball headpins and turn a plain loop in the end of each pin. Thread

a small Lucite flower onto another ball headpin so the ball sits within the cup of the flower. Thread on the

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2 x folding cord ends 2 x jump rings lobster clasp extension chain

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

loops of the seven crystal pins and add your large Lucite flower so that all the smaller beads sit within its cup. Create a wrapped loop in the end of the pin, leaving a little space for movement, and arrange the bicones in a circle around the central small flower. Set this focal piece aside.

Thread four small Lucite flowers individually onto headpins and form a plain loop in the end of each pin. Repeat with the final two small flowers, this time adding a medium flower behind each one. Set aside. Cut one colour of suede to your desired necklace length.



Cut a longer piece in your chosen contrasting or co-ordinating colour – be generous as it is important it is not too short, and you can trim it later. Put one end of each suede thong into a folding cord end and close securely with flat-nosed pliers. Begin to loop your longer suede length loosely around the


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INSPIRED BY... SUMMER Use the same beads and techniques on a smaller scale to create a matching bracelet with a denser, more clustered composition than the necklace

FOR AN ALTERNATIVE LOOK… Replace the small Lucite flower in the centre of the focal with an additional bicone, mixing crystals of two different finishes for extra interest. Use four 15mm Lucite bell flowers, each with a bicone within its cup, for the clusters on the side of the necklace, finishing them with wrapped loops so that they stand further from the necklace with greater structure to the cluster.

main necklace thong, as shown in the main picture. Before creating the third loop, thread on a cube bead and position it centrally within this section. Continue in this way, adding a cube bead before the fifth loop and after the sixth. Instead of creating a seventh loop, knot the two thongs


together. Thread two single Lucite flowers and one double flower from Step 2 onto one suede strand, using the loops in the pins, and knot them together again to hold the cluster in position. Add a cube bead to your looping thong before knotting both strands together again. Thread your focal from


Step 1 onto both thongs, then repeat the entire pattern in reverse to complete a symmetrical necklace. When you reach the end, trim your looping thong to the correct length and close the ends of both strands together in a folding cord end. Use jump rings to attach your lobster clasp to


one side and extender chain to the other. Cut a length of each colour of suede about 12cm long and loop them together around the back of your focal


flower. Wrap them together just below the loop with a short piece of wire so the four ends dangle evenly downwards. Cut each end diagonally to a sharp point.

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from; 01425 279992


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newsqueeze riendly Plastic is immensely versatile across many crafts, and perfectly suited to jewellery making. There are numerous ways of working with this fun, mess-free material, from quick-and-easy flat pieces inserted into bezels to more complex freeform modelling, bead making and composite pieces – and my own Oooze technique. Begin exploring its possibilities and you will never stop!


Discover Liz Welch’s exciting Oooze method with Friendly Plastic to create an array of beautiful, unusual designs packed with shimmering colour and dimension ABOUT LIZ… Liz is a mixed media, textile and jewellery artist who has been working with Friendly Plastic for more than two decades. She has produced two DVDs and a book on the subject, and she teaches and demonstrates around the country and on Create and Craft TV. Liz runs Rare Bird Ltd, providing everything you need to work with Friendly Plastic including tools, projects, accessories, information and inspiration. She also keeps an interesting blog, packed with creative ideas, at www.rarelizzie.

WHAT IS FRIENDLY PLASTIC? Friendly Plastic is a nontoxic modelling medium that comes in stick or pellet form. The sticks have a brightly coloured metallic foil surface, which makes them ready to use straight away. All it takes is a little heat and the plastic becomes malleable. Cool it, and it hardens. In its cold state, it is flexible and tough. This process can be repeated endlessly. Heating is done with the dry heat of a heat gun, an oven on the lowest temperature setting or an electric griddle. It can also be done using water kept at 60-70°c, which is

of benefit when working with children as the plastic will never get hotter than the water, unlike with a heat gun.

INTRODUCING... OOOZE Oooze is a technique I developed by happy accident. It produces wonderful textures, and

can be worked by squeezing malleable Friendly Plastic through anything with holes in – metals, paper, fabrics, yarns, lace, plastics, Angelina fibres and more. The technique varies slightly depending on how fragile your Ooozing material is, and whether you wish to

Oooze the whole piece of Friendly Plastic for your design or just a part of it. I use metal shape cutters to provide interesting shapes, but they also make it easier to Oooze fragile materials or when Ooozing just a small part of the design as in the Lavender’s Blue heart

pendant on page 48. Metal motifs make excellent, almost instant jewellery when they are Ooozed with a bit of Friendly Plastic. The African Violet leaf necklace on page 50 remains light and airy because only part of each leaf motif has been Ooozed through.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED – ESSENTIAL TOOLS TOP TIP Always seal Friendly Plastic jewellery with a clear acrylic varnish to protect the delicate foil surface. Duraclear brush-on gloss, satin or matt works very well, gives control in building up the desired finish, does not yellow and remains flexible, as well as having an easy water clean-up

• Heat gun – the gentle Heat It Up tool is the easiest to use with Friendly Plastic • Needle tool – to help manipulate and manoeuvre the plastic • Non-stick craft mat • Aluminium foil – good-quality, thick stuff • Clear acrylic varnish such as Duraclear • Cold water pot • Oil or Vaseline • Scissors – good strong ones • Bamboo kebab stick


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MATERIALS • 5-6cm bubble mesh ribbon • half stick Lavender Friendly Plastic • 23cm silver-plated 1.25mm copper wire • silver-plated 5mm jump ring • silver-plated tubular texture bail bead • 3mm chiffon ribbon or similar in co-ordinating shade • 2 x silver-plated crimp covers • 2 x cord end crimps • 12cm silver chain • 2 x silver-plated oval jump rings • purple Gleams metallic wax (from Moroccan pack)



• essential tools (see page 47) • heart cutter • hammer


TO CREATE Cut a 5-6cm piece of bubble mesh ribbon in half lengthwise to make two narrow strips. Use a heat gun to heat a 4cm piece of Lavender Friendly Plastic on aluminium foil until it is soft and pliable (see Fig 1, above right). Position a strip of bubble mesh ribbon on the warm plastic,

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Sequin waste makes a wonderful regular pattern when Ooozed through – it looks like thousands of beads, but takes a fraction of the time to do. Ooozed circles of sequin waste make great motifs for a simple cuff bracelet

then place the heart cutter over the top and push firmly downwards. Use the end of a bamboo kebab stick to help push the ribbon into the plastic without actually touching the plastic. Then pick up the foil and, holding the cutter in place with your thumbs, gently but firmly push up from underneath to Oooze the Friendly


Plastic further through the holes in the ribbon, and to slightly dome the heart (Fig 2). Rub your fingers on the bottom of the heart cutter to make sure that the plastic has been cut through (Fig 3), then press down firmly again on the work surface. Plunge the piece into cold water to cool and harden. Carefully remove the cutter, then cut out the heart shape using scissors (Fig 4) – the cutter will have cut the plastic, but not the ribbon. Sometimes it is easier to see your cut line by looking at it from the reverse side. Make another heart in the same way. Take a 23cm length of 1.25mm wire and bend 10cm of one

end into an abstract shape as shown. Bend the other end into a narrower version with a loop for hanging, leave a space that is unbent in the middle to fit into the heart (Fig 5). Bash the wire with a hammer to flatten it and give texture. Apply Gleams gilding wax to tone the wire with the heart. Heat a leftover scrap of Friendly Plastic (Fig 6), then roll it into a ball and place it inside one of the hearts (Fig 7). While it is still warm, lay the straight central section of your wire on top and pinch the plastic over it to hold it in place (Fig 8). Place both hearts onto a non-stick surface and heat briefly with a heat gun – for no more than 4-5 seconds



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or until the edges of the hearts are just glossy. Do not overheat or the hearts will distort. Swiftly lay one heart on top of the other, sandwiching the wire in the middle (Fig 9). Carefully pick up the hearts – only the edges should be soft, so you can very gently apply pressure to seal the two sides together. Take care to align the wire so it sticks out at the point of the heart and in the middle at the top. Cool. Apply Gleams metallic wax to the edges to give a neater, more professional finish (Fig 10), then seal the heart and wire with a brush-on acrylic varnish. When dry, fix a jump ring to the top, and attach it to tubular bail


through which three strands of 3mm chiffon ribbon have been threaded. I chose to finish the pendant off with cord ends and an adjustable chain, to which I added a small Friendly Plastic bead drop, but an alternative would be to simply tie them together. To make the bead drop, heat a 1cm square of Friendly Plastic upside down on a non-stick surface. When soft, gather in all the edges and roll into a bead. Push the end of a headpin into the warm plastic and reshape the bead around the headpin. Cool in cold water to quickly harden the bead. Seal as before. The hook is made from 0.9mm wire, bent with pliers.



The contrast between the exciting textures created with Oooze and the high-gloss shine of a resin combine beautifully to make interesting pieces of jewellery

PROBLEMS SOLVED! OVERHEATING This is very easy to do with a heat gun, and makes the plastic very sticky and hard to handle. If you have heated too much, simply allow the plastic to cool a moment before trying to work with it. Friendly Plastic

only needs to reach 60-70°c to soften.

STICKING Smear a little oil or Vaseline over your tools to help prevent Friendly Plastic sticking whilst you are working. If things do stick, plunge it all into cold water to harden the plastic

and the tools will come away clean. The plastic can then be reheated and you can continue to work it.

hot, although for the Oooze technique, and applying foils, the dry heat of the heat gun is preferable.



If you do not have a heat gun, try using hot water kept at 60-70°c to soften the plastic. This ensures that it is easy to handle and never gets too

Keep every last scrap of Friendly Plastic – it can all be reheated and recycled into more projects. Remove any bits of wire, fabric and so on before heating

up the scraps, then gather them together and roll into a sheet. Cool, then warm again until just tacky and apply transfer foils to recolour. Mica powders, pigment powders, glitters and gilding flake can also be used to recolour the plastic.


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TO CREATE Cut narrow strips (less than 1cm wide) from the Friendly Plastic and angle one end (see Fig 1, below). Place one on your nonstick craft mat and heat until soft. Position the leaf motif over the strip of plastic so that any excess protrudes from the edge of the leaf, and push down with a bamboo skewer to sink the motif into the warm plastic (Fig 2). Whilst it is still pliable, lift the motif from the mat and, using scissors that have been lightly wiped with some oil or Vaseline, snip off the excess plastic (Fig 3). Use a needle tool to poke any stray bits underneath.



Repeat this process with as many strips in varying colours as you wish (Figs 4 and 5). Leave some holes to give that light and airy feel to the leaves. Any ragged edges of Friendly Plastic can be very briefly heated with the heat gun and, using a swiping action with your finger, you can then wipe the excess underneath. Hot water also works very well for this tidying up job. When all the leaves are complete and cold, turn one face down onto a cold non-stick mat and heat briefly with the heat gun for no more than 4-5 seconds,



just until the plastic becomes glossy (Fig 6). Do not overheat, or the texture on the front will be lost. Apply the gold transfer foil (colour side away from the plastic) and rub gently, first with your fingers and then with a scrunched-up cloth to help work the foil into some of the dips and hollows (Fig 7). Allow to cool and remove the foil carrying paper (Figs 8 and 9). Most of the back of the plastic will now be coloured with gold foil. If you want total


coverage, heat again and reapply using more pointed rubbing to get into the small dips. Alternatively, you can brush the tacky plastic with mica powders if you don’t like the look of the black showing through. If desired, you can add touches of gold foil to the front surface by heating briefly and ‘kissing’ it with foil (Fig 10). Seal with varnish and allow to dry before assembling the necklace. Attach each leaf with a jump ring to your chain. Intersperse beads and drops as desired between the leaves. Finish the necklace with a toggle clasp.


MATERIALS • 3cm Chameleon Friendly Plastic • 3cm African Violet Friendly Plastic • 3cm Swirl Friendly Plastic • 5 x large leaf motifs • deep violet beads • amethyst glass link beads • clear small drop beads • tarnished brass chain • tarnished brass wire or long headpins • tarnished brass toggle clasp • tarnished brass jump rings • gold transfer foil

TOOLS • essential tools (see page 47) • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers











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8 taking care not to touch the front of the motif. Place the motif face up on the non-stick mat and use the end of a kebab stick to flatten an area in the middle of the Ooozed centre (Fig 6). Position the gem into this recess and encourage the edges of the Friendly Plastic up around it to hold it in place. Repeat this process for three more hearts, and leave to cool completely. On a cold non-stick craft mat, briefly heat


Place a 2cm square piece of Friendly Plastic colour side down on a non-stick craft mat and heat until soft. Ease up the corners with a needle tool (see Fig 1, above) and transfer to the inside of the heart Oooze motif (Fig 2). With very lightly oiled fingers, gently ease the plastic into the shape, and fold any excess plastic into the middle of the heart (Figs 3 and 4). Take great care only to hold the edges of the heart as you do this

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or you will squish any Oooze on the front. Turn the heart right side up and continue to gently push the plastic from underneath so that it Ooozes through all the holes in the motif (Fig 5). Give it an extra degree of pressure in the centre so that a good amount of plastic Ooozes through the central hole – this will be the setting for the gem. Ensure that there is not too much plastic in the heart to allow for a flat back. If there is, pinch out the excess,


WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from; 0115 933 6182

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two hearts for 4-5 seconds until just glossy (Fig 7) and carefully position them back to back, matching up all the edges and the holes at the top (Fig 8). If you prefer, you can always use glue to do this instead of the natural properties of the plastic – I recommend a strong flexible glue such as Glass, Metal & More for this. Seal with varnish, allow to dry, and connect to eyepins with the bought metal and glass beads attached. Attach to your ear wires.


MATERIALS • Swirl Friendly Plastic • 4 x flower heart Oooze motifs • 4 x flat-backed 2-3mm crystal gems in co-ordinating shade • 2 x small faceted glass beads in co-ordinating shade • 2 x gold toned small metal bicone spacer beads • 4 x gold toned 3mm jump rings • 2 x gold toned eyepins • ear wires

TOOLS • essential tools (see page 47) • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

Mesh ribbon and bubble mesh ribbon can be threaded onto headpins to act as fluffy textured bead caps – ideally wash out the starchy finish in soap and water first


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coming of age

We continue our series on perfect gift jewellery pieces to mark milestone birthdays and life events with four wonderful designs to celebrate reaching adulthood ENGLISH ROSE CHARM BRACELET

EMILY KERSH DESIGNER THE BEAD SHOP MANCHESTER TO CREATE Thread each glass heart onto a headpin, followed by a 4mm Rosaline bead, and make a loop in the end of each pin. Place each glass pearl on a headpin,

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followed by a 4mm Swarovski, and make a wrapped loop in each pin. Repeat with the Fimo roses and 6mm Swarovski Xilion beads, making a simple loop in the end of each pin. Attach all the beaded headpins along the bracelet

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using jump rings. Now attach the charms along the bracelet, again using jump rings. The 14mm Light Rose AB Swarovski heart is attached using the diamante bail – just open the bail slightly and squeeze on each side of the heart through the holes.


WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from; 0161 833 9950

MATERIALS • Light Rose AB Swarovski 14mm heart • 4 x Light Rose AB Swarovski Elements 6mm Xilion beads • 5 x Rose Water Opal AB 2x Swarovski Elements 4mm Xilion beads • 5 x clear AB 10mm glass hearts • 5 x Rosaline Czech glass 4mm faceted round bead • 5 x light grey 6mm round glass pearls • 2 x Baby Pink 18mm Fimo rose beads • 2 x Antique Rose 18mm Fimo rose beads

• silver-plated 18mm crystal diamante heart lock charm • silver-plated 28mm diamante heart key charm • silver-plated 18mm pink diamante wine glass charm • silver-plated diamante pendant bail • silver-plated toggle charm bracelet • silver thick 7mm jump rings • silver 50mm headpins

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


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KEY TO THE DOOR CHAIN intermediate


TO CREATE Roll out your copper clay 1.5mm thick using your spacers and roller. Carefully cut around your key shape template (see Fig 1, below). You will have to keep dipping your needle tool into your Badger Balm throughout this stage to stop it from dragging the clay. Roll out your silver clay 1.5mm thick using your spacers and roller. Using the alphabet stamp kit, impress your chosen text into the clay (Fig 2). Using a heart cutter, cut out your shape


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TOP TIP If you can’t wait overnight for your clay pieces to dry, you can use a hot plate or low kitchen oven around your text (Fig 3). Leave both the copper key and silver heart to dry overnight. Once your key is dry, refine any rough edges using a sanding pad and files. I found the files particularly useful for all the nooks and



crannies in the key. A rubber block helps to support your piece (Fig 4). Once your heart is dry, refine any rough edges using a sanding pad and files (Fig 5). You have to be careful when doing a piece with both copper



and silver that you don’t get any crosscontamination. Make sure you use a new sanding pad for each metal, and clean your hands and rubber block thoroughly. Drill a small hole in your silver heart using a 1.5mm drill bit.

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Again use a rubber block to lean on (Fig 6). You are now ready to fire both your pieces (Fig 7). The great thing about Art Clay Copper is that it can be

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GIFT JEWELLERY 18TH OR 21ST BIRTHDAY MATERIALS • 50g Art Clay Copper • 7g Art Clay Silver 650

TOOLS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

1.5mm spacers roller Badger Balm Tuff non-stick Teflon card QuikArt stylus needle tool key shape template alphabet stamp kit heart cookie cutter 180-grit sanding pad small rubber block needle files 1.5mm drill bit swivel pin vice firing method brass brush liver of sulphur Pro Polish pad

TOP TIP It’s a good idea to practise the stamping technique on polymer clay, as that way you can get a feel for how much pressure you should need to use

fired with a butane torch (full instructions are in the packet and at Don’t forget to have a bowl of water nearby for quenching your


copper as soon as you have fired it. You can now finish your pieces. I used a brass brush (Fig 8) and then a tumbler. Even though the pieces have been fired, you still need to be careful of cross-contamination – make sure you use



two separate brushes, and do not tumble together. Clean your tumbler well before swapping metals. I finished my pieces off with an antiqued effect using liver of sulphur. Mix a couple of drops of liver of sulphur with warm

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water, submerge your piece until you reach your desired colour, and then polish off the extra with a Pro Polish pad. I think this really helps to highlight the written parts in the silver (Fig 9). Thread the key directly onto

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your chosen chain and add the heart in front of it using a jump ring. I opted for a long ball chain in a dark copper colour as I felt it was on-trend for this age group, but you could get a more delicate feel with a shorter fine-link chain if you prefer.

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


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MATERIALS • Sospeso Trasparente and plastic sheets • card, fabric or wrapping paper with your desired number/wording • co-ordinating suede • flat metal cabochon base • brooch pin • charms • co-ordinating beads • headpins • oval 5x7mm jump rings • chain • cord tips • clasp

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • paintbrush • spatula • glue • plastic dish and small container for mixing

TO CREATE Cut out your desired shapes and wording from a birthday card or wrapping paper. Place

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Sospeso Trasparente was introduced to the UK earlier this year and caused a big stir at some of the trade shows. The product and technique have been developed by Monica Allegro from Italy, and can be used to give sparkle, texture and dimension in a variety of ways. The project shown here is an easy way to get started. onto the special plastic sheet, working out the most economical position. Paint the glue onto the plastic sheet and adhere your cutout shapes to it, face up (see Fig 1, below). Allow to dry, then carefully cut out the shapes (Fig 2). Pour some of the large and small crystals into a container and add some of the

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resin solution. Mix well. Paint some of the resin solution onto the top of the card (Fig 3). Then, using a spatula or paintbrush, apply the crystals mixed with resin all over the design (Fig 4). It will look opaque at this stage. Allow to dry for up to 24 hours. Glue a brooch pin onto the back or use a flat metal cabochon base to give

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a connection point. Start to construct the necklace by attaching your Sospeso Trasparente shape or shapes to the end of a short length of chain using an oval jump ring. Embellish the rest of the chain with charms and co-ordinating beads, threaded onto headpins and added directly to the chain links or via jump rings. Complete by hanging the chain centrally from your desired length of suede, finished with cord ends and a clasp.



TOP TIP If you wish your piece to have a glossy finish, use the plastic sheet on top of the paper or fabric

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

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TO CREATE Cut two pieces of 1mm wire, one to measure 12cm and one 9cm. Using the mandrel, bend both pieces of wire to make ovals, with the smaller sitting comfortably inside the larger with space in betweem them. Make a loop at the top of the larger oval on one wire end and fold the other end over the base of this loop. With the smaller oval, make two hooks with the ends that fit together (see Fig 1, above). Close with your pliers. Place the smaller oval inside the larger one. Cut a 90cm




length of 0.4mm wire and wrap it three times around the larger frame, right at the top. Then take it over the front of the inner frame and again wrap three times. On the third time, bring the wire back under and then round the top of the outer frame (Fig 2). Wrap round the outer wire three times, on the third time bringing it over the front of the inside frame. Continue all the way round in this way, spacing the wraps evenly and using your pliers to tighten the groups of three wraps as necessary (Fig 3).




When you get to the end, wrap the excess 0.4mm wire off at the top and trim. Use pliers to bend in any edges sticking out. Cut a 90cm length of 0.315mm wire and begin by anchoring it to the top of your inner frame. Take the wire in between the first two sets of wraps on the inner frame, and bring it back through the inside of itself to the left. Continue in this way in the gaps between the wraps (Fig 4) all the way around the inner frame. Now bring your wire around the first loop created on the last step,





entering from the right and exiting to the left. Continue in this way (Fig 5) until you have a second row of loops all the way around. When you get to the top, start again with a third row of loops. At this point add your pendant. If it needs to be strung, do this at the top, anchoring the wire from one side to the other. If you are using a cabochon, simply cradle it in the spider’s web of wire you have just created at the front, which will hold it. Then take the wire to make a row of loops at the back of the stone as you did at the front,


wrapping your wire around the top of the very first loops made on the front. Criss-cross the wire at the back to hold the stone in place, then trim the excess. Use the loop at the top of the wirewrapped stone to thread it centrally onto your stringing material, finishing the ends with your choice of clasp.


MATERIALS • cabochon or drilled pendant (approx 25mm) • 1mm craft wire or sterling silver dead soft wire • 0.4mm craft wire or sterling silver dead soft wire • 0.315mm craft wire or sterling silver dead soft wire • sari ribbon or stringing material of your choice

TOOLS intermediate

• round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • oval or round mandrel • side cutters


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


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If you’re not a pink or pastels kind of girl, a statement flower shape in striking non-seasonal colours can create a wonderful look for a summer wedding or ball without compromising on your own style

ABOUT STEPH… Steph has been making jewellery for many years and teaches a variety of workshops at The Bead Shop (Nottingham).


TO CREATE Cut two 1m lengths of blue Beadalon. Thread a crimp tube onto both lengths of blue Beadalon and a 1m length of black Beadalon together, crimping approximately 5cm from the end of the wires.


MATERIALS • silver-plated small Alice band • 9 x silver-plated size 3 crimp tubes • 1m blue 0.6mm wire • 2m blue 0.3mm wire • 2m blue 7-strand Beadalon beading wire • 1m black 7-strand Beadalon beading wire • 42 x Dark Lapis Swarovski Elements 4mm pearls • 30 x Petrol Swarovski Elements 4mm pearls • Montana Swarovski Elements 14mm pointed button • 3 x Montana Swarovski Elements 10mm pointed buttons

TOOLS • crimping pliers • side cutters


Form a loop in the three lengths of wire approximately 5cm long (close to the first crimp). Vary the length of each piece of wire in the loop and hold them in place. Thread a crimp over all three wires and secure the loop shape by squashing the crimp. Continue to make nine more loops next to each other in the same way, so that a flower shape naturally forms.

Cut a 70cm length of 0.6mm wire and a 1m length of 0.3mm wire. Measure 10cm from the end of the 0.6mm wire and wrap the end of the 0.3mm wire tightly around. Thread three Petrol, seven Dark Lapis and another three Petrol pearls onto the 0.6mm wire. Slide the first bead up to the 0.3mm wire, take the wire over the bead and twist three times around the 0.6mm wire to





secure the bead in place. Slide the next bead along and twist the 0.3mm wire three times around in the same way. Repeat for the


remaining beads, ending by twisting around a few more after the last bead. Bend the wire into a loop to form the


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TO CREATE Thread a 10mm button into the centre of your 70cm


length of Stretch Magic. Add two Petrol, three Dark Lapis and two Petrol pearls on each side. Cross the elastic strands over inside another 10mm button (both ends go through the same button in opposite directions).


Thread the same pattern of beads onto both sides of elastic as before and add another crossover button. Repeat this until you have used all the beads and buttons. Cross the two ends over in the first button you threaded



on, to join the bracelet. Tie a knot at each side of the button with the excess elastic to secure the ends. For extra security, add a small amount of clear nail varnish or glue to the knots. Trim off the excess.

MATERIALS • 70cm clear 0.7mm Stretch Magic elastic • 36 x Dark Lapis Swarovski Elements 4mm pearls • 48 x Petrol Swarovski Elements 4mm pearls • 6 x Montana Swarovski Elements 10mm pointed buttons

TOOLS • sharp scissors • clear nail varnish or glue (optional)

to the Alice band, slightly off centre, by wrapping tightly a few times around the band. Bring a piece of the 0.6mm excess wire to the front of the flower, thread on the 14mm Montana button, wrap once around the band to

10 first petal, then trim off the 0.3mm wire and reattach 1cm along. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 to create a further four petals in the same way.

Use the excess 0.3mm wire to secure the five completed petals together in the centre, forming a flower shape. Lay this beaded


flower on top of your wire flower. Use some of the excess 0.6mm wire at the ends of the beaded flower to secure both flowers


secure it, then do the same for the remaining three buttons, arranging them close together. Once all the buttons are secure, cut off any excess wire. You can bend and arrange the beaded flower until you are happy with its shape.


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


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Fabulous FREE gift from The Bead Shop Scotland for every reader featured


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

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LE VITRAIL BRACELET BY WENDY MANZ FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA MATERIALS • 20mm Vitrail crystal donut • rainbow 5/32 niobium jump rings

• assorted coloured aluminium jump rings • lobster clasp


3mm Chinese crystal rounds 4x6mm Chinese crystal rondelles 8mm Czech glass rounds 8mm glass pearls acrylic teardrop metallic dropper beads 19-strand Beadalon wire jump rings wire guardians trigger clasp extension chain


dichroic glass focal pendant silver-plated chain bracelet assorted glass beads crackle crystal beads toggle clasp headpins


assorted glass beads assorted plastic beads blue agate silver-plated toggle clasp calottes split rings illusion cord

BUTTON NECKLACE BY BEVERLY SILK FROM BERKSHIRE MATERIALS • silver bracelet • 40 x assorted 8-10mm buttons • 40 x silver jump rings

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 gorgeous selection of blue, turquoise and silver beads and components, reminiscent of sparkling seas and with a definite summer holiday feel. The variety of shapes and finishes makes for something a little bit special and out of the ordinary. The mix was supplied by

LINDSEY SAYS… Blues make for supercool summer jewellery and I loved the mix of shades with the silver accents in this bead set.



TO CREATE Attach a lobster clasp to the necklace using jump rings. Feed three pearls individually onto eyepins and finish each one with a loop. Use jump rings to attach three pearls to the outer edge of each of the larger loops on the necklace. Adhere the large square bead to the feature loop using Glossy Accents.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • Ranger Glossy Accents • eyepins • jump rings

• lobster clasp

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

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TO CREATE Thread a dagger shell bead onto a headpin and secure the end in a loop. Feed three turquoise howlite beads onto an eyepin and secure the end with a loop. Attach the howlite set to an ear wire using a jump ring. Thread four pearls individually onto eyepins and turn a loop in each pin.

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MATERIALS Add a jump ring to the end of the howlite set from Step 3, then attach the four pearls from Step 4 and


• Bead Challenge bead mix • ear wires • jump rings • eyepins • headpins

finish by adding the shell bead. Repeat Steps 1-5 to create the second matching earring.


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


MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • bag clip • eyepins • jump rings

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

TOP TIP Make the most of jump rings in  your creations – as well as acting as basic connectors, they allow for adding mini clusters, flexibility and added safety  elements to your pieces

TO CREATE Attach a jump ring to your bag clip. Thread your chosen beads onto eyepins and secure the end of

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each pin with a loop. Finally, attach the elements together using jump rings to create your design.



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JUDITH SAYS... This lovely bead selection brought thoughts of summer to mind – all I added to the mix was my stringing materials, clasp components and a small bag of seed beads. I chose to add seed beads because I wanted the focal beads to shine and be the centre of attention so used these smaller beads simply as spacers and to cover my stringing material.

TO CREATE Thread nine foiled rounds onto the centre of a 60cm length of nylon thread. Thread a woven ball onto both thread ends together, then – in the same direction as originally threaded – take each end back through the last four beads on each side and pull snug. With the wire ball now sitting in the centre of the foiled rounds, pass both thread ends in opposite directions through a

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • nylon beading thread • silver 1mm tube crimps • silver wire guardians • silver toggle clasp • frosted teal size 6 seed beads

TOOLS • crimping pliers • sharp scissors


single foiled round. Add four more foiled rounds to each strand. Repeat Step 2 twice more. Pass your thread ends back through the beads in opposite directions around the last circle and tie them in a secure knot where they meet. Pass them again in opposite directions through a few beads before snipping short. Cut a 25cm length of nylon thread and pass it through the single centre bead at one end of the circle weaving. Position it so the bead is at the halfway point, then add three seed beads to each strand.

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Pass both thread ends together through a foiled round, then split and add three seed beads to each. Repeat this process. Add a final foiled round followed by five seed beads to both threads together – adjust the length of your bracelet at this point if necessary. Now thread on a crimp bead, a wire guardian and one part of your toggle clasp, then pass the threads back through the crimp and three seed beads before pulling snug. Set the crimp and snip the thread ends short. Repeat for the other end of your bracelet.



WHERE TO BUY The additional materials used here are available from


TO CREATE Cut a 20cm length of nylon thread and thread a single seed bead to the centre. Pass both thread ends together through a further 16 seed beads. Repeat with two further lengths of thread, using 12 and 10 seed beads after the initial central bead. Thread all the ends together through a single seed bead followed by a 2mm crimp tube. Pass them back through the crimp tube and seed



bead, pulling snug to form a small loop. Set the crimp and snip the ends short. Cut two 80cm lengths of thread. Add two seed beads to both threads together and position centrally. Add your beaded tassel, then two more seed beads. Pass each pair of ends through a button disc from front to back, then add five seed beads onto all the ends together. Split the thread into pairs again and add six seed beads to each before passing through the buttonholes again. Pull snug so that the initial five beads lie on the back of the button and the six on each side lie on the front. Pass the thread ends back up through the five seed beads on the reverse, then add a seed bead, a turquoise chip,




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3 WAYS CHALLENGE MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • nylon beading thread • silver 1mm tube crimps • silver lobster clasp and necklace tag • frosted teal size 6 seed beads

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • crimping pliers • sharp scissors

TO CREATE Lay out some of the shell beads and select nine beads as pictured on the completed necklace that look symmetrical. Separate two small links together with their two connectors from a length of chain. Cut two 15cm lengths of nylon thread and use them together as one. Pass one pair of thread ends through a connector on one chain link and secure with a

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a seed bead and a woven ball to all the ends together. Split the threads back into their pairs for each side of the necklace. Add a seed bead, three turquoise chips, a seed bead, a woven ball and a seed bead to each side. Add turquoise chips to the threads, working each side alternately a few chips at a time and starting with the smallest chips. Once you have the required length for your necklace and both sides are even, add a crimp bead, a wire guardian and one half of your toggle clasp to each side. Pass the thread ends back through the crimp and through a couple of turquoise chips and pull snug. Set the crimp and trim the thread ends short.

crimp bead, forming a small loop. Thread a seed bead, a foiled round and a seed bead onto the threads so that they cover the short tail formed with the crimp, then add your shell beads alternated with seed beads. Finish with a seed bead, a foiled round and a seed bead, followed by a crimp. Pass the threads through a connector on the second chain link, then back through the crimp and the last three beads. Pull snug to form a small loop, set the crimp and snip the threads short. Cut a 22cm length of nylon thread and fold it in half. Pass the two ends through the






connector on the opposite end of one of the links, then through the folded loop, and pull snug to secure. Working on both thread ends together throughout, add a seed bead, a foiled round, three seed beads and a


foiled round, five seed beads and a foiled round, increasing the groups of seed beads by two with every repeat until you reach the required length for one half of your necklace. Thread a crimp bead and your clasp onto


the threads, then pass the ends back through the crimp and a few seed beads before pulling snug into a small loop. Set the crimp and trim the ends short. Repeat Steps 5-7 on the other side of the necklace, replacing the clasp with a necklace tag.





TOP TIP Nylon beading thread is a really versatile stringing medium but it does have a little give in it, so take care not to overstretch it when setting crimps to secure your clasps – otherwise your beading will scrunch up and not drape nicely

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • nylon beading thread • silver 1mm tube crimps • silver 2mm tube crimps • silver wire guardians

• silver toggle clasp • frosted teal size 6 seed beads

TOOLS • crimping pliers • sharp scissors


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ABOUT SHARON… Sharon is co-owner and designer at Silver Orchid Beads. She started making jewellery about six years ago, needing a hobby to relax her from a stressful job as a district nurse. “I just fell in love with it, and knew that this was something I wanted to pursue further,” she says.


“I left nursing and with my parents created Silver Orchid Beads. I have never looked back. There aren’t many people that can say they love their job, but I’m lucky enough to say that I do.” Sharon combines running the business with looking after her two young children.

TO CREATE Separate all the links on the chain and set aside the figure-of-eight connectors. Cut 10 6” pieces of wire and wire wrap eight of the large chain links and two of the small ones, whilst adding chips randomly to each link. Take an eyepin and thread on a small chip, then a wire ball and another small chip, before making a

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loop in the end of the pin. Repeat seven times. Cut seven loops of ring-sized memory wire and add three shell beads to each. Take the wire ball components and add them to the memory wire loops. Now connect all the pieces together using the figure-of-eight connectors, and attach the toggle clasp to the ends to finish.

I love turquoise; it’s such a calming and relaxing colour. The beads in this mix are beautiful and I’ve really enjoyed creating jewellery with beads that I wouldn’t have normally put together.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • toggle clasp • 0.5mm craft wire • ring-sized memory wire • eyepins

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • side cutters • memory wire cutters

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE TO CREATE Cut three 8” pieces of elastic. Thread five drizzle beads onto a piece of elastic, then add a spacer bar and five glass pearls. Repeat this sequence until you have six sections. Take the second piece of elastic, add eight 4mm spacer beads and thread the elastic through the middle hole of the first spacer bar. Add another eight spacer beads and continue until you have six sections.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • 48 x silver-plated 4mm plain spacer beads • 6 x three-hole bracelet spacer bars • clear 0.8mm Stretch Magic

TOOLS • GS Hypo Cement

Repeat Step 2, threading the elastic through the last hole in the spacer bars. Take the top-section elastic and tie an overhand knot, then tie

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another overhand knot the opposite way and a third knot the same as the first. Knot the other two beaded strands in the same way.


Add some glue to each of the knots for added security, leave to dry for a few hours, then snip the excess elastic away for a neat finish.




TO CREATE Add three extension chains to the ‘eye’ of an eyepin. Thread seven glass pearls individually onto headpins and create a loop at the top of each pin. Add the pearls at random to the extension chains.

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Thread a square bead onto the eyepin from Step 1, followed by a 6mm glass pearl from the bead mix. Create a


wrapped loop at the top of the eyepin, and attach to an ear wire. Repeat Steps 1-4 to create the second matching earring.


WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from; 07971 005046

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These chunky lampwork daisies add a lovely, fresh feel to any design and can be used to create jewellery in a variety of summery styles, as Michele Dobson demonstrates

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.


MATERIALS • 7 x lampwork daisy beads • 7 x silver-plated 20mm hammered rings • 14 x lampwork mini spacer beads • silver-plated 3mm spacer beads • silver-plated chain • silver-plated 0.6mm wire • silver-plated toggle clasp • silver-plated 6mm jump rings

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

TO CREATE Cut a piece of silver-plated wire approximately 2½-3”

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long. Make a twisted loop at one end of the wire, then thread on a silver spacer bead, a lampwork spacer bead, a silver spacer, a lampwork daisy, a silver spacer,

a lampwork spacer and a final silver spacer. Finish with another twisted loop. Repeat this process using all the daisy beads and lampwork mini spacer beads.


Attach the links and hammered rings together in an alternating pattern using 6mm jump rings. You should have a hammered ring at each


end of the necklace. Finish by attaching equal lengths of


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a lampwork daisy bead, another crystal and a lampwork mini spacer bead, followed by another crystal. Continue in this pattern until all the beads are used, finishing with a crystal and crimp bead. Add the other part of the clasp, form a loop as before, and press the crimp closed. Trim off any excess Tigertail.


Make a simple summery brooch by wiring a lampwork daisy onto a 20mm brooch back using 0.4mm silver-plated wire. For some added sparkle, a 4mm Swarovski crystal can be used to create the centre of the daisy


Start by threading a crimp bead, a 4mm Swarovski crystal and one part of your clasp onto a length of Tigertail. Pass the Tigertail back through the crystal and the crimp bead to form a neat loop, and press the crimp closed using chain-nosed pliers. Add another two 4mm crystals, then


MATERIALS beginner


• 6 x lampwork daisy beads • 5 x lampwork mini spacer beads • 16 x 4mm Swarovski crystals • silver-plated toggle clasp • Tigertail beading wire • crimp beads

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

chain to each side, adjusting the necklace length as desired. Using

a jump ring, add your toggle clasp components to the ends of the chain.

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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wire symphony Learn how to create your own wire links, shaped charms and embellishments for beautiful, unique jewellery pieces – combined here with decorative beads and rich-coloured pearls for an exotic Middle Eastern flavour

ABOUT SHINEY COMPANY… As the UK’s only Swarovski-recommended store, Shiney Company is committed to offering a high level of service, innovation and a wide range of Swarovski components online and at its three shop premises in Bristol, Bath and Stroud. In addition to a fabulous product selection and friendly, knowledgeable advice, the team offers jewellery-making classes, children’s parties and hen parties. See the website for more information. e often resort to buying lengths of chain to create charmstyle necklaces for speed and the knowledge that the links are uniform. However, with a pair of round-nosed pliers, wire cutters, a tape measure, 1mm wire and a little time you can create



these stunning links and turn them into necklace and bracelet chain and even matching earrings for a truly handcrafted collection. Before you begin to make your pieces, we recommend you practise hammering some 1mm wire to perfect your stroke! It’s important to hold the hammer correctly, by gripping the end of the

handle where it is wider. It is more effective if you strike and hold for a second, rather than bouncing the hammer up and down on the block (which only serves to have you rooting around for your charms on the floor as the motion has a tendency to send things flying from the block)! Prepare your wires in advance. Unwind a

length of wire by pulling it straight out from the reel as this avoids unnecessary bends in the wire. Use nylon-jaw pliers to straighten the section you have unwound before cutting it. Measure the lengths you require for each part of the project and use that piece to cut further pieces to save you having to use the tape measure each time.

TOP TIP When you are making any type  of loop or beginning a coil, run your  finger over the jaws of the pliers to check that no wire is protruding. If you have wire sticking  out from the pliers, you won’t get a round shape and  the loop will  seem angular

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WIREWORK LINKS & CHARMS MAIN CHAIN LINK – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE THIS LINK IS MADE WITH 7CM OF 1MM WIRE Make a P-shaped loop at one end of the wire by gripping approximately 8mm

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from the tip of your round-nosed pliers. Do the same at the other end, making the loop face the opposite way. Grip next to one of the P-shaped loops

at the widest part of the pliers and bend the wire around the pliers away from the loop, so it remains facing out. Repeat at the other end of the wire in





the opposite direction so that you have an S-shaped link with the loops facing outwards. Hammer the link evenly for effect and strength.

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NOTE: Most round-nosed pliers are the same size, but you may need to make a few practice links and possibly adjust where you grip or the length of the wire slightly to get it in proportion so that you can continue to make more the same.




MATERIALS • 3m silver 1mm wire (allows for some wastage) • 2m silver 0.8mm wire (allows for some wastage) • 45 x silver 5.8mm jump rings • 3 x Coral Swarovski Elements 10mm Crystal Pearl beads • 2 x Coral Swarovski Elements 6mm Crystal Pearl beads • 2 x Powder Almond Swarovski Elements 10mm Crystal Pearl beads

• 3 x Powder Almond Swarovski Elements 12mm Crystal Pearl beads • 3 x silver colour Aztec-style beads

TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • flush cutters • chasing hammer • steel block • nylon-jaw pliers • tape measure

Create 17 of the main chain links following the Essential Technique above. Assemble the links together with 5.8mm jump rings, using the rings in pairs for effect and strength. Make a hook clasp using the Essential Technique on page 78. Attach it with a jump ring to one chain end.



Create your decorated bead charms following the Essential Technique on page 80 and varying the choice and sequence of beads and pearls. Make three coiled charms following the Essential Technique on page 78, two square coiled charms following the Essential Technique on page 79 and two

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triangle coiled charms following the Essential Technique on page 79. Begin by attaching the decorated bead charms along the necklace with jump rings, then add the hammered charms in between, using the small loops and the links themselves to hang the beads and charms from.



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MATERIALS • 2m copper 1mm wire (allows for some wastage) • 15 x antique copper 8mm jump rings • 32 x antique copper 5mm jump rings • 2 x copper small folding cord ends • 2 x bright copper hammered discs • 3 x copper colour Aztec-style beads

• assorted glass beads, crystals and spacers • black 2mm micro fibre cord

TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • flush cutters • chasing hammer • steel block • nylon-jaw pliers

TO CREATE Make nine copper hammered chain links and connect them together using pairs of 5mm jump rings. Add two 8mm jump rings to each end of this chain section. Cut two 26cm lengths of micro fibre cord. Fold one in half and make a lark’s



COILED CHARM – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE THIS CHARM IS MADE WITH 10CM OF 1MM WIRE Grip the very tip of the wire, close to the tip of the roundnosed pliers. Make a loop around the pliers and then continue to wind around so that the wire begins to coil




around the first coil. Once you have made one-anda-half turns, grip the flat coil with nylon-jaw pliers and continue to wind the wire around the outside edge of the coil until you have approximately



10-12mm of wire remaining. Grip the end of the wire about 6mm from the tip of the round-nosed pliers and roll a loop. Carefully hammer the coil, but avoid hitting the loop.

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head knot through the pair of 8mm jump rings at one end. Thread five 8mm jump rings over the ends of the cord and feed an Aztec-style bead over the cord to sit directly on top of the jump rings. Repeat on the other side. Attach a folding cord end to each end of the cord, adding your handmade hook clasp to one side and an 8mm copper jump


ring to the other. Decorate the chain section by adding hammered coiled charms in copper and wrapped bead decorations. Attach the hammered discs and hang a small bead charm from the bottom of the disc. You can also use headpins to make smaller unwrapped bead charms. Embellish in your own style.





Make a small flat coil at one end of the wire. Bend the wire over a pen or the thinnest part of

the hammer handle, ensuring that the flat coil faces outwards. Make a smaller flat coil on the other end of the wire and hammer it evenly.




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MATERIALS • 2m copper 1mm wire (allows for some wastage) • 24 x antique copper 8mm jump rings

TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • flush cutters • chasing hammer • steel block • nylon-jaw pliers • tape measure

right), but create a symmetrical threesided shape. Hammer the charm, avoiding the loop.


SQUARE COILED CHARM – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE THIS CHARM IS MADE WITH 12CM OF 1MM WIRE Begin in the same way as to make a coiled charm (see page 78), but when you start to coil around the outside, gripping with the nylon-jaw pliers, control the wire so


there is a gap between each coil, making an open coil. Stop coiling after a couple of revolutions, then use flat-nosed or chain-nosed pliers to make a right angle just past the edge of the coil. Each side of the square is approximately 12mm.


Make a further three right angles to form the square. You should have about 12mm of wire remaining (trim if necessary) and end at the corner of the square. Make a loop with the remaining wire and hammer the charm, avoiding the loop.


TO CREATE Make eight links using 6cm pieces of 1mm wire, hammer them and connect together with pairs of jump rings. Create a hook clasp and attach it to one end of the bracelet with a jump ring. Attach a single jump ring to the other end. Make eight coiled charms with 6cm pieces of 1mm wire and hammer them. Connect to the small loops on the chain links using 8mm jump rings, alternating sides as you attach them.





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COPPER EARRINGS TO CREATE Cut two 6cm lengths of 1mm wire. Make two chain links, and hammer.


Make two ear wires in the same way as for the silver earrings on page 80. This time, bend the coil at the base of the ear wire around to face the front. Place a 6mm Coral pearl onto a headpin, make a wrapped loop and attach with a jump ring to one end of a link. Attach the other end of the link to the ear wire using a pair of jump rings. Repeat for the other earring.

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MATERIALS • copper 1mm wire • copper 0.8mm wire • 4 x Coral Swarovski Elements 6mm Crystal Pearl beads • 6 x antique copper 8mm jump rings • 2 x antique copper 50mm headpins

TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • flush cutters • chasing hammer • steel block • nylon-jaw pliers • tape measure



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MATERIALS • silver 1mm wire • silver 0.8mm wire • 4 x Coral Swarovski Elements 6mm Crystal Pearl beads • 4 x silver 5.8mm jump rings

TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • flush cutters • chasing hammer • steel block • nylon-jaw pliers • tape measure


TO CREATE Cut two 7cm pieces of 1mm wire. Make two chain links, and hammer. Cut four 10cm lengths of 0.8mm wire. Make a small flat coil with one, turn the wire upright, so it is perpendicular to the coil, and thread on a 6mm Coral pearl. Make a wrapped loop and continue coiling the wire around the top of the pearl so that it looks like a bead cap. Repeat Steps 2 and 3, and attach the wired pearls with a

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jump ring to one of the small loops on the links. To make the ear wires, begin by creating a small flat, coiled loop on the end of a 10cm piece of 0.8mm wire. Don’t turn the wire upright this time. Thread on a 6mm pearl, then do exactly the same with the remaining piece of 0.8mm wire. Holding the two pieces together, rest a pencil next to the 6mm pearls and bend both wires simultaneously over it so the flat coils are facing outwards. Remove the pencil. Grip the wire directly above the pearl with the tip of your chain-nosed pliers and angle the wire backwards toward the



WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from the Shiney Co stores at: 14 Sandy Park Road, Brislington, Bristol BS4 3PE; 0117 300 9800 5 Saville Row, Bath BA1 2QP; 01225 332506 27 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1AJ; 01453 753609 or online at 80

coil. Repeat with the other wire. Hold the two ear wires together and trim the excess wire in line with the bottom of the pearls. Make a


small bend outwards using chain-nosed pliers at the end of each wire. Protecting the pearl, place the ear wire onto the block and carefully hammer the


top edge (the pearl should be over the edge of the block). Repeat with the other ear wire. Attach the ear wires to the earrings using a jump ring.

WRAPPED PEARL & BEAD DECORATION – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE START WITH 2530CM OF 0.8MM WIRE.THE LENGTH WILL DEPEND ON THE NUMBER AND SIZE OF YOUR BEADS Make a small flat coil at one end of the wire. Using chain-nosed or flatnosed pliers, turn the wire upright so that it is perpendicular to the coil. Hammer the flat coil.



Place a 12mm pearl, followed by a larger bead and a 10mm pearl, onto the wire. Make a wrapped loop and continue coiling the wire around the top of the pearl, creating the effect of a bead cap. Continue winding the wire around the pearl and the central bead. End by coiling it against the beads using round-nosed pliers.


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NOTE: Each of these decorations is unique, so don’t get hung up on perfection. As long as it is neat and secure, the rest is down to your own design flair!


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EAST MIDLANDS BOJANGLE BEADS 50 CHURCH GATE,LOUGHBOROUGH, LEICS LE11 1UE WWW.BOJANGLEBEADS.CO.UK 01509 211974 7th June – Lacy medallion cuff 9th June – Wedding jewellery 14th June – Sieve those beads 16th June – Shrink plastic vintage jewellery (with CB&J designer Su Pennick) 21st June – Loopy wire necklace 23rd June – Textured wire wrapping 28th June – Flat herringbone cuff 30th June – Spiral On Up 1st July – Stampbord pendants (with CB&J designer Su Pennick) 5th July – Peyote fringe cuff 7th July – Pretty pearls 12th July – Twisted wire floral cuff or necklace 14th July – Casual summer cord jewellery 19th July – Dingly dangly bracelet 21st July – Tubular netting 26th July – Loop-Di-Loop necklace 28th July – Basic beading 29th July – Painted papers

DEBORAH BEADS THE BARN, DONYLAND FARM, FINGRINGHOE ROAD, COLCHESTER, ESSEX CO57JL WWW.DEBORAHBEADS.CO.UK 01206 729881 8th June – Framed bead bracelet & earrings 8th June – Box weave chain maille bracelet 9th June – Beginner’s chain maille 12th June – Beginner’s chain maille 14th June – Byzantine chain maille bracelet 19th June – Beginner’s jewellery making 23rd June – Polymer clay bead making 25th June – Gemstone & chain maille bracelet 26th June – Plaited wire necklace & bracelet 3rd July – Flower bracelet & earrings 5th July – Framed bead bracelet & earrings 9th July – Pearl trio bracelet & earrings 12th July – Beginner’s chain maille 17th July – Gemstone & chain maille bracelet 21st July – Box weave chain maille bracelet 21st July – Wire & crystal rings 25th July – Byzantine chain maille bracelet 31st July – Beginner’s jewellery making 23rd August – Plaited wire necklace & bracelet 30th August – Flower bracelet & earrings 1st September – Beginner’s chain maille 1st September – Framed bead bracelet & earrings



50/56 HIGH STREET, MARKET DEEPING, PETERBOROUGH PE6 8EB WWW.RIVERSIDEBEADS.CO.UK 01778 346810 9th June – Shamballa bead bracelet 16th June – Introduction to wirework 16th June – Fimo 23rd June – Beadweaving 30th June – Starter jewellery 1st July – Coiling gizmo 4th July – Introduction to wirework 5th July – Starter jewellery 7th July – Fascinator 8th July – Silver Art Clay level I 14th July – Fimo 24th July – Starter jewellery 25th July – Silver Art Clay level I 28th July – Introduction to wirework 28th July – Beadweaving 29th July – Starter jewellery 5th August – Coiling gizmo 18th August – Wirework clasps & connectors

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.

7 THE GREEN, HADDENHAM, ELY, CAMBS CB6 3TA WWW.SPOILTROTTENBEADS.CO.UK 01353 749853 9th June – Art Clay Silver introductory pendants, beads, baubles & charms 13th June – Art Clay Silver express pendants & charms 16th June – Introduction to beaded jewellery making



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DIARY FOCUS ON...TUFFNELL GLASS Established in 1998, Tuffnell Glass is the UK’s largest supplier of glass bead making equipment, kits, glass rods and tools. Always at the forefront of bead making, Tuffnell Glass is also the organiser of Europe’s only Flame Off event, inviting guest artists from around the globe to share their knowledge and techniques with all who attend. Since the opening of its converted cart lodge studio last year, the company has run several classes inviting tutors from far and wide to teach masterclasses for intermediate and advanced students. Beginners classes are ongoing all the time - in the past, these have been one-on-one sessions run throughout the week but this year Tuffnell Glass is offering larger classes with weekend dates, making them more accessible and affordable for those who attend. TUFFNELL GLASS, CHURCH HOUSE MARM, RUDSTON, DRIFFIELD, EAST YORKSHIRE YO25 4XA WWW.TUFFNELLGLASS.COM 01262 420171

30th June-1st July - Two-day marble making class with Jan Rigden Clay 7th July - Precision stringer work with Claudia Trimbur Pagel (one-day class) 8th July - Precision stringer work with Claudia Trimbur Pagel (one-day class) 2nd September - One-day beginners class with Emma Green and Teresa Blofeld 15th-16th September - Reverse painting on beads with Bronwen Heilman Note: Emma and Teresa run one-on-one classes for beginners and beyond, through to advanced. To book, please call 01262 420171 to arrange a convenient date

20th June – Friendship bracelets 23rd June – Full Persian weave chain maille (intermediate) 29th June – Tiaras & bridal jewellery 6th July – Express jewellery making 7th July – Japanese lace weave chain maille 7th July – Art Clay Silver rings 11th July – Pearl knotting 13th July – Art Clay Silver introductory pendants, beads, baubles & charms 14th July – Introduction to beaded jewellery making 20th July – Beaded bangle 21st July – Metal Clay fun day 28th July – Freeform wire wrapped necklace & ring 10th August – Express jewellery making 11th August – Art Clay Silver introductory pendants, beads, baubles & charms 25th August – Introduction to beaded jewellery

SOUTH WEST MID CORNWALL SCHOOL OF JEWELLERY TREESMILL FARM,TYWARDREATH, PAR, CORNWALL PL24 2TX WWW.MCSJ.CO.UK 01726 817989 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 (level 2) 28th June –Silver metal clay for fun 1st July –Three bracelets in a day 3rd July –Silver metal clay taster 4th July –Open workshop day (level 2) 7th-9th July –Intermediate metal clay, Diploma grade 2 10th-11th July –Unique texture making 13th July –Silver metal clay for fun 14th July –Private class with Lisa Cain 18th July –Open workshop day (level 2) 19th July –Silver metal clay taster 20th July –Silver metal clay for fun 27th July –5th August - Dimploma Intensive, grades 1-4

6th August –Silver metal clay taster 7th-8th August –Glass & metal clay 9th-11th August –Intermediate metal clay, Diploma grade 2 12th-13th August –Advanced metal clay, Diploma grade 3 14th-15th August –Design & construction, Diploma grade 4 16th-17th August –Teaching metal clay classes effectively, Diploma grade 4 18th-19th August –Introduction to bronze & copper clay 20th-23rd August –Art Clay certification level 2 24th August –Silver metal clay taster 25th-26th August –Beginners metal clay, Diploma grade 1 31st August –Silver metal clay for fun

16th June – Wire sculpture (three pendants, two rings) 23rd June – Three Jewellery Projects in a Day wirework class 7th July – Crystal & pearl beadwork ring 14th July – Crystal cuff beadwork bracelet 21st July – Textured necklace 28th July – Wire wrapping stones 4th August – Introduction to beadwork spiral rope bracelet 11th August – Crystal tiara 18th August – Swarovski crystal jewellery 25th August – Graduated peyote beadwork choker



5 SAVILLE ROW, BATH BA1 2QP WWW.SHINEYROCKS.CO.UK 01225 332 506 9th June – Crystal & cube beadwork bracelet 16th June – Beadwork & rivoli ring 30th June – Beginners beadwork ruffle bracelet (right angle weave) 7th July – Wire sculpture pendants 14th July – Embellished tubular peyote bracelet 21st July – Crystal ball beadwork pendant 21st July – Right angle weave beadwork ring 28th July – Vintage-style crystal tiara headband 4th August – Intermediate wirework jewellery 11th August – Wire & button necklace 18th August – Swarovski Crystal Waterfall necklace & earrings 25th August – Wirework & coiling gizmo beads 1st September – Shamballa-style bracelet

27 HIGH STREET, STROUD, GLOS GL5 1AJ WWW.SHINEYROCKS.CO.UK 01453 753 609 Wednesday evenings – Bead & wire jewellery-making course (six weeks) 9th June – Three Jewellery Projects in a Day wirework class 23rd June – Friendship charm bracelet 30th June – Wire sculpture pendants 7th July – Beadwork & rivoli ring 14th July – Beginners beadwork ruffle bracelet (right angle weave) 21st July – Six profit-focused jewellery designs for craft selers 28th July – Introduction to beadwork spiral rope bracelet 4th August – Swarovski crystal jewellery 18th August – Three styles of wire rings 25th August – Cord & chain jewellery 1st September – Swarovski Crystal Waterfall necklace & earrings

SHINEY COMPANY (BRISTOL) 14 SANDY PARK ROAD, BRISLINGTON, BRISTOL BS4 3PE WWW.SHINEYROCKS.CO.UK 0117 300 9800 Tuesday evenings – Jewellery-making course for beginners (six weeks) Thursday evenings – Intermediate jewellery workshop (six weeks) Thursday evenings – Beginners beadwork course (six weeks) 9th June – Macramé shamballa-style bracelet

Calling all bead shop owners! Please send details of your upcoming workshops and classes as far in advance as possible to or


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ABOUT KATE… Kate has been designing and making beaded jewellery for more than 10 years and what started out as a hobby became a passion and then a career, as she now sells her work and runs The Bead Cellar, based in beautiful Devon.The Bead Cellar specialises in Toho seed beads and also stocks a wide range of beads and findings, including vintage nailheads, Swarovski crystals and pearls, semi-precious gemstones, Czech glass beads and much more. Classes are run regularly and The Bead Cellar offers a variety of kits suitable for all experience levels. New stock arrives regularly and Kate is always on hand to offer friendly advice to customers.

TO CREATE BEADING THE SQUARE SWEETS On a 6’ length of thread, pick up eight size 11 seed beads. Tie into a circle, leaving a 2’ tail thread for use later. Pick up five seed beads, skip over one

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These colourful beaded sweets are almost irresistible. Use bright beads with delicate netting and herringbone stitch to create a necklace that’s good enough to eat intermediate

bead in the first row and stitch into the next bead. Repeat this three more times, working all the way around the circle. Step up onto the next row by passing your thread through the starting bead, and


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MATERIALS • 24mm glass flat disc bead • 4 x 12mm glass flat square beads • 6 x 12mm glass flat disc beads • 15g transparent crystal AB size 11 seed beads

the first three beads added in Row 2. Pick up seven seed beads and stitch through the central bead in the next loop over, which is part of Row 2 (see Fig 1,

• silver neckwire

TOOLS • size 10 or 12 beading needle • beading thread • scissors • beading mat

below). Repeat this three more times, working all the way around the circle. Work two more rows with five beads in each loop. Check that your square bead will fit

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comfortably inside the netting. Then work another ‘seven’ row, followed by another ‘five’ row before finally inserting your square bead and pulling the thread up tight.

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TOP TIPS When you start the herringbone stitch section of the sweet work slowly and carefully – those pairs of beads love to twist themselves around so make sure that you are stitching into the correct bead or you will get in a tangle

As you are working your netting sweet wrapper don’t forget to check that your sweet bead will fit comfortably inside – if your beads are a slightly different size you may need to adjust the bead counts in this pattern to fit


If you haven’t worked in herringbone stitch before, try a small sample piece first to get to know the stitch before trying to make the sweets

Finish by stitching a single seed bead between the central beads in each loop of the last row. Pull tight and stitch around this circle several times to secure it. The bunched ends of each of the sweet wrappers will be worked in herringbone stitch. Referring to Fig 2 and still working around the circle made from your last row, pick up two seed beads then stitch into the next bead in the circle – don’t worry that the beads don’t sit very neatly, just keep the tension as firm as you can. Continue and you will end up with eight pairs of beads. Still referring to Fig 2, step up onto




the next row by stitching into the first bead added again. Then pick up two seed beads and stitch down through the other bead in that first pair. Stitch across and up through the first bead in the next pair over. Repeat, working all the way around the circle. Step up and work another row, again attaching each pair to the next so that you see the classic ‘stacks’ of herringbone stitch forming (Fig 2). Work two more rows of herringbone but as you want the stacks to separate you need to stitch back down to Row 2 before going across to the next stack (Fig 2). Work a final row of herringbone but adding only one bead to each stack so

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it sits upright (like a picot) and finishes the stack off neatly. Stitch in any loose threads. Go back to your tail thread and repeat Steps 6-10 to make the other end of the sweet wrapper.


BEADING THE LARGE ROUND SWEET This is worked in the same way as the square sweets but the netting stitch rows will need to have the following bead counts: • Row 1 – eight beads to start • Row 2 – five beads per loop • Row 3 – seven beads per loop • Row 4 – nine beads per loop • Row 5 – 11 beads per loop


• Row 6 – 11 beads per loop • Row 7 – nine beads per loop • Row 8 – seven beads per loop • Row 9 – five beads per loop • Row 10 – one bead between each of the central beads from Row 9 Make the wrapper ends as for the square sweets.


Thread beaded sweets onto headpins to make a pair of earrings

SPECIAL OFFER FOR ALL OUR READERS! The beads used to make this project are available from The Bead Cellar along with many other beads, findings, tools, kits and more. Please quote reference CBJ23 when placing an order to receive a 10% discount

ASSEMBLING THE NECKLACE Using a preformed neck wire, thread on each of your beaded sweets


with a small round flat disc bead in between and the largest sweet in the centre.

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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day & night Use the same selection of beads to create a casual knotted cord bracelet for daytime holiday wear and a vibrant bib necklace for summer nights out bicone on headpin attached to end of extension chain with wrapped loop

cord crimps closed securely

extension chain attached with jump ring 3 lengths of cord square knotted to desired bracelet length

end knots secured with a dab of glue and trimmed

flower connector attached just off centre with jump ring through knot

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cord crimp closed securely

overhand knot, secured with dab of glue

equal sections of square knots between and each side of jump rings

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.

attached to cord with 3 evenly spaced jump rings

pendants connected in triangular formation with jump rings

bicone on eyepin finished with wrapped loop

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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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Here’s a preview of what you’ve got to look forward to in Issue 24...


FEATS OF CLAY Fabulous bead and bangle masterclass using polymer clay

On sale 2nd August 2012

Beautiful makes bursting with vibrant colour and style

BRIGHT AS A BUTTON Create something completely different with your leftover button stash

TASTE OF THE ORIENT Stunning pieces inspired by the Far East

PLUS FREE ribbons pack – and gorgeous projects to make the most of them Creative Beads & Jewellery is available from newsagents and through beading, jewellery and craft stores. If you want to guarantee that you don’t miss an issue, you can ask your local store to place a regular order for you. Once set up, your copy will be held for you to collect. Simply complete this form and hand it in at your nearest bead or craft store or newsagent. Dear Store Owner Please reserve me a copy of Creative Beads & Jewellery TITLE Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms ............................... First Name............................ Surname.......................................................................................... Address............................................................................................ ........................................................................................................ ........................................................................................................ Postcode ...........................................Tel ......................................... Contents subject to change


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