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56 exclusive designer projects you’ll love Issue 24

Nifty thrifty ideas

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

Have a glorious Indian summer Tropical makes for hazy days





Using gorgeous fairy charms

Hot makes for evening chic

Put your stash to good use

Inspiring beadweaving ideas

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Plus perfect gift jewellery, upcycling, chain maille and much more!

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Polymer clay beads step-by-step guide

Inspire Imagine Create

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“I love the brightly coloured beads used in this project and the way they hang delicately on gold-plated beadable chain for a truly beautiful summer necklace”

hello... ...and welcome to Issue 24 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. We’re entering the final months of what has been a mixed summer – there’s been sunshine, rain, blustery winds and the occasional dramatic thunderstorm – sometimes all in the same day! The magazine reflects this changeable weather with a mixture of bright and breezy, Indian summer and autumn-tinted projects, so whether you’re jetting off on holiday or getting ready for cooler days, we’ve got the perfect jewellery ideas to see you through to autumn. Joanne Zeng’s stunning necklace on page 29 and on our cover this issue perfectly combines the sparkling greens of summer with the burnt tints of autumn, with its shimmering crystals and semi-precious flowers. If you’re not yet ready to face the end of summer, check out Anna Weller’s fun and frivolous fascinator on page 50 and Kirsty Hopknison’s beautiful beaded flower necklace on page 79 – both are perfect makes for a garden party. Michele Dobson’s quick-to-make necklace will add a splash of summer colour to any outfit (see page 37), while Carol Smalley uses fuchsia wire and glass tube beads to create gorgeous pieces for hot sultry nights on page 76. If you’ve always fancied having a go at making your own chunky polymer clay beads, head to page 15 to be inspired by Helen Rolf’s step-by-step masterclass, or for something more delicate see Steph Gibbs’ polymer clay drops on page 40 – you’ll be baking and making in no time! Of course, you can always save time and buy readymade beads – see our pick of the best Pandora-style and stripy beads on pages 39 and 87 respectively. If, like me, you have a stash of buttons that you’re never quite sure

EDITORIAL Editor – Anna Wright Acting Editor – Jennie Musgrove Editorial Assistant – Lindsey Hopkins Art Editor – Mike Bailey Sub-Editors – Sarah Adie, Becky Higgins, Justine Moran Photographer – Rachel Burgess CONTRIBUTORS Sarah Austin, Mel Brooke, Karen Brown, Candy Chappill, Dawn Cotton Fuge, Tracey Cross, Michele Dobson, Claire Ennis, Steph Gibbs, Stephie Hall, Lindsey Hopkins, Kirsty Hopkinson, Claire Humpherson, Emily Kersh, Debbie Kershaw, Lisa Mair, Sarah Millsop, Helen Rolf, Carol Smalley, Donna McKean Smith, Deborah Stuart, Gill Teasdale, Anna Weller, Debbie Wood, Joanne Zeng 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.

what to do with, why not use them to create your own unique necklaces? Lisa Mair shows you how with her brilliant upcycling ideas on page 46. They say that 40 is the new 20, and with countless high-profile celebrities looking more fabulous than ever after the big 4-0, who’s to say us mortals can’t also get more gorgeous by the year? Celebrate staying forever young with our perfect gift ideas for those turning 40 this year (see page 53). You’ll also find Indian summer makes throughout the issue to whisk you away to more exotic climes. So whether you want to make a fashion statement necklace or a glowing pair of sunset earrings, there’s a wealth of inspiring projects to pick from, all with unique and beautiful results. Happy beading!

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YOUR FREE GIFT The beautiful ribbons FREE with this issue of CB&J are perfect for celebrating the last months of summer. Use them to create your own shimmering masterpieces – we asked designer Mel Brooke to come up with a few ways of using them, and we hope you’re inspired by the wonderful ideas she has come up with!

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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



Everything you need to know to make your own incredible polymer clay beads and cuffs

Stay stylish from summer to autumn with this pretty and sparkly transitional necklace



Innovative suggestions for using miracle beads to make your own earrings

How a box of spare buttons and a swatch of pretty fabrics can lead to lovely new makes



Go on a woodland adventure with this magical fairytale bracelet and necklace set

Discover how using brightly coloured seed beads in your projects can add instant sparkle

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

22&38 Competitions

A wealth of beading delights and unmissable Cousin goodies to win

34 Bead Doctor

All your questions answered


There’s a host of great prizes up for grabs this issue, from beads to pendants and charms

39,75&87 Shopping Guides

Indulge yourself in a little retail therapy

45&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 Memory Lane

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

A round up of just a few of the most fabulous projects ever featured in CB&J

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features 12 Fairytales

This incredibly pretty woodland set captures the magic of a forest using deep colours and beautiful charms

37 Colour Pop

Have a riot with bright colours this summer with this fabulously fun and easy-to-make double string necklace

15 Baked Goodness

60 Brilliant Bronze

This beautiful chain maille earrings, bracelet and necklace set will have you looking forward to the gorgeous red and orange tints of the autumn months

72 Oranges & Lemons

Helen Rolf demonstrates how to make and bake your own polymer clay beads and how to use them to create three marvellously colourful bracelets

These bright and breezy seed bead bangles and bracelets are ideal for adding a lovely, fresh feel to any ensemble. Get ready to start humming the old English song...

40 Tangerine Dreams

Steph Gibbs demonstrates how to make delicate drops using polymer clay, and use them in pretty pieces

24 Heart Of Asia

Use glass and semi-precious beads to make this fabulous necklace and earrings set, fit for an Indian summer

43 Sunset Glow

Here gorgeous miracle and semi stardust beads are perfectly combined to make glamourous evening earrings

26 True Blue

Sumptous tones of blue and gold are combined in this gorgeous sparkling bracelet and necklace duo

76 Fuchsia Frenzy

Carol Smalley creates a colourful feast for the eyes with wire and glass marble tube beads, perfect for balmy evenings towards the end of the summer

79 Woven Sunshine

Give bead-weaving a whirl with this pretty statement flower necklace, complete with sweet stripy petals and detailed colourful stamens in the centre

84 Charmingly Floral 46 Bright as a button

Be inspired by Lisa Mair’s ideas for upcycling your stash of buttons to create jewellery that is totally unique

29 Falling Leaves

This snazzy exotic necklace is sure to be the belle of any ball you go to this autumn. Prepare to be swept away...

30 Making Waves

These gorgeous makes will fill you with inspiration for creating your own makes using this issue’s fabulous free ribbons

50 Viva La Fiesta

This fun and frivolous fascinator by Anna Weller will add the perfect finishing touch to a summer garden party outfit

53 Forever Young

We continue our series on gift jewellery pieces to mark milestone life events with four designs to celebrate turning 40

This easy-to-make Lucite flower charm bracelet is an yet effective piece that will look fabulous the whole year round. You could even try making one in every colour!

FREE RIBBONS! Be inspired by Mel Brooke’s fantastic ideas for using your free summery ribbons Turn to page 30


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

DID YOU KNOW? Europe’s largest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival, will be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend (26th and 27th). Known for its exuberant costumes, dancing and steel drum music, the festival has been held every year since 1965 and was originally organised by immigrants from the Caribbean to

Jewellery making is a fulfilling and enjoyable pastime, but have you ever wanted to try your hand at a different craft? If so, the Great British Craft Festival is a brilliant place to find your next passion. Held at Donington Park in Derbyshire from 17th to 19th August 2012, the three-day event will include creative workshops, expert demonstrations, makes and takes, hourly prize draws, opportunities to meet crafting celebrities and craft shopping galore. More than 100 exhibitors will offer a range of crafting goodies, as well as demonstrations across a range of techniques – so whether you’re an expert or a complete novice, there’s bound to be something for you. The event is organised by Hunkydory Crafts in conjunction with Create & Craft TV. Tony Sheridan from Create & Craft says: “The festival will be a true celebration of all things craft, from papercrafts and scrapbooking, beading and jewellery making to knitting and needlecraft, quilting and rubber stamping, as well as rare types of cottage-industry crafting that you may not have come across before.” Tickets for the Great British Craft Festival are £7 each or £5 if booked in advance and every attendee will receive a free Hunkydory papercraft kit worth £4.99 upon entry. All ticket holders will also go into a draw for a £2,000 crafty goodie bag.




IT’S A KIND OF MAGIC Stretch Magic Sparkle 1mm jewellery cord, 5m per spool, £2.25 from

PUT A RING ON IT If you’re looking for inspiration for creating the perfect ring, whether it be for a special occasion or simply to jazz up your jewellery collection, you can’t go wrong with new title Showcase: 500 Rings. This fabulous gallery volume by Marthe Le Van and Juror Bruce Metcalf takes a look at the work of leading jewellers from around the globe – some exploring dazzlingly innovative styles with highly advanced techniques and costly materials, others using simple, traditional methods and creating works of quiet elegance. A wonderful coffee table book filled with incredible, inspiring and glamorous designs. Published by Lark at £17.99.

the UK. Today, the Notting Hill Carnival is a multicultural celebration, attracting over two million people. Even if you’re not going to be there, you can still join in the celebrations with this brilliant Caribbean Cruise Seed Bead selection, £7.99 from

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John Moore

Lucy Martin

...these super-sweet star drop earring kits. On trend and perfect for quick makes or gifts, and available in three different colours from

SHOW AND TELL The Craft Centre and Design Gallery in Leeds is celebrating its 30th birthday this year and is putting on a fabulous contemporary jewellery exhibition as part of the fun. ‘The Jewellery Show,’ from 3rd November 2012 to 12th January 2013, will showcase the work of 15 established and upand-coming jewellers, including John Moore, Lucy Martin and Moxon & Simm. All the pieces on display will be available to buy, so it’s perfect for picking up Christmas gifts – and finding inspiration for your own festive projects along the way!

Moxon & Simm



NEVER TOO EARLY... If you’re being super-organised in your Christmas preparations this year, these adorable beaded snowman baubles are the perfect project to get you started.

Skull jewellery is more popular then ever this season and we couldn’t resist sharing a few of our favourite finds...

Snowman bauble with 3cm beaded bauble instructions, £3.95 for a downloadable PDF pattern (materials not included) from Colourful skull strand, average 34 per strand, £3.99 from Silver-plated acrylic skull and crossbones, 10p each from www.beadshop


Ghoulish glam bracelet kit, £4.94 from www.jillybeads

CB&J wishes regular contributor to the magazine Riverside Beads a very happy 10th birthday. Owned by jewellery making aficionado Donna McKean Smith, the specialist bead shop is holding exciting offers with a ‘best of British’ theme throughout the summer to celebrate. The store is located in Market Deeping, Peterborough and has a huge selection of beads and findings as well as free parking. Find out more at


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HANDMADE WITH LOVE Lampwork artist Carole Hughes has become a contributor to the ‘artist made’ section of online bead shop Big Bead Little Bead. Carole’s range of beautiful handmade glass

pendant hearts and focal beads are now available from £2.40 to £6 at; 01462 438233

TIED WITH LOVE Show the love in your jewellery creations by adding these gorgeous heart-shaped trigger and toggle clasps – perfect for adding a personal touch with an air of quality and professionalism. Prices start at 30p each at, but we have four sets of five clasps, worth £11 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 27th September 2012

BRAND SPARKLING NEW COLOUR BURST Wooden flower, round coin and heart mixes, 20 beads of the same design for £1.95 from www.beads


BACK TO SCHOOL With a new academic year beginning in September, we’re feeling all nostalgic for our school days. We love these acrylic pencil beads, which measure 24mm with a 1.5mm hole and would look great on a keyring or funky bracelet. Priced at 80p each from


For the first time in many years, online company Designer Cabochons has acquired a batch of vintage Fordite. The material is a highly rare, multi-layered enamel, formed during the now-extinct practice of hand spray-painting cars in factories. The over-sprayed paint in the bays gradually built up on the tracks that the car frames were painted on. Over time, many colourful layers built up and were hardened repeatedly in ovens that the car bodies went in to cure the paint. Eventually, the paint build-up would become obstructing or too thick and heavy and had to be removed. The story goes that some workers with an eye for beauty realised that this unique by-product was worth salvaging. The spray-painting of cars is now an automated process and Fordite is no longer created, making it an increasingly rare and sought-after material. Take a look at the Fordite cabochons now available from Designer Cabochons by visiting the company’s website at

...these autumnal glass leaf bead charms. The long summer days are beginning to shorten and soon enough flurries of leaves will be falling to the ground. Celebrate the colours of autumn with these charms, available in six colours from

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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 PAINTING PRETTY Hello! I just wanted to write in and thank you for the wonderful feature on Pebeo Fantasy paints in Issue 23 of CB&J. Since I got into jewellery making last year, I’ve been trying my hand at all sorts of different techniques, but with Pebeo I feel I’ve hit upon something really special. So far I’ve made the wooden bangle and the square

KNITTED TREATS I went back to my childhood a few weeks ago (being a lady of a certain age, that’s quite a while ago). The results of my nostalgia were this French knitted necklace, bracelet and choker. To make a French knitting dolly, I used an empty wooden cotton reel with four small nails attached on one end. I used blue cotton cord for the necklace and bracelet (the bracelet has elastic through the middle so that it gathers) and gold cord on memory wire for the choker. I was so pleased with the end result, I just had to show it off! Mrs Doreen Jones, Royton, Lancashire


SISTER ACT My sister and I wanted to write in and thank you for such an inspiring magazine. We look forward to every single issue and go through the projects together, deciding which of us will try out all the wonderful creations and makes. Our favourite project ever was the multi-way jewellery set by Sarah Millsop in Issue 23 of CB&J. We worked on it together and are really happy with the end result – the pieces are so simple yet so effective. The only problem is working out who gets to wear what! Thanks again for such a wonderful magazine. Rhianna and Ashling Wojcieszak, Belfast

bracelet – they turned out better than I could have hoped with surprisingly little effort and now I can’t wait to use the fabulous paint in my other projects. CB&J is always packed with inspiring ideas and has helped me so much in experimenting and finding my own style – so thank you! Louise Cattrel, Dorchester, Dorset

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STAR LETTER FREEBIE MAKES Hi from Canada! I recently created two pieces with the free bugle beads with Issue 20 of CB&J, and I really like how these bracelets, which are both my designs,

turned out. The first piece is called Evergreen. There are many evergreen trees where I live and they are such big, beautiful trees all year round. When I saw the

colours of the free bugle beads I thought for quite a while and came up with the idea for a bracelet with bugle beads on head pins and tiny pinecone charms. The outcome reminds me

of the branches of an evergreen tree. The second piece is called Bunny Dance. The inspiration for this piece came from watching the wild

cottontail rabbits jumping over each other in the grass in their mating ritual this spring. The bunnies provide hilarious entertainment. I used the free bugle beads along with head pins, silver leaves and bunny charms. The outcome made me think of bunnies in the grass. Thanks, CB&J, for the free bugle beads! Your magazine continues to inspire me very much. Wendy Manz, Winnipeg, Canada

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to fantastic effect, Wendy. It’s wonderful to hear how you were inspired by nature to make such beautiful creations and I’m sure our readers will take inspiration from both of your bracelets.

magazine. When I stumbled across your recycled pendant in Issue 22 I was amazed. I gave it a go and I am very pleased with the finished product.

I showed my friend and now she wants me to make her one. I hope you will have more inspiration for me to copy! K White, Norfolk

UPCYCLING I started making jewellery a few months ago and am now a regular purchaser of your


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The right choice of colours can transform a piece of jewellery from ordinary to mystical. This elegant necklace and bracelet set uses pearls and fairy charms to evoke the magic of the forest WINGED PENDANT NECKLACE

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 and 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.stardustandsparkl and www.

MATERIALS • 4-6” each of five assorted pearl strings (I used a range of pearls between 4mm and 8mm) • 8-10” top drilled round pearl string • Acculon beading wire • 4 x 2x2mm crimp beads • lobster clasp • 16” Vintaj fancy chain • 2” Vintaj petite etched cable chain • approximately 120 x 22 guage headpins • Vintaj Ornate Dragonfly • Vintaj Passion Flower filigree • 1” Czech glass button • Vintaj Eternity Garden rings • 32 x 6mm jump rings • 4 x 6mm filigree beads

TO CREATE Hammer the passion flower filigree centre flat on a small anvil or flat block of wood. Use flat-nosed pliers to flatten the petals of the filigree. Using your side cutters, nip the button loop off the back of the button.


Curl alternating petals around the Czech glass button. Press firmly but carefully in place with flat-nosed pliers. Attach four 1” lengths of petite etched cable chain to the two top uncurled petals of the filigree.


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TOOLS • flat-nosed and roundnosed pliers • side cutters • crimping pliers • anvil and hammer



Attach the other ends of the chain to Eternity Garden rings. Add enough pearls to headpins with wrapped loops for

every other link on the chain sections to have five pearls each, plus a cluster of five pearls each to be attached to

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TO CREATE Crimp a length of Acculon and add a bead cap to hide the trimmed end of the beading wire. String pearls interspersed with three charms on jump rings and add a bead cap and crimp at the end. The strings should be about 1.5” less than you want the length of your bracelet to be.

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• 4 x assorted pearl strings, 5 to 6” each • Acculon beading wire • 8 x 2x2mm crimp beads • 1 x lobster clasp • 1” Vintaj chain • 9 x 6mm jump rings • 7 x 4mm jump rings • 14 x small Vintaj charms

using flat-nosed pliers, then add a short length of chain to one hanger.

sections. Add a cluster of five pearls to each of the Garden rings. Crimp a loop on a length of Acculon.


end of pearl string with a jump ring. Repeat for the other string. Attach pearl strings and the




Matching cluster earrings are easy and quick to make – just add clusters of pearls to the links of a short chain and add to earwires for a glamorous yet simple pair of earrings



Use round-nosed pliers to open out a filigree bead and use it to cover the crimp bead. String 4” of top drilled pearls, crimp and cover the crimp with a second filigree bead. Repeat for the second string. Measure an equal length of fancy chain and attach to one


the Garden rings. Use jump rings to attach five assorted pearls to every other link on the chain

Repeat for the remaining three strings. The charm count should alternate three charms, four charms, three charms, four charms (this means they don’t overlap on the finished bracelet). Attach the strings to the hanger loops and close the loops

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

Add two jump rings and a clasp to the other hanger.


WHERE TO BUY The Vintaj components are from The Czech glass button is available from and everything else can be found at

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• 2 x four-string Vintaj hangers • 8 x small filigree bead caps


end of the fancy chain to Garden rings with jump rings. Add the jump rings and clasp to the pearl strings. Add 1” lengths of petite cable chain to the dragonfly pendant. Attach the other ends to the lower passion flower petals. Add clusters of pearls to lower passion flower petals.

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Bang on trend with antique bronze

Sparkly touches

Brilliant Bargain Books

Fabulous Kitsch

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baked goodness Make your own unique polymer clay beads and create a bevy of colourful one-off pieces with Helen Rolf’s brilliant step-by-step guide


ABOUT HELEN… “I’ve made things since I was a small child and have tried my hand at all sorts of crafts,” says Helen. “I played with polymer clay as a teenager and have returned to it in the last couple of years. Now I’m hooked. The versatility of the medium, the other materials that can be used alongside it and the endless techniques you can use lead to an incredible range of possibilities for being creative with polymer clay. I would like to thank Jan Montarsi for his helpful hints and tips. See his amazing work at photos/jembox.” Helen can be found at bycreativehands/sets and www.facebook. com/bycreativehands. She welcomes custom orders and can be reached by emailing bycreativehands@

TOP TIP Conditioning polymer clay means kneading and manipulating the clay until it is soft and malleable. Thoroughly conditioning your clay is critical even for colours used directly from the packet. Not only does it make it easier to work with, it also ensures it doesn’t become brittle after baking


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TOP TIP During the first two projects put aside all the scraps of clay that you create. These will be used to make round beads in the third project


TO CREATE Condition three (or more) of your colours of clay. Use a tape measure to measure the circumference and depth of your cuff. Choose a colour for the inside of the cuff and roll out a large piece of this colour to a thickness of 1mm. If you are using an acrylic roller, place bamboo skewers or knitting needles either side of the clay to get a sheet of even thickness (Fig 1). Alternatively set your pasta machine to produce a sheet of this thickness. Once you have a piece big enough to cover the inside of the cuff, texture one side of the clay by placing a piece of voile fabric over the sheet and rolling over it (or pass the fabric and clay together through the pasta machine). Trim the sheet using a sharp tissue blade to fit on the inside surface of the cuff with a little excess all around. Using your finger, coat the inside of the cuff with a very thin layer of PVA glue and leave until tacky.

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This gives the clay something to grip onto. Put the sheet, textured side facing inwards (so it will be visible on the inside of the finished cuff), into the cuff and gently press around to cover. Avoid creating any trapped air bubbles. Trim the short ends so that they meet without overlapping. Carefully press these ends together to join (Fig 2). Bake the cuff on a sheet of paper on your ceramic tile or glass sheet for 10 minutes at the temperature instructed by the clay packet. Leave to cool. Meanwhile, in a different colour, roll out a base sheet for the outside of the cuff. This needs to be slightly bigger than the cuff and 1mm thick. Also roll




MATERIALS • 250g polymer clay in five colours (approx 50g each) • PVA glue • liquid polymer clay • solid blank bracelet

TOOLS • smooth work surface (a flat ceramic tile or small sheet of glass is ideal) • sharp tissue blade • acrylic roller • ruler • oven


• wet and dry sandpaper (eg grits 320, 400 and 600) • small piece of soft fabric for buffing such as denim or muslin • tape measure • 2 x bamboo skewers or knitting needles • texture sheets • sharp craft knife • pasta machine dedicated to polymer clay use (optional) • piece of voile fabric 30 x 5cm (optional)

out some smaller sheets in all three cuff colours (approximately 0.51mm thick). Texture these colours with your chosen texture sheet or sheets, again by gently rolling with the acrylic roller or passing through the pasta machine (Figs 3 and 4). Depending on the texture sheet you use, you may need to use a light spray of water or a light dusting of


cornflour to prevent sticking. Try a small test piece first. Cut these textured sheets into various tessellating shapes using your sharp blade. Place them onto the base sheet and roll gently with the roller to join them and to eliminate air bubbles (Fig 5). Trim this



double-layered sheet to fit around the cuff, again with a little extra width all around. Add another thin layer of PVA glue on the outside surface of the cuff and leave until tacky. Place the double sheet around the outside of the cuff, bending it carefully to

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POLYMER CLAY MASTERCLASS MAKE YOUR OWN TOP TIPS Many texture sheets are available specifically for use with polymer clay. However, ordinary rubberstamps or clear stamps used in papercraft can also be used. These need to be used with a release agent to prevent the clay and stamp sticking together.  This can be a fine mist of water or a thin layer of cornflour.  You can also create your own texture sheets by sticking outline stickers or ribbons onto a sheet of paper as is used in this project. Different projects require textures of different depths; it’s a good idea to bear this in mind when choosing your materials

avoid the clay cracking. Trim any excess clay at the join and gently press the ends together. Avoid any trapped air and try to ensure the outside join is at the corresponding point on the circumference to the inside join (Fig 6). Cut a piece of paper 2cm longer than the cuff

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circumference and the same depth. Wrap this carefully around your clay cuff and use PVA glue to stick the overlapping ends together. Bake for a further 10 minutes as before. Remove the paper cuff. While the cuff is still warm use a sharp craft knife to trim the top and bottom of both the inside and outside clay sheets so they are level



with the metal cuff inner (Fig 7). Choose a colour for the edges of the cuff and roll out a long, narrow length of clay in this colour (at least as long as the cuff circumference) at a thickness of between 1.5mm and 2mm. Cut two strips from this sheet approximately 5mm wide. Using your finger, dab a thin layer of liquid polymer clay


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all around the top edge of the cuff. Then gently press one thin edging strip around the entire circumference (Fig 8). Wipe away any excess liquid clay that oozes out. Cut and neaten the ends and press together to join. Bake in the oven for a further 10 minutes. Once the cuff is cool, repeat Step 13 for the other edge of the cuff but then bake for the full baking time

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as per the packet instructions. Once cool, sand the edges of the cuff (moving from the lower to higher grits of sandpaper) and any untidy areas you are not happy with. Try to avoid sanding any textured areas. Then buff with a soft cloth to give a beautiful sheen to the surface of the clay. The longer you buff for, the shinier the surface becomes.




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BASIC POLYMER CLAY CANES Polymer clay canes are logs of polymer clay that have a pattern running through the centre, rather like a stick of rock (although they are not necessarily cylindrical). Canes are cut into thin slices

which are used to create pictures or patterns on a polymer clay surface. This tile bracelet uses a variety of canes. Try some or all of these techniques when making your polymer clay tile bracelet.

TO CREATE CANES To create the striped cane, roll a sheet of some or all or your colours and cut into similar-sized rectangles. Mine are 6x3cm and 1.5mm thick. Stack these on top of each other, taking care to avoid any air pockets between the sheets. Roll gently with your acrylic roller to ensure the sheets are well stuck. Trim around the edges to make a neat stack (Fig 1). To make the bullseye cane, make a short cylinder of clay from one colour. Roll a different colour clay into a sheet and trim its width to the length of the log, ensuring its length is as long as the log’s circumference. Place the log on the sheet at one end and roll the two together. As you reach the end, the first edge of the strip should leave a faint mark on the clay where it ends. Trim off the rest of the strip just inside that mark and gently press the edges together. Roll the cane on the



work surface to smooth the seam out. You can continue to add more outer layers in different colours if you want. You can reduce part of the cane by rolling it on the work surface until it is the diameter you want. You can do this several times to create a number of cane parts with different diameters (Figs 2-4). To create a jellyroll cane, roll sheets of two or three of your colours and cut long thin rectangles of each colour. Stack these on top of each other, again avoiding any air bubbles, and gently roll with your acrylic roller. Cut one end of the stack at an angle of 45° and start rolling the sheets up together from this end. Work slowly to begin with to keep the roll tight and prevent the clay from cracking. As you approach the other end, cut it at a 45° angle to make the seam neat. Once the rolling up is complete, roll with your fingers on the


work surface to smooth out the seam. Again you can continue to roll to reduce the cane or you can press into a square cross sectional shape (Figs 5-7). All canes have messy ends so make sure to slice these off and set them aside as scrap clay to be used later.

MATERIALS MATERIALS • 250g polymer clay in five colours (approx 50g each) • 2 x 20cm lengths of 2mm rubber cord • spacer beads • 1mm elastic • nail varnish

TOOLS • smooth work surface (a flat ceramic tile or small sheet of glass is ideal) • sharp tissue blade • acrylic roller • ruler • oven • wet and dry sandpaper (eg grits 320, 400 and 600) • small piece of soft fabric for buffing such as denim or muslin • pasta machine dedicated to polymer clay use (optional)




Polymer clay colours can be used directly from the packet or mixed just like paint – for example, mixing red and yellow produces orange. It’s worth mixing a small test amount to begin with. You can reproduce the colour mixtures you like if you have made a note of how much of each colour you have used. This is easy to do by making an equal thickness sheet of each colour and cutting out ‘parts’ using a small shape cutter. Then mix, for example, two parts yellow with one part red. When you have a colour you like, make a larger amount by repeating the ratio


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TO CREATE BRACELET Condition all of your remaining clay and choose one colour to create the base of the tiles. Roll out a sheet of this colour to a thickness of 1-2mm as described in Step 2 of the previous project. Trim to approximately 16x3cm using a sharp tissue blade. Choose a second colour for the centre of the tiles and roll out a sheet of this colour to a thickness of 2mm. Trim to the same size as the first sheet. Cut into three equal pieces lengthways, then make the outer pieces narrower by 2mm and discard the leftover 2mm strips. Lay the rubber cord and middle clay layer onto the base clay layer (Fig 8). Roll over the clay and cord lengthways, until the top of the rubber cord is level with the top of the middle clay layer. Set this clay aside. Make a third sheet, 1mm thick, to be the base of the top layer and trim to the same size as the others. Using a sharp tissue blade, cut, as thinly as you can, some slices from the canes you have made. Lay them down randomly onto your third sheet of clay




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to produce a pattern you are happy with. It’s fine if they overlap a little. I have also used some shapes cut using tiny cookie cutters (Fig 9). Using your acrylic roller, gently roll back and forth over the sheet in different directions to slowly smooth the top of the sheet. This takes a little time and care. Don’t rush it. Eventually the sheet will become completely smooth (Fig 10). Once you have a smooth sheet, place it on top of the two sheets with rubber cord that you set aside. Gently roll with the roller to adhere. Turn the whole piece over and trim the top layer to the same size as the other layers and neaten off any other edges as necessary. Bake as per packet instructions with the rubber cord still inside. While the clay slab is still warm, stretch the rubber cord by pulling on both ends. It should then just slip out of the clay. Also whilst still warm, take a sharp tissue blade, measure and cut the slab into eight equal pieces. You now have eight tile beads with two holes through each (Figs 12 and 13).






WHERE TO BUY The polymer clay, blade and acrylic roller used here can be found at:; and 20


Once cool, sand and buff all the edges and faces of the tiles to give smooth, shiny surfaces, as in Step 15 of the textured cuff. The tiles are now ready to thread onto your choice of 1mm elastic. I have used alternate tile and spacer beads. When you are happy with your bracelet, tie the two ends of each piece of elastic securely together and dab with a small amount of nail varnish to prevent the knot slipping. Hide the knot inside one of your tile beads.





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SCRAP CLAY BEADS BRACELET TO CREATE Collect together all the bits of scrap clay you have produced from the first two bracelets and press them together to produce a cylinder (Figs 1 and 2). Roll this cylinder with your hands



into a sausage shape and twist it in one direction. Continue to roll and twist on the work surface until the diameter of the log is approximately 1cm. Mark and cut the log into lengths of 1cm (Figs 3 and 4). Now roll each of these 1cm lengths in


the palm of your hand to produce a neat round bead shape. You can make the pattern on the bead more interesting by cutting each 1cm piece in half lengthways and recombining the two halves back to back, then rolling (Figs 5 and 6). Leave the beads to rest for 10 minutes. This makes them less liable to distort when


you pierce holes through them. Pierce holes through the centre of the beads using a bead piercing needle, cocktail stick or similar. Bake on a bead baking rack if you have one, or on a baking tray as per the manufacturer’s instructions (Fig 7). These beads can be used as they are but I like to sand and buff them to create a lovely sheen. Thread onto thin clear beading elastic with spacer beads of your choice until the length is as you require. Knot the elastic tightly and add a dab of nail varnish to prevent the knot unravelling. Pull the knot inside one of the beads to hide it.


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MATERIALS MATERIALS • leftover polymer clay • clear elastic beading thread • spacer beads of your choice • nail varnish

TOOLS • bead piercing tool or cocktail stick • bead baking rack (optional)







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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 selftaught. “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 and 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.

This bright necklace and earrings set mixes glass and semi-precious beads to create a fabulous summer look FAR PAVILIONS NECKLACE intermediate

TO CREATE String eight fuchsia beads onto a long length of monofilament. Tie a knot to form a ring and run the thread through all the beads again to strengthen the circle. String the amber bead. Pull the thread across the ring of beads to the opposite point. Return the thread through the nearest fuchsia bead and pull to make it tight. String three sapphire beads, skip one fuchsia bead and thread through the next. Repeat three more



times. You should now have four blue ‘petals’, with the thread exiting below one group of blue beads. Pass the thread up two of these beads and pull. Thread on four lilac pearls and pass the thread through the top bead of the next blue


MATERIALS • amber 14mm faceted glass round • 8 x fuchsia 8mm faceted glass ovals • 13 x sapphire 8mm faceted glass rounds • 16 x lilac 8mm faux pearls • mauve 18mm x 25mm quartz pear top-drilled pendant


• 18 x aqua 6mm faceted glass rounds • packet amber 4.5mm 5/0 AB seed beads • gold-plated lobster clasp • 2 x gold-plated leaf calottes • 2 x gold-plated crimps • 2 x 5mm gold plated jump rings

• spool monofilament • reel of 22 gauge gold-plated wire

TOOLS • round-nosed and snipe-nosed pliers • flush cutters • tape measure • scissors

petal. Repeat three more times. You should now have four lilac petals, with the thread exiting through the top bead of one group of blue beads. Pass the thread through the next three adjacent pearls. String five seed beads, one aqua round and five seed beads. Pass the thread through the top two pearls of the next petal. Repeat three more times. Run the thread through the next five seed beads and the aqua bead. This point will be the bottom of your pendant.


Centre the mauve pendant on a generous piece of wire. Bring the wire to the top of the pendant to hold it securely but allow some movement. Cross the wire ends so that one points upwards and the other at 90°. Wrap the side wire several times around the vertical wire. Trim the end of the wrapping wire. String a sapphire bead onto the remaining wire. Leave a gap the same length as the wrapped section and form a loop. Wrap the wire around the



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TO CREATE Cut a length of monofilament and centre three sapphire beads on it. Pass the two ends of the thread through a fuchsia bead in opposite directions. Draw up to form a ring with the fuchsia bead at the top.


Thread three seed beads onto each end of the thread and pass through a pearl bead in opposite directions, as before. Thread three seed beads onto each side of the piece.


Pass both ends of the thread in the same direction through an aqua bead, a calotte and a crimp. Pull tight, squash the crimp and close the calotte over it. Trim the thread.


Turn a loop at the top of the calotte as for the necklace. Join this loop to an ear wire using a jump ring. Repeat the process for the second earring.


• 2 x fuchsia 8mm faceted glass ovals • 6 x sapphire 8mm faceted glass rounds • 2 x lilac 8mm faux pearls • 2 x aqua 6mm faceted glass rounds • packet amber 4.5mm 5/0 AB seed beads • 2 x gold-plated leaf calottes • 2 x gold-plated crimps • 2 x gold-plated 5mm jump rings • spool monofilament • 2 x gold-plated ear wires

TOOLS • round-nosed and snipe-nosed pliers • flush cutters


TOP TIP These earrings are fun, stylish and very quick to make. Experiment with different colour combinations, as they are a great way to use up oddments of beads from your stash!

stem you’ve made until the wrapping meets the bead. Trim the wire and tuck in any ends. On the monofilament thread still attached to your pendant, string two seed beads, the loop of the mauve


seed bead section to strengthen. Knot as before and trim. Cut a length of monofilament slightly longer than you want your finished necklace to be. Thread this through the aqua bead at the opposite end to the quartz dropper. Make sure both sides of the thread are equal. On one side string 10 seed beads followed by an aqua bead. Repeat the pattern until you are about an inch off half the finished length of your necklace. End with five seed beads. String a calotte and a


dropper unit and then two further seed beads. Run the thread back through the aqua bead in the same direction as before. Tie a knot to secure and run the thread back around the

TOP TIP Keep placing the stitched pendant section on a flat surface to make sure it doesn’t curl up. The correct tension is very important for this piece. Too loose and the pattern will be slack, too tight and the square won’t lay flat


crimp. Squash the crimp bead and close the calotte over it. Trim the thread. Turn the end of the calotte finding into a loop with roundnosed pliers. Attach the


clasp to this loop using a jump ring. Repeat from Step 9 to complete the other side of the necklace, omitting the clasp and just finishing with a jump ring.

WHERE TO BUY The fuchsia beads used here are from; 0844 357 0943. Other faceted glass beads are available from; 01620 822886. The pendant is from; 01509 218028. The faux pearls can be found at; 01273 454672 The seed beads are available from; 01446 701230 All other items are widely available


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true blue Celebrate the last few months of summer with this blue leather and sparkling gold bracelet and necklace set


TO CREATE Cut a piece of leather cord approximately 20-22” long. Cut about 1m of poly sparkle thread and tie it around the leather cord about 21⁄2” from one end of the leather. Tie a square knot around the leather. Each complete square knot consists of two halves, one forward and one back. The knots are made around the centre cord.

1 MATERIALS • blue braided leather cord • gold Beadalon poly sparkle thread • gold shamballa-style charm beads • orange jump rings • blue jump rings • magnetic clasp

TOOLS • flat-nosed and round-nosed pliers



A forward knot is created by making a backwards D shape with the left-hand cord. The right-hand cord then goes under the cross where the left-


hand cord touches the centre cord. Pull this through tight. The right-hand cord and the left-hand cord have now swapped sides. Now create a

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from; 01509 218028. Find Beads Direct on Facebook or Twitter, or watch the team on YouTube at

backward knot by creating a normal D shape with the righthand cord and then putting the left-hand cord through the cross where the right-hand cord touches the centre cord. Pull the cord tightly through. You have now completed one knot. Repeat until you have five full knots, then add a shamballa-style charm bead. Tie the two threads together to


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cross where the lefthand cord touches the centre cord. Pull this through tightly. The right-hand cord and the left-hand cord have now swapped sides. Now create a backward knot by creating a normal D shape with the righthand cord and then putting the left-hand cord through the cross where the right-hand cord touches the centre cord. Pull the cord tightly through. You have now completed one knot. Repeat until you have three full knots, then add two small closed rings to one of the threads. Tie another square knot and add two small rings to the other thread. Add five orange jump rings around the leather cord and



For a more rustic, earthy look, use brown or beige leather cord instead of blue. The end result will be completely different and could be worn on its own or together with your blue bracelet

Cut two pieces of leather cord to measure approximately 11” long. Cut approximately 1m of poly sparkle thread and tie it around the leather cord about 1” from one end of the leather. Tie a square knot around the leather. Each complete square knot consists of two halves, one forward and one back. The knots are made around the centre cord. A forward knot is created by making a backwards D shape with the left-hand cord. The right-hand cord then goes under the




secure and add a dab of glue. Make sure to cut off any excess thread. Repeat this process, creating three knotted sections with

shamballa-style charm beads. Create a further four knotted sections (two between each shamballa-style charm bead), adding jump

rings as in the necklace design above. Glue the ends into a magnetic clasp. Wrap around the wrist three times to wear.





continue knotting until you have added another five square knots. Tie the two threads together to secure and add a dab of PVA glue. Cut off any excess thread. Repeat this process, creating a second knotted section. Vary


the position of the rings to add interest. Create a third knotted section, but this time add a large shamballa-style charm bead in the centre of the knotting. Repeat Steps 1-7 to create the other side. Use Fevikwik glue to attach the bullet end caps to the ends of the nearest of the sparkly beads, and add a magnetic clasp to the other end. Glue crystal flat backs into the butterfly pendant and leave to dry. When dry, mix some PVA glue with water and paint onto the tips of the butterfly. Add gold embossing powder and heat with a heat tool. Place two gold faceted beads onto eyepins and turn a loop in the other end.

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MATERIALS • blue braided leather cord • gold Beadalon poly sparkle thread • gold shamballa-style charm beads • orange jump rings • blue jump rings • magnetic clasp • butterfly pendant • bullet cord ends • Swarovski Elements flat backs • Fevikwik glue • gold-plated faceted hematite beads • gold eyepins • PVA glue • gold embossing powder

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

Assemble the necklace using orange jump rings to attach the pendant to the beads, and the beads to the bullet cord ends.

FIND OUT MORE You can see more of Claire’s work at or


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Capture the sparkle of autumn with this exotic floral necklace, made using crystals and gold-plated findings Cut seven lengths of heart-flower chain measuring about 6cm and containing at least five heart-flowers each. String a 4mm round crystal on a 5cm headpin and put the pin

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MATERIALS • 7 x semi-precious flowers • 7 x Peridot AB 4mm round faceted crystals • 12 x orange 8mm glass pearls • 14 x orange 6mm glass pearls • 10 x olivine AB 6x8mm crystal drops • 10 x gold 6mm rhinestone balls with loops • 3 x brown 16mm shell rings • 3 x gold-plated metal leaves • 45cm gold-plated chain heart-flower • 45cm gold-plated chain • 33 x gold-plated 5cm headpin • 26 x gold-plated 5mm jump ring • gold-plated clasp

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

through the middle of a semi-precious flower as well as the top loop of one of the 6cm chains that you’ve just made. Use a pair of roundnosed pliers to roll the pin into a coil that sits against the back of the semi-precious flower. Repeat to make seven in total. Undo the connectors on the round chain to make six separate pieces of chain containing two connectors and two round loops of each. Make two separate pieces of chain containing 12 round loops and connectors of each. Open up the last connector of a piece of the 12-loop chain. With the semi-precious flower facing down, put the coil inside the left-hand side of the connector. Use a pair of chain-nosed pliers to press the connector closed to keep the

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Make matching earrings by creating two extra 7cm chains and attaching them to ear wires




coil with the chain loop on the left. Attach a two-loop chain to the righthand side of the same connector. Press the connector closed to secure it. Open up the last connector of the chain you’ve just added, then link the second semi-precious flower in the same way. Work in the same manner to connect the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh semi-precious flowers together and then link the last piece of 12-loop chain to it. Thread a gold-plated headpin through

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each of the glass pearls. Trim the pin by approximately 1cm above the bead and use a pair of round-nosed pliers to bend the pin into a round loop. Make 12 of the 8mm pearls with loops, and 14 of the 6mm pearls with loops in total. Use gold-plated jump rings to attach all the crystal drops (10 in total), all the gold-plated leaves (three in total), all the 6mm rhinestone balls (10 in total) and all the shell rings (three in total) individually. Follow the order below and attach them onto the seven




WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.thesouthampton; 02380 676163

Joanne is the owner of The Southampton Bead Shop. She has been designing jewellery to inspire people at shows and at her shop for many years. She also runs regular workshops. She likes taking advantage of the vast range of materials available in the shop and applies different techniques including beadweaving to create her bespoke designs. pieces of your heartflower chain. First chain: a pair of 8mm pearls and a pair of 6mm pearls. Second chain: a pair of 8mm pearls, a pair of crystal drops, a pair of 6mm pearls and a pair of rhinestone balls. Third chain: a pair of 6mm pearls, an 8mm pearl and gold leaf, a pair of crystal drops, a pair of rhinestone balls and a shell ring. Fourth chain: a pair of 8mm pearls, a pair of crystal drops, a pair of 6mm pearls, a gold leaf, a pair of rhinestone balls and a shell ring. Fifth chain: same as third chain. Sixth chain: same as second chain. Seventh chain: same as first chain. To finish, connect the clasp to each end of the necklace.



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ABOUT MEL… Mel is a freelance designer, writer and maker and has had many of her designs featured in beading and crafting magazines in the past few years. She loves making jewellery, fashion and thrifting and is an avid crafter who likes to experiment and combine different mediums into her project work. Author of two books Lili’s Funky Beading Book and Addicted to Making, Mel also runs and produces ‘How to Make’ videos for her popular YouTube channel, BeadClub.

We hope you love the gorgeous summery ribbons FREE with this issue of CB&J. Mel Brooke demonstrates their fantastic versatility with these bright and brilliant makes, which are perfect for summer


MATERIALS • • • • • • • • • •

ribbon 4 x focal beads large oval link chain small oval link chain 2 x 5mm jump rings 6 x 10mm jump rings 2 x 16mm jump rings 2 x ribbon clamps toggle clasp 4 x eyepins

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • scissors • glue • needle and cotton (optional)


TO CREATE Thread your four chosen focal beads onto eyepins and make simple loops on the ends so that they are ready to use. Link the following together: a 16mm jump ring, two links of large oval link chain, a 10mm jump ring, a focal bead, another 10mm jump ring, three links of large oval link chain, a focal bead, two links of large oval link chain, a focal bead,

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four links of large oval link chain, a 10mm jump ring, a focal bead, a 10mm jump ring, five links of large oval link chain and a 16mm jump ring. Use 10mm jump rings to connect a slightly shorter length of small oval link chain to the 16mm jump


rings, just above the beaded chain. Connect a slightly longer length of small oval link chain to the 16mm jump rings, just below the beaded chain. You should now have three staggered chains hanging from the 16mm jump rings ready to act as the


centrepiece of the ribbon necklace. Cut the ribbon into two pieces. Double each piece, then thread a 16mm jump ring (from the centrepiece) to each piece of ribbon. Check the length is appropriate for the wearer and trim if necessary, then sit the


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TO CREATE Cut two short lengths of ribbon that each measure approximately 7-8cm. Trim the ends of the ribbons into a ‘V’ shape (this will help prevent any fraying). Thread an eyepin through the centre of one piece of ribbon



cut ends in ribbon clamps. Add a dot of glue to the ribbon ends and close the clamps to secure. If your ribbon is too wide, you can gather the edges with a needle and cotton to make them a better fit for the clamps. Use 5mm jump rings to add a toggle half to the loops on the tops of each ribbon clamp to finish.


and add a patterned metal spacer. Very carefully, pull the eyepin up through the bead so as not to pull it right through the ribbon (it helps to push it up from the bottom with a thin implement such as a bodkin). Bend the wire over at the top of the spacer and make a wrapped loop with the wire end. Thread each of the glass pearls onto a short eyepin, trim the wire ends and make


• ribbon • 2 x hot pink 10mm glass pearls • 2 x patterned spacer round beads • 2 x 50cm eyepins • 2 x 25cm eyepins • 2 x 5mm jump rings • 2 x earring findings

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • scissors • glue

simple loops on the tops for assembly. To assemble the earrings, connect the earring finding directly to the loop on one side of a glass pearl, then add the ribbon tassel to the loop on the other side with a 5mm jump ring.


TOP TIP For an even more vibrant effect, try using glass pearls in a contrasting colour to the ribbon. You’ll be amazed at how different colour combinations can create wildly different results!


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TO CREATE Cut a piece of wire that fits around your wrist with a 4-5cm gap to allow for loops and clasp fittings. Turn a loop on one end of the wire and thread on one of the fluted oval spacer beads. Tie one end of the ribbon just behind the spacer bead and pull the knot tight to secure it. Now begin to thread on alternate glass pink and purple glass pearls, making sure to bring the ribbon around each bead as you work and threading the wire end through the centre of it so that it creates a ‘wave’ pattern between each bead. If using plain wire you may need to shape it into a curve to fit your wrist. Leave enough room on the end of the

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MATERIALS • • • • • • • • • • •

ribbon silver-plated 0.8mm wire flower toggle clasp 2 x flute oval spacer beads 8mm baby pink glass pearls 10mm light purple glass pearls small link chain 5mm jump rings 7mm jump rings small beads and charms headpins and eyepins

TOOLSTOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • scissors • glue




wire to tie the end of ribbon securely and add a second fluted oval spacer bead. Trim the ends of the ribbon and add a dot of glue to each knot to secure it. Use two 7mm jump rings to attach each half of the toggle clasp

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to a loop on either side of the beaded wire and ribbon bracelet. Make up some small bead link strands using headpins and eyepins with the smaller beads and charms then use 5mm


jump rings to attach to the side of the bracelet that has the toggle bar. Add two or three short uneven lengths of chain to the same side to finish your bracelet.

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

FROM DULL TO DAZZLING! I bought a job lot of plain wooden beads thinking they would look good as spacers and for natural-style jewellery, but to be honest they’re a bit boring. Would I be able to paint them, or is there anything else I can do with them? Lindsay, Aberdeen

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... As long as the wooden beads have not already been varnished or otherwise coated, you should certainly be able to paint them. How you do this will depend on the finish you are looking for. The fastest method if you simply want to add colour to large quantities of beads to use as spacers or similar would be to


spread them out on a covered tray or board and spray paint them (from at least 6” away). Give them 10 minutes or so to dry, then turn them over and repeat. The covering may not be completely even under close scrutiny, but the process will be quick and easy and will ensure a good coating even on the inside of the bead holes. If you’re planning a more artistic or delicate finish, or working with larger focal beads, you will need to paint them individually by hand, ideally by sliding them onto a length of dowel with a smaller circumference than the bead hole to allow them to be easily turned. Paint the base or darkest colour first, then allow to dry completely before adding further decoration in other shades. Completing the job with a clear varnish will give the beads a professional-

looking shine as well as protection against scuffs and chips. Bear in mind, too, that painting is not necessarily the only option for doing something more exciting with your plain wooden beads. If they are big enough, with a sufficiently large hole, you could consider ‘beading’ them with rows of seed beads, or using them as the core for some crochet or fabric beads.

‘TIS THE SEASON You may think I’m crazy but working in a college I get a long break over the summer and then things are pretty fullon for the rest of the year. After many tears and late nights in the run up to last

Christmas, I’ve decided to make my gifts early this year and hope to have them all finished before term starts again in September. I’d like to make a mixture of fun earrings, charm bracelets and so on for the younger members of my family, and home décor pieces such as tree and mantelpiece hangings for the adults, in the hope that they will become treasured decorations they are happy to get out from the loft each year. The problem is that all the bead stores, not surprisingly, are currently full of gorgeous flower beads and the like in pretty summery colours, and I wasn’t organised enough to stock up in the January sales.

Where can I track down some more festive beads and charms durng this time of year? Charlotte Bing, Bristol

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... Don’t despair! Not all the bead stores, especially online, remove their Christmas stock from sale for the rest of the year, though it is sometimes quite well hidden! You’ll find cute choices from polymer clay candy canes and Christmas puddings to jingling Santa charms at www.beadshop, even at the height of summer, and www.spoiltrotten also has a Christmas shop in its speciality beads section. There’s an extensive range of snowflake, angel and tree bead kits at, which demonstrate, too, that you can create Christmas motifs using ordinary beads with the right design and colour combinations. So if you’re really struggling to find the specialist beads and charms you want, why not look instead at creating your own pieces using festive colours, whether it’s traditional red, green and gold or more

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UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY ION and also some with T S E QU F THE petals. I was really O UE pleased with how the ISS canes turned out but CANE & ABLE After watching a demonstration at a craft show, I bought some Fimo and had a go at making my own canes with a pattern running through the middle – I did them in orange and yellow with segments, thinking they could be cut to look like orange and lemon slices,

when I actually cut them to use, the clay got squashed and distorted where I put the knife in and it was impossible to get the slices looking uniform again. What am I doing wrong? Alex, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... The most likely reason is simply that the knife you are using isn’t sharp enough. The polymer clay cutting tools you can buy are often known as tissue blades because they are the same instruments used in medical surgery.

They should be extremely sharp, with no burrs or flat spots, and able to cut through your canes with just a very light touch. You can have a go at sharpening these blades if necessary using the same steel you would for your kitchen knives. The next possibility is the technique you are using. I would recommend placing the cane facing towards you and slicing with a gentle rolling motion so that the cane itself rolls slightly as you push down. This avoids the bottom becoming flattened as you apply pressure. Also keep the blade taut by pulling from the sides as you slice to prevent any bending. Finally, the clay itself should not be warm –

it will be much easier to cut neatly if you put it in the fridge for half an hour or so beforehand. If you are still struggling, do experiment with different makes and types of polymer clay as some are naturally firmer. They may be harder to condition as a result but will be less liable to distortion. Another possibility to consider if you are planning on using cane slice beads rather than working any further with the clay is to bake it before cutting. There is no reason why you should not do this – it will be easier to slice when still a little warm or reheated – and then drill your hole afterwards.


always give each other daft gifts – the sillier the better really! I like the pink diamante wine glass charm Emily Kersh used in her feature but was thinking of combining this with other really studenty charms rather than the pretty roses and keys that Emily had. Do you have any suggestions? Becki, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... If your friend likes getting dressed up, The Bead Shop Manchester (, which stocks the diamante wine glasses you like, also has a choice of similarly sparkly high heels and handbag charms. Or head to for enamelled clip-on charms including

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contemporary purple and silver, for example, and universal symbols such as stars, which are widely available all year round? Good luck! I loved the ‘Coming of age’ feature in Issue 23 of Creative Beads & Jewellery and am planning on making Dawn Cotton Fuge’s amazing pendant for my sister once I’ve spent a bit more time practising my wirework. However, I also want to make a much less sophisticated, more fun charm bracelet for my best friend to give her as a present when she goes off to uni after the summer. We

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pink-and-purple heels, handbags and lipsticks. There are charms along similar lines at www.bead too, as well as wine bottles and corkscrews, and even a ‘Party’ word version. Look on the same website for handmade polymer clay food beads, including the student staples of toast and jacket potatoes!

Or for all-out fun and kitsch, there’s an amazing array of mock can beads on, from beer and vodka to coke and baked beans, as well as bottle tops in a range of zingy shades. For something rather more academic, depending on what your friend’s studying, you’ll find 3D antique silver-plated computer charms at and an array of silverplated mortar board charms at www.charm


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colour pop This fun and frivoulous necklace is a sweet treat that will add a bright splash of summer colour to any outfit beginner


MATERIALS • 2m gold-plated beadable chain • gold-plated crimp beads • gold-plated trigger clasp • gold-plated 6mm jump rings • gold-plated 5mm square cord ends • 2 x gold-plated calottes • 66 x gold-plated 5mm spacer beads • 45 x lampwork minis





• flat-nosed pliers • side cutters

To create an evening look, use lampwork minis of the same colour to coordinate with your party outfit!

Thread a crimp bead followed by five lampwork minis and another crimp bead onto one piece of the beadable chain. Position the beads in the very centre of the chain and crimp them into place. Next thread a crimp bead onto the chain and position it 4cm from the end of the group of lampwork minis. Crimp into place. Add six gold-



plated spacers and secure them with a crimp bead. Repeat the process four times, alternating between lampwork minis and gold-plated spacers. Finish this side by attaching a calotte and using a crimp bead to secure it into place. Add a 6mm jump ring to the calotte. Repeat the process on the other side of the central minis.


For the second strand, cut the beadable chain to 36”. Make the necklace in the same way as the first, but this time start with six gold-plated spacer beads in the centre of the necklace. When both strands are complete, join them together using another jump ring. Complete the necklace by adding a trigger clasp to one side to fasten it.






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.

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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We have over £500 worth of Cousin products to give away this issue thanks to docrafts

ake a look at these super Cousin prizes donated by docrafts – we have 12 sets to give away. They’re perfect for beginners, avid jewellery makers or even as a gift to encourage your nearest and dearest to take up jewellery making! Each prize set is worth £42.50 and includes a lovely selection of


Cousin goodies. The winners will receive: • Large gunmetal flower charm • Gunmetal starter pack • Champagne crystal buttons • Black bail/ toggle pack • Rosaline & Lilac crystal bicone bead strands • Clear gossamer stretch cord

• Metal/acrylic bow with drop accent pendant • Silver small flat chain • Purple resin rose accent • Ecru 8mm glass pearl beads


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To win one of these fabulous prize sets send your name and address on a postcard to CBJ24 Cousin, Practical Publishing, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG to arrive by 27th September 2012 or enter your details online at BE SURE TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE AMAZING RANGE OF COUSIN PRODUCTS AVAILABLE THROUGH DOCRAFTS RETAILERS AND FIND A STOCKIST NEAR YOU AT WWW.DOCRAFTS.COM NB: By entering this competition, you accept that your details may be passed on to a third party.


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STEPH GIBBS DESIGNER THE BEAD SHOP (NOTTINGHAM) ABOUT STEPH... Steph has been making jewellery for many years and teaches a variety of workshops at The Bead Shop (Nottingham).

MATERIALS • 2oz block orange Premo! Sculpey polymer clay (1/2 oz is needed) • 2oz block red glitter Premo! Sculpey Accents polymer clay (1/2 oz is needed) • tube translucent liquid Sculpey (small amount needed) • Sparkle Gold Pearl Ex pigment

These fruity delights are made using decorated polymer clay, cut into delicate drops to create sweet and pretty results

TO CREATE DROPS Cut approximately one quarter of each block of polymer clay and blend them together, but not completely. I used a pasta machine to do this, but you could use your hands or a roller.



TOOLS • Sculpey Etch ‘N Pearl tool • 2 x clay cutters: 1 large tear drop, 1 small tear drop (or you could use other shapes)


Roll out the polymer clay until it is approximately 3mm thick. Cut out tear drop shapes: nine large ones and 16 small ones (Fig 1). I would recommend cutting a few extra just in case. Make a hole at the point of each drop with an Etch ‘N Pearl tool. Use the same tool to make an indented pattern in the surface of each drop – large drops have a spoke pattern and small ones have a row of three dots (Fig 2).



Mix together a small amount of translucent liquid Sculpey with a tiny amount of Sparkle Gold pigment, adding more pigment if necessary. Paint over and fill the indented pattern on each drop (Fig 3).



Bake all the drops at the polymer clay manufacturer’s recommended temperature and length of time for your oven, then leave the drops to cool down. Sand over the surface of the drops


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MATERIALS • 7 x Red Magma 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bicone crystal beads • 40cm antique gold flat oval chain • medium vintage patina Trinity Brass trigger clasp • 17 x antique gold 6mm jump rings • 7 x antique gold eyepins




TO CREATE (Fig 4). I used a Dremel, but you could also use sandpaper. This will remove the excess gold Sculpey and leave the pattern on the surface. Polish over the drops to completely remove any dusty particles.


TOP TIP When sanding small items, use sticky tack to help hold them in place

Cut a 40cm length of chain, then select seven large drops and eight small drops, attaching a jump ring to each one by twisting them open and closed. Make seven links using 4mm Xilion beads on eyepins. Thread a bead onto an eyepin and create the loop after the bead, at right angles to the first loop at the end, so that the drops will hang the right way (Fig 1). Attach a large drop to the centre link of the chain with an

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• flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers

eyepin link. On either side of this drop attach one of the smaller drops, missing a link of chain in between. Continue working out from the centre, alternating the large and small drops and making sure to miss a link of chain in

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between each one (Fig 2). Twist open a jump ring to connect the trigger clasp to one end of the chain, then attach another jump ring to the other end of the chain to complete your fabulously fruity tangerine necklace.





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TO CREATE Cut a length of chain that will comfortably fit around your wrist. At one end attach a trigger clasp and on the other end add a jump ring. Lay your chain out and place eight small drops and eight 4mm Xilion beads, evenly spacing them along the chain. Thread the beads onto headpins and make a loop above the bead. Trim off the excess wire. Use the headpin loop to attach the beads to the chain and jump rings to connect the drops.

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MATERIALS • 2 x Red Magma 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bicone crystal beads • 2 x antique gold eyepins • 2 x antique gold 6mm jump rings • 2 x antique gold fishhooks


TO CREATE Attach a jump ring to a large drop, then make a straight link with an eyepin and a 4mm Xilion bead. Use the eyepin link to connect the drop to the fishhook. Make the second earring in the same way.

1 WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd;; 0115 958 8899 42


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These elegant earrings are quick to make and perfect for adding a touch of glamour to your evening look beginner

MATERIALS • monofilament • 10 x orange 10mm miracle beads • 62 x bronze Matsuno metallic iris round size 11 seed beads • 4 x 4mm semi stardust beads • jump rings and earwires



• earrings can be made by hand or using needles (if using needles, place a needle on each end of the thread)

Create a matching bracelet or necklace using a combination of miracle beads, semi stardust beads and Matsuno seed beads

ABOUT TRACEY & KAREN… TO CREATE Thread four miracle beads onto a 30” thread, then pull one end of the thread through the opposite end of the last bead added. Pull to create a diamond pattern and centre the beads. On each end add four seed beads and one semi stardust bead. On one side, add a miracle bead then thread another thread through the other end of the bead. Thread both threads through the nearest semi stardust bead.


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Add four seed beads to each thread and thread both ends through the miracle bead at the bottom. Pull into shape. Add 15 seed beads to each thread and thread both ends through the top miracle bead at the opposite end. Pull into shape.

Add 20 seed beads on one end of the thread and thread through the opposite end of the miracle bead to create a loop. Secure loop by threading the other thread through the seed beads just added, then through the miracle bead. Tie off the ends. Add jump rings and earwires to finish.




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Tracey and Karen are friends who shared a love of jewellery making and a belief that there were not enough bead outlets in Southport, their local area. 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.

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


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and beautifully individual


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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

HEART NECKLACE BY ANNALIESE RIVERS FROM READING MATERIALS • • • • • • Haddington 01620 822886 Edinburgh 0131 343 3222

Rose Quartz round beads silver-coloured acrylic hearts silver-plated bead caps jump rings headpins Tibetan Silver chain





• mother-of-pearl buttons • green cord • green seed beads

• beige and white 6mm glass pearls • 6mm medium topaz firepolished beads • gold 11/0 seed beads • toggle clasp



6.5cm copper bracelet blank 30 x 40mm headpins glass, clay and acrylic beads faux pearl cap ends

NORTHERN LIGHTS BRACELET BY JENNY EGGINTON FROM WOLVERHAMPTON MATERIALS • silver ear wires • memory wire • 6 x 4mm bicone beads

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black tubing 2 x dice charms jump rings silver spacer beads

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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bright as a



Lisa is “a genuine Essex girl” who works and designs from home, and dreams of eventually having a studio. Her “proper job” is in a primary school but she is working towards being able to design jewellery for a living. Lisa says: “I have three boys and a husband, and jewellery is my escape into a girly world away from football, Xbox,Top Gear and other man TV.” A few years ago, Lisa set up Trouble Cat Jewellery to sell her unique handcrafted jewellery. Every creation is handmade using recycled, reclaimed and upcycled materials. “My favourite materials are haberdashery pieces ribbons, buttons, zips, and safety pins,” says Lisa. “Trouble Cat Jewellery is for the brave, it is a little unconventional and different from stuff you’ll currently find on the high street. I use bold, bright colours, plus I am constantly on the lookout for items to create jewellery and accessories from that aren’t necessarily associated with jewellery design.The journeys I take to find materials to use for my jewellery are just as much fun as making the jewellery itself.” Trouble Cat Jewellery, named after a rescue cat who would chase and play with the beads in Lisa’s work area, can be found at www.troublcat


Put your spare buttons to good use with these bright, fun and pretty creations. Lisa Mair shows you how...



Mix vintage lace, leather or suede offcuts for a unique look Use different coloured findings and thong to change the look of your design or embellish with glue-on crystals

RIBBON COLLAR intermediate

TOP TIP Use any colours, styles, ribbon and buttons to suit your style. Nothing has to match so use as many found pieces as you can

MATERIALS • white or matching sewing thread • vintage-style ribbon collar • A4 piece of craft felt in colour of your choice • 2 x silver-plated 5mm jump rings • silver-plated toggle clasp

• 2 x cords or ribbon ends • 3 x colourful 30mm buttons • 4 x colourful 15mm buttons • scraps of ribbon adding up to approximately 2m in length • A4 piece of scrap card

• 50cm of thin ribbon or rat tail

TOOLS • • • • •

good quality strong glue sharp sewing needle flat-nosed pliers sharp scissors plastic clothes pegs

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UPCYCLED JEWELLERY USING BUTTONS TO CREATE First you need to cut yourself a template using scrap cardstock from a cereal box or similar. Draw a half moon shape either directly onto the card by hand or design on a computer, roughly 13cm across at the widest point and 5cm deep in the middle. Pin your template to the craft felt and cut out two shapes, then put one piece to one side for later. Take your odd pieces of ribbon and cut roughly 35 strips,



each one measuring approximately 5cm. If you are using thin ribbon you may need more pieces. I have used mainly 25mmwide ribbon mixed with a few thinner pieces. Cut two 8cm lengths of ribbon approximately 5mm wide. Take these two longer pieces, fold them in half and stitch the ends with a cotton thread in a contrasting colour using an overlocking stitch. Take the two loops and stitch either end to one piece of your cut felt to create hanging loops.

Take the remaining strips, fold each in half and stitch together with a couple of tacking stitches. Once all the pieces are stitched, lay the felt out in front of you and arrange your folded pieces of ribbon in a random way following the natural curve of the felt. Each row should overlap the last to hide the tacked ribbon edges, but the last top row should have its edges exposed. Your pieces should make three rows. Once you’re happy with the look of your design either stitch each piece


of ribbon into place or glue in place using a good strong cleardrying adhesive. When you have finished stitching or your glue is completely dry, thread a sharp needle with matching thread. Take your seven buttons and stitch them into place around the top of the design to hide the ribbon edges. Use a sequence of large then two smaller. The two large end buttons should also cover the attached ribbon hanging loops. Next lay your design face down and cover the reverse with clear drying glue. When ready, place the



other piece of felt over the top and move it into place; this will cover any stitching and give your design some strength. If you need to, secure it with plastic clothes pegs while drying. While the centre piece is drying, cut two 25cm pieces of 3mm ribbon or rat tail in the colour of your choice. When your design is ready, thread through your hanging loops and join together using a cord or ribbon end. Squeeze these so they close tightly using flat-nosed pliers. Tie in a simple knot just above the hanging loop to secure. Finally, add jump rings and a toggle clasp of your choice to the cord ends.




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BEAD AND BUTTON STITCHED PENDANT TO CREATE Take a strong, sharp sewing needle and thread with cotton that matches your chosen beads and buttons. I recommend you thread it double for extra strength, as the felt heart is ridged and quite thick. Once you have selected some beads




For a chunky necklace, leave out the ribbon or rat tail and add double the crochet beads and buttons to make the design longer. Then add the toggle clasp directly to the clamshells

and buttons in a colour of your choice, begin at the point of the heart and stitch each bead and button into place. Use a strong knot or overlocking stitch to secure your thread before stitching and again when finishing off. For extra security add a dab of cleardrying glue. If a bead is large or a little on the heavy side I’d stitch it twice. Play around with various beads until they fit well together to completely cover the heart. I would always recommend positioning

the beads before stitching them into place. The heart-shaped felt decoration comes complete with a hole for adding thong or ribbon ready for hanging; make sure you leave this hole exposed and a space above it to accommodate your chosen thong. If you find the back of your heart is a little messy, use the heart as a template to cut a thin piece of fabric or felt to cover the reverse side. Again make sure you leave the hole exposed. Glue your cover in place


MATERIALS • white Artemio felt hearts • 2 x 5mm jump rings • toggle clasp • 2 x thong ends • 46cm of matching suede or leather thong • mix of coloured glass, plastic beads and buttons • small piece of scrap fabric or felt

TOOLS • clear-drying glue • sharp sewing needle • flat-nosed pliers


TOP TIPS Add extra embellishment to your pendant by stitching or gluing on flat-backed resin roses Instead of adding a thong, cover the hanging hole with beads and add a large brooch backing to your finished design by gluing in place with strong adhesive Glue your pendant onto a wide headband to make a fascinator

with strong clear drying glue and leave it to one side until it is completely dry. Once your design is dry thread your thong through the hole and secure by either knotting or threading through twice and pushing the loose ends through the looped end, before pulling tight to secure in place. Add the thong ends, making sure you close them tightly using flat-nosed pliers then add your jump rings and toggle clasp.


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WHERE TO BUY The findings, rat tail and thong used here are available from The crochet beads are from The felt heart decorations used here can be purchased from

MATERIALS • 5 x lime green crochet 20mm round beads • 20 x assorted colour & sized buttons (20mm-30mm) • 25cm clear beading thread • 2 x large silver-plated clamshells • 25cm ribbon (5mm wide) • 70cm rat tail or thin ribbon • 2 x thong ends • 2 x 5mm jump rings • toggle clasp



TOOLS • strong sharp scissors • clear-drying glue • flat-nosed pliers



with clamshells and squeeze tightly shut with flat-nosed pliers. Next, take the ribbon and tie into a bow around the beading thread on one side of the design just below your closed clamshell. Trim the ends of the ribbon with sharp scissors to avoid fraying. Cut your ribbon or rat tail into two separate but equal lengths, thread each piece through the two holes in the clamshells and join the ends with a thong end, squeezing firmly closed using flatnosed pliers. Knot the



rat tail or ribbon just above the clamshell to secure. Add the jump rings and toggle clasp to the thong ends.



First take the beading thread and knot one end several times. Secure the knot with a dab of clear glue and leave to dry. Once dry begin threading on the beads and buttons in a sequence of one bead followed by five buttons, until all of your beads and buttons are added. Knot the other end of the thread as close to the bead as possible. Once secure add dab of glue. Trim off any excess thread with scissors and leave to dry. Once completely dry, cover both knots


Create a matching bracelet by threading your crochet beads and buttons onto thick stretch beading thread and knotting securely with an added dab of glue


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

viva la fiesta This fancy fascinator will add a fun and frivolous feel to any summer party outfit


MATERIALS • bronze finish metal filigree flower tiara headband • 1m fuchsia 0.3mm copper beading wire • 1m teal blue 0.3mm copper beading wire • 50 x clear 4mm Preciosa bicone crystal beads with AB • 1m non-tarnish 0.64mm brass wire • clear 20mm vintage pressed glass flower bead • clear 12mm vintage Pressed Czech glass flower bead • selection of glass beads and crystals in pink, purple, jade green, aqua blue and clear with AB finish


(the beads I used vary in size from 4mm bicones to 8mm fire-polished rounds) • fuchsia pink felt to back the filigree flower on the headband

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • flat-nosed pliers (it is a good idea to wrap the jaws in electrical tape to avoid marking the wire) • flush wire cutters • pencil • wooden skewer • scissors • strong jewellery glue

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OCCASION JEWELLERY BEADED FASCINATOR TO CREATE Start by tracing around the headband filigree flower motif onto a piece of paper. This is the template you will use to cut a piece of felt to back the flower once your fascinator is complete. Glue the two vintage flower beads, one of top of the other. Then glue them into place in the centre



of the filigree flower on the headband and leave them to dry. Cut a workable length of the teal blue 0.3mm beading wire and start wrapping it tightly around the headband, working from the end of the band towards the centre. Start with the side that has the longer length of band to it. Wind the wire over the tail end of the wire.


Continue until you have covered approximately 17cm of the band, then change to the fuchsia 0.3mm wire and wrap the band up to the filigree flower. Use the teal blue wire to cover the other (shorter) half of the headband. Make sure any wire ends are either tucked in or pressed flat using your flat-nosed pliers. Next, take a workable length of fuchsia 0.3mm wire. Working approximately


WHY NOT TRY? For a more subtle look, use crystals, flowers and glass beads in varying shades of the same colour with silver or copper wire 4.5cm from the end of the headband, start wrapping and adding a 4mm AB crystalbicone with each wrap. The wire will pass diagonally across the band when you wrap with the bead. Then wrap the wire a further time around the band below the crystal just added. Continue to wrap and add a bead until you have added 40 beads to the longer section and ten to the shorter section. Cut a 20cm length of 0.64mm brass wire and thread it through the holes in the filigree, passing it so that you have two tails emerging on the front face of the flower. The tails need not be of even length. Either thread on a bead or two, or proceed to wrap the wire around a pencil to create a spring. Stop winding about 6cm from the end, add a bead and then use your round-nosed and flatnosed pliers to create a coil at the end of the wire. For the other tail of wire you can use a wooden skewer to create a smaller, tighter spring. Carry on inserting lengths of brass wire,


adding beads and finishing with a coil until you feel you have added sufficient. I used ten pieces of wire on my fascinator, giving 20 beaded springs. Manipulate the beaded springs to create an arrangement you are happy with. If any of the beaded wires appear loose and don’t hold their position well, use a short length of 0.3mm wire to hold the 0.64mm wires in tension. Thread the 0.3mm wire around a couple of the 0.64mm wires on the back of the flower and use your chain-nosed pliers to put a tight twist in the 0.3mm (imagine closing the wire tag on a freezer bag). When you are satisfied that the decorative wires on the front of the flower are secure, make sure all the wires on the back of the flower are pressed down and the ends tucked away. Use the paper template to cut out a flower shape from a piece of pink felt. Apply glue to the back of the filigree flower – the end of the wooden skewer is useful for this – ensuring even coverage across the whole back and particularly around the edge of the flower. Carefully press the felt flower to the back of the metal flower and allow to dry.



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


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forever young We continue our series on perfect gift jewellery pieces to mark milestone birthdays and life events with four fabulous designs to celebrate turning 40 TOURMALINE NECKLACE intermediate


TO CREATE Begin by cutting a number of pieces of 0.4mm wire approximately 2.5cm in length. You will need 28 pieces and one slightly larger piece for the focal bead. You may need a few extra lengths if you wish to make the necklace longer to reach your desired length.


MATERIALS • strand of tourmaline 3-4mm faceted roundels • Mystic Topaz faceted baguette cut focal bead • gold 0.4mm fill wire • gold-plated clasp • 2 x gold-plated jump rings


round-nosed pliers fine chain-nosed pliers cutters Sharpie pen

Take your first 2.5cm length of wire and make a loop with your round-nosed pliers. Slide it onto one of the wrapped loops on the focal before you complete the wraps, then do so. Trim any excess wire. Put on three tourmaline beads and complete the wrapped loop on the other side, leaving space on the wire for the three wraps like in Step 3. Continue to add new sections to the last section you have completed. Each time

4 TOP TIP This project has a total of 29 sections, or 58 wrapped loops. Concentrate on making your loops the same size for a flawless finish

Take a pair of fine chain-nosed pliers. These have a smaller circumference and make it possible to make smaller loops. Identify the point near the tip of the pliers where you are going to make every loop and mark with a Sharpie pen to ensure you make your wrapped loop at the same point every time. Begin with the focal bead. With a piece of wire make a wrapped loop at one end, then wrap the wire



around the bottom of the loop three full times and trim. Put on the focal bead. Using chainnosed pliers, bend the wire at a 90° angle just a couple of millimetres beyond the bead. Using the round-nosed pliers, make a wrapped loop. Wind the wire around down to the focal bead over the couple of millimetres of wire you left. The wire should be tight up against the bead so it cannot move. Trim any excess wire there might be.


choose three coordinating tourmaline beads that contrast with the three in the previous section. Space the colours out evenly as you go. Once you have 14 sections all wire wrapped in a continuous chain, stop and begin on the other side of the focal. When you have enough segments on both sides for the necklace to be your desired length, take a jump ring, attach the clasp to one side, and close the jump ring. Attach a jump ring to the end of the other side and close.


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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TO CREATE Cut the Beadalon in half and put one length to one side to use later. Thread 16 of the 3mm pearls onto the Beadalon. Pass one end through the centre of the disk pendant. Bring the ends together so they are perfectly level and, from now on, work with them as one thread. Allow the beads to fall to the centre of the Beadalon.



WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available individually and in kit form from; 01524 412728


Thread the Beadalon through a ceramic round and push it down to the pearls (the pearls should now wrap around the disk in a neat loop). Thread three of the 3mm pearls, one 6mm pearl, one 8mm pearl, one 6mm pearl, three 3mm pearls and one ceramic round. Repeat Step 4 three more times. Thread a crimp bead. Hook the


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loop on the bolt ring onto one of the wire guardians. Pass the Beadalon through and around the horseshoe shape of the wire guardian and back down through the crimp bead and the ceramic round. Pull through all the excess Beadalon so that there is none showing, but not so tight that the beaded strand loses flexibility. Squash the crimp bead


using chain-nosed pliers. Cut the excess Beadalon away with side cutter pliers. Complete the other side of the necklace to match, hooking the split ring onto the wire guardian instead of the bolt ring. Wind the last link of the extension chain (the one without the heart) onto the split ring, opening it with split ring pliers, if you are using them, to complete the necklace.


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TOP TIP Why not make a matching pair of earrings using Swarovski Elements and gun metal findings? Simply take 15cm of Beadalon and slip on eight 4mm Crystal Silver Night Xilions. Pass through a 14mm Marbled Black Ceramic Cosmic Ring, then bring the ends together. Slip on a 3mm Black pearl, a 6mm Light Grey pearl and another 3mm Black pearl. Pass through the hole in a 4mm knot cover, thread on a crimp bead and arrange the beads nicely. Squash the crimp, trim the Beadalon, hook a 5mm jump onto the knot cover loop and close. Hang the  jump ring from a fishhook ear wire

MATERIALS SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS • Crystal Silver Night 38mm disk pendant • 10 x Marbled Black 10mm ceramic rounds • 80 x Black 3mm crystal pearl rounds • 16 x Dark Grey 6mm crystal pearl rounds • 8 x Light Grey 8mm crystal pearl rounds

FINDINGS • 2m bright 7-strand 0.3mm Beadalon • 2 x gun metal crimp beads • 2 x gun metal wire guardians • gun metal split ring • gun metal chain extension with heart (includes integral bolt ring)

TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • side cutter pliers • split ring opener pliers (optional)


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All the materials used here are available from Bead Sparkle, 59 Northgate Street, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1JJ; 01380 730977. You can find Bead Sparkle on Facebook too


MATERIALS • 1.5m pink sugar wire • tiara band • 6 x pink 8mm bicone crystals • pink bead for centre of flower • 50cm silver 0.4mm wire



• flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers


TO CREATE Take a 1.5m length of sugar wire and wrap one end around a single tiara band four or five times to secure (Fig 1). Trim off any excess sugar wire from the tail end. Curve the sugar wire around into a petal-shaped loop and twist at the base to secure the shape (Fig 2).



If you’re putting your hair up for a special occasion, use the same method to make a cute little hair grip

Repeat this process until you have a first layer of petals, then go around again with a layer of smaller petals (Fig 3). The number of petals you make is down to personal taste and how much wire you have. For a more complex look, use extra sugar wire to add more petals.


Cut a 50cm length of silver 0.4mm wire and use the bicone crystals and pink beads to make a wired flower for the centre of the sugar wire flower (Fig 4). If you can’t make a crystal flower, use the wire to sew beads into the middle. Leave two long ends so you can attach it to the main flower.


Push the two ends of silver 0.4mm wire down through the middle of the main flower and twist or wrap around underneath to secure (Fig 5).


Sugar wire is a soft and flexible metallic wire covered by a multitude of spheric micro beads. It comes in several basic colours, but you can paint over it to get some really fabulous effects.

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MATERIALS • • • • • • • • • • • •

• 700g silver art clay • 1.5mm spacers • Pebeo Vitrea 160 paint set • 50g copper art clay • copper rope chain • copper jump rings

TOOLS • flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • clear acrylic roller • Badger Balm

some Badger Balm to your drying form and texture tile as this stops the clay from sticking. Once your star is dry, use a sanding pad to refine any rough edges or bumps (Fig 2). I always use a rubber block to support my piece on. Be careful as the clay is very fragile at this point and its domed shape makes it even more brittle. Once you’re happy with your star, use a 2mm drill bit in a swivel pin vice to drill a hole in the top (Fig 3). Again, I used my rubber block as a support. You want to keep drilling with very gentle pressure until you pierce through the other side. Tidy up any rough bits with your sanding pad.



TO CREATE To make your silver star, roll out the clay to about 1.5mm thick. I added a texture to mine by lightly pressing the rolled clay onto the texture tile. Next, cut out a star shape and gently mould it over a drying form (Fig 1). Don’t forget to add





You are now ready to fire. I fired mine in a kiln at 800°C for 30 minutes (you can also fire with a butane torch or on a gas hob). I then finished mine with a brass brush and tumbler for a lovely high shine. Repeat Steps 1 to 4 for your copper star, making it a little bigger than the first star. When firing the copper, you can only use a kiln or a butane torch. Make sure you have a bowl of water ready for quenching, as this helps to remove and prevent any fire scale from developing on your fired copper. When you’ve finished your copper star, it’s time to add some colour! It’s so easy, just paint the

texture tile plume star cutters copper drying form rubber block 180 grit sanding pad swivel pin vice 2mm drill bit firing method brass brush paint brush liver of sulphur pro-polishing pad



Pebeo Vitrea paint straight onto the copper, leave to dry, then bake in the oven at 160°C for 40 minutes. Be careful when taking it out of the oven, as the copper will have heated up and will be hot to touch (Fig 4). To highlight the texture on the silver heart, apply some liver of sulphur. Simply add a few drops to some


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hot water, submerge your piece, remove when ready and polish off the excess (Fig 5). The liver of sulphur is safe but really stinky, so it’s best to do it in an old mug or pot. You are now ready to assemble your pieces with a copper rope chain and copper jump ring, using your flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers.


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




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The Bead Store ( is a fantastic store with the largest TierraCast range in town. It has an impressive choice of high-quality Czech glass beads, plus all the findings you could possibly need. There’s great customer service and fast delivery with a teeny bag of free beads with every order. Another speciality is its range of coordinated plain glass beads in a wide range of shapes and colours, which are perfect for complementing your decorated beads. For all these reasons and more The Bead Store is definitely worth bookmarking – plus mailing list customers get sent some fab discount offers during the year!


giveaways Over £300 worth of prizes to be won!

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TO ENTER For your chance to win one of these great prizes, send your name and address on a postcard along with the name of the product you want to win to CB&J24 Giveaways, Practical Publishing, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG to arrive by 27th September 2012, or enter your details online at





The Bead Cellar ( has donated these fabulous prizes, with first prize being a kit (including beads), plus six runners-up prizes of a beading pattern.

GLASS PEARL STRANDS SET 1 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £42.75 The Spellbound Bead Company (; 01543 417650) has donated this fabulous set of glass pearls in a selection of stunning colours. These gorgeous pieces are available to buy as single pearls, single strings or sets of five strings for a selection of bulk-buy discounts.



This book features six stepby-step projects for making jewellery from natural materials, with each chapter including a brief history and information about the qualities of the natural materials used, an introduction to the project and details about other materials and tools required to work with the chosen material. Pieces to make include a necklace made from grasses, a ring made of stone and a brooch constructed from wood.

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Fantastic selection of Czech and continental beads including glass, synthetic, metal, wood, Swarovski, crystal Plus a large range of findings, accessories and bead kits. Dress It Up beads and WBS bead mixes. Stockists of Bergere de France/Origin, Sublime, Debbie Bliss, Noro, SMC, CP Mochi, plus knitting patterns and accessories


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brilliant bronze Use traditional chain maille techniques to create these autumn pieces, which are lovely worn together or alone

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


MATERIALS • 72 x bronze jump rings, id 4mm, 1.29mm (A) • 35 x bronze jump rings, id 10.4mm, 1.29mm (B) • 3 x topaz 9.2mm Czech glass rings • 2 x olivine 9.3mm Czech glass rings • 2 x amber 9.3mm Czech glass rings • 12x16mm copper-plated wrapped Tierracast toggle

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





Link four large jump rings (B) to one glass ring. Separate the bronze rings just added so that they lay in pairs with the glass ring in the middle. Thread one open large ring (B) between each pair of rings so that you

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completely encircle the glass ring (Fig 1) Referring to Fig 2, link one small bronze ring (A) through three large rings (B), four times. Connect two adjacent small rings

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(A) added in Step 3 with two small rings (A). Repeat with the other two adjacent rings (Fig 3). Repeat Steps 1-4 to make seven components. To make your bracelet, link the

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components with two small rings (A). Attach the toggle ring to one end of the bracelet using one small ring (A). At the other end of the bracelet, make a simple one-in-one chain using three small rings (A) and connect the toggle bar.



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Repeat Steps 1-4 of the Celtic Rings Bracelet to make one Celtic component. Thread one olivine bicone, one spacer, one topaz bicone, one spacer, one olivine bicone and one spacer onto a headpin. Make a


• 22 x bronze jump rings, id 4mm, 1.29mm (A) • 10 x bronze jump rings, id 10.4mm, 1.29mm (B) • 2 x topaz 9.2mm Czech glass rings • 10 x olivine Swarovski crystal bicones, 4mm • 8 x topaz 4mm Swarovski crystal bicones • 2 x smoked topaz 6mm Swarovski crystal bicones • 20 x copper-plated 2x3mm Tierracast bicone spacer beads • 6 x 5cm copper headpins • copper ear wires


wrapped loop. Repeat to make a second beaded headpin. Thread one smoked topaz bicone, one spacer, one topaz bicone, one spacer, one olivine bicone, one spacer, one topaz bicone, and one spacer. Make a wrapped loop.



Attach the beaded headpins made in Step 2 to the component using one small ring (A) for each headpin. Link the beaded headpin made in Step 3 in between the shorter headpins

All the materials used here are available from; 01776 830352




• 2 x chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers • round-nosed pliers and cutters




just added using one small ring (A). Open the ear wire loop and connect the component to the ear wire. Repeat Steps 1-5 to make a second earring.

Use silver jump rings to create a completely different look. You could even combine silver jump rings with red and green Czech glass rings for a very early Christmas make!


MATERIALS • 134 x bronze jump rings, id 4mm, 1.29mm (A) • 26 x bronze jump rings, id 10.4mm, 1.29mm (B) • 12 x bronze jump rings, id 6.8mm, 1.29mm (C) • 84 x bronze jump rings, id 5mm, 1.29mm (D) • 4 x topaz 9.2mm Czech glass rings • 4 x olivine 9.3mm Czech glass rings • 4 x amber 9.3mm Czech glass rings • 12x23mm copper-plated Tierracast celtic s-clasp

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



Link one ring (A) to four closed rings (B). Separate the large rings so that they lay in pairs with the small ring in the centre. Thread one ring (C) between each pair of large rings (B) so that ring C encircles the small ring (A). See Fig 4 for reference. Referring to Fig 5, link one ring (A)

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through two large rings (B) and one ring (C) added in Step 2. Repeat this one more time. Link the two rings (A) added in Step 3 with two rings (A). Attach one glass ring using one ring (D). See Fig 5 for reference. Using one small ring (A), link two closed

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rings (B) to one of the pairs of rings (B) from the previous step. Repeat Steps 2-4. Repeat Step 5 until your Celtic chain has twelve glass rings. Attach two rings (A) to one end of the Celtic chain. Using two rings (D), link two

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closed rings (A) to the last two rings (A) added. Continue making the chain in this way until the desired length, ending with two rings (D). Repeat on the other side of the Celtic chain. Using one ring (A) attach the s-clasp to each end of the chain.



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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

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red 6mm and 8mm round coral beads white 6mm round shell beads white 12mm puffy coin shell beads sterling silver findings

FESTIVE CHARM BRACELET BY LINZI ALFORD FROM CUMBRIA MATERIALS • copper bead and brass ring chain • large lobster clasp • brass and antique gold jump rings • large corrugated beads

• large perforated sphere bead • cage beads • vintage bells • aged patina bell drop • copper wire ball beads


large focal glass heart bead 8mm glass beads silver charm bracelet headpins


SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL NECKLACE BY CLARE WILLMORE FROM KENT MATERIALS • Swarovski crystal flowers • Austrian crystal spacer beads

• sterling silver clasp, split rings and calottes • illusion cord

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 colourful selection of shimmering Swarovski crystal beads, bright glass beads and round soft touch beads, with several antique copper-plated charms thrown in to create focal points. The mix was supplied by The Bead Shop Manchester;

LINDSEY SAYS… I loved the vibrant combination of colours and copper coloured charms in this set.



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

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

TO CREATE Use jump rings to attach two leaf charms to your ear wire. Add a bicone to the bottom of the frontfacing leaf using one of your jump rings.

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Feed a bicone and one of the large pink beads onto a headpin and attach to


the ear wire using a jump ring. Attach two bead caps either side of a


blue bead and secure using a headpin.

Attach this to the ear wire using a jump ring. Repeat for the second earring.

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TO CREATE Cut a length of wire and curl back one end to prevent your beads from coming off. Shape the bracelet to fit your wrist and

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feed the first bead onto the length of wire. Ensure the curled end of the wire sits just inside the bead hole.


Add a large jump ring and then your second bead. Repeat this process, adding a jump ring and then a bead until

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your bracelet is full. Curl back the end of the bracelet and attach a charm using a jump ring to complete.


• Bead Challenge bead mix • wire • jump rings

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

TO CREATE Cut a length of chain and attach to the bag charm using a jump ring.


Add a charm to the bottom link on the chain using one of the jump rings.


Feed your beads onto headpins and round the ends. Attach the beads in an even pattern down the length of the chain on either side.

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TOP TIP Try mixing vibrant colours from your stash that you wouldn’t normally use to create bold pieces

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • chain • jump rings • headpins • bag charm elastic

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


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CLAIRE SAYS... When I saw the Indian summerthemed bead selection, I was immediately inspired to make a show-stopping set perfect for my summer wardrobe. The colours were fresh, bright, colourful and eye catching.

WHERE TO BUY The additional antique brass trace chain used here is available online from


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


Measure your wrist and double it to get the length of your elasticity, plus a little extra, and cut. Centre the elasticity and slip a pair of pliers or a pencil in the middle. Start the bracelet using the two stranded ends, threading on a series of beads including bead caps, crystals and gold toned stardust beads. Finish off the bracelet at your desired length and tie a square knot, then snip the leftover elasticity and dab the knot with

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


glue to secure. Work out where you would like your charms to sit along the bracelet. Cut small amounts of chain and make two loops. Add these to a jump ring and place a charm on top, then close the jump ring. Repeat this a further two times to complete a set of three, including the chain. Add the last two elephant charms to the jump rings, then add all five charms to your bracelet, making sure to space them as evenly as possible.



When adding the beads and crystals to your bracelet, you can be as imaginative as you like, creating an ordered pattern or a completely random sequence

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • antique brass trace chain • elasticity • G-S Hypo Cement • 5 x antique copper 7mm jump rings

TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • side cutters

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • 2 x hairpin blanks • 24 guage copper wire, 0.5mm


TO CREATE Cut approximately 10” of copper wire and secure towards the base of the hairpin, then add one 4mm crystal of your choice and wrap, ensuring the crystal is sitting as neatly as possible along the top of the pin.



Continue to wrap a further 4mm crystal, then two more 6mm crystals, and finally the last 8mm gold tone stardust bead. Finish with two more wraps to secure, then cut and tuck in any wire for a smooth finish.


• chain-nosed pliers • side cutters


TO CREATE Cut approximately 9” of Tigertail and leave to one side. Thread 18 headpins using the same colour tones of beads for each group. Add a crystal plus a bead to each headpin, then using the roundnosed pliers turn and roll the headpin right down to the bead on each of the 18 headpins. Add two leaf charms to the headpins and roll down in the normal


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way, making a coil. For the last two headpins, add a small crystal then finish with a large blue faceted bead on each one and roll the headpin down, making a coil as in Step 3. Attach one end of your Tigertail and secure with crimp to one jump ring. Add on a gold tone stardust bead, a cluster of your six beads, and one of the leaf charms. Add a gold tone



stardust bead, a fuchsia curved round bead, a bead cap, an aqua glass round and another bead cap. Now add the faceted blue oval bead arrangement on the coiled headpin, followed by a bead cap, an aqua glass, another bead cap and a fuchsia curved round bead. Continue this pattern until you mimic the other side and finish by securing with the crimp bead through a jump ring. Cut off any excess


Tigertail using your side cutters. Cut the chain suiting your required length minus the 9” already used for the detailed part just completed, not forgetting to allow for the clasp. Attach the jump rings on either side of the chain. You can now finish the necklace by adding the toggle clasp, which can be placed either at the base of the necklace or at the front to use it as a feature.



MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • 23 x antique brass 2” headpins • antique brass chain • copper toggle clasp • 2 x antique copper 7mm jump rings • 0.18 Tigertail • 2 x crimp beads

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



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TOP TIP To create a longer necklace try lengthening the drops by including a few jump rings and beads before you add the headpins TO CREATE EMILY KERSH DESIGNER THE BEAD SHOP MANCHESTER

ABOUT EMILY… Emily has been involved with beads for more than 17 years. The Bead Shop Manchester is a family business, started in 1993, but in the past Emily has branched off with her own business, selling beads and her jewellery at Ibiza markets, then opening a shop on the island with her father. She even studied fashion and


started a clothing label with a friend, but beads called her back! Since 2000 she has been involved full-time with The Bead Shop, helping to run the business, designing kits and jewellery for the website and teaching beading classes. Emily is self-taught and always on the lookout for new techniques and designs to inspire her.

Onto the beading wire, thread a calotte and then a crimp. Flatten the crimp and close the calotte with the crimp inside, then cut off any excess wire, so you are left with the longer length to thread the beads onto. Make the drops using five headpins. Thread on each headpin a 6mm and 4mm Swarovski crystal and make a wrapped loop on each. Then on five eyepins thread on a beadcap soft touch bead, another beadcap and a 4mm Swarovski crystal.



Then make a simple loop on each. Now the drops have been made, you can start to thread the rest of the beads on. Start with a 4mm Swarovski crystal then thread on a drop. Add another 4mm Swarovski, a stardust bead, a glass round, another stardust, a 4mm Swarovski crystal and another drop. Repeat this pattern until you have all five drops on. Repeat Step 1, making sure that the calotte is pushed right up to the last bead before you seal the crimp.



To add the chain, attach one side to the calotte with a jump ring and then the other. Hold this around your neck and cut to size, checking each length of chain before you add the end fastenings. To add your charms, place on a jump ring and attach to either side onto a link on the chain.



MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • eyepins

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

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TO CREATE On an eyepin, place a 4mm Swarovski crystal, a soft touch round bead and a further 4mm Swarovski crystal. Then make a loop and repeat on another eyepin.

On a different eyepin place a bead cap, a glass marble bead, another bead cap another 4mm Swarovski, and make a wrapped loop.



Attach these eyepins together, then add the leaf to the end of each earring using a jump ring.




• Bead Challenge bead mix • eyepins

For more delicate earrings, replace the soft touch round bead with a few extra Swarovski crystals

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



TO CREATE Create drops using headpins. Place a bead cap on first then select the beads you want to put on each headpin. It’s best not to


put too many beads on one headpin, as this will make it hard for you to make a loop; two or three beads will be plenty. Make a loop

on all your headpins, either wrapped or simple depending on your preference. Attach all your drops with jump


rings onto the charm bracelet, spreading them out evenly. Attach the charms along the bracelet with jump rings.


• Bead Challenge bead mix • eyepins

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


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oranges and lemons Discover the brilliance of seed beads with these dazzling bracelets, which use a variety of techniques to create perfect summer pieces

ABOUT SARAH… Sarah was first introduced to beading and jewellery making years ago when she was doing demos in craft stores at weekends, while she was still at school. This eventually 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 TV, 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.



MATERIALS • bead packs • 2 x 8-10mm beads

TOOLS • • • •


beading loom scissors beading mat clear nail varnish (optional)


Cut 15 lengths of 60cm beading thread. Gather them together, knot at one end with an overhand knot and trim back the excess. Divide this group into two halves and place the knot under the pin on the wooden spool. Turn the spool to wind on about 10cm of thread. You’ll adjust the amount on the spool when you finally tighten everything. Bring the other ends of the threads together and tie in a


knot. Divide the group into the same halves as at the other end and place this second knot over the pin on the second spool. Rotate this spool so most of the slack is taken up then adjust both spools till the threads lie


loosely over the spiral separator bars. Ensure that the same amount of thread is wound around both spools. Use a toothpick or needle to adjust the position of the threads so they are all parallel and sitting in separate


grooves (Fig 1). Finally, rotate the spools so that the threads are firm but not over-tight. Thread up your needle with 1m of beading thread and knot it to the outside thread on the loom (Fig 2). Lay out a small

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TOP TIP When you design your own pieces remember to add one more length of thread than the number of beads in a row


• Create seed bead sets • gold bracelet memory wire • gold chain findings kit

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • side cutter pliers • beading mat



With round-nosed pliers, turn a small loop at one end of a memory wire bangle. From your Create seed bead set, choose three or four different shades of the largest beads. Thread on a combination of these and short lengths of chain until you have filled all but the last 1.5cm of wire. Turn a small loop at the end of the wire to secure everything in place and finish off your bracelet.



amount of each colour of beads on your beading mat. Following the chart, use your needle to pick up the first row of beads. If you are creating a narrow band you can leave the beads on the needle, but for this design you may need to run them straight onto the thread. Each row is added from beneath so lift the threaded beads up against the loom strands so that one

bead sits between each strand. Hold the beads in place from below with your forefinger. If the beads are still on the needle, pull the needle through then pass it back through the beads, making sure that you go above the loom strands (Fig 3). Continue in this way for each row on the chart. When you need to add more thread you’ll need to weave


the ends of old and new strands into your work. It is easier to do this as you go along. When you have completed the desired length, remove


your work from the loom. All but four of the loom strands need to be woven back into your work. You need two strands at each end so the ones to leave are four beads in from each side. Thread the needle with one of the strands and pick up about 0.5cm of beads. Add one of your larger beads and a small bead, and then pass the needle back through the large bead plus the 0.5cm of beads. Pull tight and tie a knot to secure, then weave the loose ends back into your work. Repeat to form the other toggle.

You may like to add a dab of clear nail varnish to the knot for extra security. At the other end, thread a strand with about 0.5cm of beads then a further 3cm of beads. The 3cm will form the loop of the clasp so check that it is the right size for the toggle and add or remove beads in the loop as necessary. Finally, pass your needle back through the 0.5cm length of beads and pull the thread to form a loop. Knot to secure and weave the ends back through your work.



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MATERIALS • Create seed bead sets • gold bracelet memory wire • gold chain findings kit



TOOLS • • • • •

round-nosed pliers side cutter pliers chain-nosed pliers memory wire shears beading mat



Cut seven single circles of memory wire using memory wire shears. Don’t be tempted to use your side cutter pliers for this job. Memory wire is toughened and will damage your delicate jewellery pliers. With round-nosed pliers, turn as small a loop as you can at one end of the seven pieces. Thread each loop onto an eyepin starting with a couple of seed beads, then add a few between each. Turn a loop at the end of the eyepin to secure it all neatly in place.

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Cut six pieces of chain 13 links long. Take one of these and thread every other link onto each of the memory wire rings. Next, fill each ring in turn with a random mix of large seed beads, adding in two pieces of chain a third and two-thirds of the way around. Complete each ring with the last piece of chain and turn a

loop in the memory wire to secure. Now connect all of the filled rings together on an eyepin with seed beads in between each one just as you did at the beginning. Finally make four dangles using headpins and a few seed beads and attach them to the bangle with a short piece of chain.


TOP TIP To create a truly stunning look, make several bangles in co-ordinating colours to wear together – perfect for a summer party!

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Coloured wire and glass marble tube beads are so versatile and can be used to make these beautiful pieces, perfect for sultry hot nights





ABOUT CAROL… Carol has been making jewellery for seven years. The first time she walked into a bead shop she was mesmerised and didn’t have any idea how to put all the lovely beads and findings together. Thankfully the


kind staff guided her in the right direction. What originally started as a self-taught hobby has now turned into Carol selling her designs through her Folksy shop carolsmalleydesigns and


some of her designs have appeared in magazines. She hopes one day to have a book on jewellery making published. She enjoys working with a variety of beads, findings, wire, Tigertail, ribbon and faux suede.

Cut 72 lengths of 3cm purple wire and make S-links by turning simple loops at each end, making sure each loop is in the opposite direction. Using a mandrel or similar object, make a coil by wrapping a long length of fuchsia wire around it. Slide the coil off and carefully cut the rings


individually to make 37 jump rings. To make the chain, attach a fuchsia jump ring to one end of two S-links and close the ring. Attach another fuchsia ring at the other end and two more S-links. Continue with this pattern until you’ve used all 72 S-links or the chain is to your required length. Cut a 12cm length of purple wire and wire wrap one end. Thread on a tube bead and wire wrap the



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INPIRED BY... SUMMER USING TUBE BEADS MATERIALS • 1m fuchsia 0.8mm wire • 1m purple 0.8mm wire • 6 x fuchsia 40x12mm glass tube marble beads




Using fuchsia wire for the S-links and purple wire for the

jump rings, make a double chain in exactly the same way as for the tube beads on the necklace.

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • flush cutters • 5mm mandrel or similar object


To make the ear wire, cut a 5cm piece of purple wire. Turn a loop at one end. Bend the wire around a pencil or similar object to make the curve. Turn the other end of wire up slightly. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to create the second earring.


WHERE TO BUY Both colours of wire are from Glass fuchsia tube marble beads are from; 0161 274 4040


7 remaining end. Make four more of these. Make 60 fuchsia Slinks and 25 purple jump rings, as for Steps 1 and 2. Attach a purple jump ring to the bottom loop of a tube bead unit, followed by four fuchsia S-links. Separate these S-links into pairs and continue linking S-links and jump rings. You need two lengths of chain per bead tube and each chain needs to be three S-links long. Open the centre fuchsia jump ring of the chain and attach a tube bead unit. Attach the remaining tube beads either side, leaving three S-links in between.



Cut 4cm of purple wire and turn a loop at one end. Wrap the wire around the largest end of roundnosed pliers about 19mm from the loop you just made and push both ends towards one

another. Turn a loop on the other end. Attach the clasp to the last fuchsia ring at one end of the necklace. Use the fuchsia ring on the opposite side to loop the clasp on.




Wire wrap a fuchsia glass tube bead with purple wire as you did for the necklace. Make 18 fuchsia S-links and 10


purple jump rings. Connect the links in the same way as for the necklace chain and make another clasp with purple wire.

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Try your hand at beadweaving with this stripy flower necklace, which is sure to add a touch of sparkle to any summer outfit






Cut a 16” length of 28 gauge wire and thread on five Delica beads of Colour 1 and six Delica beads of Colour 2. Thread the end where you have five beads (Colour 1) through all six of the Colour 2 beads in the opposite direction.



6 7 8

Thread seven Colour 1 beads onto one of the ends and take the other end through the seven beads in the opposite direction. Repeat Step 3, increasing the bead number by one and alternating the colours until there is a row of ten beads.




Continue Step 3 but decrease the number of beads until there are five beads in the row. For the last row, repeat Step 3 using only two beads. Repeat Steps 1 to 6 until you have created seven petals. Take one of the loose wire ends from one of the petals and thread it through the last row of two beads on each petal and back through the first petal to create a circle. Take all of the wire ends and twist them in the middle of the newly formed flower. Using this selection of seed beads, thread a few onto each wire end, making a loop at the top to stop beads falling off. Then trim all the ends. Now you have completed the beadwork of your flower, turn it over and find a loop in the wire of the flower and


10 Use beads in strongly contrasting colours to create a statement flower

attach a jump ring. Attach another jump ring on the first one so that it will hang facing the correct way. Thread both lengths of wire through the second jump ring. Thread one calotte and one crimp onto both ends of wire; squeeze the crimp at the end of the wire. Bring the calotte up to the end and close the cups on it. Open a jump ring and put a lobster clasp on it. Put it on one of the calottes, making a loop with the calotte to stop it falling off. On the other end open a jump ring, add a split ring to it and attach the jump ring to the calotte.



Kirsty Hopkinson has been making jewellery since the age of eight, when she was one of The Bead Shop Scotland’s first customers. Kirsty is on the other side of the bead counter now and loves being surrounded by all things sparkly! She especially likes experimenting with new products and has recently been teaching classes on crystal clay using Fimo as the base material. Her skills range from wirework and chain maille to beadweaving and she admires the work of Laura McCabe and Sabine Lippert.

MATERIALS • 28 gauge craft wire • 6 grams DB161 Delica Bead Opaque Orange AB (Colour 1) • 6 grams DB159 Delica Bead Opaque Light Siam AB (Colour 2) • selection of various coloured Delica beads • 4 x jump rings • 2 x 18” lengths of Flexrite beading wire • lobster clasp • 2 x calottes

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BEAD CRAZY (PERTH) 55 GEORGE STREET, PERTH PH1 5LB WWW.BEADCRAZY.CO.UK 01738 442288 7th August – Shamballa-style bracelets 14th August – Advanced beginners 21st August – Charming Things 28th August – Introduction to beading

THE BEAD SHOP SCOTLAND (HADDINGTON) 29 COURT STREET, HADDINGTON, EAST LOTHIAN EH41 3AE WWW.BEADSHOPSCOTLAND.CO.UK 01620 822886 2nd August – Tila wrap bracelet 4th August – Shamballa style bracelet 4th August – Tutti frutti necklace set 10th August – Crystal Clay bracelet and ring 11th August – Make & take jewellery 11th August – Tutti frutti necklace set 18th August – Make & take jewellery 18th August – Tutti frutti necklace set 25th August – Tutti frutti necklace set 1st September – Tutti frutti necklace set 8th September – Tutti frutti necklace set 15th September – Tutti frutti necklace set 22nd September – Tutti frutti necklace set 29th September – Tutti frutti necklace set 6th October – Tutti frutti necklace set 13th October – Tutti frutti necklace set 20th October – Tutti frutti necklace set 27th October – Tutti frutti necklace set

THE BEAD SHOP SCOTLAND (EDINBURGH) 6 DEAN PARK STREET, STOCKBRIDGE, EDINBURGH EH4 1JW WWW.BEADSHOPSCOTLAND.CO.UK 0131 343 3222 2nd August – Earring basics 4th August – Absolute bracelets 5th August – Shamballa bracelet 7th August – Absolute bracelets 9th August – Crystal clay 11th August – Absolute bracelets 12th August – Zoe bangle 14th August – Absolute bracelets 18th August – Absolute bracelets 18th August – Spiral net bracelet 21st August – Absolute bracelets 23rd August – Loops and dangles 25th August – Absolute bracelets 26th August – Festive spiral necklace 28th August – Absolute bracelets 1st September – Beginner’s silversmith techniques 6th September – Earring basics 8th September – Kumihimo class 9th September – Loopy bead soup bracelet 13th September – Crystal clay 22nd September – Fabulous fascinator 23rd September – Shamballa bracelet


27th September – Loops and dangles 30th September – Cold enamelling with seed beads


THE BEAD SHOP (NOTTINGHAM) 7 MARKET STREET, NOTTINGHAM, NG1 6HY WWW.MAILORDER-BEADS.CO.UK 0115 9588899 2nd August – Kids name bracelets 2nd August – Charm bracelets 4th August – Button necklace 4th August – Dichroic glass jewellery 7th August – Earrings 9th August – Introduction to silver art clay 11th August – Mould making 11th August – Resin jewellery part 1 16th August – Earrings 16th August – Kids name bracelets 18th August – Shamballa bracelet 18th August – Resin jewellery part 2 7th August – Earrings 23rd August – All day basic jewellery making 25th August – Mixed media jewellery 30th August – Charm bracelets 30th August – Chain maille 1st September – All day tiara making 6th September – Wire wrapped ring 6th September – Tila bead bracelet 8th September – Swarovski crystal heart pendant 8th September – Fascinators 13th September – Chain maille 13th September – Designing with wire 15th September – Earrings 15th September – Polymer clay techniques 20th September – Swarovski wire bracelet 20th September – Felt beads 22nd September – Introduction to silver art clay 27th September – All day basic jewellery making 29th September – Upcycled jewellery 29th September – Diochroic glass


DEBORAH BEADS THE BARN, DONYLAND FARM, FINGRINGHOE ROAD, COLCHESTER, ESSEX CO5 7JL WWW.DEBORAHBEADS.CO.UK 01206 729881 4th August – Friendly plastic 11th August – Wire wrapped cabochons 11th August – Sculpted wire cuffs 20th August – Beginner’s jewellery making 21st August – Clusters and charms 22nd August – Children’s macrame morning (shamballa/friendship) 23rd August – Plaited wire bracelet and necklace 30th August – Flower bracelet 30th August – Boxweave chain maille 1st September – Chain maille for beginners 1st September – Framed bead bracelet 3rd September – Framed bead bracelet 6th September – Beginner’s jewellery making

11th September – Macrame shamballa bracelets 13th September – Pearl trio bracelet 17th September – Byzantine chain maille 20th September – Chain maille for beginners 22nd September – Boxweave chain maille 22nd September – Macrame shamballa bracelets 24th September – Advanced chain maille flower bracelet 26th September – Beaded pendants 2nd October – Tiaras 4th October – Clusters and charms

RIVERSIDE BEADS 50/56 HIGH STREET, MARKET DEEPING, PETERBOROUGH PE6 8EB WWW.RIVERSIDEBEADS.CO.UK 01778 346810 5th August – Coiling gizmo 18th August – Wirework clasps and connectors 8th September– Beadweaving 9th September – Starter jewellery 23rd September – Introduction to wirework 29th September – Book making 6th October – Fimo workshop and demonstration with Bonnie McGough 13th October – Charity craftdabble day

SPOILT ROTTEN BEADS 7 THE GREEN, HADDENHAM, ELY, CAMBS CB6 3TA WWW.SPOILTROTTENBEADS.CO.UK 01353 749853 4th August – Swarovski Crystal Pendants 10th August – Express jewellery making 11th August – Art Clay Silver introductory pendants, beads, baubles and charms 25th August – Introduction to beaded jewellery 29th August – Slinky Swarovski crystal bracelets 8th September – Friendship bracelets 12th September – Crystal clay jewellery 15th September – Art clay silver rings 19th September – Pearl knotting 22nd September – Introduction to beaded jewellery 26th September – Woven pearl bracelet 6th October – Crystal clay jewellery 13th October – Swarovski crystal squares bracelet


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.

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DIARY FOCUS ON... MID CORNWALL SCHOOL OF JEWELLERY The Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery (MCSJ) offers an exciting range of workshops, from taster and beginner’s courses to Diplomas and even private tuition. The School recently became the official UK Partner of US jewellery making supplier, Rio Grande, for the Rio Rewards PMC Certification course. This is the first time the course has been available outside of the US and it is currently taught exclusively at MCSJ. The curriculum complements the MCSJ Silver Metal Clay Diploma and offers students the opportunity to learn from world-class respected instructors from the US. Holders of the Rio Rewards PMC Certification receive discounted prices on PMC products, selected gems, tools and supplies bought directly from Rio Grande or PMC products bought from MCSJ. Best of all, there are no minimums or purchasing requirements. Successful completion of this certification also counts towards the MCSJ Higher Metal Clay Diploma, the highest metal clay qualification in the world. The first Rio Rewards Certification will run in May 2013 with award-winning artist, author and Rio Senior Instructor Patrik Kusek. Patrik will also be running a series of jewellery making Master Classes at MCSJ during his stay in the UK.

20th October – Introduction to beaded jewellery 27th October – Art Clay Silver introductory pendants, beads, baubles and charms 24th November – Introduction to beaded jewellery 15th December – Introduction to beaded jewellery


MID CORNWALL SCHOOL OF JEWELLERY TREESMILL FARM, TYWARDREATH, PAR, CORNWALL PL24 2TX WWW.MCSJ.CO.UK 01726 817989 6th August – Silver metal clay taster 7th-8th August – Glass and 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 – Beginner’s metal clay, Diploma grade 1 31st August – Silver metal clay for fun 1st September – Private class with Julia Rai 2nd September – Make your own wedding rings 5th September – Open workshop day (level 2) 6th September – Silver metal clay for fun 8th-9th September – Off the cuff – make a polymer clay bangle 10th September – Silver metal clay taster 19th September – Open workshop day (level 2) 22nd-23rd September – Beginner’s silverwork 24th September – Silver metal clay for fun 27th September – Silver metal clay taster 29th-30th September– Textured hollow form earring and pendant with Keum Boo Gold

3rd October – Open workshop day (level 2) 6th October – Private class with Lisa Cain 7th October – Make your own wedding rings 8th October – Silver metal clay for fun 11th October – Silver metal clay taster 13th October – Charm bracelet in a day 14th October – Two silver rings in a day 17th October – Open workshop day (level 2) 19th October – Silver metal clay for fun 20th-21st October – Beginner’s metal clay, Diploma grade 1 22nd-24th October – Intermediate metal clay, Diploma grade 2 25th-26th October – Advanced metal clay, Diploma grade 3 27th-29th October – Art clay cerification level 1 7th October – Make your own wedding rings 31st October – Silver metal clay taster 3rd-4th November – Beginner’s silverwork 5th Novermber – Silver metal clay for fun 7th November – Open workshop day (level 2) 8th November – Silver metal clay taster 10th November – Private class with Julia Rai 11th November – Make your own wedding rings 16th November – Silver metal clay for fun 17th-18th November – Press formed beads and boxes 21st November – Open workshop day (level 2) 23rd November – Silver metal clay taster

SHINEY COMPANY (BATH) 5 SAVILLE ROW, BATH BA1 2QP WWW.SHINEYROCKS.CO.UK 01225 332 506 4th August – Intermediate wirework jewellery 11th August – Wire and button necklace 18th August – Swarovski Crystal Waterfall necklace and earrings 25th August – Wirework & coiling gizmo beads 1st September – Shamballa-style bracelet 8th September – Wirework jewellery demonstrations 8th September – Wire and bead rings 8th September – Caged bead bracelet 15th September – Beadwork bracelet, right-angle weave 22nd September – Flower garland headband

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 – Beginner’s beadwork course (six weeks) 4th August – Introduction to beadwork – spiral rope bracelet 11th August – Crystal tiara 18th August – Swarovski crystal jewellery 25th August – Graduated peyote beadwork choker 8th September – Where to sell your jewellery – four key routes to market 15th September – Beadwork tila bead bracelet – beadweaving jewellery 22nd September – Start to make jewellery – three projects in a day

SHINEY COMPANY (STROUD) 27 HIGH STREET, STROUD, GLOS GL5 1AJ WWW.SHINEYROCKS.CO.UK 01453 753 609 Wednesday evenings – Bead & wire jewellery-making course (six weeks) 4th August – Swarovski crystal jewellery 18th August – Three styles of wire rings 25th August – Cord and chain jewellery 1st September – Swarovski Crystal Waterfall necklace & earrings 8th September – Fabric bead necklace 15th September – Fabric bead necklace

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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 is celebrating its tenth birthday this summer and offers a great range of beads and findings, along with friendly and helpful service and affordable inspirationpacked classes. Donna says: “I love jewellery making, trying new techniques and ideas and, most of all, using new beads.”

Lucite flowers add a carefree, summery feel to any piece of jewellery. Celebrate the sun with this fabulous charm bracelet CORAL CHARM BRACLET beginner


18cm silver-plated chain oval toggle clasp silver 5mm spacer bead 8 x coral 12mm glass pearl • silver 8mm miracle bead • silver-plated bead caps • assorted Lucite leaves and flowers

TOOLS • flat-nosed pliers (two pairs) • round-nosed pliers • bead mat


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INSPIRED BY... SUMMER USING LUCITE FLOWERS For a more autumnal result, use copper leaves and jump rings with green Lucite flowers, as pictured here. Create earrings by adding a Lucite flower onto a headpin and turning a loop. Add extra beads as you wish, then using your flatnosed pliers, flick the bottom of the ear wire across and add the headpin loops onto the ear wire. Close the ear wire with your pliers and your earrings are ready to wear!

TO CREATE Take 18cm of chain from the metre length by holding two pairs of flat-nosed pliers either side of the opening of the chain and opening as you would a jump ring. Attach one side of the toggle clasp to each end of the chain, creating yourself a chain bracelet. Alternatively use a ready-made chain bracelet. Take a selection of Lucite flowers and, using a headpin and a small bead cap to finish off the centre, thread the bead cap, followed by a small Lucite



flower inside a big one and turn a headpin loop at the back. I have used eight on my coral bracelet but you can add as many as you like when making yours. Take a metal flower bead frame with a 5mm bead inside. Insert a headpin and turn a headpin loop, then take a bead cap and add each of your pearls and the miracle beads onto a headpin. Open a 7mm jump ring and attach a pearl with a miracle bead. Then, onto one of the links of chain on your bracelet, add your Lucite and metal leaves, flower frames and 8mm pearls using jump rings to complete.



TOP TIP When adding all the elements to your bracelet, spread them out around the chain, taking care to put some on each side of the chain. This will ensure the finished piece fits better on your wrist. Try the bracelet on and adjust its length until you are happy


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day & night Use the same selection of beads to create contemporary daytime earrings and a snazzy bracelet perfect for summer nights

use round-nosed pliers to make a loop at the end of the pin and keep winding down to meet the next bead

cut just over one round of memory wire and loop one end thread crystal headpins onto memory wire and ďŹ nish with a loop

attach clasp and chain with jump rings

take your desired number of crystals and thread onto headpins

attach ower charm with double-wrapped wire loops


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turn equal-sized loops at this end, making sure the loops line up

cut just over one round of memory wire and make a loop at one end

thread on the crystal headpin dangles attach the charm between the dangles with a headpin

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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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memory lane CB&J magazine has featured some truly stunning projects over the years, and we couldn’t resist sharing some of our all-time favourites with you... TUDOR QUEEN


These fabulous embellished beads from Issue 11 were created using simple needle weaving techniques and have an air of royalty. By Kate Elridge, designer at The Bead Cellar

This gorgeous chunky bead was embellished with double-strand wire swirls to create a stunning and unique focal piece in Issue 16. By Donna McKean Smith, designer at Riverside Beads



This unique fascinator from Issue 13 features beads, Lucite flowers and paper, and we love the unusual effect it creates. By Su Pennick, designer



Painted wooden beads and macramé detailing were combined in this beautiful sun-kissed bracelet, which appeared in Issue 14. By Gill Teasdale, designer at JillyBeads


The gyspsy look was last summer’s hottest trend and Issue 17 of CB&J brought the style bang up-to-date with these hot pink designs. By Amanda Pickstock, designer at The Shiney Company

Flamboyant shades of shimmering green, blue and purple made up this decadent bracelet in Issue 18. Stephie Hall, designer



Pretty and feminine, this necklace from Issue 15 incorporates fabric to create a fresh and floral look. By Mel Brooke, designer at Beads By Lili

These lampwork scene beads which appeared in Issue 22 are, quite simply, works of art, and what’s more, each one is always completely unique. By Judith Hannington, designer

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