When the June/July edition of Beadwork Magazine arrived I thumbed through and found the pattern for the ‘BARGello Cuff’ designed by Michelle Gowland I was immediately entranced. I loved the use of the CzechMates 2-Holed Bars, the shape of the bars is perfect to make an attractive and comfortable cuff and the design is gorgeous!… Continue reading ‘Bargello Style’ CzechMates Cuff
Wire wrapping is really, easy to do, and gives a fabulous result. The trick is recognizing that you are the boss of the wire, make it do your bidding! For these earrings I used Nunn Design Wire Frames Pear Shaped, 2 strands of 5x3mm Firepolished Rondelles, in a lovely Montana Blue Bronze Finished, and 12-14″… Continue reading Wire Wrapped Earrings with Gorgeous Firepolished Rondelles
how to use starman finials Starman Beads has introduced a line of Finial beads, intended to be glued onto the end of wire, headpins, threads, and the like to create a colorful unique ending. This booklet gives lots of tips and hints about how to use them, with some great examples. Click on the link… Continue reading How to use Starman Finial Beads
“The term iridescence derives from Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow, and refers to a vibrant optical effect of rainbow-like colors that change in the light. Found on pearls and insect wings, iridescence draws from and celebrates the natural world’s multidimensional colors and organic forms. Since the Middle Ages, designers have experimented with ways… Continue reading Iridescence, what do you know about it?
Recently my sister Belinda came to spend the weekend with me and as we often do, we beaded together, each of us making a version of a pattern designed by Nela Kabelova, ‘Venezia’, a lovely set of earrings using the new PaisleyDuo beads from Matubo. We had recently received a big shipment of them and… Continue reading Our versions of the Venezia Earrings
Becky Nunn at Nunn Design, designed a new line of Open Back Bezels that work perfectly with Swarovski crystals. Hand crafted by Beck Nunn, working first with polymer clay, to construct models in just the right size, width, and shape that would work fluently with the other findings within the Nunn Design product mix, they… Continue reading New Nunn Design Open Back Bezels
Nichole Starman, creator of the CzechMates System, has released an e-book filled with useful information on stitches, and bead shapes, tips & hints and loads of images. You can click on the image above to download it free of charge. There is a 7 page pattern included for the Quadra Trellis Bracelet too. Included… Continue reading Tips & Hints for working with CzechMates