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
We played with Alcohol Inks and Lucite beads today, and got some great results with little time and effort. Here’s a quick recap:
Assorted White Lucite Beads
Alcohol Inks, lighter colors best
Cup or jar of water
baby wipes for clean up and Blending Solution
I like to set out 3 or 4 colors that coordinate, I used Pastel shades for a more watercolor look. So, used Peach Bellini, Cloudy Blue, Sandal, and Juniper. I laid out a small puddle of each color on my silicone sheet and with the brush randomly dipped in to a color and brushed it on the white lucite flowers, from both the inside and the outside, in strips, randomly applying color till it was what I wanted.
OK! The Winners are: 1st place: Becca Scott #13 2nd Place: Karen holden #14 3rd Place: Becca Scott #12 Runners up: #1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15 The remaining entries will receive a $5.00 Gift certificate. Thanks and congratulations to all the entries, winners all, we appreciate your time and hard work.… Continue reading Trendsetter Post Holiday Challenge Ready for Votes!
It all started with the plan to make a quick and simple bracelet featuring a component from the new Nunn Design Winter 2017 line. That idea blossomed into a gorgeous necklace that is something I will treasure for the rest of my life! This is the first time I have tried out the technique of… Continue reading Love Is in the Air – A Valentine’s Day Necklace
I was tasked with the opportunity to cut some yardage of this fun, silky, and stretchy Spandex Ribbon and play around with it, making jewelry or whatever else I could think of and write up some tutorials on what can be done with the ribbon. With so many vibrant colors and patterns to choose from,… Continue reading Fun with Fashion Stretch Spandex Ribbon
Double Drilled Semi-Precious Beads are lovely, feel good on the wrist and can be incorporated in many jewelry designs. I find them pleasing to use for bracelets. Pictured are three examples, with beads and crystals in between to add space and contrast, movement and color. Any two-Holed Clasp will work, I am fond of the TierraCast… Continue reading Using Semi-Precious Double Drill Stone Beads
Vintaj Natural Brass is one of my most favorite components to work with. They are the original, and still the best patina brass components on the market in terms of quality and patina. They just came out with a new introduction of some cool components, including 1″ Paddle Headpins, very cool! I sat and played… Continue reading Focus on Vintaj Natural Brass
Sodalite is the perfect shade of blue to compliment blue jeans or a lovely dress for a special occasion. Varying in intensity from pale blue to a deep, royal blue. I used gold findings for this set but it would look equally good with silver or even copper components. I enjoy creating layered pieces, and… Continue reading Sophia Earring & Necklace Set | DIY Tutorial
I recently watched the mini-series War and Peace, and am feeling heavily influenced by the lavish costumes and jewelry displayed on the show. This filigree is one of the newest introductions to the Designers Collection from Vintaj Natural Brass. When I saw it I ran to get a pair of Swarovski #6106 Pear Pendants and… Continue reading Natasha Earrings | DIY Tutorial
Hear ye, hear ye: today we announce our CzechMates Crescents design challenge! CzechMates just came out with a ton of new colors of Crescents—there are over 100 now available! To celebrate, we want to see what you can make with this fun new shape. Will you unleash your finest beadweaving skills? String them? Do you have an idea of… Continue reading It’s the CzechMates Crescents Design Challenge!