Aug 012017
 

This lovely plover bead has been sitting on my studio table for way too long now. I’ve enjoyed looking at it but it was high time it got made into something wearable!

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This bead was made by Shannon Vickers of Blue Blazes Lampwork.  You can also see what she’s up to on her Facebook page.

Many of you have told me that you enjoy the tutorials where I explain the design process. That’s why today’s video is longer than usual.

Let me know which you prefer:

  • shorter videos
  • or more of my rambling about design.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Beach Scene Necklace-Lampwork Focal Bead Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Jun 152015
 

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Last week I showed you how to wire wrap an ammonite so it could be used as a pendant.

This week we’re finishing up the necklace by adding tourmaline beads and Swarovski crystal dangles to the bottom of the ammonite, plus more tourmaline beads, brass beads and chain for hanging.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Ammonite Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • wire wrapped ammonite
  • 19 7mm x 10 mm oval tourmaline beads
  • 22 3mm brass beads
  • 12 4mm Swaroski bicone beads, crystal clear
  • 2 8-inch pieces chain
  • lobster clasp
  • 1 or 2 jump rings
  • 8 crimp beads
  • up to 8 crimp covers
  • bead stringing wire

Tools:

  • One Step Crimper (or your preferred crimping method)
  • wire cutters
  • chain nose pliers

Directions:

  1. Arrange the 12 Swarovski crystals and five 3mm brass beads into three rows of different lengths and patterns.
  2. Slide a crimp bead onto bead stringing wire, then slide the wire through one of the wires going around the bottom of the ammonite. Slide the end of the wire back through the crimp, pull snug and crimp. Add a crimp cover if desired.
  3. Slide on one row of Swarovski crystals and brass beads, then add a tourmaline bead. Slide on a crimp and crimp, adding a crimp cover if desired. Trim excess wire.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to add two more dangles to the bottom of the ammonite.
  5. Slide a crimp onto bead stringing wire, slide wire through end link of one of your lengths of chain. Slide wire back through crimp and crimp, adding a crimp cover if desired.
  6. String remaining 17 brass beads and 16 tourmaline beads in an alternating pattern onto bead stringing wire.
  7. Repeat step 5 to add remaining length of chain.
  8. Slide ammonite pendant onto necklace.
  9. Use chain nose pliers to open a jump ring and add to end link of one chain and a jump ring. Close securely.
  10. Add a jump ring to other end of chain if needed.

 

Jan 192015
 

Every time I look at these stick pearls all I can think is “Dragon’s Teeth.” Not sure why, but that’s where my mind goes, so there you have it.

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I suppose I could have named it “Spiky Stick Pearl Necklace” but that wouldn’t have been nearly as interesting. Amiright?

In this necklace I show you a technique for using  multiple strands of beading wire and having them twist and turn amongst each other.  You can use any beads you like to do this, from very simple and elegant, to the crazy and funky direction that I went.

Whatever you create, have fun and enjoy the process. 🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

You can watch the Dragon’s Teeth Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Supplies used in this necklace:

  • top drilled stick pearl beads
  • top drilled 3mm x 6mm pearls
  • 4mm Swarovski crystal clear bicone beads
  • 12 mm round lava beads
  • gold colored stringing wire
  • crimp beads
  • crimp covers
  • 2 round parts from toggle clasps
  • suede leather cord
  • lobster clasp with jump ring
  • 2 inch length of chain

Tools:

See video for directions.

 

 

Nov 172014
 

Today’s necklace uses leaf charms in a different sort of way, strung onto beading wire, along with some metal cubes and green serpentine beads.

leafy green serpentine necklace

After I finished I thought of several variations you could make. How about making a cluster of leaves at the center, hanging each one on a different length of chain? Or you could have each leaf on a bit of chain, perhaps graduating in length from the center out. How about using all different charms, like the ones for a charm bracelet?  Oh, the possibilities. 🙂

Since the serpentine beads are heavy, we use two crimps on each end for added security.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!


You can watch the Leafy Green Serpentine Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 10 12mm round serpentine beads
  • 9 10mm x 15mm leaf charms
  • 18 3mm metal cube beads
  • 3 inches 3mm metal cube beads
  • 3 inches 4mm clear glass beads
  • 18 inches bead stringing wire
  • 4 crimp beads
  • 4 crimp covers
  • 2 wire protectors
  • 6 inch piece of chain
  • 8 inch piece of chain
  • clasp

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • crimping pliers
  • Bead Stopper
  1. Onto bead stringing wire slide two crimps, then slide wire into one end of wire protector and out the other. Slide the wire end back through the crimps and bring one crimp to within 1/8-inch of wire protector. Flatten crimp and squeeze ends of wire protector together. Leave enough room for crimp covers and flatten second crimp next to first. Cover crimps with a crimp covers by picking up with crimping pliers, sliding over flattened crimps and gently squeezing pliers. Use crimping pliers to shape covers into a round bead shape if necessary.
  2. Onto stringing wire slide 3 inches of alternating 3mm cube beads and 4mm glass beads.
  3. Onto stringing wire slide a pattern of one 12mm serpentine bead, a 3mm cube bead, leaf charm and another 3mm cube. Repeat until you have 9 leaf charms. Finish with one more 12mm serpentine bead.
  4. Repeat step 2, then repeat step 1 to finish beaded section of necklace.
  5. Attach 6-inch piece of chain to one wire protector. Attach clasp to other end of this chain.
  6. Attach 8-inch piece of chain to other wire protector.

 

Sep 082014
 

Here’s another necklace I’ll be teaching soon at my local Joann’s.  We’ll be focusing on the basics of bead stringing.  

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As I mention in the video, the stringing of beads is the easy part.  Just use the wire like a needle & thread and slide on your beads.  The real work is in the arranging, designing and of course, making sure you have secure closures.

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We start out by using quite inexpensive beads (would you believe most of those purple ones are plastic?) but you can still get a pretty piece of jewelry.  Plus it’s good to learn on something that won’t break your heart if the closures let go.  🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

YOu can watch Bead Stringing 101- Beaded Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 7” strand assorted 10mm-15mm beads in colors of your choice
  • 1 strand 4mm crystal beads to coordinate with 7” strand
  • 1 strand 6mm crystal beads to coordinate with 7” strand
  • 1 hank clear large glass seed beads
  • 1 spool bead stringing wire (.018, 49 strand)
  • silver plated lobster clasp
  • 3 – 6mm silver plated jump rings
  • 4- 2x3mm silver plated crimp beads
  • 4mm silver plated round spacer beads (the package I got had 16)
  • optional (4-6 inch piece of chunky chain)

Tools:

  • crimping pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • bead design board
  • Bead Bugs Bead Stoppers
  • tape measure 

To make necklace:

  1. Open assorted bead strand onto longest channel in bead design board.
  2. Open each strand of crystal beads, silver plated beads and large seed beads into a separate compartment in bead design board.
  3. Remove 3-5 beads from Jesse James assortment to use in second strand. Arrange these in another channel in board.
  4. Arrange crystal beads and silver plated beads around focal beads in a pleasing design.
  5. Use large glass seed beads to fill in length of necklace, especially going around the back.
  6. Leaving bead stringing wire on the spool, string beads onto wire. When length and arrangement are to your satisfaction, cut off the wire, leaving 3 inches extra wire on each end.
  7. Make sure to secure each end with a Bead Bug.
  8. Repeat stringing, cutting and clamping for second strand of beads. It should be slightly shorter than the first strand.
  9. Remove bead stopper from one end of longer bead strand. Slide on a crimp tube and a soldered jump ring.
  10. Slide wire back through crimp tube, pull snug to jump ring. Use crimping pliers to squeeze crimp, first using round portion then “U” shaped portion of pliers.
  11. Test hold of crimp by pulling on jump ring. Once it is secure trim excess wire.
  12. Repeat steps 9-11 to add one end of shorter strand to same jump ring.
  13. Repeat steps 9-12 to add two remaining wire ends to another jump ring.
  14. Use wire cutters to make a split in a jump ring. Use this jump ring to attach lobster clasp to one of the soldered jump rings.
  15. Optional:  To add length to your necklace and make it adjustable, use a split jump ring to attach a piece of chain to the other soldered jump ring.
Mar 132013
 

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You might remember these fancy jasper beads I picked up at a bead show last fall.  (Of course unless if you’re like me… I can barely recall what I did yesterday, ha.)

Gotta love these little brass beads, I think they work perfectly.  The stone dagger beads had so much presence that it seemed like they needed to not stand alone, but be accented by multiple strands.

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This technique of going from several strands into a bead cap and down to just a single chain not only makes the necklace lighter and more comfortable to wear, but it helps conserve your precious beads.

Click on any of the pics to see them bigger.

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Hope you find some pretty beads you love and give this a try yourself. Send me pics of what you’ve done, if you have a sec.  🙂

Still no joy with WordPress letting us embed videos, so here’s the link to the Jasper & Brass Bead Triple Strand Necklace Video Tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Happy creating!

  • 1 strand each:
    • fancy jasper dagger beads
    • 4mm round brass beads
    • 2mm faceted brass beads
    • 6mm wooden disk beads
  • black seed beads
  • 3 – 20 inch pieces beading wire
  • crimp beads
  • 2 eye pins
  • 2 3-hole spacer bars
  • 2 bead caps
  • 2 6-inch pieces chain
  • jump rings

Tools:

  • round nose pliers
  • 2 pair chain nose pliers
  • crimping pliers, if desired
  • wire cutters
  • bead bugs or other tool for gripping wire

Instructions:

  1. String 16 inches of beads onto each 20 inch piece of beading wire, securing ends with bead bugs.
  2. Arrange strands in desired order and slip one wire end of each strand through a spacer bar, keeping strands in order.
  3. Add ½ inch of seed beads or small beads to each strand coming out of spacer bar.
  4. Slide each wire end through a crimp bead, then feed wire back through the crimp bead, leaving a small loop of wire. Crimp with crimping pliers or flatten with chain nose pliers, testing to be sure crimp is secure. Trim off excess wire.
  5. Open loop of an eye pin. Place each wire loop onto eye of eye pin. Close eye pin securely and feed through a bead cap.
  6. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits bead cap.  Bend wire at 90° angle.  Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop. Reposition pliers to finish loop.  Wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose or crimping pliers to tuck in end.
  7. Arrange other ends of bead strands in necklace shape. Determine desired spacing of strands, then remove excess beads as needed and repeat steps 2-6 to finish.
  8. Attach a piece of 6 inch chain to each wrapped loop, using jump rings, if necessary.
  9. Attach lobster clasp to end of one chain with a jump ring.
  10. If needed, attach a jump ring to remaining end of chain.
Nov 162012
 

The wonderful thing about crafting and making wonderful stuff is that the stuff we start with doesn’t have to be particularly amazing in order for the end result to be terrific.

This graceful crystal and wire  necklace started with just a strand of crystals that were on sale at my local craft store.

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Add a bit of chain, a few jump rings and a little wire wrapping know-how, and you’ve got something rather special.

So, what simple stuff is in your crafting space, just waiting to be made into something amazing?

Happy creating!

Materials:

  • 11 crystal beads
  • chain in the following lengths: two at 7 inches, two at 1.5 inches, one each at 3.5 inches and 2 inches
  • spool of 22 gauge wire
  • jump rings
  • lobster clasp
  • two pair chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters

Note: These are the supplies required to make the 32-inch necklace pictured, but feel free to adapt the technique to suit your own personal taste and materials on hand.

Instructions:

To make wire-wrapped bead:  

  1. Without cutting wire from spool, slide a bead onto wire. Grasp wire with round nose pliers 1 inch from end of wire. Form a loop around pliers (wires should be perpendicular to each other).
  2. Hold loop with chain nose pliers and coil wrap 1-inch end around wire. Trim end with wire cutters and tuck in. Slide bead up to meet coils.
  3. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits bead. Bend wire at 90-degree angle. Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop. Reposition pliers to finish loop. Keep round nose pliers in loop and wrap wire several times around wire above bead. Trim off wire and use chain nose pliers to tuck end in. File wire ends smooth if necessary.

To attach length of chain or another wire wrapped bead:

  1. After completing step 1, slide end link of chain or loop of wire-wrapped bead into loop just formed. Proceed with steps 2 and 3.
  2. To complete necklace, make two sets of three wrapped crystals and two sets of two wrapped crystals. Alternate wrapped crystal units with smaller lengths of chain, using jump rings to attach when necessary. Attach a 7-inch length of chain to each end. Attach a lobster clasp to one end and a jump ring to the other to complete.

 

Aug 102012
 

I love that the combination of glass beads, silk ribbon, metal chain and charm dangles make this necklace a study in contrasts.

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I  purchased the pendant, but then added a cute bird’s nest charm and threaded in silk ribbon to soften the look.

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The supply list is below the video, and it’s shorter than you might think!

Materials:

  • purchased necklace pendant with chain dangles
  • purchased charm of choice
  • 25 inches chain
  • lobster clasp
  • 1-3 jump rings
  • 30 inches silk ribbon
  • scissors
  • two pair chain nose pliers

Instructions:

  1. Use a jump ring and chain nose pliers to attach additional charm to chain dangle of purchased pendant to customize.
  2. Attach a lobster clasp to one end of 25-inch chain, using jump ring if necessary.
  3. Weave silk ribbon through a link of the 25-inch chain every 2 to 3 inches. Tie off with knots at ends and trim at angles.  Be sure to leave some slack in ribbon for a graceful appearance.
  4. Use a jump ring to attach customized pendant to ribbon/chain length. Attach a jump ring to end of chain opposite lobster clasp if necessary.

 

Jul 162012
 

I pulled a picture of a necklace out of a fashion catalog some time ago. There was just something about the design that appealed to me. Finally, I’m getting around to making it for myself.
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In the video I explain my thought process, and how I made the design my own.

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One thing that needs to be changed (and I kinda mention it in the video) is that the jump rings to the top of the center oval need to be a little larger.  At the size they are they actually stick and it doesn’t hang straight.  Just something to keep in mind…

Happy creating!

Jul 092012
 

Do you ever find that a favorite necklace would be perfect with a particular outfit… if only it were just a little bit longer or shorter?

One of my favorite techniques for solving this problem is to string beads or pendants onto a leather cord.  Today I chose to use some earthy-crunchy bohemian style beads, but you can just pull out whatever strikes your particular fancy.  🙂

The great thing about this necklace is that you don’t need any clasps or findings, AND in this video tutorial I’ll show you how to make an adjustable sliding knot closure so it can be any length you please.

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The only supplies you’ll need are 1 mm Leather Cord and a few beads.

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Enjoy the tutorial and happy creating!