Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Leather & Bead Stacking Bracelets

Here's a project I made for Halcraft's Inspiration Blog...these are going to be super fun for summer. Come on, sun! Choose from over 800 Bead Gallery beads, or dig through your stash and pick out a few favorites. You'll also need leather cord, Artistic Wire and basic tools.
Find printable PDF instructions here. All materials are available at Michaels. (If you're looking for other colors of leather cord, you can find almost 100 colors at www.LeatherCordUSA.com.)
I like these beads together, but you could sure branch out into other color schemes. The Pretty Palettes blog hop has given me a lot of new ideas about color. Now I have a Pinterest board all about color stories for fresh ideas! What's your favorite palette at the moment?

Monday, May 04, 2015

Preview Beads, Baubles & Jewels!

Get a sneak peek at series #2200 that starts airing on PBS stations nationwide this month!

Our theme is Make It Tonight and Wear It TomorrowEach episode features a jewelry artist showing how to make creative jewelry using easy-to-find supplies and innovative techniques. The artists and designers share everything you need to know to create one-of-a-kind designs and build your skills. I share my own favorite tips and techniques with a Beading Lesson in each episode.

See what's on our show and find a description of each project with links to the photos, materials and instructions at our website. Guests include: Abbi Berta, viewer Leslie Rocha, Nealay Patel, Erin Prais-Hintz, Ashley Bunting, Eva Sherman, Melissa Grakowsky Shippee, Wyatt White, Brenda Schweder, Kate Richbourg, Amee Sweet-McNamara, Tammy Rae Wolter. 

Look up TV listings for your area (or somewhere you want to visit!), buy DVDs of the entire series - or the ones you've missed - and learn more at www.beadsbaublesandjewels.com.

Our series is sponsored by these partners. Please support them with your purchases and drop by Facebook to let them know you enjoy the show! They love hearing from you. 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pretty Palettes: Inspired by Lavender

This month's inspiration for the Pretty Palettes challenge is so peaceful that I can practically smell the lavender. In fact, I keep a little jar of dried lavender flowers on my desk for stressful days. One sniff and I'm transported! When I shopped for beads, I looked for beads that invoked that same peaceful feeling.

These are the beads and components I chose based on the color palette. The tassel brings in the lavender color and the green foliage in the picture is a fun excuse to use some of my favorite Czech glass beads. I love those mottled greens! The abalone shell and pearls have that iridescent sheen that picks up the lavender highlights and the AB crystals bring the sparkle!

Ta-da! At first, I thought I'd knot the whole strand, but then I decided to use tiny silver beads in-between instead. They give the look of knots and make the long, continuous strand super flexible. I'm excited to wear this! Plus, I think a trip to Carolee's Herb Farm is in order...

Friday, March 20, 2015

It's Tassel Time!

I love tassels of all kinds, from chain to beads and every kind in-between. This is an old necklace that I updated for my Tucson trip by adding a leather tassel to the bottom. Now, it's one of my favorites again!

The dream catcher-looking component is an Artistic Wire® Wrappers circle pendant from Beadalon. I wrapped it with 22-gauge wire and Swarovski crystals and pearls from Dreamtime Creations. The leather tassel is from Leather Cord USA and I used a thick gauge TierraCast jump ring to attach it to the pendant. The giant Swarovski crystal bead at the top gives the pendant some nice weight and prevents it from sliding around when you're wearing the necklace. 

It's an easy DIY for girls' night or makes a good, meditative project when you need to de-stress! Here's a video of an old favorite project with a similar theme from my friend Fernando Dasilva.

You'll find more ideas like this on my Pinterest boards and over at www.BeadsBaublesandJewels.com. All of the products I used here are from our sponsors on the program. They love to hear from viewers, so please let them know you love watching BBJ by leaving a note on their Facebook pages! 

Dreamtime Creations
LeatherCord USA

Also sponsoring Beads, Baubles & Jewels: Bead Gallery by Halcraft; Bead Storage Solutions; Beaducation; Miyuki BeadsDakota Stones; Artbeads

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pretty Palettes: Jewelry Inspired by the Sky

This month's Pretty Palettes Inspiration is an amazing photo from the NASA website, where there's a different picture of the universe every day.

I love the description of this picture: "To some, it may look like a portal into the distant universe. To others, it may appear as the eye of a giant. Given poetic license, both are correct. Pictured above is a standard fisheye view of the sky — but with an unusual projection. The view is from a perch in New Zealand called Te Mata Peak, a name that translates from the Maori language as “Sleeping Giant”. The wondrous panorama shows the band of our Milky Way Galaxy right down the center of the sky, with the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds visible to the right. The red hue is atmospheric airglow that surprised the photographer as it was better captured by the camera than the eye..." (from www.apod.com)  

My dragon-obsessed daughter would probably think it's the eye of a dragon. Whatever you want to call it, this unusual glimpse at the sky inspired me to create this necklace: 

I'm calling it my Sky Portal Necklace. I chose the pink and purple Bead Gallery® beads first and they kept winding themselves into a circle like the "eye" in the photo. The wire had to be antique brass to reflect the color palette, but it took me a little while to figure out how to make a circular component that would look somewhat ethereal but be substantial enough to hold its shape. 20-gauge German-Style wire from Beadalon turned out to be the ticket. I added a double-strand of beaded chain to work in a little more color.

Share your own designs and see what Erin Prais-Hintz, Molly Schaller, Andrew Thornton and other Pretty Palettes Challenge participants are making this month over on the Halcraft Inspiration Blog.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Create TV: Hooray!

Beads, Baubles & Jewels will air on Create® TV starting February 6th! 

Mondays and Fridays at 11:30am and 5:30pm EST

Create® TV is a nationwide channel delivered courtesy of your local public television station. Presenting the best of public television's lifestyle programs, Create TV is produced and distributed by American Public Television (APT), WNET and WGBH Boston in association with NETA and PBS.

Create® TV is currently brought to you by local public television stations in markets across the country, representing more than 76% of households in the United States. This means that Create TV may be seen in the majority of major US markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Houston, Detroit, Tampa, Seattle, Cleveland, Charlotte, Orlando, Miami, Denver, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh. Check your cable or satellite provider to find Create TV.

If you don’t have cable, don’t worry! Create TV is also offered as a free, digital television broadcast service by many local public television stations. To receive Create TV this way, you must have a recent model television set or a converter box that has a new DTV tuner built in. On local digital television broadcasts, Create TV is typically available as an additional 'multicast' service provided by your local public television station. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Learn, Shop & Share in Tucson

Photo from SummitPost.org
It's almost time for the Tucson Gem Shows again - I'm getting excited! I've even starting packing my bags a little early. (Which is so very unlike me!) I think it's because Tucson is a great place to be in February: decent weather, my beady peeps are there and Beads, Baubles & Jewels is on TV four days a week on Arizona Public Media! Here are a few highlights:

I'll be demonstrating jewelry making techniques with some of my friends in the wholesale room at at To Bead True Blue all week from February 1-6. There are lots of new products to see this year! I'll be with Leather Cord USA 10-1 and Beadalon 3-6 each day. I'll also be stopping by to hang out with TierraCast and BeadMaster, so come and say hi if you're in town for the shows! 

Join me Wednesday night at the Beads of Courage HQ in the Metal Arts Village to learn how to make this bracelet trio. Leather Cord USA, Beadalon, Dakota Stones, TierraCast and ImpressArt are providing the supplies so the $30 fee goes to benefit this awesome program for kids who are dealing with long-term illnesses and their families  Relax, have fun, and let's make some jewelry together!

Ashley Bunting will be demonstrating jewelry making techniques for Xuron and is teaching four super cool classes at To Bead True Blue. This coiled parachute cord bracelet is one of her classes and it's from her new book, Fiber &; Cord Jewelry. I'm hoping she'll present her secret technique on Beads, Baubles &; Jewels next season!

Candie Cooper will be designing on the fly in the Jesse James Beads booth again this year. Don't you love their sparkly bead combos? Check out her book, Earringology, for fresh ideas on earrings, along with sketches so you can see her design process. I'm planning to stop by the booth just so I can see how Candie and Sarah accessorize their cute fashions with a new necklace/bracelet/earring combo each day!

Catherine Bickford is doing several Art Night Out classes this year, too. One workshop is the Talisman Necklace that she presented on Beads, Baubles & Jewels. Learn how to choose symbols with personal meaning, gemstone attributes, emboss/patina metal and do easy wire-wrapping. Fun!

Check out all of the To Bead True Blue workshops and demonstrations with the artists you've seen on Beads, Baubles & Jewels: Susan Lenart Kazmer, Christi Friesen, Lisa Pavelka, Julie Picarello, Jodie Bombardier, Linda Hartung, Stephanie Eddy, Lauren Andersen The Chainmaille Lady, Kieu Pham Gray. Hope to see you there!