Piecing the peyote sections together

To start connecting the three peyote sections together, you first need to secure a thread to one of the peyote pieces. Insert your needle and thread any place you like into one peyote section and weave it through the beads to one end. Make at least one knot as you weave to secure the thread to the peyote section, pulling on the thread so the knot is hidden in the beads. Make sure to weave so that eventually the needle comes out of one end of the bead section. (See Chapter 2 for more explanation...

Icons Used in This Book

To make this book even more useful to you, we include a few icons to guide you through the projects. Pay close attention when you see one of these babies pop up. This icon tips you off to special, helpful information that can save you time by making the project a little easier. We use these to give you a little more information about nuances of a technique or step. Typically these little nuggets contain bits of information that we (and countless other jewelry makers) have found useful through...

Eye Loop and Bead Earrings

The eye loop technique is one of the easiest wire methods to master, which is great because it has all kinds of applications when you're making jewelry. Dangles, connections, earrings you name it, and the eye loop is a perfect fit. However, no one else needs to know how easy it is to make something like these yummy Venetian glass and gold-filled bead earrings (see Figure 8-1). They're superquick, and you can make a huge variety of designs simply by using different types of beads. The only real...

New Twist Wire Jig Wrapping

Using a wire jig to make unique wire jewelry components Wrapping consistent sized loops with the aid of a wire jig Assembling fabricated wire elements and beads wire jig is a really cool piece of equipment used for wire jewelry making. Basically, a W jig consists of a flat base (often made out of thick clear acrylic, wood, or metal) and lots of pegs that fit into the base. On the average commercial jig these days, you can remove the pegs, which allows you to move them around in an infinite...

Brick Stitch Triangle Earrings

To weave brick stitch, you first need to use the ladder stitch, so this earring project shown in Figure 6-23 is sort of a two-for-one deal when it comes to practicing bead weaving stitches. Brick stitch naturally evolves into a triangular-shaped section of beads, unless you add or subtract beads during the process. For this design, we kept the natural triangle shape and accented the bottom with tiny fringe beads small, side-drilled, teardrop-shaped glass beads that often are added to the bottom...

Creating jewelry brick stitch by brick stitch

Brick stitch is also referred to by some as Comanche stitch because of its link to Native Americans who were some of the first bead weavers in North America. This stitch naturally becomes narrower and narrower until it ends with one bead on the end of the piece as shown in the brick stitch triangle earrings in Chapter 6 . Although you can add and subtract beads to alter the shape of the stitched piece, these instructions just cover the basic stitch. To weave the brick stitch, follow these...

Reinforcing Your Jewelry Foundation

Not surprisingly, this part provides a refresher on your gear and basic techniques. It's useful to flip through this part even if you're a fairly experienced jewelry maker. Just survey the material so you have a general idea of what's where so you can come back to it if needed. Chapter 1 helps you figure out what gear you need and why. It's important to know which pliers do what because we don't go over that again within the actual projects. Chapter 2 jogs your memory about the basic techniques...

Picking out pliers

We use three different types of pliers daily in jewelry making round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, and crimping pliers, shown in Figure 1-1a, b, and c respectively. We consider these to be must-have tools. If you buy only three sets of pliers, these are the ones to invest in. If you buy only three sets of pliers, these are the ones to invest in. i Round-nose pliers, shown in Figure 1-1a, are great for making eye loops and wrapped loops. i Chain-nose pliers, pictured in Figure 1-1b, are...

Heather H Oismore Tammy Powley

Coauthors, Jewelry Making amp Beading For Dummies by Heather H. Dismore and Tammy Powley by Heather H. Dismore and Tammy Powley Jewelry amp Beading Designs For Dummies 111 River St. Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774 Copyright 2008 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana Published simultaneously in Canada No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning, or otherwise,...

About the Authors

Dismore is a veteran For Dummies author and editor. She's the author of Jewelry Making amp Beading For Dummies and the coauthor of several titles including Running a Bar For Dummies and Running a Restaurant For Dummies. She's contributed to many, many other books including Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies, 2nd Edition, Acne For Dummies, Understanding Autism For Dummies, and Einstein For Dummies, all published by Wiley. Her other books include Start Your Restaurant Career and Start Your...