Bead Caps

A variety of stitches equals multiple design options These coin-shaped beads support the boadod bead caps well, but other shapes would also work. Amy Johnson's earrings show that simple, beautiful design can result from utilizing more than one technique. She chose Rita Stucke's lampworked beads to make Rain Forest Earwigs using ladder stitch, herringbone, square stitch, and fringe. They are a great project for learning to stitch beads. round Pick up two cylinders, and sew down through the next...

Leslie Kaplan Disk Beads

Suspend glass disks to hover around your neck Wiro makes glass disks appear to float. Wiro makes glass disks appear to float. I designed my original Harvest nccklace in a bright autumn color palette. The orange-red borosilicate glass harmonizes with olive and gold, and the overall look is enhanced by the varying depth of the hues. This necklace is light to wear, and its faint tinkling sounds can make a chilly day cheery. art-glass cSsk beads 5 large (38-50 mm) 9 4-6 mm fro-polished beads or...

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1 Cut eight or more pieces of 14-gauge electrical wire of various lengths between 2Vi in. (6.4 cm) and 8 in. (22.2 cm). These wires will form the cores of the sticks. 2 On a comfortable length of Firclinc, pick up an 11 seed bead, a I0V or 1 lv triangle bead, two 1 l s, a triangle, and an 11', leaving a 12-m. (30 cm) tail. Sew through all six beads again, so they sit in two stacks (figure 1. a-b). 3 Pick up an 114, a triangle, and an 11*, and sew through the last three beads of the previous...

Bail Shaping 6 In Bail Shaping 6 In 1 Wire Forming Pliers

I based my design, Fire and Ice Reversible Cuirass, on a two-sided piece of armor a breastplate called a cuirass. Designed to be worn down the front and back of the body, the pieces can be disconnected and worn separately. They were inspired by the opposing forces at work in the elements Fire and ice are the extremes of hot and cold. Holly Young created arc-glass beads in warm and cool colors, and I used these colors in the wrapped wire and metal framework. 1 Cut a 10-in. (25 cm) piece of...

Figure

Diagonal peyote creates curved components that define the zigzag shape of the base in Seaswept, which highlights Bonny Corner's organic lampworked beads. 1 On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread (Basics, p. 87), pick up tour color A 8V cylinder beads, leaving a 15-in. (38 cm) tail. Skip the last two As, and sew back through rhe next A (figure 1, a-b). Pick up an A, and sew through rhe first A picked up (b-c). Pick up an A, skip an A, and sew through the next A (c-d). Sew up through the next two As (d-e). 2...

FROST advisory

Basic soldering and wire-work pair up in a necklace that evokes a winter day Visit ArtJewelryMag.com (the Web site of Boad& Button's sister publication Art Jewelry magazine) to see videos about soldering and drilling through metal. Use simple soldering skills to wrap a focal bead in sterling silver embellishments. These etched beads by Lisa St. Martin reminded me of frost, so I called my necklace Snow Day. To create balance in this playful, asymmetrical necklace, I used similar but not...

Thread And Knots

To add a thread, sew into the headwork several rows prior to the point where the last head was added. Sew through the headwork, following the thread path of the stitch, lie a few half-hitch knots (sec I lalf-hirch knot) between beads, and exit where the last stitch ended. Use either beeswax or microcrystalline wax (not candle wax or paraffin) or Thread Heaven to condition nylon thread. Wax smooths the nylon fibers and adds tackiness that will stiffen your headwork slightly. Thread Heaven adds a...

Iyr Rings Sot Dijains Photo

String strands of a single bead type, or mix it up with several different strung designs. For a bit of innovation, I used a wire-wrapped pearl shortener to hang my silver-lined heart pendant from a front-and-center-clasp. Keep in mind that the clasp adds about an inch to the overall length, and the pendant is about 2 in. (5 cm) long. 1 Attach a Bead Stopper 3 in. (7.6 cm) from the end of 1 yd. (.9 ni) of cord. Pick up two pearls and Vi in. (I cm) of French bullion wire. 2 Sew back through the...

Wirework

Wirework Jewelry Designs

Send a kolar system of art-glass beads into orbit designed by MaVia Elena de los Santos Katy Abbott created eight different beads to represent the pldnets, and Maria Elena de los Santos created stellar components for her original design, Soiar System in Silver. For my design, Solar System in Silver, I shaped silver wire to mimic the characteristic spirals of the galaxies. I used the components to encircle Katy Abbott's art-glass beads, which are inspired by the planets of our solar system. 1...

Info

1 If desired, patinate the head pins and remaining 18-gauge wire using liver of sulfur and following the manufacturer's instructions. 2 String a color A 6 mm bead and a flower on a head pin. Repeat with a color B 6 mm and a color C 6 mm, and position the three flowers on a leaf component, sliding the head pins through the wire hall bead. Use chainnosc pliers to hook and press the head pins into the wire ball l> eads to secure the flowers (photo o). Repeat with the remaining flowers and...

BEAD hypnotic

Piecing together a large beaded necklace requires a lot of planning. The challenge was overcome by using large pieces of supportive backing material in Pahoehoe Pools, which highlights Pamela Wolfersberger's art-glass beads. This collaboration of design and detail is a sight to behold. 1 Determine the layout for the design you want to make. The necklace shown has seven large, nine medium, and six small circles. Each large circle is 3 in. 7.6 cm in diameter, each medium circle is 2 in. 5 cm in...

Stitches

To stitch a line of beads, come up through the fabric from the wrong side. Pick up three beads. Place the thread where the Ixrads will go, and go through the fabric right after the third bead. Come up between rhe second and third beads, and go through rhe third bead again. Pick up three more beads, and repeat. For a tighter stitch, pick up only one or two beads at a time. On the top surface of the fabric, pick up two beads, skip the last bead, and sew back through the first bead and the fabric....

Stringing

Jewelry Stringing

The color gradation in this necklace from cool and dark in back to hot and bright in front evokes a volcanic eruption. Easy techniques erupt in a show-stopping necklace I made Santorini Eruption as an homage to the volcanic-explosion that created rhe beautiful Santorini archipelago in the Aegean Sea some .3,500 years ago. Jeri Warhaftig's smoky-beads with streams of flame orange running through them were the starting point, and 1 carefully arranged rhe fringe beads to transition from dark and...

Bold

Pair peyote stitch and modified herringbone with contrasting colors for a cuff with impact Jewelry artist Diane Hert .lcr developed a clever technique, which she calls crossover Ndebele, and created Aboriginal Dreamittgs to showcase Wendy Hitchins' colorful head. The stitch resembles tubular herringbone, but instead of working in the round, the stitches are added alternately to the front and back surfaces, creating channels through which to thread clasp wires. 1 On 2 yd. 1.8 m of Firclinc,...

Beads

An online gallery of art-glass bead jewelry, free technique videos, our Beader's Glossary, and more Embroider a necklace of colliding circles, each centered around a glass disk. by Tracy Van Niel Cut and shape metal flowers and wire-wrap leaves to construct an organic necklace. by Melissa Cable Use wirework harnesses to cluster disk beads at the front of a strung tab necklace. by Leslie Kaplan Stitch free-form peyote around a handful of art-glass and accent beads for a necklace inspired by the...

Peyote Stitch

Peyote Jewelry Design

Free-form peyote twists and swirls around art-glass beads, pearls, and gemstones The seed bead waves in Jewels' Tidepool Shallows flow around art-glass beads by Sheila Comstock. Ocean blues and sandy brov ns evoke the feel of a tidepool. Ocean blues and sandy brov ns evoke the feel of a tidepool. The snail-like shape of Sheila Comstock's art heads inspired me to make a watery piece reminiscent of the colors and shapes found at low tide. The peyote ruffles imitate the motion of water and waves...

Cover Story

Maggie Roschyk

Connect peyote stitch curves and embellish with fringe for a necklace with a glass-bead pendant and clasp. Krister Frantzen Orr and Maggie Roschyk share the secrets of therr collaboration. by Ann Dee Allen Shape wire components to frame a solar system of focal beads for a stellar necklace. by Maria Elena de los Santos Stitch beaded tendrils tipped with disk beads to dangle from a peyote necklace. by Kelly Wioso Krister Frantzen Orr and Maggie Roschyk share the secrets of therr collaboration. by...