Pleated Pods Peyote Necklace

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The structure of this necklace developed entirely by accident. I wanted to create vertical segments that looked like thev were growing together. I had put on extremely long arch between two ot the segments thot iust didn't look right, and the amount of opon space was causing Ihe beadwork to sag. In on attempt to fix it, I pinched up the edges of beaded fabric along the arch and on the back, I zipped the beads together to create an invisible seam. This made the edges of the arch pucker. I reoilv...

Rearing Your Own Findings

aeativc control of your jewelry empewers you to ti create a signature style. By learning to nuke your i you aren't dependent on what a stor , catalog. or Web site might have to offer. Additionally, if you are using colored wires, you will be able to coordinate the finding color to the project. ed loop ts a basic element in wire working and it connector of design elements in a piece like uses include making a dangle or ccnnecting two i the loop on a charm or a dangle for an earring wire. 5. Cut...

Creating Bridges

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To create a bridge, you will do the same thing as adding an only you will bring die loose end with the beads over onto beadwork and anchor die bridge onto the middle portion the beadwork, rather than just on an edge. The difference en the two terms for reference is that an arch occurs along edge of the beadwork and a bridge crosses over and anchors die middle of the beadwork. You can also attach charms, lampwork beads, shells, and interesting beads to the beadwork using arches and bridges,...

Variations

Add bands of peyote tubes in contrasting colors to embellish the base tube and to slide over and hide the clasp. That way. it won't matter which way the nccklacc hangs when worn. Attach fringe and other embellishments to the front of the necklace. Kim Bettor's bracelet design fe.uures her . a n lampwork focal bead and I embellished with seed beadfringe and fibers. Additionally, a silver ml charm, sterling stiver wire, fibers, and a Bali silver toggle clasp are needdi complete the 7M piece....

Tnnging lools

Scringing is one of the simplest ways co get started in exquisite beaded jewelry. It's amazing how many varied il, can create by stringing the same beads in different I'yng good techniques for beginning and ending your v well as using quality materials, ensures that the wearer cr-J up with a pile of loose beads. ig needles have extremely small and round eyes that larger than the diameter of the shaft of the needle so that pii through beads easier. The needle size is indicated by a and like wire...

Tension Beads

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When starting any stitched bead project, you'll need to add a keeper bead or tension bead to your thread to keep your beads from sliding off as you start. 'I his bead will be removed later after the first few rows of beadwork arc established. The purpose of rhe tension bead is to help keep the beads 011 the thread and allow you to stitch the fust couple of rows of beads together without die beads being too loose. Contrary to how their name may sound, these beads are nor like worry beads 1. Pass...

Bead Finishes

he beads on the bottom have been etched, while Iwf on the top are iwt I.jmpwork beads by Kim Bailer. The finish of the heads, particularly on seed beads, greatly affects the appearance of your project. 'Hie following is a partial list of the popular finishes available on seed beads Aurora borcalis (iridescent) Fire-polished (looks like the reflection of oil floating on water) Galvanized (finish is likely to rub off, so keep that in mind when using and placing these beads on a project) Miracle...

Er Bracelet Variations

Les in place of the beads for an elegant evening 2 Combine larger barrel-shaped with dichroic rondelles. 3 Replace the Bah spacer beads ne rondelles for another pliers between two spacers to crimp the first crimp. You may want to have someone else hold the other end of the scringing cord to maintain the tension. Once the first crimp is crushed, crush the second crimp in the same manner. Option 5 Use lampworked beads in place of the Bali spacers. sure the bracelet is large roll on over your hand...

Fantasia Amulet Bag Necklace

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The personal chollenge I gave mvs*lf when creating this piece was to make each fringe using a different technique and not repeating ony one method. The body of the bag started out as a strip of beadwork. 4 to 6 oz. size 8 hex beads in assorted colors 5 to 7 oz. size 8* Japanese seed beads In assorted colors 20 oz. two styles Japonese bugle beads in assorted colors 4 to 6 oz. seed beads in several sizes 10 to 15 special beads freshwater pearls, miracle beads, crystals, faceted round beads, and...

Attaching the Beadwork to the Wire Frame

Once you have a stitched piece ready, you can securely attach the beadwork to a wire framework at the cr.ds. Here's how 1. Bead back and forth on the last 1 or so cf the beadwork. building up the width. 2. Once it is wide enough to connccr when wrapped around rhe wire framework, wrap the beadwork around the framework and stitch through the edge beads to zip up the last ' > *. 3. To lengthen the beaded tube in order to hide the wire wraps that might be on the wire framework, use tic tubular...

Dealing with a Broken Thread

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N a thread breaks, leave che tail end where it is and do not off right away id your needle and condition the new thread. > r the new thread in the beadwork near where the broken is coming out of a bead. Stitch through the beads so the r exits a bead near where the broken rhread is sticking out. I onto the broken rhread with your other hand, so it can't into the beadwork. Work your needle through the and dirough the same bead that has the broken thread. i can pass through chat bead, be sure to...

Twist n Curl Bracelet

36 * 20-gauge sterling silver dead-soft wire 20 18-gauge sterling silver holf-hord wire Twist 'n Curl tool with small round mandrel The beads for this project were created by Kim Bollor. Twist n Curl (TNC) I .nstructed on page 44. olTthc spool of 18-gauge tip and file the end. I hook clasp on the end of the r wire, as instructed on page 37. 12 from the base of die hook the wire at this point, and file r a lampwork bead onto the 12 i ed by a TNC bead, and r lampwork bead. This brocelet and the...

Tubular Peyote Stitch

In addition to stitching a flat band and then zipping up edges, you can start out stitching beads tn the round using peyote stitch. The number of beads added to the starting determines the diameter of the tube. Shorter base rows te narrow tubes, while longer rows even up to 50 beads more result in a tube that then can be transformed into an let bag or small evening purse that can hold a rube cf lipstick. I you'll need to do is stitch the bottom together and add a ing strap. Although the...

Wirework Tools

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Chain nose pliers have jaws that are flat on the inside and usually rounded on the outside. The flat surface of the jaws allows you to put right-angle bends into the wire. 'lhc rounded outside surface allows you to make rounded bends. Rat nose pliers can also be used for bending wire. These pliers are not rounded on the outside of the jaws. Flush cutters have angled jaws that allow you to cut off the wire very accurately. When cutting, you'll find that one side of the cut wire will be straight...

Solving Challenges Broken Threads and Beads

IVilfc some creative thinking the common peyou stitch is transformed httfl tin uncommon beauty of improvisations bead work. Ike ttaf shown here on the Meteoric Shards Necklace. IVilfc some creative thinking the common peyou stitch is transformed httfl tin uncommon beauty of improvisations bead work. Ike ttaf shown here on the Meteoric Shards Necklace. 1. When a bead breaks, first check to see if any threads were broken when the bead broke. If threads also were broken, be sure to needle through...

Bicone Spiral Bracelet

This bracelet has great visuol impact, yet It Is still lightweight to wear. Increasing the wire gouge w result in a completely new look. Be sure to proctlce moking the spiral on inexpensive wire first. 36 1 A-gouge sterling silver half-hard wire The beads for this proiect were created bv Kim Bailor. 5. Use the needle nose pliers to bend the coils over, as though your were closing a book. t a matching spiral on the other end wire and use the needle nose pliers both spirals. 5. Use the needle...

Arranging the Beads

Composition is the arrongement of the beods on a Droiect. As discussed in Chapter 2, balance, symmetry, color, and size of the beods oil contribute to the finol opoearonce of the oroiect. Pendants direct the eye to the center front of the necklace and can be combined with single-strond necklaces or multiple-strand necklaces. Often, the colors in the pendant are used os a basis for selecting the colors for the beads in the strung portion of the prolect. progressively longer than the one above...

Wire Interview Necklace

I call this mv Interview Nocktoce, because each time I've worn it to on interview, I've gotten The asymmetrical oosition of the beads create visual interest, and the freeform wire wiggles and spirals are eosv to creote. 3 large focal beads, two of which elongated in shape 8 to 10 each small cubes, rondelles. foceted, and bicone beads to The lamowork beads are by Nancy Tobev. at an 8' length of wire and file both Put a hook clasp on one end and slide i small seed heads onto the wire. I Pur a...

Comfortable Jewelry

That is designed to fit the wearer is a pleasure to wear, are creating your jewelry, be sure to stop frequently and i the piece, see how it fits, how it looks on you. and how it is your vision of what you want it to be when it's complete, vocrsclf the following questions How docs it fir Does it need to be larger or smaller Is it smooth Does it need more texture Arc you being poked Should you rile wire or trim the ends of rhe stringing material closer 1 the piece in proportion Should it be wider...