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Recycling Beads: Creating Something New From Something Old
I happened upon a fun idea after I went through my jewelry box recently. I keep saying how much I value simplicity, but you couldn’t tell that by looking through my jewelry box — there were way too many earrings!… [Read article]


Onyx Elephant Necklace
Onyx Elephant Necklace
My mother-in-law, God love her, took well to the idea of beading. But she’d never realized that there is more to beading than just stringing beads on wire. She is a busy lady, who’s always on the move, so when… [Read article]



Marble Flush Bracelet
This unique bracelet is a simple beading project that’s a little artsy and loaded with style. You’ll need between 20 and 26 of these lovely swirled, triangular glass beads, and between 5 and 7 of the smaller swirled glass beads,… [Read article]


Snowy Summer Earrings
Snowy Summer Earrings
These fun and playful earrings are a springtime and summer delight that go with nearly everything. You’ll have fun making them, too. I’d actually had the placement of the beads different when I first began making these earrings. I’d placed… [Read article]


Dragonfly Ribbon Necklace
Dragonfly Ribbon Necklace
Thinking outside the box creatively and trying something new needn’t feel like you’re moving a mountain. I was a bit reluctant to give ribbon a try, but now I’m glad I did. This necklace is a breeze to make, and… [Read article]


Olive Grove Necklace and Earring Set
Olive Grove Necklace and Earring Set
The beads in this necklace caught my eye because I liked the unique way they moved on the bead strand; I thought it created a look of depth and texture and, with this deep olive color, a look of warmth,… [Read article]


Blue Skies Earrings
Blue Skies Earrings
Face it, blue is just a great color — versatile and cheery, it’s a color that’s hard to grow tired of. I knew at once when I spotted these heart-shaped glass beads that they’d make great earrings. Round up your… [Read article]


Ocean Breeze Bracelet
Ocean Breeze Bracelet
As promised, here’s a cool and breezy bracelet to accompany your Ocean Breeze earrings we made last week. This one will challenge your skills a little, but nothing you can’t handle, I’m sure. Still, I hope you had a good… [Read article]


Topaz Mustard Bracelet and Earring Set
Topaz Mustard Bracelet and Earring Set
I’m beginning to really appreciate ceramic beads (as a newbie beader, I thought them gaudy!) and this elegant earring and bracelet set is as easy to create as it is beautiful. Arrange your beads and spacers on your design board.… [Read article]


Pearl and Filigree Drop Earrings
Pearl and Filigree Drop Earrings
There’s nothing quite like an earring project to spruce up a jewelry box in need of some life. These pearl and filigree drop earrings are a quick and easy project that is sure to bring lots of compliments! Round up… [Read article]


The Catch with Clasps
The Catch with Clasps
When I first started beading last summer, I fell in love with it instantly, and I felt that I was a pretty quick study. But I really struggled with clasps, and was less than impressed at my best efforts to… [Read article]


The Tip for the Week: Practice Technique!
That’s right, people — a little rhyme to help you remember how essential it is to work on your technique. You remember technique, right — that tiny little thing between you and your next great piece? Well, never underestimate the… [Read article]


The Double Eye-Pin: Catalyst to Creativity
The Double Eye-Pin: Catalyst to Creativity
One of the most useful techniques in jewelry design is the double eye-pin. It opens up a whole new world of creative conquests. Cut about 2 ¼ inches of 18-gauge wire. Make a loop at one end of the wire,… [Read article]


Stepping Into the World of Wire
Stepping Into the World of Wire
When I first started beading I fell in love with it immediately. That happens often with us serious beaders! With a few beautiful beads and long strands of beading wire I felt ready to conquer the world of beauty and… [Read article]




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