Beads, Baubles & Jewels: In the Eyes of An Artist

The 2018 season (series 2600) of Beads, Baubles & Jewels is all about art and how we can translate that into our lives. In the first segment, host Katie Hacker features pierced metal. Get your jeweler’s saw and some metal ready as Katie will undoubtedly inspire you to create a new piece of art.

ABOVE IMAGE: Pierced metal cuff bracelet by Julie Sanford, Studio JSD.

Speaking of art…who doesn’t find inspiration in the art Frida Khalo created throughout her lifetime. Khalo had a difficult life but never let the challenges hold her back from finding ways to express herself. Kate Richbourg shows us how to create a beautiful pair of earwires inspired by Khalo. The earwire is made using easy soldering and metalsmithing techniques.

Frida Khalo inspired earwires and earring design by Kate Richbourg, for Beads, Baubles & Jewels

Frida Khalo inspired earwires and earring design by Kate Richbourg, for Beads, Baubles & Jewels

You can learn more from Kate in her article Fearless Metalsmithing and for more techniques check out her Hot & Cold Connections collection. Here she is on set with Katie!
Frida Khalo inspired earwires and earring design by Kate Richbourg, for <em>Beads, Baubles & Jewels</em>, seen here with Katie Hacker.

Brenda Schweder is next on set with her recognizable Now That’s a Jig tool system and her flair for translating found objects into a work of art.

Brenda encases found objects in a Joseph Cornell inspired piece that shows off his iconic style - as seen on Beads, Baubles & Jewels, here with Katie Hacker

In this episode, Brenda encases found objects in a Joseph Cornell inspired piece that shows off his iconic style.

Brenda encases found objects in a Joseph Cornell inspired piece that shows off his iconic style - as seen on Beads, Baubles & Jewels

Read this recent interview with Brenda to learn more about her and her work — Secrets to Being Successful and for more on working with wire, check out the Wire and Jig Ultimate Collection.

Rounding out the show, I share one of your favorite techniques with Katie and the Beads, Baubles & Jewels audience — the flat chenille stitch!
Tammy Honaman shares flat chenille stitch shared on Beads, Baubles & Jewels - rings by Interweave staff.

In the segment, we walk through the stitch and I get to show off these rings made by Interweave staff! As an aside and by sheer coincidence, a few weeks prior to filming the show, Marissa, assistant editor for Beadwork magazine, hosted an in-house beading lunch. Flat chenille stitch has been so popular with our readers, she wanted to spread the love! Marissa shared the instructions found in How to Do Flat Chenille Stitch with everyone and translated the stitch using size 11 Delicas, and into a finished beaded ring.

In a second session, Marissa showed everyone how to create a beaded bezel for a crystal and how to add that to the chenille stitch ring. The rings were finished just in time then shipped to the show for their debut — here they are on set (and on) Katie!

Katie Hacker sharing her love for beading and these great flat chenille stitch rings.

For more on the chenille stitch and other basic bead weaving stitches covered in our Getting Started Bead Weaving online courses, read Beginning Bead Weaving Basics: What You Need to Know.

Join me next week for the round up on Episode 2,
Tammy
Editor, Beadwork Magazine Editorial Director Interweave Bead & Jewelry Group

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