Beads, Baubles & Jewels: It’s All Relative

Shape and scale play an important role in all types of art — but they are even more important in beads. Beads, Baubles & Jewels episode 9 from the 2600 series is filled with different examples of shape and scale along with wire and beady goodness.

The artists in this episode bring you Czech glass beads, jewelry making with wire, the basics of peyote stitch, and a few ways to dress it up. Katie leads the show with a few examples of carved beads — her bead of the week.

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In the picture above:

  • The arrowhead is an example of cold work glass carving. I didn’t even know you could do that! It’s going to make a beautiful wire-wrapped pendant.
  • The spiral and swirl front/back earrings are carved from wood that has been recycled, salvaged, or sustainably harvested. Coco Loco is a fair trade company.
  • The wooden beads and ring are from Lillypilly Designs and are beautiful examples of engraving on natural materials.

Alie Buchman from Potomac Bead Company shares her passion for Czech glass beads, inspiring all of us to get beading! Ashley Bunting, with Xuron, creates a fun pair or earrings, highlighting wire and how best to use your tools.

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Side note: Meet Ashley and Alie both at Bead Fest!

In this episode, I get to pay a little tribute to our favorite bead weaving stitch — peyote. The stitch hits the favorite mark with many of us due to it being considered an easy stitch, likely one of the first bead weaving stitches we learned, and because you can take peyote in many directions. Or maybe it’s a favorite simply because you can embellish basic peyote to the nines — like you can see here in just a few examples.

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Read Peyote, Beadweaving, Netting, and Mt. Vesuvius? for step-by-step bead-weaving instructions for the bracelet on top in the image above. Purchase the Riveted Leather Bracelet Kit and receive the step-by-step video download to learn how to make the Riveted Leather Bracelet, seen on the bottom in the image above.

Check this space for more on each episode of Beads, Baubles & Jewels, 2600 series. And tune in next week to see what’s in store in the next episode.

Editor Beadwork magazine and Editorial Director, Bead & Jewelry Group

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