Beads, Baubles & Jewels: Time for Art
When you talk about art, we often imagine a painstaking process that takes a lot of time. The Beads, Baubles & Jewels artists are here to show you speedy techniques that still create beautiful works of art. First, Katie kicks things off with her favorite type of beads — nuggets.
“Nuggets and freeform shapes are some of my favorite types of beads. You don’t have to do much work to make eye-catching jewelry designs! All of the necklaces shown above are made with beads from DakotaStones. Incorporate some metal spacers and findings from Tierracast and you’re good to go. Ready, set, compliments! The beads on the pad are from HalcraftCollection and show the variety of shapes and materials you’ll find in the “nuggets” category.
In this episode, I share some fun and colorful resin jewelry. I had such a blast creating designs for this segment (well, all of them really, but this one made me happy with all the bright colors!). Follow along as I share how to create colorful sheets of paper made with alcohol inks, yupo paper, and other inclusions. Katie and I also talk about ways to turn your colorful sheets into finished jewelry designs.
Note: You might recognize some of the designs in the above picture from previous articles:
Resin Jewelry and How to Make a Resin Button with an Image Transfer
Jewelry Studio: You can Never Have Too Many Jewelry-Making Tools
Wyatt White joins Katie and shares three quick and easy projects that look fabulous. Katie shares this: “Wyatt White is such a fun guest to have on the show. I love his unique take on beading! He continues to impress me with his ingenious designs. This bracelet is a great new way to do very simple weaving to achieve beautiful results. We’re thankful to Beadalon for their long-term sponsorship of the show. They’ve been here since the beginning!”
Wyatt shares this inside look at a few of his favorite memories from Beads, Baubles & Jewels.
“One of the things that I was so excited about for this Beads, Baubles & Jewels series was my Spiral Stringing design. It works up with a special knot I use to tie and make the spiral design. The project is made using Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire — 49-strand wire for the base and the slightly stiffer 19-strand for making the knots (they hold better with the 19 strand because of it’s construction).
“While I’m demonstrating and showing my special knot, Katie says ‘oh that’s a half-hitch knot.’ So, no new knot just a twist (pun intended) on an old knot made with beading wire that creates a knotted design with a spectacular look.
“Beads, Baubles & Jewels has been so much the sharing experience and about meeting new people in the green room while setting up. For me this has led to some lifelong friendships. One of these friendships is with Mary Hettmansperger.
“One time, many years ago, Mary Hettmansperger was setting her stuff up beside where I was assigned to set up as well. I began looking at some of the things she was doing with wire. I was amazed at what I saw that day and the conversation I had with her. After I set up and went back to the hotel, I started playing with some of the wire that I had with me, working on some of what I saw.
“The next day I was like a little kid again, with a renewed excitement about wire and the newer manipulation using round wire. When I saw Mary the next morning, I told her she had re-energized my excitement for something I have loved since the early 80’s. I still credit her today for being there, talking with me, and showing me what she was doing with wire at that time. I had never met her before that day but I will never forget that wonderful day at Beads, Baubles & Jewels. Many projects that I have put out into the world I credit Mary for, she is among the very precious people in my life that I’m fortunate to call friend.
“It’s been an honor to be part of Beads, Baubles & Jewels show from the beginning. The quality of the show and videography are top notch. Getting to know Kathy Stull, the producer, has been a huge bonus. Sort of sounds like I’ve gotten more out of Beads, Baubles & Jewels than I’ve given!”
Not to steal Wyatt’s words, but I will…it’s been an honor for me to be part of Beads, Baubles & Jewels, too and it’s been so much fun bringing you some behind the scenes from this season.
Check this space for more on each episode of Beads, Baubles & Jewels, 2600 series. And be sure to tune in next week to see what’s in store in the next episode.
Editor Beadwork magazine and Group Editorial Director, Bead & Jewelry
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