Bling in the New Year with New eBooks

Kristal Wick
Kristal Wick
is the editor of
Beading Daily

It's been a fabulous year full of jewelry-making here on Beading Daily, and as I prepare for a fun New Years Eve with friends, I can't help but reflect on all that I've received from Beading Daily this year. I know, I know- I'm the one who's supposed to be delivering great beady how-to's to YOU-but your flood of posts on the, forum, the Beading Daily facebook fan page, and your stream of e-mails constantly inspire and move me! Whether it's the beautiful work you all continue to post in the reader showcase, or your personal stories about what compels you to make jewelry, your feedback is what really makes this all worthwhile. I'm thankful to be a part of such a creative and supportive community, and this evening I will raise a glass to all you as I sing Auld Lang Syne (and bead of course)!

So my plans tonight are set, as I'm sure most of yours are as well, but beyond the party, what's next? Tomorrow morning means the start of a new year of creative challenges, and of course, a clean slate for trying new things. It also means a day full of guys watching football games, so what better time to tackle a new jewelry project?

One thing I've seen on lots of jewelry-makers' to-do lists for 2011 is to tackle more metal and wire work, and my list is the same. Beading means lots of things to different people, but whether you weave them, string them, or drop them onto headpins and wire them to chains, you're still a part of our big bead family. And I've found that even when I'm working in one medium, I'll still find inspiration in work in others-the composition of a strung piece can give me ideas for things to do with a bead stitched piece, and vice versa.

In a recent quest for inspiration, my friends a couple desks over here in the office turned me on to a few of our new Best of Stringing eBooks- Pendants, Modern Vintage, and Colorful Glass Beads. Looking through these has given me some great ideas that I plan on using in my own jewelry, and I wanted to share a couple of them with you.


  When I see this beautiful piece from Stringing editor Danielle Fox, my mouth starts watering as I think of the fresh strawberries that will be coming into season in a few months. The cluster of floral and leaf beads balanced by the larger textured pendant show that your focus doesn't necessarily need to be on the largest element of your necklace. Playing with that balance can create some unexpected drama, and using the right shades can make even a primary color palette (red, yellow, blue) look sophisticated.

Modern Vintage

  You know I love pieces that use fabric, and this piece from Anne Perry manages to look both classic and current all at once. The silk flowers (with small metal beads in their center) add that bit of flapper glamour (artfully placed on the side of the neck), while the subtly varied color palette of pearls and vintage wire add to the timelessness. It's proof that asymmetrical designs don't have to look ultra-modern.

Colorful Glass Beads

  I'm sure you're looking at this thinking "more crystals and flowers, Kristal?" But can you ever really get enough of either of those? I love the spring color palette of this one by Katie Wall-the aqua and yellow glass beads set against the orange crystals with flowers in each color, anchored by the silver birds. It balances satisfying chunkiness and bright spring colors, with a subtle touch of bling (faceted crystals on headpins in the middle of glass flower beads-I'm in love!).

If you're looking for some new design inspiration in this New Year as well, check out these three new Best of Stringing eBooks. All the best to you (and your jewelry-making) in 2011!

Come bead with me!


PS – You didn't think I was going to let 2010 slip away without some sort of New Year's gift, did you? Would 5 free beaded bracelet projects lift your spirits and get you in the mood to watch the ball drop at midnight tonight? Download this free Beaded Bracelets eBook with 5 great projects and start the new year off right!

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