Techniques to Try
Can it really already be December? Here in Colorado we’ve even seen a few snowfalls, and it reminded me that this time last year I was just about to start my job as assistant editor of Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork magazines. It’s unbelievable how quickly the time can fly (when you’re having fun right?!) and how much you can learn in just a short year.
When I first signed on with Jewelry Stringing my jewelry making skills were slim to none. Since beginning this job I’ve gotten to see four issues of Jewelry Stringing to press, as well as multiple special issues including Create Jewelry and Leather Jewelry and five issues of Beadwork. Wow, we’ve been busy! While I’ve been busy editing, writing, and helping construct some of your favorite mags, I’ve also been busy learning the art of jewelry making. One thing I love about stringing is the limitless nature of possibilities. While I’ve done my fair share of experimenting, there are still many techniques that I hope to try within the new year (see below).
Ashleigh Becker’s use of wrapped embroidery floss in her All Tied Up necklace from Stringing Spring 2014 is something I am dying to try. I love this look because it’s easily customizable and not to mention inexpensive! Another plus: this is great for beginners because it lies on the lighter side of the technique spectrum.
I am still yet to experiment with memory wire, but the Tribeca Bracelet made by Anne Potter (Jewelry Stringing Summer 2013) makes me want to go out and buy some tonight! I love the stackable bracelets look that memory wire lends for a fraction of the time and cost!
How cool is Chloe Chatenever’s Aztec gold bib-style necklace from Jewelry Stringing Fall 2013? One thing I don’t often consider is incorporating two-hole (commonly considered beadweaving) beads into a stringing project. This necklace is uniquely constructed in a way I’m dying to try.
Lastly, I’ve been loving on these Terra Haute Wrap Bracelets from Arlene Kauffman (Jewelry Stringing, Winter 2013) for a long time. Although they look like something you could spend a lot of money on at stores like Francesca’s or Anthropologie, they’re easily constructed using a simple wrapping technique. They may just be one of my first projects to bring in the new year!
If you’re like me and you are hoping to really expand your jewelry making knowledge and abilities, check out this Basic Stringing Collection. Complete with three instructional eBooks as well as beading wire and a large set of tools, this kit gives me the confidence to start all the jewelry projects mentioned above that I’m itching to try. I also know that I’m bound to find many more in the additional 125+ projects I get with this kit.
Happy December- may it be a month full of beading! 🙂
Jewelry Stringing & Beadwork Magazines
P.S. The guidelines and color palettes for Create Jewelry 2015 and Jewelry Stringing Summer 2015 have been posted. We encourage you to check them out and submit your designs! Find out how here: http://bit.ly/1tgOTPn.