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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 […]

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Twice a year, Swarovski launches a new sparkling collection featuring products designed to suit the upcoming fashion trends. The new shapes, colors, and finishes in the Spring/Summer 2019 Innovations tie to the global themes of travel, culture, leisure, freedom, and adventure. The overall theme is titled “Wanderlust.” Several of the bead and jewelry team were […]

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What is your beading inspiration? Is it nature? color? people? events? a sunrise? a seashell? Do you keep ideas in a journal, on your phone, or on sticky notes? Do you meet with other beaders, artists, and creative people to talk about your work and ideas? Do you ever have days when nothing inspires you? […]

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Use Japanese seed beads to weave Patricia Verrier’s Tower of London Bracelet, reminiscent of castle fortresses. Find it today in Beadwork June/July 2018. Techniques: Right-angle weave, herringbone stitch variation, picot Project level: Beginner Materials: 3 g champagne galvanized Duracoat size 11° Japanese seed beads (A) 2 g underwater blue Duracoat size 11° Japanese seed beads […]

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Posy Pendant by Anna Bowden

Create Anna Bawden’s Posy Pendant using six bead-woven components made of MiniDuos, seed beads, and crystals. Find it today in Beadwork June/July 2018. Techniques: Circular peyote stitch variation, netting, right-angle weave Project level: Beginner Materials: 0.5 g 24k gold-plated size 15° seed beads (A) 1 g opaque light coral alabaster pastel 4×2mm 2-hole MiniDuos (B) […]

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Create Marianna Zukowsky’s Ombré Cellini Necklace with a variation of tubular peyote stitch, then finish it with an adjustable-length clasp. Find it today in Beadwork June/July 2018. Technique: Tubular peyote stitch variation Project level: Intermediate Materials: 1 g silver-lined dark topaz rainbow size 15° seed beads (A) 10 g matte amethyst AB size 11° seed […]

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Silke Steuernagel’s Keystone Mandala Pendant immediately grabbed the attention of our editorial staff as soon as we saw a photo. We knew this piece would be popular, with its dynamic use of shaped beads and its mesmerizing kaleidoscope look. Beadwork’s technical editor, Meredith Steele, shares what she loves most about this project. “I am constantly […]

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Create a dance of winding, vine-like patterns using an easy Russian spiral technique to make Carole Ohl’s Tuscan Vine Necklace. Find it today in Beadwork June/July 2018. Technique: Russian spiral Project level: Beginner Materials: 10 g garnet-lined ruby AB size 15° seed beads (A) 7 g African sunset gold luster size 11° seed beads (B) […]

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Create Susan Pelligra’s Loomed Illusion Bracelet with a playful pattern that seems to swirl when viewed from an angle. Find it today in Beadwork June/July 2018. Technique: Loomwork Project level: Beginner Materials: 7 g black opaque size 11° cylinder beads (A) 7 g white pearl AB size 11° cylinder beads (B) 2 silver 35x6mm slide […]

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