Tassels continue to be a top fashion trend. We see them on everything from handbags, boots, and garments to jewelry and other accessories. Read on to learn more about tassels, and see how I used modern jewelry components to update a classic tassel necklace design. The history of the tassel dates back over 2000 years. […]

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Kristina Hahn Eleniak, owner of Peacock & Lime Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry, has had numerous projects published in Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork magazines. Most recently, her Global Tassel Necklace Set was in the October/November 2017 issue of Beadwork (shown above). Learn what inspires her signature style and how she gets out of a creative rut. Q. How […]

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Confession time: I’ve never really done right-angle weave. Well, I guess that’s not entirely true. When I was a fairly new editorial assistant at Interweave, roughly ten years ago, I was asked to participate in Beadwork’s regular column called “The Challenge.” I was handed a set of beads provided by Dakota Stones and was given […]

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It’s fun looking through old archives, isn’t it? Cleaning out a family member’s attic may reveal facts about relatives who served in a war. Special photos and memorabilia provide clues about ancestors and the lives they lived. Old newspaper articles reveal details from historic events. ABOVE: Getty Images/Mark Boster The National Archives Building in Washington, […]

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How to Draw Your Way to Inspired Jewelry Designs

Being the editor of Beadwork, I’m obviously entrenched in the world of beads and beading all day. But in my off time, I’ve been circling back around to my art roots. In the process of unburying my creative space in the basement with the goal of having a clear surface to work on, my bead […]

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When it comes to your wardrobe and accessories, are you more of a classic gal, or do you follow the trends? I love this artwork from 1953 showing four housewives having tea. It reminds me of our former associate editor, Lindsay, who had that vintage style—from her clothing, shoes, and accessories, to her hair and […]

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(Portions of this article have been adapted from the book, Create Jewelry Pearls: Luxurious Designs to Make and Wear, copyright Interweave, 2007) Though fashion styles change over time, one thing is certain: pearls remain a fundamental component of many wardrobes, from classic strands, as shown in 1959’s Vogue (left), to contemporary designs, such as the […]

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While there’s certainly so much to love about the changing of the seasons, as jewelry artists we love to think up new ways to accessorize our outfits accordingly. While I was Editor of Jewelry Stringing magazine, my staff and I would have fun looking through images from Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan, and […]

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