Who would have thought that you can do so many things with just a spool of wire and a couple of pairs of jewelry-making pliers? Wire jewelry is one of those jewelry-making techniques that you can use to create just about anything, from necklaces and pendants to bracelets, rings and earrings—and such wire jewelry patterns […]

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Having grown up in Minnetonka, Minnesota (yes, where Tonka trucks and Minnetonka Moccasins were born) and now living in Colorado, I’ve been surrounded by Native American influences all my life. I remember stumbling upon old redware pottery shards and arrowheads while camping as a kid. I never did discover any authentic wampum (a bead made […]

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Peyote stitch was not the easiest beading stitch for me to learn. After making my first peyote stitch amulet bag using flat, even-count peyote stitch, I suddenly found myself completely bewildered as to how I actually worked the stitch. I spent several years trying to master peyote stitch, until a wonderful teacher showed me an […]

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Kumihimo braiding is one of the most lovely and versatile types of jewelry making, and it’s taken the beading community by storm in recent years! This Japanese braid-making art implements cords or ribbons—and, in some cases, colorful beads—to create beautiful, interlaced strands. You can use kumihimo to create gorgeous jewelry, home décor and more. To […]

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One of the things I love about hitting the bead shows like Bead Fest Philadelphia is all the great ideas I get for new beading and jewelry making projects! I knew there was something cool in the Antelope Beads booth at Bead Fest when I walked past it, saw rolls and rolls of brightly colored […]

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Making an open-backed bezel for a cabochon has certain advantages over making one using bead embroidery techniques. If you’re using a transparent or translucent cabochon, stitching an open-backed bezel for it will allow light to pass through it and make it brighter. Or when using a transparent cabochon, you don’t want the color of the […]

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“Kissing your hand may make you feel very good, but a diamond and sapphire bracelet lasts forever.” – Anita Loos I think Ms. Loos was onto something there, don’t you? I love bracelet making, and beaded bracelet patterns are hot these days – just look through the pages of Stringing or Beadwork magazine and you […]

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