Top Tools for Working with Wire

I love playing with wire, don't you? The design possibilities and colors are endless. Denise Peck is editor in chief of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine, senior editor of Jewelry Artist, and author of  Wire Style has been considered one of the wonderful wire women influencing wire popularity, trends, and techniques for many moons. I asked her to share one of […]

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Summertime and the Beading Is Easy

Summertime Memories Fireflies, freshly mowed grass, s’mores on the crackling campfire at dusk, hide-n-seek till dark, root beer floats, sand in my toes, collecting seashells on the shore, bright sundresses and groovy sandals—all fond memories of summertime.Another summertime favorite of mine was the stretchy penny candy necklaces you could wear and eat! This offered me […]

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  Simple and sensational lariats– What’s not to love about lariat designs? They can be tied or looped to suit whatever length you need. Many designs are fast and easy to make: Dangle a pair of big baubles at the ends of a cool chain. Tie clusters of crystals on the ends of a length […]

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You’ve probably noticed that big is back as far as necklaces go—just check out the latest issue of Stringing magazine to see some of the boldest designs ever. These big-bead necklaces give flash and interest to the more simple fashions on the runway these days. Admittedly, I’m not much of a fashion maven, but I […]

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  How to make your bigger beading better–With our first Bead Fest in Texas coming this October, my thoughts turned to making bigger pieces. After all, Texas is known for its grand scale in everything, so why not jewelry? I mentioned this topic to my mom, who used to think she couldn’t wear big beads […]

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6 Tips for Weaving with Wire

Award-Winning Woven Wire Jewelry The first time I remember really noticing jewelry woven with wire was when Marie Scarpa’s gold and stone brooch graced the cover of Lapidary Journal. That was September 2004 when her piece won first place in the pins and brooches category in the Jewelry Arts Awards. She used 14k and 22k […]

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Dear Beading Daily Readers, We are aware that there has been a lot of interest in the Bead Star Contest this morning as voting will go live later today. We are still judging the entries due to an email glitch that caused us to miss some entries on April 29th 2010. We are thankful that […]

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How to Make a Double-Wrapped Loop

  I was a wrapped-loop purist until I met my buddy Jamie Hogsett. Pre-Jamie, I strove to make sure all of my wrapped loops were perfectly and neatly wrapped so that the wrap looked almost mechanical, like a coil slipped onto wire. But after hanging out with Jamie and seeing projects like her Twilight Flight […]

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Chinese Lantern Pendant

Download Now The Chinese Lantern by Joyce Zborower is constructed of two separate but identical halves, held together by compression. The central wire is threaded through small holes drilled into the framework of the wire weave and through two small beads. Extremely simple – but extremely elegant! This project is an adaptation of original work […]

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