Wednesday, January 30, 2008
10 Heart Connectors
1 Diamond Slice bead (or other accent bead)
1 Round Disk bead (used as accent at end of chain - not shown in picture)
44 9mm jump rings
28 6mm jump rings
12 inches chain
1 lobster claw clasp
After attempting several times to write out the pattern in a understandable manner - I gave up and instead give you this chart:
Large circles = 9mm jump rings
Small circles = 6mm jump rings
Triangles = Heart Connectors
After connecting all the jump rings and Heart Connectors in this pattern, add Diamond Slice bead to bottom 9mm jump ring using your favorite wire wrapping technique. Now add 5 inches of chain to the 6mm jump ring on the left of the top row and add 7 inches of chain to the 6mm jump ring on the right of the top row. Finish 5 inch piece of chain with lobster claw. Finish 7 inch piece of chain with Round Disk bead using your favorite wire wrapping technique. When wearing this necklace, the lobster claw can be clipped anywhere along the chain, providing for an adjustable necklace length.
This is another version of Links of Love - using just 6 Heart Connectors and 12mm jump rings in place of the 9mm jump rings.
Thanks for sharing Ornament Thursday with me. If you decide to try any of the project be sure to leave a comment with a link. See you next time on Ornament Thursday!
Don't forget to see Melanie's project here on Art Bead Scene today here
And see our whole list of Ornament Thursday links here
1 Porcelain black & white Floral Swirl charm
3 Porcelain charcoal pumpkin beads
4 pewter 7mm Ivy bead cap antique silver
1 pewter 16x15mm Empire Link antique silver
1 pewter 13x16mm Classic Clasp antique pewter
18” 3mm czech glass fire polish bead chain, jet on black
3 2” standard weight gunmetal eyepins
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Open one eyepin and attach to the loop at the top of the Floral Swirl charm. Close the eyepin.
String a pewter bead cap, a porcelain pumpkin, and another bead cap onto the eyepin. Using your round nose pliers, form a loop at the top of the bead cap. Trim the excess wire.
Open the top eyepin loop and attach to the bottom loop of the Empire Link. Close the loop.
Open the loops of two more eyepins and attach one to each side at the top of the Empire link. Close the loops.
String one Pumpkin bead and one bead cap onto one eyepin and use your round nose pliers to from a loop at the top of the bead cap. Trim the excess wire. Repeat on the other side.
Using a ruler, measure your bead chain and cut two 9 inches lengths. Open the top loop of the eyepin and attach to one chain end. Close the loop. Repeat on other side.
Make sure your chain ends are even and trim if needed. Open the last loop of the chain link and attach to the ring of the toggle clasp. Close the loop. Repeat on the other side with the final clasp piece.
These bead sets are available in the Earthenwood Etsy shop, along with a limited supply of kit findings to make this necklace.
Porcelain charm and beads
Rings & Things
Melanie from Earthenwood tells a little tale of romance in a Gothic Garden
Ornament Thursday Blog January is coming to an end and Valentine's Day is looming on the horizon. Whether you wish to shower the people you love with love or show yourself a little well deserved affection, the Ornament Thursday Gang has a bevy of beautiful ideas to inspire you!
Cindy Gimbrone Beads Cindy's Love Story is about a hook and beads
Hali's Blog Hali's flowers of love in Ancient Bulgarian. Two paintings in stylized Cyrillic spell out L-U-V.
Heart mobile painted paper pulp hearts
Humblebeads Heather shares her favorite bracelet design in a Valentine inspired color scheme.
Jennifer Heynen of Jangles Jennifer has made a fun "Ornament" for her neck that looks good enought to eat.
Joolz by Lisa This "Love Story" will last all year long! Lisa shares how beads and books work together.
Katie's Beading Blog Here's a happy little heart project for you - use it to embellish a bag or your jeans, or as inspiration for a necklace or bracelet.
Kriss Cramer - Art Interrupted Grow Love! Nuture and care for your loved ones every day. Use this heartfelt book, you can make yourself, to remind you of all the love you have to give.
Linda Augsburg at Make It Mine magazine Linda's love story project is a dress she embellished by stenciling dancers and a big band along the hem. Read why and learn how to do it yourself on the Make It Mine blog.
Savvy Crafter Candie's love affair with big rings continue...she's making her own now! Love Stories and more over at the Savvy Crafter! XOXO!
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Ah, Love ! This satirical creation of Jean's immortalizes certain women's profound affecton for their ... handbags!!!
Strands of Beads Love speaks many languages. Learn how to say "I Love You" in an untraditional way with Melissa Lee's whimsical jewelry project.
SwellDesigner Alexa shares with you her truly swell and punny Valentines!
The Impatient Blogger Love is in the air at The Impatient Blogger! Margot shares two vintage inspired jewelry designs that are oozing with romance...in a good way!
And if you are snowed in today, remember the deadline for January's monthly challenge is tomorrow at midnight!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Today our beadmaker interview is this month's sponsor, Michele Gesign. I'm a huge fan of her sculptural and painted beads, each one seems to have a story.
1. What is your personal name, business name, website and location? Michele Gesing
Thank you Michele for sharing some of the process that happens in your studio. We look forward to seeing your new work!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Turn to page 86 and you can see Melanie at work again with Dots and Spots, a perfect set of earrings to go along with Brokenhearted or to be worn solo.
Turn a few more pages to see a special bag titled Next to my Heart by Tari Sasser of Creative Impressions in Clay on page 88. Instructions are provided for both this 2 x 2 1/2 and a 3 1/2 x 5 inch bag.
The larger bag features a Free Form Picasso-esque button, which Tari made by drawing freehand designs into the clay button, and is accompanied by a heartfelt Thank Goddess ceramic charm.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
About.com Jewelry MakingNot feeling inspired to make any Valentine's jewelry? Tammy's got some ideas to get your heart jewelry going on.
Art Bead Scene has the scoop on Spring jewelry trends!
Jewelry & Beading
Deborah Kwitney is the featured artist this week on Jewelry & Beading. You'll be amazed by the wide range of styles that Deborah has mastered!
Katie's Beading Blog
If you're going to the upcoming gem/bead shows in Tucson, don't miss Katie's workshops at the Swarovski Event!
Savvy Crafter XOXO! Love is in the air over at Candie’s blog as she kicks off the first installment of “Heartsy and Artsy”; Valentine Ideas for your Friends and Family. XOXO!
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean has a son getting married and her thoughts turn to wedding jewelry: specifically, one of her Party Dress Charm bracelets entitled "Marry Me". It is a dream all in white: Venetian heart shaped beads, Swarovski Crystals, white pearls, sterling, and a sweet special charm which is an "open heart": always let the love in!
The Impatient Blogger Going to a big tradeshow for some shameless self promotion? Margot has a little hard earned advice to share about how to maximize your time and energy.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
This week's winner is Janel! Please use the suggestion box to send your mailing address to us and Heather will send your bead out right away!
Stacks of buttons waiting to be cleaned or glazed is a constant. To the left are stacks of the Square Graphic Button in two different sizes. Some are for orders, the extras are to build an inventory of buttons to help prep for the upcoming show season.
I am always sketching new designs. Which sometimes gets in the way when I need to make progress glazing and I have to stop to draw out what is in my head. It has to come out! It's also the over 45 syndrom...I just won't remember.
Buttons are used by everyone on a daily basis. Most people don't stop to think about what that small disk does for them. Taken a step further buttons can adorn your favorite sweater, coat or bag and is the final touch needed to make your piece look fantastic.
Do you have a favorite type or shape of button? It can be plain, ornate, handmade, or antique. Do you have a favorite design or one you would like to see? I'm always open to new designs. Sometimes new ideas are helpful.
The prize this week for one lucky commenter is one of the Square Graphic Buttons shown above. Of course, I'll glaze it first!
Friday, January 25, 2008
Designing with art beads creates numerous possibilities for wearable art. Key to a beautiful design is construction. Good design is durable and beautiful. An armature allows your piece to stand out while ensuring quality construction.
Normally, we think of an armature in relation to sculpture, but it serves the same function in wearable art. An armature provides support for the jewelry piece and is most often heavy gauge wire. An armature and art beads example comes from Cyndi L. of Mazeltovjewelry who blogs about a piece she created using an armature. Another example comes from Hand Felted Jewelry and Beads published by Interweave Press and includes a bracelet using an art bead and an armature.
Art beads and armatures - another idea for your jewelry design!
(Photo credit: ABS Flicker gallery - ebbandflo pomomama)
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Don't let those winter blues slow you down. Now is the time to play with your beads and try something new. Create something to please yourself. Don't let those blues grab you by the seat of the pants. Grab those beads and bead happy! (Eat chocolate, that helps too!)
Add a new technique to your beading repertoire if winter has you feeling blah.
If you are in the mood for beading, Beverly has an easy project featuring a multi-hole art bead as the focal point in her Caribbean Queen Necklace.
I could see art beads used in Eni Oken's Coiled Frame Wrap project. I've been itching to try out one of Eni's tutorials. This project has a lot of possibilities. You could make one as part of a pendant, just add a few dangles to the bottom. Make two for earrings. Create the bracelet pictured or go crazy and make a long version for an incredible necklace.
Monday, January 21, 2008
"Ice Storm" beads to help inspire you with this months Bead Theme.
The Frost is on the Berries by Heather Powers :: Humblebeads
Pixie Snow Princess by Melanie Brooks Lukacs :: Earthenwood Studio
Ice covered Tree by Elaine Ray :: Elaine Ray Beads
Icy Blue Water by Cindy Gimbrone :: Cindy Gimbrone Beads
Ice Blue Eyes by Tari Sasser :: Creative Impressions In Clay
Icy Blue Moondance by Virginia Miska :: Virginia Miska Nature Inspired Designs
Get your entry in for this months "Ice Storm" inspired ABS challenge before January has melted away.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
The Art Bead Scene editors are sharing a little Valenine's love early, with a post full of love related eye candy
About.com Jewelry Making
Tammy talks about an article she recently read which deals with various jewelry-related ethical issues such as free trade. Even though many of us are "small time" designers, that doesn't mean we can't at least listen to this on-going conversation which is a hot button issue in the jewelry industry right now.
Jewelry & Beading
Amazing fiber and bead artist Rebecca Brown is profiled on Jewelry & Beading this week.
Katie's Beading Blog
The February Triple Take from Simply Beads is online now. Visit Katie's blog for pix and links to this month's fun, hearty projects!
Naughty Secretary Club
This week’s link is not about jewelry, but instead about supporting fellow crafter Bernie Berlin in her quest to expand her animal shelter A Place to Bark. Bernie saved over 500 cats and dogs last year and with our help can save even more!
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Eni Oken (www.enioken.com) is a famous wire working star. I just had to try my hand at her fascinating ring. She was really kind and encouraging to me by email, and enthusiastic, too! That is what I love in a teacher! It makes you WANT to learn from that person!
The Impatient Blogger
So you sold a project or a book, now what? Summon your inner pirate with Margot Potter as she tells you how to negotiate a fair deal. Arrr...
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Trends from the Designing Divas Blog:
*Blackened Metals - designing with chain is still going strong
*Textures - whether hammered metal, fibers or facets, textures are big.
*Charms - vintage inspired, birds, floral
Color Trends ·
Muted pastels of pink, green, yellow, and blue
Light gray and light coffee neutrals
Jewel-tone violet and yellow-green
And this is just me, but I'm seeing a lot of Art Nouveau influenced beads and jewelry.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I use plastic storage containers that have removable compartments so you can put larger items in them, like tools and wire. When I pack beads for traveling I put together little inspiration kits with beads that look good together and a few focal art beads. I'm not one to travel with every bead I own, I like the challenge of using what I have to design something new.
Beverly from NoEasyBeads likes to stock up on Christmas cookie tins when they are on clearance after the holidays. She stuffs a lot of beads in those little things.
Besides storage boxes full of beads and your basic tools, here are a few other helpful things to take along when you and your beads hit the road...
Needle Threader - if you are working with seed beads
OTT Lite & Extension Cord - good light is important!
Do you have any beady travel tips to share with me? I'd love to hear them!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Just a quick post to show you a chain holder I made to help with my new adventures in jewelry design. Sometimes I need a third or fourth hand to help hold a chain straight to get charms hanging from the right links and in the correct direction. Also, sometimes if I can work with this set up, I do a slight bit less of bending over my desk - anything to save my neck and back is good with me!
I've seen similar set ups commercially made, but you know me, I love to use tools and this was a great excuse to use the power drill.... The bottom board is a piece of scrap wood, the dowel rods are new and the clothes pins I had around. As you can see, there are several holes in the bottom board allowing dowel rod change of position. The trickiest part of the whole assembly was drilling holes into the bottom of the clothes pins to insert and glue the dowel rods into. The clothes pins where stabilized in a vise, but it was still difficult.
Post a comment with link to your hand made beading tools you'd like to share with our readers - we all love learning new tricks!
Thanks for stopping by, Elaine