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29 Jun

Goodreads Giveaway: Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry

If you couldn’t get enough of the tiara from this past Freebie Friday, we’ve got some great news! This week’s Goodreads giveaway is Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry.

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry answers all the most pressing questions you may have while planning and executing your project. What bead shapes fit best together? Will your piece sit still or shift—and how do you design for each? Can you set luster against luster, or will luster against matte work better? All these questions and many others will be answered in this must-have guide to the key design principles for beautiful beaded jewelry. And what’s more, the book lets you test all this out with 20 wonderful patterns and projects!

ACT FAST: This Goodreads giveaway only runs through Wednesday, 7/2.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry by Renata Graham

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry

by Renata Graham

Giveaway ends July 03, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Can’t wait? Order today!

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27 Jun

Freebie Friday: Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry – Crystal Tiara

Most of us made jewelry at some point in our childhood—friendship bracelets among the most popular. Today’s Freebie Friday will help you create the ultimate piece of jewelry that speaks to your child at heart. You’ll love to make this tiara for yourself, a little girl in your life, or your best friend who is getting married. There is always a way and a reason to wear a simple, beautiful tiara (or headband if you prefer)!

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The project above is just one of many in Renata Graham’s  Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry. Renata has been making jewelry and teaching courses on the subject for over 20 years and her must-have guide brings the classroom into your home. What metal or beads do you start with? Should your design be symmetrical? Will crystal work well with wood? All of these questions and more will be answered as you create amazing gifts for yourself and others in your life!

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1 Jun

Goodreads Giveaway: Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers

Did you grab last week’s Freebie Friday project from the fantastic book Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers? If you did, I bet you’re ready for more. And you’re in luck, because we’re giving this bad boy away!

No other book currently available focuses on the use and application of ready-made settings, which are most commonly used by jewelers today. Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers not only shows you how to use and incorporate these settings into existing designs but also teaches you how to make settings from scratch. Also included is an overview of tools and materials, accompanied by an in-depth guide to choosing and evaluating a variety of stones. The second part covers the range of settings available—from bezel to prong to snap settings—and uses step-by-step instructions explaining how to set cabochons, faceted stones, and other variants. A handy section in the back contains care, maintenance, and repair advice, plus a gallery of gorgeous finished pieces.

This book combines everything you need to know about this specialized craft all in one place, making this an indispensable reference for beginners and professionals alike.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers by Melissa Hunt

Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers

by Melissa Hunt

Giveaway ends June 05, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Or if you just can’t wait, buy it now.

Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers

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Tagged with: beading, books, giveaway, Goodreads, how to books, Jewelry, smpcraft
30 May

Freebie Friday: How to Bead with Wire

When I was a kid one of my favorite things to do was make my own jewelry. Granted, they were all pretty similar looking (i.e., multicolored beads herded onto a piece of string), but they were mine, darn it, and if Etsy had existed back then I would’ve had a shop set up in no time.

Luckily there are lots more options for us grown-up crafters, and I’ve got a quick and easy FREE PROJECT for you that clearly explains how to use wire (not string!) to make your own beaded jewelry.

Here’s a pretty example from our book Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelery Makers.

Birch wood and glass beads threaded with wire. Bracelet by Lucie Veilleux.

Birch wood and glass beads threaded
with wire. Bracelet by Lucie Veilleux.

 

Clear step-by-step illustrations combined with concise instructions and practical advice make this book an invaluable reference for professional jewelry makers, students, and (yep) Etsy sellers.

Green fluorite stones wrapped in sterling silver wire. Earrings by Erin Staples.

No other book currently available focuses on the use and application of ready-made settings, which are most commonly used by jewelers today. Stonesetting not only shows you how to use and incorporate these settings into existing designs but also teaches you how to make settings from scratch. Also included is an overview of tools and materials, accompanied by an in-depth guide to choosing and evaluating a variety of stones. The second part covers the range of settings available—from bezel to prong to snap settings—and uses step-by-step instructions explaining how to set cabochons, faceted stones, and other variants. A handy section in the back contains care, maintenance, and repair advice, plus a gallery of gorgeous finished pieces.

Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers combines everything you need to know about this specialized craft all in one place, making this an indispensible reference for beginners and professionals alike.

Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers

Be sure to check back in on Sunday for a chance to win a copy on Goodreads!

Or if you just can’t wait (and who can blame you?), buy it now.

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5 Mar

Short & Sweet Q & A with Notable Crafter Cat Thomas

 

We caught up with Cat Thomas, trained textile artist, who has a new book out, 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet: Stash Your Sharps in Something Cute and Handmade. For most of Cat’s career, she taught art and design. Now, she’s producing her own designs selling under the name of Baban Cat on sites such as Etsy and Folksy and shares her crafting experiences on her Baban Cat blog.

Coronet pincushion crown with beads Flower brooch, cabbageLetter L embroidery hoop

 

 

 

 

 

Cat, what’s your craft?

I knit, crochet and sew. I studied Textile Art so I’ve done a bit of everything in the past. When the children were young I made their dresses and knitwear.

 

What project would you consider an all-time best?

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My all time best is an organic cotton blanket. It was crocheted using 80 sunburst motifs and finished with a lovely scalloped edging. I had intended to make it as a cushion cover but got carried away. It now has a lovely new home in Hong Kong.

 

 

What project would you consider an all-time worst?

We all have disasters. Most of mine have been undone and the yarn used for different projects. My first granny square blanket using white organic cotton had the rounds joined in the wrong place. Unnoticable when you’re working but the moment I held it up there was a distinct gap that ran diagonally up one side. Even after blocking it could still be seen. Live and learn!
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What tool or material could you not live without?

Reading glasses! Such close work needs to be seen. I can’t do a thing without my glasses.

 

What’s your hidden talent?

It’s so well hidden I’m not sure it’s there. I’m good at gardening. I grafted a rose that was my father’s favourite so now I have the pleasure of the original and a back up in case anything happens to it.

Learn more about Cat Thomas, her craft, and process at Baban Cat. Her book, 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet: Stash Your Sharps in Something Cute and Handmade is available now for purchase here:

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Author of the Month

This month we sit down with Helen Angharad Henley, mother of three, handbag designer, self-proclaimed “compulsive maker,” and author of newly published Tote-ally Amazing Bags: 30 quick and easy bags to make for all occasions. Helen lives and works in Wales where she designs, makes, and sells her sewing patterns and handbags. She blogs her stitching endeavours at angharadhandmade.blogspot.com and sells her bags online at angharad handmade.

Helen  Angharad Henley, author of Tote-ally Amazing Bags

Cookie Jewelry Box


They say there are two types of women in the world: those who love jewelry, and those who love cookies. What? You say you're both types of woman? Well then I sure have a treat for you, with this free pattern from our new book 50 Deliciously Decorative Cookies: Easy-t0-Make Cookie Creations by Fiona Pearce, you can have your jewelry box and eat it, too!

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