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Showing posts from January, 2019

Not your grandma's Eyeglass Holders!

Recently, I've started to need readers to be able to see close up to do my beadwork. It does make a world of difference - especially threading those pesky needles! And if I'm going to need glasses, at least I can sparkle them up with some beautiful beads! This week's Facebook Live video is in two parts - (technical difficulties). Part one talks about the Bead Board and the Design process (with a special guest) and part two shows the finishing techniques. Remember, there's always a little chit chat in the beginning, so feel free to fast forward to the actual "doing", but you might miss some good info! This project is great for making Eye Glass Holders, but it's also a good reminder for basic stringing and crimping, too. Materials: Bead Board Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire Crimp Beads Eyeglass Holders Bead Stoppers Spool Tamers Directions: Use a Bead Board to string up about 26 inches of beads. Focus on the ends to be where you make your patt

Make Beads with Yarn Scraps and the Professional Deluxe Coiling Gizmo!

Do you have tons of leftover yarn in your craft stash? With the Professional Deluxe Coiling Gizmo , it's super easy to make coiled beads and components using scraps of yarn! Leroy Goertz, the inventor of the PDCG, planted the idea of yarn beads in my head a few years ago when he visited the Beadalon office. There's an informative section in his booklet, Coiled Wire Jewelry with the Coiling Gizmo , called "Fiber Wrapped Beads" that I consulted for the instructions in this Facebook Live. Materials: Professional Deluxe Coiling Gizmo Artistic Wire Aluminum Wire GS Hypo Cement Yarn Set up your Professional Deluxe Coiling Gizmo on your work surface. Insert up to a 24 inch piece of Aluminum Wire as the base of your Bead using the swivel according to the instructions. Leave about 2 inches of wire between the chuck and where you start. Wind the yarn around your wire twice. Use the GS Hypo Cement to glue one end of the yarn to the wire. Wait for the glue to dry.