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Happy Birthday Molly! by arteesvida
April 27, 2008, 5:24 pm
Filed under: Beading

Molly saw this necklace at Jeep Collins a few months ago.  She fell in love with it.  But at 170.00 it was too spendy for my budget.  I made her my own version of it for her birthday this year, although hers has a decidedly more Choctaw flair.  I used feathers instead of leaves (mainly because I couldn’t find the leaf drop beads in sterling locally) and used jasper instead of obsidian (ditto on finding the obsidian).  In total, it cost me about 45 dollars to make, because I bought the beads at full price (gasp!) from Nomadic Notions instead of online or at a craftstore.  It is sterling sivler, two kinds of jasper, and turquoise.  The clasp is a sterling magnetic clasp.  The feathers had eyes that were parallel to the feather itself but I twisted them with my pliers to make them perpendicular.

Doesn’t it look fabulous with her bathing suit and San Antonio Zoo zebra tshirt?



Twisted Copper Wire Necklace by arteesvida
January 21, 2007, 11:27 pm
Filed under: Beading, Wire Work

The tool posted last week? Was designed to create this necklace which requires alot of braiding and twisting of wire so you first wrap the three pieces of wire around the nails to hold them in place. The beads are from Lille, France. Not that my life is so exotic that I’ve been to Lille.  Luckily, my brother travels a great deal and brought them back for me. The necklace closes in the back with a copper toggle clasp and is now available on etsy!



Spider Brickstitch Pattern by arteesvida
December 22, 2006, 12:49 am
Filed under: Beading, Holiday Projects

This pattern was designed and created by Faith Harper. Permission is granted by the author for the pattern’s use in creating beaded projects for personal use and resale. However the pattern itself may not be reprinted without written permission from the author.

My son loves Spider-Man. LOVES LOVES LOVES Spider-Man. He was Spider-Man for Halloween last year and we have high hopes that he will take off the costume any day now!

I designed this pattern with him in mind…use it to celebrate the latest Spider-Man adventure or get an early start on your Halloween jewelry. This brickstitch pattern would make a great necklace or amulet bag!



Simple and Stylish Beaded Accents by arteesvida
December 22, 2006, 12:44 am
Filed under: Beading, Book Reviews, Home and Garden

It’s easy to tell apart those of us who think beads belong on everything from the rest of the (more normal) population. We’re the ones in the fringed jackets, beaded flip-flops, and glitter in our hair. Katie Hacker’s new book Simple & Stylish Bead Accents is definitely the book for us!

Because this book starts with the basics (how to use crimping pliers, how to make a beaded daisy) it is also a wonderful resource for anyone new to beaded embellishment that is looking for some great projects…there are some really wonderful ideas that could be incorporated into accessories for Prom and other formals! With one of a kind beaded sandals, scraves, belts, and several handbag ideas there is no need to inflict another pair of Payless Dyeables on the world…with a little beadwork you can wear something really unique.

The book also has sections on Home Décor and gift ideas such as journal covers and picture frames. Many of the techniques on these pages, such as the hemp and wood bead macrame she uses to embellish a basket, have lots of other uses as well…Katie’s technique for creating beaded tassles is the easiest to follow I’ve ever seen!

With over 45 projects to choose from, you are sure to find something that appeals to youe inner embellishment diva!



Rubber Stamped Jewelry By Sharilyn Miller by arteesvida
December 22, 2006, 12:31 am
Filed under: Beading, Book Reviews, Metal Work, Mixed Media, Rubber Stamping, Wire Work

Sharilyn Miller is the well-known founding editor of Somerset Studio, Bella Armoire, and Art Doll Quarterly…three magazines on my must-buy list every time they are published! She has published two other books, Stamp Art and Stamp Artist’s Project Book: 85 Projects to Make and Decorate (which includes some of Gloria Page’s work), both of which I have read, enjoyed, and found to be incredibly creative and useful. So being a worshipper at the altar of Sharilyn, you can just imagine how excited I was when she published “Rubber Stamped Jewelry” devoted solely to what creations jewelry artists can make with stamps!

One of the best things about reading her books, is she never makes assumptions about her readers level of skill. So whether you are brand new to jewelry making, or have been making jewelry longer than I have been alive, you will find this book to be a great addition to your library.

The book includes greatly detailed sections on wire work (including beautiful S-Links and S-Clasps), working with rubber stamps, working with polymer clay (including creating beads, molds, and antiquing), fiber arts embellishments (including knotting, braiding, and embellishing), shrink plastic embellishments, and other embellishments (foam, copper sheeting, glass, and paper eyelets). Some of these techniques were brand new to me so I found this an excellent resource guide!

I have always been a big fan of “creative use of materials”. I love taking odd bits and pieces and turning them in to something beautiful. Many of the projects in this book accomplish this task. One of my favorite projects was the use of tiny 5 sided sales tags. With little holes punched in, and gorgeous stamps and embellishments they made gorgeous jewelry! She also creates amazing projects utilizing vinyl tubing from the home improvement store, glass marbles, and dominoes.

I think my favorite project in the book was “Copper Sunrise”, which used rubber stamps to emboss copper sheeting, and a butane torch to create fabulous colors on the copper. (If you haven’t yet discovered the goodness of a butane torch, they are hugely fun to play with, and only cost about ten dollars for a small one at your local Home Depot.)

Some of the projects require specially ground glass and soldering skills, but the directions are walking you through what to purchase for these projects, where to purchase them, and how to use them correctly. If these techniques are as new to you as they are to me, then !you will find this attention to detail very helpful!

To find out more about the author, see more of her jewelry designs and her workshop teaching schedule, check out her homepage,



Valentine’s Day Projects by arteesvida
December 21, 2006, 11:49 pm
Filed under: Beading, Clay Jewelry, Holiday Projects, Kid Friendly Projects, Wire Work

Beadwork Projects

Tons of links to Valentines projects from the Beadwork section of the About network

Rings ‘n Things Pattern for Beaded Heart Earrings

Valentine’s Day Jewelry Making Projects from the About network. (Scroll down the page to see the V-Day listings!):

Wire Work Projects

Wire Mesh Heart Pendent (This is designed for card making, but would also work well for making pins and pendents.)

Wig Jig Wire Heart Projects

WigJig Four Square Hearts pendent

WigJig University Valentine Choker and Earring Set

WigJig Unversity Heart Suncatcher (Another project designed to be something else but would work great for jewelry making!

Polymer Clay Projects

Valentine’s Day Polymer Clay Heart Cane

Sarajane’s Polymer Clay Valentine’s Hearts

HGTV’s Hearts and Flowers Polymer Clay Pin

Paper or Plastic Projects

Valentine’s Day Foamy Hearts Earrings

Shrink Plastic Heart Necklace

Projects For Kids

Bread Dough Heart Pins

Kid’s Domain Valentine Pin

Kid’s Domain Plaster Of Paris Valentine’s Day Pin

Valentine’s Day Necklaces and Bracelets from Kids Domain

Heart pattern for making safety pin jewelry from the Family Crafts section About network



Thanksgiving Projects by arteesvida
December 21, 2006, 11:48 pm
Filed under: Beading, Clay Jewelry, Holiday Projects, Kid Friendly Projects, Wire Work

Thanksgiving Jewelry Making Projects

Tom Turkey Pin

Cute lapel pin project made with wood cut-outs!

Thanksgiving Earrings

Fun beadwork project…complete with fabulous beaded “feathers”!

Pilgrim Hat Pony Bead Pattern

A great project for small fingers using satin cord and pony beads.

Thanksgiving Perler Bead Patterns

Two nice perler patterns…a thanksgiving turkey and a gorgeous cornocopia.

Turkey Pin

Easy felt lapel pin project.

Turkey Bead Safety Pin

A nice beaded safety pin jewelry project.

Cornocopia Beaded Safety Pin

A colorful cornocopia pattern.

Incognito Turkey

I love this little guy! He would make a great little pendent!

Sassy Scarecrow Pendent

An easy polymer clay molding project.

Pumpkin Seed Beads

The pumpkin seeds get salted and roasted in my house, but if they last longer in yours, you can make this fun necklace out of them!

Autumn Leaf Brooch

Mexican pottery clay and water colors duplicates the look of fired pottery for this cool pin!

Holiday Harvest

A lovely indian corn beadwork pattern!