Apr 6, 2018

Free Tip Friday: More Weaving with the Jewel Loom... PLUS leather.

Hey Gang!

Thanks so much for joining me today on FTF.

Looming with leather on the Jewel Loom is so easy and satisfying and I can't wait to see how you interpret this technique.

You could choose a variety of materials, but I used the following:

Just a word of caution when you are looming with cut cubes. When you cut the project off of the loom, it may be a bit stiff. "Massage" the bracelet to loosen the beads up a bit. I really had to massage the piece pretty well to get it to have nice, supple movement.

Check out the FB broadcast from Wednesday, April 4th on how to glue the suede to the ends of the bracelet and the broadcast below for all the details on creating this bracelet using leather and the cubes. Enjoy!

Mar 30, 2018

Free Tip Friday: More Bead Embroidery... tassels and more!

Hi Gang!
Thanks so much for joining me on FTF today. I loved the way the finished piece turned out.

I had fun choosing the beads for the tassel. Find both of Emily's Bead Embroidery Projects on our website at this link. 

Here is a list of what I added to the ingredients: 

Enjoy... and I can't wait to see what you make! -Kate


Mar 23, 2018

Free Tip Friday: It's a three-technique mash-up today!

Hey Everyone!
So glad you could join me for the week's Free Tip Friday episode.

Today's project was a mash-up of three beadshop.com projects and techniques, Born Yesterday, Trail's End and Poetry. We also discussed choosing needles of projects and did some troubleshooting on beginning a Poetry project.

I used the following products for the sample:
1 strand 5mm Rondelles- Mustard
1 strand 5mm Rondelles- Wine Red
1 strand 8mm English Cut- Picasso Green Aqua
2 ft Satellite-Antique Copper
1 basket Irish Waxed Linen. I used Walnut 4-ply
.5mm Distressed Denim
1 spool Micro C Lon. I used Charcoal
1 Madame Butterfly Turquoise
2 Mini Hoops in Antique Copper
Flexible Eye Needles- 10 PK
Peekaboo Antique Copper Button

It was such a fun project to share!

I can't wait to see how you create using a mash-up of these techniques.

Watch the video below for all of the tips and techniques. Enjoy!

Mar 16, 2018

Free Tip Friday: Handmade Wire Link & Czech Glass Bead Bracelet

Hey Gang!
Thanks for joining me on Free Tip Friday today. It was a fun project to share with you. A great mix of Wire and Czech Glass Rondelles creating an easy-to-make and wear design.

Here is what I used on the broadcast:

20 Gauge Silver Plated Wire and 5mm Ivory Mercury Czech Glass Rondelles

18 Gauge Silver Plated Wire and 8mm Glazed Peach Glass Rondelles

You'll need the following tools:
Chain Nose Pliers
Bent Chain Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Nylon Jaw Pliers
Flush Wire Cutters

All of the how-to is in the video below. Enjoy!

Feb 28, 2018

Free Tip Friday Making Hammered Clasps and Components

Hey Gang!
Super excited to share my hammered clasp design with you on Free Tip Friday this week. This broadcast was a bit of an epic one, so fast forward about 15 mins to get to the actual "how-to" for this technique.

I used our 16G wire to make these components. The clasps can be made with 18-14G and sized to fit your project.

In addition to the wire you'll need the following tools:

Feb 23, 2018

Free Tip Friday: More fun with wire frames!

Hey Everybody!
Thanks for joining me today on FTF. These broadcasts are always an off-the-cuff adventure and today was no exception!

After the broadcast I finished up my earring design and changed things up just slightly. You'll see the center wire with the briolette has been slightly redesigned. I shuffled the beads around to make everything fit symmetrically across. I also took it off, and finished wrapping the armature and then added it back on, as the poor wire was getting pretty mangled in my wrapping process.

I really love the way these turned out. Kinda Boho with a bit of a '70's vibe thrown in. 
As promised, here is a list of the ingredients I used in the design.

Tools Needed:

Hope you enjoy the project and let me know what you make! Check out the entire broadcast below.

Free Tip Friday: More SuperDuos & Soft Flex

Hey All! Thanks for tuning in today for FTF. My design is inspired by Sara Oehler from Soft Flex and our broadcast from Wednesday, April 18...