May 9, 2019

Top Ten Tips By Janice

Hey Gang,
I know you all love pearls of wisdom... and who better to share their pearls that our one-and-only founder, Janice!

JP and I were chatting a while back about our favorite tips, and I asked her to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and send over her top tips from the many that she has shared over the years.

She send me a fantastic list. About the same time, she began a series of watercolors that featured jewelry and beads. I thought, "You know, the combo of those tips and watercolors would make a terrific document to share with our customers. I'll bet they will be as entranced by them as I am."


So I put my fingers to the keyboard and whipped up this little downloadable document just in time to celebrate Janice's milestone birthday... you can download it at this link and join me on Free Tip Friday on May 10th for a fun flip through Janice's pearls of wisdom and watercolors. Happy Birthday JP!! Thanks for all of the bead and design knowledge you have shared over the years. We can't wait to see what you create next.

Apr 25, 2019

Dusk is coming... A special Stone Mix from Kate

I just love this simple yet stunning semi precious mix of 6mm rounds, star cuts and a dash of freshwater pearls.

When I design with these beads, I like to let the stones to the taking, so I add a very minimal background- simple pearl knotting or adding a simple 11/0 or 8/0 seed bead, or a Little Shadow bead as spacers. I used this 11/0 in the sample.

Sort in color order for an overall ombre effect, or string in a completely random mix, the choose is yours.

Here are the beads I used in the mix:

Apr 24, 2019

Introducing the New Beadshop Design Team Member, Faye Luxemburg-Hyam

When I first joined the group and began sharing my pieces I noticed a very kind and thoughtful member responded to all my posts with great enthusiasm. That member was Faye, and to this day, over a year later, she continues to comment, inspire, and motivate. Along with a positive attitude, Faye brings passionate talent to our design team. She thrives on experimentation and loves creating “something from nothing.”
To see more of her fabulous designs, be sure to visit her website:  http://silversagedesigns.ca/
-Alley


Give us a little background on why you chose to venture down the jewelry-making path.
“When I was a very young child, my mother and aunt used to give me their broken or unwanted jewelry to play with. Little did they know at the time, but their influence created a life-long passion for the interplay of colour, texture, and design.

I started collecting beads when I was a pre-teen. Never the demure type, I liked big, bold, textured, and colourful beads and of course the sixties created a veritable circus of sensory madness that I took full advantage of. Mostly self-taught, I experimented with beads of all kinds as well as found objects and flea market finds. To mimic beads that I saw in magazines, mostly from other cultures, I learned to make my own from clay, wood, paper, and paint!

I have studied other bead artists and their techniques and, as a lifelong learner, my jewelry creations are always evolving. I have also had the privilege of travelling the world and with each trip, I was drawn to the beads and ornamentation that expressed the culture of the people with whom we came into contact. I love to celebrate diversity in the jewelry I make and to touch the lives of the people who enjoy wearing it.

After a lifetime of working in Social Services, with jewelry making as my meditation, I am in the process of expanding what was a small on-the-side business that mostly marketed to my circles of friends and colleagues to an online shop that will reach out to a broader international market."

Did you ever have an “ah-ha” moment during your jewelry making journey?
“There have been many…they usually come when I figure something out that was so very puzzling to me, like how can I finish my wrap bracelet with a loop--and my friend Alley Mori provides the fix! Or when I discovered how incredible the Xuron crimping tool is to press in the little bit of wire that sticks out after I wrap a wire, or that I can use two colours to do a macramé piece that are either complementary or totally off the wall weird together; or making a tree of life that is not contained but truly wild. I love throwing out SOME of the rules to get AH-HA moments but sometimes they turn into HA-HA moments. It’s all good, it’s all practice and fun.”

What are some fun facts that our web audience would love to know about you?  
“I have lived in four countries including Canada, Southeast Asia, Israel, and Grand Cayman Island. I write poetry in a journal daily as a way to keep my mind sharp and to exercise my writing skills. My Husband calls me Mrs. Burg.”

What is your favorite piece and what made it special?
“Fluorite Fantasy – I adore making these five row cuffs and this particular one was made for one of my best friends. Two of the qualities found in Fluorite, which is the stone primarily used in this piece, are that it increases positivity and helps to balance both physical and emotional energy. While making this piece and after it was finished, I had a true sense of excitement and serenity happening within me at the same time. I knew my friend would love it and felt our connection as I was making it for her.  


Apr 17, 2019

Introducing the New Beadshop Design Team Member, Kim Golias



A big bonus of attending Beadshop’s Bead Retreat last September was meeting Kim.  After spending some time with her, it became apparent she had a creative soul and loved designing unique pieces.  Kim does not formally sell her jewelry but does create many gifts uniquely tailored to the recipient. She also loves to donate special pieces for fundraisers and charity.  Read on below and get to know Kim…

-Alley

Give us a little background on why you chose to venture down the jewelry-making path.
“Between wandering through craft fairs and discovering Beads Baubles and Jewels, I thought, "I should be able to do this." It's not always as easy as it looks but it's been a wonderful journey.  I started out with basic stringing then added bead weaving and some basic bead embroidery. Finding BDSC has taught me to look at beads differently. They've really renewed a joy that had become stagnant."

Did you ever have an “Ah-Ha” moment during your jewelry making journey?
“Early on it was proper crimping.  Recently, two more are courtesy of Kate and Emily: I avoided wrap bracelets until I learned to wax unruly thread.  Game changer! And, when Emily used the triangle as a tool to pick up seed beads and not just a dish, I ordered them right away!  No more picking up beads one or two at a time.”

How do you get out of creative ruts?
“I tend to make simple earrings. You can combine anything and sometimes that spurs a bigger idea. They're also great to have on hand as thank you gifts.  I will sometimes organize or just walk away. More recently, as suggested by Kate, I'll make components to use later. When all that fails, I go on The Bead Table Facebook Group and look at all the pictures of what everyone else is posting while I'm trying to figure out where to start.  I love this group!”

What’s a fun fact that our web audience would love to know about you?  
“I asked my husband this question.  He says it's that I hate ketchup but that I love anything furry so it balances out.”

What is your favorite piece and what made it special?
“I don't know if I have one.  I love any piece that puts a smile on someone's face.  I'm still learning and evolving so I think my favorite is yet to come.”

Well, Kim may not have a favorite piece yet, but we think these are pretty awesome.

Apr 12, 2019

Free Tip Friday: Bollywood for the Guys!

Hey Gang!
I thought you might like to see how I like to put a masculine twist on the Bollywood Bracelet. This one (pictured below left) is made for my husband, Chris and he loves wearing it.

Ingredients:
1 Spool 1.5mm Distressed Dark Green Leather
1 Spool .8mm Grey Chinese Knotting Cord
1 Tube 2/0 Matubos Matte Nebula Turquoise Green
1 Celtic Knot Brass Button



I also made a variation on-air (pictured above right.) I used the ingredients above except I use the Bonkers Button in Antique Brass, added Distressed Green Leather cord and Smoky Black Matte Picasso 8/0 beads.

You'll also want to grab a Thread Burner. A game-changer for this project!

Here you can see both laid out:

Check out the entire broadcast below. Enjoy!

Apr 11, 2019

Introducing the New Beadshop Design Team Member, Danielle Wickes

I recently had a pleasant experience meeting Danielle in person and can truly say she is a treasure.  So full of energy and with a generous heart, our Design Team is very fortunate to have her. Danielle brings a young spirit to our beading community and her designs give us just the right amount of beading diversity.  To help us get to know her better, I asked Danielle some beading related questions. Check out her answers below and be sure to visit her jewelry focused website.

-Alley
Give us a little background on why you chose to venture down the jewelry-making path.
“My original venture down the design path started in 2005 when I was asked to make something for my mom using some gemstones my dad had found on a trip. I hadn’t done any serious jewelry design. Up until then, I had mainly been a crochet artist and really into sewing bags and clothes. Tasked with the assignment to create this jewelry for my mom, I walked into my local brick and mortar store and asked for ideas. I didn’t realize at the time, but I met a future best friend that day and my journey with jewelry design started there. I learned most of what I know from the store manager, Amy, and the rest on the internet, during a week at Pratt Fine Arts Center and also at home, just playing with beads and wire. Amy also taught me metalsmithing and metal clay. I had an incredibly fun time all those wonderful years; all the learning and friendships made are some of the best memories of my life."

Did you ever have an “ah-ha moment" during your jewelry making journey?
“I think I have had a few 'ah-ha moments' in jewelry making. They’ve come up in different places in my journey. One recent one was photography lighting - really getting educated on that and making it my focus for a while has helped motivate me to create more. For a long time, I didn’t have a way to share my work because my pictures were not really showing my pieces. The other ah-ha piece is having a community to share with.”

What’s a fun fact that our web audience would love to know about you?  
“Let’s see, a fun fact about me, I love distance running and I am into sci-fi shows and movies.”

What is your favorite piece and what made it special?
“My favorite jewelry piece was made during one of the Beadshop LIVE shows. We (my then 4 year-old Patrick and I) created this necklace for my mom. He chose everything: the pendant, every bead, every charm, and the button. The project was a free-form necklace with Kate and Janice (The Zen of Stringing). We spent about an hour before the broadcast filling a bead tray with everything as he dug around and chose treasures and strands, holding up seed bead tubes and shaking them. He asked questions about all the beads and was very selective. He chose shells and honeybees, and man this boy can colorway! He did this earth tones balance with rose and turquoise and some wooden beads. He was not afraid to mix up metal finishes, and then he topped it all with the aurora borealis Full Moon button. When we gave this to my mom she literally cried. It was pretty much the best jewelry I’ve ever made. He also chose the clover charm as his signature: from Patrick.”


Top Ten Tips By Janice

Hey Gang, I know you all love pearls of wisdom... and who better to share their pearls that our one-and-only founder, Janice! JP and I we...