Feb 26, 2020

Entwined 2.0!

Brittany joined Kate for this Entwined Update Broadcast...so fun! Kate and Britt made gorgeous versions of this favorite, using new shapes, sizes, and materials. Quite the update, isn't it?

Check out the original two Entwined projects and Kate's new sample, Perfect Union, right here. Below, find ingredients for Brittany's on-air sample, Perfect Balance, as well as Kate's tips and tricks. We'll have Perfect Balance up on the website soon!


Perfect Balance
1 Tea Leaves Button- Antique Copper
1 Spool Celadon Regular C-Lon
1 Pkg .5mm Metallic Pearl Leather
1 Strand 6mm Blue Iris
1 Strand 8mm Antique Silver Rondelles
1 Olive Copper Roller

Kate’s Tips for Entwined:
-Cut 2 strands leather at 44”
-And 1 strand at 22”
-Equaling 5 strands

Add button and macrame all 5 strands 
together for about ¾ to 1”.

String 13 beads on center strand
12 beads on strand #2 and #4

Tie half hitch knots with strands #1 and #5.

Alternate 2 half hitch knots under center bead 
1 half hitch knot on side strands.

Knot towards the INSIDE of the bracelet.
Begin with the right side and then repeat with the left side.

Mantra is:
-under strand
-over strand
-through the loop

Jan 23, 2020

Peyote Lantern Pendant

Danielle has done it again! Her mastery with the new TierraCast Finishing Touches collection is unmatched! Kate tries her hand at this cute design today on Free Tip Friday, using November 2019's Monthly Mix, Autumn Fantasy. These are going to be great!

Download Danielle's handout here!

Autumn Fantasy Monthly Mix
Dark Purple KO Thread
Parasol Caps- Antique Copper
Hand of Hibiscus Charm- Antique Copper
5mm/18g Jump Rings- Antique Copper
2 ft Wrapped Link Chain- Antique Copper with Jumbo Swivel Clasp- Antique Copper
2 ft Run Along Chain- Antique Copper with Small Swivel Clasp- Antique Copper
(Kate has two different necklace ideas for this pendant, so it's your call which chain/clasp combo!)

You will also need:
Size 10 Beading Needles
Thread Snips
Zap Glue
Chain Nose and Bent Chain Nose Pliers
Xuron Maxi-Shear Flush Cutter

Here are Danielle's helpful charts:

Jan 16, 2020

Crescent Fan Earrings, a Free Tip Friday project

We were so excited to add TierraCast's Finishing Touches Collection to our inventory! And, we knew just who to turn to for design ideas...BSDT member Danielle! She has made some truly incredible pieces using this collection and Kate showcased on FTF today. Using the Herringbone/Ndebele stitch, these earrings work themselves out into a colorful fan. LOVE!

Here is Kate's colorway for the ingredients she used.
Frida Earrings
Project by Danielle Wickes
Sample by Kate Richbourg

1 Spool KO Thread (Kate is using Denim but you can choose what you like with these colors, too!)
1 Strand 4mm Matte Iris Blue Czech Fire Polish
1 Strand 3mm Marsala Czech Fire Polish
1 Tube 11-4222 Duracoat Galvanized Pewter 11/0 Miyuki Seed Beads
1 Tube 11-2075 Matte Opaque Cobalt Luster 11/0 Miyuki Seed Beads
1 Tube 8-2040 Matte Metallic Brick Red 8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads
1 Tube 8-642 Dyed Salmon Silver Lined Alabaster 8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads
1 Pair Crescent Crimp Ends- Antique Brass
1 Pair Earwires (Kate's using Bronze Dot!)

You'll also want to have nylon jaw pliers, chain nose pliers, thread snips, a thread burner, and E6000 glue!

Find Danielle's original project handout at this link.

For the full tutorial, check out the Free Tip Friday video below.
Here is Kate's Row-by-Row directions.
Crescent Earrings
ROW 1: Using 11/0 seed beads, make a Herringbone base row with a double stack of 8 beads across. (Kate used the Matte Opaque Cobalt Luster)
ROW 2 & 3: Using 8/0 seed beads, make a Herringbone row using a single stack of 8 beads across. (Kate used the Matte Matte Metallic Brick Red)
ROW 4: Using 8/0 seed beads, repeat Row 2. Add an 11/0 seed bead between each herringbone section. (Kate used Salmon Silver Lined 8/0 and Cobalt Blue 11/0)
ROW 5: Repeat Row 4.
ROW 6: Repeat Row 4 using two seed beads between each herringbone stack.
ROW 7: Use 3mm Marsala Fire Polish to make the herringbone segment and use the 4mm Iris Blue Firepolish between each stack as done with the 11/0 seed beads in previous rows.
ROW 8: Starting with the first herringbone segment, make a three-drop picot using two galvanized pewter and one cobalt 11/0. Use one galvanized pewter 11/0, one 3mm Marsala Firepolish and one galvanized pewter 11/0 between each herringbone section. Repeat until end of row. Weave off end, or if enough thread remains, weave thread up to start of Row 1 and add two double stack rows of herringbone stitch. This is the segment for gluing the crescent crimp. If using a larger crimp, like the Marrakesh Crimp, add a final 5th row of 11/0 seed beads. Glue crimp in place using E600 or Zap Glue. Let cure and add ear wire or other adornments as desired.

Dec 20, 2019

End of Year Poem from Faye...

It is year-end and time to reflect on all the wonderful things that have come in to our lives at BSDC. We adopted two very special friends, Alfred (R) and Oliver (L), known as "The Pickles Brothers"...don't ask me why! We have come to know much better our worldwide beading community through Facebook and Youtube. It is an extraordinary, amazing and talented community that spans the globe and yet it feels like we are all sitting around the bead table together.

We have you to thank for our success. We received this lovely poem written by Faye Luxemburg-Hyam, one of our amazing Design Team Members. This poem reflects the true generosity and love we receive and we are terribly grateful for your support.

May you have a blessed holiday and a happy and healthy new year. 

Thank you so much,
Love from all of us at beadshop, including Alfred T. Pickles and Oliver Q. Pickles

Nov 29, 2019

FTF: Five'n Ten Bracelets

Kate's Free Tip Friday was all about the quick 'n easy...so she introduced us to the Five 'n Ten Bracelet! Using a pattern of five beads and ten knots, this is a super simple, fantastically fast, and sweet and chic bracelet stack that is perfect for gift-giving.

Kate's Ingredients:
1 Betty Button- Brass
1 Tea Leaves Button- Antique Brass
1 Button Eyes Button- Brass
1 Spool Peony 0.4mm Chinese Knotting Cord
1 Spool Spring Leaf 0.5mm Chinese Knotting Cord
1 Spool Blue Gray 0.8mm Chinese Knotting Cord
1 Tube 8-1017 Silver Lined Emerald AB 8/0 Seed Beads
1 Strand Little Shadows- Antique Brass
1 Strand Amethyst Blue 8mm English Cut

The Basics:
3 Small-Medium Buttons
3 Spools Chinese Knotting Cord (any colors, any sizes)
1 Tube 8/0 Seed Beads
1 Strand Little Shadows
1 Accent Bead

You'll also want to have:
Project Tray and Insert
Zap Glue
Thread Burner
Thread Snips

Entwined 2.0!

Brittany joined Kate for this Entwined Update Broadcast...so fun! Kate and Britt made gorgeous versions of this favorite, using new shapes, ...