Jul 16, 2021
Flash Sale Friday...get creative!
Jul 14, 2021
Thinking of how to create a themed bracelet without it looking super-themed (overly themed) is not as hard as it sounds: pick an aspect and keep it subtle. Maybe make it a bit abstract, and go from there! In this case, Drea considered what she knew about Wonder Woman...a strong female character, bold, powerful, beautiful...and an Amazon. Thus, the bracelet took shape, starting with Amazonite beads, and the color story grew from there! Drea added a couple charms and skull beads from her stash, but you can easily add charms of your own and use some Shadows or 6/0s on the ends. You do you!
This ingredient list links to both the broad general category and the specific item Drea used. For example, clicking on "Regular C-Lon" shows you all the flavors, clicking on "Marina" brings you directly to that color. Easy-Peasy!
1 Button, Making Waves- Antique Silver
1 Spool Regular C-Lon, Marina
1 Pkg 1.5mm Leather or 2mm Leather, Metallic Cement*
6 Tubes 8/0 Seed Beads, 8-1425, 8-4213F, 8-4276, 8-21F, 8-4702, 8-242
1 Strand 4mm Gemstone Rounds, Matte Black Gold Amazonite
1 Strand CzechMates Tiles, Matte Navy
1 Tube SuperDuos, Halo Celestial Blue
1 Strand Shadows, Silver Plate
Optional: Charms and 6mm Oval Jump Rings, decorative beads for leather ends.
*Note on leather: Drea used 2mm Metallic Cement, which we no longer carry. If you want to go for color, use 1.5mm Metallic Cement. If you want the thickness, try a 2mm in a different color.
Wrap techniques are:
1: Button, macramé in place with KO, Infinity Stitch a repeating pattern of five 8/0 colors in rows of 3 (taper from one bead, to two, to three at start!)
2: Infinity Stitch with KO, 4mm Gemstone Rounds
3: Infinity Stitch with KO, a repeating pattern of Tiles and 8/0s (used only three 8/0 colors here)
4: Infinity Stitch with KO, in Seashore style (note: original Seashore Projects use Traditional Laddering, Drea uses Infinity!), 8/0s and SuperDuos. Taper down.
5: Macramé with Regular C-Lon, with a repeating pattern of 8/0-Shadow-8/0, two full square knots, single 8/0, two full square knots. End with a knotted button loop and decorated leather tails. Add a charm between wraps 4 and 5.
Sep 30, 2020
One in a Million: Gitte and her Samson
This is a story about one special cat and one very special human and how they found each other. Most of our readers know Gitte from our Facebook Live shows. Gitte lives in Denmark and moderates the comment section on Wednesdays and Fridays. Like clockwork, Gitte is saying hello to everyone and linking products and projects while Kate is live. She is amazing! Janice, Kate, and Gitte became fast friends through the screen. Gitte volunteered to moderate chat on beadshop's FB page long ago...Kate and Janice thought it was so generous of Gitte, but never imagined it would go on for so long and develop into lifelong friendships. The entire BSDC team feels such gratitude to Gitte. We are always looking for ways to thank her. Asking her to create a Monthly Mix was important to us...we just didn't know it would open the door to such a worthy cause: World Animal Protection and a special fund for Samson.
In the summer of 2020, Gitte was approached by Janice and asked to create a bead mix. Gitte knew right away she wanted to honor her beloved cat, Samson. Unfortunately, Samson is no longer waiting for Gitte to cuddle or feed him; Samson passed on in 2015 from illness at the age of eight.
But, let Gitte tell you Samson's story in her own words:
Samson was the first kitten born to my parents' British Shorthair, Svea. My parents quickly decided I should have him. I already had his name picked out, Samson.
He was a happy cat and very social. He was also BIG! He grew to 16 lbs! He loved to eat and my other cats knew to be quick or there wouldn't be any food left with Samson around.
Samson died shortly after his 8th birthday in 2015. And when Gitte sees orange poppies, she is reminded of Samson and knows that he is never really gone. To honor Samson, the mix has the green of Samson's eyes and the grays of his lovely fur. It also has the oranges of poppies and Gitte's own red hair!
When asked how we can help honor Samson, Gitte asked if we would donate to World Animal Protection, an organization helping to bring awareness worldwide to the suffering of animals. BSDC is donating $1 from the sale of every Samson Monthly Mix to World Animal Protection.
|Samson, the monthly mix for October 2020|
If you would also like to help, you may donate here. Gitte has earmarked the donations from beadshop to help the abandoned kittens left behind in Denmark after the summer residents leave and go home for the year. Samson still has lots of brothers and sisters across Denmark. One of his sisters is pictured here with Samson. Her name is Venus. And, although Samson will always be missed, Venus is now the Queen of the Castle.
|Venus and Samson|
While supplies last, you can purchase Samson,
the October 2020 Monthly Mix at beadshop.com.
Aug 28, 2020
Working with California Poppies: Kate's latest limited edition mix
Kate's done it again! This California Poppies mix is a breath of fresh air, and it's super special...and limited. If you missed out, don't fret! More special mixes are coming down the road.
Take a peek at the beads Kate decided to use to supplement her mix, or that you could use in place of it...here's what she showed on air:
8-2031Matte Metallic Sage Green Luster
8-4204F Duracoat Galvanized Matte Champagne
8/0 Metal Seed Bead Antique Copper
8-4515 Chartreuse Matte Picasso
8-4273 Duracoat SL Dyed Willow
8/0 Metal Seed Bead Gilding Matte
8-641 Dyed Rose Bronze SL Alabaster
8-4270 Duracoat SL Dyed Magenta
8-4243 Duracoat SL Dye Topaz Gold
Matte Persian Turquoise Copper Picasso
Matte Green Aventurine (8mm)
Matte Light Aventurine (8mm)
Olive Jade (10mm)
Red Aventurine (10mm)
Green Aventurine (10mm)
Jul 17, 2020
Free Tip Friday 7.17.20
We recently had a very special request in our Facebook Group, The Bead Table. What can you do with a special object that's not a bead, but you want it protected and memorialized in some way? Perhaps even made into a piece of jewelry? A precious rose quartz stone was the item in question, and many of our Bead Table members suggested wire wrapping. We agreed!
Today, Kate explores what to do with a "found object," using wire wrapping techniques to capture the piece and enable a work of art to be created around it.
Ingredients were simple today...just wire! Kate used 20, 22, and 24 gauge wires. Specifically, the stone on the left uses 20G in Titanium, and the sea glass on the right uses 22G in Bare Copper.
You'll also want to have Nylon Jaw Pliers, Chain Nose and Bent Nose Pliers, Round Nose Pliers, and Flush Wire Cutters.
Jun 28, 2020
Free Tip Friday 6.26.20
Want to make your own colorway? This ingredient list links to both the broad general category and the specific item Kate used. For example, clicking on "Regular C-Lon" shows you all the flavors, clicking on "Teal" brings you directly to that color. Easy-Peasy!
1 Button and Mini Mix or Monthly Mix- Summer Bliss Mini Mix
1 Spool Regular C-Lon- Teal
1 Spool 0.5mm Chinese Knotting Cord- Golden Toffee or Violet
1 Czech Roller Bead- Pomegranate
How to Macramé
Jun 19, 2020
Free Tip Friday 6.19.20
Kate's earrings are a take on Alley Mori's Looped Tassel. Find her ingredients below. Want to make your own colorway? This ingredient list links to both the broad general category and the specific item Kate used. For example, clicking on "Fine C-Lon" shows you all the flavors, clicking on "Turquoise" brings you directly to that color. Easy-Peasy!
1 Pair Earwires- Folio
1 Spool Fine C-Lon- Turquoise
1 Tube Monthly Mix- Getaway
1 Pkg Currents Beads- Mist
1 Pkg Jump Rings: 2 types!
-8mm Soldered - Bright Silver and
-4mm Oval- Bright Silver
Flash Sale Friday...get creative!
Last week Kate went shopping for some special strands at a local gem show, and she brought back six stone strands she couldn't live with...