Mar 25, 2020

Kate's Creative Connection: Steadfast, an epic wrap bracelet.

As we continue our series to keep connected, Kate's working on an EPIC wrap bracelet.  All videos are below, along with an ingredients list and photos. We'll continue to update this blog post as she works on her wrap! Enjoy...

2 Serpentine Donuts

You'll also want to have:
Flush Cutters
Thread Snips
Project Tray and Insert
Mini Ruler or Handy Tape
Zap Gel or GS Hypo Cement

Episode 1: Tuesday, 3.24.20, we started with the Button Knot! For more on this knot, check out Pages 7-8 of these Episode Notes.

Episode 2: Wednesday, 3.25.20, Kate started working on macramé and laddering.

Episode 3: Friday, 3.27.20, a third wrap with beaded alternating half-hitch knots was created. Find more information on the basics of this knotting technique in Brittany's Young Love handout.

Episode 4: Wednesday, 4.1.20, a little more macramé and a clasp have been added. For more on the "Alley Splice" technique, check out Pages 13-14 of these Episode Notes.

Episode 5: Wednesday, 4.7.20, the epic conclusion! Kate has added .5mm leather to herringbone with, and this piece is finished! And this bracelet now has a name: Steadfast!

Mar 20, 2020

Kate's Creative Connection: Wire Pendant Necklace

Hey gang! This pendant/necklace is all about working with WIRE! Take a peek at her gorgeous work and ideas...The ingredients lists, episodes, and photos are below! Happy beading...

Spiral Pendant and Necklace (Epic Journey)
1 Indicolite Briolette

Round Pendant
Medium Brown Serpentine Round
Bare Copper 22g
11-4481 Duracoat Opaque Eucalyptus
DBC-0021 Delica Cut Nickel Plated Cut
SB18-2006 Matte Metallic Dark Bronze Miyuki Cubes
2mm Hematite Cut Cubes- Gold

You will also want to have:
Chain Nose Pliers
Bent Nose Pliers
Maxi Shear Flush Cutters
Round Nose Pliers
Nylon Jaw Pliers
Chasing Hammer
Bench Block

Episode 1: Thursday, 3.19.20, Kate creates a spiral wire pendant, hammers it flat, and begins to embellish.

Episode 2: Friday, 3.20.20, round beads have been wire-wrapped for later use!

Episode 3: Friday, 3.27.20, tassels are taking shape.

Episode 4: Tuesday, 3.31.20, the embellishment continues! Wire wraps galore!

Episode 5: Thursday, 4.2.20, Kate is ready to string a necklace to add her pendant to.

Episode 6: Wednesday, 4.8.20, entwined strands coming together...

Episode 7: Thursday, 4.9.20, working on that neckpiece some more...

Episode 8: Tuesday, 4.14.20, finishing touches! Kate adds a clasp to complete the project.

Mar 19, 2020

Mar 10, 2020

Spring Skies!

Kate's latest bead mix has arrived...were you able to snag one? These Limited Edition mixes go fast, so we hope you got one. Want to see Kate's ideas for using it? Read on...

String Along
Kate wanted to make a long strung necklace that could be converted to a bracelet. Using Size 2 Griffin Silk you can create a convertible piece just like Kate. So many silks work with this mix of blues...add end tips and a toggle clasp for ease of converting from a necklace to a bracelet and back again. Supplement the mix with more pearls, Czech glass, and some cute Bugles and 11/0s.

Here's a list of what Kate's got her eye on:
Size 2 Griffin Silk: Try Grey, Beige, Amethyst, Dark Pink
Bugles: BGL2-401FR, BGL2-2031, BGL2-414FR
11/0s: 11-576
Toggle Clasp: try Shelter!
Daisy Spacer
Classic End Tips
4mm Blue Nebula Turquoise Czech Glass Fire Polish
Gray Petite Rice Pearls

Mar 6, 2020

Sakura Tree of Life

What better way to use our tree-inspired Monthly Mix for March 2020 than with a tree-inspired piece of jewelry?? The Tree of Life design technique has been a long-time popular staple, but add the Sakura Skies twist and you really have perfection! Watch Kate create today on Free Tip Friday...

Here's your ingredient list:

1 Tube Sakura Skies- March 2020 Monthly Mix

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...