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Beading Again

I tore myself away from quilting for a bit to make a couple of necklaces with some beautiful Hand Blown Glass Beads.  These are simple, but elegant necklaces strung on Bead Smith Flex-Rite Beading Wire.  Other beads include Seed Beads and Swarovski Crystals for some sparkle.

Beading is a great hobby; you can have so much fun with color and texture.  And, look, I have combined my quilting with the beading here by using some of my batiks as a backgrounds in my photos.

I have not done any beading in quite a while, but I remember the trial and error of finding just the right materials for jewelry making.  I always had good luck with Rio Grande tools and findings and I loved looking for vintage beads on eBay.  I  found inspiration from beading magazines and books.  200 Beading Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets is a book available from Amazon.com that looks like it gives an excellent overview of the tools and techniques for someone just getting started with this hobby.  Also, Interweave publishes many excellent beading magazines and books, including several free e-books.

And, you might enjoy browsing around my Bead Stringing Site.  I started this back in 2001 when I took an HTML class at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Yes, the site is all hand written code.  No page generating tools were used for that site!  I have not added any content to  the site in years, but the site still gets a fair amount of traffic.  Using Word Press to publish blog posts is much more convenient, but knowing how to tweak things with HTML still comes in handy now and then!

Handmade Bead and Wire Bangle Bracelets

I have a collection of bead and wire bangle bracelets that I made a few years ago.  I spend so much time quilting that I just don’t find time to work with my beads anymore.  These bracelets were sitting in my jewelry box just waiting for me to pick them up and start wearing them again.

 

I took a class to learn how to make these, but there is a book that gives you step by step directions.  There are quite a few tools and materials involved, but it is a fun hobby if you need a change of pace from quilting … but, I still have too many UFOs and commitments to BOMs …. maybe I can sneak in a new bracelet or a necklace!

The book that I have with instructions for making the bracelets (and other bead and wire projects) is “Bead on a Wire: Making Handcrafted Wire and Beaded Jewelry” by Sharilyn Miller … available from Amazon.com, and yes I will get a small commission if you use this link!

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Cat Toy?

Cat Toy?

 

Cat Toys???