Saturday, 7 November 2015

December 2015 Issue Bonus Project - lace and black

Editor Helen, shows you just how versaTILE these artisan made wooden components from J-Lynn Jewels can be

"When Janice from J-Lynn Jewels sent me some of her gorgeous wooden ART Tiles to play with, I couldn't wait to get creating. Made using a Floretine decoupage technique, I just love the finish on these components with their fabulous images and wonderful woodburned edges. Being able to have holes drilled just where you want them, means the possibilities for using in your designs are endless. I worked with a 1 inch square Tile with a hole in each corner, perfect for use as a connector, a Mini Matchstick tile (2 inch by 1/2 inch) with a single hole for a pendant and a pair of 1 inch by 5/8 inch Dog Tags, ideal for earrings." Helen.

lace and black

Gather these supplies

1 inch square wooden ART Tile (drilled in each corner)
10 8mm Dalmatian Jasper rounds
8 10mm Picasso Jasper rounds

4 6mm Onyx faceted rounds
4 Antique bronze patterned spacer bars
SoftFlex Metallic Bronze heavy beading wire
Antique bronze fancy toggle clasp
6 2mm Sterling silver crimp tubes
6 3mm Antique bronze crimp covers
4 4mm Antique bronze jump rings

Step by step

1. Cut four 12cm lengths of beading wire and attach one to each corner of the ART Tile using a crimp and crimp cover.

2. Starting with one side of the bracelet, thread the following beads onto each of the two wires: a Picasso Jasper round, a Dalmatian Jasper round, .an Onyx round

3. Pass the wires through the two holes on a spacer bar then thread the following beads onto each wire: a Dalmatian Jasper round, an Onyx round, a Picasso Jasper round.

4. Now pass the wires through another spacer bar, making sure the patterned side is uppermost.

5. Pass both wires through a final Dalmatian Jasper round then finish them by creating a loop and crimping to secure. Trim any excess wire and cover the crimp with a crimp cover. 

6. Repeat steps 2 to 5 on the other side of the bracelet.

7. Attach a toggle clasp using double 4mm jump rings.

Lacy lariat

Gather these supplies

2 inch by 1/2 inch Mini-Matchstick ART Tile
2 8mm Dalmatian Jasper rounds
2 6mm Onyx faceted rounds
4 10mm Picasso Jasper rounds
4 8mm Antique bronze jump rings
Antique bronze chain
2 Antique bronze headpins
2 Antique bronze eyepins

Step by step

1. Thread a Dalmatian Jasper round onto a headpin, trim and turn a loop above.

2. Thread three multi-toned Picasso Jasper rounds onto an eyepin and turn a loop above. Attach one loop to the Dalmatian Jasper dangle from step one.

3. Attach the other bead loop to a long length of chain (the desired length for your necklace).

4. Attach the other end of the chain to the bobbled ring using an 8mm jump ring.

5. Now create a bead dangle. Thread an Onyx round and a Picasso Jasper round onto a headpin, trim and turn a loop and attach to the bobbled ring using an 8mm jump ring.

6. Thread a Dalmatian Jasper round and an Onyx round onto an eyepin. Trim and turn a loop above the beads.

7. Attach the ART Tile to the bottom loop of the beads from the previous step using an 8mm jump ring. Attach the pendant to the bobbled ring with another jump ring.

8. Fasten your lariat by passing the beaded chain end through the bobbled ring.

Lace and black earrings

Gather these supplies

Pair 1 inch by 5/8 inchART Tile Dog Tags
Pair Antique bronze earwires
2 8mm Antique bronze jump rings
2 10mm Dalmatian Jasper rounds
2 6mm Onyx faceted rounds
2 Antique bronze eyepins

Step by step

1. Attach an 8mm jump ring to the ART Tile.

2. Thread a Dalmatian Jasper round and an Onyx round onto an eyepin, trim and turn a loop above to secure the beads.

3. Attach the loop at the Dalmatian Jasper end to the jump ring on the ART Tile and the other loop to an earwire.

4. Repeat in full for a second earring.

Shopping guide

ART Tiles - J-Lynn Jewels -
Dalmatian Jasper, Onyx, Indian Agate, Picasso Jasper - Cookson Gold -
Spacer bars - find similar on Ebay
Bobbly brass ring - Smitten Beads -

December 2015 Issue Bonus Project - on angel's wings

If you don't want to go to the trouble of making your own feather components, then have a go at these which use angel wing pendant charms

on angel's wings bracelet

Gather these supplies

7 Crystal Quartz nuggets
7 Crackled Frosted Clear Quartz rounds
1 14x50mm Copper plated angel wing pendant
15cm Large link copper plated chain
Copper leaf clasp
Antique copper headpins
1 7mm Antique copper jump ring

Step by step

1. Make dangles by threading each bead onto a headpin and turning a wrapped loop above.

2. Drill a second hole in the tip of the angel wing pendant so it can be used as a connector.

3. Cut the chain into two equal lengths and attach one piece to each side of the angel wing by opening the chain links temporarily.

4. Add a dangle to each chain link (alternating the bead types) by opening each link temporarily.

5. Finish by adding a the leaf toggle component to one chain end using the 7mm jump ring and the hook clasp component to the other chain end.

fly away lariat

Gather these supplies

1 Crystal Quartz slab
1 Crystal Quartz nugget
1 Crackled Frosted Clear Quartz round
1 large Antique copper closed ring
1 Antique copper eyepin
2 Antique copper headpins
1 14x50mm Copper plated angel wing pendant
Medium link copper chain
5 7mm Antique copper jump rings

Step by step

1. Thread a Quartz nugget onto an eyepin, trim and turn a loop above the bead. 

2. Attach one loop on the Quartz to the loop on the angel wing charm. Attach the other loop to the end of your chain.

3. Punch a hole in the feather blank at one end then stamp with the word 'FLY'. Enhance the lettering with a black Sharpie pen or gilders paste.

4. Thread the Quartz slab onto a headpin and turn a simple loop above. Attach it to the closed ring using a 7mm jump ring with the 'FLY' charm attached.

5. Thread a Cracked Frosted Quartz round onto a headpin and turn a wrapped loop above. Attach to the closed ring with a 7mm jump ring.

6. Attach the free end of chain to the closed ring using a 7mm jump ring. Your necklace fastens by passing the angel wing through the closed ring. 

fly away card
As mentioned in the magazine, you can also make feathers for cards using WOW! Embossing Powders. This one was made using Platinum powder that I then enhanced with black and German silver gilders paste.

I layered the feather onto a sample piece of woolen plaid and handmade textured paper and added 'FLY AWAY' in a typewriter font.

Shopping guide

Quartz beads - Jewellery Maker -
Large link chain, copper closed ring - Big Bead Little Bead -
Angel wing pendant - Ebay -
Feather blank Alchemy and Ice -
Medium link chain - Spellbound Bead Co -
Embossing powder and feather mould -

December 2015 Bonus Project - Berries & Beyond Earrings

Make a pair of earrings to match Michele Trapiche's Berries & Beyond necklace from our December issue

Gather these supplies

10g packet Silver Art Clay
4 Sterling silver jump rings
Pair Sterling silver earwires

Tools required

Small cutter (approx. 2cm long), non-stick work surface, graph paper (optional), Badger Balm or olive oil, roller, two air tight pots, metal clay spacers or playing cards, Clingfilm, cocktail stick/ small straw or small drill bit, water spritzer or small container of water, ruler, metal pick or craft knife, two small paintbrushes, small tweezers, piece of metal gauze for gas hob firing (or torch, firing brick if torch firing), heat resistant tongs, sanding pad set of sandpaper (3 grades, 800, 1000, 1500) or 3M Polishing Paper Set, Pro-Polishing pad, flat nose pliers, wire brush, Liver of Sulphur Gel (optional), Bicarbonate of Soda (optional) with two further plastic or glass containers and plastic tongs (optional).


You will need the same amount of clay to make a pair or earrings as you used for the pendant in the magazine. Follow all the same steps as in the main necklace but make the earring bars slightly shorter. You'll also need to round off the edges of the bar for a smoother finish.

Shopping guide

Silver Art Clay, non-stick Teflon sheets, Badger Balm, gas hob firing mesh, sanding pads, pro polishing pads, Liver of Sulphur  – - 01929 481541
Set of 3 holly cutters – Ebay -

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Facebook Mini Design Challenge sponsored by Beads Direct

We reveal some of the designs from our winner, Jacqueline Gatward

Our September Designer Challenge took a last look at summer with pretty Liberty ribbon, Swarovski crystals and chatons, a comprehensive pack of silver findings and seed beads in coordinating colours, all supplied by Beads Direct. We asked Jaide at Beads Direct (one of the designers in the magazine) to provide an extra challenge pack to give away on Facebook.

Last days of summer challenge pack

Our winner, Jacqueline Gatward was thrilled to win her beady prize. And here are the gorgeous designs she made using the pack.

Jacqueline made great use of some twisted rings to make a statement necklace strung from the Liberty ribbon and matching earrings, all with little pearl drops. Her stitched bracelet is full of the sparkle and colour of faceted glass beads in pretty flower motifs. Her wonderful pendant with pearls, and seed beads reminds us of a chrysanthemum blossom and is a really lovely way to combine beads of different sizes.

Visit where you can purchase all the components used by our designers.

To see the designs from our regular challenge designers, pick up your copy of the September issue which is still available from our online shop.

Happy creating!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

October 2015 Issue - Dawn Gatehouse Designer Challenge - Bonus Item

Dawn Gatehouse couldn't stop at three makes for her designer challenge this month. Find out how to make this extra bracelet using beads from Kernowcraft

To make this bracelet, you'll need a 14x10mm oval Sterling silver gallery wire setting, set with a Turquoise cabochon, and beads from the Kernowcraft 'Ocean' gemstone pack as well as some Cornflower Blue Frosted Agate rounds and Amazonite faceted rounds.

Step by step

1. Cut three 70cm lengths of magenta waxed linen cord and, approx. 10 cm from the ends, tie the lengths to a 10mm closed Sterling silver jump ring using an overhand knot. 

2. Add beads randomly along the three lengths, tying a knot each side of each bead. Stop adding beads at the 14cm point on each. 

3. At this point, tie another overhand knot with all three lengths. Thread the cords through a loop in the cabochon setting going from front to back.

4. Thread the linen back through the other loop on the cabochon setting.

5. Make a hook from some 0.8mm wire and attach this with another overhand knot. 

6. Finally, add some of the smaller beads from the pack to the ends of the cord for decoration, tying below the beads to secure them.

Buy your own bead pack and have a go at all the designs from our September challenge from Kernowcraft

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

October 2015 Issue - Bonus Project - midnight moth

Make this variation of Rachel Norris' marvellous moth brooch

In this design variation Rachel has added hammered spiral wire details to the wings instead of beaded wires.

Step by step

1. Make up the brooch following steps 1 to 36 from the magazine project then make a section formed from two pieces of 1mm wire. This section is made up of mirror image, symmetrically formed, curved, coiled and hammered wire, designed to fill the wing space. Use the same sort of techniques described in step 15 to make the mirror image shapes.

2. Attach the shaped wires to the top and midline of the circular space in the thorax section of the body frame using wraps of 0.4mm wire (leaving the ends for brooch attachment as for the other brooch) and, if you have space, add another shaped wire lower down. Attach also at the sides of the circular thorax frame space using the wires from step 36 in a similar way to step 36.

3. Next, wrap along each wing using a new 1.5m length of 0.25mm wire, starting from the top of the outer wing edge, wrapping along the wing frame and wrapping also around the spiral wing shapes where they touch the wing frame as you work around the wing towards the wing tip, up the inner edge of the wing until you end up wrapping just over the edge of the thorax circular frame space

4. Study the photo of the finished alternative brooch to see where to wrap across to the wing detail wires to attach them to the main frame.
Then continue to make up the brooch as in steps 40-60 to complete. Add a few extra beads to the sides of the thorax to hide any spaces in the setting using new sections of either 0.25mm or 0.4mm wire and tucking the ends in neatly out of sight on each side. 

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

September 2015 Issue Bonus Project – sienna sensation

Make a bracelet to match the necklace and earrings in our September issue. By Vicky Pritchard

Gather these supplies

Matt opaque green tea lustre Delica beads (A)
Duracoat opaque banana Delica beads (B)
Duracoat opaque maroon Delica beads (C)
1 20x12mm Stripy ochre glass oval bead (D)
1m Dark red C-Lon macramé thread
40cm Antique gold C-Lon macramé thread
2 Burnished gold box lace ends
2 4mm Burnished gold jump rings
Burnished gold ball and socket clasps
Black Nymo D beading thread 

Tools required

Size 10 beading needle, 10cm of 0.315mm wire or similar to use as a needle, scissors, macramé board and pins 

Here’s how…

1. Make two peyote stitched tubes following the instructions in the main project and the diagram below. 

2. Cut two 20cm lengths of gold thread for the core and two 50cm lengths of red for the knots. Assemble as for the necklace with 1cm of red knots to each side of the central D bead.

3. When you have knotted to the desired length, finish the bracelet ends with box lace ends. Add a clasp using jump rings.

Shopping guide

All beads and supplies from

Get our September issue with the ‘sienna sensation’ necklace project from