Sunday, September 11, 2005

Amy Pfaffman's Functional Jewelry

Beautiful and Creative are the two words that come to mind when I view Amy's site. Who would have thought brass hinges would make an incredible bracelet? What about those colored pencils we have stashed away in our kitchen drawers? Cut them up and use them as earrings? Brilliant!
Click on the title above to take you to Amy's website and her "About me" page. To see her creations, click on the links once you've arrived. Enjoy!!!!
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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Learn to Read Peyote Patterns

One of the greatest challenges to new and even seasoned beaders, is reading a peyote graph. How does one get started? I've found a lot of instructions on the net and in books, but honestly, most of them are confusing. A peyote "start" consists of stringing rows one and two sequentially, and then adding the third row. Once you've mastered the "start" (which is quite simple) reading the pattern is easy. Many beaders will weave a few "dummy rows" to get started and then pull them out once their piece is woven. But what happens when you've pierced a thread and woven through it? You can't unravel that dummy row! If you've struggled with starting a peyote project, please click on the title above. It will take you to my FREE instructions for reading and weaving peyote. I also have a FREE tutorial on tubular peyote as well, but the flat peyote is the best place to get started! (Pattern # 8290) Enjoy!
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Friday, September 09, 2005

Bead Patterns - The Magazine

NEW!, a popular bead site, has announced it's new magazine, "Bead-patterns" available September. Edited by Deb Moffit-Hall (A fabulous designer in her own right), it promises to be an outstanding addition to the craft magazines on the market. It's currently available as a pdf download or as a bi-monthly CD subscription (Brilliant!). And the projects this month.....outstanding. I can't wait to try Judith Bertaglio Giffin's beautiful rings with crystals - so elegant and just in time for the Holiday season. You won't want to miss it. Click on the title above to take you to the website where you can learn more and even subscribe!

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Scrumptious Japanese Beads

Do you love Japanese beads? Do you buy them from various beadstores and wonder "Where the heck can I find more of these?" More, meaning, kilos? Look no further. Charlene Booth has the most wonderful, wonderful beadsite with almost every imaginable Japanese bead, in every imaginable size. There are so many choices! If you can't quite place that odd little number on your bead tube, chances are you'll find it here. And if you're looking for that special, beautiful color for that special project, look no further! Click on the title above to go to her website.

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