Sunday, October 30, 2005

Advertising and Design

I love graphic design and discovered a great blog on the 'net. (link is embedded in the title, above) takes you to the world of advertising. It asks the question of what we are trying to say when we create "art" and looks at advertising that is either a success or a failure in answering that question. From there I found another website that is fascinating - a site that allows you to see what photo-retouching can do: It does an excellent job of telling the "truth" behind all those glitzy glamour girls and perhaps makes the rest of us imperfect mortals seem not so imperfect after all. Finally, take a look at the worst advertising around - an interesting venture into either good humor or horrid taste, depending on your perspective: (click on the trash can to enter). All of these links can be found on Frederik Samuel's blog, which can be found by clicking on the title above. Thanks to Frederik for a wonderful blog!

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Halloween Bead Patterns

Looking for Halloween bead patterns? Click on the title above to view some fun patterns for sale on the net. Enjoy! (Note: bracelet shown above is pattern #7280)

Friday, October 28, 2005

Tip #1: Starting Tubular Ndebele

I rewrote this section and updated it. If you've gotten here by following a tag, do one more thing: Click on the title above to take you to the updated "Tip". Thanks.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Bead Weaving Tips & Tricks

I've been toying with the idea of putting up bead weaving instructions on this blog. I've put up instructions for free on the site, but I want people to also be able to access the information here. My problem is, how would a beader download the information? Blogger doesn't allow me to upload pdf's. It dawned on me today how to solve this problem. If I put the instructions directly into a blog article and if you send an email of the blog article to yourself, you can print your own email! So stay tuned, I'm going to start putting little tips and tricks into my blog.......and I'll include info on how to email it to yourself (see the little envelope below this tidbit? Try clicking on it to see what happens). For now, just click on the title to find some of my tutorials online!

Monday, October 24, 2005

Create Stylish Earrings

I love earrings - they're great for gifts and fast and easy to make. I've discovered a website that sells earring patterns for $3.95 each. That's a good price for wonderful ideas, particularly when the sky is the limit on the imagination! If you're looking for inspiration to create Holiday gifts or are in need of a pick-me-up for your own design ideas, click on the title above to take you to Kalmbach publishing's website. You'll find a variety of projects besides earrings too. Enjoy!
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Friday, October 21, 2005

Free Bead Patterns

I've had a lot of requests for where to find the best bead patterns that are free on the web. There are quite a few, so I am listing them below. Please copy and paste the URLs into your browser. Enjoy & I hope this helps!

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Gorgeous Czech Beads

I love Czech beads. I know, everyone loves Japanese beads. But Japanese beads are soooooo perfect. They're also kinda rectangular. Czech beads - they're round. True rocailles. When you weave them, they have a texture all their own. I've often said that Japanese beads are the "Modern art" and Czech beads are the "Renaissance" of the bead world. It's true! Czech beads got shape. When you've done beadwork for a few years, you begin to notice the difference. I have certain stitches I prefer to weave with Czech beads, while others look better with Japanese. But that also depends on the application. For example, free form peyote is inherently a texture-producing weave so any type of bead will do. But if you want texture without the design hassle it's relatively easy to get with Czech beads. I've entitled this snippet "Gorgeous Czech beads" to draw your attention to looking more closely at Czech beads and considering them for your next project. I've found a website with scrumptious photos of all sizes and colors of Czech beads - a virtual candy store! Check it out by clicking on the title above to take you there. Once there, click on "size 8/0" for a yummy treat. Enjoy!
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Barb's World at Beadwrangler

I'm so excited- Barb Grainger is starting a monthly column on Beadwrangler's site. I LOVE her work. It's so beautiful, feminine, and all with beads! She's great with flowers and netting and just so talented. I've included a link to her new column, so click on the title above to see it!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Magnetic Clasps

I've been trying to find worthy magnetic clasps. There are a lot of magnetic clasps on the market, but which ones are worth their weight? I wove a lovely little bracelet on a loom, about an inch wide and six inches long. I added a magnetic clasp - the heavy duty one that is sold at my local beadstore for $2.50. It's a nice looking clasp sooner had I snapped the clasp in place when the bracelet suddenly flew off! A simple flick-of-the-wrist and it was gone! After this experience I became very disappointed in magnetic clasps, wondering if they weren't just another bit of hype. Until I found some clasps from Rio Grande. Available in a variety of metals, the ones with the snap-lock appear to be the best. They are so powerful that they are difficult to pull apart. Now that's my kind of jewelry clasp! My Mom uses them on her heavy-duty gem and mineral pieces and they do not fail. Advice: For magnetic clasps, check out Rio Grande - a catalog supplier to the jewelry trade. They can be found at 1-800-545-6566 or online at
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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Weave a Free Form Peyote Bracelet

A beginning tutorial for weaving a free form peyote bracelet can be found in the classroom section on the website. This tutorial is a good place to get started and the project is a simple bracelet design. Click on the title above to take you to the tutorial. Enjoy!
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Learn to Weave Square Stitch

If you're interested in weaving beadwork using square stitch, look no further! My FREE tutorial on provides step-by-step instructions. The method provided is slightly different from what you'll find in most books but takes the same amount of time to weave and results in a more resilient piece. It's also a great substitute for weaving on a loom. Click on the title above to take you to the tutorial. Be sure to check out my patterns while you're there (click on my name in the pattern box) - I've got quite a few that use this lovely stitch. Enjoy!
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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Free Form Peyote Beadwork

I've discovered another interesting bead weaving site on the web - this one is owned by Lillian Todaro. She has all kinds of interesting things on her site, not to mention a gallery of her own beadwork. She is noted for her free-form peyote neckpieces. If you like this style of work then I recommend checking out her site. She also sells patterns and teaches classes. Click on the title above to take you to
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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Just Bead It!

I've discovered another FUN website with all kinds of projects. There are purses made of metal mesh, a beautiful butterfly and leaf necklace, a creative bracelet made of dominoes and stamping........the possibilities are endless here! Check it out by clicking on the title above!