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Free Chain Maille Tutorials (7/14/2014)

2014 July 14

If you are comfortable with using tools, chainmaille can be a lot of fun. When I started doing chainmaille, mostly sterling silver rings were used, but the silver prices went up. Now there are not only base metal rings, but the wonderfully colorful anodized aluminum rings.They are much lighter and much less expensive. The colors are bright and cheery. Try some today!

Blue Dragon Back Chain Mail Necklace

Blue Dragon Back Chain Mail Necklace

Blue Dragon Back Chain Mail Necklace

http://www.jewelry-and-polymerclay-tutorial-heaven.com Sun, 17 Jul 2011 11:43:14 GMT

Many chain mail patterns have vividly creative names, like the one in this tutorial. It is called Dragon Back, a name that isn’t so out of the blue, as the center ridge of the chain looks a bit like a dragon’s spine. The pattern looks complicated, but is not so difficult to make. Like most chain mail patterns it may take a while to get it right from the start, but once you are over that bit, it gets easier.

 Free Chainmaille Tutorial Series: Tools You’ll Need

Free Crystal Bead Jewelry Tutorials (7/11/2014)

2014 July 11

 I always fancy that we beaders who love crystals were probably crows or raccoons in a previous life. We cannot resist making something sparkly or taking home shiny beads. And we can’t get enough crystals. I know I’m stock-piling them. And what’s wrong with that?

Beaded Crystal Net Necklace

Beaded Crystal Net Necklace

Beaded Crystal Net Necklace

http://sandrahalpennybeading.blogspot.com Thu, 08 May 2014 13:24:00 GMT

The Beaded Crystal Net Necklace pattern is very easy to make. Adding all the Fire-polished crystals makes this necklaces sparkle like crazy. It will look like you are wearing a very expensive necklace and be the star of the party. So grab your beads and start making yourself a beautiful necklace.

Tips for Bead-weaving with Crystals

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Crystals need to be treated differently than other beads when you use them for bead-weaving because some of them can have sharp or rough edges that will wear or cut through your beading thread quickly. And after you’ve spent hours stitching together a piece of beautiful crystal jewelry, you don’t want it to fall apart after just one wearing!

Free Netting Bead Patterns (7/9/2014)

2014 July 9

Netting is a fun, easy stitch to learn and great for beginners. You can use the same bead count, but different beads and get a totally different look, from fun or casual to elegant or stunning. It works up fast, also. Next time you make a pendant or have an art bead, make a netted rope to set it off.

Netted Bead Cord Tutorial

Netted Bead Cord Tutorial

Netted Bead Cord Tutorial

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For me, there are few chord patterns that turn out as stunning as a netted pattern.  This is not a new pattern in any sense of the word.  There are many tutorials already available.  So why do another.  Simple.  It took me an hour to determine for a 4mm Swarovski bicone what beads create the best net.  So here is what I decided, and the outcome.  This can make a beautiful necklace or bracelet.

4 Free Beaded Netting Projects

http://www.beadingdaily.com Mon, 12 May 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Mixed Media Tutorials (7/7/2014)

2014 July 7

Mixed Media is still a popular technique in the beading work, and since so many of us have other crafting hobbies, it is a fun way to merge those hobbies and come up with entirely new techniques and stunning jewelry.

Turquoise Dreams Mixed Media Necklace Tutorial

Turquoise Dreams Mixed Media Necklace Tutorial

Turquoise Dreams Mixed Media Necklace Tutorials

http://jewelrymakingjournal.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:06:36 GMT

I wanted to make a stunning necklace to showcase it but, alas, inspiration refused to come pay me a visit. So, one day I decided to wrap the donut in copper wire since I love that color combination. And then, it went back into the bead box for a while, again until I came across Erin Siegel’s beautiful necklace in a book. So, the rest of the design concept of this necklace came from Erin Siegel.

Earthy and Elegant Mixed-Media Jewelry

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Enjoy 4th of July (7/4/2014)

2014 July 4

Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence

Happy 4th of July!! I’m sure you’re having a family picnic, going to see fireworks, enjoying some down time. But I’m going to assign you some homework. Don’t worry, it’s not hard.

When is the last time you read the Declaration of Independence? Probably not since you were in school. And I’m talking elementary school or high school. Here’s a great site to not only read the Declaration of Independence, but learn more about the writers and the signers you may never had known:

http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/

So sit down with your kids or your whole family and read the Declaration of Independence. Take turns reading parts of it out loud. Discuss what it took for the brave founders to write and sign it, putting their lives in danger.

Then, you may sit down and bead the rest of the long weekend. Just don’t forget all the great things you can do because our founders gave us this great country and so many have died to protect our freedoms.

by Julie Hunkar