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Beads Through History Part 2

Glass Beads Many beads used in jewelry making and decorations are glass beads.  Glass beads are known for their durability and beauty.  Glass beads began being created over 5000 years ago.  Mesopotamian core-forming  (where they used a metal mandrel with pieces of glass held over a flame) dates back to 2300 BC. Gradually as the glass softened, glass workers would wrap it around the mandrel forming intricate ornaments. These early beads, or vessels were considered valuable and were preserved as they were placed in burial tombs. Even today, lamp-work  bead are made by holding glass rods over a flame then gently winding the molten glass over the mandrels. The invention of the blow pipe in gave way to the creation...

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May 2017 Artisan Project Featuring...

    Katarina Necklace Tutorial by Penny Dixon of Penny Dixon Designs Thank you Penny for sharing your amazing talent and love for beading with us!   Penny became captivated with beading in 2009. She loves the constant learning and limitless creativity that beading affords. "I just love everything about it. I enjoy the process of beading as well as the result. It’s a journey where learning is always happening; techniques are constantly refined and creativity reigns. I’m amazed by the vast diversity of materials are out there and what can be done to make beautiful designs. With the prompting of several artists and beading enthusiasts, I started sharing my designs and doing a little teaching, too."   "I think...

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Keeping Us In Stitches - Sprial Stitches

The spiral stitch is a fun stitch that can enhance jewelry, accessories, decorations and more.   The spiral stitches, another off-loom bead weaving technique, lends itself to a multiple beads sizes and colors and can be used to create beautiful jewelry, accessories, decorations. Spiral rope, or spiral rope chain, is a popular beading technique that is great for beginners and experts alike. The basic stitch is simple to do, and incredibly easy to adapt, allowing for endless design possibilities. Starting with a basic spiral rope chain, change the number, size or type of beads to create designs that are all your own. To get you busy stitching we have included some of our favorite tutorials.  Our favorite basic spiral tutorial is...

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April 2017 Artisan Project Featuring...

  Renee Kovnesky of Elegance By Renee Sleeping Beauty Pendant and Earring Tutorial Renee is a very talented beader who excells in creating tutorials highlighting multi-holed beads. Thank you for sharing your talent with us this month Renee! Renee has shared a bit about her love for beading and how she started creating tutorials. "5 years ago, my husband and I moved to Appleton, WI, from Milwaukee, WI. When we moved to Appleton, I just had to go and find all the beading stores in and around our area. One day out of the blue, I was asked if I would be interested in teaching at a local bead store, I tried it and loved it! Well the next thing...

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March 2017 Artisan Project Featuring...

Designer Jackie Schwietz Crystal Crossings Bracelet Thank you for sharing your artistic talent with us Jackie! Jackie turned her artistic skills to beading after she moved to Florida.  She formerly worked with oils and acrylics on canvas.  Her artistic eye can be seen in her beautiful free-form designs.   She is enjoying this new creative outlet and enjoys working with beads of various sizes and shapes, creating amazing 3-D designs.  She has been published in Bead and Button magainze and in Creative Beading.  She served as the president of the Gulf Coast Bead Society from 2013-2015.  In her spare time she also passes along her beading skills to others through classes offered at My Bead Gallery in Englewood, Florida.    ...

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