Saturday, December 15, 2012

Quick Christmas Gifts

Happy Saturday Everyone,

I hope you are all getting into the gift giving season.  Well, the weather outside is frightful, more like blah, rainy and not too cold.  Had a great morning celebrating family members birthdays with a fun day out for breakfast.

As most of you know I love to make things for gifts for all my family members. Granted jewelry has not been a great gifts for the guys in my life, but one day I will figure something out for them.  As for the ladies, I try to make something special for them.  One year I did a unique bracelet for each person.  The next year I decided that I didn't have that much time to create something different for everyone, so I used a pattern that I got from a class that I took at Beadin' Mon! and made different colored projects.  That worked our real well. Not only did each person get a pretty project, I was able to customize the color to the recipients favorite color scheme, yet I was also able to quickly make them up.

Last year I was lucky enough to see, and make a beautiful Crystal AB tree pendant.  Oh my goodness, it is gorgeous.  I had many comments on it.  So this year when I stopped by Beadin' Mon! I found a selection of beads to create 3 other different trees. I got all my beads, findings and a mini instructional demonstration.  I can always use a refresher when it comes to wrapping the wires for the bails. I must say I am finally getting better at it.  As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.  But, I think I still need some more practice.

I made these cuties up during a movie (a Christmas one of course). Super easy, quick and a thoughtful gift for almost anyone on your list.  Just stop by Beadin' Mon! for all your supplies. Until next time, have a great week and Happy Beadin'

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pattern Project

Hello everyone,

I can't believe another weekend is ending so soon.  Time is just flying by, and I have so much to do.  I still haven't done any of my ornaments and I fear I won't get them done for this year.  Again, this year I have waited to long to start my projects.  I will at least get a few done, just not as many as I had hoped. I guess I should start next years gift making on January 1st, that should be enough time (I hope). :)

While I was cataloging all my magazines last week, I came across a few projects that I really wanted to make, and that was the reason I bought the magazine in the first place.  And at the time I purchased the magazine I didn't know how to do some of the techniques that were needed to complete the project.  

After working with beads for at least a few years now, I decided to give one of those patterns a try.  Here is the one I chose this week. 



I didn't  have the exact supplies called for, but I did have some nice substitutes that I could use.  I am pretty happy with the outcome. But, during it's construction I seriously thought about changing the design.  While I was playing with bead layout, I came up with a few designs of my own.  I was hoping to have that ready for you today, but I was lucky enough to get the first bracelet done. 

While working on the project, I followed the pattern to a T and didn't even think about it's final length until it was too late.  When I first started it did fit, but when I added the outside edge beads, it tightened up the stitching and made the bracelet a little short, just a bit to small. So to remedy that problem I decided that I am going to add a few jump rings to the one end, guess that now makes it adjustable. 

I wanted to say thanks to all the Beadin' Mon! staff. Without your guidance and classes over the last few years, I wouldn't have been able complete a project of this difficulty.  This project did take some time, but I was able to read the pattern and complete the necessary stitches. 

Remember if you need any supplies such as fireline, needles, seed beads, crystals or findings, to name a few, stop by Beadin' Mon! in Flint, Michigan.  Be sure to check out their online store at www.beadinmon.com.

On that note, I must get going, another project is waiting in the wings to get started on.  Until next time, Have a great week and Happy Beadin'




Sunday, December 2, 2012

Ornament 2012

Happy December Everyone,

Several weeks ago I mentioned I wanted to start making some beaded ornaments for family and friends.  I had the bulbs and I have a good selection of beads to play with.  All I needed was a pattern.

It didn't occur to me that hey, Christmas is only 5 weeks away when Thanksgiving happened.  Boy, how the time flies. Recently I was looking at a calendar and that's when it hit me, I still had to figure out what my ornament was going to be. And make them.  I am hoping that this year I might actually finish a project that I started instead of having to abandon my original idea and go purchase a small gift.  Don't you think that a hand made item, is just so much more. Well, when you have time to do so right?

Well, I started searching the Internet for a pattern that was inexpensive and easy to follow and of course was pretty.  As I sat here looking at the computer monitor I got to thinking, "I think I already have some of these patterns here in my home.  Why buy them again if I already have them?"  Patterns were selling for about $4 and the magazine cost about $6 to begin with.

So with the few ornament designs that I liked in mind, I pulled out all my bead magazines that I owned and started my search for "Ornament 2012".  Now that I have found a few of the patterns, the hard part is choosing which cool ornament to make. I better get my beading needles in gear, only 24 days left and counting.  

With that in mind, today's tip is to catalog your library of magazines.  That way you don't purchase a pattern that you already have on hand. :) The possible patterns that I was considering mentioned what magazine and what issue it was from.  And while I was entering information, I discovered I actually had duplicates on a couple magazines.  Oops.

A collection of my holiday themed magazines
complete with  patterns.
I made a list of all the different magazines that I already owned.  The information that I included was the magazine title, Issue # and any notes that I might want to know for future use such as;  a project that you wanted to try or a gift idea.  After I was done logging the information, I then put each magazine title in it's own pile and put them all away in an organized fashion.  So now, I will be able to look up quickly if I already have the pattern in question.

Once I decide which ornament pattern to use I may have to stop by Beadin' Mon! in Flint, MI and pick up coordinating beads to go with my projects.  If you can't stop by the shop, remember you can always shop virtually at the Beadin' Mon's online shop at www.shop.beadinmon.com.

Well, I hope this tip was helpful.  I know it definitely helped me.  Not only did I find a few of the ornament patterns I was looking for, I also found a pattern for a festive bracelet that I wouldn't mind trying.  On that note, I must retire for the night.  Have a fabulous week and as usual Happy beadin' :)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas Adornments and some wire work

Hello again,

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  Many of my friends and family took advantage of all the sales that were in progress.  Unfortunately, my husband and I didn't feel so hot so we remained home, in hopes of not spreading the virus to family and friends.

So in my time of recuperating, I have been looking through some of my books on beading (and watching Christmas movies, of course).  Which then got me in the mood to decorate.  Since all my home decorations are in the attic and I need help to get them down.  I could focus on working on jewelry which is decorations for us.  :)

Last year I wore a Crystal Tree that I got so many comments on.  I am hoping to design a few of my own holiday adornments.  But if you are not up to or don't have time to design your own, check out Beadin' Mon's saturday class called Christmas Earrings on December 1st, www.beadinmon.com/Classes.htm.  There are also lots of nice Christmas themed and inspired classes available too.

Lately, I have been playing with wire.  I so wanted to make a necklace using the pink ribbon bead that I used in my earring design.  So far, I have not come up with a solution that I am happy with. So I will keep on working on it.

Here is the Ribbon bead, I cut the wire too short, but I think
I'm headed in the right direction.

I originally wanted to dangle a bead from the center loop,
but again I had cut the wire too short.  And maybe add
some beads to jazz it up a bit.

Again, I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  If your hand crafting your gifts this year I hope you are able to achieve all that you set out to do.  

Remember to check out all the Christmas themed classes and the Christmas Earring Class at Beadin' Mon! www.beadinmon.com on December 1st.  I believe all the supplies are part of a kit, and I like kits because it's a great way to try something new without spending a heap of money.  

Until next time, have a great weekend and happy beadin'

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Inexpensive Ornament

Hello again Beading Fans,

It's getting that time of year again.  Thanksgiving is next week - the kick off to the Christmas season.  Over the last few years, my husband and I have been doing more making of homemade gifts instead of buying gifts.

We started doing that because most of our family members really didn't need anything and we thought it would be more special to make it from the heart.  And of course it helps the budget out too. Don't get me wrong, we do still purchase a few items, just not all of them.  Plus I really enjoy making gifts, It just makes Christmas feel more personal.

So here is something you can try.  It's inexpensive, fairly quick and easy to do.  I ran across these simple metal ornaments at the end of last season and picked these up for little money.  Of course I stashed them away for this year.  If I had thought about it, I could of made these up during the summer and be one step ahead for this year.

Anyway, here is what I did.



I picked out some seed beads that I had on hand and cut a length of wire.  I simply threaded the wire through the hole to anchor it.  Then I  randomly put the beads on the wire, twisting the wire together in a few places to hold all the beads in place. Curl the end of wire using the tip of your round nose pliers to finish the end off and keep all the beads in place.   Then I curled the beaded wire around a pencil to add a little movement to the ornament. If you don't have seed beads, you can use any beads you have on hand.

If you are in need of seed beads, stop by the shop and take a look at the selection of sizes, colors and styles.  Remember if you can't visit the shop, stop by our online shop at www.beadinmon.com and check out all the beads available.  

Hope you like my little ornament project and I look forward to seeing you after Thanksgiving.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving  and until next time, Happy Beadin' (gobble gobble) :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Beaded Ornament

Hello Everyone,

A few days ago my husband asked me to mend a rip in his coat.  So I got out the needle and thread and did my best at making this repair.  Granted it's not as great as my Mom would of done (she was a seamstress) but it didn't look all that bad.  A few days later another repair on a different item needed to be sewn together.  This one at least looked a bit better.

So I got to thinking.  It has been a while since I have done any stitching work.  I decided to look through my unfinished beading projects to see what I could find.  Being that Christmas is just around the corner, I chose a kit that I picked up from Beadin' Mon! last year during the Christmas Holiday Season.

Kits are great.  I like kits because a few reasons, first they usually contain all the necessary beads and instructions needed to complete a project.  Another reason I like kits is that you get to try out or practice a  new technique.  The only problem I can think of is if you get stuck you have to wait till you go into the shop and ask for help.



Here is my ornament that I created from a kit.  I think it turned out pretty good.  I had done this technique before, but it had been awhile, so it became a refresher course for me.  And I got to thinking about my ornaments that I wanted to make for my family members.  I may be able to create my own design instead of looking for a pattern to purchase.  Well, I will think about this a bit longer.

Remember when working on bead stitching projects: make sure your thread is not "hung up" on any portion of your project.  I did catch a few of these while making this, but luckily I noticed pretty early and was able to fix it with no problems.

Well, I hope your liked my Christmas Ornament kit.  Remember to stop by Beadin' Mon! for all your beading supplies.  Or shop our online store at www.beadinmon.com.  So during this holiday season, I hope you take time to create some holiday cheer.  Until next time, Happy Beadin'

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fixed Earrings

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to write about today.  I have so many projects in the works and waiting to be done it was overwhelming.  So today I decided to do something I have been meaning to do for quite a while. Fix a pair of earrings that I love.

Back before I started doing bead work I went with my step-mom to a craft show where I found a necklace and earring set that I absolutely loved...art deco in design and in a few shades of blue and of course sparkly.  Well, she went back in while I was look at something else and bought them for me as a birthday gift.

 I loved wearing them, but one day they necklace broke, but I was able to fix it with a jump ring.  Then the post on one earring busted clean off. I was so disappointed. What to do, luckily I was at Beadin' Mon! one day and saw posts for earrings. I asked how do I use these and bought  a pair.  I also bought some glue that is used in jewelry making and took them home.

I get distracted quite easy sometimes so of course these got set aside and forgotten.  So today, I figured you know I think I will finally fix my blue earrings and here they are.


So now my problem is.. do I break off the other post and replace it too or do I leave it till it happens naturally?   Thing is I really don't want to lose my earrings.  So I guess that answers my question.  I will clip off the old post as close to the base as possible and glue the new one in place. 

As I mentioned before, I purchased my replacement posts and glue from Beadin' Mon! and I got some valuable do it yourself fix your jewelry tips.  If you need some of your jewelry repaired stop by the shop and see if they have what they need. Or visit the online shop at www.beadinmon.com.   If not I'm sure they will be able to give you an alternate plan of attack or order the parts needed. 

Also remember Holiday season is just around the corner.  I have yet to find my ornament pattern that I want to make for family and friends this year.  I better get it in gear.  And I promise I will show my projects when finished.  Until next time, Happy Beadin'.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Steam Punk

Hello everyone,

I was watching a show last night about these homes that are decorated inside and out really funky.  They showcased one home and called it steam punk.  Okay, I really didn't know what "Steam punk" was.  Here is what I learned from the show.  Steam punk is taking something old and mixing it with something new.  For instance, they showed a really cool vintage wood burning stove (you know the really big ones that were probably made with cast iron) and they modified it.  What they did was removed the big burners on top and replaced it with a modern smooth glass gas stove top.  It looked really cool. Overall vintage look with the convenience of today.

After seeing that I got to thinking and was wondering what can I make that would be classified as steam punk?  Here are a few elements that I may try to work with.  I have some broken earrings, broken necklace, bracelet, a large locket that I picked up from an antique mall while on vacation (many years ago), pins, and pendants.  And this is precisely why I keep all my broken and miscellaneous pieces of jewelry. I even will look at garage sales to see if there is anything interesting I maybe able to use.



I think I may have a few contenders in this box of miscellaneous stuff. I thought this type of work always had to include wheels, gears and other pieces like from watch parts (or something along those lines), which I do not have at this time. I may try to come up with something anyway. Plus I have many beads, seed beads, clasps etc that I could use to complete my version of steam punk.  It may take awhile to find the perfect pieces to combine, so I will have to wait and see how it comes out. And I'll make sure to upload a photo when it is finished.

I will have to stop by Beadin' Mon! to see if there are any special one of kind beads that I may be able to combine for a unique piece.  If you are in the area be sure to check out the shop for a great selection of beads, findings and finished pieces too.  And as always if you are unable to stop by the store, check out the online store at www.beadinmon.com. 

Remember Holiday Season is just around the corner.  Have a great week and Happy Beadin'


Monday, October 22, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Inspiration

Hello all,

There are so many inspirations that are around us all the time.  I love to work with themes as my inspiration.  You could use holidays like Christmas, Easter, Valentines Day and even St. Patrick's Day to name a few.  Another inspiration could be seasons like summer, winter or fall like the "Leaf it Be" class scheduled at Beadin' Mon! later today.

For one of my last pieces I have made I chose the inspiration of "Breast Cancer Awareness" month. These are some simple earrings that I created using supplies that I got from Beadin' Mon! Remember to check out the variety at the shop, that's where I found these great little ribbon beads.


Remember to stop by the shop or visit our online store at www.beadinmon.com for a great selection of beads.  And until next time, Happy Beadin'


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Oops - Have to redo!

Hello Again Everyone,

I learned the hard way this week a very important lesson. Luckily it's not gonna be that expensive to fix (this time) so I wanted to let you all know about a very important tip.

Here's the story.  A friend asked me to make a few pendants that she wanted to give away as Christmas gifts to her family.  I said no problem, so I made the pendants, gave them to her and everything was great.  She then bought some cording that she wanted to use as the necklace for the pendants I made.  She asked if I could do anything with it.  Again, I said no problem.

So I made her cords. She just wanted the cords to slip over their heads, so no clasp was needed.  I just attached the ends together with a jump ring.   At the time I didn't think to get the pendants back from her.  I took the cords to her and when I went to put the pendants on them I ran into a small problem.  :(   The bails on the pendants were too small to fit over the ends.  Oh no!  I told her I had to take the cords back (pendants too) and I would fix it.  Luckily she so okay and it wasn't a problem.

Like I said, this fix isn't that expensive this time.  So my lesson to you  ---- make sure to make your bails big enough to fit over the ends of your necklace.  That way you won't have to fix or redo your project.  Or have the pendants with you when creating the necklace.  Plus, after closer inspection, it's probably a good idea that I am replacing the end with a new one because if you look closer the hole in the end is just too close the the edge, which I fear is a weak spot and could break if the necklace was tugged on.


In a few weeks Halloween will be here and then before you know it Thanksgiving and then the  Christmas Holiday rush.  Start your holiday projects early by gathering your beading supplies from Beadin' Mon!  You can stop by the store or shop on our website store www.beadinmon.com.

Until the next time, everyone have a great week and Happy Beadin'.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Colors of Beading

Hello everyone,

Today I was looking at some of beads and was thinking "wow, I love how these sparkle". I know in one of early blogs I talked about shapes of crystals.  Today I would like to talk about one of the many color options that you can try.  You can use color in anything you choose to do; fashion, jewelry making, painting rooms in your home and the list could go on and on.

One of these color options is to use a monochromatic color scheme.  This is where all the colors you use are from one color family.  As you can see in the example below, all the beads in this photo are of the violet color family.  And in case you couldn't tell, purple is one of my most favorite colors.




Stop by Beadin' Mon! to pick out your favorite colors or monochromatic colors for your next project.  Beadin' Mon! has a variety of different colors of crystals or beads for you to choose from.  If stopping by the shop is out of the question, feel free to browse our online shop at www.beadinmon.com and until next time.... happy beadin'

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Write it down

Hello again everyone,

I was invited by a friend to go and see Art Prize 2012 in Grand Rapids Michigan yesterday.

I had a great time and saw many wonderful pieces of art, and some not sure what they are pieces. But everyone is entitled to their idea of art and that goes for making jewelry too.  It is a way to express yourself.  And the good thing is we can be inspired by others artwork and I may inspire someone elses artwork. After viewing those pieces I just wanted to come home and create something.  Don't you just love that feeling?

I love to create.  And I have tried many different things.  Jewelry making is my favorite so far and there are so many ways to create jewelry. I seem to jump between stringing and stitching, but there is also working with wire, clay and many other types of jewelry.  Many of which I haven't tried yet - maybe one day.

So at Art Prize, many of the artist had photos of the process of making their art and/or explanations to what they were feeling and trying to express. That could go to jewelry making too, since our jewelry choices usually express something about us or the wearer if it was something purchased.

So here is a handy tip - write down what supplies you use for a project when you are making it and include a photo if you can.   I have found this out from experience.  See I have lost two  different pairs of earrings that I loved (they're together somewhere) one I had a photo of and other I am gonna have to go by memory.  It is much easier to write it down when working on it then having to figure out exactly what color or size was used. Since I started to make a few pieces to sell, I went back and wrote all my supplies down.  Then when I go to recreate it or is inspired to make another similar or coordinating project I don't have to guess - I just look it up in my recipe book (for lack of a better term). It has already come in handy, especially if the original project was a gift that you made for someone or a favorite pair of earrings that you have lost (I am still bummed about that). Sometimes its hard to determine sizes or even color when looking  a photo. At least I think so.

Beadin' Mon! has prepared many classes of various mediums.  A few deal with wire, or stitching or even jump rings and beads.  Click on this link www.beadinmon.com/Classes.htm to see what featured classes on on the roster for the month of October.  Remember even if you don't make jewelry there is always a good variety of finished pieces for you to choose from or you may even have special pieces hand crafted just for you.   That always makes you feel special.

Well off to another week of work and play.  And until next time, be inspired and Happy Beadin'






Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall Inspiration

Hi everyone,

I know it's been a little while, but have you ever had those chunks of time where it seems hardly anything goes right.  Well, that was happening with me.  It's been crazy, but I think things are returning to normal.  At least I hope it is.

Okay, here goes it.  This is the post I owe you from last saturday.

Inspiration can come from anywhere.  Here is a project that I made for my Mother in Law a few years ago for Mother's Day.  I know she loves Victorian things and Fall is her favorite time of the year. The autumn colors were the colors she used when she got married. And every year Autumn is the time she likes to take a vacation, especially here in Michigan which is known for its Fall colors.  It really is a beautiful time of year.  So as you can see I was inspired by her love of the fall colors and her love of victorian things.

This is the first time I had ever done this kind of project and it turned out pretty good.  I believe I did a ladder stitch and then added seed beads in between the crystals to add a bit of sparkle to it.  As you can see I tried very hard to not make a pattern, so you get the feel of the many colors of the leaves like they were lying on the ground. I am very happy with how it turned out.  I will try to make another one, I just hope it turns out just as well. 

  
Remember anything can be an inspiration. Maybe you will be inspired by the creamy caramel that was drizzled over a bright red apple or the pinks and purple of an evening sunset - wherever it may be it's up to you to find it.

Once you figure out your inspiration, stop by Beadin' Mon to pick up any supplies that you might need.  Or stop by the online shop at www.beadinmon.com

With that I wish you all a good week and I'll see you in a few days when I get myself back on schedule.  I hate to let you down, so until then Happy Beadin'  








Sunday, September 16, 2012

Save the Broken

Hello Again,

I have been so busy, and I'm not even going to school now.  If you stopped by yesterday, I am sorry I missed you.

Friday morning I got up and was finishing my outfit with all my sparkly things when my inexpensive bracelet broke and beads hit the floor.  I was sad, although the bracelet was only $3 when I bought it I just loved the way they sparkled in the light.  And it went with my outfit really well.  Needless to say I cleaned up what I could find, I think I only lost a few, and tucked them away.

So here is my tip for this weekend. If you ever have a broken piece of jewelry--Save it.  You may be able to use it, or pieces of it in another project. If you don't plan on getting it fixed or you aren't into making jewelry, you can donate or sell them to people who do.  I am into recycling, in fact I have made projects using these pieces.  And I have more pieces that are sitting waiting for their debut as a new piece of jewelry.  All my friends and coworkers know I make jewelry and have given me some of their pieces.  And I thank them kindly, I even show them what I have made using their donation when I have used them.  It's fun.

So here are some photos.  The green one below is the one that I broke this week.
The cross necklace uses silver spacer beads that were given to me by a friend/coworker.  They were originally from a broken beaded watch.  Don't they just look lovely here, complimenting the silver used within the necklace.  And I even used some short pieces of salvaged wire to make the dangles that are sitting on the cross.
 

So the next time a piece of jewelry breaks, make sure to save it and use it in a future project.  If you need beads to go with your salvaged beads, stop by Beadin' Mon!  and they'll be happy to help you pick out the perfect compliment to your piece.  Remember, if you can't make it into the shop you can check out our online store at www.beadinmon.com.

Thanks for reading, have a great week and until next time, Happy Beadin!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Something New

Hello Again Everyone,

Sorry this is a day late.  I can't believe summer has ended, pool parties are coming to a close and school has begun. But for my last weekend of summer, Labor Day Weekend, my family and I went up north to walk the Mackinac Bridge.

We drove up on Sunday afternoon so we could drop by some of our favorite places. One of which is "The Cross in the Woods", here is the link www.crossinthewoods.com in case you want to check it out.  It is great thing to see, it is very large, beautiful and peaceful in all ways.  It stands out in the open air.  There is also an indoor sanctuary for wetter weather.  In addition visitors can stop by the souvenir shop and purchase any keepsake or religious item you may need.

For years I have been making jewelry as gifts for members of my family.  Recently, I have been wondering what kinds of different items I can make for them other than the usual earring, necklace, bracelet, etc.  Well, my step-mom is Catholic, so I have been thinking about making her a rosary.  After visiting the gift shop at the "Cross in the Woods" and seeing all the different Rosarys. They had many different kinds that used crystals, pearls, the usual size, and bigger ones too that could be used on a casket or to hang on a wall, and there was even smaller ones to hang in your car. So after seeing in person all the different ways a rosary could be, I have decided that I will make one for her.  She knows I was thinking about it for a time now (basically because I have been asking questions).


One day while shopping at Beadin' Mon! (www.beadinmon.com) I purchased the center medal piece to begin my new project.  Sometimes it takes me awhile to put just the right elements together for a project.  So at the moment the metal sets by itself waiting for the remaining pieces to be purchased. 

I hope my trip up north and decision to try something new has inspired you to also try something new.  And to be inspired by places that you visit and are important to you.  Until next time I hope you have a great week and happy beadin'. 




Saturday, September 1, 2012

Project Frustration

Hello Everyone,

Well this week I am going to be short and to the point since I don't have a lot of time this morning.  Holiday weekend parties and my very own Birthday party.  Well, I am turning a year older this weekend, but I certainly don't feel like it.  Okay, sometimes I do, but that's part of life right?

I was reading a book about creativity and how to spark new ideas and I found a tip that would be helpful in everyday life.  That is if you don't already do this.  You know how you get working on a project and then something happens, wether you made a mistake, can't figure out how to solve a design problem or have a horrible knot that you just can't get out. Well, if you'll like me, you get super frustrated.

To calm the nerves, step away from your project whatever it might be and let it sit for a while, an hour or even overnight.  When you come back to it later, you will be refreshed, calm and hopefully able to see a solution to your problem.  I have actually done this, and it does help.  And then I wonder, why didn't I see the solution before?

But if you do run into a problem you just can't seem to solve, feel free to stop by Beadin' Mon if your in the area (Flint, MI that is).  I'm sure the staff would be willing to help you solve your problem.  And remember they also carry some finished pieces too. But, if you can't stop by the store, feel free to shop our online store at www.beadinmon.com.

Okay, I have to go, have a wonderful holiday weekend.  Be safe and until next time, happy beadin'

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Organizing My Beading Space

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying the last bit of summer.  Before we know it the school season will start.

Usually about this time, parents and kids are getting all their supplies together to start the new school year off right.  And all those supplies have to be organized in some way or another in order to locate whatever supply they need quickly.  This usually is done with folders, pencil cases and whatever containers they choose.

So, I got to thinking.  My beading area has taken over our dinning room table and I need to reclaim it.  I'm always looking for my tools or supplies for whatever project I happen to be working on --- It's time for me to organize my area.  It still needs a lot of work, but it's started.  And with organizing all my supplies and tools I now know what I need to complete a project.  And I can do it in a matter of minutes instead of having to search through all my baggies or my sea of small plastic containers of beads that I had.

So this is the start of organization (of bead stuff anyway).  I have been trying to organize my entire house over the last year or so.  It makes me realize how much I really have and I bet the tote manufacturers are loving me.  :)



The first photo is that of my containers.  I purchased two three drawer containers for tools and such and various smaller ones for some of my beads.  The bottom three drawer one holds all my tools such as pliers, ring mandrel, and bead mats. The top container holds all my wire, thread, findings  and miscellaneous stuff I haven't decided where to put yet.  At least it's pick up right?

The second photo is just showing you how I sorted my supplies and tools.  Some of my supplies and various tools were purchased at Beadin' Mon! in Flint Michigan.  If you are in the area stop by and say hello.  Maybe even check out the variety of beads available for your special creations.  If that isn't possible, feel free to browse our online store at www.beadinmon.com.

Until next week, have a great summer and Happy Beadin'





Monday, August 20, 2012

Bead Projects on the Go

Hello everyone,

I am so sorry I am late posting on my blog.  The last few weeks have been so busy for me.  I was getting ready for my time off work and had major deadlines that had to be done.  Ahhh, time to relax and get away.  You see we usually go camping but this year we decided to do a "staycation". Which means I get to relax at home and do what ever I want (and a few need to do things).

So when I am on vacation, I usually pack a variety of things to do.  I take my sketch pad and pencils, books to read and I usually dedicate some time to work on my bead projects that are half done.

So I decided today I wanted to share a few ways that I pack my projects for travel.  These are great for long or short distances.

If the projects require a small amount of supplies I will put the piece, beads, and needles all in one bag.  I learned this trick from the ladies at Beadin' Mon!. This keeps all the beads that you use in one place and that way you don't have to guess which beads were used.

Another way I like to pack my projects involves plastic pencil cases.  They are big enough to include project beads (of any size), tools (like clippers, pliers etc) and instructions (folded of course).  I picked up a couple of these at back to school time for less than a dollar each.



And if I plan on doing a variety of projects that include many different kinds of tools, I like to take my craft toolbox. It's large enough to fit all my tools and supplies.


Well, I hope you liked my travel project packing tips and wish you all a great vacation season.  Until next time, Happy Beadin'  and don't forget to check out Beadin' Mons website at www.beadinmon.com

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Working with Nature

Hello everyone,

Ahhhh, a sigh of relief.  It has been so hot here for a very long time.  We were not used to it.  Luckily, the weather has cooled off and the rain has finally come.  My yard is screaming thank you.  But, my basement is not - it is screaming help. With the large amount of rain falling and our sump pump getting stuck I have a mini lake in my basement.  Oh well that the the life of a home owner, right?

So with the fan going in the basement. I thought I would take a moment a write to you a bit.  Most of you probably already now that I love sparkle and love to work with crystals.  But sometimes my country girl side comes out and I want to feel the coolness of the natural stones.  And lately I have been playing with wire too.  That is fun and relaxing and each piece comes out so different.

So today I thought I would share one of my natural element projects.  Last year, I made my sister in law  a simple abalone necklace.  She loves abalone, and making her a gift really helped on the budget. :)  So  I found a piece of abalone that I liked the pattern of.  Then I took a piece of wire and bent the wire around the abalone to give the finishing touch.  This was a free form finding, meaning I just bent the wire whichever way I wanted. Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo of the back of it.  I criss crossed the wire on the back in a nice pattern, that way the back of the pendant (in case it flipped over) looked pretty like the front.  The necklace turned out very nice.




To work on this project I got my supply of wire from Beadin' Mon!.  In fact I have to stop by the shop and pick up some more for another project I am going to be working on.

Just in case you are not into making jewelry, but love to wear it or give as gifts, Beadin' Mon also has a supply of finished pieces too.  They have one of a kind pieces of jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets and the list goes on.  Stop by the shop to take a look.  And if you don't find what your looking for the staff may be able to custom create a piece just for you.  All you have to do is ask.  Check out the Beadin' Mon! website at www.beadinmon.com/

So until next time, Happy Beadin'.





Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bead Stash Project

Hello again everyone,

Sorry to be a day late again.  I went to a family party and we stayed out longer than I thought we were going to be.  With the nice weather, it's good to spend time with family.

Now to spend time with my beading family.  I recently stopped by Beadin' Mon! to pick up a few supplies.  While I was there I checked out the new classes on the door.  And as a special treat I got to see some of the finished pieces of the students of a class that was going on.  I think it's so fun and amazing to see how each persons take on a project can come out with so many different versions. Just small changes like the focal bead and the shape of the stylized end can put your twist on a design.  By the way the class was "Hammered", see the www.beadinmon.com/Classes.htm  page to see the design.  I think I'll have to sign up for that one once it's offered again.

Remember I once told you to build up your Bead stash.  Well, I looked through mine a little while ago and I decided to make a necklace with my stash supplies. I just love the look of Pink with silver.  So pretty.

At first I made the center part with the crystals on it using just regular beading wire.  But when I put it all together I didn't like the flimsiness of it.  So I took it apart and decided to make the crystal section with wire and then wire wrapped ends.  Attaching beading wire to the wrapped wire ends, I then strung on the silver noodle pieces and added some sparkle in the back with crystals.  The crystals on the clasp end serves double duty.  It puts pretties on the back of the neck (in case you wear your hair up) and it made the necklace a little longer. I then did another trial run.  Liking the arrangement,  I then formed the center crystal section to a nice shape and finished off the necklace by adding the clasp pieces.


Don't you just love to play with sparkly stuff?  I sure do, bad thing is then I want to keep them all and I already have a lot of sparkles to wear.  Keeping them all may make hubby a little upset, he already says I have too much.  :)  But, my thought is you can never have too much.  But I probably should release some of  the little worn pieces out into the world so it is enjoyed by all instead of in my dark jewelry box.

Well, hope you enjoyed my stash project.  I hope you are able to build a pretty jewelry piece from your stash of beads and findings.  But in the case where you don't have a stash, you can always stop by Beadin' Mon! or the online store (www.beadinmon.com) to pick up your supplies.

Until next time, Happy Beadin'

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Christmas in July

Hello everyone,

With the heat wave that has been sweeping our area, many people are staying indoors to escape the heat.  Sometimes to pass the time we like to watch a bit of television.  And it seems that throughout the month of July many stores are having Christmas in July promotions.  This in turn makes me start to think about what I am going to make for my closest family and friends this year.

At the end of the Christmas season last year, I bought a box of plain ornaments.  At the time I wasn't sure what I wanted to use them for, but couldn't pass up the bargain.  So with all recent Christmas in July ads, I have decided to make ornaments.  Since I haven't done a lot of stitching work, I think I am going to do some sort of netting design.



So with my box of ornaments, and many colors of seed beads (and/or crystals) I am on the search for a pattern.  Whenever I am trying something new I like to use a pattern and lately I have been doing a lot of stringing work.  Once I get the feel for the stitch I may start to play with it and make it my own.

So to end my blog for today, I challenge you to think about what your going to make for Christmas.  If you choose not to make beaded gifts, I hope you take advantage of the sales that have been going on.
And as always stop by  www.beadinmon.com to shop for some great beads for your projects.

Until next time, happy beadin'

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Inexpensive Alternatives

Hello again everyone,

I hope Summer is treating you good.

As you must already know, the economy has been pretty tough. Usually I like to work with Swarovski crystals, but they can become expensive if you use a lot of them.  So if your on a tight budget try using some Fire Polish beads instead of the more expensive crystals.

Fire Polish beads are made of glass and to my understanding are finished by applying heat (hence the name "Fire" polish).  I had no idea that was why it was called that.   Some beads may have a coating on them to add that extra sparkle.  Fire Polish beads come in many colors, shapes and sizes.  Here I have some fire polish beads in 3 different sizes; 3mm, 4mm and 6mm.

Look at all the beads you get on one strand for a mere 2 or 3 bucks.  Cool hugh?



Well, I won't tie up your time anymore tonight.  Summer is calling and we must enjoy it while we can.  The above beads were all purchased at Beadin' Mon! Stop by and see the selection, it varies from time to time.  Or shop the online store front at www.shop.beadinmon.com/Preciosa-Czech-Fire-polished-glass-beads_c4.htm.

But be careful, you will want to purchase many of them.  That's how I got these.  I love the colors and the sizes - just haven't decided what I want to use them in.  So enjoy those summery nights and until next time "Happy Beadin'"

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Jewelry for Generations

Hello everyone,

What a nice Saturday.  My husband and I had a good time today.  To get out of the house, we decided to visit a newer antique mall that opened a while ago in my home town.  Turns out it was much more that I had thought was there.  It was nice walking down memory lane and seeing all the wonderful things from the past. Some of these items were very old, over 100 years, and some were not quit as old.

I think I have a jewelry radar or something, it doesn't seem to matter if there is a lot of stuff in the booth, I always tend to find the sparkle.  I'm just drawn to it.  As I looked over all these beautiful pieces I got to thinking, how did these pieces last so long.

As I thought, I decided it came down to taking care of your jewelry.  If you take care of it – it will last for many generations. Recently, I was at a family pool party and saw a friend wear her jewelry in the pool.  I don't recall if she ever got it wet (by submersion) but I was surprised to see jewelry worn in the pool.

I have always taken off my swarovski crystals when swimming, cleaning or doing anything that I think will harm them.  I want my jewelry to look its best for as long as I own it, whether thats a couple years or a couple decades.  :)

So I decided to find out how to clean crystal jewelry in case the piece in question becomes dull and dirty.  I figured there would be a lot of information on this topic, but I was wrong.  I did find a few websites, but many of them had conflicting information.  Some sites said "do not immerse crystals in water" and other sites said the opposite.  But the sites did agree that it is recommended to stay away from harsh jewelry and sonic cleaners.  And when it comes to cleaning the Swarovski Pearls, each site recommended that the pearls be buffed with a soft cloth and NOT to wash them.

And here is a tip that I have practiced as long as I remember, I think my Mom did this also. When getting ready for the day, your jewelry should be the last items that you put on.  This keeps the lotions, perfume and other items from coating or giving your jewelry a dull film.


Well, I hope your projects will last, and if you stop by the shop, Beadin' Mon!, or shop the website, www.beadinmon.com, feel free to ask questions.  I know the staff will be happy to help.  And I will be sure to pass any care tips along when I find out more.  So on this note, I wish you a happy summer day and until next time Happy Beadin'




Sunday, July 8, 2012

New Adventure in Beading


Hi everyone,  sorry about missing my post day yesterday.  With the holiday weekend festivities, work power outages and spring cleaning of my house, I realized as I dozed off to sleep last night that I forgot to write to you.

With that said, I hope you all had a fabulous holiday.  The 4th is my Dad's birthday which was steamy hot here and a perfect day to have a pool party.  While we were "partying" I talked with a family friend,  in which she asked me a while back to design a few jewelry pieces for her to sell on her website.

In the past few years I have purchased many books with instructions on how to make beautiful pieces.  But did you know that all those project books have copyrights on them.  Yup, you are not allowed to make these pieces to sell, unless you have permission of the artist.  That goes for classes that you take also. Which I understand, the artist wants to get paid for their designs.  I would want compensation for my creativeness too. All the time, creativeness, supplies and color selection - it all adds up.

So to be safe, I am starting out my new adventure of making jewelry to sell by doing some simple stringing designs.  Which right now I am happy to do, I think this type of beading is very relaxing once I get my design layout done.  Now I just have to get my beads together and figure out pricing.  And I think I may copyright my work too. 

Here is a bracelet that I made using beads
that I collected many years ago.  Turned out
kind of cute, don't you think?


I think most of my designs will be Swarovski crystal related work, I just love the sparkle.  To make sure I get the number of beads I need, I placed a special order with Beadin' Mon!  If you need a certain quantity or color of bead, contact Beadin' Mon! and place your order.  Or feel free to shop our online store front at www.beadinmon.com.  Well, hope you have a fantastic summer day and until next time, Happy Beadin'

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Using Heat in jewelry making

Hello Again,
I hope everyone is having a great summer. For me  it has been a busy one, family functions, holidays and work. With summer usually comes heat, and this week was extremely hot here (in the 100's).  A little too hot for me.  Luckily, my husband got the AC fixed and we remained comfortable.

Being hot, I thought about using heat in jewelry making and remembered I tried out precious metal clay.  The process was long, but worth it.  I took a class at Beadin' Mon! a few years back.  Taking a class, was the best way to learn this technique.  I didn't have to invest in all the supplies to try it out.

As I worked with the clay, rolling it out and cutting out my shapes I remember thinking how sculptural it was. We used rubber design plates, much like stamps that I used in card making.  We dried the clay pieces on a small hot plate, filed the edges smooth and then we applied the heat.  The instructor showed how to use a small torch to fire our pieces, and then dropped them in a solution of liver of sulfur. Then we finished the pieces as directed and added our beads and findings.

I know I may of missed a few steps in my description above.  But I remembered how fun making my own metal pendant was.  And I was able to use techniques that I have learned in a number of other crafting arenas. Plus it was kind of cool to use a hand held torch to fire my projects.  But remember to always use safety measures.  You don't want to get hurt.

Here's a photo of my project.  I had enough clay left to make a pair of earrings to go with the pendant.


As I always say, if you want to try out a new techniques, the best way is to take a class.  You get instructions, walked through the process and you don't have to invest in a lot of products just to try it out.  It has been a while since the class was offered at Beadin' Mon! but, you can always ask to have it again or they can direct you to another place that may offer the class.

I hope that if you are in the area (Flint, Michigan) that you stop by the shop and say hi, check out the class list and even pick up a few supplies and beads.   Or you can check out or website at www.beadinmon.com where you can see our class line up or shop our online store.  So until next time, stay cool, enjoy the sun and happy beadin'.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bead Journal

Summer is here. And with summer comes get togethers and vacation.  My family likes to go camping.  Camping is just the kind of vacation to recharge yourself.  When we camp, we usually will stay at the campground and just ... relaxxxxxxx.  Just what I need for my body, mind and soul.

I find beading relaxing and the stress of life just melts away as I bead.  When we go camping, I like to take some of my unfinished beading projects.  I usually do get a couple of them done. And sometimes even come home with ideas for more projects. Because of that I like to keep a small notebook with me at all times.  You never know when inspiration will come and in what form.  Maybe it's a song, a store front, color combinations, or a even a butterfly. The things for inspiration is endless.  It's all up to you.



So today's tip is to carry a small notebook with you.  So when you see something you like or have a great thought you can write it down.  And with today's technology, most cell phones have some sort of camera, so you could even take a photo of that inspirational sunset or the bright blue waters,  and jot down a note about it.

Then when you have time, you can take your journal and head to Beadin' Mon! for supplies.  We have a wide range of beads and findings for you to chose from.  Stop by our website for class listings and supplies at www.beadinmon.com.

Hope to see you at the shop sometime and until next time Happy Beadin'



Saturday, June 16, 2012

Summer is Here

Summer is here, which means lots of things to do.  A time to for special events like weddings, pool parties and just hanging out with friends.  Summer is also a time to do things in the house such as painting a room (ahh a fresh coat of paint just brings new life to a room). And sometimes summer is going through all that "stuff" that just seems to come out of nowhere and then having a garage sale to let it all go.

But my favorite part about summer is vacation time. When I was young and my family went on vacation I would alway bring back a souveigner.  I still do that, but now I usually get a magnet for my refrigerator and/or lapel pins.  And since I started beading I sometimes find myself picking up some sort of bead element from my destinations.  So when I work that element into a project, it reminds me of that trip, so it is a souveigner that keeps giving back.  This could be anything, a stone you found on the beach that you might wire wrap, a pendant made from a bottle cap or even just a few cool beads that you may come across.


My beads from Traverse City, MI.
I had never seen beads like these and thought they were cool looking. They had a few different colors but I choose these cool blue ones because they reminded of the blue water of the bay.

Once I have my travel beads, I stop by Beadin' Mon to add the perfect accent beads and finding.  I recommend that you shop Beadin' Mon! too.  But, if by chance you can't make it to the actual store, you can shop our online site at www.beadinmon.com and have them shipped to you.  How fabulous is that.  So if you happen to be or go on vacation, they will be waiting for you when you get home.

Hope you find lots of inspiration and until next time, Happy Beadin' and happy summer.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Momento Clasp

Hello again,

Today I wanted to show you a bracelet that I made using a pattern from a magazine.  For the most part, I did pretty good, but I remember having to ask for a little help from one of the teachers at Beadin' Mon!  I think it was a terminology thing.  SO if you are doing a project from a magazine and need a little help, stop by and ask and I know if the staff of Beadin' Mon can help you they will. If not, I'm sure they can steer you in the right direction.

When I decided to make this bracelet it was because I really wanted to make something using these gorgeous red seed beads.  I chose the clear AB (Arora Borealis) seed beads because I thought they looked nice together.  Nice and simple.  In my hast to use the seed beads, I forgot to pick up a clasp.  Silly me. Then my idea formed.  Use a button, so I choose this small button of pearly white that I picked out of my Moms button stash.

My Mom did a lot of sewing and always kept buttons that could be recycled to a new project. Unfortunately she passed away many years ago, but I kept some of her sewing stuff  so I have a big stash of buttons. Whenever I see my button clasp I think of her.  And I didn't think about until now, it's also red -which was her favorite color.

I like to wear my bracelets loose, because I like them to move around on my wrist.  Even though, my button is small, when the button ends up on the top of my arm, it not only acts as my closure piece it also becomes a focal point in the bracelet.





There it is, my finished bracelet and a close up of the stitching. If I'm not mistaken, I believe this stitch is the St. Petersburg chain stitch.  And once I understood the pattern of the beads, it became quite easy to do.

Purchase supplies for your own bracelet by stopping by Beadin' Mon! to check out their selection of seed beads and clasps. Or shop your stash for items that could become a closure and make your project a special momento from days past.  You can also shop the online store at www.beadinmon.com.

Hope you have a great day and until next time, Happy Beadin'.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I just love Pearls

Oops, sorry this is a day late.  Had a lot going on yesterday and I just didn't think about writing.  So here I am a day late.

The last few days I have seen lots of news stories, movies and ads about special occasions.  The biggest event for Great Britain is the Queen's Jubilee.  How exciting it must be to be able to celebrate such an accomplishment.  I also have been seeing a lot of commercials for Wedding dresses and even watched a movie that revolved around a wedding. Both of these events make me think of Pearls.

Before we could make a pearl, they were considered rare and worth a lot of money.  Only the rich could afford to own such a beautiful thing.

Pearls are so lovely.  Isn't it a wonder that something so beautiful could be made by a small living thing.  The price of a pearl can be very expensive.  I found a piece of jewelry that I really liked when we went to Vegas.  It was a Tahitian black pearl on a silver flower bracelet, mmmm just lovely, but unfortunately if way out of my budget.

But wait, we can still get the look of those fabulous expensive pearls for much less.  A budget saver for me anyway.  And these budget friendly substitutes are made by Swarovski. They are Swarovski Crystal Pearls.  And to make our jewelry making easier, they offer a wide range of colors and sizes. I have purchased several sizes of Cream pearls and some small Midnight blue pearls from Beadin' Mon!  The are very pretty.

Here is a pattern from Beadin' Mon that I finished that uses these lovely little pearls.
This project uses a technique called netting.  Unfortunately, I haven't quite gotten the hang of netting yet.  But having my pattern, I was able to finish my project.  I just haven't figured out how to incorporate this technique into my own designs yet.  Eventually, it'll come.


Like I mentioned earlier I got these lovely little pearls at Beadin' Mon!  I also was able to pick up the autumn colors of seed beads and an easy to wear magnet clasp too.  Pick up your next strand of inexpensive Swarovski Pearls and other supplies you may need to make your next project by stopping in to the shop or visit our website www.beadinmon.com.  Hope to see you again tomorrow, until then Happy Beadin'


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Turquoise Earrings

I love ensembles or sets of jewelry.  If I get a necklace I want earrings and a bracelet to match - usually.  Sometimes it just doesn't happen.

So last week I showed you a great Turqiouse, black, copper and silver bracelet that I made at Beadin' Mon!  Well, to satisfy my ensemble craze, I made earrings to go with it.  I haven't gotten to the pendant yet, but I have a design in the works and hope to have it done soon.  Maybe this weekend I can get it made up.

When making the earrings, I didn't want them to as big as the bracelet was, but I still wanted the same feeling.  I like smaller earrings.  So instead of using the large copper bead, I opted for a smaller copper spacer bead.  This makes the earring smaller but still brings in the copper element that I was looking for.  I then continued to use the same turquoise and black beads as the bracelet, and to finish off the look I added the coil design as the bottom of my earring finding.


 When I shop for my beads I always get a few extra.  I do this so that I have enough in case I loose a few, or if I desire to, I can make coordinating pieces of jewelry.  I do have one more piece to make to finish out my set....the pendant.  I have the beads in my stash, just have to put it together. When I finish it I'll make sure to show you.

Remember to build up your bead stash, you can do this by stopping by the shop, Beadin' Mon on Miller Rd., Flint, MI or shop our online store at www.beadinmon.com.

Have a great evening, and until next time Happy Beadin'

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

I have been enjoying my day off of work and the beautiful weather of this weekend that marks the start of summer.  Only a few more days and kids will done with another season of schooling.  Ahh, I remember those days, to be young and carefree.

But, more importantly, I wanted to take a moment and thank all the veterans and service persons, past, present and future, who give us protection and defend our rights to be free.  Thank you all and may God bless you and your families.

Today, I wanted to show you a patriotic bracelet that I made during a class at Beadin' Mon!  This was my first time doing a peyote stitch with a graphic to it, once I got started and learned to read the pattern,  it was actually pretty easy to do.  It's like making tiny tapestries to wear as jewelry.  See my posting on April 9th for directions on how to do even count peyote.



I sometimes catch myself playing with the beads between my fingers, its like a tiny massage for my fingertips.  It reminds of those beaded seat covers for your car seat. :)

I know I have mentioned this before, but taking a class will help you in a number of ways. First you have one on one help (if needed), you can ask as many questions as needed to help you succeed and you learn how to read patterns.  Once you learn to read patterns you may be able to make up your own.  How fun would that be?  I have seen some patterns that are real beauties.

So on that note, I remind you stop by Beadin' Mon! and check our classes or shop our bead selections. And if you can't stop by, feel free to browse our website and online store at www.beadinmon.com.  What will your next pattern be?  Until next time Happy Beadin'






Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Summer is here again

Ahhh, warm weather and sunshine.  What a lovely day.

Hello again.  It seems as though Summer has returned to us for another year.  The time of season where you can show off your jewelry any time of day because there are no heavy coats to conceal our fabulous sparkles. I love things that sparkle, but every now and then I go for the natural gemstones to change things up for a while.

Today I was thinking of Arizona. You see one of my good friends moved their a few years ago, and I just got to chat with her on the phone for a few moments.  So thinking of her in Arizona and jewelry, I thought I would show you a bracelet that I made (during a class) that seems so Southwest to me.  Its made with Turquoise, copper beads, black beads and silver craft wire. When I think southwest, turquoise just instantly pops into my head. A great color to combine with turquoise is, in this case, black and I decided I  wanted to bring another metal into play, so I picked copper.  I love the earthy tones of copper, it just seems to warm the piece up a bit and I think all these beads work well together.





This bracelet is so easy to make and comfortable to wear.  It wears nicely with jeans and a t-shirt or dressed up for a special occasion.  Don't you just love jewelry like that? And the great thing is I made it.
A few simple instructions of how to make the frame with coil decoration, and then you add your own touch of bead selection in any arrangement you like.  Form it to fit around your wrist and presto change-o you have a southwest inspired bracelet. You too can make a bracelet like this one.  I got all my supplies from Beadin Mon! and I took the class here too.  Stop by today or browse our online shop at www.beadinmon.com to pick your own combination or beads.

Hope you all have a great holiday weekend and until next time Happy Beadin'

Monday, May 21, 2012

Color Choosing

Hi everyone,  I hope you had a great weekend.  Today I wanted to show you a handy little tool that will help you choose color combinations for your projects.  It's the color wheel.  Sorry about the glare in the one spot.  

I own two color wheels.  And each is helpful in its own way.  I like to use these when I am stumped on what colors to put together. And sometimes I come up with color combinations I never really thought about before.  Makes planing a project interesting and keeps me from getting into a rut.





The one on the left is the one I use all the time with my graphic arts work.  I like this one because it shows me many different options of color combinations.  Even on the back is loaded with information.  I got this one at a store that sells art supplies.

The one on the right is one that was provided through a magazine.  Here you photo copied the page, cut out and pined together to create one helpful little gadget.  This color wheel is not as in depth as the first but it contains helpful info too.  First you pick out your main color along the outside, and the windows in the wheel reveal what the harmonious color, contrasting color and what gemstones that match your selected color.

If you don't own one of these wheels, you can always ask for help at Beadin' Mon! Asking for advice has it's perks too.  The bonus to asking is a person is that they can advise you on color trends that are popular at that particular moment in time.  And remember, if you can't make it to the store, you can always browse our online shop at beadinmon.com.  Hope you have an excellent day and until next time, Happy Beadin'

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Another Experiment and Idea

Hi everyone.  Today I wanted to show you a pin that I designed.

Okay, you know I like to try new things and maybe work up some new ideas.  Today, I wanted to show you another one of my designs.  It's simple and it turned out cute.

There are so many elements to play with out there.  I picked up the beads and the Faith bead from Beadin' Mon!  I think the Faith Bead was original supposed to be part of a watch band, or something of that sort.  But, being that I like to experiment I decided to make it a pin.  But the question was - How?




So here it is.   I decided to made the dangles first, remember I had lots of practice making fringe pieces on "Mumbo Jumbo" so now I can easily wire wrap my fringe tops.  And I used wire to attach the fringe pieces and create my very own pin mechanism.   I am very happy with the way it turned out.

So don't be afraid to experiment and have fun and Play with your beads.   So the next time you stop by Beadin' Mon! make sure to look around, there are lots of goodies to buy and play with.  If you can't stop by the shop, visit our online store at www.beadinmon.com. Shopping 24/7 - how fun is that?

Well, I hope I inspired you and until next time. Happy Beadin'

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day Gift

Hi, I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day weekend.  It was a beautiful sunny day.  Holidays. special events, and even "just because" are always great times to make a special handcrafted piece of jewelry for someone you love.

Unfortunately, my Mom pasted many years ago. But my Dad remarried to a wonderful lady.  Almost every special occasion I make something for her. She likes more of the classic looking jewelry, like pearls.  So, this year I decided to try something new, knotting. A classic twist to a modern bracelet.  It turns out this is very easy to do and kind of relaxing, except when I put too many knots on.  Oops.  Oh well, we all make a boo boo sometimes.  Luckily I was able to pick the knot out.  Ya!

The knot serves a couple different purposes.  First it evenly spaces out the beads.  Secondly it also acts as a stopper (for lack of another word). Like, if you were to catch you bracelet or necklace on something and it were to break- with a knotted bracelet you may only loose one or two beads, as opposed to no knots then you would lose a good portion of the strand.  That would be a bummer, especially if they were expensive stones.

This is a bracelet using the knotting technique.  It's almost to the end, just putting on the clasps.
The hardest thing for me to figure out is what size thread that I needed to use.  I got the wrong size (too small), as you can see I have four strings on my bracelet (your only suppose to have two).  Oops - oh well.  I just doubled up and it seemed to work out okay. I guess this bracelet will be extra strong. :)

I believe the beads in my photo are Landscape Jasper, Golden Shadow and Copper Swarovski crystals to add a little sparkle.  Stop by the shop to pick up your supplies or shop our online store at www.beadinmon.com.  Check out a class or two, looks like we have few knotting type classes on the calendar, such as the "Knotted Sterling" class on May 31st at 5:00pm.

Again, I hope you all had a great Mother's Day, and until next time, Happy Beadin'


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Easy Necklace

Today, I thought I would show you an easy way to make your own simple necklace. No fancy techniques to know and a great way to start making your own jewelry designs.

All you have to do is have a pretty focal object like a bead or pendant, a piece of suede cording the length of your choosing and these nifty clasp ends.  I don't remember is the actual Lobster Claw Clasp was part of the end or if you had to purchase it separately.

I don't have a pair of clasps that open at the moment to show you.  But here is what you do -  simply slide your bead or focal object on the cording.  Then attach one of the clasp units to one end of the cording by simply placing the clasp over the end of the cord. Take a pair of chain nose pliers and simply squeeze tightly to attach.  Repeat the other end of Cording with the other part of the Clasp.  Viola, you know have a very easy and simple necklace.

I believe the suede cording may come in a variety of colors and thicknesses, so lots to choose from to create your own style.

Left side is sitting on it side so you can see where you just
squeeze the two metal legs together over the suede cord.

I got my cording, clasp and ends from Beadin' Mon! You can even get some one of kind local artisan focal beads here too.  Beadin' Mon! has lots of lovely things to be creative with.  Until next time, Happy Beadin'

Monday, May 7, 2012

My Chain Station Review

So I showed you a photo of me wearing my finished Mumbo Jumbo last week.  I mentioned in an earlier blog about using the Chain Station, which proved to be helpful in this project.  Out of curiosity, I decided to attach a few of the fringe elements without using the Chain Station, just so I could compare.

Here are my thoughts.  It really did help for the most part.  First it kept your chain tight so you could easily add more than one fringe element to the chain link.  Secondly, it kept the chain straight so you cold see where you wanted to add your particular fringe element. I was able to easily see and distribute my color more evenly, no clumps of silver or blue.  And thirdly, it brought my work up closer to my face so you could see better and I wasn't so hunched over.  No hunchback here. :)

So then I tried a few fringe elements without the Chain station.  Doing it this way I found that on certain chain links it was easier to close jump rings nice and tight.  My chain had big links that were connected with a tiny link.  To evenly space my fringe pieces I wanted to place one fringe element on the tiny links too.  These were much easier for me to get to and keep a hold of with my finger.  I felt I sometimes had to hold my hands in an ackward position when using the station to close a jump ring on these linkst.  But, after closing each jump ring I then had to re-lay out the bracelet so I could add another element.  Well, that took a ton of time, more than I wanted to spend.

So, in the future, I will for sure be using the Chain Station.  Its benefits far out weight the negatives.  I hope you give it a try if you haven't already.



Heres the finished bracelet. I decided to leave the extra chain on the end, so it became adjustable. To add interest I added one fringe element  to the end of the chain.  That way the end looks pretty too.

To assist in making your fringe style bracelets, get your chain station at Beadin' Mon! located on Miller Rd in Flint, MI.  As usual, if you are unable to stop by the shop, feel free to check out our class schedule and our online store at www.beadinmon.com.

Happy Beadin' everyone.