Archive for December, 2007
Ornament Thursday is a fun blogging event happening this holiday season on the blogs of a growing group of popular designers. Jewelry makers, mixed media artists, plush artists, ceramic artists, paper artists, and more have been making ornaments and using their blogs to show how they do it! Check out some of these great blogs today to see more:
Lynn Kvigne http://beading.consumerhelpweb.com/blog/
Candie Cooper http://candiecooper.typepad.com/savvycrafter/
Katie Hacker http://www.katiehacker.com/index.htm
Margot Potter http://margotpotter.blogspot.com//
Melanie Brooks Lukacs http://earthenwood-beads.blogspot.com/
Art Bead Scene http://www.artbeadscene.blogspot.com/
Cindy Gimbrone http://lampworkdiva.blogspot.com/
Polymer Clay Craft Gossip http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/
Alexa Westerfield from http://swelldesigner.blogspot.com/
Debba Haupert http://www.girlfriendologytoo.blogspot.com/
Elaine Luther http://www.CreativeTextureTools.com/news
Melissa Lee http://www.strandsofbeads.blogspot.com/
Rebecca Peck http://vintagegirlmodernworld.wordpress.com/
Jean Yates http://prettykittydogmoon/
Michelle McGee http://fromichelle.blogspot.com/
Jenny Harada http://pomly.livejournal.com/
Jennifer Heynen http://jenniferjangles.blogspot.com//
Hali Chambers http://www.labyrinthgal.blogspot.com/
Kriss Kramer http://www.art-interrupted.blogspot.com/
Brandy Lung Gill http://accesstoexcess.blogspot.com/
First Day of Christmas: Scarf PinsWith the popularity of hand knitted scarves, shawls, and other wintery clothing, what better way to accessorize those chunky knits than with a chunky kilt pin? These pins can be used to bundle up a wrapped scarf and keep it in place, secure a shawl around the neck, or just to decorate a knitted hat or sweater. The pins are thick, so a heavy weave is best…these pins are not for dainty fabrics.
1-Humblebeads Long Lariat Bead
1-Earthenwood Studio Dragonfly Halo Charm
1-Bend it yourself safety pin
1-pewter 6mm flower spacer
1-pewter10×7mm beaded bail
1-pewter pyramid charm
1-5.8mm sterling jump ring
6″ of 18 gauge sterling silver wire
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Pin from Rings & Things
Lariat Bead from Humblebeads
Porcelain charm from Earthenwood Studio
All other materials from Fusion Beads
1. Open jump ring and insert charm, tiny pyramid charm, and the ring of the bail. Close jump ring.
2. String onto pin the following beads: beaded bail, Lariat bead, and pewter spacers.
3. Push the beads all the way down on the pin. Take the end of your wire and begin to coil around the pin after the last bead, carefully working to make a tight, even coil about 1/2 inch in size. Trim the wire and smooth the end bit of the wire onto the pin.
4. With your hands and round nose pliers, bend the pin in half where you made the coil. The pin point should nestle comfortably into the catch without extending, so make your bend accordingly, widening or tightening the bend as needed.
Mix it up by using your favorite large holed art beads and accent with some pewter or silver or brass. Use a bail or a jump ring to hang a colorful charm for some movement. Below are some additional examples, for more ideas!
Melanie Brooks Lukacs is the ceramic beadmaker of Earthenwood Studio, who blogs from her Metro Detroit, Michigan home. These finished pieces, and the kilt pin findings, are available for sale in her Etsy Shop
12 Days of Christmas
The contributors of the Art Bead Scene would like to thank our readers for making our first 9 months of blogging such a joy. We’ve been inspired by your enthusiasm for designing with art beads in our monthly challenges. Your thoughtful comments have kept us encouraged. And we have been delighted by those who have helped spread the word about our blog.
As a thank you, we present to you the Art Bead Scene’s 12 Days of Christmas. We have 12 free projects from our contributors to offer over the next two weeks.
So no matter what holiday you celebrate this season, we hope you do it in style - adorned with art beads!