Saturday, November 11, 2017

Facet - The Bead Box

Not sure if you heard, but Facet (Stringing, formerly Bead Style) is launching The Bead Box - one stop kits for jewelry making! It's a monthly subscription and you can choose one of two options!

"We are so pleased and proud to be launching the Facet Jewelry Box — a subscription-based service for beaders of all stripes! We’ll have two different boxes to choose from: The Quick & Easy Stringing Box, and The Bead Stitching Box. Sign up today, and a new box will be delivered to your doorstep once per month, with not one, but TWO surprise beading projects. Everything that you need to make two finished pieces of jewelry will be included: all the beads, wire, clasps, and findings, plus complete how-to instructions with photos and patterns — in full color. All you need to supply are the tools!"


Not only that, but if you go to THIS LINK, you can also enter to win prizes!  The box subscriptions start in January, but you can sign up now! Please note that reserving a spot does not sign you up for the subscription service just yet, but does get you entered into the contest and allows you to receive information when the boxes come available!


"You can sign up today during our special pre-launch period and be the first to get your hands on our inaugural boxes. By reserving your spot early in this exciting new subscription box offering, you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to win a full years’ subscription (that's 12 free boxes containing everything you need to make 24 projects!) — and if you refer a friend, there will be even more perks and rewards!"

Once you sign up, you'll receive a survey asking your opinion on what types of things you'd like to see in the boxes.  Then later, you'll receive an opportunity to sign up for the subscription!  See - easy! And just signing up during the pre-launch places NO obligation on you to actually purchase a box, BUT you might win something!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October Component of the Month - Niky Sayers

This month, it was Niky's turn to provide the Component of the Month - she sent us these awesome hare coin clasps! She makes such awesome things! And yes, as usual, I didn't take a photo of it before I used it.  I do that, I admit it.

I wanted to learn a new stitch, and thought flat chenille stitch would go perfectly with the size of this clasp.  I chose size 11 and 15 Japanese seeds in coordinating colors, colors I thought would look good with the brushed silver of the coin.  And then I learned flat chenille stitch.

To be honest, I'm embarrassed at how long it took me to actually figure it out.  It's a pretty easy stitch,but for some reason, I was having trouble initially in turning over to the next row.  Once I got it, it went really quickly and it's a pretty fun stitch, with quick results!

 Here's the whole bracelet, very easy to wear as well!

I have another clasp of Niky's from last years' CoM, and I already have beads picked out to turn it into a flat chenille stitch bracelet!

Thanks so much to Niky for the awesome clasp, and check out what everyone else made!




Guest Designers

Art Elements Team


Saturday, September 30, 2017

September Component of the Month - Zombee with Laney Mead

This month it was Laney's turn to provide the Component of the Month, and she made these cute little Zombees!  I did not take a photo of mine before I made something, if I did you would probably drop dead at this point!

Here's my little zombee creation all done up with a cool effect from PicMonkey.  Are you aware that you now have to pay for PicMonkey - a yearly subscription.  I paid my dues because I use this program a lot and don't have time to learn another free one. 

 So here's my creation - a bookmark.  Yep.  Lame.  I did not have a good enough idea until it was too late to do anything about it, and I wanted to make something, anything.  So I made this bookmark.  The zombee is trying to get the fall flowers. 


My real idea at this point is to make a glass cabochon that looks like a pumpkin, bead bezel it, and make it into a cute necklace, with the zombee being part of the strap - I was going to a strap in some sort of beading pattern, maybe chenille stitch.  And add some halloweeney beads along the chain.  The main program is I don't even have any other halloweeney beads so, this might take a while!

Please check out what everyone else made!



Guests




Team

http://www.lesleywatt.com/ - Lesley  Watt

http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog  -  Jennifer Cameron


https://jdaviesreazor.com/blog/  - Jenny Davis-Reazor


http://blueberribeads.co.uk/ - Caroline Dewison


 http://cmendola.blogspot.co.uk/- Cathy Spiey Mendola





Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

August Component of the Month - Caroline Dewison!

AAAANNNDDD another month has gone by, and this time it was Caroline Dewison's turn to provide the component for the Art Elements Design Challenge!  She sent these!

Beautiful celestial beads!  As usual, I did not take a photo of my set, but hey, you'll see them below!  So drumroll..... here's what I made!


I did another spiral stitch necklace, with Star Sapphire size 8 and 11 beads, and some gold plated hex beads (all found at Bead Fest because I remembered to bring the set Caroline sent me so I could match beads!!!!) Proud of me! The hex beads mimic the starts on the ceramic round perfectly!

I used a ball-and-socket clasp, I really like these when I make a spiral rope necklace, easy to apply and easy to use!

I'm not an "all matchy matchy" person but we did have these great round beads, and since I didn't use them in the necklace, I decided to make a simple pair of earrings with them!  I like them, I like simple jewelry so there you have it!


Please visit everyone else's blogs to see what they made! Thank you Caroline, for some great beads! I enjoyed this challenge!


Guests

Art Elements Team

Facet - The Bead Box

Not sure if you heard, but Facet (Stringing, formerly Bead Style) is launching The Bead Box - one stop kits for jewelry making! It's a m...