Turn glass beads into gifts – quickly!

I’m sure we are all up to our eyeballs preparing last minute gifts for family and friends – I know I am.  For future reference, there are some really good websites out there that offer help in turning beads (handmade or commercial) into lovely gifts of jewelry or home accessories. One of my favorite such sites is www.mcduckcreations.com which is the work of artist Mary Poineal.  Mary is a talented beadmaker, but her true flare is in the many many many amazing findings she has designed and had cast for her in silver. Check out the  versatile ways that beads can be displayed. I use a great many of Mary’s necklace findings to turn beads into jewelry. Because they have themed tops, you can really tie a pendant with a bale (or is it bail?) into an overall design.  I love her rings, and Mary is very flexible about giving you the combinations of finding and little screw on top that works best for you!

Another great site is www.karenthomas.us. Here is where you can find those beadable pens, letter openers and canape knives. In addition to selling on the web, both Karen and Mary sell at several major shows and so I have seen their merchandise first hand and can attest to its quality.

On a final note, the new Bead and Button catalogue arrived in my mail today, and registration for the show in Milwaukee in June opens January 15, 2008. It is worth getting just for the drool potential. If you have even a slight chance of getting to this show, check out the over 500 classes that have been amassed this year. It is truly incredible. I’m half-hoping they don’t fill my classes just so I can take some offered by other teachers!!  If you can’t attend in person, at least consider entering the Bead Dreams competition. www.beadandbuttonshow.com

I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday and a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Jeri

How Many Beads in a 16″ Strand?

Here’s a handy chart! (these are approximates)

2mm = 203 beads

3mm = 136 beads

4mm = 100 beads

6mm = 67 beads

8mm = 41 beads

10mm = 41 beads

12mm = 34 beads

Jeri Warhaftig to Teach at Glass Craft and Bead Expo

Jeri Warhaftig of Jeri Beads will be teaching and exhibiting at the Glass Craft & Bead Expo, Las Vegas, NV April 2 – April 6, 2008. You can learn more about the show, the exhibitors and the classes by going to: http://www.glasscraftexpo.com.

Jeri Beads

Sandy Lupo in Jan/Feb Issue of Step-by-Step Beads

Member Sandy Lupo has had another great project published in Step-by-Step Beads magazine, published by Interweave Press. Sandy’s project, titled “Gypsy Charm” combines chain and dangles.

Jan/Feb Step-by-Step

Newark Museum: Objects of Desire: 500 Years of Jewelry

Now through February 10, catch the Newark Museum’s show, “Objects of Desire: 500 Years of Jewelry.”  Ronnie Lambrou and I took in the show last year, but new items have been added.  There is some wonderful contemporary beading, as well as antique jewelry and other jeweled objects.  The Victorian mourning jewelry made from human hair is amazing.  Newark MuseumWhile you are there, be sure to see the Native American exhibit, which has a lot of great beaded objects.  There are many restaurants within a short walking distance, and parking at the museum is  easy.

You can read more about the exhibit here:

http://www.newarkmuseum.org/FeaturedExhibition/Exhibition.aspx?id=1318

Book Review: Simply Sensational Beading

Simply Sensational Glass Beading (Paperback)
by Dorothy Wood ISBN-10: 071531937X

The majority of projects in this book use seed beads, but its advantage is the great variety of techniques used.  Bead stitches, tassels and fringes, wirework, bead embroidery and bead loom weaving are the major techniques shown.

Aside from jewelry, this book has some really fun projects including a purse, a pillow, a decorated tea light, a fabric box and a tiara.

All of the techniques are shown in step-by-step photos.  There is also a section on bead finishes, bead shapes, and other material and equipment.

This book retails for $22.99.Simply Sensational Beading