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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Toronto Bead Society Spring Bead Fair

This weekend's TBS Spring Bead Fair is our last bead show in Southern Ontario until the fall. Here is a $2 coupon. There are almost 50 vendors planning to be there. Here is the list of exhibitors.

Instead of classes this season there will be scheduled demonstrations. Here is the schedule.

Maria will be doing two demonstrations. On Saturday 1:30-2:30 will be Twig Willow Twist. On Sunday 3:30 -4:30 will be Diagonal Weave Versatility.

Twig Willow Twist, beaded by M. Rypan
Diagonal Weave Bracelet with Swarovski Crystals, beaded by M. Rypan

Jo-Ann will be doing a demonstration as well. On Sunday, 1:15 - 2:15 Flat herringbone bracelet.
Flat Herringbone (ribbon) Bracelet, beaded by J. Woolverton
The booth will have a selection of kits and patterns as well as all 4 of Maria's books.

All of Maria's Books
We look forward to seeing you at the Bead Fair.

Happy Beading!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

ABC's of Creativity - J is Jewelry

Whether you started with a pasta necklace for your mom as a child or with Swarovski crystal necklace as a bride-to-be, jewelry is likely what got you started working with beads.

Here is a look at some favourites and lesser known jewelry styles, with tips and ideas to make them your own.

Start at the top, hair jewelry or accessories have become very popular thanks to Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. Combining the needed comb or clip with wire and crystals you can make elegant fascinator or hair comb.

Feather Fascinator (free instructions)
Pinch and twist method (beaded by M. Rypan)
As worn by the bride with veil
Pink Plumeria Hair pin (beaded by S. Alfano)
For something more elaboret you might what to try a tiara. There are metal forms to serve as the base for a tiara. You can then use the pinch and twist technique to add crystals, pearls and beads to create your one of a kind headpiece.

Cream Pearl Swarovski Tiara from Making Jewellry Magazine (project instructions)
Here is a video from Beads Direct showing how to make your own tiara.

Now let's look at earrings. They range from simple, a bead on a head pin or wire hoop, to an elaborated beadwoven design.
Lampwork beads and Swarovski crystals, beaded by J. Woolverton
Lucite Calla lilies and Swarovski crystals, beaded by J. Woolverton
Crystal drops embellished with no, some or lots of tiny pearls and crystal.  (Collaboration by M. Rypan & J. Woolverton)
Swarovski Dangle Earrings, beaded by M. Rypan
Netted Diamond Earrings, beaded by M. Rypan

Obelisk Earrings, mini & maxi using Swarovski crystals, pearls or fire polished beads, beaded by M. Rypan
Mini-Radiant Sun Earring, beaded by M. Deeb
Class Act Chandleir style earring, beaded by S. Dixon
Now onto necklaces. A question often asked about making necklaces, other then techniques, is about the lengths for various styles. 
Guidelines for necklace lengths
These are of course a good starting point that may need to be adjusted for the wearer.

Gothic Cross pendant and choker, beaded by M. Rypan
Netted Diamond Collar, beaded by M. Rypan
Using an extender chain will allow the necklace to be worn at just the right length.

Looped Net Collar, beaded by J. Woolverton
Polka Dot Heart "Y" style necklace, beaded by J. Woolverton

Rope length pearl necklace, beaded by J. Woolverton

Rope length necklace doubled around to be choker, beaded by J. Woolverton
Electric Circus lariat, beaded by K. Harris
interesting idea found on pinterest
 Brooches and pins are another style of jewelry that can be fun to make as well.
Tussie Mussie pin, beaded by K. Naray
Blue Star pin, beaded by M. Rypan

Poppy Pin, beaded by K. Slade
Zinna Flower pin, beaded by J. Power
Bracelets range from simply strung beads to detailed bead embroidered or beadwoven cuff. Here are some great tips for ensure that it will fit the intended wrist.
Lizzie's Trio, child size bracelets, beaded by J. Woolverton
Rypan Designs' Crystal Elevation, beaded by J. Woolverton

MAD Designs' Queen Anne's Lace Cuff, beaded by J. Woolverton
Marilyn Gardiner Design's Elf Weave Chain Maille, made by J. Woolverton

Bollywod Chic Chicklet Bracelet, beaded by J. Woolverton
Interchangable cuff, beaded by J. Power
Rings can be quick and simple or detailed and statement pieces.

Daisy Stitch Ring, beaded by J. Woolverton
Quetzal Ring (From Beaded Opulence), beaded by J. Woolverton
Why not make a special piece of jewelry for someone!!

Happy Beading!

Monday, May 6, 2013

ABC's of Creativity - I is Internet

Internet is defined as a vast computer network linking smaller computer networks worldwide (usually preceded by the ). The Internet includes commercial, educational, governmental, and other networks, all of which use the same set of communications protocols.(

For many of us the Internet is a distraction but it is also as source of information and inspiration.

Here are some of my favourites -

Beading Daily

Beading Daily is a daily newsletter, but the website has a wealth of great beading stuff. Videos, free projects and forums.


Pinterest is sharing community. Follow your fellow bead artists, favorite bead designers and friends. You can also browse other pins by topic and repin your favourite. Follow Maria and myself.


YouTube is great for those who are visual learners. You can search for specific topic or techniques. You can also follow channels created by designers and producers. The School of Beadwork featuring Melanie Potter is a great channel. Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements has just started a new feature The Professor of Crystals.

Here is Maria's video demo of Diagonal Weave.

Interview of Maria by Mona Hair .

Blogs by bead designs and artists are a great source of information and inspiration. I follow many bead related blogs but here are a few of my favorites -

Beadfx (Beadful Life), Canadian bead store -

Cindy Holsclaw (Bead Origami), American beadwork designer -

Kerrie Slade, British beadwork designer -

Lori Anderson (Pretty Things), American beadwork designer and blog hop hostess -

Marcia De Coster (Mad Designs), American beadwork designer -

Mortira vanPelt (Inspirational Beading), Canadian beadwork designer -

Do you have a favorite blog or website? Share it with us in the comments.

Hope that you find inspiration online!

Happy Beading!!