Bead Vlog: Necklace & Earrings Jan. Bargain Bead Box

Blogged under beading,Crafty Videos by Tammy on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at 7:16 am

In this quick little vlog, I show off the first few beaded jewelry pieces I made using supplies from the bargains beads I received in my Jan. 2016 shipment.

Video: Bargain Bead Un-Boxing Jan. 2016

Blogged under beading,Crafty Products,Crafty Videos,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Wednesday 13 January 2016 at 1:06 pm

I joined a monthly subscription to Bargain Bead Box and show off my first installment in this video.


Arm Candy – Learn Bead Embroidery

Blogged under beading,Jewelry Designers/Artists,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Thursday 3 September 2015 at 5:38 am

Bead embroidery is a wonderful way for two forms of crafting to collide – beads and needlework! Cyndi Lavin is one of the pioneers of bead embroidery techniques, and in her collection of well-priced and even free e-books available on her Beading Arts blog, she breaks down the various methods for this art form. In fact, one of her latest books, Arm Candy, takes it a step further and shows how to incorporate old jewelry, often broken pieces no longer wearable, into stunning jewelry designs. I really like this idea of using old jewelry pieces because I know many of us have a few odds and ends like this that may have sentimental value, but we are not really able to enjoy them. So pull out those broken jewelry pieces from the past and reinvent them with help from Cyndi!

Video: Making Beaded Stitch Markers for Knitting

Blogged under beading,Crafty Videos,crochet and knitting by Tammy on Friday 5 June 2015 at 8:32 am

I combine my jewelry making skills with my love for fiber arts in this video where I explain the uses of various types of stitch markers and then show you how to make stitch markers specifically used for knitting.



Starfish, Mermaid, and Fish Beaded Necklace

Blogged under beading,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Wednesday 29 April 2015 at 10:00 am

If you have caught any of my crafting video podcasts over the past few months, then you already know that I will be taking a cruise this summer with my mother and two sisters. I’m not a big fan of cruises, but we have been trying to have a girls’ trip for awhile, and it was really difficult to find a time and place that worked with everyone. As a way to make this a little more fun than last time, I am totally crafting before and during the trip.

To start the crafting off, I decided we all needed necklaces to commemorate the trip. I’ve made two, and my sister (who is also a crafter) will be making the other two. Pictured is the one I made for myself. The other one I made is very similar, just longer per my sister’s request. After showing this off on Facebook and Instagram, I had a lot of positive response, so here are the supplies and basic “recipe” you need to make one of your own.

I purchased these supplies from Artbeads.com:

1-20mm Swarovski crystal starfish in luminous green

1 tube of Seabreeze 8/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend

1 loop 19.5×15.5mm, bar 26mm antique pewter twisted design toggle clasp

I purchased these supplies from Dragyn’s Fyre:

1 lead free pewter mermaid bead

1 lead free fish bead

4-5 lead free star spacer beads

I had these supplies already:

2 silver bead tips

20-24 inches of .014 beading wire

20-gauge soft silver-plated wire (used to add a bail to the starfish)

2-6mm turquoise colored Swarovski crystal beads

2 to 5- 4mm and 6mm clear Swarovski crystal beads

You will need the following tools:

round-nose pliers

wire cutters

chain and/or bent-nose pliers

Here is the basic recipe for assembling the necklace:

Use the silver-plated wire to make a bail on the starfish. Add a bead tip to one end of the beading wire before you start stringing. When you are finished stringing all the beads, secure the other end with the other bead tip. Attach the toggle clasp when you are done.

As you can see from the photographs, the beads are not really symmetrical except for the few in the center that anchor the starfish in the center of the necklace. You just string these on however you please. When you start to get the center, you will want to add the mermaid or fish so that one is on either side of the starfish. One item to keep in mind is that if you put the mermaid or fish beads further up the strap of the necklace, you won’t really be able to see them that well. That is why I positioned them in the center.

For detailed instructions on jewelry techniques such as how to attach bead tips, head over to the site I used to write for, About.com Jewelry Making. I have tons of helpful content that is still over there.

Plotting Some Bead Designs for the Cruise

Blogged under beading,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Friday 17 April 2015 at 8:32 am

If you have caught any recent episodes of my video podcast, Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast, then you know that I will be going on a cruise this summer with my mother and two sisters. I thought it would be fun to make some jewelry pieces of each of us that sort of are similar as far as materials, so I purchased some Swarovski crystal starfish charms and a few tubes of mixed beads from Artbeads. I’m going to ask each of them for some input as to what they want me to make, and (fingers crossed) I will have time to design and create a special piece for each of us before we hit the high seas.

Beaded Rings Dazzle-It Update

Blogged under beading,Jewelry Designers/Artists,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Friday 27 February 2015 at 6:09 pm



It was so fun to be part of the Dazzle-It Rings Blog Hop. I showed a little teaser, basically the wonderful beads and other supplies, and talked about what I had planned to do during episode 15 of my video podcast, and then I posted finished my ring, of course, on my own blog. However, above is a photo collage of all the rings together, which were created by myself and these other talented designers: Cyndi Lavin, Marissa Decipeda-Wong, Jennifer Tryon, Lisa Pace, Eileen Bergen, and Nancy Donaldson.

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