Hobble Swing Link – Wire Working Techniques

From Brenda:

Here’s a fun element with a bushel full of visual impact and options! I call it Hobble as a playful nod to my new (healing) gait; and swing it does with its feature loops and jump rings. Of course, flipping a second link can “fill itself in” to form an even capsule form, but a single hung vertically is also cute in double-dangle form to try your hand at balancing mobile-style. Finally, add a bail or two or not depending on how you want to connect this uber-versatile link-pendant and go to town!

Link to project here:  HobbleSwing Instructions and Pattern

Aluminum Wire is easy to see here.

About Brenda
Brenda is an artist, inventor, author, teacher, and coach, in whatever order that suits your need of her! Found objects and steel wire are her palette, which to her, pair like fine wines and lusciously delectable dinners.
You may know her from her weekly Facebook Live Broadcasts:
https://www.facebook.com/BrendaSchwederJewelry

She has written several books and has over 150+ published articles for the jewelry making world. She has also recorded workshop DVDs and other longer online classes.
Her name is synonymous with the Now That’s a[Brand]! of wire jewelry making tools.
Based in Southern Arizona, she works from her Sahuarita Casita, an adobe brick studio in the mountainous desert region close to the Mexican border.
Subscribe to her blog for regular updates.
Her YouTube page is here.
Her Facebook page is here.
Her Instagram page is here.

Mixed Media Layering Necklaces (part one) – Free Class with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here:  Mixed Media Layer Necklaces

Description for our class:

This is Class 1 of a Two-Part Class.  In this class, Part 1, we will use wire to create two wrapped focal pieces, a connector, and a pendant, that will be integrated into a layered necklace design in the next class.

The Recorded Class is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes

Danielle Wickes is a Designer and Content Creator for John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

BEE-UTIFUL! New Bee Strand Project

We have a fabulous new collection of bead strands featuring bee shapes and honeycombs.

Our strands are available in seven different colors.

Danielle Wickes has created a new project that showcases the bee strands.

From Danielle:

A Spiral of Bees!
Create a swarm of Honey Bees around your wrist with this fun spin on Russian Spiral!
Part 1 of this Step-by-Step is a review of Russian Spiral Stitch. There are a lot of great tutorials and videos out there for how to do Russian Spiral stitch. The method I chose for this design is based on a technique I learned from Kitti Robinson Designs.

I have modified the method she shows in the video, substituting size 6/0 seed beads for the 4mm beads.

Part 2 of this Step-by-Step shows how the strand of  Bees and Honeycombs are tacked onto the spiral for a swirl effect.
This design would make a beautiful necklace as well as a bracelet. Many other ideas to modify and create variations are possible. Have fun and share your gorgeous creations with us on social media!

Hashtag#JohnBead

Spiral of Bees Project PDF linked here.

Double Duty Bail – Wire Working Techniques

From Brenda:

How can you not be wowed by this Preciosa crystal focal in all its minimal, yet amazing gorg-iosity! (LOL!)! (Reminds me of a beader’s peyote stitch, although the stitchers I know would probably laugh me off the jewelry-island for saying so!)  Then, I devised this surprisingly simple pendant as a frame, but if you look closer, you see a little extra loop-de-loop that presents the light-filled lovely with just enough “forward face” to catch  your viewers eye and hold it tight!]

The Pattern Instructions and PDF are here. DoubleDutyBail Instructions and Pattern

 

Aluminum Wire is easy to see here.

About Brenda
Brenda is an artist, inventor, author, teacher, and coach, in whatever order that suits your need of her! Found objects and steel wire are her palette, which to her, pair like fine wines and lusciously delectable dinners.
You may know her from her weekly Facebook Live Broadcasts:
https://www.facebook.com/BrendaSchwederJewelry

She has written several books and has over 150+ published articles for the jewelry making world. She has also recorded workshop DVDs and other longer online classes.
Her name is synonymous with the Now That’s a[Brand]! of wire jewelry making tools.
Based in Southern Arizona, she works from her Sahuarita Casita, an adobe brick studio in the mountainous desert region close to the Mexican border.
Subscribe to her blog for regular updates.
Her YouTube page is here.
Her Facebook page is here.
Her Instagram page is here.

Windowpane Earrings or Pendant (two versions) – Free Class with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here:  Windowpane Earrings

Description for our class:

In this class we will create boho-style, brick-stitch earrings on light, wooden frames with John Bead Czech Glass Seed Beads!

The Recorded Class is here.

Extra Version Project If You Do Not have a Round Component:    Extra Supplement Windowpane Earrings

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes

Danielle Wickes is a Designer and Content Creator for John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

RingALingALing Earrings – Wire Working Techniques

 

[How to show off these beautiful iridescent colored Czech pearls by John Bead Corporation? Well, if there are three sizes, use ‘em all! This simple wire-wrangled design is so easy to accomplish with this key finding, the Trinfinity link! It takes care of orientation, spacing and connection all in one fell swoop! It may be little, but it is fierce on utility and cuteness! Use it alone or to harbor graduated hoops! Adorbs!]

The Pattern Instructions and PDF are here. RingALing Instructions and Pattern

Aluminum Wire is easy to see here.

Czech iridescent glass pearls are here.

About Brenda
Brenda is an artist, inventor, author, teacher, and coach, in whatever order that suits your need of her! Found objects and steel wire are her palette, which to her, pair like fine wines and lusciously delectable dinners.
You may know her from her weekly Facebook Live Broadcasts:
https://www.facebook.com/BrendaSchwederJewelry

She has written several books and has over 150+ published articles for the jewelry making world. She has also recorded workshop DVDs and other longer online classes.
Her name is synonymous with the Now That’s a[Brand]! of wire jewelry making tools.
Based in Southern Arizona, she works from her Sahuarita Casita, an adobe brick studio in the mountainous desert region close to the Mexican border.
Subscribe to her blog for regular updates.
Her YouTube page is here.
Her Facebook page is here.
Her Instagram page is here.

Duchess Earrings – Free Class with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here:  Duchess Earrings

Description for our class:

Create ballgown style earrings in a flash with John Bead Czech Glass SuperDuo beads. Iridescent pearls and a faceted crystal drop make the design sparkle even more. Set on Silver-Plated, lever-back ear wires.

The Recorded Class is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes

Danielle Wickes is a Designer and Content Creator for John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Add A Clasp or Not Cuff Tutorial – Wire Working Techniques

 

[The third in my Bring It On!!: A Month of Challenging Elements Made SuperCool designs is AddAClaspOrNot Cuff! And the challenge element? The Leopard Head Clasp! Gosh! What a beautiful finding! I learned so much designing this cuff and the solution ended up being a new KISS Principal: Keep It (the design solution) Simple and Stiff! LOL! (We’ll keep it kind and leave the name-calling from the original version behind!) Good thing we’ve got the Live Broadcast to share more about the design and engineering process that made this challenge so, well, challenging!]

The Pattern Instructions and PDF are here.  AddAClaspornot Cuff 

Aluminum Wire is easy to see here.

About Brenda
Brenda is an artist, inventor, author, teacher, and coach, in whatever order that suits your need of her! Found objects and steel wire are her palette, which to her, pair like fine wines and lusciously delectable dinners.
You may know her from her weekly Facebook Live Broadcasts:
https://www.facebook.com/BrendaSchwederJewelry

She has written several books and has over 150+ published articles for the jewelry making world. She has also recorded workshop DVDs and other longer online classes.
Her name is synonymous with the Now That’s a[Brand]! of wire jewelry making tools.
Based in Southern Arizona, she works from her Sahuarita Casita, an adobe brick studio in the mountainous desert region close to the Mexican border.
Subscribe to her blog for regular updates.
Her YouTube page is here.
Her Facebook page is here.
Her Instagram page is here.