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The magazine For beaders
6 Bohemia beads – choker
10 Wishware Beads – necklace and earrings
12 Aurora Beads – bracelet and earrings
14 Bead Co of Victoria – bottle labels
22 Crystal Park – necklace
26 Bead Needs – necklace and earrings
34 Maria George – necklace and earrings
36 Cosmic – necklace
40 Bead trimming – bracelet
42 KQ Designs – necklace
44 Crystal Park – bracelet
48 The Bead Company of WA –
necklace, bracelet and earrings
52 Finns Art Glass – necklace
58 Stitch n Bead – watch and choker
62 Groovy Beads – necklace and earrings
66 Bead Shack NSW – tassel
68 Tiffs Treasures – bracelet
72 Goddess Beads – necklace
30 Karen Peeters
Deb Gibbons chats with this artist who was inspired
by her daughter to take up a creative passion she
always dreamed of.
54 Annlee & Chris Butler
Take a look at the fantastic work done by an
amazing husband and wife team.
MATERIALS A Choker design that Princess Diana made famous –
designed by Megan Mann from Bohemia Beads.
6 x 3 hole spacers STEP ONE STEP SIX
184 x Tibetan silver ornate
bead caps Cut Tigertail into three lengths of 50cm each. Continue threading the following: Bead cap,
1 x clasp pearl, bead cap, 2mm spacer, bead cap,
2 x wire protectors STEP TWO pearl, bead cap, oval spacer, bead cap,
2 x crimps pearl, bead cap, 2mm spacer, bead cap,
Take all three ends and thread a crimp; pull pearl, bead cap. Thread through the top hole
BEADS one length of Tigertail a little longer than the of another three hole spacer.
others to allow a clasp to be attached.
92 x 6mm pearls STEP SEVEN
72 x 2mm spacer beads STEP THREE
9 x long oval shape spacer Continue threading the following: Bead cap,
beads Thread a wire saver through one end of the pearl, bead cap, 2mm spacer, bead cap,
12 x small flower spacer clasp, and the longer end of the Tigertail pearl, bead cap, 2mm spacer, bead cap,
beads through the wire protector and back into the pearl, bead cap, flower spacer, bead cap,
crimp, pulling firmly until the wire saver meets pearl, bead cap, 2mm spacer, bead cap,
TOOLS the crimp. Crush the crimp and trim the pearl, bead cap, 2mm spacer, bead cap,
excess wire. pearl, bead cap, top hole of three hole spacer.
Wire cutters STEP FOUR STEP EIGHT
Bead stopper or tape
Finished length: 40cm Thread 1 x bead cap, 1 x pearl and 1 x bead Continue threading the following: Bead cap,
cap onto all three wires. pearl, bead cap, 2mm spacer, bead cap,
Rating pearl, bead cap, oval spacer, bead cap, pearl,
STEP FIVE bead cap, 2mm spacer, bead cap, pearl, bead
cap, top hole of a three hole spacer.
Take one strand of the Tigertail and thread
the following: 4 x 2mm spacers, bead cap, STEP NINE
pearl, bead cap, flower spacer, bead cap,
pearl, bead cap, 2mm spacer, bead cap, Continue threading the following: Bead cap,
pearl, bead cap. Thread the Tigertail through pearl, bead cap, 2mm spacer, bead cap pearl,
the top hole of one of the three hole spacers. bead cap, 2mm spacer, bead cap, pearl, bead
cap, flower spacer, bead cap, pearl, bead cap,
2mm spacer, bead cap, pearl, bead cap, 2mm
spacer, bead cap, pearl, bead cap, top hole of
a three hole spacer.
Continue threading: Bead cap, pearl, bead
cap, 2mm spacer, bead cap, pearl, bead
cap, oval spacer, bead cap, pearl, bead cap,
2mm spacer, bead cap, pearl, bead cap, top
hole of a three hole spacer.
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P earl Choker
STEP ELEVEN STEP THIRTEEN
Continue threading: Bead cap, pearl, bead Take all three pieces of beaded Tigertail and
cap, 2mm spacer, bead cap, pearl, bead thread all through 1 x bead cap, 1 x pearl
cap, flower spacer, bead cap, pearl, bead and 1 x bead cap.
cap, 4 x 2mm spacers. Put either a bead
stop or piece of sticky tape on the end of the STEP FOURTEEN
Tigertail to stop beads falling off.
Thread a crimp over all three pieces of
STEP TWELVE Tigertail.
Repeat Steps 5 to 11 for the second and third STEP FIFTEEN
piece of Tigertail, using the middle and end
holes of the three hole spacers. Add a wire protector to the other end of
the clasp, and thread one piece of Tigertail
through it and back through the crimp; using
pliers pull the Tigertail gently to tighten the
choker. Crush the crimp, trim all excess wire.
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MATERIALS A focal teardrop with gold wire work, hematite and black.
3 x filigree diamonds with 4mm
clear rhinestone – gold plated An after five dress and you are ready to party. A design by
14 x 3 diamond filigree Wishware Beads.
connectors – gold plated
1 x antique gold toggle Toggle NECKLACE
2 x jump rings 4mm – STEP ONE
Taking about 10cm of the 22 gauge
22 gauge non-tarnish wire – 6mm clear AB non-tarnish wire, thread on 5x10mm
gold plated 6mm dorado teardrop, bend the sides up so the wire
creates a ‘V’. Taking one side, wrap
BEADS 6mm jetz bi-cone one around the other and then cut one
side off, and turn into a loop. Attach to
1 x 5x10mm clear crystal the bottom of one of the filigree pieces.
teardrop AB Using 15cm x 22 gauge wire, wrap a
7 x 6mm Swarovski crystal dorado along with the daisy spacers
bi-cones dorado on top.
6 x 6mm Swarovski crystal
bi-cones clear AB 6mm clear AB
2 x 6mm Swarovski crystal STEP TWO
donuts jetz black
Continue the design using the 22 gauge
4 x 6mm bi-cones jetz black 4mm clear wire, and the connectors wrapping the
hematite AB bi-cone beads in between, referring to the diagram
40 x 4x1mm antique gold daisy 4mm black for directions to the placement of the
spacers bi-cone beads. Complete both sides and then use
4mm open the jump rings to attach the toggle clasp.
TOOLS 6mm dorado diamond connector Design note: It’s important in this design
when including the connectors to wrap
Pliers for wire wrapping them so that they sit forwards.
EARRINGS 4mm clear AB LENGTH: 45 to 50 cm
MATERIALS 6mm dorado
6 x diamond gold plated 6mm jetz donut STEP ONE
1 pair gold plated 6mm clear AB Using 22 gauge wire, cut about 5cm and
earring wires 6mm dorado wire wrap 4mm black crystal in between
2 x 4mm jump rings – two connectors; with the remaining
gold plated connector wire wrap clear AB 4mm bi-
Small amount of 22 gauge cone to the end. With 4mm jump ring
non-tarnish wire gold open, attach the two sections to the ear
wire to complete. Refer to the diagram
BEADS for bead placement.
8 x 4x1mm daisy spacers
2 x 4mm crystal bi-cones clear AB
2 x 4mm crystal bi-cones jetz black
Rating Filigree connector Wishware Beads Bunbury
Clear AB teardrop www.wishwarebeads.com.au
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 08 97216566
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BRACELET The soft textures of felt with beads for lovers of needle
MATERIALS and thread work. Designed by Helen Everett.
2 x crimps DESIGN NOTES bead so that the needle emerges at the centre
1 x toggle clasp of the cross. Make a small stitch over the point
40cm Tigertail This bracelet is made by decorating the felt where the threads cross at the centre to hold
2m thread beads and then stringing them together on the beads in place. Sew through the felt bead
Tigertail. When sewing beads onto the felt so that the needle emerges about 1cm from
BEADS beads, take care not to pull the thread too the first bead added. Continue until you have
tight as it may distort the shape of the bead. made 3-4 crosses.
11 x 1cm felt beads Don’t sew through the bead from one side to
40 x 5 seed beads the other as it may block up the centre of the Bead Number 3 – Sequin star:
6 x 5mm sequin stars beads with thread, making it difficult to thread Thread a sequin star and a small seed bead.
6 x 5mm metal daisy beads them together. Skipping seed bead, sew back into the felt
6 x 5mm glass daisy beads bead through the sequin. Sew through the felt
6 x 5mm Swarovski chaton STEP ONE bead so that the needle emerges about 1cm
montees from the first sequin bead added. Continue
20 x 3mm bugle beads Start by securing until you have added 5-6 stars.
colour 1 thread to the felt bead
10 x 3mm bugle beads as follows: Thread Bead Number 4 – Flower:
colour 2 the needle and sew Thread a flower bead and a small seed bead;
30 x 11 seed beads colour 1 through the bead in sew as per Bead 3.
20 x 11 seed beads colour 2 a straight line running
20 x 11 seed beads colour 3 parallel to the centre Bead Number 5 – Polka dots:
20 x two-cut seed beads hole. Pull the thread Thread one small seed bead and sew back
through leaving a into the felt bead close to the point where
TOOLS short tail, 3cm. Sew your thread is coming out. Sew through the
back into the bead close to the point just felt bead so that the needle emerges about
Needle exited and back through the bead to emerge 0.5cm from the first bead added. Continue
Scissors close to the entry point. Trim the tail and start until you have covered the bead with
Flat nose pliers decorating the beads. approximately 16-18 seed beads.
LENGTH: 17cm uses nine Bead Number 1 – Three bead triangle: Bead Number 6 – Metal flower:
felt beads Thread on three felt beads with about 6-7 Thread a metal flower bead and a small seed
groups. Tie off the thread by sewing back and bead; sew as per Bead 3.
Rating forth across inside the bead a few times to
secure the thread, and trim.
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Bead Number 2 – Bugle bead cross: Bead Number 7 – Swarovski Crystal bead:
Thread two long bugle beads. Slide down the Sew through one cross in the back of the
thread, lay them flat on the felt bead, sew into crystal bead, lay it flat on the felt bead and
the felt bead at the end of the second bugle. sew back into the felt bead close to the edge
Sew through the felt bead so that the needle of the crystal bead. Sew through the felt bead
emerges at the position to add the second leg so that the needle emerges about 1cm from
of the cross. Thread two long bugle beads. Lay the first bead added. Continue until you have
them flat on the felt bead so that they cross added 4-5 crystal beads. Sew back through
over the first set, sew into the felt bead at the each crystal bead through the second cross in
end of the second bugle. Sew through the felt the back to secure.
1. Three triangle bead
10. Metal flower 2. Bugle bead cross STEP THREE
9. Bugle polka dots 3. Sequin star
8. Bugle tee 4. Flower Thread a crimp, one section of the clasp.
Pass the Tigertail back through the crimp and
7. Swarovski 5. Polka dots tighten to form a small loop, leaving a short
Crystal bead tail approximately 1cm. Squash the crimp.
Slide the beads over tail end to hide. Remove
6. Metal flower stopper from other end of the bracelet and
thread a crimp, second half of the clasp.
EARRINGS Bead Number 8 – Bugle tee: Pass the Tigertail back through the crimp and
MATERIALS Thread two small seed beads, sew back into the first three beads. Make sure there are
the felt bead approximately 2mm from where no gaps between the beads and tighten the
2 x 1cm felt beads your thread is exiting. Sew through felt bead tigertail to form a small loop at the clasp.
1m thread so that the needle emerges about 3mm from Take care: Don’t pull too tight as the felt
1 pair earring hooks the seed beads. Thread a long bugle bead, beads will squash up, shrinking the length of
sew into the felt bead, crossing over the the bracelet. Squash the crimp and trim the
BEADS thread between the two small seed beads. Tigertail close to the beads.
Sew through the felt bead so that the needle
40 x 11 degree seed beads emerges about 1cm from the first bead EARRINGS
6 x 5 degree seed beads added. Continue until you have made about STEP ONE
14 x delica seed beads 5-6 groups.
Start by securing thread to the felt bead as
Bead Number 9 – Bugle polka dots: shown for the bracelet. Thread a seed bead
As per Bead 5. Continue until you have covered and sew back into the felt bead close to
the bead with approximately 15-16 beads. the point where your thread is exiting. Sew
through the felt bead so that the needle
STEP TWO emerges about 0.5cm from the first bead
added. Continue covering the bead with
Assembling the Bracelet approximately 16-18 seed beads.
Place a bead stopper or a piece of sticky
tape at the end of the Tigertail to hold the STEP TWO
beads in place while you are assembling
the bracelet. Thread 3 x large seed beads, Sew through the felt bead so that the
a felt bead; repeat until all felt beads needle emerges from the bottom of the
have been added, finishing with 3 x large bead. Thread on three seed beads and sew
seed beads. Check the length and add or up through the hole in the felt bead; come
remove beads as required. out of the top of the bead. Thread on three
large seed beads, seven delica beads, an
earring hook. Skipping delicas, sew back
down through the three large seed beads.
Sew into the felt bead to secure and sew
back through the large seed beads and
delica bead loop to reinforce. Sew into the
felt bead and tie off the thread by sewing
back and forth across the bead a few times
to secure the thread and trim. Repeat for
the second earrin .
Phone: 08 9294 2639.
Email: [email protected]
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MATERIALS Try Right Angle Weave to give a festive look to bottles. Add
your own letter beads of choice and attach a chain or ribbon.
6m x 10 pound Craft Line
BEADS DESIGN NOTES STEP TWO
25g x Size 5 seed beads for Right angle weave shortens when pulled into Row 2: Cut 1.5 metres of craft line. Put on 6
full collar position with following rows so do not pull x 5 degree seed beads, thread through the
12g x Size 5 seed beads for too tight. Hold thread ends from each row in first disc bead, letter bead and second disc
front panel a butterfly clip to hold while doing the next bead on Row 1, through sixth seed bead in
8mm square letter beads row. Finish off all rows when completed. As opposite direction. Centre on craft line and
40-45 x disc beads for full the collar is likely to get sticky with cordial or continue as Row 1 in reverse to end of letter
collar (16 repeats total) juice it is better to use Craft Line so it can be beads. Continue repeats as Row 1.
15-20 x disc beads for rinsed if necessary.
front panel (depending on STEP THREE
number of letter beads) STEP ONE
1 feature drop bead per loop If only doing Centre Panel release loose ends
2 smaller drop beads Row 1: Cut 1.5 metres of craft line. Put on from Row 1. Adjust tension of Rows 1 and
per loop 6 x 5 degree seed beads, 1 x disc bead, 1 2. Tie off two centre threads in an overhand
x letter bead making sure the letter bead is knot. Apply a dab of nail polish and, when
TOOLS facing in the right direction, 1 x disc bead; dry, trim ends.
then go through first seed bead in opposite
Scissors direction. Pull into shape in centre of 1.5 On remaining Craft Line from Row 1,
Clear nail polish metres craft line. Repeat for number of letters thread 4 x seed beads, 1 x disc bead,
Butterfly paper clip or thread required. Place ends in thread holder to 2 x seed beads. On remaining craft line
holder prevent beads falling off. from Row 2, thread 2 x seed beads then tie
overhand knot with craft line from Row 1
Directions and Materials will
be for Centre Panel only
and/or complete Collar.
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with seed beads and disc. Apply a dab of nail polish.
When dry, trim off one end and leave other for Row 3
If doing Full Collar, tie off inside two lines from Rows 1
and 2. Apply a dab of nail polish. When dry trim off ends.
Thread 4 x seed beads on outside lines of Row 1 and 2
then cross then them over through 1 x disc bead. Repeat
this pattern to fit right around your bottle and knot on side
of end disc. Apply a dab of nail polish and trim ends when
dry. On sample there were 16 repeats including the letter
beads ones so subtract the number of letter beads repeats
for back section figure. Place loose ends in thread holder
while completing Row 3.
Row 3: Cut 1.5 metres of craft line. Add to base of letter
beads facing in right direction to make sure letters will
not be upside down.
With 1 end, thread through 2 x seed beads of end
loop then through the 2 x seed beads at end of Rows 1
and 2; 4 x seed beads, 1 x disc bead, 2 x seed beads;
centre on craft line and tie an overhand knot. With one
end thread back through the 2 x seed beads of the loop
then through 2 x seed beads of Row 2 then add 1 x disc
bead. With other end, thread 1 x disc bead, 2 x seed
beads, 1 x small drop, 1 x seed bead, 1 x centre feature
drop, 1 x seed bead, 1 x small drop, 2 x seed beads; then
through disc bead on other side from opposite direction.
Repeat Figure 8 pattern to base of row to end of letters.
For centre panel only on final repeat have both ends
above last disc at centre of end loop of Row 2. Knot
both ends round craft line. Apply dab of nail polish.
When dry, trim ends.
For Full Collar, repeat Row 3 remaining pattern epeats.
Knot ends at last matching disc bead. Apply dab of nail
polish and, when dry, trim ends.
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336 Smith Street, Collingwood, Vic
Phone 03 9419 0636
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MATERIALS A pin with a nostalgic touch designed by Keir’s Krafts
Antique gold brooch of your STEP ONE STEP THREE
choice with holes along
bottom Open a jump ring, place through end of Continue as above, looping links onto brooch
10cm fine gold chain chain; while open loop into first hold on until complete, using photo as a guide.
4-6 x 4mm jump rings brooch. With a second jump ring open, place
3–4 head pins through fourth chain link on opposite end, Keir’s Krafts
Charm and metal accents then into last hole on brooch. PO Box 1880,
Bundaberg Qld 4670
BEADS STEP TWO Ph: 07 4156 1323
Email: [email protected]
Assorted 6mm beads Thread a bead onto a head pin, cut 1cm
for drops from top of bead. Curl with round nose pliers
to form an eye. Using the remainder of head
TOOLS pin, make an eye in one end, thread on a
bead and repeat as before.
Flat nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Length of finished piece:
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Yesteryear P in
MATERIALS Man.da.la n. a geometric or pictorial design usually
enclosed in a circle, representing the entire universe.
1.5 metres beading thread Designed by Angel Dreams for Crystal Park.
2 x crimps
1 x toggle
BEADS STEP ONE the seed bead and 6mm fire glass bead just
MANDALA. added. Diagram 3.
20 x 6mm fire glass beads
30 x 4mm fire glass beads Thread a beading
17 x 4mm Swarovski bi-
cones needle with 1m of STEP FOUR
1 x Precousia Teardrop Continue this way
5g x 11/0 Matsuno seed thread. Onto this until you have a
beads total of 8 x 6mm fire
thread 1 x seed bead, glass beads and you
TOOLS form the Mandala.
1 x 6mm fire glass Diagram 1. Diagram 4.
Round nose pliers bead, 1 x seed bead,
Flat nose pliers STEP FIVE
Wire cutters 1 x 4mm bi-cone, 1 x seed bead, 1 x 6mm Needle through the
Beading needle work and come up
Scissors fire glass bead. Leave a 10cm tail. With the and out one of the Diagram 4.
Glue 4mm bi-cones. Add 1 Diagram 5.
LENGTH: 45cm with needle going in the same direction thread x seed bead, 1 x 4mm
mandala drop of 8cm fire glass bead, 1 x
through all of these beads again. Tie a seed bead. Needle
Rating through the next 4mm
double knot to secure. Diagram 1. bi-cone. Diagram 5.
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Thread the needle
through the seed bead
and 6mm fire glass
bead in Diagram 1.
Add 1 x seed bead,
1 x 4mm bi-cone, 1 x
seed bead, 1 x 6mm
fire glass bead, 1 x STEP SIX
Add 1 x seed bead,
seed bead. Thread the Diagram 2. 1 x 4mm fire glass
needle back up through bead, 1 x seed bead.
Needle through the
all of these until you come out the bottom next 4mm bi-cone.
end of the 6mm fire glass bead just added.
Thread the needle back through the fire glass
bead in Diagram 1 again, through the seed
bead just added and through the 4mm bi- Diagram 6.
cone, and seed bead just added. Diagram 2. STEP SEVEN
Repeat the rest of the way around the outside
STEP THREE of the Mandala.
Thread 1 x seed bead,
1 x 6mm fire glass Diagram 3. STEP EIGHT
bead, 1 x seed bead, Drop
1 x 4mm bi-cone, 1 Needle through the work until you come out the
x seed bead. Take the end of one of the 4mm fire glass beads. Add
needle through the fire 1 x seed bead, 1 x 6mm fire glass bead, 1 x
glass bead added in seed bead, 1 x 4mm bi-cone, 1 x seed bead,
Diagram 2, through 1 x 6mm fire glass bead, 1 x seed bead. Take
the needle through the STEP TEN
other side of the 4mm
fire glass bead that you Necklace
came out of at the start Use 1 x 40cm length of Tigertail or desired
of this step. This will length. Thread the Tigertail through the 4mm fire
form a circle of beads. glass bead at the top of the Mandala. Follow
Diagram 7. Diagram 8 for threading order. To lengthen, add
more seed beads before adding toggle piece
STEP NINE and crimping to finish. Repeat the same on the
Needle down until you other end of the Tigertail. Diagram 8.
come out one side of Diagram 7.
the 4mm bi-cone just added. Add 3 x seed
beads, 1 x Teardrop, 3 x seed beads. Take 9 Cassia Street,
Browns Plains Qld
the needle through the other side of the 4mm Phone 07 3800 3825
bi-cone that you came out of at the start of
this step. This will form a circle of beads.
Finish off the threads.
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MATERIALS A Necklace and Earring Set with all the pastels that
Monet loved to combine. Designed by Bead Needs.
50 cm Tigertail
4 x crimps NECKLACE head pin to 45 degrees just above the bead.
1 x flower clasp STEP ONE Trim the bent section to 1cm. Diagram 3.
27 x head pins Cut 2 x 25cm pieces Using round nose pliers grip the end of the
1 x diamond earring head pin, and roll to create a loop.
component of Tigertail. Attach
2 x ear wires
6 x 6mm jump rings both sections of STEP FIVE
BEADS Tigertail to the top Repeat last step creating 4 x 4mm bead loops
and 4 x 6mm bead loops. Use a spacer bead
69 x 4mm daisy spacers loop of the diamond either side of the 4mm beads and only place
3 x 10mm beads, pink one spacer at the base of the 6mm beads.
14 x 8mm beads – 4 purple, component with a
4 green, 4 blue, 2 pink
30 x 6mm beads – 5 purple, crimp. Diagram 1.
7 green, 9 blue, 9 pink
42 x 4mm beads – 11 Design note: If Diagram 1
purple, 13 green, 5 blue, you want a longer
13 pink STEP SIX
necklace allow an extra 5cm on each side for
TOOLS Attach the 10mm bead loop to the centre
each additional section of pattern. ring of the Diamond Component. To do this
Round nose pliers grip the loop on either side with pliers and
Chain nose pliers STEP TWO twist one side away from you. Hook the open
Crimping tool loop through the diamond components centre
Wire cutters Start to thread on beads in the following hole and reverse the step to close.
LENGTH: 50 to 55 cm with * 4mm, spacer, 6mm, spacer, 4mm, spacer, STEP SEVEN
6cm drop. 8mm, spacer. Diagram 2. Repeat pattern
from * at least seven times alternating the Repeat this technique to attach 2 x 4mm and
Rating colours in each pattern. End with 4mm, 2 x 6mm beads onto each side loop.
spacer, 6mm, spacer and 4mm.
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Make two chains that
are three jump rings
Diagram 2 long each. Attach
these to the base
loop of the ear wires.
Crimp onto either side of the flower clasp. Diagram 4.
STEP FOUR STEP TWO Diagram 4
Pendant Section Using the technique in Step 4 of the
To create the looped
head pins. Thread 1 x pendant section above, make up the
spacer, 10mm bead, 1 following bead loops: 6 x 4mm beads
x spacer onto a head
pin. Hold the head pin using a spacer either side of the bead,
just above the bead
with pliers. Bend the 10 x 6mm beads using a spacer at the
base of the bead, 2 x 10mm beads using
Diagram 3 a spacer either side of the bead. At least
two bead loops of each colour required.
STEP THREE STEP SIX
Separate the bead loops into two matching sets. To the top jump ring attach 1 x 4mm bead
loop and 3 x 6mm loops.
To the bottom jump ring attach 1 x 10mm Phone 03 8742 2866
bead loop and 1 x 6mm loop. www.beadneeds.com.au
To the centre jump ring attach 2 x 4mm bead
loops and 1 x 6mm loop.
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Launch of the
Article by Deb Gibbons
QUEENSLAND BEADER KARYN PEETERS CHATS ABOUT HER LIFE AS A BEADER.
“I have WHEN ASKED WHAT ignited her passion “After seeing Danika’s work, I quit my job,
never viewed for beading, Karyn says: “Inspiration strikes and looked around for something to do,
beading as when you least expect it. In 2004 when my creatively, and fell in love with mosaics. I
a job, it’s youngest daughter Danika was in year 11, then had to have a foot operation, which
much too I saw what she was producing in her art meant I couldn’t mosaic or play netball
fun and so studies. That sparked something in me and I (my other passion), so I looked around for
satisfying.” remembered back to my primary school days, something to do to keep me occupied. Luckily
when I dreamt of being an art teacher. I was for me, I found the girls at ‘Bead with Me’
always drawing. My Mum taught me how in Springwood, Queensland. I did a basic
to do profiles of people at a very early age, course and then promptly went back to
and she was a natural at drawing women. I mosaics and doing the beading on the side.
won my first art prize in year 1, but, due to My daughters Melanie and Danika started
financial restrictions in high school, I could selling some of my crocheted bracelets at
not pursue my goals. So I settled into doing their schools, which brought in a little income.
commercial studies, which didn’t interest me In 2005, I had to have the foot operation re-
in the least.” done; and I went back to the girls at ‘Bead
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with Me’ to learn more – not ever thinking the right time for me to do this, and while I am Karyn loves
what I was going to actually do with all the excited about the exposure I will be getting at working with
completed pieces. But by then I had caught the Gold Coast Fashion Expo, I am as nervous Swarovski
the beading bug, and now, as they say, the as a cat on a hot tin roof too! But it’s all crystals,
rest is history.” good. I have Christmas parties lined up and pearls and
will be busy until then creating and making semi-precious
Karyn’s beading business started to pick up the designs for those shows. I also hope to stones, saying
up pace, with work coming from many fit in some markets, either here in Brisbane or she adores
directions. Her eldest daughter Trudi was living on either or both the Sunshine Coast and the the ‘look’ that
in London, and her workmates requested Gold Coast. One step at a time for now.” they add to
that Karyn send over items for them to buy her pieces,
as Christmas presents for their families and Karyn has attended many types of classes, and finds that
friends. In addition, Karyn’s sister Roslyn including weaving and wiring, mainly to see they are very
requested some jewellery to put into her dress how she can utilise these skills in her beading, popular with
shop, X-plosif, in Townsville. The feedback in a way that suits her style. Having just done her customers.
from Roslyn’s customers has been very a PMC course, she can’t wait to get stuck into She also likes
positive, and Karyn and her sister are currently the PMC properly and create many different the ‘bling’
working on a range of jewellery for the store. things for her own use – but that will have to factor, and
be put on the back burner for the moment. has a new
Business has built up to such an extent Karyn firmly believes that attending courses is saying: “The
that Karyn recently launched Flowerbomb a wonderful way to expand your knowledge, world is my
Jewellery Designs at the Gold Coast Fashion pointing out that she once heard Cathy Swarvoski
Expo. And just how did she come up with the from Crystal Park say to a lady who said she Pearl!”
name Flowerbomb? Karyn explains: “It took couldn’t do something: ”Nonsense, you just
forever to find the right name. I would write haven’t learnt the technique.” Karyn is very
down names and then walk around for days, thankful that the women at ‘Bead with Me’
saying the names that had caught my attention and ‘Crystal Park’ have been so helpful to
over and over again. One day I was with my her, and acknowledges that she would not
family, throwing around possible names, and I have achieved her goal without their constant
said ‘Flower’. Someone said ‘bombed again’ encouragement.
(meaning it wasn’t a suitable name), and then
it just clicked: ‘Flowerbomb’.” No stranger to shows, Karyn has been
to several Bead & Button shows and the Bead
“I have never viewed beading as a job, it’s Exposè. She says she comes away from these
much too fun and so satisfying. It seems that shows laden with new beads, and also with
launching this business has happened at just
to see how
she can utilise
these skills in
in a way that
suits her style.
a renewed admiration for the beaders of how the beads fall; and has been known
Australia, as she finds the works on display to come home and take apart a piece if it
to be awe-inspiring and motivational. Karyn doesn’t pass herwww tests. She proudly admits
enjoys perusing Australian bead and fashion that there are only four pieces in her drawer
books and magazines, eagerly scanning them awaiting re-allocation!
for ideas and new techniques. She also uses a
quilter’s book, from her mosaics days, to help Karyn loves working with Swarovski crystals,
her decide on the most appropriate colours for pearls and semi-precious stones, saying she
different styles of jewellery. adores the ‘look’ that they add to her pieces,
and finds that they are very popular with her
As she says: “I am a person who cannot customers. She also likes the ‘bling’ factor,
look at a swatch of paint to see the final and has a new saying: “The world is my
colour; I want the whole wall painted!” Swarvoski Pearl!”
To avert any disasters, Karyn ‘road tests’ Much to her husband Peter’s dismay, she
her jewellery by wearing it to see if it is has quite an assortment of beads at the
comfortable to wear, if it stays in place, and moment … but she regards it like he would
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NECKLACE A Lampwork focal bead with CZs makes this simple
MATERIALS piece sparkle. Designed by Maria George.
7 x crimp beads
60cm Tigertail length
BEADS STEP ONE STEP SIX
1 Lily Dickson Floral Fold Tigertail approximately in half; thread Take one end of Tigertail; thread 1 x crimp
Amethyst Lentil focal bead one crimp bead. bead, 1 x erinite bi-cone, 1 x light amethyst
2 x 5mm Swarovski rondelles bi-cone, 2 x crimp beads and one half of the
4 x 4mm Swarovski erinite STEP TWO clasp. Thread the Tigertail back through all
green bi-cones beads. Pull to tighten and adjust length to
4 x 4mm Swarovski Thread both ends of Tigertail through 1 suit and flatten crimps. Trim excess Tigertail.
tanzanite purple bi-cones x erinite bi-cone, 1 x rondelle, 1 x light Repeat on other end of Tigertail for second
4 x 4mm Swarovski light amethyst bi-cone and 1 x tanzanite bi-cone. section of clasp.
STEP THREE STEP ONE
Thread both ends through Lily’s floral Using one head pin thread 1 x erinite bi-
Crimping pliers amethyst lentil bead. cone, 1 x tanzanite bi-cone, 1 x Lily Dickson
Wire cutters bead, 1 x tanzanite bi-cone, 1 x light
STEP FOUR amethyst bi-cone and 1 x erinite bi-cone.
LENGTH: 45 to 50 cm
Thread both ends through 1 x tanzanite bi- STEP TWO
EARRINGS cone, 1x light amethyst bi-cone, 1 x rondelle
MATERIALS and 1 x erinite bi-cone. Take the round pliers and, following directions
on forming a loop in basic instructions, form
2 x head pins STEP FIVE a loop; add to ear wires.
2 x earring wires
Split the two Tigertail ends and thread 1 x STEP THREE
tanzanite bi-cone and 1 x crimp on each.
Press all close together, tighten and crimp the Repeat for second earring.
crimp beads to hold in place.
Lily Dickson Beads available from
BEADS Maria George Pty Ltd
Phone 03 9658 7333
2 x Lily Dickson Floral www.mariageorge.com.au
4 x 4mm Swarovski erinite
4 x 4mm Swarovski
tanzanite purple bi-cones
2 x 4mm Swarovski light
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L ily Floral
MATERIALS A semi-precious design by Cosmic Beads with pinkish purple
to greys in this lepidolite coin, and amethyst, easy project.
1 x sterling silver and
amethyst toggle STEP ONE STEP FIVE
1 x 1 metre section
of Tigertail Attach the cross bar of the toggle to Tigertail Cut the remaining Tigertail in half, attach
6 x crimps with a crimp leaving 4 or 5cm on the short end. each section to the large part of the toggle
ring and secure with crimps leaving 2cm on
BEADS STEP TWO each short end.
2 x amethyst briolettes Thread on three amethyst 4mm rounds, one STEP SIX
11 x lepidolite 10mm coins ametrine coin – try to put one on that will go
22 x ametrine 6mm coins through both pieces of Tigertail; if this is not Put all the sections of Tigertail through one
1 x strand of amethyst possible, cut the short section of Tigertail after lepidolite coin. Thread an ametrine coin on
4mm rounds the amethyst rounds – one lepidolite coin, one each side. If both sections of the Tigertail
ametrine coin and seven amethyst rounds. won’t go through the beads, cut the short end
TOOLS off after the lepidolite coin.
Long nose or crimping pliers STEP SEVEN
Continue the pattern of seven amethyst
LENGTH: 50cm or 4mm rounds, one ametrine coin, one Thread on the remaining amethyst 4mm
desired length lepidolite coin, one ametrine coin and seven rounds either equally or have one hanging
amethyst rounds until your necklace section lower than the other. At the bottom of each
is the desired length. For the last section of section attach a crimp then an amethyst
amethyst 4mm rounds, place three on instead briolette. Put the Tigertail back through the
of seven so it balances with the beginning. crimp and through several of the amethyst
rounds for security and crimp firmly, cutting
STEP FOUR off the excess Tigertail.
Attach the ring of the toggle with a crimp and Cosmic Beads
thread the Tigertail back through as many www.cosmicbeads.com.au
beads as you can up to around 5cm, and cut [email protected]
off the excess Tigertail.
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MATERIALS Knotting with leather and rings is fun and fast. Try this
simple project to create a bracelet designed by Swarovski
1.2 metres 2mm leather with modification from the Bead, Trimming & Craft Co.
1 FOB clasp
1 connector STEP ONE STEP EIGHT
10 head pins Thread leather Attach rings to crystal
through one side of pendants. Thread
BEADS clasp until there are crystals on head pins
two even lengths.
21 Swarovski crystals STEP NINE
Charm STEP TWO
Turn loop on pin.
LENGTH: 18 to 20 cm Start knotting following steps A, B and C.
Make sure knots are pulled firmly.
STEP THREE STEP TEN
Repeat Step 2 until achieving required length. Attach ring of Step 8
to knots randomly.
Trim ends, then place in connector.
Attach ring to knot.
STEP FIVE Then attach loop from
Using flat nose pliers,
fold over one side of Bead Trimming & Craft Co
connector. 39 Merivale Street
South Brisbane Qld
STEP SIX Phone 07 3844 5722
Fold over other side.
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Attach ring to the
connector and clasp.
MATERIALS Loops on a simple crochet chain stitch make this
project the next step for crochet fans – designed by
10 metres S-Lon bead cord Kylie Quinlivan from K Q Designs.
BEADS STEP ONE mixing large and small. Try to place some of
the larger beads towards the centre of your
24 x 4mm mixed Unwind small amount of bead cord, thread strand. Once threaded, add your reserved
56 x 5/6mm mixed glass 1 x 12mm bead and approximately 20 seed seed beads.
52 x 7/8mm mixed glass beads. Don’t undo all of the cord. Put aside
14 x 10mm mixed glass another 12 or so seed beads to form the loop STEP TWO
1 x 12mm glass at the other end. Mix the rest of your beads
7 x flat leaves together and string them onto the cord, Starting with the 12 seed beads, chain stitch
18 x mixed metal spacers the seed beads one at a time. When you
6 grams 8 degree seed beads have enough to form a loop that will fit over
the 12mm bead, crochet through the first
TOOLS stitch to make the end loop.
2mm crochet hook STEP THREE
Clear nail polish or glue
Continue chain stitching the mixed beads,
LENGTH: Approximately one at a time. When you have done three
50 to 55 cm or as desired or four beads, join them together in a loop.
Chain another three or four beads, and join
the chain back into the previous loop.
Continue in this way until you finish the mixed
beads. Design note: Examine your work as
you go, if there is a ‘bare’ spot, chain stitch
some more beads into it, or if it’s too thick
in one area you may need to undo it and
rework that spot.
Chain stitch the remaining seed beads one
at a time and finally the 12mm bead. Pull the
cord tight around the bead and stitch back
into the last couple of stitches and secure
your end with a knot and some clear nail
polish or glue.
Rating K Q Designs
Phone 02 6040 7225
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Loops of Crochet
MATERIALS Learn ladder stitch and how to add additional bi-cones
with this Egyptian theme bracelet, designed by
4m beading thread Angel Dreams for Crystal Park.
1 x Tibetan Silver – Pretty
BEADS DESIGN NOTE the same even number of beads as the first
length of Ladder Stitch.
5 grams x two cut 8 degree Finishing Off Threads
Matsuno seed beads Leave at least 10cm to use for finishing off. STEP FIVE
5 grams x 11 degrees Make a slip knot. Then needle through the Middle bi-cone row.
Matsuno seed beads two closest beads, leaving a loop of thread
30 to 35 x 4mm Swarovski where the needle has gone into the first bead. Lay both rows of
bi-cones Run glue onto this loop and pull the thread
all the way through the two beads. Let the Ladder Stitch parallel
TOOLS glue dry and then trim the thread.
with each other so that
Scissors all threads are facing Diagram 3.
Glue inwards and each end
LENGTH: 18cm STEP ONE
has a short and long thread. Diagram 3.
Rows 1 and 2 Ladder Stitch. STEP SIX
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Using 2m of beading thread and a beading Using one of the long threads, thread on
1 x 11 degree seed bead, 1 x 4mm bi-cone,
needle, thread 2 x two cut seed beads onto 1 x 11 degree seed bead. Take the needle
up through the first two cut seed bead on the
thread. Leave a 15cm opposite length of Ladder Stitch and down
through the second two cut seed bead on
tail. Take the needle the same length of Ladder Stitch.
through both beads
again in the same
direction so that
they sit side by side. Diagram 1.
STEP TWO Thread 1 x 11 degree
Add another bead seed bead onto the
and take the thread
through the second needle and take the
bead added and then
through the last bead, needle through the
just added. Diagram 2.
4mm bi-cone added
Diagram 2. in Step 6. Pick up 1 x
11 degree seed bead
STEP THREE and take the needle
Add another bead, repeat Step 2. Continue through the second
until you have the desired length. Design
note: The bracelet in the image when two cut seed bead Diagram 4.
completed is 18cm long including Toggles. If on the first row of
you need to lengthen the bracelet always do
so with an even number of beads added. Ladder Stitch and back up through the third
two cut seed bead on the first row of Ladder
Stitch. Diagram 4.
STEP FOUR STEP EIGHT
Repeat Steps 1 to 3 again to create another Repeat Steps 6 and 7 along the length
length of Ladder Stitch. Make sure that it has of the bracelet until you only have 10cm
of thread left to work with. Finish off
P illar Bracelet
opposite length of
Ladder Stitch. Add
5 x 11 degree seed
beads and the toggle
piece. Take the needle
back down the 5 x
11 degree seed Diagram 5.
beads, through the
two cut seed, 4 x 11 degree seed beads and
the two cut seed bead. Add another 5 x 11
degree seed beads, take the needle through
the Toggle piece and back down the 5 x 11
this thread and start at the other end of degree seed beads. Finish off the thread.
the bracelet with the other long length
of thread. When this row of bi-cones is STEP TEN
completed, finish off this thread also. Add a
new thread if needed to finish. Repeat Step 9 at the other end of the
Onto one of the shorter lengths of thread at Crystal Park
one end of the bracelet, thread on 4 x 11 9 Cassia Street, Browns Plains Qld
degree seed beads. Take the thread up Phone 07 3800 3825
through the first two cut seed bead on the www.crystalpark.com.au
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MATERIALS Perfect gifts to make in no time at all, a memory wire
pearl bracelet and necklace with matching earrings
2 x 20cm lengths of black from The Bead Company.
50cm x Tigertail
4 x small crimps
1 x magnetic clasp
BEADS CLASSIC PEARL NECKLACE CLASSIC PEARL BRACELET
STEP ONE STEP ONE
1 x 12mm Swarovski Pearl
2 x 10mm Swarovski Pearls Thread the pearls onto the Tigertail, starting Thread pearls onto the memory wire,
2 x 8mm Swarovski Pearls with 1 x 6mm rondelle, 1 x 10mm pearl, 1 starting with 1 x 6mm rondelle, 1 x 10mm
2 x 8mm Swarovski Rondelles x 8mm rondelle, 1 x 12mm pearl, 1 x 8mm pearl, 1 x 8mm rondelle, 1 x 12mm pearl,
2 x 6mm Swarovski Rondelles rondelle, 1 x 10mm pearl, 1 x 6mm rondelle. 1 x 8mm rondelle, 1 x 10mm pearl, 1 x
TOOLS FOR ALL STEP TWO
Round nose pliers Take one piece of black tubing and thread
Memory wire cutters onto the Tigertail next to the 6mm rondelle. Take one piece of black tubing and thread
Chain nose pliers Repeat for the other side. onto the memory wire, next to the 6mm
Wire cutters rondelle. Repeat for other side.
LENGTH: 50 to 55 cm STEP THREE
Onto each end of Tigertail, thread 1 x 8mm
pearl and 1 x crimp. Onto each end of memory wire, thread one
Using chain nose pliers close the crimp flat
on each end. Using your round nose pliers turn a loop on
each end – making sure they are the same
CLASSIC PEARL STEP FIVE size loops.
MATERIALS Thread second crimp onto one end and CLASSIC PEARL EARRING
thread the Tigertail through the tag on the STEP ONE
2 x 7cm lengths of black tubing clasp. Thread Tigertail back through the
1.5 large bracelet memory coils crimp, pull tight and then crimp closed using Thread onto one head pin 1 x 12mm pearl,
chain nose pliers. Repeat for the other side. 1 x 8mm rondelle, 1 x 10mm pearl, 1 x 6mm
rondelle, 1 x 8mm pearl. Repeat on the other
BEADS head pin.
1 x 12mm Swarovski Pearl STEP TWO
2 x 10mm Swarovski Pearls
2 x 6mm Swarovski Pearls Following directions in basic section, form a
2 x 8mm Swarovski Rondelles loop and attach to Continental earring hook
2 x 6mm Swarovski Rondelles by opening loop to side to slip in earring
hook; close and repeat for second earring.
LENGTH: 19 to 20 cm
Rating STEP TWO
Using chain nose pliers, turn the head pin
close to the 8mm pearl bead on a 90 degree
angle. Repeat this for the other head pin.
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CLASSIC PEARL STEP THREE up towards you. Thread the Continental
EARRING earring hook on and close the loop by
MATERIALS Using wire cutters, trim the right-angled piece pulling the loop back. Repeat this for the
of head pin to a 1cm length. Repeat this for other head pin.
2 x head pins the other head pin.
2 x Continental earring hooks The Bead Company
STEP FOUR 12 Howe Street Osborne Park WA 6017
BEADS Phone: 08 9244 2424
Using round nose pliers, turn a loop on the Fax: 08 9244 2428
2 x 12mm Swarovski Pearls trimmed piece. Repeat for the other head pin. Email: [email protected]
2 x 10mm Swarovski Pearls Web: www.beadco.com.au
2 x 8mm Swarovski Pearls STEP FIVE
2 x 8mm Swarovski Rondelles
2 x 6mm Swarovski Rondelles To attach the Continental earring hook, use
your chain nose pliers to open the loop just
made on the head pins by putting the chain
nose on the open side of the loop and pull
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