July 4, 2016

One Bead, 5 Ways!

I spent the day working on my beads in this very classic Humblebeads design. A friend recently asked me to revisit the bead in new patterns and so I jumped all over it! 

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This bracelet features my Van Gogh Oleander 6-Hole Spacer Bead.  I modified a bracelet design I did for BeadStyle magazine many years ago.  This updated version pairs chain, metallic beads and faceted stones.  The chains were attached using 20 gauge wire. 

Hint: start with the chains and then add the beads. 

On 3 1/2" of wire I created a loop 1 1/2" from the bottom.  Open the loop and slide on the chain, close the loop and wrap to create a messy wrap.  Slide through the bead and repeat on the other side.

For the beads I cut 1 1/4" lengths of memory wire, strung it through the bead and taped one side so the wire was centered.  I added beads on one side, created a loop with the memory wire to close and repeated the pattern on the other side.

You can see on the back I used 20 gauge wire and 4mm fire polished glass beads to create spacers to stabilize the bracelet. The key to this design is mixing sizes and textures to create interest. 

This bracelet is so much fun to wear, whips up quickly and brings the party to your wrist! 
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This is the original bracelet I created for BeadStyle magazine.  You can find the directions online here.  

And check out this amazing necklace by Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati.  Erin always thinks outside the box and turned this spacer on it's side.  

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Great minds think alike! Designer Lorelei Eurto also turned my Van Gogh Starry Night spacer bead sideways to create a beautiful focal with a copper pendant.  This design was also featured in BeadStyle magazine way back in 2009.  It still sparkles five years later, truly a classic!

Gloria Ewing totally knocked my socks off with her Starry Night design cleverly featuring my 6-hole Spacer on the side of the necklace.  I love this!

Erin, Lorelei and Gloria's necklace are under their copyright, so I'm showing them for inspirational purposes only.  But I'm sure they will get you thinking differently about this bead.  
Feel free to create either cuff bracelet design - but beware: when you wear them you will get showered with compliments!  

You can find my new cuff beads in Etsy shop and use code SUMMER25 for 25% off your order - last night of my summer sale! 

June 22, 2016

Book Launch Party

Today I'm celebrating the release of book #3: the Bead-Making Lab. This book is stuffed to the corners with fun projects featuring all different ways and materials to use to make your own beads. In fact, 52 bead-making projects are included along with lots of tips, beadmaker insights and interviews and jewelry for inspiration. 

I go to play with polymer clay, paper clay, upcycled paper, resin, shrink plastic, felt, ribbons, rope, leather, stones, beach glass, wood, wire and more! The projects are geared towards beginners and anyone crafty or wishing they were crafty can jump right in and start making their own beads. 


So what's a party with gifts? 

I have a signed copy of my book to giveaway. 

To enter share my book on Pinterest, Twitter or Goodreads and leave a comment below. 


Here is the link to the book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/28QXI2i

And on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26246215-bead-making-lab


I'll pick one random comment on Friday at 10am EST. Make sure I can reach you if you win!

You can also enter to win a copy on my Instagram account: http://www.instagram.com/humblebeads

And I have several giveaways going on today in my Humblebeads VIP Group on Facebook.


Just a few of the bead projects in the book!

Each chapter has jewelry design examples featuring the beads!
Wire abacus, wire next beads, paper clay birds and driftwood beads are all found in the book.

 Learn how to drill seaglass and beach rocks. And discover how to make faux sea glass with resin.

Love being green? I have quite a few projects that upcycle paper into beads and pendants. Little book pendants and paper beads from magazines give you a boho-look and give you lots of options for recycling your summer beach reads! 

Using some of the simplest materials, like cardboard, newspaper and Mod Podge I created these trendy color block pendants. Shrink plastic and Sharpie markers were the start of these doodle charms.

Oh, you can get so fancy with shrink plastic.

Love a good faux finish - here I created faux enamel with wire and embossing powder, You'll have to read the book to get the secret ingredient to complete this project! 

I dived into all sorts of fibers for the book projects and had fun with felt like these embroidered beads that make the cutest earrings! 

The jewelry projects aren't in the book, it's all about the beads - but I know you want some inspiration on how to use those beauties once you make them! 

Here are two videos with a few tips:


June 21, 2016

Workshop Winner

The winner of my workshop giveaway is Melissa Trudinger! Melissa you'll be automatically enrolled in my August workshop. 

Entries were randomly picked from comments from this blog post and the duplicate post at Humblebeads.com. 

Thank you to everyone who shared about my online workshops! 

June 19, 2016

Win a Free Online Workshop!

Win a free space in my next online workshop!

To enter:

Share your favorite online workshop with on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and leave a comment below. 

Click here to view the four classes I'm currently offering, click on the classes to use the easy social sharing buttons. 

Make sure I can reach you through your blogger profile if you win! 

The class you share can be one you'd like to take or one you've already taken. 

A winner will be selected randomly from the comments on Tuesday at 12pm EST. 

Prize: 

Free registration to my next online polymer clay workshop!


Registration for all workshops are currently re-opened and on sale. Save $50 off the Art of Color, Cane Design Bootcamp or Moths, Monarchs & Milkweed and $10 off Feathers & Friends.

Use code CLASS20 to save $20 off any two or more $75 classes. 

Sale ends Tuesday.

Classes are self-paced with life-time access to the step-by-step videos and instructions.

June 17, 2016

Beadmaking Class Sale!

I've opened registration for my popular beadmaking classes for the next few days and have a special offer just for you!

All classes are currently ongoing and self-paced.  You'll have lifetime access to the classroom and Facebook group.

Each class have video tutorials to watch at your own pace along with a workbook with step-by-step photos to walk you through the process. There is also a private Facebook group for each class to share your work, ask questions and met your fellow students.





To view the details of each class visit my website here.

Class Sale Details

Classes are on sale, save $50 off the regular price of the my two bootcamps and the Moths, Monarchs and Milkweed and $10 off the Feathers & Friends Workshop! 

Current prices reflect discount.

Buy two or more $75 classes and use code CLASS20 for $20 off your order!

Sale ends Tuesday.

Student Reviews:
"It has been a wonderful experience, I love the group, everyone is so kind and helpful and Heather is an excellent teacher. I have learned a lot more than I thought I would." - Kim Dworak
"This was my first experience ever with polymer (I'm a bead weaver and I learned so much from this class).  I loved the online chats too...really felt like I got to know my classmates better and we've never even met!!" - Barb Wilcox
"I'm addicted to canes now... I sort of avoided them before..." - Tammie Tusher Everly

Student Work


Lisa Caryl: Art of Color Bootcamp

Beti Horvath: Art of Color Bootcamp


 Doreen Wiley: Art of Color Bootcamp

Ann Lorenzoni: Art of Color Bootcamp 

 
Ann Lorenzoni: Moth, Monarch and Milkweed Workshop

Ann Lorenzoni: Cane Design Bootcamp

Lisa Caryl: Feathers & Friends Workshop