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If you’re a jewelry designer and are looking to make a first entry into establishing your own business, check out designer Emilie Shapiro’s How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line (Get your copy here >> B&N, Amazon, IndieBound). And guess what!? You can enter to win one of seven copies in our Goodreads giveaway right now!

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How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line by Emilie Shapiro

How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line

by Emilie Shapiro

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From the Introduction:

EmilieShapiroI have found the majority of people in the jewelry industry—and most industries—to be very secretive when it comes to sharing trade insights, contacts, best practices, and trials and errors of their own path. After getting loads of questions about this from my students, I decided to teach a lecture-style class about jewelry production. The response was overwhelming.

Through years of experience holding many different jobs in diverse facets of the jewelry industry, I have learned from my mistakes and accomplishments and have applied all those lessons to building my own company. In writing this book, my goal is to share the insights I have gained with aspiring designers to help them become successful jewelry designers and business owners. I am extremely proud to be writing this book, and to make this information available to a large audience.

JewelryLineI have always had a knack for design and business, but it took me many years to develop the skills and the patience of a craftsperson. From my earliest days, I was interested in designing and creating things. My father worked in sales at a fabric mill in New York City’s garment district, so fabric samples in all sorts of patterns were always available in my playroom. I have fond memories of wandering the sample floor high above Eighth Avenue and learning about color and texture. When I was five, I loved designing and making clothes for my dolls. Using my (not-so) safety scissors, I would cut up my fabric to make outfits for my dolls.

I made my first piece of jewelry when I was thirteen and haven’t stopped since then. After my grandmother passed away, I found a bag of her costume jewelry. I was always fascinated by how things were made, so I started taking apart my grandmother’s necklaces, bracelets, and brooches and putting them back together in a new way. Focusing on design, rather than construction, I haphazardly assembled my own pieces, but they always fell apart. When I was in high school, I started selling my jewelry to friends, family, and the people who would watch me make it while I was working at a local beach club. My designs were strong, but the craftsmanship was weak.

JewelryLine2Running a jewelry production business is different from being an artist. An artist can focus solely on design and aesthetics. A jewelry entrepreneur must be concerned about the customer’s satisfaction after the purchase. You’re looking to create a piece that will be cherished and passed down from generation to generation.

I didn’t learn this until many years later, but it takes time to hone your craft. It calls for a lifetime of research, discipline, trial and error, and learning from your mistakes. Certain things come naturally to each of us, and certain things have to be learned. Design and business were always strong suits for me. I knew two things: I wanted to be my own boss and I wanted to make original pieces that would be treasured for years to come.

 

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Basic Leather Tassel Tutorial

November 02, 2016, 15:03 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

CreativeLeatherJewelry_ccvrLuxurious leather never goes out of fashion, and now Christina Anton, owner of Boo and Boo Factory in Chicago, shows how to use leather to create bold, unique jewelry with a modern, architectural touch in her new book, Creative Leather Jewelry (Get your copy here: B&N, Amazon, IndieBound). The book has 21 projects, including layered fringe earrings, a dangling chain triangle necklace, and a geometric cuff bracelet, that are perfect for beginners and any crafter looking to spark their creativity!

Below, Christina has kindly provided our readers with a free basic tutorial on how to make leather tassels that you can use to dress up any of your projects. If you’re looking for jewelry projects that make use of this tassel, check out the dangle tassel earrings, the geometric tassel necklace, or the leather tassel bracelet all included in the book!

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Tools

  • 1 cutting knife
  • Cutting blades
  • 1 cutting mat
  • 1 disappearing fabric marker
  • 1 ruler
  • Cyanoacrylate glue
  • Leather bond glue


Instructions

1. Gather all of the materials and tools listed.

Tassel12. Copy shapes A and B from the template on a separate sheet of paper. Then cut out the shapes using a cutting blade or scissors. Note the pink dotted lines that can be used as a guide when measuring tassel cuts.

3. Place shapes A and B on top of the leather and cut around. Shape A is the leather tassel, and shape B is the loop you can use to attach the finished tassel to your project.

 

 

tassel34. Using a disappearing fabric marker and a ruler, or the pink dashed lines on the template, make small marks along the bottom edge of the back side of the leather at each 1⁄16 inch (1.5 mm). Marking on the back side prevents the marks from showing on the finished side. The 1⁄16-inch (1.5 mm) marks determine the width of each strand of the tassel. Feel free to make the cuts wider or narrower depending on preference.

5. Again working on the back side of the leather, measure down from the top edge 1⁄4 inch (6 mm), and draw a very light line with the disappearing marker. Along this line make 1⁄16-inch (1.5 mm) marks corresponding to the marks made along the bottom edge.

tassel46. With the ruler, cut parallel, straight lines from the top marks to the bottom marks and through the bottom edge. Make sure not to cut all the way to the top.

7. Repeat to create two or more tassels depending on your need. If the guide marks made from steps 4 and 5 are visible, use a cutting blade to scrape them off.

 

 

tassel58. Working on the back side of the leather, align one short end of shape B on the top left edge of the tassel cutout, and use cyanoacrylate glue to adhere. Fold shape B in half to create a loop and glue again. The loop is used to connect the jump ring and ear wire to the tassel. Repeat for the second tassel.

 

 

 

tassel69. On the back side of the leather, spread a narrow band of leather bond glue along the top edge of the tassel cutout stopping 1⁄4 inch (6 mm) from the end. This helps to strengthen the tassel. Hold the top of the loop, and roll tightly to create the tassel. Keep rolling until 1⁄4 inch (6 mm) is left. Add cyanoacrylate glue to the end, and finish rolling. The glue will help keep the tassel from unrolling. Repeat for the second tassel.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Guest Post – Cynthia Rutledge

February 23, 2016, 11:51 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

Timeless coverHello fellow bead lovers,

Thank you so much for your interest in my book, Timeless Beadwork Designs. In this book, 15 brand-new projects come together to give you, the reader and beader, a glimpse into my approach to designing and creating beadwork. Historical perspective is my muse.

Whether that muse takes me to Italy to view paintings by Sandro Botticelli or to San Francisco to visit my most favorite painting, “The Girl With the Pearl Earring,” by Johannes Vermeer, documented history and the artisans of their time have left behind amazing works of art and an insight into the lives of those from the past. Whether the painting is a still life and depicts everyday household items or a portrait of a young girl wearing beautiful jewelry, every where I look I find inspiration that could lead to designing a new piece of beadwork.

Each of the projects in my book walk you through the process of designing. First, take a look at each painting and read the historical perspective about each project. Once you have done that, you can easily see what inspired me to design each project. I hope that you enjoy my new book. Below is a glimpse of what you can create! I invite you to visit me on my website at www.cynthiarutledge.net.

Happy beading to all,

Cynthia

Order your copy of Timeless Beadwork Designs at the links below:

Barnes & Noble
Amazon
IndieBound

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Big Jewelry Book Giveaway!

February 10, 2016, 16:23 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

It’s time for another giveaway! We have two packets of books for two lucky readers with mailing addresses in the US or Canada.

The first packet is for the aspiring metalsmith looking to learn some new skills for jewelry making as well as tips for how to start his or her own jewelry line! The books included in this packet are How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line by Emilie Shapiro, Metal Jewelry Made Easy by Jan Loney, and Making Metal Jewelry by Joanna Gollberg.

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The second packet is for the avid beader. The books included are Beading All-Stars: 20 Jewelry Projects from Your Favorite Designers, Seed Bead Chic by Amy Katz, and Earringology by Candie Cooper.

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To enter for both giveaways, simply comment below and tell us about some of your favorite jewelry designers! Winners will be selected randomly on February 17th!

 
 
 
 
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Congratulations to Lark’s beading all-star, Cynthia Rutledge! Timeless Beadwork Designs was selected as a Best of the Month Pick on Amazon in Crafts, Hobbies, and Home, as well as earning the #1 Bestseller spot in the Beadwork category.

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Be sure to get your copy, which includes all new, never-before-seen projects from one of beading’s finest teachers.

 
 
 
 
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Fall Preview Friday: Two Stitches

May 15, 2015, 09:00 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

Two Stitches photoBeadweaving master Rachel Nelson-Smith is back with more colorful and exciting projects using right angle weave and peyote, Two Stitches!

 

These vibrant bracelets, necklaces and earrings utilize the two most-popular stitches in the beading community.  Her 23 projects feature detailed instructions that illuminate Nelson-Smith’s unique construction.

 

It’s perfect for the intermediate-to advanced-level beaders! Check out some of the amazing projects and don’t forget to pre-order you’re copy HERE. In stores October 2015!

 

Check out some of our favorite projects from the book below:

 

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Voldekol Necklace

 

Borobudus Bangles 

Twinkle-Drop-Earrings

 

 
 
 
 
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Fall Preview Friday: Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry

March 06, 2015, 10:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

Welcome back to Fall Preview Friday! Each Friday this spring, our Lark editors will be sharing previews of our upcoming titles for Fall 2015. Check back each week to get the latest scoop on what’s coming soon with these sneak peeks from Lark Crafts.

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Chain mail jewelry pieces are gorgeous, but they are even more impressive when beautiful beads are added to the mix! We’ve got some great news for all of the chain mail jewelry fans out there: Dylon Whyte’s bestselling Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry will be available in paperback this August.

 

Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry

 

The book features 26 stunning projects designed by author and chain mail-crafter extraordinaire, Dylon Whyte. There’s the “Drops of Jupiter” necklace, featuring hand-made beads with specs of glittering gold in them, or the elegant “Flower Mail Choker & Bracelet”, made with rich cobalt blue glass roller beads. Whether you’re a seasoned chain mail jewelry crafter, or a novice looking for a great introduction to the craft, you’ll want to get a copy of this book. Pre-order your copy today!

 
 
 
 
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Chain Mail Jewelry book giveaway!

February 25, 2015, 10:23 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

The paperback edition of Chain Mail Jewelry is now available. In celebration of this edition’s release, we will be giving one copy away to two lucky winners!

 

Chain Mail Jewelry features 30 beautiful projects (the Gold and Amethyst Parure and the elegant Double Strand Japanese Cube Necklace [pictured below] are my particular favorites). With the help of Terry Taylor and Dylon Whyte’s easy-to-follow directions and how-to illustrations, jewelry crafters of all skill levels are able to achieve impressive results using just a few tools.

 

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To enter to win a copy of the paperback edition of Chain Mail Jewelry, leave a comment on this blog post by 9PM EST on Sunday, March 1. The two winners will be selected on Monday, March 2. Click here to read the official rules.

 
 
 
 
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Chain Mail Jewelry out next week!

February 05, 2015, 13:18 pm  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

Exciting news! Terry Taylor and Dylon Whyte’s bestselling title, Chain Mail Jewelry (February 10, 2015), will be available soon in paperback.

It’s not surprising that this book has been immensely popular among jewelry crafters—the 30 projects included in the book are beautiful, and with Terry and Dylon’s comprehensive how-to instructions and illustrations, novices are carefully guided through the chain mail jewelry crafting process.

Check out a few of the projects from Chain Mail Jewelry below, and pre-order your copy of the new-in-paperback edition today!

Chain Mail Necklace

Double Strand Necklace

Spiraling Chain

 
 
 
 
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On a very cold January 29 with weather threatening, beaders still made their way to Burke Gems & Beads in Burke, VA for a “Girl’s Night Out.” On this night everyone grabbed their copy of Seed Bead Chic to make a Girls Night Out Necklace from the book. The group was working together to help each other complete the piece.

 

The owner, Olya Yampoisky, invited me to stop in to sign some books, meet the group, and see their progress. When I walked in the door, I was greeted with applause, which made me feel so good. One of the participants told me she likes the book so much that she is attempting all 25 projects!

 

The beaders were having an absolute blast! I came in towards the beginning of their session, but I was seeing good progress with the right angle weave portion of the project.

 

AmyKatz event photo

 

And what a great idea this was for all. Store patrons had the opportunity to participate in a free event, socialize and shop for beads. The store sold some product and everyone had the chance to appreciate the book’s project together. This not only sounds like a good cold winter night event, but an anytime occasion.

 

Burke Gems & Beads is planning to host another Seed Bead Chic event in the near future. What is so touching to me is that one of my local stores put in this great effort to honor my work. I am proud to be a staff teacher, customer, and friend of this wonderful shop. Thank you.

 

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Amy Katz has been beading for 20 years and teaches beading workshops and classes across the country. Her designs revolve around the “high-end” jewelry store look using quality seed beads, crystals, pearls, and more. She is the coauthor of Beading Across America (Kalmbach), and her website is BeadJourney.com. She lives in Fairfax Station, VA.