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The Dragonfly Brooch and Pendant by Christina Orlikowsky, a project in Kristal Wick's book Foxy Epoxy

Saint Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and the dragonfly has lessons to teach us about love: Live in the moment. See clearly what’s important — what really matters most. Be able to change directions to serve the truest needs of both those you love and yourself in order to have happy, fulfilled, and complete lives.

The dragonfly is an unusual but powerful symbol of love, and Christina Orlikowsky‘s Dragonfly Brooch and Pendant — a project design from Kristal Wick‘s soon-to-be-released book Foxy Epoxy: 44 Great Epoxy Clay Projects with Serious Bling — is the perfect project to make for a loved one, whether a partner, friend, child, or parent.

To download the Dragonfly Brooch and Pendant project as a PDF from the book, click here.

Kristal herself designed many of the projects in Foxy Epoxy, and all rest were created by an all-star lineup of jewelry crafters who have incredible fun working with epoxy clay.

The designers include Christina Orlikowski, Katie Hacker, June Beach, Stephanie Dixon, Jean Campbell, Candie Cooper, Margot Potter, Andrew Thornton, Debbi Simon, Brenda Schweder, Katerina Ilieva, and Debra Saucier!

You can preorder the book on Amazon or BN.com. And please be sure to join Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook for pics of great jewelry, notifications about free projects and giveaways, and community news.

And, in case you’re having trouble reading that quote about the book on the thumbnail front cover, it’s from Marcia DeCoster: “Kristal has put together a definitive sourcebook for using epoxy clay with an extensive and diverse collection of projects and a talented group of designers.”

It receives similar praise on the back cover:

From Mark Montano: “This is a gem of a book! If you’re in need of inspiration and ideas for your epoxy clay creations, look no more. Foxy Epoxy features work by today’s top designers and is filled from cover to cover with ideas that will keep you creating until all hours. I promise!”

From Sherry Serafini: “I ADORE this book! I couldn’t put it down! Cover to cover I loved the projects, and the inspiration popped off the pages. I applaud Kristal and all the fabulous designers for taking this medium and making it classy, funky, and so much fun.”

We hope you’ll love Foxy Epoxy, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Ray of Light Bangle from Jill Wiseman's Beautiful Beaded Ropes

Often, to give you a sense of a book, we give you a “taste” of it by posting project PDFs from the book. We uploaded a wide assortment of such PDFs for your enjoyment throughout 2012.

Here, all in one place, is an assortment of them that have received the most enthusiastic response of one kind or another. Enjoy them. Share them. And please join Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook — and, just as importantly, add us to your Interest Lists so our posts show up in your Newsfeed. We wish you all good things in 2013!

From Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley’s Making Wire & Bead Jewelry:
Cascading Spirals Bracelet designed by Tracy Stanley
Wire Pod Pendant designed by Janice Berkebile

Orion Necklace from Necklaceology by Candie Cooper

From Mabeline Gidez’s I Can Right Angle Weave: A Comprehensive Workbook for Beaders:
Lotus Flower Necklace and Earrings
Egyptian Queen Collar 

From Melissa Grakowsky’s I Can Herringbone: A Comprehensive Workbook for Beaders:
Braided Bracelet
Athena Necklace

From Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes:
Ray of Light Bangle
French Quarter Lariat
Flirtation Bracelet
Bohemian Earrings 

From Kathy Sheldon’s Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! Make Stylish Shrink Plastic Jewelry:
Not Your Grandmother’s Cameos designed by Tamara Berg
Blooming Flowers Bracelet designed by Cathe Holden
Origami Plane Earrings designed by Tonia Mo
Cat and Milk Brooch designed by Kathy Sheldon
Paper Plane Ride Necklace designed by Stasia Burrington

Etched Copper Neckpiece from Heat, Color, Set & Fire by Mary Hettmansperger

From Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects:
Diamond Chain Bracelet
Fortune Teller Beads Necklace
Midnight Snowflakes Necklace 

From Candie Cooper’s Necklaceology: How to Make Chokers, Lariats, Ropes & More:
Orion Necklace
Safe Keeping Necklace
Peace Dreams Necklace

From Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies:
Purple Rope Necklace
Les Fleurs Necklace

From Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue:
Sonoko Wave Necklace
Crystal Rose Necklace

Sonoko Wave Necklace from Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue

From Mary Hettmansperger’s Heat, Color, Set & Fire:
Etched Copper Neckpiece
Liquid Enamel Necklace

 
 
 
 
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Cathe Holden's Blooming Flowers Bracelet in the book Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk!

Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! Make Stylish Shrink Plastic Jewelry has been among best-selling books in crafts and jewelry for a few months now, and for good reason: The book is packed with 30 bright, fun projects that get the creative juices flowing, along with plenty of clear and easy-to-follow instructions from best-selling author Kathy Sheldon.

We’re pleased to present Cathe Holden’s Blooming Flowers Bracelet project as a PDF: download it by clicking here. (Please be sure to visit designer’s Cathe Holden’s blog Just Something I Made, too!) This project demonstrates yet another aspect of shrink plastic’s creative versatility: how to form the plastic while it’s still hot from the oven into different shapes and dimensions.

Intrigued? Then you’ll want to visit these earlier blog posts and peruse an assortment of project images from the book, as well as grab up these four downloadable projects:

 

Please join us by “Liking” the Lark Jewelry & Beading Facebook page right now for images of exciting contemporary jewelry and beadwork, giveaways of books and jewelry, and of course plenty more free projects from fantastic designers!

 
 
 
 
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[I originally posted these four downloadable project PDFs on September 19, but these two books are doing so well now that they have released that I thought it'd be a nice idea to bring the post back today for everyone's attention. ~ Ray]

Books in the beautiful, brand new I Can series from Lark Jewelry & Beading offer comprehensive, illustration-rich courses in beadweaving stitches. These books (with the first two releasing officially in November 2012) are accessible for beginners but equally designed for experienced beaders looking for either a refresher class or simply a range of exquisite, inspiring projects from exquisite, inspiring teachers.

Mabeline Gidez

Melissa Grakowsky

We’ve started the series off with two of the best in the business: Mabeline Gidez authored I Can Right Angle Weave, and Melissa Grakowsky wrote I Can Herringbone. The authors made all the projects in the books — more than two dozen each — and the books include galleries of invited artists’ beadwork using the stitch.

As usual, I think the best way to give you a taste of the books is to give you part of the books! So here we go: Right here we’re making available from each book two downloadable project PDFs:

Braided Bracelet from Melissa Grakowsky's I Can Herringbone

 

Lotus Flower Necklace and Earrings from Mabeline Gidez's I Can Right Angle Weave

 

Athena Necklace from Melissa Grakowsky's I Can Herringbone

 

 

Egyptian Queen Collar from Mabeline Gidez's I Can Right Angle Weave

 

Please join Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook by clicking here. Thank you! You also can find many downloadable beading and jewelry projects (as well as projects in other disciplines) on the Lark blog right here.

 

 
 
 
 
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Cat and Milk Brooch by Kathy Sheldon in Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk!

Cat and Milk Brooch by Kathy Sheldon in Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk!

What’s more delightful than working — or should I say playing? — with shrink plastic, the iconic crafty material so popular in the ’70s and ’80s that’s enjoying a major resurgence today? Well, cotton candy. Elmo. Seahorses. Mary Tyler Moore.

But I digress. Kathy Sheldon’s Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk!, our brand new shrink-plastic jewelry book (and just how often do I get to say that?), is receiving a wildly enthusiastic early reception, and for good reason: the detailed yet playful instruction and, especially, the 30 great projects from 17 designers make for outstanding creative fun for you by yourself … or to share with your kids!

We previously posted the Origami Plane Earrings project by Tonia Mo from the book on this blog and to extraordinarily positive response: the post has received more than 6,000 StumbleUpon “stumbles.” And here we’re posting three more great project-preview PDFs from Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! for you to get a good sense of the book and the sometimes whimsical, always beautiful and magical projects it has in store for you:

 

Not-Your-Grandmother's Cameos by Tamara Berg in Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk!

 

Paper Plane Ride Necklace by Stasia Burrington in Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk!

 

You can buy Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! at your local craft store or on Amazon or BN.com. Have a blast! And please don’t forget to “Like” Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook to be informed about many free projects, see pics of fabulous jewelry and beading work being done today, and be alerted to great giveaways of books and sometimes even jewelry. Thank you very much for being a part of our community!

 
 
 
 
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Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes is, as I’m writing this blog post, the No. 1 book in Jewelry and in Beading on Amazon.com. Which is pretty awesome, as well as deserved: Jill, it’s a fantastic book.

This earlier post (click here to go there), featuring Jill’s Flirtation Bracelet and Bohemian Earrings as downloadable projects, has so far generated more than 400 Facebook “Likes” and nearly 3,000 StumbleUpon, um, “Stumbles.” (You may think I’m just making that term up, but trust me: I’m an editor.) Which also is awesome, and demands a follow-up: hence this post.

I’m pleased to share with you two more downloadable PDFs from Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes. I hope you love them, and that they give you a nice preview of Jill’s beautiful, inspirational, and creative work that’s so well captured in the projects in her new book. Download these PDFs right now:

French Quarter Lariat from Jill Wiseman's Beautiful Beaded Ropes

 

 

Ray of Light Bangle from Jill Wiseman's Beautiful Beaded Ropes

 

Ray of Light Bangle variation from Jill Wiseman's Beautiful Beaded Ropes

Jill Wiseman

Ask for the book at your local bead store or bookstore, or order it online on Amazon or BN.com. Please “Like” the Lark Jewelry & Beading page on Facebook right now to be alerted to more free projects and giveaways and to see digital pics of many fabulous jewelry and beading creations. And be sure to visit Jill Wiseman’s website and blog to learn more about her.

Also, don’t miss our October giveaway of a complete set of signed books in the Beadweaving Master Class series: Click here to learn how to enter. It’s easy! (Honest — after all, I’m an editor. Honesty is in the job description.)

Enjoy!

 
 
 
 
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Necklaceology is a great new book from Candie Cooper, best-selling author of Metalworking 101 for Beaders and Felted Jewelry. In Necklaceology, the popular beader, jeweler, and crafter presents 40 of her best necklace designs, along with a slew of eye-opening jewelry-making techniques and tips that will inspire crafters of all stripes.

I love this terrific book. Will you love it, too? Well, you can find out right now. Here are three project PDFs with necklace designs from the book for you to download, sample, create, and — hopefully — love!:

 

Orion Necklace from Necklaceology by Candie Cooper

Orion Necklace from Necklaceology

 

Safe Keeping Necklace from Necklaceology by Candie Cooper

Safe Keeping Necklace from Necklaceology

 

 

Peace Dreams Necklace from Necklaceology

 

 

 

 

 

Peace Dreams Necklace from Necklaceology by Candie Cooper

We hope you enjoy Candie’s designs as much as we do.

I invite you to click here to “Like” Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook right now, so you’ll be notified of more downloadable projects from our authors and designers, as well as of book and jewelry giveaways, links to great designers, and pics of inspiring jewelry from our authors and our entire diverse jewelry and beading communities. Be sure to visit Candie Cooper’s website, as well. And if you like these project PDFs, please share the link to this page everywhere — on StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, your blog, and whatever the-newest-social-media-I-haven’t-heard-about-yet is. Thank you.

By the way, the book is now available for purchase at your local bead store or bookstore, as well as online at BN.com and Amazon.com. Enjoy!

 
 
 
 
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Flirtation Bracelet from Jill Wiseman's Beautiful Beaded Ropes

For beaders, at least, and other people of discerning wit and wisdom, Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes has been one of 2012′s most anticipated book releases. And now the book has released!

Jill is an immensely popular designer, teacher, and social media gadfly; the in-crowd follows her Tapestry Beads website and blog. Jill’s book, the newest release in the Beadweaving Master Class series, presents 24 sumptuous beaded jewelry rope projects that utilize a variety of beading stitches. So the book is organized by stitch: spiral ropes, peyote ropes, netted ropes, herringbone ropes, right angle weave ropes, and ropes using other stitches, including Oglala, chevron, and brick. Jill’s designs — necklaces, bracelets, earrings, lariats, and even a ring project — are fun to make, completely wearable, and, frankly, dazzling. And her instructions are clear and precise.

Bohemian Earrings from Jill Wiseman's Beautiful Beaded Ropes

We’re pleased to present two projects from the book for you to download as PDFs, so you can get a good sampling of what’s in store for you and all your beady friends:

Flirtation Bracelet

Bohemian Earrings

Please let us (and Jill!) know what you think. Ask for Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes at your local bead store or bookstore — which deserve all our wholehearted support! — and you can also order the book online via these links on BN.com and Amazon.com. “Like” the Lark Jewelry & Beading page on Facebook, too, for more free projects, giveaways, varied pics of beading and jewelry, and much more.

Jill Wiseman

 
 
 
 
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Diane Fitzgerald is one of the world’s best-selling beadwork designers, teachers, and authors. Her two most recent books have happily been Lark Jewelry & Beading titles: Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork, the seminal, best-selling book that launched Lark’s Beadweaving Master Class series, and the new 2012 book Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects: Designs from Stringing to Beadweaving, a very different kind of book with fun projects for all skill levels spanning the range of Diane’s beading and teaching career. (And, yes, as so many people have asked and demanded, a new book of advanced shaped beadwork designs and projects is in the works!)

Diamond Chain Bracelet from the book Diane Fitzgerald's Favorite Beading Projects

I’ve posted a couple of projects from Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects previously–click through to get the Fortune Teller Beads Necklace or the Midnight Snowflakes Necklace and here’s a new one:

Click here to get a PDF of the Diamond Chain Bracelet project, a simple and beautiful design from Diane!

I hope you enjoy these samplings from this beautiful, creative book. It is available for sale at your local bead store or bookstore, as well as online at BN.com or Amazon.com. Enjoy! And please connect with Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook and follow our boards on Pinterest.

 
 
 
 
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Our two brand new releases in the Beadweaving Master Class series are Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue and Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies. We’re posting two more projects from these books so you can get a good taste and feel for them; use the links below to download the PDFs:

Sonoko Wave necklace from Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue

From Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue, click here to download a PDF of the Sonoko Wave project

Purple Rope Necklace project from Sabine Lippert's Beaded Fantasies

From Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies, click here to download a PDF of the Purple Rope Necklace

You also can click through to earlier blog posts to download even more content from these books. Click here to get the Les Fleurs Necklace project from Sabine’s book as a PDF. See this post to download the Crystal Rose Necklace project from Sonoko’s book and to see photos of other projects from the book.

Please join us on Pinterest at Pinterest.com/LarkJewelry and on Facebook at Facebook.com/LarkJewelryBeading.

And, while you’re here on the blog, let me share with you a great array of blog posts that included project PDFs for you to download and preview the books. (Remember, you can always find these and many other free Lark Jewelry & Beading projects, as well as other craft projects, at http://www.larkcrafts.com/bonus/. Bookmark it!)

From Heat, Color, Set & Fire by Mary Hettmansperger:
Etched Copper Neckpiece
Liquid Enamel Necklace

From Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects:
Fortune Teller Beads Necklace
Midnight Snowflakes Necklace

From Making Wire & Bead Jewelry by Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley:
Cascading Spirals Bracelet
Wire Pod Pendant

From Rachel Nelson Smith’s Bead Riffs:
Rondo Neckpiece
Billie’s Bounce Necklace

From Laura McCabe’s Embellished Beadweaving:
Herringbone Cluster Earrings (plus an interview with Laura!)
A Well-Kept Secret Necklace
Star Flower Earrings

From Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance:
Artemisia Earrings
Laksmi Pendant
Fiore Earrings

From Tapestry Bead Crochet by Ann Benson:
Treasure Box
Golden Paisley Bag

From Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery:
Arizona Sunset Earrings
Rock Star Cuff

We hope you enjoy all these great projects!