November 18, 2013, 09:23 am  Posted by Lark

Candie Cooper and I have just finished working on her wonderful next book with Lark, Earringology: How to Make Dangles, Drops, Chandeliers & More. This follow-up to Candie’s previous offering, Necklaceology, will be available in June but can be pre-ordered now. I recently sat down with Candie to ask her a few questions on a range of topics.

Lark:  Candie, as you may not know, in a former life I used to catalog phone conversations for the National Security Agency. A couple of my former colleagues have informed me there was a unicorn sighting recently in north central Indiana where you live. What can you tell me about that?

Candie:  You did?!? That’s crazy. But yes! There was a unicorn sighting on Halloween weekend here in town. In my backyard actually! Ok, it was me. My husband got us horse and unicorn masks to wear for Halloween this year. They were creepy and fun and strange all at the same time. I made a special crystal rainbow necklace to wear with it. It was pretty fun!

Lark:  I see. A lot of horsing around, I imagine. So now that you’ve wrapped work on your latest writing effort, you must have all kinds of time on your hands, right? What are you up to when you’re not sleeping late and watching daytime TV?

Candie:  I actually do tune into Rachel Ray and listen while I work. I like her. But I’m onto the next series of projects, working on some top secret product development stuff (ask your NSA buddies about it), new book ideas, and filming craft videos for different craft companies. I’m also doing a lot of holiday projects for Plaid’s website, Paint Me Plaid.

Oh, and how did I almost forget  . . . I’ll be representing Beadalon and Jewelry Television to teach on a Country Music Cruise leaving from Fort Lauderdale in January.

Lark:  That’s a full agenda! Now, in all seriousness, tell me why you were excited to write a book telling your readers how to make beaded earrings. (By the way, they are all really pretty, and the instructions are easy to follow, the materials are readily available, and the photos in the book are fantabulous. But of course, in the spirit of full disclosure, I must make it clear that I work for the publisher—and also never really worked for the NSA, but as a running joke it’s a fun story to imagine.)

Candie:  Well, writing books is kind of like watching a good movie that you don’t want to end. I loved it when I was offered the opportunity to write Earringology, which is the sequel, so to speak, of Necklaceology. Plus, earrings are so instantly gratifying. Most anyone can make them in an evening, and that always feels good. I also had more techniques and new tools I wanted to share with people!

Lark:  It’s mid November. All thoughts turn to the coming holiday gift-giving season. What are a couple of the favorite items you’ve made in the past as gifts?

Candie:  I love making beaded beads into pendants and earrings with Swarovski crystals. They’re especially great around the holidays. In fact, here’s a link to my blog tutorial.

For my family, I usually make everyone an ornament. This year it’s going to be stenciled burlap ornaments with everyone’s initials on them immersed in glass. Sounds weird, but trust me, they’re cool! Should I be worried any of them are going to see this?!

Lark:  Well, we want as many people as possible to see this blog, but I’ll talk to my buddies at the previously mentioned top secret government agency and have them monitor your family’s internet traffic. We won’t let them near larkcrafts.com.

Other than telling us to start making projects ten months ahead of time, what advice or thoughts can you offer about making your own gifts for the holidays?

Candie:  Mmmmmm, keep it simple. I’ve learned over the years that if I try to make everyone something really involved, it gets tedious and exhausting. Holidays are supposed to be fun! If I do make something tedious, it’s usually for my mom (because she is AWESOME). My second tip is to wrap your gift as pretty as possible (but still simple). The presentation is just as much part of the gift (at least for me it is). I love tying a sprig of evergreen onto packages with a lace ribbon.

Lark:  Speaking of gifts, we are offering up two sets of signed copies of Metalworking 101 for Beaders and Necklaceology. Just leave a comment on this post telling us about an piece of beaded jewelry or any handcrafted item you made as a gift for someone by Tuesday, November 26 at noon EST. We will choose two names at random from among all eligible comments and will announce the winner on Wednesday, November 27. (Click here for the official rules.)

Candie:  Woot!  Woot!  THAT is a great idea! I’m all for it.












Candie Cooper is the bestselling author of Metalworking 101 for Beaders and Necklaceology. In addition, she is a featured guest on the popular PBS series, “Beads, Baubles, and Jewels.” Currently working on product development for the jewelry industry, Candie also designs new products for craft companies and teaches creative beading workshops. Visit Candie’s website for the latest on what Candie’s been up to lately.



40 Responses

    Catherine says:

    I made grandma necklaces for my mom & MIL.

    Also, I love Necklaceology. Candie has a fantastic eye for design. I really look forward to seeing her new book.

      asri wahyuningsih says:

      I love making pin/brooch, and sometime I give them to a friend as a birthday present

    Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    I’m still a beginner but am proud of the bracelet I made my daughter!

    Emme says:

    This year, everyone is getting wrap and turkish weave bracelets! Fun and pretty and super fast jewellery projects for gifts!

    I have made bracelets for my cousins. Used the same design, but different colors. I had so much fun picking out the color combinations.

    Cynthis says:

    I make paper beads and then make earrings with them.

    Tamera Davis says:

    I’m in the process of making a necklace for my mother. It has a picture of my daughter, encased in resin, in a pendant with rhinestones and a heart I made from polymer clay. The book look like the inspiration I need!

    Dawn McCreary says:

    The chakra pendant I made for my daughter, the Yoga instructor. It was fun finding just the right gemstone beads in the right color and sizes. I strung them on silver wire then wrapped from bottom to top in a spiral. I used a heart shaped rose quartz bead for the heart chakra. She loved it and gets complements from students all the time!!

    I love Candy’s style and appreciate the chance to win her books!
    Candy, good luck with your new book!!

    Telma Mota says:

    I recently did all the set pieces for the bride to my best friend and I loved doing it.

    I just completed a watch for my brother’s granddaughter. it’s a beaded wrap style, on memory wire. i’ve gotten stuck when it comes to necklaces though. i’m not sure why, it just seems like lately my vision for what to wear around the neck has just all dried up. i think the book would give me that kick-start i need again!

    Zan C says:

    I have made necklaces and bracelets for friends and family. It was a lot of fun to see their reactions to the gifts.

    Crafterminds Heather says:

    1. I love that necklace Candie is wearing in her photo – i have seen it in real life and it is STUNNING!

    2. I love Candie!!

    3. The best jewelry gifts are the little bits of silly stuff I string onto strings and give to my sons to wear. They are always really excited by those. :)

    Debra Kureth says:

    I made a bead knitted scarf for my friend that lives in Italy.

    Lisa Fulmer says:

    I’ve made lots of jewelry for gifts – necklaces and earrings mostly – can’t wait to dig into Candie’s new book, thanks for the opp to win!

    PK Solberg says:

    I recently made some beaded suncatchers – a prism with a beaded string for hanging it.

    Grace Marshall says:

    I made sterling silver Grandma necklaces for my mom and aunt with the grand kids names and birthstones. I would love to have Candie’s new book!

    Christine O'Toole says:

    Birthstone jewelry is still really popular ~ last week I made a custom bracelet for a friend’s sister-in-law. Looking forward to seeing Candie’s new book!!

    Suzy Elliott says:

    I made one of Candy’s leather bracele
    ts for a friend’s birthday. They thought it was so cool! Thanks Candy!

    vivian Sawicki says:

    I made copper wire and green bead earrings for my sister, my sister-in-law, my nieces, and my daughters last Christmas. I love making jewelry and love, love, love to get new ideas! Thank you for this opportunity. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Patti J Clark says:

    I made a necklace for my daughter’s birthday… using vintage lucite, sparkly beads and ribbon.

    Elizabeth A Wamsley says:

    I made bracelets with vintage buttons and vintage beads for all my sisters and neices a couple of Christmas ago.

    Mrs. Art Doll Maker says:

    I’ve made bracelets and long necklaces that people loved. Since I had a collection of brooches, I would add some on for added spunk. Classic style with a little oomph and surprise. It feels so good to see their appreciation and see them smiling over something you made. It makes them happy and I get that warm feeling in return.

    niki meiners says:

    I like to make statement necklaces with vintage finds. The latest piece made was a Christmas present for my mom.

    Lori says:

    We made a unique pendant for one of our customers. It’s made from a shell casing from the 21 gun salute at her father’s funeral. We stamped it with Daddy and his dates of birth and death.

    LC says:

    I just can’t say enough how much I enjoy watching you create your designs, they are all so unique and beautiful, I’m really curious on how you got started but that’s for another time! And I do that too…I make jewelry gifts for Christmas, I think it’s more special that way. Keep’em coming Candie! And LC is me Lisa Carion woo hoo!!! Keeping my fingers crossed :)

    Kathy Beymer says:

    Wow, that is a stunning necklace on the cover! Can’t wait to see what you’ve created inside.

    Penney Bidwell says:

    Every year I’ve made my mother a handmade necklace. Sometimes I’ve used beads that I’ve made myself

    Tonya Muller says:

    I have made jewelry for all my friends and family, but in particular my next door neighbor. She likes statement pieces. I have given necklaces for gifts and she has bought necklaces as gifts. Some of those pieces were even inspired by work of Candi.

    Mary Devereaux says:

    I’ve made earrings for friends and my niece throughout the years. My favorite was reusing beads from a vintage necklace that I made for a friend last year. I learn and experiment all the time! Thanks for your inspiration. I love Lark!

    Laura Bracken says:

    As a mainly self-taught jewelry maker, books about jewelry making are an invaluable resource to my workshop. One item I recently made that I was particularly proud of was a keychain fob etching of the children of a woman who has given so much more than she receives. The gift was a small thank you for how awesome and generous her family has been to my daughter (first year at college, 3000 miles from home) and I know it was appreciated because of the sentiment and the fact that it was handmade.

    Bonnie Balluff Hanlin says:

    Recently I’ve been inspired by the gypsy look and have been creating multi-strand bracelets with mixed materials and colors with some dangling charms and coins. I love Lark books for all kinds of inspiration.

    Jeannie Galt says:

    I recently made a new friend who has an elderly black cat as her favorite pet. I made her a Christmas decoration of a lampwork bead of a black cat sitting on a log, waiting for Christmas to come. Hope she likes it.

    Bev Moon says:

    You can never have too many earrings and I also love to give them away also.

    Sonia Corbin-davis says:

    I’m making these 2 earrings for Christmas gifts. The “kumi-hoops” & “custom drapes”. Both are my own patterns. I will be doing the kumihimo earrings in red and green for Christmas. I hope the ladies enjoy them !

    Adrian O says:

    I made a necklace for my mom once.

    Karleen Cole says:

    I hope its not too late! Sounds yummy!

    ahk says:

    I am always making some gift or another.

    ibladydragon says:

    As a member of a bead society each year we have a “bead buddy” It’s always fun for me to make something special as a surprise for my bead buddy.. We give each other something for birthdays/Christmas..

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