Thursday, April 30, 2009

flower chain maille

I just uploaded another tutorial to etsy - the flower chain maille tutorial.

this is a good beginners project that produces a very professional looking bracelet and earrings :0

One of my favaorites to make and give as gifts as it looks really expensive!! :)

enjoy :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

More projects/tutorials

Just found a link to more free tutorials at Marilyn Gardiner Design.

Some very good chainmail earring projects - perfect for a beginner and some simple beadwork projects as well - very nice website, well set out and easy to understand - I recommend you take a look :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

fantasy beader

I just found the cutest shop on etsy with the cutest little beaded things :)

It is fantasy beaders shop and she makes little seed beaded earrings in the shape of animals, gumball machines, raggedy anne and andy,skull and cross get the idea, I am thinking of buying the gumball machines....

Sunday, April 26, 2009


I am a member of an Australian Beading Forum ( and they have a weekly comp for "Year of Jewellery".

This Theme inspired me - I had so many ideas but limited time so I went to my favorite vintage stampings and started making a necklace that told a story of love - precious memories.

Composed of swarovski crystals, czech crystals and vintage brass and copper stampings.  A little bit vintage, almost steam punk.  I love this style.  I use to do heaps of jewellery like this, but seem to be doing more and more seed work nowdays.....

Saturday, April 25, 2009

crystal geode pendant

I just uploaded another one of my tutorials - the crystal geode pendant 

Inspired by the inside of thunder eggs or geodes, this wire work pendant is easy to complete and can look completely different depending on the gemstones and crystal combination and the shape you form .

I have even made it with chips instead of rondelles before and it looked stunning.

the tutorial can be purchase in my etsy shop here.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Sultan's hat

What a fantastic tutorial for a beaded bead.

Check it out here.

Will try and get around to doing one of these this weekend......

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mini handbags

Many of those of you who have known me for a while know I am a bit obsessed with handbags......

I have now decided to offer the tutorial on how to make your very own mini handbags to use as phone charms, pendants, dangles for bookmarks, and I even have made a heap of them and added them to a charm bracelet.

Once you get started on these, I am sure you will be addicted!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

how to wire wrap stones

I just found these tutorials to wire wrap stones.

I love wire wrapping stones, but have not yet used the prong method for the faceted gemstones, so this will be on my list to complete this week....

For cabs here.

And for faceted gemstones, here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The wonderful wirework of Joslin Jewels

Check this out - fabulous work!

fantastic inspiration....check it out here :)

Eclectic electric tutorial

This tutorial uses quite a few different techniques including wire wrapping for the toggle and forming aluminium wire into these stunning heart links :)

Let me know what you think :)

lots of tutorials - free!!

I found this wonderful beading site with heaps of free instructions here :) , many using swarovski crystal beads, so I am in love !!!! may appear in spanish, but just click on the english flag on the left - and will be in english :)
Heaps of new designs I want to try here :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

fabulous wire work

I found this page over the weekend and have been just  ooooing and ahhhing over her work, so I felt I should share.
I think I might have to do a tutorial or 2.......
De Cor's Handmandes

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hearts on Fire

I finished this during the week and finally dragged the camera out to immortalise it on my blog!!!

It is a herringbone necklace with toggle and bail made of swarovski crystal, and of course the beautiful pendant ( that was the inspiration) is from my friend Deb.

I really enjoy doing the circular herringbone weave, and it seems to be quite fashionable in the beading circles at the moment, so i think you will see more in the future :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009


As promise, here is the freebie tutorial of a wonderful snakeskin bracelet.

This is a beginners project, but even if you have been beading for a while you'll want to make one too!!

It is made of miyuki cubes and is even count peyote.
Please let me knowif youhave made one :)

I'd love to see the pictures :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

In the Garden

I have just loaded another great tutorial onto etsy.
This one is sure to make you stand out from the crowd!!!
It uses a variety of techniques in creating and attaching the flowers which once learnt will surely spur you on to new exciting designs :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Guess what!!!! I am teaching at the Stitches and Craft show in Brisbane!!!!

Was hoping to take 2 classes but unfortunately only one will be offered - the "Kaleidoscope Woven Bracelet" - Definately one of my most famous tutorials!!!!

With a combination of bling including Swarovski crystal beads and Czech glass montees, this bracelet is made with both tiger tail and fireline thread so you will learn the basics of both techniques in the one class! Finished with antique silver, gold or bronze fittings with Kits in a large variety of colour combinations to choose from. Presented by Sandee Harris of Mad Monnie

Kit $40.00 2 Hours. Beginner

Craft Lab 6 -Saturday, May 2,  12.30pm

Looking really forward to it!!!
So if you want to go click on the link or see monnie -

I uploaded another tutorial to etsy this morning - the famous bonsai necklace - and easy but effective work of art!!!  Just like a bonsai, no 2 will ever look the same!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

VAharoni: Baking Parchment transfer…inkjet

VAharoni: Baking Parchment transfer…inkjet

"Sensational Spirals"


I am teaching the sensational spirals this week at Mad Monnies so pop over there if you want to join the class. This is a dutch spial and is quite easy to do but is not completed quickly! For everyone else......The tutorial will be available in about on week up on my etsy store. I like to do the class first and iron out any kinks in the tutorial before I let in loose on the world LOL!! :)


I have been teaching for a couple of years now at Mad Monnies ( and have quite a few tutorials that I have created and taught.

I thought I would start to make them available so I added 4 today and will add plenty more over the following days.

Freebies!! did I hear you say........yes I will also endeavor to put some freebies up here!!

Well I finally did it!!!

I have been talking about doing a blog forever, so hopefully this will not be my last post ~!!! LOL
aiming to post a little somthing every couple of days, including links to beady things and work in progress ( mostly beady related of course!!!)


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