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Beads, Baubles and Jewels

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Make your style sparkle and shine. Designer and author Ashley Bunting expresses her upbeat style through leather, beading and wirework. In her Beading Lesson, Katie Hacker creates a layered birthstone necklace you can make for yourself or give as a gift.

Author and instructor Melissa Grakowsky-Shippee creates stunning beaded components using two-hole tile beads and teaches her technique for a flawless herringbone stitch. Katie discusses the various types of memory wire as she makes a glass bead bracelet that's fun to wear.

Not all places are actual locations! We extend our sense of place to techniques and styles that happen in stages. Just as our design style evolves over time, so do many projects plus our own jewelry making can take many turns from hobby to business. The first guest today is Robin Kramer for a more business-like approach to jewelry making and what it takes to develop a cohesive collection. Then Leslie Rogalski has a project on an endless loom - just when do you stop? Learning to know when is another part of design.

Author and designer Kristal Wick has some fabulous stringing projects featuring double drilled beads. She shows how to design coordinating necklace and bracelet using double drilled beads. Kristal also has a segment discussing metal clay. Katie shows how to store and organize seed beads.

Molly Schaller shows how she uses trend boards to design jewelry and demonstrates trendy leather bracelets with large focal beads. Then she makes a colorful statement necklace and shares great tips on storing bead strands. In Katie's Beading Lesson she shows how to organize your work space. She offers suggestions for the right supplies and tools and adds another important element - lighting, especially when working with small beads and distinguishing colors.

Change up your techniques and create new styles. Jewelry artist and inventor Jill MacKay changes up her style with interchangeable components embellished with crystals. Katie Hacker uses leather cord in a new way to create innovative designs in Katie's Beading Lesson.

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