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Beads, Baubles and Jewels

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Add power to your design with new tool techniques. Host and designer Katie Hacker shows how she uses her favorite tools to make cold connections. Teacher Kate Richbourg gives her metalworking skills a work out with saws, shears and hammers. Then, she cools off with the right tools and techniques for professionally finishing metalwork jewelry.

Metal artist Mary Hettmansperger demonstrates torch-fired enameling and how to create three dimensional surfaces. She also shares tips for cutting metal. Then, enjoy an online visit with author and teacher Kate Richbourg from her studio with advice for caring for and cleaning your tools.

Using parachute cord in a whole new way, author Ashley Bunting adds beads from her stash to make a charming, colorful floral brooch. Katie rides the floral jewelry wave with pendants made with leather flowers, wire and crystals.

Tassels are the next big trend in jewelry-making. Designer Wyatt White shows how to wrap, tie and finish beautiful tassels for earrings and other accessories. Katie adds a modern twist to traditional knotting techniques to make bracelets with crystal pearls.

Artists are known for taking an unconventional approach to their art - often introducing "non art" supplies to their work. First we look at stamped metal for inventive beads. Then Candie Cooper throws a curve and uses cookie tins for her project. Next Kate Richbourg throws out the loom for a lalique bracelet that is loom free. We'll finish up with artist Tamara Honaman as she manipulates right angle weave to turn it into shapes and beads.

Brenda Schweder is an expert on using jigs for forming wire. She demonstrates how to use a jig, plus new ways to create buckle findings. Katie's Beading Lesson is a stylish color block necklace.

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