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Beads, Baubles and Jewels

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Stretch it out with clay. Polymer clay artist Syndee Holt creates a pendant with sparkle clay and adds an artistic touch with transfers and illustrations. To make a necklace, she recreates the Asian art of raku with clay and mica powders. Jewelry artist Anie Piliguian buffs clay elements to a sparkling finish.

Securely finish your jewelry with flair. Jewelry designer and blogger Molly Schaller returns with techniques using crimps and other findings to secure closures. In the Beading Lesson, Katie makes personalized bangles from 16-gauge wire and crystals that tell your story.

Keep creativity flowing with inspiration from colors. On-line jewelry-making host and crafter Vicki O'Dell makes quick, thoughtful, colorful gifts for everyone. Katie sets crystals into a cup chain cuff and bangle, then adds knotted leather accents for a one-of-a-kind look.

Create custom colors and add a new twist to traditional techniques. Katie Hacker combines metals with stones and beads to make her style statement. Artist syndee holt blends polymer clay to create new colors and contemporary designs using the ancient art of mokume gane. Designer Jill MacKay shares a great die-cutting tip as she embellishes leather to make dangly earrings.

Jump-start your creative ideas. Krystal Wick and Cynthia Kimura blend beads, stones and pearls in endless combinations to make bracelets, necklaces and earrings. In her Beading Lesson, Katie uses knotted cords and beads to create great bracelets in minutes.

Jewelry designer and blogger Erin Prais-Hintz shares tips for drawing inspiration from color palettes, time periods and pop culture. Learn how to find a palette and choose beads based on those colors to make an embellished clasp. Using that color knowledge, make simple, stacking bracelets with beautiful, eye-catching beads. Katie crafts a knotted gemstone necklace.

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