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Beads, Baubles and Jewels

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Mixed media artist Susan Lenart Kazmer demonstrates making faux stones with glass glitter, inclusions and resin, and then she shows cold surface work to mimic enameling on metal. Today's Beading Lesson is on knotting with leather.

Shape up with leather. Mixed media artist Candie Cooper transforms leather into contemporary jewelry designs with paint, tassels and found objects. Then, she works out by painting leather cuffs and adding druzy beads. She cools down with super-simple designs to make and wear anytime - anywhere.

With a few supplies and cold connection techniques, designer Abbi Berta quickly creates mixed media earrings. She also makes a textured cuff with a torch-fired patina to introduce metalwork. Viewer Leslie Rocha tells how her first jewelry class and love of music blossomed into a passion for making jewelry from guitar wire and picks.

Author and metal artist Mary Hettmansperger has some great ideas for hammering, texturing and coloring metal, plus using eyelets and rivets for cold connections. Katie's Beading Lesson is using snap finding to make jewelry quickly and easily.

Using colorful fabric, blogger Mandi Ainsworth fashions cabochons to create heirlooms using a new twist on traditional techniques. Mandi makes a bezel with seed beads to create timeless pendants, bracelets and necklaces. Katie shows how to tie knots in leather strips to create a fashion-forward necklace.

Shape the story with wirework. Sandra Lupo, an inventor and designer, creates hourglass cone shapes using a variety of wire types and colors for fabulous effects with beads and crystals. Jill McKay introduces Katie to die-cut leather jewelry in the Beading Lesson.

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