New week, new posts.
With Valentine's Day coming up, here are a few tips for making hearts of freshwater or faux pearls.
Miyuki's Tila Bead
Miyuki has announced a new 2-hole bead, especially made for use in bead-weaving.
Contests and challenges
Art Bead Scene blog has announced their February challenge and a reminder about Rings & Things' Your Designs Rock contest.
Book review: Making Colourful Wire & Beaded Jewellery
Review of Linda Jones' book.
Imitate crochet with beads
Tips on a bead-woven collar necklace imitating a classical pineapple lace crochet.
Electronic bead magazines
Tips on online mags, CD collections, and bead and jewellery-making magazines that offer electronic subscriptions.
News from Swarovski and BeadSmith
New products recently announced by Crystallized Swarovski components (spring/summer 2011) and BeadSmith. Also wire jewellery-making trend according to Jean Campbell of Beading Daily.
Book review: Make jewellery from beach stones
A review of Danish book Smykker af strandsten by Karen Hørmann & Anette Ib.
A few tips on beaded hedgehogs, from seed bead critters to sparkling swarovski animals.
More design contests
Both Vintaj's February challenge and Swedish bead shop Frost08's design contest focus on love and romance.
Wire cutters are one of the most important tools for beaders and jewellery makers. Here are information of different types of cutters and things to consider before buying a new cutter.