December 5, 2007 ~ Chris Franchetti Michaels, Editor
In this issue:
- New Article Series: Holiday Season Gift Ideas for Jewelry Crafters (and their Loved Ones!)
- New Addition to the Class Directory: Lisa Niven Kelly's Beaducation
I don't know about you, but I have definitely started to panic over holiday gift making and buying this year - I can never seem to get it done ahead of time, no matter how much I tell myself I will. Over the past week or so, I've put together a few articles on jewelry-making related gifts, which I hope will help to spark your gift-giving imagination if you're in the same boat I am. I also added a fantastic website - Beaducation - to the Courses-Classes directory, which you should definitely check out if you haven't already.
In the coming weeks I'll have a new article on the Byzantine chain (it's easy to make!), and a review of the original Bead Spinner (does it really work?). Stay tuned!
Holiday Season Gift Ideas for Jewelry Crafters (and their Loved Ones!) Series
Jewelry Making Book, Magazine, and Video Gift Ideas
Do you have a fellow crafter on your holiday gift list? Here are some books, magazine subscriptions, and instructional videos she might like.
Jewelry Making Kits, Tools, and Accessories Gift Ideas
More holiday gift ideas for the crafters on your holiday list.
Easy Handmade Jewelry Gift Ideas
Here are some ideas for quick, last-minute handmade gifts for jewelry lovers.
Jewelry Making Video Classes at Beaducation
Beaducation was started by jewelry artist and instructor Lisa Niven Kelly. It's a gorgeous, well-designed site offering professional jewelry-making video classes. Many classes are available for free, and the ones that have a fee are reasonably priced. When you register for a class, you'll have online video access to it for two weeks, and you'll receive a detailed written instruction sheet to keep for future reference. There are some great, original projects to choose from in both beadwork and wirework.
You can read about Beaducation's team of instructors here and see a current class listing here. The site also hosts a shoppe offering kits and supplies used in the lessons - including metal blanks and some stamps personally designed by Lisa Niven Kelly - also reasonably priced (yay!).
To learn more about basic jewelry making using beads, wire, and cord - or for a quick and easy reference - pick up a copy of my book Teach Yourself Visually: Jewelry Making & Beading, available at Amazon.com and most book stores.
(It also makes a great holiday gift!)
~ Visit the Jewelry Making Site Shop anytime for a complete list of book, magazine and product reviews. ~