Once upon a time there were two jewelers - Maureen Shankey and Adrienne Gaskell. They met nearly 20 years ago when Adrienne was stalking Maureen at a local art show - of course it was at an art show! Maureen was the brainy professor with all the degrees, an MFA
Cores are most often used to prevent a beaded braid from collapsing. A braid may collapse when the inside of the braid forms too large of a hollow space. A core is used to fill that hollow space and keep the braid round. A 2-drop kongoh beaded braid may develop
2-part epoxy is the only glue that makes a permanent bond and it is the only glue that I recommend for all glue on clasps. Epoxy forms a secure bond between the clasp and the braid even when there is a small amount of empty space in the clasp end.
I have been searching the globe for quality products that every braider should have in their toolbox. Some of my favorites include: Cord Zap – New from Beadsmith, extra strong for heavier cords. The hottest Thread Zapper on the market! Cuts and cauterizes synthetic cords and threads.
Follow my FaceBook Page for a virtual show experience. I can’t wait until I get my hands on my new DVDs, I will have them for sale in my classroom and my booth at the Marketplace. I will also be bringing some home so you will be able to purchase
I think of myself as fairly organized, even possibly a little O.C.D., and my amazingly small studio space, barely 10 x 12 feet, really makes it necessary to keep things neat. But, wow, I’ve learned a lot from Pinterest about how to make the most out of the space you
None of the work here is kumihimo, however, when I see a piece that I inspires me to make it my own in kumihimo I pin it to my Beaded Kumihimo Inspiration board. For instance, the Lagos bracelets were the inspiration for my Beluga Bangles and necklace by