Beau Dangles

Handcrafted Jewelry — Designed to be Different

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New Bracelet Class

Here’s my latest offering — a cross-woven design that can be either elegant or happy-go-lucky, depending on your choice of bead colours.

It closes with a snap clasp so it’s easy to put on and take off with one hand.

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I’ll be teaching this class at the Sundre Library on June 22. Check here for more info.


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Earring Bling Class

Earrings are fun to wear — and even more so when you’ve made them yourself. If you’d like create your own earrings you might want to sign up for my new class Earring Bling! 

The class is designed for beginners (more experienced jewelry makers are also welcome). I’ll take you step by step through the process from idea to finished piece. At the end of the evening you’ll have 3 pairs of lovely earrings.

I bring all the supplies — beads, crystals, pearls, charms and more — and the tools. I’ll have earring samples you can use for inspiration or you can create your own designs. If you have beads or charms at home you’d like use, be sure to bring them along.

The class runs Wednesday June 10 at the Sundre Library. Registration is limited to 8 people. Please call the Library to register (403) 638-4000.


Taking Time Out

I met a wonderful group of women earlier this week when they showed up to take my Crystal Bracelet beading class, part of the fall events offered by the Springbank Ladies Time Out.

Each of the seven women chose a different colour from the kits I’d prepared, so every bracelet was unique. Although several had done some beading before two of them had never dipped their toes into the beading pool.

It was fun watching the bracelets come together. The women all knew each other so there was lively conversation as they worked on their projects.

The best part? Everyone finished their bracelets and left wearing beautiful handmade creations.

If you’d like to know more about other classes offered by Springbank LTO, check out their calendar.


Bead a Crystal Bracelet

Crystal Blue Delight Beading is a lot of fun — and even more so when I can share it with others.

I’m offering one of my most popular classes again on September 11th at the Sundre Public Library. (See my class titled “Crystal Wrap” for details.)

This right angle weave design combines those ever-so-blingy Swarovski crystals with silky smooth Swarovski crystal pearls. The bracelet is finished with an easy-on, easy-off snap clasp — no more fumbling with catches.

You can choose from a wide range of colours so that your bracelet will be uniquely your own. (I’ll also have extra kits available for purchase if you want to make more. But be warned: beading is addictive! 😉 )

The class is limited to 8 students. Please register with the Sundre Public Library (403-638-4000).


Class Act

When I teach a new class for the first time I’m always concerned about how it will go. Is it too challenging? Too simple? Are the directions clear? Did I underestimate the time needed to complete it?

As it turned out, I needn’t have worried. It was an enjoyable evening.

I took a selection of  beads and several finished examples so each woman got to choose her own colour scheme.

They did a wonderful job and completed their beaded ornament covers with time to spare. They also gave me several good ideas for clarifying the written instructions. Their feedback is worth its weight in beads :-).


Beaded Ornament Class

I’ve finished the instructions for the beaded ornament cover class that I’ll be offering October 3 at the Olds Library.

I’ve had a lot of interest in this project from people who’ve stopped by my table at the Bergen Farmers’ Market. I guess the holiday season is already on some minds 🙂

The class is limited to 6 people. If you’d like to register, check here for more information.


Beaded Ornaments

I like beaded ornaments. They’re pretty and easy to make once you have the basic pattern. You can hang them in a window to catch the light or add a special touch to your Christmas tree.

This fall I’ll be offering a class on making beaded ornaments like this one. If you’re interested you can find more information here.

Beaded Ornament

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Earring Class

One of my favourite pairs of earrings — and the ones I get the most compliments on — are called Cherokee Weave. They’re also the first earrings I learned to make.

I’ve lost count of the number of pairs I’ve made over the years. As my beading skills improved I also modified the original design. I’ve done them on large and small hoops, with different coloured beads, and different colours and types of thread. Here’s a pair done in black, with Swarovski crystals and Swarovksi glass pearls. Here’s another variation with multicoloured threads.

So many people have expressed an interest in learning how to make these earrings that I now offer a class to do just that.

I’ll be presenting “Cherokee Weave I” at the Olds Municipal Library on Monday, May 16 from 6 to 9 pm. If you’d like to sign up, please call or drop by the library.

Hope you can join us for an evening of beading fun!

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Class Act

My favourite thing after beading? Teaching. 🙂 I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned with others, whether it’s their first venture into the world of beads or they’re already hooked and want to learn more.

The first class this fall included 8 gals and a bunch of beads. By the end of the evening each person was wearing a gorgeous pendant of Swarovksi crystals. Talk about bling! Several other classes followed over the coming weeks featuring bracelets, earrings and more pendants. Great fun.

In addition to public classes I also offer private sessions, both individual and small group. You pick the project and I bring the class to you. The minimum size is 3 people, the maximum is 6 or 8, depending on the project.

I’m working on a number of new classes and once they’re ready I’ll post them here.

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The Eye of the Beholder

Colour is a fascinating aspect of jewelry making. The more I work with colour the more intrigued I am by how seemingly small changes can create such incredible differences. Take these 2 bracelets — both are done using the same stitch but I reversed the placement of the colours in the second one.

Which is better? It depends on who you ask. Some pick one combination, some the other. What’s important to remember is that colour placement does matter.

Examples like these are helpful when I teach beading classes. Beginning beaders often have trouble imagining what two or more colours might look like. Being able to actually hold variations in their hands lets them see how their choices will affect the outcome.

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Never Too Young to Bead

Friday & Saturday I took part in the Tall Timber RV Resort Art Sale & Show. Lots of people wandered through during the 2-day event.

Shows like this are also a great time to get caught up on beading projects. I’ve discovered that people are more likely to stop (and buy) when they see me at work. Several of the women also expressed interest in taking some of my beading classes.

To my surprise, two young girls — grade 1 and grade 8 — were also keen to take a class. They looked at some of the bracelet kits I had on display and soon returned, money in hand, to buy one each.

They sat down opposite me and I set them up with beading mats. It was a lot of fun. They caught on quickly and about an hour later they were wearing their new creations.

Saturday morning their young friend, a boy, returned. He’d watched them the whole time they were working the day before. He wasn’t interested in making a bracelet but he did want to make something for his mother.

After some discussion, we settled on an anklet. Once again I was surprised how fast he caught on and how he put his own ideas into the beading. He returned later in the afternoon to make an anklet for his aunt. He did a lovely job on both.

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Beading Class

The beading class at the library was a lot of fun. And of course the Swarovksi pearls and crystals were a real hit.

I made up 14 kits many of them with bright colours assuming they’d be the most popular. Nope. Softer colours were usually the first choice.

The bracelets were made using 2-needle right angle weave. That stitch can pose problems for some but this group caught on right away.

I took a few pics as people were starting their bracelets. Later I got so caught up admiring the finished pieces I forgot to photograph them. They were gorgeous.

To see other classes I offer, click here.

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Class Kits

The kits are assembled, the tote box is packed and I’m ready to go! I’m teaching a beginners’ beading class at the Sundre Library tonight. We’ll be making bracelets using 2-needle right angle weave.

I had a lot of  fun putting the kits together — they’re so pretty I wanted to bead them up on the spot. I did make up a second batch of one kit so I could wear it to class. It’s gorgeous.

I made 14 kits — each one filled with Swarovksi crystals and Swarovski pearls, and each one different. To round out my own Swarovski stash, I ordered a batch of pearls and crystals from Corbeeta Beads, including some colours I’d never seen before. They turned out to be a lovely blend. Thanks Susan!

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Beading Class at the Sundre Library

Ladies, thread your needles! We’re gonna bead up a storm at the Sundre Library on Wednesday June 16th. This class is designed for anyone who ever wanted to try their hand at beading. After just one hour you’ll be modelling your own bracelet made of Swarovski crystals and Swarovski glass pearls.

If you’re not familiar with the name, Swarovski crystals are considered to be the finest in the world — precision-cut with flash and sparkle. Swarovski crystal pearls are also beautiful. They look much like real pearls and have an added plus over other glass pearls in that they resist scratching, UV rays, perfumes and body oils.

My order of crystals and pearls arrived this week and I’m having so much fun putting the class kits together. The colours are dazzling — blue zircon,  hyacinth, light emerald, crystal satin, tourmaline, red topaz, light sapphire satin. It’s like Christmas in June.

To see the class description, time and cost for this “Crystal Wrap” class, click here. (Click on the photo for a larger image of the bracelet.) If you’d like to sign up, please register in person at the Sundre Library.