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 Series 2300...
What’s Your Color Story?

In Beads, Baubles and Jewels series 2300, Katie Hacker hosts today’s leading jewelry designers to explore the concept of color. Learn how the colors we choose, then combine and customize, express a unique artistic statement.

The artists share what color means to them and how they use it in the design process. In each show, Katie shares her favorite jewelry-making tips and techniques in her Beading Lesson.
Start writing your own color story this season on Beads, Baubles and Jewels.



Precious Metal Clay and Crystals
Create something to treasure. Jewelry-making expert and author Tammy Honaman creates a silver 3-D pendant with precious metal clay and then adds crystals.  In her Beading Lesson, Katie uses flat wire and some of her favorite focal beads to make beaded bangle bracelets to match any outfit.


The Color Story Begins with Birthstones
Start a color story with birthstones.  Blogger and jewelry-maker Molly Schaller finds inspiration and meaning in birthstone colors. She also shares some great gift packaging ideas for those special jewelry gifts.  Katie uses leather belting lace and crystal charms to make box braid bracelets in her Beading Lesson.


Choosing Colors
The colors we choose change how we view a piece. Author Jill Wiseman makes reversible jewelry using one motif. She changes the colors so one side can have a southwestern look and the other a fine jewelry look.  In the Beading Lesson, Katie creates the unexpected with dangles and drops using leather and sew-on crystal stones.


Cord Bracelets
Make a memorable color story with designer and author Ashley Bunting. She uses memory wire and parachute cord to make trendy beaded bracelets.  Katie shows how to organize your work space with the right storage, work surface and lighting on the Beading Lesson.


Color Inspirations
Jump-start your creative ideas.  Krystal Wick and Cynthia Kimura blend beads, stones and pearls in endless combinations to make bracelets, necklaces and earrings.  In her Beading Lesson, Katie uses knotted cords and beads to create great bracelets in minutes.


Hourglass Shapes
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.


Die-Cutting Leather
Die-cut shapes open new possibilities for jewelry-making. Inventor and jewelry-maker Jill McKay cuts leather in various sizes to create colorful stacking shapes.  Katie use aurora borealis beads to accent a beaded fringe pendant for a rich, sparkly look.


Make It Sparkle
Create your color story, then change it. With special wire-shaping techniques, author and crystal superfan Diane Whiting creates strands of beads and crystals that are interchangeable.  In the Beading Lesson, Katie creates leather and bead bracelets that can be stacked or worn alone.


Add Movement to the Story
Make movement part of the story.  Author and artist Candie Cooper uses a tassel-maker to create tassels in a variety tones and textures.  Then, Katie makes gorgeous crystal earrings using the same settings used by high-end costume jewelry manufacturers.


Close It Up
Securely finish your jewelry with flair. Jewelry designer and blogger Molly Schaller returns with techniques using crimps and other findings to secure closures.  In the Beading Lesson, Katie makes personalized bangles from 16-gauge wire and crystals that tell your story.


Color and Creativity
Keep creativity flowing with inspiration from colors.  On-line jewelry-making host and crafter Vicki O’Dell makes quick, thoughtful, colorful gifts for everyone.  Katie sets crystals into a cup chain cuff and bangle, then adds knotted leather accents for a one-of-a-kind look.


Colored Gold
The rose gold color trend has taken hold.  Metal-smith Hilary Halstead Scott introduces a grant program that helps jewelry artists grow their businesses. Then, she shares her design ideas for rose gold jewelry.  In the Beading Lesson, Katie combines macramé with chain to create a new look for beaded jewelry.


Macramé Makeover
Weave a color story with macramé.  Designer Sandra Younger creates two contemporary bracelets with hemp cord, silver tubes and beads using traditional macramé techniques.  Katie creates home décor by wrapping wire and using beaded chain to embellish a chandelier in her Beading Lesson.


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