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Artbeads Cafe – Kristal Wick and Cynthia Kimura Discuss Gratitude Jewelry, Venetian Glass and More

Artbeads Cafe – Kristal Wick and Cynthia Kimura Discuss Gratitude Jewelry, Venetian Glass and More


KRISTAL: Hi, Kristal Wick with Artbeads Café,
where we have all things caffeinated and beadalicious. I’m here with Cynthia, and we are preparing
for the holidays, where there’ll be lots of entertaining, right? CYNTHIA: Yes. KRISTAL: So we have some tips for you. Cynthia,
take it away. CYNTHIA: We were thinking about Thanksgiving,
and what can you do to show your gratitude to your guests. KRISTAL: Yes, Thanksgiving and gratitude,
hand in hand, so this is a good idea. CYNTHIA: I was thinking I still wanted to
make some jewelry, but how can I put that on the table also? KRISTAL: Right. CYNTHIA: I want to show you, here, I made
a bracelet for my mom, and I used a memory wire. I thought I could put that in the plate,
around the napkin. She will think it’s a napkin holder first, and then I can say “This is
a present for you, and you can take it home.” KRISTAL: That’s a great idea. Everybody gets
to take home their napkin ring. It’s been custom made by Cynthia. Oh, that’s so wonderful. CYNTHIA: This one is with memory wire. And
I wanted something a little younger for my sister, so I used ribbon and those round stampings,
and I stamped on them. KRISTAL: Oh, what did you stamp? CYNTHIA: My sister makes me laugh all the
time, so I wrote “LAUGH” and then I put some little hearts on the bottom. KRISTAL: Oh, that’s sweet. So you put little
hearts for her. CYNTHIA: Exactly. It’s my little sister. KRISTAL: What a great idea. That actually
would be a good idea for some guys, too, because they can make those into key chains. Cute.
What a great idea for napkin rings. CYNTHIA: Thank you. Then I thought, Okay,
if I want to do something else, like a zipper pull or a key chain, I wanted to use the cellular
phone — KRISTAL: The cell phone dangles. Yeah, those
are great. CYNTHIA: I have one that just says “LOVE,”
and then if you have a cat lover in your family, you use a little cat charm. This one just
says “FOLLOW YOUR HEART.” KRISTAL: That’s so sweet. CYNTHIA: Which is really cute. And of course,
for the man who loves his sports, football. And this one is for my husband, Devin, who
loves fishing. I had to have a fish somewhere. KRISTAL: Of course. Oh, that’s such a great
idea. Again, for any age, guys and gals. Really sweet. CYNTHIA: This one, for a younger girl or little
girl who loves fairytales. We have this beautiful unicorn pendant. KRISTAL: Oh, that’s so sweet. And you could
just put the charms in the middle of their plates on the table, and everybody can figure
out where they sit according to what the little charms that you made for them. That’s so clever.
Great. Look at that. And I see you used Swarovski crystals over here for these guys, so that’s
really nice. CYNTHIA: Yeah, I used some druks, and to sparkle
the druks a little more, I used the Rondelles. KRISTAL: Those are sweet. I like the Rondelles.
I think they get overlooked by a lot of people because they’re not really sure what to do
with them, because they’re unusual. But look at how they shine when you put them between
the two druks like that. CYNTHIA: They do. And they come in so many
different colors, too. KRISTAL: That’s really great. This is a great
Thanksgiving, and I sure hope I’m invited to your house for Thanksgiving dinner. Hope
you all enjoyed the ideas. KRISTAL: Okay Cynthia, it’s time for Kristal
Wick’s Picks, which is my favorite time to share some things with you guys, and right
now, my favorite — Venetian glass. Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. I would mortgage
the house and maybe my dogs — just kidding, not really the dogs — but to buy these things,
because they are a piece of art that you wear. They are so gorgeous. I would love for you
to explain to everybody how we discovered Venetian glass and what it’s about. CYNTHIA: They are very, very beautiful, and
like you said, it’s a piece of art. Devin and I were lucky to go to Venice, and we were
lucky to go in galleries and talk to one of the owners, and he explained to us the art
of making glass beads. To be a master of making glass beads, it takes 25 years. KRISTAL: Really? CYNTHIA: Yes. It’s a very hard job to do.
You have to think that sometimes summer is 90 degrees, 94 degrees, it’s very humid, and
they work in those places with those big ovens, so it’s really hot. So you have less and less
young people wanting to be a master. Which is really sad, because they are just amazing.
The beads are just amazing. KRISTAL: Yeah, it’s kind of a dying breed
of honor that these people are going through right now where the youngsters aren’t apprenticing
for 20 years anymore. CYNTHIA: And a lot of times, they are little
families. KRISTAL: It’s so sweet. CYNTHIA: Yes, it is. It’s not big corporations,
big companies; they’re just families doing their art. We find those Venetian beads, that
we just love them. They’re so, so beautiful. I want to show some different ones that we
fell in love with. Like I said, they’re so beautiful that sometimes you just need one
for a pair of earrings, and that’s all you need. And a little sparkle, of course. But
just that, and then you have a beautiful, simple earring. KRISTAL: Yes, a lot of people want simple.
They don’t want to wear a lot of things. And the Venetian glass, the way it’s made, it’s
so passionate and so vibrant. The colors are so vibrant that you don’t need to add a lot
to a piece to make it spectacular. CYNTHIA: Exactly. Those I love, red. Red is
my color. KRISTAL: That’s really pretty. CYNTHIA: And because, again, they’re so beautiful,
I didn’t want to make a necklace with a lot of beads. I wanted to show them. So I used
the soft flex and I did an illusion, like we call an illusion necklace. You just do
crimp tubes in between your beads and you just crimp together. KRISTAL: It’s so simple. To make that is — how
long did it take? Next to nothing, right? CYNTHIA: Yes. And it’s very stunning, because
that’s all you see is those beads. KRISTAL: Right. Oh, I love that. And the colors,
of course, are gorgeous. Then we had over here — oh my goodness, I made a few bracelets
and you made a bracelet. One of the things that I love about the Venetian glass is that
the colors and the palettes come in all these different gorgeous sceneries, but the shapes
are different. So for example, Cynthia made this bracelet with the same color palette
of the glass beads that I used here in this bracelet. You can see the colors are the same,
but they look completely different when you add different components, such as your crystals.
And then I added Swarovski pearls. Again, the shapes are what makes things just
really pop and really different. And I also like how you can mix and match the different
shapes, because in the Venetian family — like there are families of colors, and they all
go together. So if you like the squares, then you can get the squares; if you like the rounds,
you can get the rounds. I just think that is a wonderful part of this whole little treasure
trove of goodies here. Again, here I used this beautiful kind of pillow shape, which
I think is really gentle and pretty, and added some Swarovski pearls. Then I made some earrings
to match, and they are, again, a different shape. So I took one shape in the bracelet,
a different shape in the earrings. Again, with some of the Venetian glass, I
didn’t want to add a lot of clutter to the bracelet, to the findings and to the actual
composition, so I threw in a few Swarovski pearls that kind of muted and toned down the
color palette here, and I just think these shapes, the diamond shapes, are gorgeous too.
Again, gosh, we are passionately in love with Venetian glass. What can we say? You don’t
need much. A little goes a long way, so it’s really nice to just dive in and do your own
creation. Thanks for sharing that, Cynthia. CYNTHIA: You’re welcome. KRISTAL: Cynthia, it’s time for a Q&A, and
Susan in Idaho asks, “What are some non-traditional ways to use large-hole beads?” Great question. CYNTHIA: It is a great question. And again,
TierraCast have great components for that. KRISTAL: We love TierraCast over and over
again, right? CYNTHIA: Yes. Because sometimes you have those
large-hole beads and you want to use them differently than just on the bead bracelet. KRISTAL: Right, and if you put them on a regular
bracelet, they flop around, so yeah. Show us some magic here. CYNTHIA: First I want to show you the bead
bars. They’re very easy to use. Some of them have a little ball at the end, and they will
stop the bead to go through. But you still need to put a little bead cap or a spacer.
Some of them have two holes, which means they are links and you can dangle something at
the end. KRISTAL: That’s great. CYNTHIA: I made this bracelet with different
large-hole beads. KRISTAL: I think a lot of people don’t know
what bead bars are used for. When you look at them, you would really not have an idea,
so this is a great example of what you would do with the bead bars. Oh, those are cute. CYNTHIA: And they’re very fun to make earrings
also. I’m going to show you how easy it is. You have your bead bar; put first your spacer,
then you put your bead, then another spacer. Then you attach the bar with a jump ring on
the earring, and that’s it. And you have this really cute… KRISTAL: Oh, it takes minutes. Oh my goodness.
You could do one in every color, for every day of the week. I love that. CYNTHIA: They’re very simple. KRISTAL: Great. CYNTHIA: Then, like you said, you want to
use them on normal bracelet or jewelry wire, but they move around. So the solution for
that is the bead aligner. KRISTAL: The bead aligners. CYNTHIA: This is a bead aligner. KRISTAL: Oh, those are cute. CYNTHIA: So you string your beads normally,
and then you put a bead aligner, you put your bead and another bead aligner, and you keep
going. What happens, those bead aligners go inside the bead, and they hold the bead together. KRISTAL: That’s great, so you’re actually
making a large-hole bead kind of a small-hole bead. Oh, look at that. I love this, with
the animal print beads on there. That’s adorable. CYNTHIA: That was so much fun. Let’s say you
have a bead that you want to use as a pendant that has a very large hole. Again, there is
another solution, it’s the bail. You just glue the bail — and I used the two-part epoxy
— you just glue the bail in the bead. On this one, I didn’t add anything at the bottom,
but you could use another bail here. More like a bead cap. And you just glue at the
bottom too. So it’s finishing your bead also. KRISTAL: Yeah, so it ties in and it’s like
a little sandwich. CYNTHIA: Exactly. KRISTAL: That is really — what a good idea.
Because again, I think a lot of people look at these and they look nice, but what would
you do with it? So this is a great example of what to do with large-hole beads, non-traditional
ways. And of course, the creations that you made with them are gorgeous. CYNTHIA: Thank you. KRISTAL: Wow. So you just start with this
beautiful piece and move up. Good idea, Cynthia. Well, Susan, I hope you’re happy with all
this. I know that I can’t wait to start using these for large-hole beads, because again,
many of you, all you’ve done is string them on the large-hole bead bracelet, and that’s
pretty much the extent of what we’ve been doing. So this is a really good idea. KRISTAL: Thank you all for joining us here
at Artbeads Café, and if you have any questions for us, please feel free to write at Artbeads.com.
We’ll be happy to answer them or feature them on one of our Artbeads Café. Meanwhile, happy
beading!

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