Monday, May 16, 2016


It's getting closer!! Don't forget to sign up for the GET WIRED JEWELRY CRUISE September 26 - 30, 2016 with world renowned teachers Lisa Pavelka, Anne Mitchell, Jackie Truty,and myself.

Enjoy the best creative education while you bask in a luxurious vacation with time to relax, play and explore! Create artistic masterpieces in jewelry, accessories, and more in a warm and friendly environment for all skill levels.

Did You Know? (May2016)

Did you know that "Did You Know" will be a series of blogs about chainmaille?  I attempted this blog series several years ago.  I posted a couple of blogs and then got so busy creating, writing and inventing that I stopped writing the series.  My plan is to write about what I found helpful and fascinating about my chainmaille journey.  Such things as how chainmaille got it's start, how chainmaille had developed into jewelry today, how to determine what size jump rings you need for different weaves, how to calculate aspect ratio.  Some articles may be lengthy but most will be short and to the point.

I very much welcome feedback and comments about my articles/blogs. This will enable me to talk about what you want to know about chainmaille.

The articles/blogs will be published here every other month (hopefully).

This will also be a way to answer the many questions I receive about my chainmaille and chainmaille in general. 

I hope you will enjoy this series and will share it with your friends and neighbors!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Art Across The Oceans

As one of your New Years Resolutions you need to take a crafty vacation! Join us on the Norwegian Sun for crusing and learning new skills. Our 2016 workshop program features Lauren Andersen (aka "The Chainmaille Lady") will be teaching her "Spine of the Centipede bracelet, Anne Mitchell (metal expert par excellance) will be teaching, Jackie Truty (President of Art Clay World USA) will be teaching wire wrapping focal components, and Lisa Pavelka (founder of Art Across the Oceans cruises and International retretreats) is teaching fun and funky crystal rings and jumble beads which will be used to create finished jewelry. Learn more by clicking the "Classes" page tab above.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Jewelry Pricing Calculator


You have to check out this FABULOUS new Jewelry Pricing Calculator at Auntie's Beads.  It is extremely easy to use and very user friendly.  The graphics are large and easy to use.  There are five spaces for materials with the ability to add additional items.  You may also add an item to the Other Costs section. There is a question mark (?) at the top of each section that will explain how to use that section. Finally, if you haven't had a chance to determine how long it takes you to make an item there is even a Timer feature! So even if you are a "seasoned jewelry pricer" be sure to check out this calculator for yourself.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Contact:         Kathie Stull

Beads, Baubles & Jewels
Series 2000

Join us for a Jewelry Making Workshop on Beads Baubles and Jewels!

We’ve invited 13 designers to join us for our newest season. Each episode highlights just one jewelry artist for an in-depth lesson on their favorite techniques demonstrating multiple projects, plus a special tool tip.

Viewers will enjoy learning insider tips and having extra time to see every detail.

Beads, Baubles and Jewels, Series 2000 is sponsored in part by:
 Beadalon,  Halcraft, Bead Storage Solutions, Dreamtime Creations, Inc.
Leather Cord USA, Prima Bead,
The Daylight Company, and Dakota Stones.

Beads, Baubles and Jewels, Series 2000 will be available to all Public Television stations across the country. The shows are shot and posted at KS Productions Studio in Solon, OH. The scheduled initial air date is Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 1630-1700ET/HD 04 via NETA (The National Educational Telecommunications Association).


Beads, Baubles and Jewels - Series 2000

2001 Mixing Simple Metal Smithing with Stringing
Designer and author Candie Cooper has a unique lesson on coordinating your jewelry pieces. She creates simple layered earrings and then a knotted necklace. She also shares a tool tip for using a hammer and anvil.  Katie’s Beading Lesson is about coiled bead bracelets to suit any style. 

2002 Using Jigs for Wire Forming
Brenda Schweder is an expert on using jigs for forming wire.  She will demonstrate how to use a jig, plus new ways to create buckle findings. Katie’s Beading Lesson is a stylish color block necklace.

2003 Torch-Fired Enameling
Metal artist Mary Hettmansperger demonstrates torch-fired enameling and how to create three dimensional surfaces. She also shares tips for cutting metal. Then, enjoy an online visit with author and teacher Kate Richbourg from her studio with advice for caring for and cleaning your tools.

2004 Stringing Projects Using Double-drilled Beads
Author and designer Kristal Wick has some fabulous stringing projects featuring double drilled beads. She shows how to design coordinating necklace and bracelet using double drilled beads.  Kristal also has a segment discussing metal clay. Katie shows how to store and organize seed beads.

2005 Get Creative with Resin and Wire
Mixed media artist Susan Lenart Kazmer demonstrates making faux stones with glass glitter, inclusions and resin, and then she shows cold surface work to mimic enameling on metal. Today’s Beading Lesson is on knotting with leather.

2006 Beaded Embellishments for Your Home
Add a touch of glamour to your life. Laura Timmons has rings for your fingers and beaded napkin rings for your table d├ęcor. Laura also has tips for adding crystals to fabric.  Katie’s Beading Lesson is on creating your own beading storage station. 

2007 Hammering, Torching and Shaping
Author and metal artist Mary Hettmansperger has some great ideas for hammering, texturing and coloring metal, plus using eyelets and rivets for cold connections.  Katie’s Beading Lesson is using snap finding to make jewelry quickly and easily.

2008 Style and Color
Molly Schaller shows how she uses trend boards to design jewelry and demonstrates trendy leather bracelets with large focal beads. Then she makes a colorful statement necklace and shares great tips on storing bead strands. In Katie’s Beading Lesson she shows how to organize your work space. She offers suggestions for the right supplies and tools and adds another important element – lighting, especially when working with small beads and distinguishing colors.

2009 Learn How to Viking Knit
Stephanie Eddy shares some of her secrets about Viking knitting – making a bracelet and ways to add beads to Viking knit. Katie has some special tips for making stretchy bracelets more durable in her Beading Lesson.

2010 Art Inspired Jewelry Making
Blogger Andrew Thornton talks about drawing inspiration from your art and turning your hobby into a business. Then, he shares one of his favorite new jewelry making techniques on making decorative end caps using epoxy clay. Katie’s Beading Lesson is about using beaded chain for an easy necklace.

2011 Bench Jewelry Techniques
Patti Bullard shares some bench jewelry techniques that don’t require a lot of space or supplies, plus a tip on how to choose the right pliers for a special project. She also shows how to texture bracelets and earrings. Katie’s Bead Lesson is about stamping on leather, a fast and easy technique to learn to create a trendy bracelet.

2012 Needle Tatting and Chainmaille
Lauren Andersen, The Chainmaille Lady has a new take on mixing other materials with chainmaille, including needle tatting and premade cuffs. Lauren also shares a tip for making your own jump rings. Katie makes a beaded cluster bracelet in her Beading Lesson.

2013 Mixed Media Jewelry
Author and designer Cynthia Deis demonstrate collage techniques for mixed media jewelry. She creates a mica tag and a flat leather bracelet. Katie’s Beading Lesson features an assist from Candie Cooper for a quick lesson on making silk beads.

1630-1700ET/HD 04, VIA NETA
The National Educational Telecommunications Association

Scrapbook Soup is available royalty free to NETA members and subscribers.
The series is in the NETA Tape Library.

For more information contact:
KS, Inc. Productions
800.348.3909 or email

 About KS, Inc. Productions
KS, Inc. Productions specializes in the creation, production, and marketing of how-to programming – mirroring the growing market of how-to enthusiasts. Many of the top rated how-to programs on Public Television are from KS, Inc. Productions. They include: Around the House with Matt and Shari, Bake Decorate Celebrate!®, Beads, Baubles and Jewels, Crafting at the Spotted Canary, Fit 2 Stitch, Hands On Crafts for Kids, It’s Sew Easy, Knitting Daily, Quilting Arts, and Scrapbook Soup. Over the past 22 years, KS, Inc. Productions has produced 13 different titles and over 2400 episodes for Public Television.

In addition to how-to programs, KS, Inc. Productions develops and produces a range of video productions including numerous instructional and educational videos/DVDs for manufacturers in the how-to industry.

KS  productions features a full social media campaign including Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest, Twitter and web sites reaching how-to enthusiasts from TV to online. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Don't miss today's guest blogger on the Halcraft Inspiration Blog: Lauren Andersen, The ChainMaille Lady, has written an awesome tutorial with step-by-step photo instructions on how to make this gorgeous chainmaille necklace! 

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