Free Mixed Media Jewelry Project from Beyond the Bead by Margot Potter for North Light Books

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WE HAVE A WINNER! I've announced the winner of this contest here! Check back for more free projects and free stuff!
As promised, this is the first of two free projects or sneak peeks from my new mixed media jewelry techniques book Beyond the Bead available at fine book purveyors everywhere! You'll have to buy the book to see the step out photos. This project made the cover and impressed a book buyer from a major book chain so much, she requested a custom order! That's a good sign! The book focuses on making the bead, pendant or component and shows you a variety of ways to integrate the finished item into finished jewelry, so you're learning how to make the bird charms here.

Leave a comment to win a free copy of the book along with a special prize, I'll randomly select a winner next Tuesday. Good luck!
I’ll Fly Away
Copyright 2009

Excerpted from Beyond the Bead by Margot Potter
North Light Books

Victorian style bird and nest stamped images are accented with soft shades of blue and green and coated with a clear glaze. Can you believe they’re made of paper? Chipboard provides a litany of design possibilities for the jewelry artist, just don’t wear these beads in the swimming pool and you’ll be fine.

*You can do so many things with chipboard. The key is not to over saturate it with inks. If you want to layer inks, let them dry in between so the paper won’t warp.

Pre-punched 1.75" chipboard circles
Bird and Nest Stamp set
Ranger Archival Ink jet black

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads in shabby shutters and broken china
Diamond Glaze

Ranger Cut and Dry Stamp Foam square
Small Sharpee black
gun metal jump rings
Gun metal head pins4mm olivine Swarovski rounds*
4mm jet hematite Swarovski rounds*
indicolite Swarovski bicones*
(*Order from Art Beads before July 31st and use my code to save 10%:SCF10P-POTTER-0112)

Round nose pliers
2 pair chain nose pliers
Wire nippers

1. Stamp selected images on cardboard circles.
2. Accent surface of circles front and back with accent foam dipped in distress inks. Use a different part of the foam for each color to prevent muddy results.
3. After achieving desired color layers, add a layer of Diamond Glaze taking care not so shake tube to prevent bubbles. Allow to dry.
4. Repeat for opposite side of cardboard.
5. Lightly drag Sharpee around edges of bead.
6. Place Sharpee in underside of bead hole and accent with black.
7. Thread a 4mm olivine round on a head pin.
8. Thread the beaded head pin into hole in front of bead.
9. Bend pin flush to back of bead and create a loop.
10. Create coil topped dangles, two of each color bead and attach them to a jump ring.
11. Slide the beaded jump ring on the bail at the top of your bead and secure closed with pliers.

Bird and Nest stamps
Cavellini Papers, crystals Create Your Style CRYSTALLIZED-Swarovski Elements, gun metal findings Rings n’ Things, Distress Ink, Archival Ink, Foam squares Ranger, Diamond Glaze Judikins, Sharpee by Sharpee, jewelry tools Beadalon.


Blue Mama said...

I love it!

Anonymous said...

Oh! I just bought this book. I've already made 2 chipboard pins and just bought some grungeboard to try some of the other projects. Kudos to you for a great book.

Ring by Ring Designs said...

This is a great project. I've been toying around with similar techniques and they all come up lacking. I think this will do the trick.
I ordered your book and I am (im)patiently waiting for it to arrive.
Thanks for your inspiration.

Trish said...

Now this is a book I can really get into!! I am loving my initial forays into mixed-media - and combining it with jewelry....heaven!

Dave Robertson said...

Hi Margot, you're right on the money. This is a mixed-media time, and lots of people will be looking to you for tips. Should be a good read!


charleneanderson said...

Looks wonderful. I want this book! Congrats! Char

Alexia said...

Oh pretty! looks like a great book :) Thanks for the project!

LittleGemsbyKari said...

looks like a great book!

ChezChani said...

I love the cover, so vibrant! I bet I'll love the inside even more :-)

Anonymous said...

Margot, your designs are always so much fun, it's like playing! I have another of your previous books and have enjoyed all the projects I've made so far. I love the off-beat, "funky" designs taht are really you're trademark I think! I know this will be a winner too Teri Twitter: Teri_B

Jules said...

So sweet, Margot! I saw the book when I was in B&N...tempted to get a copy, but I'm a bit of the poor schoolteacher right now :) Congrats on your success!!

Lissie said...

Oh! This one I just got to have!
Congrats with this book publication! God luck with the sales!

Catherine said...

This book looks like great fun!

Unknown said...

My sister in law has graciously agreed to waste her time teaching clumsy old me how to do bead work. This book would be a fantastic way for me to thank her for her patience and effort!

Anonymous said...

OOOHHH I love the necklace and earrings on the cover! What a great book - I would love to have one, please enter me

mindy said...

fabulous thanks for a wonderful giveaway

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great book! utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

diesel51 said...

This is such a wonderful book idea. The projects would really make the tinker in me run wild. I hope my creativity that's been hibernating for years would finally come to life.

Anonymous said...

Oh, yes, I would love to win this book.
Thank you Rita

Sherry and Gena said...

I have been seeing and have purchased some of the mixed media jewelry...I would LOVE to know the insides of making some of these for myself!!

Anonymous said...

Must have this book. Chipboard jewelry would be great for little gifts to put in the greeting cards I make.

Debba said...

Hi Margot: I'm so happy to see another use for Diamond Glaze, and can't wait to see how you use it. The possibilities could be endless! I would love to have your book! I make jewerly and love to try differant ticniques. Thank you Debby of Debba's Beads

Melody said...

I would love this book. The necklace is so pretty.

Anonymous said...

What a cool project!

A Reader said...

Thanks for the giveaway!


Mary Meredith said...

Love the bird & nest earrings and pendant. It's great to see how creative mixing media can be. Well done Margo!

Kathleen said...

Congratulations! Job well done - it looks fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Sweet offer! Thank you for your project and for giving me this chance!

luluvision said...

ooh! ooh! New craft book about jewelry! Love it!!

Estela said...

Ooooohhhh! I want to learn how to make these pretties too!!! Great book and lovely giveaway!

Janet Lee said...

Your use of chipboard is fantastic, doesn't even look like paper at all. If this is typical of the book, it sounds like a book I'd love to own.

Unknown said...

That looks like a great book!!!

Shai Williams said...

I can see why a buyer would want you to make that set for her. It is gorgeous! I would also like to enter for a copy of your book.

postal orphan said...

The book looks wonderful - have it on my Amazon wishlist. Thank you for the generous giveaway, and for the posted project. And congrats on the release of the book!

Anonymous said...

This book looks awesome.
need to dig around for some chipboard.
I am excited for you that you even got a special order as well!
Now to put the book on my wish list at Amazon!

Shari said...

I have learned so much from you. Your notes on tool use alone have saved me hoursof frustration. Please enter me in your drawing, I would love to have one of your books.

Dragonlady said...

This sounds like a wonderful book...I am excited to try some of the projects...

Ladipierce said...

I love your books! I've just discovered your blog and now I'll be a regular visitor. Thanks for sharing your designs with us.

Craft Stew said...

Hi. I love this project and I linked to it last week! But one question - how necessary is the Diamond Glaze? Can I just substitute Mod Podge instead? I want to make a pin but I can't locate Diamond Glaze locally.

Margot Potter said...

Craft Stew

You could use Mod Podge, but you won't get the porcelain effect. Diamond Glaze is available at You could also use resin, gel medium or Ranger's Glossy Accents for the clear glaze effect.


Carla Gray said...

I love this book. I sat down at the bookstore and looked at this book cover to cover. Great book. I would feel honored to win a copy.