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Lovers of Bangles, Baubles and Beads and Jewelry Making Unite!

Updated on October 31, 2015
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Margaret Schindel has designed, created and sold one-of-a-kind and custom handcrafted jewelry for decades. She loves sharing her techniques.

Jewelry Lovers, Welcome to My World of Bangles, Baubles and Beads!

"Hi, my name is Margaret Schindel and I'm a jewelry-holic." There, I said it: I'm totally addicted to jewelry! I'm completely passionate about designing it, making it, wearing it, giving it as gifts to the special people in my life, and teaching others how to to make their own beautiful and unique.jewelry. I lie awake in bed coming up with new designs. I can spend many hours designing and redesigning a simple beaded necklace or bracelet until I'm happy with it and it will feel like only 15 minutes have gone by. I love playing with unusual combinations of colors, materials, textures and finishes to create one-of-a-kind earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, pins, brooches and rings. The only thing I love more is learning and sharing new jewelry making techniques!

If you're a jewelry lover, too, and would like to learn how to make jewelry or add to your existing repertoire of jewelry making techniques and skills, I invite you to join me on a wild and wonderful adventure into the world Bangles, Baubles and Beads. I'll share my favorite jewelry making techniques, step-by-step tutorials and projects, tools, supplies, even my favorite bead storage solutions. I'll provide support and inspiration, whether you're a jewelry making beginner or an intermediate jewelry artist. We'll even cover some advanced jewelry making techniques so you can continue to build your skills here over time. You'll learn to make your own beautiful jewelry to wear, give as gifts or even sell, if you wish!

Let's Make Positive Contributions to Our Jewelry Making Community

Our Artist Community Is as Good as We Make It

If you're a jewelry making enthusiast, too, I encourage you to share your best tips and techniques and your favorite jewelry books, materials and supplies, tools, storage solutions, etc. Write a blog post or article letting your colleagues know what you've discovered, what you recommend and why. The more we share, the stronger our jewelry making community becomes. I'll also be sharing and promoting many of the best articles on this topic on my blog and on social media, and I encourage you to do the same. If you've written something you think other jewelry makers would find particularly valuable, whether it's a project, technique, tip, product review or book review, feel free to let me know in the comments section at the end of this article.

We all benefit from cultivating, strengthening and actively participating in a rich and vibrant community where jewelry makers and designers from different parts of the world, with different types of expertise and different levels of experience can come together to share ideas, opinions, favorite jewelry making books and techniques, help and encourage each other, learn from each other, be inspired and have fun. That community will be as valuable as the contributions we all make to it!

One-of-a-kind,vintage brass basket perforated brooch finding hand embroidered with fine wire and vintage and contemporary glass beads.
One-of-a-kind,vintage brass basket perforated brooch finding hand embroidered with fine wire and vintage and contemporary glass beads. | Source

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My Jewelry Designs

I adore designing and making one-of-a-kind jewelry. I find that making each piece of jewelry is a lot more work ... and also a lot more satisfying.

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Fine silver pendant from PMC with liver of sulfur iridescent patina and 24k gold foil keum-boo accentsFine silver locket pendant with 24k gold foil keum-boo accents. Constructed from fine silver metal clay textured with Asian-motif tear-away textures.Large fine silver iris brooch I made with precious metal clay. The iridescent colors on the petals are a liver of sulfur patina; centers are 24k gold.I participated in a metal clay charm swap with 10 other metal clay artists. I made a unique charm for each artist and one for myself (at lower left).My "Pacific Blues" necklace and earrings set features a dichroic glass pendant and two strands of vintage and contemporary glass beads, some dichroic.Here's a close-up of the necklace so you can see the gorgeous mix of different blue and green hues, shapes and finishes I used in this set.I love designing bridal jewelry! A bride in Scotland commissioned this set, which features brass filigree medallions I hand embroidered with pearls.Another necklace and earrings set with a dichroic pendant and mix of mostly vintage beads. The two strands meet, separate, meet and separate again.This brooch has purple vintage glass opal cabochons and contemporary glass beads and pearls embroidered on Ultrasuede. The earrings are bead weaving.This fabulous coil bracelet was commissioned by a client. It features a mix of vintage beads and contemporary glass beads in cool colors.I made this unusual polymer clay mokume gane pin and earrings as a gift for my sister. She wears them all the time and always gets comments on them.I wrote an article about how to make these cool polymer clay cabochons for Metal Clay Artist magazine as well as a step-by-step tutorial on Squidoo!I sculpted this bronze hand charm out of BRONZclay bronze metal clay. It's one of the charms I donated to the Charms for Charity fundraising raffle.Here's another bronze charm I made and donated to the Charms for Charity raffle to benefit the American Cancer Society and The Marrow Foundation.Here's a tiny box I designed in fine silver (from metal clay) as a gift for my best friend. It's just large enough to hold a small ring.This shows the inside of the box and the lid stopper. I bought two of the textures and made the rest by molding vintage buttons in silicone putty .Fabulous shoulder duster earrings commissioned by a client for a fancy Washington, DC event. Garnets, pearls & rhinestones embroidered on filigrees.Sophisticated earrings commissioned by a mother of the bride. Hand embroidered pearls, seed pearls and Swarovski crystals on brass filigree stampings.Earrings made with rare vintage beads and sterling silver - a special birthday gift for a friend!The largest and most elaborate piece of hand embroidered beads on filigree jewelry I've made. Uses vintage and contemporary beads, stones & stampings.Bead embroidered butterfly pin features vintage crystal cabochons, vintage marquise crystal gemstone, glass beads and a vintage butterfly pin finding.Front and back of a pair of fine silver metal clay kimono charms with patina and 24k gold keum-boo obi that I made into earrings for my sister.
Fine silver pendant from PMC with liver of sulfur iridescent patina and 24k gold foil keum-boo accents
Fine silver pendant from PMC with liver of sulfur iridescent patina and 24k gold foil keum-boo accents | Source
Fine silver locket pendant with 24k gold foil keum-boo accents. Constructed from fine silver metal clay textured with Asian-motif tear-away textures.
Fine silver locket pendant with 24k gold foil keum-boo accents. Constructed from fine silver metal clay textured with Asian-motif tear-away textures.
Large fine silver iris brooch I made with precious metal clay. The iridescent colors on the petals are a liver of sulfur patina; centers are 24k gold.
Large fine silver iris brooch I made with precious metal clay. The iridescent colors on the petals are a liver of sulfur patina; centers are 24k gold.
I participated in a metal clay charm swap with 10 other metal clay artists. I made a unique charm for each artist and one for myself (at lower left).
I participated in a metal clay charm swap with 10 other metal clay artists. I made a unique charm for each artist and one for myself (at lower left).
My "Pacific Blues" necklace and earrings set features a dichroic glass pendant and two strands of vintage and contemporary glass beads, some dichroic.
My "Pacific Blues" necklace and earrings set features a dichroic glass pendant and two strands of vintage and contemporary glass beads, some dichroic.
Here's a close-up of the necklace so you can see the gorgeous mix of different blue and green hues, shapes and finishes I used in this set.
Here's a close-up of the necklace so you can see the gorgeous mix of different blue and green hues, shapes and finishes I used in this set.
I love designing bridal jewelry! A bride in Scotland commissioned this set, which features brass filigree medallions I hand embroidered with pearls.
I love designing bridal jewelry! A bride in Scotland commissioned this set, which features brass filigree medallions I hand embroidered with pearls.
Another necklace and earrings set with a dichroic pendant and mix of mostly vintage beads. The two strands meet, separate, meet and separate again.
Another necklace and earrings set with a dichroic pendant and mix of mostly vintage beads. The two strands meet, separate, meet and separate again.
This brooch has purple vintage glass opal cabochons and contemporary glass beads and pearls embroidered on Ultrasuede. The earrings are bead weaving.
This brooch has purple vintage glass opal cabochons and contemporary glass beads and pearls embroidered on Ultrasuede. The earrings are bead weaving.
This fabulous coil bracelet was commissioned by a client. It features a mix of vintage beads and contemporary glass beads in cool colors.
This fabulous coil bracelet was commissioned by a client. It features a mix of vintage beads and contemporary glass beads in cool colors.
I made this unusual polymer clay mokume gane pin and earrings as a gift for my sister. She wears them all the time and always gets comments on them.
I made this unusual polymer clay mokume gane pin and earrings as a gift for my sister. She wears them all the time and always gets comments on them.
I wrote an article about how to make these cool polymer clay cabochons for Metal Clay Artist magazine as well as a step-by-step tutorial on Squidoo!
I wrote an article about how to make these cool polymer clay cabochons for Metal Clay Artist magazine as well as a step-by-step tutorial on Squidoo!
I sculpted this bronze hand charm out of BRONZclay bronze metal clay. It's one of the charms I donated to the Charms for Charity fundraising raffle.
I sculpted this bronze hand charm out of BRONZclay bronze metal clay. It's one of the charms I donated to the Charms for Charity fundraising raffle.
Here's another bronze charm I made and donated to the Charms for Charity raffle to benefit the American Cancer Society and The Marrow Foundation.
Here's another bronze charm I made and donated to the Charms for Charity raffle to benefit the American Cancer Society and The Marrow Foundation.
Here's a tiny box I designed in fine silver (from metal clay) as a gift for my best friend. It's just large enough to hold a small ring.
Here's a tiny box I designed in fine silver (from metal clay) as a gift for my best friend. It's just large enough to hold a small ring.
This shows the inside of the box and the lid stopper. I bought two of the textures and made the rest by molding vintage buttons in silicone putty .
This shows the inside of the box and the lid stopper. I bought two of the textures and made the rest by molding vintage buttons in silicone putty .
Fabulous shoulder duster earrings commissioned by a client for a fancy Washington, DC event. Garnets, pearls & rhinestones embroidered on filigrees.
Fabulous shoulder duster earrings commissioned by a client for a fancy Washington, DC event. Garnets, pearls & rhinestones embroidered on filigrees.
Sophisticated earrings commissioned by a mother of the bride. Hand embroidered pearls, seed pearls and Swarovski crystals on brass filigree stampings.
Sophisticated earrings commissioned by a mother of the bride. Hand embroidered pearls, seed pearls and Swarovski crystals on brass filigree stampings.
Earrings made with rare vintage beads and sterling silver - a special birthday gift for a friend!
Earrings made with rare vintage beads and sterling silver - a special birthday gift for a friend!
The largest and most elaborate piece of hand embroidered beads on filigree jewelry I've made. Uses vintage and contemporary beads, stones & stampings.
The largest and most elaborate piece of hand embroidered beads on filigree jewelry I've made. Uses vintage and contemporary beads, stones & stampings.
Bead embroidered butterfly pin features vintage crystal cabochons, vintage marquise crystal gemstone, glass beads and a vintage butterfly pin finding.
Bead embroidered butterfly pin features vintage crystal cabochons, vintage marquise crystal gemstone, glass beads and a vintage butterfly pin finding.
Front and back of a pair of fine silver metal clay kimono charms with patina and 24k gold keum-boo obi that I made into earrings for my sister.
Front and back of a pair of fine silver metal clay kimono charms with patina and 24k gold keum-boo obi that I made into earrings for my sister.

A Few of My Favorite Jewelry Making Books and DVDs

Whether you're new to making jewelry or want to hone your existing skills or learn some new techniques to add to your repertoire, I encourage you to check out these jewelry making books that I own (or have borrowed) and can recommend highly.

Soldering Made Simple by Joe Silvera

Soldering is an incredibly useful skill for anyone who makes jewelry. But many jewelry makers are scared and intimidated by the idea of using a costly jeweler's torch, especially the two-fuel torches that are best for this type of work. Fortunately, there's a simpler, easier, safer and cheaper alternative for soldering silver components: using a simple, safe, and inexpensive butane kitchen torch AKA creme brulée torch. Joe Silvera's wonderful book "Soldering Made Simple: Easy techniques for the kitchen-table jeweler" lives up to the promise of its title. Don't be limited to "chemical bonding" (gluing) and cold connections - learn how to solder jewelry the easy way!

On Joe Silvera's Soldering Made Simple companion DVD you can watch him demonstrate the easy soldering techniques with a butane kitchen torch that he explains in his book. If you're interested in learning how to solder the easy way, it's worth owning both the book and the DVD.

The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight

Metalsmith, designer, teacher and publisher extraordinaire Tim McCreight is a legend in metalsmithing, jewelry making and metal clay circles. His renowned book "The Complete Metalsmith" is a must-have for anyone who wants to make jewelry using traditional bench skills and techniques. It's chock-full of in-depth information, drawings and valuable charts that you'll refer to again and again. It's considered by many to be one of the best books ever written on this subject and jewelry instructors have used it as an essential teaching textbook in classrooms around the world for many years.

200 Beading Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets by Jean Powers

Whether you're just starting out or have been making beaded jewelry for years, you're sure to pick up some valuable tips from Jean Power's book, "200 Beading Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets". She does a great job of explaining techniques clearly and includes lots of photos and diagram illustrations. I also love the well designed, easy-to-read layout. It's a terrific reference book that covers all types of beads and beading techniques.

PMC Technic: A Collection of Techniques for Precious Metal Clay

This book has been around for a long time and I still consider it required reading for anyone who wants to create professional quality jewelry with fine silver metal clay. Many of the techniques also apply to other metal clay types. There are 10 chapters, each covering a valuable metal clay technique and written by a well known subject matter expert, in many cases the person who developed it. Tonya Davidson discusses the many uses of the metal clay syringe and how to hold it for maximum control when extruding the clay. Celie Fago explains how to create strong, perfectly aligned hinges from metal clay. Jennifer Kahn shares her technique for creating custom fit metal clay bezels for setting gemstone cabochons. And another seven of the world's top metal clay artists share their expertise on equally valuable techniques. Tim McCreight's excellent illustrations are extremely helpful.

Jewelry Making Projects and Tutorials

Beaded convertible eyeglasses leash / necklace designed, made and copyright 2014 Margaret Schindel, all rights reserved.
Beaded convertible eyeglasses leash / necklace designed, made and copyright 2014 Margaret Schindel, all rights reserved.

Beaded Convertible Eyeglasses Leash / Necklace Tutorial

Most eyeglass chains are boring, cheaply made, and/or trendy. I've never understood why people spend so much time, energy and money to select fashionable, well-made, flattering eyeglasses frames and then either don't use an eyeglasses leash (and then lose their expensive glasses) or buy one that's unworthy of the eyewear they're holding.

I prefer to think of an eyeglasses leash as a piece of jewelry and, of course, I design my own. I've also been commissioned to make numerous custom eyeglasses chains for clients, and as soon as I put one up for sale it gets snapped up in a flash.

Making a beaded eyeglasses chain is very similar to making a single-strand beaded necklace. The main difference is in the finishing of the ends, and making sure that the bead strand isn't too heavy and is fairly delicate at the ends. So if you're going to invest the time, effort and materials into designing a beautiful beaded strand, why not finish the ends so that you can wear it both as an eyeglasses leash AND as a beaded necklace, depending on the situation?

There are several ways to make a beaded eyeglasses chain that converts to a necklace. In fact, I once saw findings designed specifically for this purpose. My method is quick, easy and uses readily available jewelry findings,

Check out my step-by-step Beaded Convertible Eyeglasses Leash / Necklace Tutorial to learn exactly how to make these stunning and versatile two-in-one pieces of jewelry!

Queen of Hearts beaded drop earrings by Margaret Schindel
Queen of Hearts beaded drop earrings by Margaret Schindel

Romantic Queen of Hearts Earrings Project Tutorial

These Queen of Hearts Earrings are a sophisticated, fun and flirty design! The heart beads, high-contrast color palette, sparkling Swarovski crystal bead accents and jointed dangles make these drop earrings dazzling, dramatic, regal and romantic.

Best of all, they're quick and easy to make. My very detailed instructions, step-by-step photos and professional wire wrapping tips make these fancy drop earrings easy enough for a (slightly ambitious) beginner project, while the design is elegant enough for even experienced beaded jewelry makers to want to create.

These gorgeous earrings feel wonderful on! They also would make a memorable, cherished gift for someone special - your mother, wife, sister, best friend, girlfriend, fiancé, daughter, grandmother, daughter-in-law, etc.

Happy beading!

Romantic "Queen of Hearts" Earrings Project

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My Mom and Dad as newlyweds
My Mom and Dad as newlyweds | Source

I Got My Passion for Jewelry From My Mom and Dad

My mother adored wearing beautiful jewelry and eventually, when he could afford to, my father loved buying jewelry for her.

Dad used to give Mom a piece of gorgeous contemporary or antique jewelry for special occasions - their anniversary, Mom's birthday, Mother's Day, Christmas, etc.

Dad had exquisite taste and, with a bit of guidance from my older sister, he always picked out something truly memorable for Mom on those occasions. A delicate Victorian stick pin, a diamond and platinum brooch in the shape of a wreath, elegant gold earrings, and a bracelet of diamonds and sapphires set in white gold are just a few of the treasures he gave to my mother over the years.

We lived in Manhattan, and as a young girl nothing gave me more pleasure than to watch Mom come home from having her hair done, get dressed in a simple, elegant gown, and then pick out one or two special pieces from her jewelry collection to wear to the New York City Ballet, the symphony or the Metropolitan opera. My father wore a dark suit or, for the dressiest events, a formal black tux, and to me the two of them looked like royalty as they headed out to those special evenings out.

So in a sense, I inherited my love of jewelry from my parents.

Both Dad and Mom have passed away and my sister and I now own most of those beautiful pieces; they carry sentimental memories far more precious to us than the jewels themselves.

An antique diamond and platinum circle brooch with three diamond flowers; two of which are spinners. A gift from Dad to Mom that I subsequently inherited.
An antique diamond and platinum circle brooch with three diamond flowers; two of which are spinners. A gift from Dad to Mom that I subsequently inherited. | Source

How I Became a Jewelry Making Fool

When I was about 10 or 11 years old, my parents returned from a business trip to Italy with the most gorgeous handmade Venetian glass beads from Murano, Venice. It was love at first sight for me!

There were some loose Murano glass beads, but mostly they brought back complete necklaces. I was mesmerized as I watched Mom cut apart the strands and restring combinations of beads from different strands, mixing them with some less expensive glass beads including seed beads and bugle beads from the local crafts store, to create her own one-of-a-kind necklaces. She let me have a few of the Venetian glass beads along with some of the inexpensive glass beads and helped me make a necklace for myself. That's when I first fell in love with jewelry making.

It wasn't until I was in my forties that I finally decided to get serious about learning to make jewelry.The necklaces Mom had made with her Venetian glass beads from Murano when I was a girl had simply been strung on clear plastic fishing line, and most of them were opera length with no clasp. I realized that I would need a bit of basic instruction before I could start making "real" beaded jewelry. So I took a one-day adult education class in bead stringing, where I learned about different bead stringing materials, jewelry findings like crimps and clamshell bead tips, and different types of clasps, and how to use them to finish the ends of a beaded necklace or bracelet professionally. I also learned how to make beaded headpin dangles finished with wire loops and how to attach them to earring findings to make drop earrings. I had so much fun learning the basics that day and immediately started bead shopping!

One-of-a-kind coil bracelet with vintage and contemporary  glass beads and crystals.
One-of-a-kind coil bracelet with vintage and contemporary glass beads and crystals. | Source

When I remarried in 2000, my husband and I honeymooned in Italy and part of our trip involved learning how to make lampwork glass beads with renowned glass artist and teacher Kristina Logan in Tuscany. (How can you not love a man who agrees to study making lampwork glass beads with you during your honeymoon?) The experience was amazing and we both loved it! Our first lampworked glass beads may not have been all that good, but to us they were very sentimental mementos of our honeymoon. So when we got back home, I strung most of them into a long necklace, interspersed with silver Bali beads handcrafted in Indonesia. My husband and I still smile every time I wear it.

If you'd like to learn a bit more about our honeymoon adventure studying lampwork glass bead making in Italy with Kristina Logan or more about glass art and jewelry, check out my article on Lampwork Glass Beads, Collectible Art Glass and Blown Glass Art Installations.

The beaded necklace I created to display the first lampwork glass beads my husband and I ever made during our honeymoon in Italy.
The beaded necklace I created to display the first lampwork glass beads my husband and I ever made during our honeymoon in Italy. | Source

Collecting Vintage Beads and Jewelry Supplies - My Guilty Pleasure

I had been ogling vintage beads covetously for many years, and once I finished my one-day bead stringing class I finally could justify indulging in my long-awaited guilty pleasure: collecting vintage beads (including lampworked glass beads from Venice) as well as one-of-a-kind glass beads and pendants made by glass artists.

Over the years my bead collection - mostly vintage beads, vintage Swarovski crystals, artisan glass beads and Bali silver beads, as well as sterling silver and 14k gold-filled findings - has grown by leaps and bounds. Today I own literally thousands and thousands of beads, many of them quite rare - enough to fill a dozen large parts cases with removable compartments, each dedicated to a particular color range. I have so many beads in certain color families, such as blue and pink, that I store them in extra-deep cases. In fact, I love blue beads so much that I have two full double-depth cases of them, one for "true blue" beads - royal, navy, baby blue, etc. - and another for blue-green beads ranging from mint to aqua to turquoise to teal.

One of the parts storage cases I use for storing my beads and jewelry supplies, organized by color family
One of the parts storage cases I use for storing my beads and jewelry supplies, organized by color family | Source
Asymmetrical lace textured fine silver earrings; metal clay with lab gemstones and iridescent liver of sulfur patina.
Asymmetrical lace textured fine silver earrings; metal clay with lab gemstones and iridescent liver of sulfur patina. | Source

Metal Clay is my Passion!

In 2005 or 2006 I discovered a revolutionary jewelry making material that was to become an even greater addiction for me than beads: metal clay.

At that time the only metal clay formulas available were pure precious metal - fine silver clay (pure silver AKA 999 silver) and 24k gold clay. (Gold clay was reformulated later as a 22k gold clay, since 24k gold is much too soft a metal to be practical jewelry material for anything more than than small embellishments or as a thin decorative layer bonded to a stronger metal structure.) When I saw the incredible work that a small number of talented jewelry artists around the world were doing with this fairly new material using fairly simple construction techniques, many borrowed from the worlds of ceramic clay and even polymer clay, I was totally hooked. I had a burning desire to master metal clay, since it would open up a whole new world of possibilities in my jewelry designs. Here was a new form of precious metal that I could texture, mold, sculpt, carve - manipulate it in nearly any way I could think of - with just my hands and a few simple tools!

That's when I lost my heart to metal clay.

There were only two brands of metal clay at the time, Precious Metal Clay or PMC, and Art Clay, both of which offered pure silver and gold clay formulas. Since working with a malleable form of pure precious metal would mean learning a whole new set of jewelry making techniques with a much more expensive material than even very rare vintage beads, I decided to get a good technical foundation from a knowledgeable teeacher before exploring the uses of metal clay on my own. Luckily for me, my PMC certification class was taught by world-famous artist extraordinaire and metal clay pioneer Celie Fago, who has been my friend and my mentor for all things jewelry related, especially metal clay and polymer clay techniques ever since.

Since metal clay was such a relatively new material at the time, it was a bit like the Wild West for the small number of adventurous jewelry artists who were experimenting with it, trying to develop best practices, explore and push the boundaries of this unique form of metal, and share and communicate their experiences and findings. I set out to collect, consolidate and organize all the disparate and often conflicting information about working with metal clay and then ask the most experienced pioneers to help me sift through the contradictory statements and beliefs to help establish and share best practices. The new site Squidoo was coming out of beta testing and I realized that writing up and publishing my vetted research findings in a series of online articles there would be a perfect platform to share that information. It was also a perfect opportunity for me to "pay it forward" to the metal clay community for all the help and answers the metal clay pioneers and experts I spoke with provided so generously and patiently.

I've written and published 17 metal clay articles online so far, not counting the ones I've published in print publications. I could never have imagined that some of the most respected and talented artists, teachers and students around the globe would rely on them and recommend those articles to their students! My series of metal clay articles always has been and always will be a real labor of love and my gift to the metal clay and jewelry making community. They are chock full of valuable tips, techniques, and reliable information from some of the world's top metal clay artists and instructors, as well as some eye candy for inspiration. Enjoy!

© 2014 Margaret Schindel

What is your favorite piece of jewelry and why? - Did you make it, buy it, or receive it as a gift?

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      Margaret Schindel 19 months ago from Massachusetts

      @RTalloni, thanks so much for your wonderful comment. Have fun making jewelry with your three grand girls!

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      RTalloni 19 months ago from the short journey

      Neat information, and what a precious memory of your mother helping you make that necklace. I have enjoyed jewelry making in the past and expect to pick it up again since I have 3 grand girls now.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you, MarleneB! I'm so glad you enjoyed my story. I, too, love wearing solid color clothing with clean, simple lines and using them as a backdrop to set off my beaded necklaces. I appreciate your visit and your comment!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I really enjoyed your story and how you came to designing jewelry. My passion is beaded necklaces. I like wearing plain and simple clothes and then stating the look with a nicely beaded necklace.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Marlene, thank you so much for your kind words! I'm delighted that you enjoyed my stories about how I became a bead and jewelry lover and that you like my jewelry designs.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I go nuts over those stretch bracelets with the charms. I really enjoyed what you shared here - such beautiful work and the stories behind the jewelry were an added treat.

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      Sandra Rose 2 years ago from London

      Thanks for adding a link to my ring tutorial to your great lens, I am hoping to get into metal clay later in the year so I will definitely be stopping by and reading more of your lenses :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Ruthi: Ruthi dear, you are very, very welcome for your one-of-a-kind birthday earrings, my friend. I'm so happy that you are enjoying them, and that you also enjoyed reading about how I came to love jewelry and jewelry making. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Nancy Hardin: Nancy dear, thank you so much for your wonderful comments and support. I am deeply grateful for both!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Mary Crowther: Thanks very much, MareeT! I hope you enjoy my growing jewelry tutorials collection. More coming soon! :D

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I loved reading from whence your love of jewlry making came! And again, I thank you--I am honored to have received the gift of your lovely heart earrings.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Back once again to look at this amazing lens. Such beautiful work is to be admired frequently. Anyway, I have a star brooch made of rhinestones that my mother wore, and when she passed it was left to me. I've worn it a few times. I have photos of both my mother and me wearing it. It's a treasure that I will never part with until I'm gone. This is a beautiful work dear lady, and anyone who likes jewelry couldn't help but to be fascinated with it.

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      Mary Crowther 3 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Fabulous! I have started collecting beads myself and soon will be checking out your tutorials.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Heidi Vincent: Thanks so much for your kind compliments! Much appreciated. :)

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      Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      I enjoy bead weaving as a hobby. I have sold a few pieces, but for now I need a hobby outlet. So, I just do it for fun now. A lot of work went into your first introductory lens. Great job.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on your new role as the 'Bangles, Baubles & Beads' Contributor, MSchindel! I see that you're well qualified for the role based on your lovely creations :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Tricia Deed: Thanks for your lovely comment! I hope some of my jewelry making projects and tutorials will entice you to give them a try. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @earthybirthymum: Thanks very much, Grace! I look forward to sharing my passion for jewelry making with you. :)

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      earthybirthymum 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are very talented! Im looking forward to reading your lenses.

      Cheers

      Grace

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @favored: Thank you so much, Fay dear! I'm deeply touched by your very kind words, my friend.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      My wedding rings. You were the obvious choice here. Your work is so unique and lovely. It's fastinating to see the final results of each piece you create. Congratulations.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Seasons Greetings: Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment, thatgrrl! If you're interested in learning more about jewelry making, even just learning how to finish the ends of your bead strands more professionally, I hope you'll subscribe to my new Jewelry Making Techniques blog or follow me on social media. I plan to do more articles geared toward beginning jewelry makers and would be happy to help you with any questions you have! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @CherylsArt: That's wonderful! My husband and I picked out my engagement ring together and then co-designed a wedding band to fit next to it.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @kislanyk: Marika, thank you so much for your wonderful comments! You make such gorgeous jewelry and it's my pleasure to feature one of my favorite tutorials of yours on Squidoo. :)

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      Laura Brown 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You've done a great job with your intro post. Quite a lot for others to follow as they write their own Squidoo Contributor introductions. My jewellery making is at the level of stringing beads and tying up the ends so they don't fall off. But, I love rhinestones and polished rocks. I have a stone inside a woven silver string creation which I bought from a Wiccan shop. The stone is jasper, a reddish colour which I love. Best wishes as a Contributor!

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      My favorite piece of jewelry is my wedding band, because we both picked them out.

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      Marika 3 years ago from Cyprus

      Thank you Margaret for featuring my wire wrapping a pendant tutorial, really appreciate it! Love your new contributor bio page, I knew you're making jewelry (especially metal clay - been seeing you around in the Metal Clay Europe FB group too), but I've learned so much now about you by reading this bio! Love your jewelry too, btw!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Brite-Ideas: Barbara, thank you so much for your wonderful words! I'm really honored that you would want to wear my jewelry, especially since you're not a "jewelry person". And I'm very grateful for all your support and encouragement. You're a gem in your own right! :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Margaret, your talent is quite a gift. All of these pieces are stunning! I was just going through each of the pieces to see which I could say was my favorite, but honestly I think they're all wonderful and special in their own way (I would wear everyone of them, and yet I'm not a person for jewelry - I rarely wear it). I can understand the sentimental value it carries from your Mom and Dad as well- they look so lovely. Congratulations Margaret on your appointment to this area by Squidoo!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @DreyaB: Hi Dreya, many thanks for your kind congratulations! There's never a bad time to give or receive lovely sentiments. ;) I'll look forward to seeing your earrings and your future jewelry projects. Once you get bitten by the jewelry making bug, the excitement never ends. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @masunyoananda: Nalini dear, what a pleasure to see your smiling face here! :) I, too, fell in love with my wedding and engagement rings at first sight and never take them off except when I am working with materials like metal clay or polymer clay that could get stuck in the filigree. My husband and I picked out the engagement ring together and designed a matching custom wedding band. And, of course, the real value of our wedding rings is the love and commitment they represent. :) Thank you so much for your very kind words, my dear!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @Margaret Schindel: Thanks so much. I got so excited I didn't congratulate you on your new role here and your purple star - what a Squidoo sin! If I ever get around to taking photos of things again I'll let you have a look at the earrings. I too have favourite pieces that once belonged to Mum or other family members, but I've had some amazing pieces bought for me, (and by me)! As you might be able to tell, I'm still very excited... :0)

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      masunyoananda 3 years ago

      My favorite jewelry is my wedding ring made of gold and diamond. Since the first time I've worn it, it has never been taken out. Your bio is really amazing and thanks a lot for sharing the same to us. Congrats dear...:)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Nancy Hardin: Thanks so much, Nancy dear! I'm very excited about this new role on Squidoo. :)

      I, too, have some special pieces of costume jewelry that were my mother's. Like you, I treasure and I wouldn't trade them for the world. I've always thought that the real value of anything is more subjective than intrinsic. It's not only the materials that determine the value but also the artistry, craftsmanship, and most of all, the feelings and memories that it evokes that make us treasure a piece. That pin is filled with special memories for you, and that makes it very valuable indeed! Thank you for sharing it.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @DreyaB: Hi Dreya, thanks so much for your wonderful comment! Sounds like your first pair of earrings turned out great! I'd love to see them. As I suspect you've already discovered, jewelry making can be quite addictive! I hope you'll find my blog to be helpful. It's brand new but I've got big plans for it. :)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      My favorite piece is a star made of rhinestones that my mother wore when I was young. I now have it, and I have worn it on certain occasions like Christmas. She had it from back in the 50s, and I know it's not valuable, but it is to me. Congratulations on being Bangles, Baubles and Beads contributor on Squidoo. You're the perfect choice! :-D

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      Hi Margaret, this is all very exciting for me as I got a basic, making beaded jewellery kit for Christmas. I really wanted to learn how to make earrings, so my current favourite piece of jewellery are the sage-green pearl, drop earrings I recently made - my first pair I ever made! I'd love to learn more and am currently waiting for more beads and findings to turn up in the post. I'd love to join in but time is always against me at the moment, but I've signed up for your blog! :0) You creations look fantastic!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @MelanieKaren: Wow, what a fabulous compliment! Thanks so much for making my day, melaniekaren! :D

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      Melanie Wilcox 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      -thought I had already "liked" this one? Oh well, -made sure I hit the darn button now! :D You know how I feel about your work. Their couldn't be a better person for this niche!!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Magda2012: Thanks so much, Magda! I've got a lot of great tutorials planned that I hope you'll enjoy.

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      Magda2012 3 years ago

      Congratulations on your new role. Beautiful jewelry! I have to learn a lot from you.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @David Stone1: Hi Dave, so nice to see you here! Not everyone is into personal adornment. Viewing it as an art form rather than as a sartorial accessory can change one's appreciation of it. For those of us who design and create it, that dual role is part of what we take pleasure in. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Corrinna-Johnson: Thank you so much for your extremely kind words, Corrinna! It's going to be an exciting challenge. :)

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      I really don't have one, and although several jewelers are my friends, I confess that I just don't get it. But having worked in open air markets, I've been amazed at how many people do. Jewelry is so popular, it threatens to steal the show.

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      Very beautiful jewelry! You are perfect for this role and I look forward to following your contributions.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you so much for your truly wonderful words, Diana! I am thrilled to be cultivating this new niche on Squidoo and to be one of the pioneering Squidoo Contributors along with you and many other wonderful writers and subject matter experts here. Looking forward with pleasure to following your Home Renovator niche! :)

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      We are so fortunate to have you in this new role. What a perfect fit. I loved what I learned about you and your love for jewelry making here. What a great bio. You are launched! Congrats!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @flycatcherrr: Thanks so much for the lovely compliment, flycatcher! I think it's going to be great fun, too. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @sousababy: Thank you so much for that, Rose dear! It means a lot to me. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Sylvestermouse: Thanks SO much for your lovely comment, Cynthia! You're a peach. :)

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      flycatcherrr 3 years ago

      Love to fill my eyes with these colourful and creative things - this is going to be great fun! You sound the ideal person to handle the Bangles, Baubles and Beads.

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      Your expertise and passion certainly shine through - you are the perfect fit for this role. Congrats!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      Your jewelry is so beautiful and I already know I am going to enjoy seeing all of the additions here! Totally awesome!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @ColettaTeske: Thanks so much, Coletta! I really appreciate your very kind words. I'm just thrilled to be the Bangles, Baubles and Beads contributor on Squidoo! :)

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      ColettaTeske 3 years ago

      Awesome jewelry, Margaret! I love your work. Congratulations on being the Bangles, Baubles and Beads contributor.

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