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KRISTAL: Hi, Kristal Wick here with Artbeads Cafe and I have Cynthia with me to talk about
some really fun things for you guys, all of our beady and ready peeps. So Cynthia, one
of the things that I know is really popular right now that I'd love for you to show me
a little bit is leather. What are we doing with leather these days? It seems to be really
popular. CYNTHIA: Yes, it is really popular and I have
to tell you the truth, I love working with leather. I think they're very fun in bracelets
and there's so much you can do with them. So I want to start with is the flat leather
that we introduced this week. KRISTAL: Oh, so that's the flat leather. Oh,
ok. CYNTHIA: And it comes in different colors.
We have a bunch of different colors and what I love with them is that I was able to use
the TierraCast spacers. KRISTAL: Oh look at those.
CYNTHIA: Aren't' they cute? KRISTAL: Yes, I love the TierraCast spacers.
CYNTHIA: Yes and then the Clay River ceramic beads, I think they go very well with those
little flat leather. And then of course we have our beautiful slider.
KRISTAL: Nice. Oh that's really pretty. CYNTHIA: I love also working with the big
leather from Regaliz. KRISTAL: Regaliz. Now what does Regaliz mean?
I know it has a meaning. CYNTHIA: Right, well in French we way re-galiz--
KRISTAL: re-galiz . CYNTHIA: And re-galiz is actually licorice
KRISTAL: Licorice. 'Cause it does look good enough to eat, does it not? So show me your
licorice bracelets (laughs). CYNTHIA: (laughs), very funny! So the Regaliz,
what I love in them is you have, we have, so many colors of different ceramic beads
that we can use. KRISTAL: Great, great.
CYNTHIA: We have some great sliders and I love this one. You have a gemstone in the
middle and then silver. KRISTAL: Oh that is really pretty. Look at
that one. CYNTHIA: And this time I used those little
elastic rings. KRISTAL: Oh.
CYNTHIA: So normally they give you color in your bracelet, but also they keep together
your beads from sliding. KRISTAL: Oh, so they're like dual purpose
like a bead slider and beautiful color. CYNTHIA: Exactly and on this one I played
with the colors. KRISTAL: I like that and it looks like they
have magnetic clasps which everybody loves. CYNTHIA: Yes, yes. And to glue the magnetic
clasp to the leather I just used this glue, The Super Glue.
KRISTAL: The super Glue, ok. CYNTHIA: And it's so easy, you just take your
clasp and put some glue in it and push your piece of leather and it's done.
KRISTAL: So how do you cut the leather? CYNTHIA: Well, we have those beautiful shears
here and they cut like buttah. KRISTAL: Buttah! They cut like buttah (laughs).
I like it. I like it! Ok. CYNTHIA: Because I like to work with leather
so much I try to do different things. And on this one I used metallic leather and it
works so well with Lassero. KRISTAL: That's my favorite. So this one's
got metallic leather in there which looks really thin.
CYNTHIA: Exactly and the only thing I did was putting knots in between.
KRISTAL: Oh, so you knotted between the beads? CYNTHIA: Yes.
KRISTAL: Wow, ok, I never would have thought to do that.
CYNTHIA: But you can also do a multi-strand with leather.
KRISTAL: Look at multi-strands! CYNTHIA: Like this one. And, I use again the
ceramic beads with some TierraCast. KRISTAL: It looks like some TierraCast thrown
in there. Oh, it's beautiful! CYNTHIA: Love those little spacers because
you can crimp them. And again it stops the beads from sliding.
KRISTAL: So you're actually crimping these little spacers.
CYNTHIA: Yes. KRISTAL: I did not even know you could do
that. CYNTHIA: Yes.
KRISTAL: Oh I love it! CYNTHIA: This is great. And here I used some
African beads. The hole is big enough that you can put a piece of leather.
KRISTAL: Really? Those are really colorful. CYNTHIA: So as you can see I cannot stop creating
with leather. KRISTAL: Nor should you!
CYNTHIA: (Laughs) KRISTAL: That's great! So, can I put my order
in right now because I would like one of those, and one of those, and one of these... (laughs)
CYNTHIA: (Laughs) Ok. KRISTAL: Well thanks Cynthia for sharing your
leather knowledge with us. CYNTHIA: You're welcome.
KRISTAL: So Cynthia, one of the things I'd really like to share with our beaders and
yourself as well are Kristal Wick's Picks. So it's where I pick out some of my favorite
things and I share them with everyone. And right now I've gotta share the Swarovski Mini
Beads. Oh my goodness! I am in love with these babies. First of all they're tiny, they're
little mini versions, and they have the beautiful, beautiful facets and the colors of Swarovski
which we love, right? I've used a lot of different piles in here to show you the variations of
the colors and the facets which are SO cute and then you made a couple samples here using
Jill Mackay's bead frames right? CYNTHIA: Yes.
KRISTAL: Now tell me about that. CYNTHIA: Well, first off, I really love those
bead frames. KRISTAL: So do I.
CYNTHIA: I think they're very intricate, very beautiful. But what I found out is those Mini
Beads, they fit perfectly inside. KRISTAL: Oh, right in the middle.
CYNTHIA: Exactly. KRISTAL: Look at that! Who would have thought--well,
leave it to Cynthia. This is why you're a designer extraordinaire, of course. And then
over here it looks like a multi-strand with Mini Beads. Of course the Swarovski--beautiful
bicones--as well as the mini beads, and you pulled it together in this beautiful necklace.
So, again, I just wanted to share Kristal Wick's Picks: Swarovski mini beads. Can't
have too many, that's what I've got to say about those.
KRISTAL: Oh, great! So now Cynthia, we've got a question. And the question is from Ray
in Colorado and Ray asks, "How do you measure leather correctly for a bracelet?" And I thought
you might the good one to ask about this because you've been measuring leather right and left,
right? So, any tips, any answers, what can we tell Ray?
CYNTHIA: Well the first tip will be when you cut your leather, you really have to think
about your claps first. And we have the magnetic clasps have different sizes. We have some
that are really small but we have this one which is about an inch and a half.
KRISTAL: That's long. CYNTHIA: So it's pretty big but you have to
think about that. And then if you add spacers and beads on your leather you have to add
an inch more because they will take space. KRISTAL: Good to know, because I wouldn't
think of that, right? As you're cutting your leather, if you think you're a 7 1/2 bracelet
you would think to cut 7 1/2, but what your saying is to add the length of the clasp to
make sure and then even add more if you're going to be adding some beads.
CYNTHIA: Exactly and before I glue that clasp also, I try it several times on my wrist.
'Cause when you glue it's glued. KRISTAL: It's a done deal. Ok. And when you
measure it wrong, what happens? CYNTHIA: Well what happens is the mistake
that I just made. KRISTAL: (laughs) We all do, we all do, but
I just want you to share it. (laughs) CYNTHIA: And I have to say I was so excited
to make this little flat-- KRISTAL: It's adorable!
CYNTHIA: It is it is, but I didn't really measure correctly, I didn't try it on my wrist
several times like I did for those and then when I finished it and put it on it didn't
fit. And I thought my daughter could wear it but it doesn't even fit my daughter's wrist.
KRISTAL: Yeah and I would say I'd try it on my dogs but I don't think it's gonna fit them
either. CYNTHIA: (laughs)
KRISTAL: So, lesson learned. What do they say in the quilting world? Measure twice,
cut once. (laughs) Maybe we need to do that in the beading world. I think it might be
a good thing to do. Well Cynthia, thanks for sharing your information.
CYNTHIA: You're welcome. KRISTAL: How much fun is this? And so we are
really excited to have you join us here at Artbeads Cafe and if you have questions for
us, please feel free to let us know at Artbeads.com.