Bead.TV has had a makeover! The great new-look online TV channel now makes it even easier to watch great projects and learn new techniques. It's easier to navigate with a helpful search function, you can quickly locate a film by skill level, project type or presenter. There's new channels too including Polymer Clay and Holiday Projects.
The Favourites area allows you to save your favourite films, letting you come back and watch them again at the click of a button! All the films are also categorised by skill level, making it possible to see at a glance if it's one for you.We love it and hope you do too!
The new format also looks brilliant on the iPad! As well as a new site we also have a brand spanking new studio! Although you may not notice anything different from the films, we've moved our UK studio and now have much more space for making our bead and other hobby related films. We're also working on bringing you more close-ups so you can really get in on the action and see all those tiny beads in minute detail.
Jennifer Airs was one of the first of our presenters to grace the new studio. She came in yesterday armed with plenty of bezelled cabochons, and has filmed four new series. Look out for these coming soon, these films follow the Cabochon Crazy Series as seen in Bead.
Yvonne Horracks visited us too, bringing with her some stunning advanced beadweaving projects. We've also had Diana Casey and Tine Donahue back into the US studio for more great projects including Diana's gorgeous Vintage Heart pendant which uses basic soldering techniques.
Jema Hewitt came in to visit, dressed in all her Steampunk finery. She filmed two unique Steampunk mixed media projects. These will be available really soon!
Take a look around and explore the new site, don't forget you can get in touch with us here at Bead.TV if you have any concerns or feedback. We love to see pictures of your makes inspired by Bead.TV - you can email them to me or post them on the Bead Facebook page.
If you're not already a subscriber check out the great free films on the site, and get making! For a limited time only we're offering a fabulous free gift too when you subscribe for the year. Visit www.bead.tv to see the exciting new changes.
Apologies, we’ve been quiet on the blog front here lately, but we’ve been busy busy here at Bead magazine and Bead.TV!
I’m currently hard at work on Issue 36 which has an Oriental theme. If you saw the teaser in the last issue you’ll have seen the brilliant PMC origami crane which we will be featuring. I’ve been up to my elbows in origami diagrams but was very pleased to successfully create this one! (He’s a little wonky but practice makes perfect, so I think I’m going to make a few more before attempting it with PMC). Look out for this project in the next issue!
I was lucky enough to sneak off on holiday for two whole weeks. I went out to visit family in America, and experience my first Thanksgiving. I also managed to squeeze in some bead shopping which was excellent fun. I of course spent too much (don’t we always) and found some gorgeous custom coated Swarovski Rivolis, which are tricky to come by in the UK. Hurrah! Can’t wait to do some designing with these.
I also visited the World of Coca Cola whilst in Atlanta, and found this giant hand-beaded bottle from South America, which was amazing! It’s hard to tell from the photo but it’s about 8ft tall.
In my absence the lovely Yvonne Horracks came into the Bead.TV studio to film some wonderful new advanced beadweaving programmes, with a bit of Christmas zing to them, so look out for them coming very soon!
Talking of Christmas, it seems to come earlier and earlier each year I’m sure of it, every year catching me by surprise! I have yet to start my Christmas shopping let alone my Christmas makes! Oh dear! I really must get started. If like me you are starting to panic there are some lovely present ideas in Issue 35 including Sue Graham’s Sparkle Set and Liz Thornton’s Crystal Shapes Pendant.
If you are super organised and all set for Christmas, (like my colleague who enjoys reminding me at least twice a day that she has finished and wrapped all her presents) why not enjoy the rest of the festive season by adding some personal touches to your tree with handmade ornaments. We have plenty for you to choose from, whether it’s Julissa Case’s unusual natural seed bauble in the latest issue, Lynn Firth’s stunning sparkler in Issue 34 or even one of our golden oldies. All of these are now available as digital downloads from www.beadprojects2go.com handily organised into the Holiday Projects category!
I’m off home to put up my Christmas tree hurrah! Have a lovely beady weekend, and I solemnly swear to crack on with my Christmas makes…just as soon as I’ve decorated the tree…
x Chloe x
PS We have some VERY exciting news coming soon to Bead.TV so keep your eyes peeled!