Heather Boyd

Heather Boyd has been making custom wire jewelry in Montréal, Canada for over 20 years. She has a Fine Art Degree from the University of Guelph and has work experience in clothing and graphic design. Heather has taught craft and jewellery making in daycares, schools, libraries and art galleries. Heather enjoys creating craft projects based on themes and/or using recycled materials. Her custom wire jewellery, wedding cake toppers and mixed media art can be seen on her website.

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Fun & Easy Beading Projects by Heather Boyd
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You can craft a miniature version of just about anything with a handful of beads and some wire. Get the creative juices flowing and craft 11 unique pieces of beadwork in this course from custom jewelry maker Heather Boyd. Start with basic shapes for pendants and keychains—like flowers, hearts, and peace signs—and work your way towards more complex shapes—like spiders and musical notation. Each lesson includes links to all of the basic materials you’ll need.
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Heather Boyd has been making custom wire jewelry in Montréal, Canada for over 20 years. She has a Fine Art Degree from the University of Guelph and has work experience in clothing and graphic design. Heather has taught craft and jewellery making in daycares, schools, libraries and art galleries. Heather enjoys creating craft projects based on themes and/or using recycled materials. Her custom wire jewellery, wedding cake toppers and mixed media art can be seen on her website.

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Spring into springtime arts and crafts! Heather Boyd Wire teaches you how to make a delightful floral beaded daisy that can be used to create a pair of earrings or can serve as a necklace pendant. All you'll need is artistic wire, flat pliers, clippers, and seven round beads, one of a contrasting color. These pendants are easy to make and extremely cute, so they are a great beginner craft project.

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Take your beading to the next level! Make a necklace by wrapping a series of beads around one another to create a single multi-bead pendant. Follow along with Heather as she teaches you to string seed beads and larger beads onto a wire, and then wrap them around a bamboo skewer to make an artful clump - this will become your pendant! Use this pendant to create a custom necklace using a chain or plated wire of your choice!

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Create a flower that will never go out of season! Make a beaded flower pendant with an elegant pearl center. The latest in her series of beaded pendants, Heather Boyd Wire teaches you how to make this petaled flower by manipulating about fifteen inches of wire and stringing it with beads. Hang the pendant from a plain cord, and this flower will make for a delightful springtime accessory.

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You'll be the star of the show once you've made this beaded star pendant! Heather Boyd Wire reveals the secret to another darling beaded shape, this one a star made out of wire and sea beads. You can create a small version that can serve as the pendant for a necklace, or scale it up and use it as a Christmas tree (or other non-denominational holiday) ornament!

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In this quick-and-easy DIY project from Heather Boyd Wire, learn how to make a beaded heart pendant or ornament to gift to a loved one for Valentine's Day (or any day!). Make this cute heart pendant in just a few minutes with wire and beads. Use any kind of bead, small or big, and choose your own beading pattern. This wire technique can be used to make small hearts, too, for earrings, or large hearts for decorative ornaments.

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Great project to make a peace sign pendant for hippy themed parties, Halloween or everyday wear. Very easy to make with seed beads and wire. Great project to do with kids and teens.

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Your friends will be all aflutter about the beaded butterfly pendant you made! You just need wire and beads to create this cute and simple ornament. Heather Boyd Wire shows you how to make the wings, body, head, and antennae. These pendants would be great on necklaces, or string them up with fishing line and hang them up around the house and the garden!

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Feeling crafty? How about designing a beautiful beaded dragonfly pendant, complete with wings? Heather Boyd Wire shows you how to make this simple but lovely little bug. While the head and body are made of beads and wire, the wings can be made out of all kind of materials, from fabric to ribbon to recycled plastic! Wear it as a necklace or hang it in your garden to add a little elegance to the insect population of your yard.

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Looking for the perfect DIY bridal shower gift? This heart-shaped wedding cake topper radiates elegance. All you need are wire, beads, and about 10 minutes! Cookie cutter bride-and-groom wedding cake toppers are a little behind the times. This heart-shaped DIY piece is a modern take that will be appropriate for any wedding; it’s easy, gorgeous, and straight from the heart.

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Learn how to make a DIY beaded spider decoration! Whether you want to make your own Halloween decorations or you’re simply a fan of arachnids, this project from custom jeweler Heather Boyd yields the perfect ornament for your needs. As a bonus, get some tips and tricks for finding affordable beads and saving time while beading.

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Create a cute little beaded guy to put on a keychain or necklace. Great craft for summer camps, birthday parties, cottage activites and rainy days.

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Need an original gift for someone musical in your life? Heather Boyd Wire teaches you how to make a beaded treble clef by stringing a wire with beads and then manipulating it into the right shape. This treble clef can be made to match any color scheme and could be used as a necklace pendant, a hanging ornament, or even scaled down in size to create particularly melodic earrings!

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Want to get your homemade pendant necklace to hang in just the right place? Heather Boyd Wire teaches you how to make an adjustable necklace cord that can be altered to suit your fancy. You'll just need a waxed cotton cord, 2 end cap springs, your necklace pendant, and a pair of pliers. This cord is simple to make, simple to adjust, and simple to wear!

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Would you like to be glamorous, unique, and also slightly... well, hungry? In this lesson, Heather Boyd Wire teaches you how to make earrings that look like sushi rolls. All you'll need are squares of black and white felt, a few strips of colored felt for your filling, wire, and some beads. These adorable earrings are easy to make when you follow these straightforward instructions.

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Make your very own winter wonderland that can dangle from your earlobes come the holiday season! Heather Boyd Wire teaches you how to make cute beaded snowman earrings, complete with arms and top hat. All you'll need is wire, a head pin, beads, an earring hook, fun foam, pliers, and scissors. These earrings are easy to create and make great holiday gifts for friends and family.

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Let your creativity flow while you craft beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces! Don't stop at designing a piece made from store-bought materials--instead, learn how to make custom fabric beads! This lesson from Heather Boyd Wire begins with selecting the materials for making your beads: fabric, fancy thread or wool, and seed beads. Then, Heather demonstrates how to roll each bead, and secure the fabric and yarn with wire. In a matter of minutes, you’ll have a unique and beautiful pendant.

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Make your own mini hat fascinator and decorate it to fit any occasion. Attached photo shows a festive purple Spring themed hat. Instructions in the video show how to make a funky red hat. Inspired by the ladies of the Red Hat Society! Gather up all kinds of craft supplies to decorate your hat: feathers, beads, garland, buttons, fun foam cut-outs, wooden ladybugs, pipecleaners, fabric or plastic flowers, etc.

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Do you like to make tiny works of art? This DIY lesson from Heather Boyd shows you how to make a mini easel out of recycled clothespins, wire, popsicle sticks, and glue. Your finished product can hold miniature paintings, photos, or even business cards. And it’s perfect as a gift for teachers and artists!

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In need of a Bar Mitzvah gift or decorative Hanukkah ornament? This DIY lesson from Heather Boyd shows you how to make a festive Star of David pendant. In a few simple steps, you can shape your own star and use it as an earring, pendant, ornament—whatever you’d like! This project is perfect for all ages.

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In this DIY lesson from Heather Boyd, learn how to use a wooden bead and pipe cleaners—the holy grail of kids’ crafting supplies—to make a colorful spider. You can get all of your materials at a crafting or department store or salvage them from around the house. The finished product is perfect as a Halloween decoration or a trinket that sits on your shelf all year round.

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Repurpose old and unused clothing from the back of your closet! This DIY lesson from Heather Boyd shows you how to make an apron from a men’s button-up shirt, from creating the basic shape to sewing the edges for a finished look. Keep the collar for style and decorate it with the materials of your choice. You’ll need pins, scissors, a sewing machine, and a fasturn.

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Create a cute turban-style hair towel out of an old beach towel following the easy steps in this lesson. This very easy sewing project is a great way to recycle materials - and no pattern is needed. A perfect gift (and affordable!) for the woman or teenage girl in your life - this towel can be custom made with your choice of color or pattern. Try using it in the sauna, while applying make-up or after taking a shower or bath. Fun beach item and great DIY project!

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Get crafty this St. Patrick’s Day and learn to make your own miniature top hat that’s reminiscent of a leprechaun’s! You’ll simply need some household items and a few crafting supplies, such as hot glue and fun foam, to put this cute and festive do-it-yourself hat together. Decorate your hat with leftover mardi gras beads, a shamrock, and of course, plenty of green!

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Enjoy the flavor of baklava for breakfast! Feast in the Middle East combines the healthy features of a California granola with the honey, nuts, and spices of your favorite Middle Eastern dessert. Toss heart-healthy old fashioned oats with pistachios and your favorite nuts and bring it together with traditional baklava flavors such as honey and cinnamon. It's so easy! Layer with yogurt and fruit for a healthy breakfast parfait.

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Learn how to bead a necklace with this jewelry making tutorial. This lesson teaches you which tools you'll need, how to create your own necklace design, and how to successfully complete your beading project. Take what you've learned here to design your own handmade bracelet and necklace set!

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Who says sweatpants are a fashion faux pas? This lesson demonstrates six ways to add some pizazz to your favorite pair of sweatpants. Add an off-the-shoulder tee for a fun, flirty look, or cozy up with a chunky circle scarf on cold days. These are great tips to add some style to your workout clothes or to make your favorite indoor sweats fit for going out. Style, meet comfort.

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Face painting can add excitement and drama to any party or festival, for children and adults alike! If you are new to face painting though, you might be intimidated by the fact that the whole face becomes a blank canvas—so start with the basics, and learn how quickly and easily you can paint a butterfly! This lesson will teach you the basics of paint placement, how to use a rainbow cake for the bulk of the design, and finally how to embellish your design using simple lines, dots, and glitter.

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Crocheting provides a great way to combine form and function. Next holiday season, give potholders a break and crochet chunky cowls instead! This fashionable accessory is not only a beautiful addition to any outfit, but will keep your or your loved ones warm in cold winter weather. As this lesson from Yarn Obsession proves, chunky cowls are totally easy to make! All you need is a skein of chunky yarn, a N hook, and mastery of the single and double crochets.

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It's summertime, and the living is easy... and the fruit is ripe! So why not add some fresh fruit and herbs to your mixed drinks? Joe, a Curious.com employee, teaches you the recipe for a basic (and adaptable- any juice will do) lemon and mint cocktail. This lesson includes instructions for creating homemade simple syrup, as well as a non-alcoholic alternative version of this delicious minty-fresh beverage. This drink is perfect for a hot day or a hot party.

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You've created your Curious video lesson, sharing your knowledge with the camera. Now it's time to share your lesson with the world! Learn how to use the Curious LessonBuilder to: break your lesson up into easily digestible sections; name your lesson and sections; create exercises to quiz your students on key points; add attachments to provide helpful external materials for your students; preview your lesson; and publish it live on Curious.com!

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What's causing your poor posture? Is it laziness? Respiratory issues? An inflexible spine? A neck that's not in proper alignment? In this lesson, neuromuscular therapist Holistic Sam explains the condition excessive thoracic kyphosis, addressing both its causes and its potential treatments. There may be exercises that can help with your posture and back pain!

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Are you stuck at a desk all day? Sit up straight! In this lesson from neuromuscular therapist Holistic Sam, learn how to improve your sitting posture over time. See how to correct the curvature of your lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine, and how to shift your pelvis to help the arch of your lower back. Set a timer and make these corrections every hour, and gradually you'll find that good posture is easier, your back is stronger, and sitting is more comfortable.

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If you are skilled at teaching and have knowledge that you want to share, learn how to educate others by making the best lesson possible! This lesson from Curious Teacher Support is designed to help you grasp the fundamentals of shooting a lesson, from how to light your filming environment (no matter where it is), to recording the highest quality audio possible, to how to frame your shots for maximum impact. We know you’ve got something to say, so say it well with a quality lesson.

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Everything's coming up roses when you make these gorgeous crêpe ribbon flowers! Part one of two, this lesson from craft addict Erin Bassett teaches you how to fold, sew, and paint your ribbon. Select a patterned crêpe ribbon that is thin, flexible, and delicate, then fold and sew the ribbon into a circle with needle and thread to create your flower’s petals. Paint the ribbon's edges, and then spray your whole flower with glitter mist and add color accents.

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Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it can be tough to make time for a healthy meal. To the rescue - this easy recipe for overnight no-cook oatmeal! Featuring yogurt, milk, oats, and your choice of toppings, this simple recipe comes together in minutes and can be taken on-the-go for breakfast, brunch, or a snack.

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Great video. Very clear and informative!

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Great lesson! I made a light box something like this to do close-up photography. Haven't tried it for video yet!

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Great advice. I'll try to remember when I am making my jewellery!

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Make your own winter wonderland snowman earrings!

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I enjoyed creating this interactive video!

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Great craft for summer camps and birthday parties!

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This looks amazing! I just bought granola yesterday to put over apples to make a microwave apple crisp, but next time I'll make my own!

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