Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Copper Electroformed on Polymer Clay Jewelry by Annie Laura Handmade

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Copper is an incredibly versatile metal especially for jewelry making. Bonus, it is also inexpensive unlike some of the other precious metals.  You can use wire and sheets.  You can also etch it or as in the case of Annie Laura Handmade, deposit the metal on polymer clay via electroforming. See all her marvelous designs on her Instagram.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway : Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry

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Paper quilling is an old art. Thin strips of paper from the gilded edges of books were used in the Renaissance to decorate book covers and other religious items. The craft has become very popular of late. It is not hard to see why. Paper is inexpensive and quilling results in lovely intricate patterns reminiscent of fine metal filigree jewelry (see this featured designer) without having to solder wire!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

3 Wire Wrapping Crystal Point Pendants Tutorials

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Crystal point pendants are popular. However, they often do not have holes so some sort of "cap" is needed. Here are 3 wire wrapping crystal pendant tutorials to inspire. They vary in style and easy of making. Pick the one you fancy most! They make great gifts.  The first one is by Aubrey Bouck. It is in two parts - Part 1 and Part 2

Saturday, October 14, 2017

How to Make a Polymer Clay String Art Pendant

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Remember string art?  That was popular a while ago. But you can incorporate this retro craft in modern designs.  Donna Herron has an unusual tutorial where she added a little string art onto her textured polymer clay pendant.

Friday, October 13, 2017

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Fidget Pendant Tutorial

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Got the fidgets?  Or know someone who is fidgety?  Then you have to check out this clever wire wrapped fidget pendant tutorial by Emily van Leemput.  She is a Dutch industrial design student at the Eindhoven University of Technology in Amsterdam.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

How to Work with Large Hole Beads

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Pandora style beads and lamp work beads have large holes. These are great if you are inserting thick cord or chain through them. But if you don't, you'll need one of these 7 tips from Mylene Hillam of Mill Lane Studio to work with large hole beads in jewelry designs.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Easy Caged Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorial

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I have featured some of Gloria's (Domestic Diva Online) wire work tutorials before (see links below). They are relatively easy to do and at the same delivers a contemporary touch.  Her faux amber caged wire wrapped pendant tutorial can be used with many drilled gemstone nuggets.  I like how she wire wraps her bead sideways.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Winner of the Mastering Wirework Jewelry Book Giveaway

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Wire work is always a popular technique. But when a masterclass book comes out, interest soars. So it was the case with last week's giveaway of Rachel Norris' book. It is one of the most outstanding wire jewelry project books I have seen for a long while. And many of you agreed. Aims said, "What got me with your review Pearl was that the book is over 300 pages long and it's for 15 projects? Wow! Each project must have extremely detailed instructions (and templates too? Oh my!)!"