Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Isn't it frustrating not to win giveaways? The one last week by Yoola Design was so popular that Yael has generously decided to give away a free PDF tutorial for a basic tube (pictured) to those who actually commented. A wonderful consolation prize to many of you!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I've featured some pretty nifty bead businesses before but Bananas4Beading is one of the coolest. The business is run by an English and Czech couple, Keith and Simi, who do personalized bead tours for beadaholics keen on going to the source of their favorite Czech beads! A trip of a lifetime!
Monday, July 21, 2014
Both Yael and I were delighted with the numerous comments for last week's giveaway for her Wire Knit Crochet Flower Earrings kit and tutorial giveaway. Many thanks! So many of you were impressed with her designs.
Got a fabric stash you need to whittle down? Check out this cute hair bow style bracelet tutorial by Meream over on the Bored and Crafty blog. They are really pretty if you make them dainty as she did. Her final modeled picture shows the scale.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Shells are wonderful for making jewelry. They could be those you collect from the seaside or bought ones. Here are a couple of very different ideas to make shells pop! Rather than leaving the shells in their natural state, consider using metallic spray. Erica over on Honestly..WTF created her shell earrings by doing just that.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
I've seen many very pretty polymer clay flowers but this tutorial by Marie Segal is particularly fetching. The instructions are for making blossoms with neat striations on each petal. The thin polymer clay slices from the formed cane are then used to adorn beads.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Have you come across baroque (irregular shaped) pearls and are wondering what to do with them? Well, here is a tutorial combining both baroque pearls and crystals for a beautiful wire wrapped collar necklace. I love how the pearls are graduated in size.