Saturday, August 1, 2015

How to Make Japanese Paper Flower Jewelry Tutorial

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Kusudama (literally translated as medicine ball) a type of origami which was the precursor to modular origami.  The folded forms are typically assembled together using glue or sewing.  Here is a basic Japanese paper flower jewelry tutorial by boddhi15 over on Instructables. The instructor is working on a wedding party jewelry set.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Easy Hardware Jewelry Display Tutorial

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Want to make your own jewelry display or storage? This splendid example is an easy hardware jewelry display tutorial by Gemma over at The Sweetest Digs. It uses galvanized steel pipes and some basic plumbing accessories. No soldering, no gluing. Just screw the bits together into a T shape. The tutorial gives all the item measurements.  I particularly like the gold paint sprayed one.  Gemma also mentions her two other jewelry display tutorials.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

How to Make Coiled Wire Framed Gemstone Earrings

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It is tricky for wire work beginners to use cabochons.  The solution for a wire framed design is to use drilled beads.  Judy Larson, whose tutorials I have featured before, used drilled beads for this fabulous wire wrapped pendant tutorial and this elegant double holed beads for a link bracelet. My tutorial here for a pair of coiled wire framed gemstone earrings uses drilled round gemstone beads. These are lovely Madagascar rose quartz beads from which I received from Nelson Beads a while ago for review.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Easy Beaded Barrette Tutorial Uses Beading Wire and Crimp Beads

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It's scorching where I am with temperatures at the 30 degree C mark!  So those with long hair are surely gathering up their tresses to beat the heat.  This fantastic easy beaded barette tutorial is by Aleshia of Beadifulnights on Youtube.  The barette is quick to make and can be customized with any colors you like!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Nature Inspired Polymer Clay Jewelry by Sylvie Peraud

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There are many wonderful polymer clay artists out there.  One outstanding French designer is Sylvie Peraud whose nature inspired polymer clay jewelry constantly evolves and rises to new heights.  Her site is called Maniguette which she explains means "grains of paradise".   Her most recent collection are her seed pod designs. She also creates stunning "parched"earth and bare wood designs.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Winner of Nunn Design's $60 Giveaway of the Summer 2015 Collection

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Thanks so much for the kind comments and interest in my resin designs for last week's Nunn Design giveaway of the Summer 2015 Collection.  Divya said, "I love how you have altered the blanks with resin and added beads and wire. It gives these blanks a new use, something which many of us might not have thought of."  That's what I hoped to do by inspiring and giving all you ideas and new directions. 

Nelson Beads $40 Gift Certificate Giveaway for Gemstones Beads

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Have you ever been disappointed when your gemstone order arrived looking rather different from the online pictures?  I have.  The use of stock photos is the cause.  So it was such a refreshing find with Joanne Nelson's exceptional and forthright service for Nelson Beads.  I had previously reviewed her gorgeous Madagascar rose quartz before.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

3 Gorgeous Wire Woven Heart Jewelry Tutorials

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I didn't want to wait until the next Valentine's Day or Mother's Day because these 3 gorgeous wire woven heart pendant tutorials deserve to be featured NOW!  The design will make a wonderful gift for a special person too.  They are all video tutorials.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Easy Wire Wrapped Baubles Leather Cord Necklace Tutorial

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I really like Katie Hacker's Bubbly Baubles necklace tutorial over on Artbeads for several reasons. First of all, it is easy for beginners and gives plenty of practice making many, many wire wrapped loops. Usually this style of necklace involves a base chain or strung on beading cord but I like how she used a thick leather cord instead.  I think paracord will also look good for more colorful designs.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Twisted Wire and Resin Flower Pendant Tutorial

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Some of you guessed from the post earlier this week that the faux solder was actually resin.  And maybe you are now wondering why I didn't just use glue.  Well, glue is kind of messy and you'd need a fair amount to get a twisted wire creation with Swarovski crystal flowers to stay on.  I prefer the resin because you can lather on a goodly amount and then it "molds" itself to the design with surface tension.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Update on my How to Photograph Jewelry Webinar

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The trial run last month for my How to Photograph Jewelry Webinar was a success.  You can read some of the feedback I received below. These lovely readers clearly learned from the webinar and found taking good pictures isn't such a big deal after all. Indeed, the webinar is geared to teach you what you need to know in the simplest and fastest way. It was also a lot of fun interacting with them!

How to Use Hardware Hinges for a Polymer Clay Bracelet

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You know how I trawl the internet looking for innovative jewelry making ideas to inspire us.  Occasionally I come across absolute gems using unusual components  like this tutorial by the Domestic Diva Online. The instructor shows how you can use small hardware hinges for a polymer clay bracelet. The lovely articulated bracelet is finished with a tab clasp.