Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beaded Fringe Earrings with Decorative Discs Tutorial

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Here is a refreshing change on the beaded fringe style earrings.   I love how Mortira of Inspirational Beading added decorative discs to the front of the earrings. Her tutorial used wooden nautical discs from Blueberry Cove Beads. It also shows how she attached them with some beads from the main fringe part.  This is a great tutorial for beginners.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Safety Rules for Jewelry Makers

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John Ahr recently shared an excellent video on the 10 Things to Never Do in the Jewelry Lab.  Many of the points he covers are indeed the same as the safety rules in scientific laboratories.  The instructor is a metal smith so many of the don'ts are for other metal smiths.  However, good practices also apply to other areas of jewelry making.  So the following is my additional tips.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

How to Fill Filigree with Colorful Polymer Clay!

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I've long admired designs which mix polymer clay with wire (see links below). The good news is you do not have to be good with wire to create wire-polymer clay jewelry combinations!  Check out this Christi Friesen tutorial over on Fire Mountain Gems to see how to fill filigree with colorful polymer clay!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Diagonal Chain Slave Bracelet and Ring Tutorial

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Hand jewelry are such that the whole hand is adorned with a bracelet linked to a ring.  A popular way to do this is with chain.  I just loved Nicole of She's Got the Notion's diagonal take on the chain slave (panja)  bracelet and ring idea.  Her tutorial includes all the chain measurements you need to put such a design together,

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Amazing Translucent Sculptured Fabric Art Jewelry by Mariko Kusumoto

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Massachusetts based Mariko Kusumoto is an extraordinary metal, resin and fiber artist. Her fiber art is amazing . She transforms polyester fabric into translucent sculptured art jewelry.  The 3D shapes she designs even encase other forms. Some of her creations are clearly inspired by coral reefs and sea creatures.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Winner of the Troubleshooting for Jewelers Book Giveaway

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We all make mistakes. The problem comes when we do not know how to fix them. Even better, how to avoid them in the first place.  So the book I wrote about for last week's giveaway certainly struck a chord with those of you doing metal work. A wonderful and handy resource written by an experienced metal work artist.

Iris Mishly's PolyPedia Online Express $50 Giveaway for Polymer Clay Tutorials

By on Monday, July 18, 2016 101 Comments

Polymer clay is arguably one of the most versatile medium for artists.  You can do so much with it.  One site which really helps in the artistic expression of polymer clay jewelry and accessories is Iris Mishly's PolyPedia Online Express. Iris is a very talented polymer clay artist whose work has been featured in various publications.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Cup Chain Crystal and Resin Clay Wire Framed Pendant Tutorial

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I was planning to do a resin clay wire framed pendant tutorial but Becky Nunn of Nunn Design beat me to it!  She demonstrated how to do this design in this Beadaholique tutorial  using one of her open pendant frames. I liked how she hammered round wire flat and cut the length into little pieces for the stalks.  The flowers were just crystals from cup chain, again cut apart.  Easy peasy!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

How to Bead Embellish A Bracelet Tutorial

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This wonderful "Magic Carpet" design and tutorial by Kelly Dale of the Off the Beaded Path, is visually pleasing and will be fun to do.  It is easy but it will take a while to bead embellish the base bracelet!  The embellishments are just many beaded loops woven into each of the foundation beads.

Friday, July 15, 2016

How to Make Resin Cabochon Eyeballs for Evil Eye Jewelry Making and Other Crafts

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I wrote about how to paint eyeballs on glass bubbles a while ago.  It was quite a surprise to see how many people thought Aniko`s tutorial was so useful. It`s not just about making evil eye jewelry but eyeballs are needed for all sorts of polymer clay creature art, plush toys and so on.  Check out Mandarin Ducky`s amazing polymer clay journals including some awesome creatures. If you know how to make them, then you can easily customize the eyes you need for the projects.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Patchwork Quilt Inspired Square Stitch Bracelet Tutorial

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Did you like the bargello spiral polymer clay earrings tutorial I featured yesterday? Here is yet another wonderful example of one craft inspiring another!  This time Mortira Vanpelt of Inspirational Beading got her inspiration from patchwork quilts! Her square stitch bracelet tutorial is so colorful!

square stitch bracelet beadwork tutorial

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

How to Make a Wire Hair Comb Tutorial

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There's nothing wrong with using bought hair combs, plastic or otherwise and wire wrapping beads and crystals to it.  However, if you wish to make your own base wire hair comb, then check out this tutorial from Fire Mountain Gems.  Once made, you can embellish them to your heart's content.  Check out the last link below for some wire wrapping inspirations.