Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Triple Wire Flower Necklace Tutorial

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There are so many ways to make wire flowers. As you can see from the links below, I love sharing the ideas.  This triple wire flower necklace tutorial is by watchmefly on Instructables. I like how she layered two tiers of wire work which gives the design more depth. The bottom petals are flat but the those in the top layer had the tips bent slightly up.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Nature Inspired Eco Jewelry by Luana Coonen

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Hawaiian metal artist Luana Coonen is remarkable for her "passion to use found objects and renewable materials."  Born and raised in that idyllic environment, she learned to really appreciate nature when she moved to the city - specifically the San Francisco Bay area to earn her BFA in jewelry and metalsmithing.  Her one of her kind designs reflects her commitment to be "socially responsible and minimizes impact to the earth." 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Winner of the Origami Jewelry Motifs Book Giveway

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Last week's giveaway of the origami jewelry book certainly brought out the origami lovers and those who knew others who enjoy this paper craft. For Danielle, it was the perfect match. She said, "Origami and jewelry (making) are two of my favorite pastimes." Marjolein was also thinking along the same lines. She added, "Looks good this book! I love origami and I love beading and embroidery. Sometimes I try to combine these three. This book would help me!"

Elements of Antiquity $50 Pewter Finidngs Giveaway

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Suzette Bentley of Elements of Antiquity continues to grow her unique collection of lead and nickel free pewter findings, all made in the US.  She is a jewelry designer herself and wanted to offer the same pieces she used in her work with other jewelry makers.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

How Gold Leaf is Made

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I've often considered gilding beads and brass stamping with real gold leaf.  Solid gold anything is way too expensive for most of us.  The tissue paper thin gold leaf is remarkable and how they make it is even more so.  Goldbeating - pounding thin gold bars or ribbon -  was discovered by the Ancient Egyptians 5000 years ago. They were the first to appreciate the durability and malleability of the precious metal.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Diagonally Patterned Native American Style Beaded Earrings Tutorial

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If you love them big and long,  then beaded earrings are an excellent way to go. The Native American style of beaded earrings is very versatile and great for beginners and experienced beaders alike. The pattern and colorways can be varied for these very lightweight designs. You don't have to make them very long but they are particularly dramatic when worn. The fringes also have additional movement.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Metal Clay Class Fun!

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Clay has never been my forte in a lifetime of art and crafts.  I blame it on plasticine which was the only clay available when I was a child.  It was not fun to use because it was too hard to least with little fingers. Then there was the disastrous pottery class when I was in my teens. We shall not talk about that!  But I've come around to clay especially for jewelry making!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

All in One Wire Rosette Earrings Tutorial

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I remember when I made the classic wire wrapped ring without any bead a long time ago. I thought the resulting rosette was the coolest thing to discover. But have a look at this all in one wire rosette earrings tutorial by I Make Stuff. It is definitely cooler!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fun Beads and Crystal Peyote Ring Tutorial to Try!

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Peyote stitch is popular for rings.  But are you bored with the ordinary flat tubes you can make? Then check out this fun peyote ring tutorial by Kris DeGraeve over on How Did You Make This. The  lovely winding effect is simply due to the different sized beads and crystals used.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bead and Metal Work Jewelry by Claudia Fajardo

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Combining techniques is a sure fire way for unique designs.  But Colombian artisan, Claudia Fajardo, a talented artist unusually combines metal work with bead work.  The result is a boldly colored collection with a contemporary look.  Claudia says she likes her designs to showcase geometry and natural shapes.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Winners of Yoola Design's Wire ISK Kit and Tutorial Giveaway

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Readers far and wide love Yael's wire ISK technique!  Paula wrote when she entered last week's giveaway, "This technique looks amazing, I'll love to be able to try it! I haven't seen it done in my country, Colombia."  It goes to show how international this community is!

Book Review and Giveaway : Origami Jewelry Motifs

By on Monday, April 25, 2016 39 Comments

Paper does not seem to be the sort of material suitable for jewelry.  Yet, many people enjoy using all sorts of paper crafting techniques do sometimes apply these to jewelry making.  Origami is a beautiful art form, that if scaled correctly, can be used in jewelry designs.