Sunday, September 21, 2014
Loom bracelets are a conundrum, at least for me. The method is relatively fast considering seed beads are usually used but then the finishing part of all the thread ends kind of slows things down! But this brilliant loom bracelet tutorial uses Czech pellet beads which does speed things up - both the construction and finishing. Near instant gratification!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Sometimes I think innovative jewelry tool makers are out to empty my wallet! And maybe yours too, eh? I stumbled upon Magic Finding's clever crimp beads. They have 7 channels available to make multi strand necklaces or bracelets. The best way to understand how these findings work is to watch the video or hop over to Art Beads' tutorial.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Kumihimo fans rejoice! Here is a wonderful interactive kumihimo color planner from Lytha Studios called the KumiPlanner. What is does is allow you to pick the colors you want, see what they look like as a finished braid and how the colors are arranged on the kumihimo disc. You don't have to experiment with actual cords!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Many of us like to make cord bracelets with buttons as the closure. One option includes using shank buttons so the cord passes through the shank hole. Or if the cord is thin enough, then it is passed through the holes of the button. But what if you want to use really thick rope and neither these two approaches work?
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Mary Tucker is a whizz at making the most amazing wire woven jewelry designs. She does have a couple of great tutorials which will help get you started in her spiral style pieces. My favorite is her wire woven spiral locket tutorial which is a simplified but still stunning version of her more elaborate pieces.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Some wire weaving jewelry artisans are amazing. Take Mary Tucker of Wired Elements. She is a virtuoso of unique basket style wire woven jewelry designs! What first caught my eye was her stunning wire woven lockets on her Facebook page. What exquisite workmanship!
Monday, September 15, 2014
Last week’s giveaway showcasing Jet Beads clever service for getting great discount prices from Fire Mountain Gems brought a mix of comments. Some people had never heard of Jet Beads before. Others though were fans.