Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Beautiful Medieval Inspired Bridal Jewelry by Elnara Niall

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You don't have to be getting married to appreciate the beautiful medieval inspired bridal jewelry designs of Ohio based metal smith, Adi Mileva-Thigpen. As you can see from her Etsy store, Elnara Niall and her website, Medieval Bridal Fashions she specializes in the style of jewelry which looks just gorgeous on medieval reenactors as well as brides.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Winner of Jet Beads' $25 Giveaway For Fire Mountain Jewelry Supplies

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I observed two types of comments for last week's Jet Beads' $25 giveaway for Fire Mountain jewelry supplies. On one hand, there were those were new to Jet Beads' unique service and weren't sure if it was legit. Then there were the fans who have tried and love it because they do not have to try and meet the 200 item minimum just to get the best price.

11 Clever Ways to Use Clip On Earrings Besides on Your Ears!

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When I was young, my mother let me "sort" through her costume jewelry collection. I remember she had a number of clip on earrings. I wish she had kept them (and given them to me) as they are fantastic to use in all sorts of ways and not just on your ear lobes. I am going to check out some antique stalls at the local antiques mall to see if I can find any. These two short videos show the 10 clever ways to use clip on earrings.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

How to Make a Wire Frame and Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace Tutorials

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Interested in making one of a kind wire wrapped pendant necklaces? Then you have to watch these two tutorials by Liz Kreate over on Youtube.  The final result is a gorgeous design featuring a wire wrapped cabochon complete with a wire and pearl chain.  The tutorials are best for intermediate to advanced wire workers as Liz demonstrates quite quickly. She uses 18G wire for the frame and 24G for the wire wrapping.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

How to Make a Wire and Bead Chandelier

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Being able to work with wire doesn't mean you are confined to just jewelry making.  Those skills can be put into good use around the house.  I just love Amanda Risius of Hammer and Heels'  wonderful tutorial which shows how to make a bead and wire chandelier.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Art Jewelry Element's Farthing Coin Clasp Giveaway and Is it Legal to Use Coins in Jewelry?

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The UK decimalized their currency in 1971 so old farthings were no longer legal tender after that year. This month, artisan Nicky Sayers of Art Jewelry Elements is doing a giveaway of 3 of her farthing coin clasps to some lucky beaders. These farthings were in circulation from 1937 to 1970.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway : Soldered Alchemy

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Many jewelry makers avoid using heat and rely on cold connection techniques to join together different components.  But the ability to use a hot connection method like soldering would greatly increase design possibilities.  Soft soldering, which uses just a soldering iron, does not involve an expensive outlay of equipment and is a wonderful way to get started. Hard soldering for joining precious metals involves gas tanks and torches because of the higher temperatures required.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How to Wind Cord, Thread or Make Tassels for Jewelry Making the Easy Way

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My mother loves to bead but Fireline is expensive where she is.  So I bought her some from a local fishing shop (Kingsway Fishing Tackle, Guelph). They sell Fireline in 100 m lots for a lot cheaper than if you bought it in a store and definitely far less than from a jewelry supplier.   The problem is, I have to mail it to her, preferably as flat as possible in an envelope and not on a spool.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Rosalie McMillan Makes Jewelry from Recycled Coffee Grounds!

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So many of us cannot start our day without coffee.  That cup of java is a vital pick-me-upper.  But did you know it can be recycled into jewelry?  UK metal smith Rosalie McMillan  shows how something we view as fit for only the compost heap can be turned into something beautiful.  Her handmade Java Ore collection is made with gold vermeil, recycled or fair trade sterling silver combined with Çurface, a beautiful unusual material derived from recycled coffee grounds.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Jet Beads' $25 Giveaway for Jewelry Supplies and How You can Great Discounts from Fire Mountain Gems

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Have you drooled over the discounted prices over on Fire Mountain Gems and wish you could buy enough so you qualify? Not everyone needs to or can afford to purchase 200 items to get the lowest price.  But there are ways to get round this.  I for one belong to a buying group of friends so we do get those prices.  But believe me, it is a lot of work doing group buys especially for my friend Bonnie who does all the purchasing and sorting out.   Waiting for a group buy is also a tad inconvenient if you have run out of a critical item.