One of the most elegant illuminated necklace designs I have come across has to be this one by Mikaela Holmes on Instructables. She is a costume and experimental fashion designer and artist. This necklace uses el (electroluminescent) wire which is lit up using just a 9V battery. El wire is used by wearable tech designers.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
I still laugh at myself for buying stainless steel blanks. In my defense, I was seduced by the mirror finish on them. It was virtually impossible to stamp them properly as stainless steel is very tough. Although I like brass and copper which are easier to stamp, they are not the silver color I was after. Sterling silver blanks aren't in my budget.
|Soft Strike™ Pewter Blanks by ImpressArt|
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Beaded rings can be either very simple and easy or elaborate affairs. Here is one that is Goldilocks perfect - not too easy and not too hard. The open right angle weave beaded ring tutorial is by Bee Jang a very creative and dedicated Thai beader and blogger.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Israeli artisan, Hagar Arnon Elbaz of Gilgulim on Etsy creates soft OOAK (one of a kind) fabric jewelry. What she does is to "roll beads to create alternative jewels out of metamorphosized materials". She uses recycled as well as new fabrics. Early in her jewelry making, she also used a lot of secondhand neckties.
Monday, October 20, 2014
TierraCast is a Californian based jewelry supply company that's well known for innovative designs and quality materials. They also produce products in a variety of metals to suit every taste. They are introducing new products which they call The Maker's Collection. One lucky winner of this giveaway will get to use $75 worth soon!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Tammy Tutterow's 3D domed embossed pendant tutorial is not merely a stunner. It is inspirational in many ways. So if you need instructions on how to do dapping, coloring, embossing and riveting, this is one you should look at.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
The Purple Buddha Project is a social business trying to raise funds on the crowdsourcing site, Kickstarter, to help Cambodian artisans upcycle the remains of conflict into jewelry. The Vietnam war actually spilled over into Cambodia and Laos, consuming both nations in the process. The Cambodian civil war and resulting genocide during that time was particularly devastating and savage.