Friday, March 24, 2017

How to Make a Shrink Plastic Animal Ring Tutorial

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Shrink plastic is a favorite with many Etsy sellers and crafters alike. This is not surprising as the medium allows you to create all kinds of artwork with no more than either a toaster oven or a heat gun** (not your hairdryer!) typically used for embossing powders. Not to mention have lots of fun in the process.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Everlasting Flower Polymer Clay Earrings Tutorial

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I've been trying to find and grow everlasting flowers (Helichrysum) in the garden for a while. Even if they are just annuals in my northern garden. When dried they can be used in real flower jewelry (see my tutorial) . But there is another alternative! Make everlasting flower polymer clay jewelry instead! The tutorial by someone called Funny Monkey on this Russian site is worth a look!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Loom Bracelet in Channel Cuff Tutorial

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Loom bracelets are lovely. But I think they are even more so if you add them to metal channel cuffs! Just check out  Estelle of Petit Bout de Chou's tutorial for a really pretty design. This Hong Kong based designer also has an Etsy store where she sells these cuffs too.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Famous Painting Inspired Embroidered Pendants by Thimble Thistle

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Jessica Blazek is from Ohio ans is the designer behind Thimble Thistle. She is an artist who rose to the challenge of working in a new medium and in miniature scale! She said, "My inspiration comes from art history, nature and animals. Art has always been a passion of mine and I love the creative process and learning new things."

Vincent van Gogh : Starry Night

Monday, March 20, 2017

Winner of the Craft Show Business Book Giveaway

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Those of you who sell jewelry at craft shows have said how much you needed the help on last week's Craft Show Business book giveaway. Caroline said, "I could really use this book. I just exhibited at a farmers' market and sold nothing! I clearly need to do better."  The author also said in her book that she sold hardly anything when she herself started in a farmer's market. It wasn't until she made changes that she began to improve sales.

Faberge Inspired Polymer Clay Easter Egg Pendant Tutorial

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We are all familiar with the Faberge eggs - the large Imperial Easter eggs which contained surprises especially commissioned as gifts for for the Russian Romanov royal family. But the legendary master jeweler also made a lot of smaller and less ornate ones including tiny gemstone Easter egg pendants.  I saw a marvelous collection when it exhibited in Montreal a few years ago -  check out the post as I shared  a couple of my pictures of these egg pendants. Also this post Rare Gemstones : Alexandrite and the Last of the Romanovs for some fascinating history on this tragic family.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Easy Rainbow Beaded Necklace Tutorial

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Need something quick in the beading line?  This easy rainbow beaded necklace tutorial might just be the one for you. The tutorial is by a Turkish beader who calls her youtube channel, Takı Tasarımları (Jewelry Designs).

Saturday, March 18, 2017

How to Make a Stacked Paper Ring Tutorial

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John Ahr shared this fun tutorial on how to make a stacked paper ring using any kind of paper . It is really easy to glue up a stack of paper with the adhesive in between the layers.  What a great way to use up magazine paper! Or small scraps of scrapbook paper.