Thursday, May 26, 2016

Chess Bargello Earrings Tutorial Uses Up Scrap Polymer Clay

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Any tips on how to reuse scraps is always a good thing!  This simple but lovely chess bargello earrings tutorial shows to use up your scrap polymer clay.  It is by 123Clay!  The tutorial is not in English but there are English subtitles. It's so clearly taught you won't really need the translation.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How to Make Flower and Leaf Imprint Resin Tiles

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Gardens are a-blooming!  Now is the time to get floral inspirations from your backyards.  It is definitely the time to collect flowers and leaves -  so many plants bloom in the spring.  But if you find trying to press and dry flowers too tricky, consider making flower and leaf imprint resin tiles.  This video tutorial by Mark Montano is actually for making home decor tiles.  But it is easy (and cheaper) to scale down to sizes suitable for jewelry making!  I am definitely going to try this!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Paper Cut Jewelry by Sarah Trumbauer

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Sarah Trumbauer wields her X-acto knife with precision and artistry combined!  Her paper cut art is delicate and other worldly.  She says, "Removing so much of the paper surface leaves me with a lace-like miniature world that always renews my awe of this art form."  It's a remarkable skill to slowly and patiently transform just a sheet of paper into a piece of art.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Winner of the Professional Foldforming Techniques Craftsy Class Giveaway

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Some of you didn't know Charles Lewton- Brain is the inventor of the foldforming technique when I reviewed it for last week's giveaway. Now you know!  Sri Sen said, "I have been interested in fold forming for some time and wanted to learn." Now you can from the master himself. Judy was so excited, she said, " Just reading the description is giving me the chills!"

Endless Leather's $50 Giveaway | Stitched Silk and Leather Cord Feature

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One of my favorite materials for necklaces is leather cord. They come in different sizes.  I especially love the stitched leather cord from Endless Leather, a German international supplier. The inner cotton cores make these cords much more pliable and less stiff than the equivalent thick leather cords. They've now come up with soft stitched silk cord too.  I received some recently for review.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

5 Beaded Stud Earrings Tutorials to Try

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Some people prefer stud earrings to dangles.  So if you are one of these or making jewelry for someone else, then these 5 beaded stud earrings are worth trying!  Most of them do not use glue to attach the posts.  The one exception is Jean Campbell's design tutorial shown below.  I liked how she began with Czech glass rings.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Easy and Versatile Macrame Bracelet Tutorial

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Have you admired micro macrame work but haven't quite got into it yet? This yarn and waxed cord macrame bracelet tutorial by Macrame School is both easy and versatile.  So getting started won't be difficult.  What I like about this design is the option for colors.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Beaded Garden Stake Idea

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SueKennedy over on Art Jewelry Elements shared this awesome beaded garden stake idea! She wrote about how she restrung some of her own glass beads (SueBeads) in a decorative garden stake which had lost its original corded beads. She used sturdy beading wire to string her beads which should be more durable than string or cord.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Multiple Jump Rings Wire Work Pearl Pendant Tutorial

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We tend to think of jump rings as purely functional components.  But they can also be decorative.  I have shared a number of multiple jump ring jewelry tutorials before (see links below).  Here is one more!  The multiple jump rings wire work pearl pendant tutorial is by Gloria Uhler over on Domestic Diva Online

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Thread Wrapped Adjustable Leather Bracelet Tutorial

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I love the look of thread wrapped jewelry because of the color punch. Couple it with an adjustable leather bracelet and you've got something fast and easy!  This tutorial is by Cathy Attix over on Trinkets and Bloom. The bracelets look great teamed up with other bracelets on wrists.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

FLIN | Nylon Fishing Line Jewelry by Vulantri

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Some of us do use nylon fishing line for jewelry making. But the designers of the new FLIN collection from Vulantri take this humble material to new heights.  Architect Rene Kroondijk and jewelry designer Tantri W. Wulantri who are both based in Bali, Indonesia worked together to come up with this contemporary, light and airy collection. The FLIN collection was inspired by the Balinese island lifestyle.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Winner of Hinged Clay Bracelets Book Giveaway!

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Sometimes it takes a creative teacher to spark ideas. So it was with Gloria Uhler's book giveaway last week. A number of polymer clay artists among the beaders had not considered using hardware hinges. Linnyt said, "I've done some polymer clay bracelets with jump rings for links. I never thought of hinges. Her projects with the hinges are so much more polished looking. I love the cord one, too. Spring hinges never crossed my mind, even. What a clever artist!" She is indeed!