Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cityscape Skyline Rings by Ola Shektman

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Jewelry artists who work with architectural elements are members of a very small group!  One recent find is Ola Shektman's wonderful cityscape skyline rings. She also creates larger cityscape pendant designs for her Etsy shop, Shektwoman .


Monday, August 29, 2016

Winner of the Modern Beaded Lace Book Giveaway

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So many readers loved the delicate lace-like bead work from last week's book giveaway.  The cover design is particularly stunning and speaks volumes for the other designs in the book. Donna was bowled over with that design in particular : "OMG! I normally don't participate in the giveaways but just the piece on the front page made my jewelry craft hands itch!"  

Stinky Dog Beads' $35 Giveaway for Fabulous Beads!

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She is ba-a-a-ck!The wonderful bead supply shop with the memorable name! Kitty Bozzini obviously named Stinky Dog Beads after her pets. But there is nothing stinky about what she sells. Indeed, the last giveaway had many readers basically drooling over her handpicked items!  And I wouldn't be surprised if you did so again.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Shibori Ribbon and Bead Embroidered Jewelry Tutorials

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Sherry Serafini and other beaders have combined Japanese shibori silk ribbon with their beadwork with stunning results! So if you want to be inspired and try your hand with the technique, check out these two nature inspired brooch tutorials, both by Eugene Crow on biserok.org.  The first tutorial features a lovely rivoli adorned butterfly in profile view.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Next Jewelry Making Classes | Photography Webinar

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Can you believe the summer is drawing to a close?  And kids are heading back to school soon.  This usually means we have more time for our artistic endeavors right?  Well, it's time to go back to school ourselves!  I have started to list all the scheduled as well as upcoming jewelry making classes I will be teaching at Iguana Beads. So if you are local and want to get started with wire work etc, please sign up at Iguana Beads which is located in Cambridge, Ontario. Call them at (519) 653-2200.

Friday, August 26, 2016

How to Use the Skinner Blend Technique for Polymer Clay

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It's been 20 years since polymer clay artist, Judith Skinner, created her way of blending polymer clay colors and lent her name to the technique. So we should celebrate this milestone!  It is such an important innovation used by polymer clay artists everywhere to get graduated blends.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Neat Way to Finish Loom Beadwork! Great for Brooches and Hair Jewelry

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Ah, those wretched thread ends!  Having to deal with the thread ends after finishing a loom beaded project can be frustrating.  Especially if there is a lot of them.  Some people use this easy and quick way to sandwich the thread ends in narrow ribbon strips on either end of the work. This ribbon part is then hidden under ribbon clamps.  But this won't work if you want to make a brooch, adorn a hair clip or even embed in garments, bags and so on.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Beaded Wolf Earrings Tutorial

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This beaded wolf earrings tutorial posted by Karina Turchin over on Biserok.org certainly caught my eye for a couple of reasons!  The design is based on a leaf.  What's more, the brick stitching is done on the vertical so you weave first one side and then the other.