Friday, March 23, 2018

This Beautiful DIY Table Top Decor Technique Really Inspires!

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Sometimes watching a larger scale DIY project gives me ideas!  Watch this beautiful table top decor project by Pencil Sketch as he transforms a worn out $40 second hand table  into something spectacular. He used iconic Samoan motifs.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

This Beaded Earrings Tutorial Neatly Covers up Clip On Findings at the Back!

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Not everyone has pierced ears. But that doesn't mean they can't wear earrings.  Clip on earring findings are the way to go.  I like this tutorial from Russian instructor, Cojocaru Olga. She shows how to bead earrings such that the beadwork is captured without using any glue. The tutorial is in Russian. So turn down the volume if you do not understand the language.

beaded earrings tutorial covers up clip on findings at the back

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cascading Twisted Wire Flower Necklace Tutorial

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Twisted wire work is not hard to do.  And the technique can lead to spectacular designs like this cascading twisted wire flower necklace tutorial by the folks at MyBeads in Australia.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Art Nouveau Inspired Wire and Resin Earrings by KUKLAstudio

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Remember my tutorial on how to make simple twisted wire flower earrings with nail polish and resin?  I was aiming for a stained glass effect.  Working with nail polish was relatively easy but as the nail polish suspensions were fragile, I covered the work with resin.  But you can work with colored resin too. However, it requires a lot more skill and artistic flair!!  This featured designer from Barcelona, Spain creates incredible art nouveau inspired wire and resin earrings!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Winner of TierraCast's Soulful Spirit Collection Giveaway

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Such excitement over last week's giveaway of TierraCast's Soulful Spirit Collection giveaway. Many of you love TierraCast designs. Greta said, "Their products are so versatile and it forces you to really think about all the ways they can be used." I don't know about being forced! TierraCast designs are so easy to design with. It is hard to stop the ideas from flowing. One reader said, "Their designs usually sets the curve for style and quality." Agreed.

Lovely Beaded Drop Earrings Tutorial

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I confess that I don't have much time to do beadwork these days. But lucky for me, my mother loves to bead. So when we both admired Sonyrees Creations' lovely beaded drop earrings tutorial, she said she would make some for me! I just got them in the mail. Didn't wait to make my own ear wires. Just grabbed some ready made ones I had so I could put the earrings on almost immediately! Thanks Mum and Sonyrees Creations!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

How to Make a Textured Metal Clay Ring

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I've long had the opinion that people who are good with polymer clay may well have an easier time learning to make metal clay jewelry.  Forming the clay, drying it and then firing it (with a torch or kiln) to remove the binder in the clay. This results in a near pure fine silver piece of jewelry. Seems a lot easier than using traditional metalsmithing techniques, don't you think?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Use Plastic Tubing to Make Your Own Resin Beads

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I've made a number of jewelry pieces with dried flowers and leaves embedded in resin (see this tutorial). They were mostly pendants and earrings.  I've also covered how to make a basic resin bracelet with gold flakes.  However, I was intrigued with the possibility of making resin beads with embedded organics.