Some motifs are perennial favorites. It is not easy to do so, but this clever beaded earrings tutorial manages to capture the historic royal French symbol, the fleur-de-lis. It is by Iulia Postică of the Beaded Treasury.
I never realized how writing this blog would reach out in so many ways to readers all over the world. Yukari Shimizu of Japan is a loyal reader. She recently told me about the amazing carved wood pendants made by Shimaya/Shemaiah. The Japanese artisan behind these incredible and innovative 3D carved open work pendants is Daiajima Daihakuunsai.
Not all of you sell jewelry but those of you who do certainly appreciate the need for good photography judging from the comments in last week's giveaway. It is even more important as people are shopping more online these days. Just ask Diane Wong! She said, "I really need to learn how to photograph my jewelry now that the one brick and mortar store where I have it is going through a drastic slowdown."
Metal work doesn't have to involve expensive tools or a studio. Often metal smiths will tell you that it can be done in a small space such as a kitchen or even dining table. So this Metalsmithing at Home Craftsy class by renowned instructor, Kate Richbourg aims to show how it can truly be done in your home.
Have you ever come across wire maple leaves? And wondered how they are made? These two video tutorials show how you can do it with just regular tools. They differ in technique. The first method is by Lan Ahn Handmade, a Vietnamese designer. She uses the wire weaving method to create loops around thick wire mandrels.
I've often wanted to save a pretty bottle. However, some of them have raised designs on them. Painting those kinds of bottles do not get rid of them. But this easy peyote beaded bottle cover tutorial is the right solution! It is by Fran over on Fall for DIY .
Resin jewelry is a lot of fun to make. There are so many ways to use this glass-like medium. The technique is not hard but it requires time. Curing times are roughly 24-48 hours. So it is best to work in batches. I particularly like doing a little bit at a time and leaving the projects to cure until I have time to do the next step! Works for busy people!
I've always loved the French bead and wire flowers technique. This method involves stringing a lot of seed beads on wire and then bending them at strategic spots to create petals and leaves. It is different from Victorian bead and wire style. The latter has the beaded wires running straight across the frames.