Friday, February 27, 2015

2 Versatile Wire Work Bangle Tutorials

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I like versatile projects because these allow us to take the general or basic concept and go from there. Here are two wire work bangles which fit the bill.   First up is Emma Ruth Jones' wire wrapped bangle tutorial over on her blog.   She used 16G wire for this basic bangle.  You can embellish it by wire wrapping beads over the frame.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hemispherical Beaded Earrings Tutorials

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If you're tired of round designs, go for the hemisphere!  This, as well as the fan shape, is a wonderful alternative for making more with less!  Yes, you only need to complete half of a round!  The first hemispherical beaded earrings tutorial is a gorgeous bezel and open work one by Tatiana Scriabin on

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How to Make a Wire Kazuri Tree of Life Pendant

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Kazuri West wanted me to test their new holed ceramic discs for a tree of life design. I could not resist the challenge.  These discs had several holes along one half of the edge and a solitary hole on the other side.  Beaders might typically have the holes at the bottom for hanging several dangles.  But Paulette Walther of KW is right, turning the discs upside down makes them excellent foundations for a 3D tree of life pendant.

beading gem tree of life necklace

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Nature Inspired Resin Jewelry by The Blue Brick

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Fellow Canadian, Shireen Nadir, is like many of us. She loves to create. But what makes this Toronto based artisan very different is how she excels in so many things. Her Etsy store, The Blue Brick, showcases her awesome nature inspired resin jewelry and her handknitting patterns. She actually lists, a long one at that, all her interests in the About page of her blog.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kazuri West's $75 Giveaway for Kazuri Necklaces and Sammunat Nepal Beads

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I've never really been involved in a product development before. But I am always curious. So when Paulette Walther, founder and owner of Kazuri West asked me to test if her idea of a ceramic disc with holes would work as wired tree of life design foundations,  I just had to say yes.