Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mixed Metal Jewelry by TammysTreasureChest

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Mixing metals in all metal jewelry designs is a wonderful way of adding color to the pieces. One artisan who does this well is Tammy of TammysTreasureChest.  This Louisiana based artisan combines sterling silver with copper and gold in striking ways.  Although she named some of her bold bracelets and cuffs and simple rings male jewelry, they can be be considered unisex. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Yoola Design's $92 Giveaway for PDF and Video Tutorials

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Wire crochet is not easy because wire has a mind of its own!  But I found that I could make consistent wire loops quickly once I discovered the looms from Yoola Design.  You can start off with chains but her looms makes things a lot easier. It takes some practice but once there, wire crochet becomes quite enjoyable.  I have over the years created some new designs of my own. My first effort was a bead embellished ring, then bracelets - see here and a unique pendant.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

5 Cat and Dog Polymer Clay Cane Tutorials by Mo Clay

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Pets are dear to many people.  So it is not surprising to see all sorts of jewelry and accessories with cat and dog designs.  Here are 5 polymer clay cane tutorials by Mo Clay to inspire. As you can see with all of them, she builds up the design usually starting with the body or a feature like the eyes or nose.  Once made, the canes can be used in jewelry designs, as buttons and to decorate all sorts of other accessories.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Wire Loop Bracelet Tutorial Uses Different Sized Round Mandrels

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Wire loops are a great way to make the foundation of wire jewelry designs.  From there you can wire in beads and gemstones.  This wire loop bracelet tutorial is by Karen Meador. What is interesting is how she used different sized round mandrels to create consistent loops.  She used very large Wubbers bail forming pliers as well as a ring mandrel.  These pliers and related 3 step ones really make the task faster. But if you do not have these, then use knitting needles, dowels or the ring mandrel.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Loom Beaded Morse Code Bracelet Tutorial

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I've covered morse code jewelry before. They are a good alternative to having visible words.  Rather like a secret message. So here is one for the beaders!  This loom beaded morse code bracelet tutorial is by Kerrie Lee of  Dream Up Art.  Her blog post has all the written instructions which accompanies her video. Even if you aren't interested in morse code, she shows how to add a button and loop closure for this style of bracelet.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Easy Wire Woven Copper Ring Tutorial

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Not everyone likes rings with stones which sit high. And not everyone wants or are able to make bezel rings. So this lovely tutorial by Lily -Tree is worth trying. Doesn't it have a medieval look about it?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Combination Flat Spiral Stitch with RAW Bracelet Tutorial

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The flat spiral and RAW (right angle weave) are two of my favorite beading stitches. So imagine my excitement when I saw them together in this combination tutorial by Sonysree Creations.  It is a substantial looking bracelet which begins with the RAW section in the middle. The flat spiral is cleverly added on both sides of the edge beads.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Statement Wire Wrapped Gemstone Jewelry by Rozemasha

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It is such a treat to come across a wire work jewelry designer who loves both statement pieces as well as lots and lots of gemstones. Rozemasha is a Russian wire work artist who does one of kind work.  Her pieces are often large and colorful and should really command higher prices that she asks!  She uses crystals as well as gemstones.