Monday, February 20, 2017

Marilee Rockley's Shuttle Tatting Craftsy Class Review and Giveaway

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Tatting is a "relatively" new craft which began in the early 1800's.  The lace-like work is much easier to accomplish than the devilishly complicated bobbin lace making. Not many tools are needed either. Tatting can be done with either the traditional shuttle or long needles.  Needle tatting can be very fast but you will be limited to a few needle sizes which may not suit the thread you want to use. So shuttle tatting is more versatile as any thread can be used.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

3 Fabulous Beaded Hoop Earrings Tutorials

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These 3 fabulous beaded hoop earrings are based on metal hoop foundations.  First up is this beaded hoop earrings tutorial by Portuguese beader, O Espírito das Artes. It is a good example of using bugle beads which aren't used that much especially for earrings. I love how she used beads to add to the inside these pre-made hoops.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

2 Lovely Macrame Necklace Tutorials to Inspire

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Does macrame remind you of only friendship bracelets or even the macrame pot holders from a few decades ago? Well, it can be used for really lovely jewelry too. Micro-macrame has become popular of late. It can be challenging but check out these two lovely macrame necklace tutorials. They aren't difficult but pack a lot in looks.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Wood Slice and Resin Pendant Tutorial

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I am seeing more and more interest in wood and resin combinations! Software engineer, Quinn Z Shen, in San Francisco was inspired and rose to the challenge. He made his own wood slice and resin pendants for his friends. He documented the process in his tutorial here. Note : this is a tool heavy diy!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

How to Finish a Tubular Bead Crochet Bracelet | Roll On Style

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I had previously shared Ann Benson's awesome tutorial on how to do tubular bead crochet. It is an excellent lesson as the instructor carefully demonstrates this tricky technique.   She did follow up with another video on how to finish such a bracelet. It is a roll on style i.e. there is no clasp.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

More Wire Woven Cuff Tutorials | Basket Weaving Style

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Ukrainian wire artist, Oksana Turkhan, has a marvelous wire woven bangle tutorial which is reminiscent of basket weaving. This one has no clasp. The core consists of a coil of 13 G copper wire with the wire weaving part done with 24 G wire.  13 G wire might be hard to get but 14 G wire will also do!  I would stick with her suggested 24 G for the wrapping part and resist going to thinner gauge like 26 or 28 G. The reason is, 24 G is thicker and will look better.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Polymer Clay and Wire Jewelry by JM Syron and Bonnie Bishoff

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JM Syron and Bonnie Bishoff are talented US based artists. They are known for their sculptural and functional art work. However, their sculptural style can also be seen in their polymer clay and  jewelry.  The polymer clay adds form and color while the wire provides the support, strength and connection.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Winner of Shades of Clay's $25 Cabezel Giveaway

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It was great to see the polymer clay enthusiasts - both seasoned and new - come out for the Shades of Clay giveaway last week. Clare was succinct when she said,"I love my cabezel mold and want more!" There are indeed many different shapes available all of which will increase design potential. Aims, who has the "Get to the Point" CaBezel added, "It's incredibly easy to use and once you get playing with it you realize that there are no limits to what you can do with even just one CaBezel design."