Saturday, November 28, 2015

Amazing Wolf Polymer Clay Necklace Tutorial

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Polymer clay is such a wonderful sculptural medium for all kinds of artistic impressions. This amazing wolf polymer clay necklace tutorial by Alina Sanina.  She shows how she carefully builds up the shape of the wolf's head from white polymer clay then adds paint effects.  I'd say she got the wolf's head perfectly proportioned.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Adobe Color CC App Helps You Choose a Beading Color Scheme

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Beaders love working in color.  But sometimes we are stumped and need inspiration for color combinations.  So here is a quick way to custom your own color blends using your own photographs taken on your smartphones.  Adobe Color CC for iPhone and Android phones  is a free app and is really easy color palette generator to use.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wire Wrap a Beaded Bezel for a Pendant Tutorial

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Wire wrapping a bezel for a cabochon is not that hard but will be challenging for a beginner.  So here's why I thought Gloria's tutorial over on Domestic Diva Online was a clever solution.  She shows how to wire wrap a beaded bezel by a) using a drilled bead rather than a cabochon b) forming a frame which becomes the foundation for wrapping a simply beaded wire around.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2 Gorgeous Bugle Beaded Bracelet Tutorials

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Some beaders are very creative with bugle beads.  These cylindrical beads are very good in framing designs. It is a wonder why they aren't used more.  First up is this gorgeous bugle beaded bracelet tutorial by a wonderful Thai beader, Bee Jang.  I have featured many of this generous instructor's designs before.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Craftsy Annual 50% Off Sale Begins! | Main Sale Thursday to Sunday

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I blame my back, which while better, is still bothering and distracting me.  I had to amend the post for Dawn Horner's wire woven cabochon class giveaway because I thought the US Thanksgiving was last weekend!  (Canadians like me celebrate our Thanksgiving back in October).

Upcycled Jewelry from Juice and Milk Cartons by Izabela Nowak

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Some of the most innovative designers are those who create upcycled jewelry.  One designer who rises to the challenge Izabela Nowak. Her collection, Cut Up, features upcycled jewelry made from juice and milk cartons.  The shapes she cuts up are stacked and sometimes mixed with polymer clay to create her bold statement jewelry designs.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Winner of Yoola's $49 Giveaway for Wire Crochet Jewelry or Supplies

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I thought that might be some clear Yoola Design favorites in last week's giveaway.   But no.  People loved different items from Yael's store.  Two people did pick the Celtic heart design as their favorites though.

Dawn Horner's Class Giveaway | Wire Weaving Cabochon Pendants

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Making your own wire woven cabochons means you will be able to have a spectacular focal for the handmade necklace you made.  The necklace can be strung, kumihimo, Viking knit, wire crochet, leather, cord, chains, chain maille etc.  So if you want to learn how, Dawn Horner's  Start Wire Weaving: Cabochon Pendants might be just the class for you.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

How to Make Wire Flower Earrings Tutorials

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Playing around with mandrels and pliers is worth the time. That's how one comes up with ideas.  One wire flower earrings tutorial I really like is by Albina Maning over on Keeping Things Simple.  It is formed from a wire coil.  It makes a great frame for an internal ring of beads.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Resin Clay Crystal Stud Earrings Tutorial with Dangles

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If you've not considered using resin clay before, maybe this lovely tutorial by Mylene Hillam of Mill Lane Studio will convince you!  She designed this resin clay stud earrings tutorial which is reminiscent of Princess Diana's blue and diamond sapphire ring!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Button and Bead Embroidered Statement Necklace Tutorial

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Button hoarders need not feel guilty!  Use up your stash - especially the mismatched ones - in jewelry designs.  They can even be incorporated into bead embroidery projects!  Check out this tutorial by Hayley over on Craftaholique.  It's the sort of project which lends itself to using up odd flatback rhinestones and beads as well.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Review & Giveaway | Beadwork Creates Beaded Bags

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Beadwork is not always about jewelry.  The decorative art form can be applied to attire and accessories as well. If you love to bead and have a large collection of beads, then making beaded bags might just be the kind of projects to keep you occupied and happy!