Saturday, February 6, 2016

Simple Wire Work Flower Earrings Tutorial

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Center holed beads require a little more thought to use in jewelry designs.  Here is a simple wire work  flower earrings tutorial by Lesley Watt of THEA Jewelry.  A sweet design with little wire tendrils.  You will have to scroll down a little to find the tutorial.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Use a Tube Wringer for DIY Pattern Wire | Kazuri Sautoir Necklace Tutorial

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Sometimes plain wire is too boring.  So we can use pattern wire or even twisted wire to make the design pop a little more.  You can buy patterned wire.  But here is an easy way to DIY patterned wire using a tube wringer.  This is a device used to wring out the contents of paint tubes, adhesives and so on.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DIY : Simple Bracelet MeasuringTool

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Bracelets are sometimes tricky to measure well - particularly bangles and cuffs which cannot be laid out flat.  This tutorial for a simple bracelet measuring tool by HoneyBeads1 does a quick job of determining the inside circumference. It is best made from a plastic strip which is more durable than paper.  Clear page dividers or page holders are a couple of suggestions.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pretty Crescent Bead Flower Bracelet Tutorial

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Two hole Czech beads are simply one of the best types of beads to have around.  The crescent bead ones can be a bit challenging to use. But Kristen Steven's pretty crescent bead flower bracelet tutorial over on  Art Jewelry Elements  makes use of the shape in a clever way!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Embroidery Art Jewelry by Kathy Halper

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Kathy Halper is an American artist who has been painting for a long time.  But she made a switch to drawing not with paint but with embroidery threads.  One of her specialties is custom pet (and human) portraiture working from photos. The smaller works are pendants or brooches. She also does hoop art.  You can see her current collection on Artfire.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Winner of Natali Baird's $35 Art Glass Giveaway

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The special feature on Natali's art glass especially her hearts certainly brought out a lot of love for last week's giveaway!  It was perfect timing as Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  But hearts aren't the only things she makes. Windbent said, "It's always fun to be introduced to artists I haven't seen before. The jellyfish are amazing--like a sun catcher and dream catcher at the same time." Convo Natali on her Etsy if you are interested.

Kazuri West's $75 Kazuri Beads Giveaway

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Ceramic beads by Kazuri in Kenya are handmade by probably one of the oldest craft collectives in Africa. The fledgling business began in 1975 - an idea of Lady Susan Wood. She had started a coffee plantation on what was once Danish author Karen Blixen's (Out of Africa) land.  She also wanted to do something about abject poverty she saw particularly among severely disadvantaged single mothers who had no other source of income.  From that small beginning, the Kazuri beads are renowned and are sold worldwide.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Great Riveting Tutorials for Jewelry Making!

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Learn how to rivet and you`ll be able to connect metal pieces together without having to use a torch! There are now all kinds of simple ready to use rivets one can buy (see tutorial links below).  But these great riveting tutorials show how you can advance to making your own.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Super Headpin Tip on Beaded Pendants

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How do you hang a beaded pendant or even earrings?  I am not fond of the beaded loop. So whenever possible, I try and add a jump ring somewhere if I am attaching the beaded pendant to a chain.  But Lisa Yang's super headpin tip is another alternative.

Friday, January 29, 2016

How an Intricate Wire Prong Set Ring is Made

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One of the more challenging wire wrapped projects has to be a prong set ring. Jeannie Harwell of Slightly Twisted Studios shared the design considerations and and tips when she made this wire work prong set ring. It is not a full tutorial per se as gemstones and ring sizes differ.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Amazing Wire Statement Necklace Tutorial

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This amazing wire statement necklace tutorial by Alana Fire over on is a must see! It is not a full tutorial but one which covers the key steps.  The tutorial is in Russian so you will need to translate it.  My favorite way is to use the Chrome browser. Just right click anywhere on the page and select Translate to English. The translation is not perfect but will at least make the designer's notes understandable.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Gorgeous Polymer Clay Art Vase Tutorials

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Polymer clay artists sometimes cover objects as foundations for their art work.  These two absolutely drop dead gorgeous polymer clay art vase (or candle holder) tutorials might just inspire you to do the same. Both are by the Russian artist on Kalinkapolinka. The first tutorial features the sgraffito (Italian for scratch) technique  used by ceramic artists.