Saturday, July 22, 2017

How to Make a Coiled Copper Wind Chimes

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Did you know that refrigeration copper coils are soft enough to bend with your hands (i.e. without having to use a torch to anneal it)?  I certainly hadn't tried so I didn't know.  This coiled copper wind chimes tutorial is by Handan and Greg of The Navage Patch. It's basically a double spiral technique which is often used in jewelry making to encase beads.  I love that colorful beaded chain part!

Friday, July 21, 2017

3 Glue Gun Earrings Tutorials for Some Summer Fun!

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Christina, who is the blogger behind Imagine Hearts, loved her rubber flower earrings which she bought while on holiday.  These were the inspiration behind her glue gun flower earrings tutorial. They are not copies of the original just funkier versions. And like her original pair, the glue gun ones are also soft and flexible. Not to mention light!  She also has a video tutorial showing how she made it.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

How to Make a Resin Mold Using an Ink Stamp

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I do like using clear ink stamps that are coupled with little acrylic blocks.  But I never considered using them as resin molds until I came across Katherine Swift of Resin Obsession's clever tutorial on how to do so!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Half Persian 3-in-1 Weave Chain Maille Tutorials | Cabochon Bezel and Stretch Bracelet

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There are so many ways to bezel a cabochon!  Here is a chain mail one which uses a Half - Persian 3- in 1 weave. The instructor is Yvonne Williams.  This tutorial is an excellent one for learning this weave. I particularly like the way she prepares the rings - pairs of open and closed rings. Using two different colors also makes it easier for learners.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Soldered Sea Glass Art Decor by SaraLeGrisCreations

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Sara Le Gris is very fortunate to live in the Lake District, a picturesque part of Northern England. She is also not far from the coast.  Her Etsy store, SaraLeGrisCreations, makes use of beautiful sea glass and other treasures collected from beaches.  Her soldered sea glass bowls are simply beautiful.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Winner of the Lazee Daizee Guide to Viking Knit Book Giveaway

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Even those who were familiar with Viking Knit were keen to learn about last week's book giveaway. Reader, Wayne Wiley said, "I had been making viking knit using the dowel for years. Bought the Lazee Daizee and love it. Now I need the book to improve my skills." 

Judy Larson's Hope Wire Woven Gemstone Necklace Tutorial | Worthy Cause

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Judy Larson has been teaching jewelry making for free in her community for many years. She wrote to me recently and explained, "A couple weeks ago I wrote a tutorial for this necklace after donating the original to a fundraiser for the son of a former student of mine. The little boy is the same age as our oldest grandchild, and the feeling of helplessness hit me particularly hard."  It is tough enough for a small boy to be fighting cancer. His family also faces steep medical and other expenses as unfortunately the US still does not offer universal health care coverage for all its citizens unlike many other countries in the world.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

How to Make Leather Viking Bracelets Part II

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After I made my first leather viking knit bracelet (see tutorial), I just had to do a second one! 1 mm cord leather gives a totally different look to what is and was a wire technique. Leather is warmer to wear and has a stretch to it.  So I took advantage of the latter characteristic and made a bangle this time.