Friday, November 24, 2017

Mandala Inspired Ombre Beaded Circle Earrings Tutorial

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I've always like the idea of mixing bead work with metal components. Estelle of Petit Bout de Chou has a pretty mandala inspired earrings tutorial which shows off ombre colored beads within metal. rings.   You do not have to use the graduated color scheme at all if you prefer a patterned look.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Craftsy's Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale Starts Today!!

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Not all of us are able to attend the classes of some of the best jewelry making instructors out there.  Craftsy is one platform which allows you to learn through online video classes from the comfort of your own home.  Once you get a class, you can dive in whenever you want and as many times as you want. They do a wide range of crafts - even cooking.  I have saved the links to all my past reviews on the jewelry classes here on my Pinterest board.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hammered Metal Bracelet Tutorial has Great Tips

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You don't have to own a whole bunch of expensive tools to make this hammered metal bracelet. The tutorial is by jillsmoker on Instructables.  What is outstanding about this DIY is that the instructor shows different tools and techniques at each major step of this completely handmade design.  For example, you could use metal shears to cut the brass sheet. Alternatively, a jewelry saw or band saw can also be used if you have them and know how to use them.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bead Mosaic Jewelry by BYART

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Betsy Youngquist  is the Illinois based artist behind BYART.  She is an internationally renowned mixed media artist best known for her amazing sculptural bead mosaic sculptures. She "started applying beads to the surface of her watercolor paintings over twenty years ago."  But she also creates smaller designs such as her bead mosaic resin clay jewelry which are available on her Etsy store.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Winner of Shades of Clay's Holy Cabezel Jewelry Mold Giveaway

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One reader made me chuckle with her comment on last week's giveaway for Shades of Clay's latest Cabezel jewelry mold. Sue Duffy said, "Holy Cabezel Batman!" Those of us of a certain vintage will remember the cheesy "Holy..." exclamations of Batboy in the 1960's  Batman tv series. There is actually a long list of them. Holy Cabezel naturally isn't on the list but the Cabezels are certainly notable for their fun shapes.

Easy Wire Coil Glue-On Bail Tutorial

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I had fun with Shades of Clay's Holy Cabezel as you can see from last week's giveaway (the close is later today so you still have time).  My favorite way of wearing pendants like this is to use thick leather cord.  I also thought this modern style looks best as close as possible to the cord. I also wanted to match the color of the polymer clay Cabezel.  So here is how I made easy wire coil glue on bails.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

3 Superduo Earrings Tutorials Score with Great Bead Combinations

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Sometimes bead combinations come together in a delightful way. I was charmed by this wreath like earrings tutorial by Beads Magic.  Why?  It is a great example of modern beadwork - simple yet visually effective. The superduos sit just so with the carefully selected seed beads to form a circle. The square tila bead makes a visual contrast and acts a focal area to the design.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Another Beaded Angel Earrings Tutorial

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Nothing could be more suitable for the Christmas season than beaded angel earrings! Here is another one to collect. The brick stitch design tutorial is by Paola over on Ricamar Gioielli.  It is an Italian blog but the tutorial is schematic and clear enough to follow.