Friday, May 29, 2015

Small Ear Cuffs Tutorial

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There are a fair number of people who do not have pierced ears.  Fear of getting them done, perhaps? But no matter the reason, it doesn't mean they need to  forgo wearing earrings. There are always clipons but these may not be comfortable for long periods of time.  The alternative is ear cuffs.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Easy Soutache and Pellet Bead Bracelet Tutorial

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Preciosa Ornela pellet beads are perhaps off putting to some beaders. Their drum-like shapes requires some creative thinking.  The best approach is to take advantage of their narrow waists. You can see some of my designs using pellet beads here and here (blue earrings).

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Beautiful Loom Beaded Bracelet Tutorial and the Ricks Beading Loom

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Did you see this beautiful loom beaded bracelet tutorial over on Art Beads? It is called the Hypnoptic Blocks and it is designed by Cheri Carlson.  These bracelets are best made with uniform Japanese beads and geometric patterns in the right colors are particularly stunning.  But the only thing that usually puts me off looms is the gazillion warp threads you have to deal with after you finish it. Seems counterproductive that a loom speeds up the work only to slow you down at the end.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Gorgeous Polymer Clay and Leather Jewelry by Anna Bragina

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It is a real treat when one encounters an outstanding artisan who is able to combine two very different media in stunning ways. Russian artisan, Anna Bragina makes truly gorgeous polymer clay and leather jewelry. Her contemporary style is colorful. Sometimes simple, sometimes richly textured. But always masterful.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Winner of the Modahaus $153 Steady Stand SS300/Tabletop Studio TS400 Bundle Giveaway

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Modahaus giveaways like the one last week are always popular as so many of you struggle with jewelry photography. Making the jewelry is the easy part.  Good pictures do justice to your hard work and talent.  Some readers said they were tired of their homemade set ups and want to move on to something more professional. So the Modahaus will fit the bill.  I certainly cannot do with my Modahaus!