Mar 232018

An extruder is a fantastic tool to use for creating in polymer clay. With it you can make perfectly even ropes of clay with any cross section shape that you have a disc for.

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I love to use an extruder for making little tiny 1 mm snakes that I use for trim. So much faster than him trying to hand roll them all perfectly!

But what if any of your extruded shapes could have a hole running through the center?  What kinds of things could you create then?

Just a few of the uses I thought of:

  • Jewelry cord with stringing holes of any size you need
  • Tube beads
  • Bead cores
  • Washers
  • Flat beads of any disc shape, with a hole through the center

Don’t forget that you can cut your extrusions before OR after baking. Either way you’ll need to use a very sharp blade and be sure to extrude a little extra clay to account for the ends that need to be trimmed.

Tools & Materials:

The pendant pictured in the cover photo was created by polymer clay artist Seana Bettencourt

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the The Basics of Using a Clay Core Extruder Adapter with Polymer Clay-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Mar 202018

Here’s a fun way to use smaller beads as focal points in your jewelry.

Not only do you get make those not-so-large beads the center of attention, you get to fiddle and play with them, too!

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They’re kinda like fidget spinners, only prettier. 

The key to this design is getting the the stringing wire positioned so the bead is where you want it AND the necklace hangs straight. Be sure to watch the video for my simple trick for achieving that balance.

I finished my pendants with Vintaj Patinas, but you should feel free to use any surface technique you like. This would be a great time to use sheets of designs, slices of canes or any other bits you have hanging around your studio.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Make Your Beads SPIN! Glass Bead & Polymer Clay Kinetic Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Mar 162018

Recently I made a long overdue purchase of some Piñata brand alcohol inks and Lumiere paints, and so far I’m absolutely in love.

Playing and experimenting with new supplies is so much fun!

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In today’s video I’ll tell you a bit about the Piñata alcohol inks and the Jacquard line of Lumiere paints. I’ll also show you the results I got from testing all 18 of these colors with Pardo translucent clay.

Supplies shown in this video:

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In an upcoming video I will be doing the same sort of testing with translucent clay and Ranger alcohol inks. Considering how many times I have used them over the years and been disappointed in the results this test is also long overdue.

In the meantime enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Using Piñata Inks & Lumiere Paints With Pardo Translucent Polymer Clay-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Mar 092018

I have to admit when I first started seeing ribbons, sari silks and other fibers in jewelry I didn’t really care for the look. But, like with so many trends, these things tend to grow on you.

Now I’ve gone completely over the bend, using a tool intended for knitting yarn cords in my jewelry!

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One thing that’s interesting about this style is the contrast between the soft fibers and the hard metal findings. It’s also unusual and unexpected, and then there’s all that texture, which I love.

Of course, if you don’t care for the fibers you can still trying knitting with wire. 

That’s really fun, and the results are SO different.

By the way, in the video I mention that I had trouble with knitting strips of sari silk. While I was putting away the materials from this video I decided to give it one more try.

I turns out that the piece I was working with was more stiff and the fabric was thicker than most of the other strips, hence my problems. Knitting with soft, supple, lightweight sari strips isn’t hard at all! And the results are beautiful. Definitely worth a try.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How to Use Knitting to Make Jewelry-Wonder Knitter Tool Tutorial video at YouTube.

Mar 062018

Using fibers, especially silk, in jewelry making has been popular for quite some time. So when the folks at Thread Nanny asked me if I would like to try out their silk ribbons I jumped at the chance!

My first thought was to do silk ribbon embroidery, but after doing some research I realized there are lots of other things you can do is well.

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Today I am using a really cool tool to knit silk ribbons into cords for necklaces. Adding fibers with texture and weaving in beads makes them that much more unique and beautiful. Of course, you don’t have to stop at creating necklace cords! You can also make them into bracelets, handles, belts and more.

If you’d like to learn more about the Wonder Knitter and the things you can do with it be sure to watch my video this coming Friday. There are a lot more possibilities than you might expect!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Make Jewelry out of SILK! Knitted Necklace Cord-Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Mar 022018

Although it’s ultimately more satisfying to create your own designs, I’ve found that putting together a project from a kit can be fun and relaxing.

The folks at Facet Jewelry offered to send me the two boxes from their new jewelry box subscription service so I could show them to you and let you know my thoughts.

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Each box contains two projects and you can choose boxes that have either stitching or stringing projects. They cost $24.95 per box, but go down to as low as $23 if you opt for a longer subscription.

I love that shipping to the United States is included in the price! If you are outside the U.S. shipping is $9 flat rate per box.

In the video I’ll show you the (mostly) completed projects, and give my thoughts on the designs,  materials and instructions.


  • excellent instructions
  • a nice instruction booklet that you can use for future projects
  • a few extras of the bits that you might need more of, like head pins, crimps & crimp covers
  • good for beginners


  • not very good quality materials
  • no stringing in the “stringing” box
  • no choice of colors
  • projects are quite basic

As I mention in the video, two of the things I put in the “cons” category could be good qualities. It might push us out of our comfort zones to not always get to work with our favorite colors. And sometimes doing a very simple, basic project can be a soothing break while still being busy crafting.

If you’d like to learn more check out Facet Jewelry Boxes. Don’t forget to use the code “FACET” for 10% off your first order.

I received these two boxes for free from Facet Jewelry in exchange for a review. All opinions shared are my honest feelings about their products.

Watch the What’s Inside the Facet Jewelry Boxes? Beads & Findings Kits Right To Your Door! video at YouTube.

Feb 272018

These pretty pendants are evocative of graceful, elegant calla lilies.

They are surprisingly simple to create out of polymer clay.

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Once you have the basic form created you can then add paints, patinas and beads to further personalize and enhance them.

Depending on the colors and styles you choose you can get just about any look you want.

How about?

  • simple elegance
  • rustic charm
  • vibrant playfulness
  • gypsy boho

The flower is a blank slate for your creativity!

Make a couple small ones and you have a pair of earrings. You could even make a bunch of teeny tiny ones for bracelet charms.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Calla Lily Pendants-Springtime Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Feb 232018

Don’t have just the right bail to accent your special jewelry pendant?

Make your own!

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With about 10 inches of 20 gauge wire and a few minutes of your time you can have a custom-made bail that perfectly suits any jewelry pieces you’d like to dangle.

Using bail making pliers makes it easy to create a bail with an opening that’s the perfect size for any cord you’d like to string your jewelry onto.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Coiled Wire Bails-How to Create Custom Necklace Jewelry Findings Tutorial video at YouTube.

Feb 202018

Wire wrapping briolettes is a classic technique for making them into dangles, and they look lovely, but sometimes it’s nice to find a different way of doing things.

In today’s video I show a simple technique for dangling and accenting briolettes and other top drilled bead & pendants with seed beads.

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You can make these as long as you like, and accent them with any beads you want.

Although I turned mine into a pair of earrings, you could just as easily make a necklace pendant, dangles for a fringe or even for a bracelet.

Tools and Materials:

Watch the Beaded Briolette Earrings-Seed Bead & Crystal Drops Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Feb 162018

Just how many specialty tools do we need?

I recently came across these pliers that are specifically for closing crimp covers.

Is it worth it to have a one-use tool?

ff crimp cover closer pliers

In today’s video I’ll show you how they work and let you decide for yourself!

A few of the products shown in the video:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Crimp Cover Closer Pliers-Are They Worth It? Friday Findings Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.