Jun 292018
 

Have you ever come across a book that perfectly suited your learning style, skill level and your taste?

This book, Wire Jewelry Masterclass by Abby Hook, has been that kind of experience for me.

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If you are someone who enjoys learning from books, especially if you like going through them step-by-step, one page at a time, one project at a time, then you are going to love developing your wire wrapping skills with Abby.

In today’s video I will not only give you a taste of what is in the book and my opinions, I will also show you all of the jewelry that I have made using her tutorials.

It’s quite the pile. Even I was surprised once I gathered it all together.

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Here are some earrings back when they were freshly made and still shiny. And a ring, which I didn’t like and took apart.

Here are a some of my favorite tools and materials to use in wire wrapping:

Have you tried wire wrapped jewelry? Is is something you want to learn?

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

P.S. I’ll be taking the month of July off from tutorials on my YouTube channel.  Don’t picture me lying on a beach for the month, though! I’ve rapidly filled up my schedule with all the things I’ve been putting off because I can’t seem to get to them in a regular week, lol.

Watch the Wire Jewelry Masterclass By Abby Hook-Book Review-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Jun 262018
 

If you enjoy my designs, then perhaps, like me, you love creating distinctive and unusual pieces to wear.

Today’s project combines a beautiful fanciful design with an unexpected element: It glows in the dark!

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My first thought was to make these into necklace pendants, but then I walked into a dark room and saw them glowing on the table and thought they’d be so cute:

  • Tucked here and there in a fairy garden
  • Placed in pretty bowls about the house
  • Positioned on a night table for a soft comforting glow (for a child, or anyone who needs a little gentle light in the night)

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This is the chart provided by PolyClayPlay on their glow powders:

Color: Brightness: Endurance: Particle Size:
Green 10 14+ Hour Dust
Aqua 9 12+ Hour Fine
Blue 7 8+ Hour Fine
Purple 5 6+ Hour Fine

 

In my pieces I didn’t find that even the green glowed much longer than an hour. However, I did NOT carefully measure my powders or my clay. So it’s likely that if you add them in the correct ratios, you’ll get better results.

I’ll have to try doing that sometime, lol.

Let me know what ways you can think for making use of these sweet little glow pebbles. I just love having them around, they’re pretty and fascinating to look at.

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These would also be fun to try lighting up from the inside with LED lights. That may be a topic for an upcoming Friday Findings video.

Here’s the article I mentioned by Ginger Davis Allman on conditioning Pardo Translucent clay.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video. Happy creating!

Watch the Glow Pebbles Hollow Beads or Necklace Pendants, Glow-In-The-Dark Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Jun 122018
 

In part one of this series I showed how to design and create cute little scenes using silk ribbon, beads and simple embroidery stitches.

This is such a relaxing and fun pastime, I hope you give it a try.

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In today’s video I will show how to take your embroidered scene and fit it into a bezel so you can wear it as a necklace or other jewelry.

We’ll cover:

  • How to deal with round forms
  • How to create an easy miter for a clean finish on square or rectangular shapes
  • How I dealt with an usual style bezel frame.
  • **As a bonus I’ll show you my very first piece of silk ribbon embroidery! (Be prepared to wince.)

In case you missed it, you’ll find part one here: 

Silk Ribbon Jewelry-It’s Easier Than You Think! Simple Embroidery, Pretty Pendants, Tutorial Pt 1 of 2

Tools and Materials:

Those of you who are patrons, don’t forget that I have the sketches available to you for download at https://www.patreon.com/sandysewin/posts.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Silk Ribbon Jewelry-How To Create Darling Embroidery Pendants, Tutorial Pt 2 of 2 video at YouTube.

Watch part 1:  Silk Ribbon Jewelry-It’s Easier Than You Think! Simple Embroidery, Pretty Pendants, Tutorial Pt 1 of 2

Jun 082018
 

Have you ever bought a product for something, realized it didn’t do what you’d expected, set it on a shelf, then one day discovered it was actually quite for something else?

It happens to me all the time, lol.

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The good news for you is, not only did I recently rediscover this jar of Tool Magic, I figured out lots of different ways (besides the main advertised one) to use it. 

Watch the video to see all of my ideas, and feel free to chime in the comments with your suggestions.

By the way, using this stuff to keep my plier handles securely in place?

It worked PERFECTLY!

I’m so thrilled to not have my tool sleeves slipping all over the place anymore.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch the video for  a demonstration.

  • You can find Tool Magic on Amazon, and also in your local craft stores.
  • The beading project I show in the video is the Kalahari Oasis Lariat, from Carol Cypher’s African Helix Stitch 101 course on Interweave.
  • Ooooo, I just had another idea: What about coating the bottoms of things you want to be non-skid?
  • Please share your creative ideas!

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How Tool Magic Can Help With Jewelry Making and Polymer Clay Sculpting Tools-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Jun 012018
 

Although I had heard of brooch converters before I didn’t really think about them much until recently.

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And when I started thinking about them more carefully I realized all the exciting new possibilities with just my own small collection of brooches.

Hope you find them as helpful as I know I will!

Here are links to the things I showed/mentioned in the video:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How To Quickly Convert Your Pin To A Necklace Pendant With Brooch Converters-Friday Findings at YouTube.

May 292018
 

I’ve enjoyed hand embroidery since I was a little girl of around eight or nine years old.

So when I first encountered the concept of doing those same stitches I had made with wool and floss, but instead using silk ribbon, I was intrigued

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This was about 20 years ago and I wasn’t into jewelry making then, but I sure did have fun embellishing lots of garments and home dec!

Then the kind folks at Thread Nanny contacted me and wanted to know if I would like to use some of their ribbons in my videos.

And so I took another look at the possibilities for silk ribbon, especially in jewelry as that is where my focus is these days. It was a lot of fun finding cute bezels and sketching out charming little scenes.

I especially delighted in adding beaded and embroidery floss embellishments.

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By the way, here’s a secret I didn’t think to mention in the video: that blue oval hoop I use for embroidery? It’s the same one I used as a little girl!

In fact, it even has my maiden name engraved on it, lol.

I hope you give designing and creating your own little silk ribbon scenes a try, it’s fun, relaxing and very satisfying.

Be sure to watch for Part 2 of the tutorial, where I’ll show how to finish your embroidered pieces.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Silk Ribbon Jewelry-It’s Easier Than You Think! Simple Embroidery, Pretty Pendants, Tutorial Pt 1 of 2 video at YouTube.

Part 2 is up now: Watch the Silk Ribbon Jewelry-How To Create Darling Embroidery Pendants, Tutorial Pt 2 of 2 video at YouTube.

May 252018
 

Having an extra set of beading tools that you can easily bring with you is a great idea.

There have been a few occasions when friends or family members had jewelry that I could have easily adjusted or repaired for them, if only I’d had my pliers with me.

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This inexpensive set comes with its own carrying case and is easily tucked into a purse or car glove box. 

Of course, at under $20 for 10 tools, you can’t expect them to be top quality, but they do get the job done. 

In today’s video I’ll go through everything you get in the set, demo a few of them and talk about ways I might use each of the tools.

Speaking of inexpensive jewelry supplies, I am also reviewing a set of 60 large hole beads with accompanying bracelet. At $15 for 60 beads, they are quite the bargain!

Watch today’s video for the details and my honest opinion on all these products.

In case you missed it last week:

As a special favor to my email newsletter readers BeeBeeCraft is offering $6 off your order of $15 or more to the first 25 people to use the coupon code: SANDY6

(This offer is good until July 15, 2018.)

Hope you find the video helpful. Happy creating!

Watch the Inexpensive Jewelry Making Tools & Large Hole Beads-Are They Worth It? Review-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

These products were provided to me for free for review purposes; however, BeeBeeCraft has no control over my content and I was not paid for the review.  The opinions shared are my own honest views.

May 182018
 

If you’re a creative person you probably have many projects going on at any given time.

But if you’re a beader how do you keep all of those different projects organized and keep your beads from spilling all over the place?

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This set of three design boards is a great place to begin. In it you have one board for designing necklaces, one just for bracelets and another that you can use to corral most any project.

If you bead and like sparkly things you may have discovered flat back rhinestones. These little gems are wonderful for embellishing jewelry, polymer clay, garments, home dec and more.

But, they can be tricky to pick up and place exactly where you want them to be, so I was happy to receive this set of rhinestone picker pencils from the folks at BeeBeeCraft.

Watch today’s video for the details and my honest opinion on all these products.

As a special favor to my email newsletter readers BeeBeeCraft is offering $6 off your order of $15 or more to the first 25 people to use the coupon code: SANDY6

(This offer is good until July 15, 2018.)

Enjoy the video, the discount and happy creating!

Watch the Bead Design Boards for Jewelry & Beading AND Rhinestone Picker Tool Review-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

These products were provided to me for free for review purposes; however, BeeBeeCraft has no control over my content and I was not paid for the review.  The opinions shared are my own honest views.

May 152018
 

Leather is often the perfect choice when creating jewelry for guys.

But make just a few alternate design decisions and you can have a really lovely feminine piece.

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Today’s bracelet combines metallic violet braided leather, rose gold findings and pressed glass flower beads for a boho-chunky yet soft and pretty piece of jewelry.

It goes together easily, but in order to insure a perfect fit do allow some time for the glue to dry in stages.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Purple & Pink Posy Bracelet-Flower Beads and Leather Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

The leather and findings were provided to me for free for promotional purposes; however, Endless Leather has no control over my content and I was not paid for making the project.  The opinions shared are my own honest views.

May 042018
 

I’ve been using Swarovski crystal bicone beads for years, but just recently took a closer look at another shape: rivolis.

They’re often used in bead weaving and bead embroidery projects, and wow, do they bring on the glitz!

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As I mention in the video, I’ve recently taken a few bead weaving and bead embroidery classes at Interweave.

My favorites so far are:

Btw, I didn’t pay the stated price for any of the classes. Interweave sent out an offer in April for a month of their courses for $1. I’ve definitely gotten way more than my money’s worth… although I probably spent the equivalent difference on beads & supplies, lol.

Since several of the projects used rivolis, I decided to buy some and learn more about them.

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I haven’t been disappointed in all their shimmery goodness!rivoli bead embroidery 2

Here are links to the products I show in the video:

You can also purchase Swarovski crystal rivolis and findings at Amazon. I found for the most part, the prices and selection are better at ArtBeads.com.

Watch the Rivolis, Chatons & Fancy Stones-What Are They and How to Use Them? Friday Findings video at YouTube.