Jun 132016

summer's green

When I was trying to think of a name for this bracelet, what popped into my mind was what I thought was the beginning of a poem, something about summer and green and gold. (Have you noticed that I’ve been trying to be more lyrical in my project names lately?)

Naturally, I turned to the Google machine for help, and naturally, found I was way off. Here’s the Robert Frost poem I’d been thinking of:

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

A beautiful poem, but after all that, I’m still sticking with “Summer’s Green & Gold” for the bracelet. 🙂

In the video I give some tips for designing with chunky/irregular shaped beads. I love the combination of the different shades of green with all the bright gold filled beads and findings. It really does make me think of a day in early summer.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Summer’s Green & Gold Bracelet Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jun 102016

cheech helping cover

Did you know that I have nearly 350 video tutorials on my YouTube channel? Wowza, that’s a lot of editing!

I hope it’s also a lot of inspiration and creative encouragement for you, my viewers. That’s my reason for doing it, after all. 🙂

It’s always fun to see just what goes on behind the scenes in any kind of production. Personally, it always makes me appreciate it more. And making this “making of” video made me appreciate those “making of the movie” clips even more! lol

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy this peek into my process.

cheech & chicks

Cheech watching over our one week old chicks.

Of course, it would be far less fun to do without my furry helper, Cheech, who as you can see from the above, likes to be in on ALL the action. 😀

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch The Making of a Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jun 082016

wildflower votive

Today I have for you the third in our series on how to make this floral votive candle holder. So far we’ve done large leaves with a simple scrap cane, fiddle heads and ferny-type things (Part 1,) salvia/larkspur type flowers and tall phlox, which with the right colors, leaves and height quite resemble geraniums (Part 2.)

rose campion

photo source: GardeningKnowHow.com, image by Taiftin

This week we’re making a sweet old fashioned flower that I love: rose campion. In the video I show you an easy way to get the look of many scattered leaves.

We’ll also make pansies/violets/violas to fill in the under story of our wildflower garden.

Next week will be the fourth and final installment, so check back!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

Watch the Wildflower Candle Holder Part 3-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial at YouTube

Watch Part 1 or Part 2 of the Wildflower Candle Holder series.

Jun 062016

green mosaic necklace

There’s just something about the casual, rustic look of leather jewelry that makes me think of summer. This necklace with it’s earthy green, brown and gold tones puts me in mind of a hike in woods on a warm, sunny day.

I love how braiding together the two different types of leather and the chain creates a whole new texture.

Finishing the ends of the leather involves bead caps and glue. Be sure to wait the full curing time of the glue before trying to wear your necklace!

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Green Mosaic Necklace Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jun 032016

ff jump ring tool

Opening and closing jump rings isn’t complicated, but if you have a lot to do it can be tedious. The jump ring tool is simple in design and concept, but does take a little practice to use smoothly. As you’ll see from my fumbling in the video, I obviously haven’t practiced with it much. 🙂

I would think this tool would  be useful for any project that uses many jump rings, but especially for those of you who do chain maille work.

Here are links to a couple different versions of the jump ring tool. You’ll also need a pair of pliers, such as these flat nose pliers.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Jump Ring Tool video at YouTube.

Jun 012016

wildflower votive

Today’s video is the second in a series on how to make this floral votive candle holder. Of course, as I keep saying, you can use these techniques to decorate just about anything you like: pendants, boxes, cuff bracelets, wine glasses… anything that will sit still long enough and can go into a 275° oven.

I absolutely love how this week’s two flowers came out. The salvia/larkspur type flowers are so simple to make, yet have such a realistic effect. After I made my first one I just sat back and said, “Ooooo, pretty!”

The tall phlox flowers are easy, but they take a bit more time. If you did them in reds and changed the shapes of the leaves you’d have quite convincing geraniums. I’m sure there are lots of different kind of flowers with this basic shape that you could adapt this technique to.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

Watch the Wildflower Candle Holder Part 2-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial at YouTube

Watch Wildflower Candle Holder Part 1 at YouTube.

May 302016

yellow zinc earrings

Who says you can only find jewelry making supplies at the craft or bead store? I often have fun poking around in my local hardware store, seeing what there is that I can find alternate uses for.

I went looking for copper washers and was told they didn’t have any. My husband, who spends a LOT more time at the Depot than I do, assures me they do… in the plumbing section, not hardware. So that will be a video for another day. 😀

In case you don’t have a hardware store or Home Depot right down the street, I’ve provided a link for you below.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Zinc Yellow Earrings Video Tutorial at YouTube.

May 272016

ff head pins

Head pins are one of those most basic of jewelry supplies. Mostly they are used to make bead dangles: A bead or beads are strung onto the wire and something at the other end keeps the beads from slipping off. Then a loop is made to dangle these beads from whatever you like.

Head pins range from plain and simple nail head styles, to artist-made glass, ceramic, metal or other materials. They can be focal points themselves or just supporting players.

Here are a few good quality head pins:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Head Pins video at YouTube.

May 252016

wildflower votive

You may have noticed that I love sculpting in polymer clay. And by sculpting I don’t mean to sound pretentious or la-di-dah, or imply that it’s impossible for your average person to accomplish. I simply mean shaping the clay so it depicts what you envision.

One of my favorite visions is that of a meadow blooming full of flowers, so I’m going to try to recreate that on a small glass candle holder. Today’s video begins a series. In part one I will show you how easily you can make three different kinds of greenery. The first involves a simple cane, and the other two are about basic shaping.

Another thing that’s great about this project is that you can make the entire thing with just clay from your scrap bin!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

Watch the Wildflower Candle Holder Part 1-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial at YouTube.

May 232016

red boho memory wire bracelet

I’m always intrigued by different and unusual shapes of beads. So for today’s memory wire bracelet I decided to try using these long curved tube beads. Using them makes the bracelet much lighter than other multiple wrap projects.

Memory wire bracelets are nice to put together, most of the work is in the planning and then it’s just a simple matter of stringing.

I finished the ends of this memory wire bracelet differently than I have in the past using bead ends. Watch my Friday Findings-Memory Wire Bead Ends video for details.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Red Boho Memory Wire Bracelet Video Tutorial at YouTube.