Jul 222016

ff decorative ear wires

Here’s yet another way to customize your jewelry and make it uniquely your own: create custom decorative ear wires.

What’s great about using these for your earrings is that you can make the ear wires an integral part of the design, rather than just a functional afterthought.

The wire working is simple and satisfying, and in the video I show a trick for making perfectly matched pairs of ear wires.

By the way, 20 or 18 gauge wire is  best for ear wires. Any thicker and it may hurt to insert them, any thinner and they could potentially cut through the ear lobes.

If you’re looking for ideas for interesting things to do with ear wires, check out this Pinterest search for handmade ear wires. Lots of cool designs!

Some of the tools you may need:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Making Decorative Ear Wires video at YouTube.

Jul 202016

fantasy bezels

In last week’s video I showed how you can create your own textured polymer clay pendant bezels. Now it’s time to have some fun playing with filling them with the beautiful, but unpredictable, effects of Pebeo Prisme Fantasy paints.

Once the paints are completely cured you can top them with a dome of clear resin. This magnifies the paints and adds to the look of having an interesting cabochon inside your bezel.

If you’d like to see more ways of doing this technique, check out Ludmila Bakulina’s Pebeo playlist. Her techniques are similar to mine, but we each have our own take on it. Have fun coming up with your own unique version!

Tools & Materials:

  • Pebeo Fantasy Paints
  • Magic Glos
  • toothpicks or skewer sticks for stirring & applying paint
  • paper towel for clean up
  • odorless mineral spirits or paint thinner for clean up (if needed)
  • UV Light (optional, sunshine is free!)

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Fantasy Bezel Pendants Pt. 2-Polymer Clay Tutorial at YouTube.

Watch Part 1, Fantasy Bezel Pendants at YouTube.

Jul 182016

lime twist bracelet

It must be summertime, with beachy cocktails on the brain, if this is the best title I can come up with for this bracelet. 🙂

This beadweaving technique is one of the most basic, and often a starting point for more complicated designs. I love it because with a change of bead shapes & sizes you get a completely different look.

lime twist bracelet

My ladder weave bracelet is done exactly the same way. Can you see the pattern?

lime twist bracelet

Also, this Ladder & Chain bracelet is a variation, with a few added elements, but similar construction.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Lime Twist Bracelet Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jul 152016

ff glue on bails

There are so many different ways to make jewelry pendants and charms, and there are just as many different ways to dangle them from our chosen chain or cording.

A jump ring though a pierced hole is probably the simplest way to do it, but sometimes it’s nice to be a bit more elegant. Also, sometimes you may not be able to or may not want to make a hole through your piece, like in my dragon pendant above.

That’s where a glue on bail can come in handy. As you can see from the small selection I have, they can go from quite fancy to very plain and simple.

In the video I’ll tell you what you need to know in order to use these jewelry findings effectively.

Here are links to the bails I show:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Glue On Bails video at YouTube.

Jul 132016

fantasy bezels

You may have noticed that I adore interesting surface effects. And I haven’t found any effects much more interesting than what Pebeo Fantasy paints can do!

After playing with these paints and admiring their organic end results, I decided they needed to be showcased by an organic setting. So, in this week’s video I’ll show you how to create these polymer clay bezels. Next week I’ll show how much fun it is to drop in the Pebeos and watch them do their thing.

You can finish the bezels simply, with just some applied mica powders, like I show in the video. Or, you can take it up a step and add metallics and patinas with Swellegant paints.

I definitely prefer this look, and like to wait until the Pebeos are done before choosing my paint & patina colors. The final look of Pebeos is unpredictable, so by waiting I can choose the colors that perfectly accent them.

Gather your supplies and be prepared to have fun!

Happy creating!

Watch the Fantasy Bezel Pendants-Polymer Clay Tutorial at YouTube.

Jul 112016

nature's treasures

I’ve always been fascinated with things that are encased in clear resin or glass. Having them frozen in space and being able to study them carefully from all angles is just so amazing.

In today’s video I show how to use UV resin to preserve tiny bits of flowers, leaves and grasses as molded cabochons.

You can then glue on a bail or drill holes to make these pieces into whatever jewelry you like.  This would be the perfect way to preserve flowers from a bridal bouquet or any other occasion you’d like to remember.

Make sure to plan for test runs. As I show in the video, things don’t always turn out like you think they will.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Nature’s Treasures-Resin Pendant Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Jul 082016

ff pebeos

If you haven’t yet seen the Pebeo paints and their amazing surface effects, you are in for a a treat!

I’ve only begun to experiment and play with them, but in this video I share what I’ve learned and discovered about what works, what doesn’t and how to clean up easily.

elise smith

pebeo cabochons by Elise Smith

As you can see from the above photo, other artists have managed to get wonderful results with these fun paints. Check out Elise Smith’s Facebook photos for other examples of what she’s done.

One thing I forgot to mention in the video is the drying time. Depending on the thickness of the application these take anywhere from 6 to 72 hours before they are completely dry, so patience and a safe place to keep them while waiting is required. 🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Pebeo Prisme Fantasy Paints Intro Video-Friday Findings at YouTube.

Jul 062016

ammonite pendant

This project began when I saw a similar ammonite piece on Pinterest. Although the photo showed step-by-step directions they didn’t make much sense to me, so I went ahead and developed my own way of doing it.

I was pleasantly surprised that it ended up being so easy and so very cool looking.

You could easily whip up several of these for yourself in half an hour or so. The only part that is time-consuming is wrapping the coils.

If you want to know how to paint it so that it looks like an old piece of metal be sure to check out my Swellegant paints and patinas video.

Tools and materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Ammonite Pendants Polymer Clay Tutorial at YouTube.

Jul 042016

post & charm earrings

I decided to call this project “Post & Charm Earrings” rather than “Flower & Cat Earrings” because I wanted the focus to be on the design instead of the particular elements I chose.

This project is so incredibly simple, but so versatile! Like I mention in the video, you only need four elements: a charm to dangle from the bottom, a decorative earring finding, a bead and some wire.

Your personal choices of each of these four things can completely change the look of the earrings.

Of course, if you want to use the exact posts & charms I did, here you go: 🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Post & Charm Earrings Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jul 012016

ff post earrings

It occurred to me the other day that 99% of my earrings are the dangly hook style. I do have a few smaller, post type earrings for the second pierced hole in each ear, but that’s it.

It became a problem when I was doing some work with a dress code that stated earrings could be no larger than a dime. Say what?! Oooo, I did not care for that restriction, not one little bit.

It also occurred to me that perhaps not everybody wants them quite so busy as I do. So I assembled several post type earring findings for you to check out.

With the exception of the glue-on findings, all of these have loops from which you can dangle as small or as long a decoration as you like.

Here are links to a few of the findings I show in the video:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Post Earrings video at YouTube.