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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

May 202016

ff memory wire ends

Isn’t it fun to find new jewelry making products that you didn’t even know existed? I just love discovering them, and then thinking up all kinds of new uses for those things I didn’t know I needed. 🙂

These little half-drilled beads are sold at Fire Mountain Gems as “bead ends” or “memory wire ends.” In addition to the shapes I show in the video they also have 6.5x4mm cones, and the same cones with loops.

Here are links to a few different styles:

Some of the uses I thought of for them:

  • Finishing the ends of memory wire bracelets
  • Gluing them to wire to make custom head pins
  • Making stud earrings
  • Using them to finish wire work projects

What ways to use them can you think of? I look forward to hearing from you!

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

Watch the Friday Findings-Memory Wire Bead Ends Video Tutorial at YouTube.

May 182016

bird branch pendant

Today I have for you part two on how to make this bird & branch pendant. Here’s the link to part one of the Bird & Branch Steampunk pendant, in case you missed it.

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Have fun with this design, changing it up and making it your own.

Watch the Bird, Branch & Steampunk Heart Pendant Part 1-Polymer Clay Tutorial at YouTube.

Watch the Bird, Branch & Steampunk Heart Pendant Part 2-Polymer Clay Tutorial at YouTube.

May 162016

Infinity link bracelet

There are LOTS of variations of the infinity link out there, just check out this Pinterest search for wire infinity link jewelry for many examples.

I decided to keep mine simple & elegant, and make it from wire wrapping so there’s no soldering involved.

If I had it to do over I’d make mine out of a heavier gauge wire, at least 16 ga, if not 14. But I wanted to be able to show you the process and not just me struggling with heavy wire. 🙂

Btw, when I made the link in the video I really should have wrapped that beginning tail across the middle. It would have made wrapping the final tail neater and less awkward.  (Watch the video and try it and you’ll see what I mean.)

Also, I realized that you should definitely take a moment and gently curve the entire piece so it will sit comfortably on your wrist.

Let me know if you give this a try, I love to see your project photos!

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Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Infinity Link Bracelet Video Tutorial at YouTube.