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.

ff facet jewelry boxes

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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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.

calla lily pendants cover

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!

ff coiled wire bails

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.

beaded briolettes cover

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.

Feb 132018
 

This bracelet takes a little bit of time to make, but it is oh-so worth it. You can choose to stop at just the center section and still have a wavy shaped bracelet, but adding the beaded borders along the sides is the crowning touch.

crimson waves bracelet cover

Either way be sure to watch the video for my tips on choosing beads that will work best in this project, not all will give you the effect you are looking for.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Crimson Waves Bracelet-Chan Luu Style Beaded Jewelry Beading Tutorial video at YouTube.

Feb 092018
 

There have been several projects that I have made that required holding the end of a piece of jewelry, usually a bracelet, with a bit of tension.

Usually that was accomplished with some sort of rigged up system involving scotch tape and a binder clip, lol.

ff speedyjig

So when the folks at SpeedyJig contacted me and asked if I would like to try one of their jigs, I jumped at the chance!

I requested that they send me the XL jig because I wanted to be able to use it to make longer items such as triple wrap bracelets or necklaces. The first thing I did was attempt to follow their instructions and use the included materials to make a paracord bracelet.

I found the instructions a little tricky to follow, although in all fairness if I had read a little bit more slowly and carefully it might’ve been fine. A couple of additional explanations would’ve been helpful.

With the help of a YouTube video and also an online instructable I was able to complete the project.

I also used this jig to making a wavy Chan Luu wrap style bracelet and found it to be incredibly helpful to be able to adjust the tension throughout the process. Check back next Tuesday for that video!

Btw, if you are thinking about making paracord jewelry there are LOTS of different types of clasps you can put on your survival bracelet. Some of them include compasses, fire starters, whistles, adjustable slides or other useful things. Scroll through the link in the list below for many fascinating options.

These work up SO quickly! Don’t tell them, but each of my guys will be getting one for their upcoming birthdays.

Hooray for quick & easy (and useful… and possibly life saving…) gifts for guys!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How to Use a SpeedyJig to Make Jewelry & Paracord Bracelets-Friday Findings video on YouTube.

Feb 062018
 

Beads can be made of so many things: wood, glass, plastic, bone, horn, shell…

So why not make beads out of other beads?

beaded beads bracelet cover

Today I’ll show you a simple method for creating beads out of seed beads. This is a great technique for when you can’t find beads to match others in your stash: just create your own!

Although it looks like it might be complicated and time-consuming, these beads only take a few minutes each to create.

Tools and Materials:

Watch the How To Make a Beaded Beads Bracelet-Bead & Jewelry Tutorial on YouTube.

Feb 022018
 

How many of you have dishes & drawers or boxes & bags full of little bits and pieces that you really like but don’t know what to do with?

How would you like to learn a way you can turn them into a pair of earrings, in under five minutes?

ff spiral post earrings

In today’s video I show how you can create custom post earring findings to suit any type of piece you want to dangle from it.

Don’t have two that match? Find a pair that coordinate, like the cookie and the chocolate above!

Although I don’t show it in the video, this isn’t limited to polymer clay pieces, how about going through your supply of charms & pendants, or top-drilled beads?

I’m sure with a little imagination you’ll think of all sorts of fun combinations!

Tools & Materials:

See all the basic tools & supplies I recommend in my Amazon shop: KeepsakeCraftsBySandyHuntress.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How To Make a Post Earring Out Of Almost Anything w/Wire Work-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Jan 302018
 

The fun thing about working with resin is that you can put just about anything into it.

Of course, you have to be careful that:

  1. the objects you embed in resin are waterproof, and
  2. they won’t cause chemical reactions which may make your resin not set.

scenic resin pendants cover

But other than those considerations you are only limited by your imagination!

In today’s video I’m playing with the idea of using transparencies within resin and embedding objects to complete a scene.

Those of you who are my patrons will be able to access the images I used in the videos. (FYI, I’ve purchase a license that allows me to share them with you, but it does not allow for use in items that will be sold.)

Some of the other things I considered adding to my scenes:

  • Sculpted polymer clay items such as leaves, branches or flowers
  • Natural items such as stones, seeds, twigs and plants
  • Broken bits and pieces of meaningful jewelry
  • Just a whole bunch of steampunk gears!

I’m sure you could go on with lots more ideas yourselves. Feel free to share your thoughts on what you would like to embed in resin to make it personal.

Tools and Materials:

Check out my Amazon shop with all the basic crafting supplies I use: https://www.amazon.com/shop/keepsakecraftsbysandyhuntress

Enjoy the video and happy creating!


Watch the Scenic Resin Pendants-Personal Customized Jewelry Tutorial video on YouTube.