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.

Jan 262018
 

Druzies are popular in jewelry and home decor these days, and even though they aren’t particularly expensive, it’s a fun project to make them yourself!

Besides, who doesn’t love being able to customize the sizes, shapes and colors?

ff faux druzies cover

In today’s video I show how you can make your own chunky, glittery and utterly organic faux druzies.

There are only two ingredients you need to make druzies: glitter and glue. In the video I show which ones work best.

Then all you need is something to put them in such as purchased metal bezels, or you can create your own custom bezels out of polymer clay.

green faux druzies

In case you’re interested, this is how the druzies that I made in the video came out.

Gotta love all that sparkle!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the DIY Faux Druzies-Druzy Jewelry Pendants-Friday Findings Tutorial video at YouTube.

Jan 232018
 

Last week I showed how to sculpt miniature houses, flowers, succulents and a forest of mushrooms for our fairy garden teacups. 

Were you able to find a teacups to build your project in?

If not, you might be able to use a pretty bowl, candle holder or even a teapot!

fairy garden teacup pt 2 cover

This week, as promised, I’ll show you how to create sweet little bunny rabbits, ladybugs and a garden trellis. Then we’ll put it all together and complete the project. 

If you missed the first part, click here to watch part one of the Fairy Garden in a Teacup.

Tools & Materials (from part one):

Tools & Materials (for part two):

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Fairy Garden In a Teacup Polymer Clay Sculpting Miniature Tutorial-Pt. 2 of 2 video at YouTube.

Watch part one of the Fairy Garden in a Teacup.

See the part one Fairy Garden in a Teacup blog post.

Jan 192018
 

When I opened this month’s Dollar Bead Box and started arranging and rearranging all of the goodies inside it got me to thinking about how my system of organizing keeps me from doing that sort of play at any other time.

ff making the most of bead boxes cover

It also makes me think of stories I’ve heard about other artists who tend to leave things piled about their work desks and will often discover new and interesting combinations just because of the variety of things that end up in contact with each other.

Being a very organized person and someone regimented in my methods, the thought of doing this rather stresses me out!

In today’s video I consider a few different ways we can organize and sort collections in order to best make use of them.

Here are links to some of the items I showed in the video:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How To Make the Most of Your Beads, Bead Boxes and Jewelry Stash-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Jan 162018
 

Fairy gardens are utterly adorable and a miniature one in a tea cup is especially cute.

It was SO much fun creating all the details for this tiny fairy garden in a tea cup!

fairy garden teacup pt 1 cover

In today’s video I will show you:

  • How to fill your tea cup and prepare the ground
  • How to make teeny houses with doors, windows, and textured roofs
  • How to make itty-bitty mushrooms with a fun and easy way of inserting them into your garden
  • How to create tiny polymer clay succulents that never need watering
  • And how to make minuscule flowers, because what is a fairy garden without flowers?

Since I had so many ideas for details to add this is part one of a two-part series.

Be sure to check back next week when I’ll show you how to make ladybugs, bunny rabbits and a sweet little arbor for your flowers to climb on. Then we’ll put it all together and finish the project.

Tools and Materials:

A few notes from the video:

  • There are LOADS of tutorial on YouTube for all different types of succulents.
  • The issue of Polymer Café that I mention in the video is Vol. 15 No. 1, Nov./Dec. 2016. I could not find anywhere online to purchase back issues of this magazine.
  • I do have one extra copy of this issue, if you are interested feel free to contact me. (And if you find a source for back issues, let me know and I’ll pass along the info!.)

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Fairy Garden In a Teacup Polymer Clay Sculpting Miniature Tutorial-Pt. 1 of 2 video at YouTube.