Jan 022015

fuchsia finery statement necklace close up

In a previous video I used a purchased wire bird’s nest for my pendant focal point. After studying it for a while I think I figured out the general idea of how it’s made.

friday findings wire nest

My design could definitely use some work. I’m thinking that it might work out better to wrap the wires more evenly, like from 12 to 6 o’clock, then from 3 to 9 o’clock, then in between and so on.

Let me know what you come up with and any improvements you figure out. We’ll all benefit!

You can share photos of what you’ve made with this tutorial on Keepsake Crafts’ Facebook page in the Your Creations album.

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

You can watch the Friday Findings-Making Wire Nests video over at YouTube.


Dec 302014

Happy final What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday of 2014!

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Now that Christmas is over, I’ve been trying to finish up a few projects, including these Tribal Pendants from Sylvie Peraud’s CraftArtEdu.com class.

tribal pendant 1

I wasn’t happy with this first one I made, so I did two more.

2014 12 31 woyww  tribal pendants (2)

I’m loving the bright colors of the one of the right. Those are so much more me than the earthy tones of the other two. Maybe I can get it done in time to wear for New Year’s Eve. 🙂

I hope this day finds you looking forward to God’s blessings in 2015. No matter how bad things seem, there is always much to be thankful for.  (I Thessalonians 5:18)

Wondering why I’m posting photos of my desk? Well it’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, the day we all go visiting the creative spaces of creative people all over the world. The blog link party starts at Julia’s.

Happy creating and Happy New Year, all!

Dec 292014

You might have noticed, but I’ve always been one of those “I can make it myself” kinda gals. 🙂

I think that’s why I find jewelry wire work so fascinating,  you  can make just about everything yourself: ear wires, head pins, eye pins, jump rings and even wire frames, like I show in today’s video.

sweetly twisted earrings

And not just any wire frame, but one from twisted wire, which is far more interesting, doncha think?

Speaking of ear wires, I was feeling lazy and used purchased ones in these earrings, but I think I must go  make and make a pair of sterling silver ear wires, because it’s fairly obvious that the ones I used don’t at all match the other pretty silver components.

You can share any projects based on this video at my Facebook page in the “Your Creations” album.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Sweetly Twisted Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.


  • 2 10 inch pieces 20 gauge sterling silver filled wire
  • 2 10 inch pieces 24 gauge sterling silver filled wire
  • 2 6mm x 10mm top drilled teardrop beads
  • 2 ear wires
  • 2 6mm jump rings
  • 20 3mm pearls


  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • vice grips
  • 2 1-inches pieces of popsicle stick
  • 29mm x 23mm oval mandrel

See video for complete directions.

Dec 262014

friday findings hammered wire dangles

Hammering is a fun and easy way to turn a simple piece of wire into something quite interesting. It was a lot of fun making this video and playing with store bought eye pins. I will definitely be revisiting this idea, especially the curvy wire dangles.

I hope you take this idea and run with it. As always, the possibilities are endless!

Enjoy the video and happy creating. 🙂

You can watch the Friday Findings-Hammered Wire Dangles video over at YouTube.

Dec 232014

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday and Happy Christmas Eve!

I have no desk to show you today, as all that is on it are some scraps of wrapping paper, scissors and bits of tape.

garden fairy house 1200

But many of you asked to see the Garden Fairy House project of mine that was published in the January issue of Polymer Cafe. So here you go.

Click on any of the pics for a closer look.

garden fairy house ladybug

Here are several photos that didn’t make it into the magazine.

garden fairy house window

The base was built on a votive candle holder, so that gives you an idea of the size.

garden fairy house flowers

I used real leaves to give the texture on the roof.

garden fairy house

And I still haven’t gotten mine into the garden. Next spring, for sure. 🙂

polymer cafe contents

If you’d like to learn how to make this (and other things) be sure to check out the January/February 2015 issue of Polymer Cafe. 

*************Update October 26, 2017****************

If you aren’t able to get a back issue of the magazine, this tutorial is now available as a downloadable PDF on Etsy.

Happy creating and Merry Christmas!

P.S. If you’re not too crazy busy this Christmas Eve, take a little time to see what’s on the workdesks of creative folks from all over. Join our weekly blog link party over at Julia’s.

Dec 222014

Using curved tubes to separate our beads gives this bracelet graceful movement. They really do move around almost like dancing as you wear it.

Dancing Agates Bracelet

If you haven’t seen curved tubes before, check out the selection at Fire Mountain Gems. I love the “S” shaped ones, too. Can’t you just imagine the design possibilities?
3 wire reduction through a bead

Here is the stringing chart I promised you in the video.  It’s not rocket science, but I thought the visual helped. 🙂

Swarovski crystal bicones would be a natural in this bracelet, as would any sparkly bead. Have fun choosing your own.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Dancing Agates Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.


  • 18 21mm curved silver tube beads
  • 15 6mm round agate beads
  • toggle clasp
  • 2 wire protectors
  • 4 crimps
  • 4 crimp covers
  • 3 11-inch lengths bead stringing wire
  • 2 10mm brushed silver triangle beads


  • wire cutters
  • crimping pliers
  • chain nose pliers


  1. Hold all strands of wire together and slide a crimp onto all three. Use chain nose pliers to flatten crimp 2 inches from one end. Trim short end of one wire.
  2. Use crimping pliers to pick up and add a crimp cover over the crimp, squeezing gently to close.
  3. Slide remaining two wires through a 10mm triangle bead and through a crimp.
  4. Slide one wire in one end and out the other of a wire protector. Slide on a piece of your clasp.
  5. Slide wire end coming out of wire protector back through crimp. Use chain nose pliers to flatten crimp. Trim two remaining wires and cover with a crimp cover.
  6. Onto each wire slide an alternating pattern of curved tubes and agate beads until you have six tubes and five agates on each wire.
  7. Slide a crimp over all three wires, pull up all wires snug, then back off 1/4 inch to leave a little slack and flatten the crimp with chain nose pliers. Trim end of one wire.
  8. Repeat steps 2-5 to finish other ends of wires.
Dec 192014

friday findings - necklace clasp

Last Christmas my husband bought me a beautiful necklace on Etsy; it had a very unique clasp that I’ve been admiring all year.

It uses just basic jewelry making supplies: headpins, small beads and a spacer bead, but creates a very elegant closure for a necklace.

As I mention in the video, I wouldn’t recommend it for anything other than a necklace, as it depends on the weight of the necklace hanging down to keep it secure.

Anyhow, I hope you find it helpful. Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Dec 162014

Happy crazy busy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday that’s real close to Christmas!

2014 12 17 woyww christmas cards (1)

As you can see from my desk, today finds me listening to Christmas music on Pandora and filling out Christmas cards.

Now, I know that many of you are card makers and you work very hard to hand create all of your Christmas cards, so please don’t shoot me… but mine are store bought.

I did, however, add some stamping as I thought the printed sentiment was rather lacking.

2014 12 17 woyww christmas cards (2)

I love this sentiment! It’s the Stampendous Precious Gift Stamp, btw.

polymer cafe contents

In case you are wondering why there are THREE copies of the same issue of Polymer Cafe on my desk, well, one of them is my subscription issue and the other two are comp issues cuz I’ve got an article in there! 

Whoop, whooop!

Of course, one of the comp issues is going to my mom, who else? 😀

Anyhow, I’m nearly done with the hand-cramp-inducing part of signing the cards and now just need to seal & address them. So I’ll leave you all to your own preparations.

If you have a few minutes to take a break, be sure to check out the busyness on the desks of other creative folks from all around the world. We link up over at Julia’s every Wednesday to do just that.

Happy creating and Merry Christmas!

Dec 152014

Pearly Bubbles Earrings

Cluster designs like this are fun to put together. It can be time consuming to make all the bead dangles, but once done they make a very interesting piece of jewelry with a lot of movement.

These earrings would be great with a bunch of beads in several shades of one color, or how about gradating colors for an ombre effect? You could even try multiple colors: big, juicy brights for a Carmen Miranda look or soft pastels for a dainty, delicate look.

A bigger cluster could even serve as a necklace pendant.

Whichever you choose, have fun creating!

If you do make jewelry based on this video, I’d love for you to share photos in the “Your Creations” album on Keepsake Crafts’ Facebook page.

Enjoy the video. 🙂

You can watch the Pearly Bubbles Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.


  • 30 6mm round beads
  • 30 seed beads
  • 32 head pins
  • 2 12mm glass lentil beads
  • 2 6mm spacer beads
  • 2 ear wires


  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  1. Onto a head pin slide a seed bead and a 6mm bead.
  2. Trim wire coming out of last bead to 3/8-inch. Grasp end of wire with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop.  Reposition pliers to finish loop so it just crosses over itself.  Grasp loop with pliers to center over bead, making sure loop is closed securely. Repeat to make 30 bead dangles.
  3. Onto a headpin slide a spacer bead and a lentil bead.  Add the loops of 15 bead dangles.
  4. Repeat step 2 to make a simple loop above least bead dangle.
  5. Open an ear wire and attach to loop made in step 4.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 to make second earring.
Dec 122014

friday findings Q&A #1

Happy Friday, all! Today I have for you what I hope will be the first of many question and answer videos for you.

I’m so glad that you all aren’t shy about asking specific questions in the comments on my videos, and I try to address them all.

The questions in this video are about more general issues, so I thought you all would find them helpful.

  • how to be sure your wire wrapped loops are secure
  • what to look for and what to do about sharp edges on beads
  • three different ways beads are drilled

Btw, if you do ask me a question in a message (not linked to a specific video) please be sure to mention by name which video your question is on. It wasn’t until after I completed this video that I realized Heather B’s question was on an entirely different topic!

Enjoy the video and happy creating. 🙂

You can watch Friday Findings-Questions & Answers #1 over at YouTube.