Dec 152017

Vintaj patinas have been in my stash for a LONG time, but I’ve only just recently pulled them out to play with again.

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I love being able to add a permanent color to metal to change its appearance.

It’s also great to be able to resurrect older, worn & tired looking pieces.

In today’s video I give a few ideas for ways you can use these wonderful inks/paints, but don’t forget that you can color any of your findings, including jump rings, clasps, bead caps, etc.

Don’t limit yourself to only thinking about jewelry, how about changing things around the home, such as cabinet hardware, light switches and the like?

The only things you want to be cautious about are pieces that have a lot of movement, such as chain. But done lightly (perhaps with the wipe-off technique I demonstrate in the video) I think it could even work on your necklace & bracelet chains.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How to Use Vintaj Patinas to Change the Color and Look of Metal Jewelry Pieces-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Dec 122017

Last week I showed you how to get started creating these darling elf sculptures.

I also showed how to make their adorable little gift boxes, with lids that you can open.

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For some reason it tickles my fancy to be able to tuck a small gift in there, even if it is only a single Hershey‘s kiss, haha.

You can apply the same techniques I show for these little boxes to make larger boxes of any size and shape you want. You may want to make your clay sheets thicker as the boxes get bigger, and if you want corners that are more square you might consider covering the sides with slabs and then trimming, rather than wrapping the clay around.

I always hope you take what I have shown, apply your own twist, and make a creation that is uniquely your own.

If you are inspired to create then I consider myself successful!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Elves Bearing Gifts-Polymer Clay Christmas Sculpting Elf Figurine Tutorial video Part 2 of 2 at YouTube.

In case you missed it, here’s the Elves Bearing Gifts Tutorial, Part 1.

Dec 082017

Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that are the best. I think today’s quick tip falls into that category.

If you like making pieces of jewelry that have multiple dangles, but don’t care for all the time and aggravation they can be to assemble, you’re going to love my simple little device!

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My version is DIY, but if you prefer there is product already on the market that you can purchase. The Chain-Sta has alligator clips on the sides to help hold your chain in whatever position you need.

I couldn’t help but notice that it doesn’t have very good reviews on Amazon, lots of folks have complained about the plastic pieces breaking. So you might indeed be better off making your own version.

If you’d like to learn how I made the Falling Leaves bracelet shown in the video, it’s available to everyone who supports me on Patreon at the $5 level or higher.

Hope you find this idea useful. Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Love Creating Jewelry with Lots of Dangles? Make It Simple With This Quick Tool Tip-Friday Findings Tutorial at YouTube.

Dec 052017

These darling little elves are so much fun to sculpt! 

And their little boxes open, so you can tuck a small gift inside (or hide some chocolate, hehe.)

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If you don’t feel like making the gift box, your elves can hold ornaments, candy canes (like the Gingerbread Cuties from last year) or whatever your imagination can dream up.

Today’s video is part one of two. Next Tuesday I’ll show you how to finish the project.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Elves Bearing Gifts-Polymer Clay Christmas Sculpting Figurine Tutorial video Part 1 of 2 at YouTube.

Watch Part 2 to finish the sculpture: Elves Bearing Gifts-Part 2 of 2

Dec 012017

Lately I have had lots and lots of creative ideas for ways to use jewelry making, polymer clay and other crafting supplies.

This has resulted in an interesting variety of purchases.

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You get to preview all of these recent purchases, and I’ll give you an idea of what I think I’m going to do with them.

What I do with them, of course, is subject to change without notice, but it’s sure to be fun and creative!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Creative Ideas with Jewelry Making and Crafting Supplies-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Nov 282017

When you learn to make not only your own jewelry, but also to create your own beads and components it opens up whole new opportunities for personalizing and making your pieces special.

This is especially true during the Christmas season when we like to give meaningful gifts.

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Since many of the pieces in my button collection are from my grandmother, my mother-in-law or other special people, I always enjoy poking through it, thinking of them and different ways I can use these meaningful objects.

Creating beads molded from these buttons is a nice way of making jewelry that is beautiful as well as sentimental.

Of course, you can also just make molds of purchased buttons you like so you can replicate them multiple times.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Tools and Materials:

Watch the Button Box Necklace-Sentimental Memory Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Nov 212017

Have you ever held a glass bead up to the light and admired the glow, and wished it could be lit up like that while you wore it?

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I have. Which is why I was so excited when I came across a display of luminous jewelry powered by nature at a recent bead show. The name of the company that makes it is AnglerFish (SO clever!) and they recently sent me their starter kit to try out.

See everything that’s in the kit, and details on how it all works in my Friday Findings video from last week:

How to Make Luminous Beads & Jewelry-Light Up LED Necklaces

Today’s video shows how to plan and design a necklace around a focal that looks lovely when lit from within. You can also wear the jewelry unlit, just leave off the powered clasp. 

Either way, this creative product adds a whole new element to our jewelry designs!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Glowfish Necklace-How To Make Luminous Light-Up Beaded Jewelry Tutorial video at Youtube.

Nov 172017

If you watched my video about my trip to the bead show, then you’ll know that I was quite impressed with the luminous jewelry kits created by AnglerFish.

I wasn’t able to pick up any of the product at the show, but then the folks at AnglerFish agreed to send me a kit in exchange for a video review. Yay!

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Of course, even though I received this kit for free, all opinions stated are my true and honest feelings.

In today’s video I will show you:

  • Everything that comes in the kit
  • How to put together your first test necklace
  • How to choose the best glass beads for illumination

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By the way, some of the beads that I show in the video and think won’t work actually will!

This is a very cool tip that I found later in one of the PDFs:

If you use a piece of a white straw on the inside of the bead hole, it will help defuse the light. And there’s even a bit of a straw included in your kit.

I will demonstrate how that looks in my next video and I’ll show you how to string a bead on the pendant style LED without having to glue it in.

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This would be a great unique gift for someone who has everything and loves to make interesting jewelry.

AnglerFish has a lot of helpful resources at their website, including:

  • Support by way of PDFs and video tutorials
  • A blog
  • Gallery full of inspiring photos of luminous jewelry.

Don’t forget that you can purchase all of the components individually and make even more necklaces, all interchangeable with the one powered clasp!

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

Watch the How to Make Luminous Beads & Jewelry-Light Up LED Necklaces-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Nov 142017

Do you have a box full of broken jewelry or perhaps a pile of pieces for one reason or another you just don’t wear anymore?

I certainly do, and my box is quite full!

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In today’s video I will show  how I take one of my earliest pieces of jewelry and give it a makeover.

You’ll also learn a cool way to string a bead soup assortment of beads onto monofilament cord and create the illusion of floating and beautiful rippling bead strands.

Along the way you’ll learn how to use bead tips to finish your necklace and a few ways to fine tune the adjustments.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Beaded Illusion Necklace-Seed Bead Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Nov 102017

In all the years I’ve been making jewelry I’ve come across the term “rolo chain” many times, but have never bothered to look it up until now.

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What I found out was that, no, it does not refer to the Rollo Candy made with chocolate and caramel.

Mmmmm… caramel… chocolate…

Oops, sorry, got a bit distracted there!

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Also, the term rolo chain can be spelled  with a double “l” as in “rollo.”

Finally, and most importantly, although there is a basic understanding of what rolo chain is there are many, many variations. I will show you a few of these in the video.

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The common theme I see among all the variations is that the inner shape of each link of rolo chain consists of flattened, rather than round wire.

Here are links to the chains I showed in the video and a few of my favorite places to buy jewelry chain:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the What is Rolo or Rollo Chain? Friday Jewelry Findings Tutorial video at YouTube.