Aug 012017
 

This lovely plover bead has been sitting on my studio table for way too long now. I’ve enjoyed looking at it but it was high time it got made into something wearable!

beach scene necklace cover

This bead was made by Shannon Vickers of Blue Blazes Lampwork.  You can also see what she’s up to on her Facebook page.

Many of you have told me that you enjoy the tutorials where I explain the design process. That’s why today’s video is longer than usual.

Let me know which you prefer:

  • shorter videos
  • or more of my rambling about design.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Beach Scene Necklace-Lampwork Focal Bead Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Jul 252017
 

I had prepared a completely different project for you this week: something involving handmade lampwork beads, lots of dangling wire wrapped components and a variety of interesting features to accent a large glass focal.

However, when it came time to sit down and record the video I just didn’t feel like it!

rose blush necklace cover

Instead my mind turned to a photo I had just come across on Pinterest of a very simple, yet elegant necklace. I then went digging through my stash to see if I could find two connector pieces to hold the multiple strands together. The ones I had in mind ended up not working, but I came across these pieces left over from another project.

As I mentioned in the video I recently re-organized all of my beads and findings, sorting them not only by color as they have always been, but also by type.

It’s only been a week or so since I’ve finished and I’ve already found the system to be much more useful in finding what I need and also seeing all the different sizes and variations I have of any one type of bead, such as these rose quartz beads, I found to my surprise I had them in 8 mm, 6 mm and 4 mm faceted (which I ended up not using in this project.)

You can add as many strands as you like to this design, just be sure to test out the lengths before you finish up your connections so that everything drapes nicely inside each other.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Rose Blush Necklace-Rose Quartz Statement Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube,

May 302017
 

seahorse necklace cover

It probably won’t come as a big surprise to those of you who have been following me for a while to find out that this necklace started with the ceramic seahorse beads. I find interesting and creative materials to be so inspiring!

Although I’m really happy with the way the seahorse and multiple strands came out on this necklace, I’m not sure if I’m totally thrilled with the large lampwork bead. I don’t know that I  achieved the visual balance I was looking for. Let me know in the comments what you think.

Of course you could use this design as the basis for designing with any beads that you have. This is another fun one for going through your stash and seeing what you can find that works together.

I’m actually rethinking my issue with having the seahorses go sideways around my wrist. (I know, it’s silly.) One thing I love about these flat types of beads is that they make extremely comfortable bracelets. If I do something with my three remaining seahorse beads I’ll be sure to post it on Facebook and Instagram for you to see.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Seahorse Necklace-Beaded Beading Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

May 232017
 

seascape necklace cover

When you work with polymer clay,  whether experimenting, trying new techniques or just generally playing with it, you will necessarily end up with a lot of unfinished pieces. Some of these pieces aren’t really worth finishing but are often worth saving just to use as tests in other projects.

Sometimes, though, some really nice pieces get tossed into the junk pile. Or sometimes there are pieces that you hate when you make them, but like better later on.

In today’s video I pulled a piece that I really liked out of one my many boxes of polymer clay bits and pieces and showed you how I finished it, fashioning a necklace that I’m really happy with and love wearing.

Many of you have said that you like my tutorials where I walk you through the design choices and decision making that happens before I create a piece, so I hope you enjoy today’s video.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Seascape Necklace-Beaded Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Apr 182017
 

dogwood necklace cover

I named today’s project after the dogwood tree that will be blooming soon in my yard. Every year in early May I so enjoy its beautiful pink and white blossoms. These pink ceramic beads, white crystal and crackled beads and the white enameled metal focal all bring to mind the springtime beauty of the dogwood.

long necklace

This necklace design began with a photo I found online. My apologies, but I cannot find the original source. It appears to be from a catalog, and not a jewelry designer, though. If you recognize it, please let me know so I can give proper credit.

dogwood necklace long

I was intrigued by the way the largest beads are not at the usual center front position. My version is a little bit more asymmetrical than the inspiration piece. Even if I did have two of those white metal flowers, I’m not sure that I would have used them both. The almost perfectly balanced design is more interesting, I think, than complete symmetry.

This piece goes together quickly, especially if you use the One Step Looper tool. Be sure to double check the security of all your loop and chain connections.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Dogwood Necklace-Beaded Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Apr 042017
 

tiger teardrops necklace cover

I’m sure it’s no secret that I love multi-strand necklaces. I love the layered look and combining together lots of different colors and textures for a rich looking piece of jewelry.

Sometimes, though, I just don’t feel like taking the time to do all that stringing. Today’s necklace gives the rich look of a multi-strand necklace, the drama of dangling teardrops, but the simplicity of using shorter strands. If you want yours to be a little bit fancier do beaded strands on the sides rather than a plain chain.

Many of the beads I used have been in my stash for a while, so it was hard to find the exact same thing for you. The links lead to similar items I could find online, but I encourage you to shop your own store of beady goodies to see what works!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Sharing the Love of Creativity – KeepsakeCrafts.net

Watch the Tiger Teardrops Necklace-Multi-Strand Necklace Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Mar 142017
 

tribal dragonfly necklace cover

This necklace, like many of my jewelry projects, began with the supplies. Something reminded me of this tribal Thai silver dragonfly charm that I’ve had for a while and I pictured pairing it with other silver findings and some pretty pink beads. A search of my stash turned up these pink chips.

I had recently watched a YouTube video where the jewelry designer did this cascading beads design using jump rings. It’s one I’ve done before but haven’t in a while and I thought it would pair nicely with the dragonfly.

Such is the way designs are born!

Take the time this week to look in your stash for a forgotten charm or pendant that you could feature in a design.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Tribal Thai Silver Dragonfly Necklace-Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Sep 132016
 

autumn jewels

This necklace project was the result of a lot of playing around and experimenting, much of which I show in the video. I started out with just the general idea of making some similar elements on a wire jig and then connecting them together with beads to make a necklace.

It certainly wasn’t my intent to make something autumn themed, but the timing couldn’t have been better!

In the video I mention two Friday Findings videos I’ve done previously, one on wire jigs and the other is on pinch bails. Click on the links to check them out if you haven’t seen those videos already.

I hope that this video will not only give you the directions for making a project, but will also give helpful tips for creating your own designs.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Autumn Jewels Necklace-Jewelry Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Aug 302016
 

charming owls

Sometimes designs start with the layout and the general look of the piece, but other times they start with the materials.

This necklace started with these really cute ceramic owl beads. I had an idea to make a bracelet with them, but for some reason couldn’t get over the fact that they would be lying sideways around the wrist. (I know, silly, but it’s just how I think.) So I opted for a necklace instead.

This would be a fun design to make with a variety of different animal or other beads that need to go up-and-down like a totem pole. As long as the bead holes are large enough for your twine to go through, the stringing is quite simple.

It’s also fun to dig through your charms and beads and find various things to add to the bottom for dangles.

Have fun making your animal/bead stacked necklace!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Charming Owls Necklace-Jewelry Video Tutorial at YouTube

Aug 082016
 

tulip blossom necklace

Every time I see bead caps in this blooming tulip design I want to Buy. Them. All.  Something about that graceful organic shape just gets me.

Dangling Swarovski crystals on short lengths of chain from the center of the flower continues that elegant flowing feel. I also decided to jazz up the chain with a few crystals as well.

Did you notice that I only had a short piece of that long/short chain? Since it wasn’t long enough for a full necklace I used it for the center portion only, adding similar chain around the sides and back. Another great trick for using up what you have on hand!

The end cap that I used is the 22x15mm Antique Silver Blooming Tulip from ArtBeads.com. In the supply list I give links to several other tulip end caps in differing colors. Just be sure to double check which size you are getting as they vary quite a bit.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Tulip Blossom Necklace Video Tutorial at YouTube.