Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Book review: Handcrafted Metal Findings

by Denise Peck & Jane Dickerson 
Interweave/F+W; $24.99

Commercial findings are great, and can save you time when you're constructing a piece of jewelry, but there are plenty of times when nothing but your own handmade design will do!  Do you really want to see the piece you spent 40 to 50 hours on sporting the same popular clasp as everyone else's piece?

Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson have teamed up to edit and present Handcrafted Metal Findings, published by Interweave.  They use both sheet metal and wire to craft 30 different findings.  And almost as a bonus, there is a step-by-step project included to showcase each finding being used.  In the back are basic techniques, materials, and tools sections, just in case you're not familiar with all that the projects entail.

Joy of joys!  There is a "Resources" box for each project, telling you exactly where you can get the materials used.  If you want to substitute, that's great, but many beginners will really appreciate the extra help.  See those cute little rosette hooks and eyes above?  Instructions for those are by Cindy Wimmer... you will find more of her designs and several by other metal workers you are sure to know!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Fire Mountain Gems seed bead contest

Myst of Avalon
by Cyndi Lavin

So I just got notification on Friday that Myst of Avalon won a Silver Medal in the seed bead contest sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems.  The next contest coming up that FMG will sponsor is the Swarovski crystal contest, which closes October 30, 2015

All the winning designs, from several years past through current, are linked here if you'd like to look through them for inspiration: beading contest winners

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Friday, August 28, 2015

heART beats from other blogs!

Art Bead Scene
Check out Mary's review of the new book 'Handcrafted Metal Findings' - it looks awesome!

Connie Gee's Designs
Connie has added a new free pattern to her site. It is the first in a series of vase-themed patterns inspired by motifs from vintage samplers.

Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to Be Done!
Jean reviews the spectacular new book, Fine Art Wire Weaving by Sarah Thompson -- what a great design book!

Lost Earring Cleverly Replaced
Eileen lost one of the earrings the very first time she wore this pretty set. Don't you just hate when that happens?

Video Book Review
The Crafty Princess takes a look at a new book called "Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet."

How to Sew a Pillow
This easy pillow tutorial uses scrap fabric (from an old receiving blanket) to make a perfect pillow for a little kid's rest time.

Christian Art Greeting Cards
Cherie introduces some new greeting cards she's made with her artwork.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
For August, the Inspired by Reading Book Club read, "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern. See what the participants were inspired to create with this fantastical book in mind!

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Tutorials from the blogospehere

I have a huuuuuge backlog of these wonderful tutorials saved in my blog-reader.  It's past time to share some of them...

Add shine and gloss to your beads with resin

Create a resin charm bracelet

How to make colorful metal jewelry designs

Adjustable neckwire for pendants

A rockin' ear cuff

Understanding different soldering iron tips

Wire gauge guide: make your own wire findings and finish them properly

Stamp your own longitude and latitude bracelets

Art deco macrame bracelet


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Friday, August 21, 2015

heART beats from other blogs!

Treasure Hunt
Connie's added a new pattern to her Etsy shop called Treasure Hunt. It would be great for an ornament or card.

DIY Chalkboard Sign
Getting ready for back to school? This easy chalkboard sign is made out of a canvas and is a great prop for first day of school photos.

Whiten Yellowed Plastic
Do you know how easy it is to whiten plastic yellowed by age? Eileen demonstrates on her Ott task lamp and also whitened a Braun juicer with awesome results! Everything old is new again.

Doll Experiment Wrap Up
Malibu Barbie is back to give a wrap up of the doll crafting experimentation, good and bad.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

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