Friday, July 22, 2016

heART beats from other blogs!



Diamond Twenty-Four
We only have one more section left to go in the Connie Gee's Designs free SAL. But don't fret, the new Tiny SAL will be coming soon!

Recycled Guitar String Bracelets
Recycled guitar strings into bracelets! Most of us are into recycling these days and what better way to keep stuff out of the land fill than to make some beautiful things to wear!

50 Shades Blue Shawl
Another super easy garter stitch knit shawl is done! And the yarn was wonderful to work with.

Why Buy When You Can Watch Free?
Eileen explains when to watch free and when you would want to buy a class. Hint: Creative Live classes are up to 50% off until 7/25!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Tutorial round-up from some of my favorite makers!

Rena's wire ear cuff with
interchangeable dangles

Don't just visit these links and drool over the projects...subscribe to the blogs as well.  These are some seriously talented makers!

Sharon's hand embroidery tutorials on Pintangle

Using tubing and pipe in jewelry making by Tammy

Rena's wire ear cuff with interchangeable dangles

Resin jewelry inspiration
(no specific tutorials, but the site is full of them so that you'll be able to make your own)

Friday, July 15, 2016

heART beats from other blogs!


Snap our of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews the super new technique and project book, Guide to Beading with a Loom, by Jamie Cloud Eakin!

Free Pom Pom Quilt Cross Stitch Pattern
The free Pom Pom Quilt pattern lends itself to creativity. I chose "spicy" colors for mine, but you can easily adapt it to a color set of your choice. Or, you could even add beads and metallic thread to give it a little bling and sparkle.

Decoupage a Glass Plate with Napkins
How to decoupage delicate napkin or tissue paper without wrinkling or tearing. Eileen's example also covers how to center a decoupage image on a round plate.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Motorcycle spark plug pendant - for sale

Motorcycle spark plug, wire
$50
Your necklace will be made in this style and will be ready to ship within one week.  The spark plug is authentic, used, and thoroughly cleaned up!  The chain is appropriate...industrial style ball chain with the traditional clasp, whatever length you'd like.  Most people want it between 20 to 24 inches.  Your choice!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Learn some new techniques this summer!

Making a bezel using
herringbone stitch

Choosing the right diameter of beading wire

Stitch dictionary for hand stitching

How to prevent tool marks on metal

Glue reference chart

Sealing alcohol inks on copper jewelry

How to make oval jump rings

Making a bezel using herringbone stitch

Making easy enameled beads

Working with jewelry resin


And don't forget about the gazillions of tutorials that are right here in the archives of Beading Arts!  I've broken them down into medium or technique for you so that you can home in on what interests you most to learn.

Not sure what you want to try?  Check out my list of the most basic tutorials I've written in all different media!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Chain mail bracelet from Kat's kit!!


No, I'm not being cute.  The fabulous Kat Wisniewski sent me a kit for a bracelet that is featured in her new book, New Connections in Chain Mail Jewelry with Rubber and Glass Rings (my review at the link).  I don't work in chain mail at all except for a very few small pieces, just for experiments, so I had a certain amount of trepidation upon receiving the kit.  All those jump rings (well, duh!).


It turns out that as long as you follow the instructions, which are super-easy to follow, you will end up with a fabulous piece of jewelry!  Who knew?

Arched Ascent Bracelet, designed by Kat Wisniewski
Inexpertly assembled by Cyndi Lavin
My biggest challenge was closing the jump rings properly.  But not to worry...there are a few extra in each size needed just in case you really mess one up (I did!  Twice.).  Still, I think I ended up with a very presentable bracelet that I'll be proud to wear.  You can find Kat's kits on her website, New Connections Book.


As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received this chain mail kit free of charge from Kat in order to write this review for you.  I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.


Thursday, July 07, 2016

Secret compartment bracelet has found a new home!


Yay!  I love this bracelet, which I made for the e-book Arm Candy, and I'm thrilled to say that it has gone to its new home right here in my town so that maybe I can occasionally still visit it!


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