Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jewelry calculator available at Auntie's Beads

Clint Henderson from Auntie's Beads recently contacted me about a jewelry pricing calculator that he is continuing to tweak, to attempt to make it the most useful tool you'll find anywhere for plugging in your materials and hourly rate, and ending up with a suggested retail or wholesale price.  It's super easy to use, and it even has a handy timer that you can use if you're not really sure how long it takes you to do a task!

Give it a look, and see if it would help you to keep better records!

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Fall/Winter 2014-2015 color and style forecast!

Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2014
The current colors, as seen above

Lenzing Color Trends
Palettes within the palettes that you might like

Best Fall Trends for Back to School
By College Fashion

Fall Fashion Trends for 2014
Huffington Post

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Bittersweet Wrap-sody cuff

You saw my heat-textured candy bag last week, and now here is the fruit of my labor!

The center-piece is a stamping that I did with a washer from Alkeme (ImpressArt), the rivolis and their settings are from Fire Mountain Gems.  The fabulous buttons on each end are vintage plastic buttons that I picked up in New Jersey the last time I went to visit my cousin.  I also used some over-sized jump rings, links from a chain, and some seed beads (size 11/0s and 15/0s) to finish it off.  There is a metal cuff inside to provide support.  Here are a few of my process photos for you:

Copyright 2014 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

heART beats from other blogs!

How to Repair Beaded Fringe
Here's how to DIY bead fringe repair or find a pro. BTW, craft repair is a very nice niche especially as a supplement to selling items you make from scratch.

Resin Crafts Blog
Super easy coasters with resin and glitter!

Craft Organizing
Tips for organizing or not organizing depending on how things go!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew shares the Reveal for the latest design challenge, Dark Bloom.

A Bead A Day
Are you wearing sparkle today? Would you give up your exercise time to make something sparkly?

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Metal mesh ribbon sources

I am extremely happy to say that metal mesh ribbon has become one of my favorite new materials to work with.  In the beginning, I had a hard time locating it, but now it seems to be easier to find.  My number one source is Fire Mountain Gems, but there are a couple other places that you can find it reliably too.

Fire Mountain Gems

Aria Design Studio

Specialty Beads

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Monday, August 11, 2014

New earwires and charms from Fire Mountain Gems

I have never come across a completely round leverback earwire before I received this sample from Fire Mountain Gems.  Isn't it cool?  To find it easily, search on H20-A9946FN.  It comes in gold- and silver-plated brass.  Mine is silver, and I'm trying to decide what to hang from them

The other item they sent is this cute solid brass charm, part of a new collection of charms, drops, and focals.  If you visit Fire Mountain Gems, and just search on H20-B1051FN, it will take you right to a page of other cute charms too!

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Textured candy bags!

Thanks to my recent obsession with all things textured, I ended up heat-shrinking a bag of Dove chocolates.  NO, the chocolates were not IN the bag, silly.  Of course I had already scarfed them all down, because that's another thing I'm obsessed with!

What I did was to open up the bag completely, take it outside in case of fumes, and shrink it with my trusty heat gun.  If you don't have one, you might even be able to use a hair dryer if you can get it hot enough.  What happens is that these bags are layers of both metal and plastic.  The plastic shrinks and wrinkles, and takes the pretty bag colors with it.

I'm thinking that this would be a great base layer for something steampunk, with gears and other metal bits.  And beads, of course!  What do you think?

Copyright 2014 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Friday, August 08, 2014

heART beats from other blogs!

Podcast Pilot
The princess puts herself out there in her pilot podcast!

Carmi's Art
A closer look at my resin projects published in Tammy Powley's "The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making."

Resin Crafts Blog
Learn to make the Charming Charlie Keepsake Bracelet - Created for Scrapbooking.Com Magazine

How to Add an Antique Finish to Decoupage
Antiquing a decoupage project is very simple; but it's important to do steps in the proper order.

A Bead A Day
Lisa shares her love for tiny little jewelry making elements. It doesn't take much for her inner child to make an appearance!

Beading Arts
Buttons make a wonderful accent on a bead embroidered bracelet!

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Book review: Finding Style

Designer Irina Miech presents 27 new jewelry projects that showcase the newest, and most fun, components now widely available.  In Finding Style, you will find how to use these new toys, and you'll definitely be inspired to move forward with them.  The projects are fairly basic, so if you are a beginner, this may be the book for you.

There is a bike chain bracelet on page 40 that I really want to make, and I also love the way Irina uses leather bracelets with rivets to attach interesting buttons and other pieces.  There are five sections: Bezels and settings, Gears and jump rings, Metal buttons and rivets, Beach stones and metal stampings, and Filigree and chain.

Each chapter begins with an overview of the materials, tools, and techniques needed.  You will find that many of these ideas will help your designs to go 3D, so if additional dimension, texture,  height, or just excitement is what you're looking for, look inside this book!

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