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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Resources: Kumihimo, Macrame, and Jewelry Resin

Frequently, Fire Mountain Gems publishes content that teaches you new skills.  Here are three of the most currently popular art forms and the resources they offer.  Note that the links to products are affiliate links, but just so you know, the vast majority of my online and catalog shopping is through FMG.  I don't recommend what I don't like!

Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding technique that lends itself well to modern jewelry design. These beautiful braids are made using easy-to-use foam disks, spool-taming bobbins and other convenient tools, and can be embellished with beads and findings. 


Kumihimo Braiding Chart
Square Braid Tutorial
Kumihimo Design Ideas

Macrame is a technique of knotting cord to product a lace-like pattern. It's often used to make jewelry, belts, purses and more. It is a versatile technique that lends itself well to gender neutral or masculine designs as well, especially when woven with darker color tones and paired with metallic findings. 


Macrame Video Tutorial
Macrame Charm Bracelet Tutorial
Macrame Design Ideas

Jewelry Resin 
Use jewelry resin to preserve and create beautiful, original components. You can make lockets, bracelets, frames and more with a clear, glass-like coating. 


How to Use Ice Resin Video Tutorial
Creating a Jewelry Resin Frame Pendant 
Jewelry Resin Design Ideas

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