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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Do you need pearls for your summer designs?

Cultured freshwater pearls

My favorites are the BIG ones, especially the ones that are irregular in shape and dyed.  The luster of a pearl, whether cultured or natural, just can't be beat!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Crocheted bracelet for Summer 2017

If you have some beads left over from another project, like these wooden beads in fun Summer 2017 colors that I got from Fire Mountain Gems, here's a quick and fun project that you can do to get more mileage from your purchase!  You can see the first project, a long statement pendant necklace, that I did using these beads at the link.

Materials + Tools
6mm wood rounds - pink
8mm wood rounds - pink
8mm wood rounds - orange
3mm antique brass plate rounds
Crochet hook #4
C-Lon, orchid
Hypo-tube cement
Measuring tape

1. Leaving the C-Lon fiber on the spool, thread on your beads, starting and ending with the smaller ones.  I used the 3mm metal rounds to break up clusters of the larger beads.  To make a bracelet that would wrap three times around my wrist, I strung on about 17 inches of beads.

2. Start your bracelet with a 10 inch fiber tail and a couple of chain stitches.  Push one bead at a time from the string up towards your hook.  Do your next stitch on the other side of the bead, plus take one more stitch.  Push up the next bead and continue through the whole string, always working towards the spool.

Once you reach the end, tie a knot, but leave the fiber attached to the spool.  Wrap it around your wrist to check for length.  If need be, you can add a few beads to either end and lengthen it a bit.

Once you've checked the length, reinsert your hook in the tail end and chain enough stitches to create a loop that will fit over your button.  Tie a knot and dab it with cement.  Let it dry before you trim the end.  For the button end, cut the fiber from the spool, leaving yourself 8 inches or so.  Work the end through the button as many times as you can for security.  Tie off, cement, and trim as before.    

As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received the above products free of charge from Fire Mountain Gems in order to create a project free of charge for you. The links above are affiliate links.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer Savings Days for the month of July at Fire Mountain Gems

93% off????  A package of these strands is now only $1.50!

Bead Mix, Magnesite (dyed / Stabilized), Mixed Colors, 8mm-40x30mm Mixed Shape, C- Grade, Mohs Hardness 3-1/2 4. Sold Per Pkg (3) 15-inch Strands

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Single earring - a hot trend for Summer!


One of the trends shown all over the runways for this Spring/Summer season is the single earring.  Most of the runway models were sporting extra-large dangly and multi-colored earrings, but my suspicion is that extra-large may only be for show.  Your earrings don't need to be seen from across the room.  But by all means, interpret this trend as you choose.

I have often worn mismatched earrings, either with of without a size difference from one ear to the other.  I have four holes in each ear, one of which is at the top, so I've got enough real estate to play around with!  I like earrings that are long and thin or short and wide, but not long and wide, so here is my interpretation of the trend.  I would wear it with a simple stud earring on the other ear. 

Materials and Tools
Ear wire
2 jump rings or split rings
Piece of computer circuit board
Hammer charm

Coping saw
Sand paper or fine tooth file
Chain nose pliers
Split ring pliers (if needed)

1. Cut out a piece of circuit board and file/sand the edges smooth.  I deliberately picked a spot that already had a hole, but you may have to drill one or add a drop tab if there isn't one already.

2. Use one split ring or jump ring to attach the hammer to the front of the circuit board.

3. Add another split ring to the first, and add an ear wire.

4. Super easy, huh?

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Polymer clay resources from Fire Mountain Gems

New to working with clay or might have readers new to it? Not to worry! Fire Mountain Gems and Beads have amazing books and video to check out. Click below to browse the clay tutorials to help you get started and inspired. We also have pre-made polymer clay beads and jewelry for those that just love the look without the work.

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Monday, July 03, 2017

Pink yarrow, Flame, and Greenery pendant - part two

Last week, we looked at one of the season's hottest trends with the best of the season's colors - a statement pendant necklace.  We went through the steps of putting the basic necklace together, and today we're going to look at an easy way to fancy-up the pendant itself.  You'll find the complete materials and tools list in last week's post (link above).

8. Cut 16" (or more, depending upon how many wraps you'd like) of the pink 20 gauge wire.  I found it convenient to wrap it around the bail post in the back, that is, the part that sticks into the drilled hole of the agate slice.  From there I wrapped it several times around the slice, moving towards the bottom, and then finally brought the wire straight up the back to wrap it a few more times around the bail.  Clip off the excess wire.  Don't worry that your wrapping around the agate may be loose.

9. On the front (and the back too, for that matter), grab the wires carefully in a few places with the chain nose pliers and give a gentle twist.  This will tighten up the wires.  Be very careful not to chip the finish on the wire.  You can use nylon jaw pliers or wrap the jaws in masking tape temporarily if you'd like.

10. Using Nymo beading thread, tie it to one of the wires you'd like to decorate, leaving a tail of about 4 inches.  Add size 8/0 seed beads along the wire using brick stitch.  You'll have to add two beads for the first stitch, and then one bead for each following stitch.  Make sure you have an even number of beads when you finish.

11. Add picot stitches at both the top and the bottom of each size 8/0 seed bead.  I used three size 11/0 seed beads, in matte pink and iris bronze.  Tie off the end of your beading thread.  Use a small drop of Hypo-Cement to seal the knots.  Work each thread end back through a few stitches and tie off again.  Dot with cement, and once it is thoroughly dry, snip the thread ends close.

12. Decorate as many of the wires as you like.

13.  The chain and clasp make this an adjustable necklace.  Once the trend of wearing them long has passed, you'll be happy to find you can still wear your necklace shorter!

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