Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Zipper craft adornments

I have made several pieces of jewelry over the years that prominently feature zippers, but the more recent wave of zipper jewelry and ornaments completely takes my breath away.  Here are a lot of links to tutorials, and lots of pictures for inspiration on my Zipper craft Pinterest board. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

More crochet samples and tutorial links

Fingerless Gloves

Last week, I shared some tutorial links with you and some sample pieces that I made to try out various stitches. I used to crochet a LOT when I was much younger, but I haven't for awhile, so my fingers needed to get back in practice.  I think it's a really good idea to "cross-train" on different art forms from time to time, don't you? :-)

Here are a few of the pieces that I ended up obsessively compulsively diligently making over January and February when I was so sick.  It felt good to just hunker down and stitch away.

I've been doing my own version of this hyperbolic spiral form to make a scarf, shown directly above and also on last week's post in brighter colors.

Fingerless gloves
Shown here and at the top of the post.  Here are the component parts:


Dragon scarf
My suggestion is that you use a very soft yarn for this one.  I used yarn that was stiffer, because I though it would hold the shape better, but each of the points rolled so badly that I finally ended up taking the whole thing apart.  A super-soft yarn just lies limp and the points don't curl.

Part one
Part two
Part three

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Raise your hand if you like chocolate!!

Something for everyone here!  My Chocolate recipes Pinterest board has candy, cookies, cakes, pies, frosting...

Monday, March 19, 2018

Free form crochet samples and tutorial links

Hyperbolic Scarf

It seems kind of funny to say that there are tutorials for how to do free form crochet!  After all, isn't the point that there is no pattern?  Yes, true, but I'm finding that it's really helpful to learn some of the fancy stitches, patterns, motifs, and techniques first, which will help you put together a more polished, lovely finished piece.  It's like free form still need to know how to do peyote stitch (for example) before you launch into making a decent looking finished piece!

So, here are some of my samples and the tutorials that I used to teach myself how to do them.  You can find much much more on my Pinterest board, Crochet.

If you haven't crocheted much (or at all) before, I highly recommend Theresa Warrior's series of video tutorials.

Magic loop (not shown)

Free form spiral
I stitched into the back half of each chain and added a single crochet row to the spiral to emphasize it.

Nautilus shell
I didn't follow the instructions exactly, because I wanted to learn how to make bullion stitches...  Here's another good tutorial for the bullion stitch.

Free form hyperbolic scrumble
I stitched into the back half of each previous row, and added more rows of single crochet and reverse single crochet (aka crab stitch) to this form.

Crab stitch or reverse single crochet (shown on samples above and below)

Spiral flower petals
Again, you'll need to know the crab stitch

Next week I'll show you some of the pieces I made and share the links to the tutorials, including the cool scarf at the top of the post!

Part one
Part two
Part three

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spring Crocus - for sale

Spring Crocus 
Agate, glass, wire, and wood

Spring Crocus adjusts from 20 to 25 inches with a clasp and chain that has a floral pattern.  There are Swarovski crystals in a sparkling lime punch color.  Altogether, these are the perfect colors for Spring!

Hit the button above, or leave me a comment if you are interested!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Upcycled, recycled, and refashioned fashions!

I am collecting pictures and tutorials about all the different ways you can get more use out of your clothing, jewelry, and thrift store finds!  I have always enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together in new ways, and I would bet that lots of you do too!  Visit my Upcycled fashions Pinterest board and get inspired for Spring :-)

Monday, March 12, 2018

A large beaded bead for Spring!

I found this pretty beaded bead that I made two years ago, but it looks just perfect for the Spring palette, so I wanted to bring it to your attention again.  It uses a combo of RAW and peyote stitch, or netting, whichever you like best.  With long-chained pendants still popular this Spring, I thought it was worth digging out again, and maybe I'll make a couple more in different colorways!

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Turquoise and sterling silver necklace - for sale

Turquoise, glass, sterling silver

This is an adjustable necklace which slips over your head and then tightens all the way down to 16 inches, if that's your style! The turquoise stone donut pendant is complimented by the glass beads, sterling silver wire and beads, and black cording.

Hit the button above, or leave me a comment if you are interested.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Handmade jewelry inspirations!

I have a Pinterest board called Handmade Jewelry Inspirations.  The pieces are not arranged in any fashion other than by the date I saw and pinned them.  I've opened this board and simply let the images wash over me several times when I've been trying to decide what direction to go. 

I don't ever recommend copying pieces directly, especially if there is no tutorial or permission being given, but instead, just let these designs inspire you and fill your well.  After the long winter we've been having, I know my well needs to be filled!

Monday, March 05, 2018

Two beading projects from Facet Jewelry Box

I told you about Facet Jewelry Box back in November.  It launched in January, and they sent me two boxes.  However...

However, I ended up sick for about six weeks this winter, so I am just now getting around to doing new projects.  What a winter, huh?

So here's the first box and what I made from it!

It came with two projects: the really cute necklace and the briolette earrings.  I liked that all the materials came packed together in zip-locs that had the project name right on them.  I don't know about your work table, but mine is...messy is a kind word for it.  I made the necklace first, and I really liked that there were a few extra head pins in case of goofs.  That's easy enough to do when your're learning.  The instructions were easy to follow, and there is additional help online if you need it.  The instructions also include tips as to why the project works, which is helpful if you decide you want to make another using other materials.

I was not as thrilled with the earrings, but mostly because of style.  I'm just not a fan of the messy-wrap look, although I know it's popular enough.  I was also a little put off by the wire being sent wrapped on a small piece of cardboard instead of a small spool.  It had kinks in it, and I'm sure most beginners don't have a pair of nylon jawed pliers to straighten it.  The kinks aren't terribly noticeable, I don't think, but that was still a little disappointing.  

If you don't have a local bead shop, or you just want additional projects to do each month, head over to Facet Jewelry Box and subscribe!

As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received the above materials free of charge from Facet Jewelry Box in order to write a review. I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

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