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Book Review and Giveaway : Foldforming
Not too long ago, I reviewed Charles Lewton-Brain's Professional Foldforming Techniques Craftsy Class.  What he teaches is his innovative method of folding and forming metal sheets. The video format is excellent for those who cannot get to this acclaimed me...
Not too long ago, I reviewed Charles Lewton-Brain's Professional Foldforming Techniques Craftsy Class. What he teaches is his innovative method of folding and forming metal sheets. The video format is excellent for those who cannot get to this acclaimed metalsmith's class.
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Beaded Fringe Earrings with Decorative Discs Tutorial
Here is a refreshing change on the beaded fringe style earrings.   I love how Mortira of Inspirational Beading added decorative discs to the front of the earrings. Her tutorial used wooden nautical discs from Blueberry Cove Beads . It also shows how she att...
Here is a refreshing change on the beaded fringe style earrings. I love how Mortira of Inspirational Beading added decorative discs to the front of the earrings. Her tutorial used wooden nautical discs from Blueberry Cove Beads. It also shows how she attached them with some beads from the main ...
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How to Fill Filigree with Colorful Polymer Clay!
I've long admired designs which mix polymer clay with wire (see links below). The good news is you do not have to be good with wire to create wire-polymer clay jewelry combinations!  Check out this Christi Friesen tutorial  over on Fire Mountaint Gems to se...
I've long admired designs which mix polymer clay with wire (see links below). The good news is you do not have to be good with wire to create wire-polymer clay jewelry combinations! Check out this Christi Friesen tutorial over on Fire Mountaint Gems to see how to fill filigree with colorful ...
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Amazing Translucent Sculptured Fabric Art Jewelry by Mariko Kusumoto
Massachusetts based  Mariko Kusumoto is an extraordinary metal, resin and fiber artist. Her fiber art is amazing . She transforms polyester fabric into translucent sculptured art jewelry.  The 3D shapes she designs even encase other forms. Some of her creat...
Massachusetts based Mariko Kusumoto is an extraordinary metal, resin and fiber artist. Her fiber art is amazing . She transforms polyester fabric into translucent sculptured art jewelry. The 3D shapes she designs even encase other forms. Some of her creations are clearly inspired by coral reefs ...
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Iris Mishly's PolyPedia Online Express $50 Giveaway for Polymer Clay Tutorials and Supplies
Polymer clay is arguably one of the most versatile medium for artists.  You can do so much with it.  One site which really helps in the artistic expression of polymer clay jewelry and accessories is Iris Mishly's PolyPedia Online Express . Iris is a very ta...
Polymer clay is arguably one of the most versatile medium for artists. You can do so much with it. One site which really helps in the artistic expression of polymer clay jewelry and accessories is Iris Mishly's PolyPedia Online Express. Iris is a very talented polymer clay artist whose work has ...
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How to Bead Embellish A Bracelet Tutorial
This wonderful "Magic Carpet" design and tutorial by Kelly Dale  of the Off the Beaded Path , is visually pleasing and will be fun to do.  It is easy but it will take a while to bead embellish the base bracelet!  The embellishments are just many beaded loop...
This wonderful "Magic Carpet" design and tutorial by Kelly Dale of the Off the Beaded Path, is visually pleasing and will be fun to do. It is easy but it will take a while to bead embellish the base bracelet! The embellishments are just many beaded loops woven into each of the foundation beads.
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Beautiful Beaded Daylily Brooch Tutorial
Do you like flowers?  Gardening?  And bead as well. Then this gorgeous beaded daylily brooch tutorial is for you!  The designer is Melissa Grakowsky Shippee aka MGS Designs.  The design includes a leaf and the stem so a brooch pin is easily integrated. I lo...
Do you like flowers? Gardening? And bead as well. Then this gorgeous beaded daylily brooch tutorial is for you! The designer is Melissa Grakowsky Shippee aka MGS Designs. The design includes a leaf and the stem so a brooch pin is easily integrated. I love daylilies as they are not only lovely ...
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Very pretty and good work. Also, thanks for liking my jewelry. Marilyn Davenport
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Safety Rules for Jewelry Makers
John Ahr recently shared an excellent video on the 10 Things to Never Do in the Jewelry Lab .  Many of the points he covers are indeed the same as the safety rules in scientific laboratories.  The instructor is a metal smith so many of the don'ts are for ot...
John Ahr recently shared an excellent video on the 10 Things to Never Do in the Jewelry Lab. Many of the points he covers are indeed the same as the safety rules in scientific laboratories. The instructor is a metal smith so many of the don'ts are for other metal smiths.
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Diagonal Chain Slave Bracelet and Ring Tutorial
Hand jewelry are such that the whole hand is adorned with a bracelet linked to a ring.  A popular way to do this is with chain.  I just loved Nicole of She's Got the Notion's diagonal take on the chain slave (panja)  bracelet and ring idea .  Her tutorial i...
Hand jewelry are such that the whole hand is adorned with a bracelet linked to a ring. A popular way to do this is with chain. I just loved Nicole of She's Got the Notion's diagonal take on the chain slave (panja) bracelet and ring idea. Her tutorial includes all the chain measurements you need ...
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Winner of the Troubleshooting for Jewelers Book Giveaway
We all make mistakes. The problem comes when we do not know how to fix them. Even better, how to avoid them in the first place.  So the book I wrote about for last week's giveaway certainly struck a chord with those of you doing metal work. A wonderful and...
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Cup Chain Crystal and Resin Clay Wire Framed Pendant Tutorial
I was planning to do a resin clay wire framed pendant tutorial but Becky Nunn of Nunn Design beat me to it!  She demonstrated how to do this design in this Beadaholique tutorial   using one of her open pendant frames. I liked how she hammered round wire fla...
I was planning to do a resin clay wire framed pendant tutorial but Becky Nunn of Nunn Design beat me to it! She demonstrated how to do this design in this Beadaholique tutorial using one of her open pendant frames. I liked how she hammered round wire flat and cut the length into little pieces ...
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How to Make Resin Cabochon Eyeballs for Evil Eye Jewelry Making and Other Crafts
I wrote about how to paint eyeballs on glass bubbles a while ago.  It was quite a surprise to see how many people thought Aniko`s tutorial was so useful. It`s not just about making evil eye jewelry but eyeballs are needed for all sorts of polymer clay creat...
I wrote about how to paint eyeballs on glass bubbles a while ago. It was quite a surprise to see how many people thought Aniko`s tutorial was so useful. It`s not just about making evil eye jewelry but eyeballs are needed for all sorts of polymer clay creature art, plush toys and so on.
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Pearl Blay is the author of The Beading Gem's Journal, a different kind of jewelry blog. It's the place for free jewelry making tutorials, tips, trends, inspirations and much more. Expressions as a writer and as a jewelry artisan in full bloom!
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