Thursday, April 24, 2014

Miniature Vials Necklace

 Some days projects come together faster than planned.
 I have had this "Chain STA" in my studio for a year.  I finally tried it and can't believe what an asset it is in the studio.
 It was so much easier to attach all my dangles.  Normally my chain is twisting on my table and I often drop my project when I am closing jump rings.
Not anymore!   
The miniature glass vial charms I showed you how to make two weeks ago on Resin Crafts blog.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Craft and Bead Blogger Links

With Jewelry Clay as a new medium in my jewelry zone I have found that I can create so many new wearable pieces.

New ideas for summer jewelry are circulating over on a bead a day blog. Lisa’s thinking about summertime pearls and ankle-bracelets as necklaces!

Jean reposts a review of Jamie Cloud Eakins most recent Bead Embroidery book, and exceptional work!

By the time you’re done, no one would ever know these elegant Easter eggs are made from cheap plastic eggs!

Cherie makes a postcard for June’s spring challenge.

You can never have too many image transfer methods in your bag of tricks. Cyndi has gathered up all her tutorials for you!

Quick and easy little crocheted bead bracelets have been around for a long time…but how long has it been since you’ve made one?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Necklace Featured in Perles et Cetera Spring Issue

Shiny, Glittering Chain Necklace by Carmi Cimicata For Dazzle-it and John Bead Corp.  
The current issue of Perles et Cetera features a necklace that will be perfect for spring/summer 2014.   The article is in French, so this is the English translation.

The trend I have focused on is one that Women’s Wear Daily called “The Shining.”  The shiny trend can be seen in fashion with the addition of many shimmery, glittery, light catching and metallic accents.  Many piece are reflective.  This shiny trend adds a bit of brightness to clothing, shoes and accessories.   Seeing something shiny and gleaming is what we need when we are in the midst of a long dark winter.
With SHINY in mind I was very attracted to a new type of cut chain from Dazzle-it called Neo Chain.  The chain is available in vivid and eye-catching colours and is a wonderful addition to jewelry design projects. Dazzle-it Neo Chain glitters because the cut in the chain exposes the brass beneath.  It sparkles without even trying!  
John Bead also sells a grouping of specialty-beaded chain.  These chains are often used by rosary makers and are available in virtually every colour in the rainbow.  I selected beaded chain to match my Neo chain.  Together I was able to create my choker length necklace.
The cut in the Neo chain is what gives it the glittery appearance. 
Working on a design bead board made it really simple for me to cut all the chain I would need at the right length.  Neo chain cuts very quickly with a side cutter.  The beaded chain does not require cutting.  I used a round nose plier to open and close loops for each section needed.  Once you choose your colours it takes no time at all to make this necklace!
I laid my cut pieces side by side to see how they would look once it was all connected.  I loved all the glitter from the Neo Chain. 
Neo Chain also has matching components.  Pink, purple and turquoise jump rings finished my ends beautifully.  
My last step was to simple join the three colour strands with an extra jump rings and add my matching lobster clasp.
This is truly and quick and easy project!
This shiny necklace will be perfect this spring.  Making earrings and  bracelet to match will take no time at all!  For more Neo Chain ideas you can click on this link.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Kumihimo with Sari Yarn

My new kumihimo bracelet was a fun experiment.
For over a year I have been posting kumihimo projects on my own blog and for  My kumihimo disk has really been tested.  
 Over the weekend I decided to see how it might handle some strips of sari fabric and some rat tail for stability.
The braid could not be prettier.
I will continue to experiment with different fibers in my disk.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Busy Maker Weekend

 I finished my two special projects this weekend.  The "how-to" is on Resin Crafts blog.

Here are this weeks bead and craft blogger links!

Wishing for spring brings on a little bit of inspiration involving spring flowers!
There’s a NEW metal clay in town! White CopprClay! Andrew shares his experiences working with the latest innovation in this versatile medium.

This is part one of a three part post which focuses on containing resin in a flat wire wall.

I wanted to share this special blog hop I coordinated with 12 different designers. All their projects are so unique and different! They received Neo Chain from Dazzle-it to play with.

Three blue-speckled eggs nestled in a wire-wrapped charm make a great focal charm. This bracelet features three nests. Click for directions. There are matching earrings as well.

Review by jean and GIVEAWAY as well of the stunning book, 1000 BEADS, Kristina Logan, Juror ! see Jean’s blog!

The weaving technique that Cyndi used in an art quilt was successful enough for her to try it again…and see if she can get it right this time!

Cyndi hasn’t played much with chain maille, but after making this easy pair of earrings, she might have to change her ways! Here’s the tutorial