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Coral and Turquoise Beaded Cuff Bracelet

Coral and Turquoise Beaded Cuff Bracelet

My beading projects are generally done during my down-time sitting in front of the TV listening to my favorite cable news station. DVR shows are reserved for paying attention.

Coral and Turquoise Beaded Cuff BraceletIn order to get free shipping from one of my online bead stores, I had to order $25.00 of merchandise.  What better time to try my hand at assembling a cuff blank with a beaded project. 

Weekend Trip to the Farmer's Market

My BFF Paula and I made a trip to one of the local farmer's markets in a nearby town.  At one time I used to be a vendor there when I was a soap maker; and a pretty snobby one at that.  I was really particular about the ingredients that went into my soap and my customers appreciated that.  Since then, my soap making days became a thing of the past because my home was being overrun with the wonderful aroma of essential oils, leaving my nose pretty much desensitized; and my garage looking like a warehouse and factory.

Embroidery Beading a Collar Necklace

Embroidery Beading a Collar Necklace

I decided several months ago to get back into yet another love of mine… embroidery beading a collar necklace.  I had purchased a couple of tiger eye cabochons last year and wire wrapped one of them and the other just seemed to lay dormant.

Make Your Own Unique Key Chain Tutorial

Make Your Own Unique Key Chain Tutorial

Make Your Own Unique Key Chain Tutorial

In this tutorial I take you through the steps on how to make your very own unique keychain with just a few supplies. You can use any size beads and color; and make the key chain any size to fit your fancy.
Here are the tools and supplies you will need:

Heart Pendant Tutorial and Parawire Review

Heart Pendant Tutorial and Parawire Review

A few weeks have passed since writing about finding a new supplier and promising to report back.  Sorry about that!  But here is my opinion. I love it!  

New Supplier

New Supplier

As a jewelry maker, (among other things), I try to keep in mind my audience.  And by that I mean the purchasing power, or better yet purchasing budget of my target audience. I remember what I thought was the McDonald's philosophy of the then $.99 burger. Or more recently, the majority of burger joints with their $.99 - $1.99 menu items. Not that I make a habit of the drive-thru windows. But more people will and can afford this menu over say a $7.00 burger. 

Tiger Iron Cabochon Wire Wrap Tutorial

Tiger Iron Cabochon Wire Wrap Tutorial

In this tutorial I take you through the steps to wire wrap a teardrop shaped stone. In this video I am using a tiger iron teardrop shaped cabochon and bare copper wire. Here are the supplies you will need:

Supplies:
5 pieces of 22 gauge wire 9” each (22 cm)
28 gauge wire apx 90” (230 cm) guessed
36mm x 22mm teardrop cabochon of your choice

Tools:
Round nose pliers
Bent nose pliers
Flush cutters
Nylon pliers (optional)
Bail Maker (optional) Awl (optional

Tiger Iron Cabochon Wire Wrap Tutorial.

 

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial

After doing a tutorial on making a bag or pouch with, French Seam I thought I would take it a step further and show how to make a lined bag that is more visually pleasing.

Some lined bags have the exterior and interior (lining) seam at the edge of the top.  The technique I am showing here has the exterior of the bag continuing to the inside for about 3/4”.  My apologies for not converting to the metric system. I’m old school.

I actually prefer this method for making quick lined drawstring bags.  

A Few Methods for Clearing and Cleansing your Crystals and Stones

A Few Methods for Clearing and Cleansing your Crystals

A Few Methods for Clearing and Cleansing your Crystals and Stones. When working with any crystal, especially ritual or energy work your crystal can absorb the energy in its environment, as well as the energy of anyone who handles (or is in proximity of) it.  Therefore, you should clear and cleanse your stone/crystal before and after each use.  (I prefer to also clear/cleanse my crystals after each use so that the negative energy doesn’t hang around.)

How to Care for your Sharon Burnett Artisan Jewelry

I thought it would be beneficial for you to know how to care for your Sharon Burnett Artisan Jewelry so that it will continue to give you joy over the years.  So here goes....