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DIY Flower Corsage Bracelet

Thursday April 17, 2014
Flower Corsage Bracelet

If you have a young woman going to prom this season you might find that she is looking for a corsage or boutonniere that is a little different or unusual. Not only do young women seem to be looking for accessories that look nothing like the corsage that their mothers or grandmothers wore to dressy dances they also may not want to wear what everyone else is wearing. They are looking for ways to express their own personal style.

Creating your own bracelet corsage lets you dictate the styles, colors and textures in the accessory you wear. You can match your dress, shoes and other accessories creating a look that is unique and personalized. The best part of the FLOWER CORSAGE BRACELET is that it is a fairly easy, though possibly time consuming, DIY jewelry making project. For a few dollars and a little time digging through the (vintage) jewelry, buttons and other notions you may already have at home you can have a unique and personal accessory to wear at prom, a wedding or other occasions.

After you have danced the night away you won't have to worry about your corsage wilting either. This is one corsage that you will be able to wear again and again or keep with your other memorabilia from your very special evening.

An Introduction to WoolyWire Etc

Friday April 11, 2014
An Introduction to WoolyWire Etc

I love adding fibers to jewelry projects. It's an easy way to add a unique texture and color to my pieces without going to the bead store to buy more beads. Fibers may be incorporated as a compliment to the piece or as a major player in the overall design.

Fibers for jewelry making projects might be found simply by rummaging through your general craft supplies like with this Freshwater Pearl Necklace with Fabric Rose Accents Necklace I created where the fiber is actually fabric flowers meant to be stitched onto garments.

But there are also fibers that are meant specifically for jewelry making like soutache, felted beads and WoolyWire Etc come to mind.

If you've not heard of WoolyWire Etc you might be wondering what it is. I recently wrote an article Make a Pendant with WoolyWire Etc reviewing WoolyWire Etc - wool wrapped wire for jewelry making - and showed how it can be used to wrap around a channel type pendant.

I found WoolyWire Etc fun and easy to use and made another WoolyWire Funky Pendant project because I couldn't stop creating with it.

So grab some colored yarn, fabric, twine, WoolyWire Etc or other fibers and use your imagination. You never know what you'll come up with.

Have you ever used fiber in your jewelry projects? What is your favorite fiber to use?

Easy Bohemian Bracelet

Saturday April 5, 2014
Easy Memory Wire Bohemian Bracelet

Memory wire bracelets are easy to make and can be made from a variety of beads - everything from Swarovski crystals to plastic. That also means they are economical as a large group project for groups from Girl Scouts to a bridal shower or Mother's Day (this Super Stylish Super Easy Memory Wire Bracelet is a great look for the latter two).
They are great for teens who want to express their individuality and can also be made as a fund raiser for cheer, church or other social groups with meaningful symbols or colors worked into the beads.
While memory wire bracelets are a great beginning project for those new to jewelry making they also make great gifts for people who may have limited mobility in their hands as they are easy to get on and off without a clasp.
It is easy to make one continuous length of memory wire look like several bracelets all stacked together with this Easy Memory Wire Bohemian Bracelet.
Just be sure to use the right cutting tool for the job when working with memory wire. You can find out more about that in this article - 5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Do you remember the first jewelry making project you made? What was it?

Where Do I Start?

Sunday March 30, 2014
5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
If you've been looking at handmade jewelry and thinking that you might like to start making some of your own you might feel a little overwhelmed by all of the possibilities, especially if you've been wandering the aisles of your local craft or bead store. With all of the tools and equipment you can buy, not to mention all of the beads, it can be hard for a new jewelry maker to know where to start. It is also quite easy to spend quite a bit of money only to arrive home without the items needed to finish a few projects. No one wants that. To help new jewelry makers get started I've written an article 5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners that will help you narrow down your first purchase a little. I doesn't really matter what type of jewelry making you plan on pursuing you will probably need these tools. In fact, if you are just starting out it is a good idea to begin with some basic stringing projects in order to get a feel for color, balance and other general design concepts. Stringing will also give you a chance to explore an abundance of colors and techniques helping you to refine your aesthetic and style. You will definitely need these five tools for bead stringing projects. I hope you find the list useful and would love to hear your experience as a beginning jewelry maker. If you've been making jewelry for a while what items would you add to the list?

Hello!

Sunday March 23, 2014
Vicki O'Dell, The Creative Goddess Hello! My name is Vicki O'Dell and I am pleased to be the new guide here on jewelrymaking.about.com.
I've been making jewelry for several years and I truly love it. I've created jewelry for some of the biggest manufacturers, for publication, for sale and I even made a piece that walked the red carpet at the Emmys. I love my "job"!
I also work in the craft and hobby industry as a designer, I've done interior design for television and am a certified floral designer. I enjoy living a life full of creativity and fill my home with creative touches. You can see more of what I do over on The Creative Goddess blog.
I think that jewelry making is lots of fun and I enjoy learning new techniques, experimenting with new supplies, and I love the endless combinations that we can use to create unique pieces of jewelry that express our personal style.
I look forward to getting to know you and would love to connect with you online Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Instagram. You can also email me at jewelrymaking@aboutguide.com.
Now, tell me about you? Are you a beginner, intermediate or advanced jewelry maker? What is your jewelry style and what are your favorite tools to use?

A Brief Bye

Thursday December 26, 2013
Hi Everyone,

This is just a brief note to let you know that 12/31/13 will be my last day as the About.com Jewelry Making Guide. I want to thank my readers for their support and encouragement over the past 15+ years. I will continue to write online about jewelry making and other crafts at my personal blog, Crafty Princess Diaries, at http://www.tammypowley.com and I hope you will become regular readers over there. You will also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Ravelry, and through my email (tammypowley @ yahoo dot com) and newsletter.

Shell Jewelry

Thursday December 26, 2013
Mother of Pearl and Crystal Shell Earrings

Shells, either in the form of pendants or beads, can be excellent additions to your jewelry making. Here is a list of some jewelry projects on this site that included shells: Shell Jewelry.

Sari Ribbon

Thursday December 26, 2013
About Sari Ribbon

What Is sari ribbon? I have been seeing sari ribbon on line for some time, and just recently, I spotted it in a yarn shop. Have you wondered about this usual product that has become so popular lately? Here is a little bit of info for you about sari ribbon.

Brass Jewelry Projects

Thursday December 26, 2013
Exposed Wire Wrapped Hoop Earrings

Enjoy the look of gold - well almost - with pretty brass beads, wire, and other jewelry components. Here is a list of all kinds of projects to try out or, at the very least, inspire you: Brass Jewelry.

Win Beads, Make Pendants, Whip Up Quick Presents

Sunday December 22, 2013
Art Bead Scene
Check out inside Heather Humblebeads' studio, and be in with the chance to win a $25 for Humblebeads.com!

A Bead A Day
Have lots of beads, but no new ideas? How about making a sparkly beaded pendant and finish it with a simple ribbon?

Resin Crafts Blog
Pop by to see the famous "A Christmas Story" leg lamp turned into a pendant made of resin!

Beading Arts
Think you've waited too long to make gifts this year? Think again! Here are some quick and easy suggestions for you:

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Do you remember the old TV ad, "Time to make the donuts"? Jean had that running through her head when she wrote this piece on making the jewelry and photographing it !

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