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  • Handmade from the heart

    Being a 40+ year old family owned craft and jewelry company we have our roots in creating for the people we care about. We understand that more often than not the best gifts aren't the biggest gifts, but the gifts that were created with your heart. So this week we wanted to share some of our favorite projects that with just a little bit of time and effort can show the people you love how much they mean to you. Handmade gifts from the heart carry more with them than just your own efforts, they carry your heart and soul ...

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  • Holiday Crafts

    Welcome to the third installation of holiday DIY crafts. I hope you’ll enjoy these simple crafts using supplies that you may already have in your jewelry making stash!

    Every year I like to add something new to my ornament collection, whether I buy or make the ornaments myself. This year I’ve been inspired by all of the fun colors available in gauge wires. I’ve shown a few ideas in the past (see the place card holder blog from June 2012) but ornaments just seemed to be the perfect way to use this fun material. The simplest way to create shapes from wires is to start with ...

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  • Holiday Wrapped Wreaths

     

     

    Welcome to the second blog in a series of holiday décor ideas using beads and jewelry supplies. The first blog in the series featured inexpensive candle holders. This week features DIY holiday wreaths combining pre-made store bought wreaths and jewelry making supplies. My non-jewelry supplies were purchased at a local craft store. These projects feature three wreath forms in various sizes and materials: a grapevine form, a straw form, and a Styrofoam wreath form. The skill levels for these wreaths will vary depending on how much detail you put into them, but overall wrapping the wreaths in hemp or suede is pretty simple. From there ...

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  • Light Up The Night

     

    Before the sun rises and Halloween fades into the shadowy crypt from whence it came, try out a few ingenious tricks to make lighting elements that are a real ‘scream’. No haunted house is complete without some eerie lighting to set the mood. Whether you have an existing chandelier/wall sconce to use or repurpose a thrift store/flea market find, maximize the chilling ambience with a handmade touch.

    Instead of rubber spiders and plastic roaches, our designers experimented with colored wire, faceted crystals and acrylic swirl beads to create original creatures. Their favorites were a black bat that could ...

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  • Walk Into My Parlour…

     

     You know that Halloween is fast approaching when formerly commonplace objects or noises arouse a hair-raising sense of foreboding; the kind that lingers long after they’re out of range. Whether it’s an overgrown tree branch sweeping across your bedroom window, or a lonely bullfrog croaking in an otherwise silent brook, you still pull the sheets over your head or turn to glance over your shoulder.

    If there’s one thing that we normally pass by each day unbeknownst, it’s a spider web. Without a sound, these marvels of design can transform an ordinary object into the likeness of a forgotten ...

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  • Fall inspired candle holders


     

     

    There’s nothing like the coolness of fall air and the change in the leaves to inspire creation. Whether it’s crafting, baking or creating any type of art, fall is when my creativity peaks. Crafting can be a little expensive so I’ve been trying to find crafts that can save some money and utilize supplies I already have. I’ve come up with a series of holiday décor ideas using beads and jewelry supplies. The first blog in the series features candle holders. Most of my non-jewelry supplies were purchased at a dollar store, cutting down the cost of projects ...

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  • Foliage and Frays

    The autumn season is the best time to get creative with fabric elements and integrate them into your jewelry designs. Whether you’re experienced at sewing or choose the “no sew” route, there is such a variety of designs, you’ll be enchanted with the end result. The material you choose should be flexible and add volume to your design. Some great fabrics to work with are chiffon, silk, lace, sheer organza ribbon or basic cotton.

    You can create a fabric covered bead by overlapping the fabric over the bead and simply knotting each end to hold it in place. Depending on ...

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  • Second Skin scales its way to the top


    In preparation for the chilly months that lie ahead, it’s a good time to enter the House of Slytherin to see what treasures await you. If there is one print that can classify as seasonless, it’s snakeskin. There’s no denying it; the print is everywhere this year and it’s time to decide if you want to go wild or take a more inconspicuous approach. Every designer label wants to toy with this iconic design, and the tried and true python print is making the biggest comeback of all. Nails, shoes, boots, and statement jackets are among the trendiest surfaces ...

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  • Hometown Heroes

    When it comes to high energy, pride and dedication; a sports fan has all three in spades. This is the best time of the year for team spirit and to root for the local athletes that put your town on the map. There is no better way to show your support than wearing your team or school colors. Everyone here at Cousin Corporation may not agree on the team to watch this year, but one thing’s for sure, we love custom jewelry designs that represent our love of the game. You don’t have to paint your face when you ...

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  • Lights, Camera, Action!

     

     

    Cousin Corporation made its Home Shopping Network (HSN) debut last week and unveiled a brand new Make the Connection line on the “24 hours of crafts” segment. First of all, let’s acknowledge the charisma of our host and spokesperson, Leslee Brackin. She did a fantastic job demonstrating the functionality of the jewelry pieces and representing the Cousin brand. We are grateful for her efforts and ability to identify with the audience watching at home. It took over 6 months of preparation and was broadcasted to approximately 96 million households in the US!

    These Make the ...

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