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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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Jewelry Techniques: Split Rings

In this video you'll see how easy it is to utilize split rings in your jewelry making!