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  • Agnes Shapiro-The Beading Grandma

     

     I am a mother of five children – all grown – and 8 grandchildren – all boys.  I have always spent my time around children….including now as I am currently a school secretary in an elementary school.  While I love my job it has been a long 22 years and every day brings me closer to retirement.

    Ah, but what to do?  About 2 years ago I pondered this question and decided I would love to make jewelry.  Who doesn’t love jewelry?  So I purchased supplies and started being creative.  I sold in and around the neighborhood including co-workers. ...

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  • Nikki McGonigal's Hand Stamped Jewelry Hints

     

     

    I'm lucky enough to have a few pieces of hand stamped jewelry and they are my favorite to wear. I'm not sure what I love most about them; It could be that they are personalized to fit my exact style. It could be that they are casual enough to wear every day, but also work well with my dressier wardrobe options. Or maybe it's because they represent me, and what's most important in my life. Just putting the charms on reminds of how very much I love my family. My favorite necklace has a key charm, a heart ...

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  • Carmi Cimicata's Bright & Colorful Cousin Collar

     

    This is the felted collar I created after receiving a wonderful email from Cousin. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite fiber and jewelry components and how I mesh them into wearable art. This collar showcases so much of what I love, beads, rhinestones, felt, fabric and buttons it is different from every angle.


     

     When I create something like this I normally have just one starting point. In this case, I had this amazing neon pink felt that I was eager to use. I managed to find another mixed bag of artisan fibers and ...

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  • Inspiration at Schloss Neuschwanstein Abounds

     

    As an avid crafter, instructor & designer I am sure I am not the only one who deals with a “dry spell” every now and then when it comes to inspiration. I could easily call half a dozen additional friends and they too would tell me that at times they find themselves “missing their mojo”.  There are times I find myself wishing that I could just sit and create yet I just sit there in my studio staring at a collection of delightful and beautiful components and find I am unable to create anything new or noteworthy.


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Jewelry Techniques: Split Rings

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