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  • Florida Design of the Week: Ambassador Rachel Nielsen

    When I think of Florida, I think of the ocean and walking barefoot along the coast. My kids insisted that I collect seashells for them when I was in Florida and I found plenty that already had little holes in them. That inspired my version of barefoot jewelry, complete with a seashell accent.

    These are really easy to make - my girls did most of the work! All I had to do was tie the knot at the end.

    You will need:
    small beads - I used fuchsia and lime
    stretch cord
    seashell with a small hole {or you ...

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  • Finding Inspiration: Ambassador Jennifer Priest

    I have been beading and making jewelry since I was nine years old. I started by selling earrings at craft fairs and working with a wood and metal bead loom to create Native American inspired pieces. It all started when I wanted nice jewelry for myself but I didn’t have access to any, being that I lived in an incredibly small rural town in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Since I couldn’t find what I wanted to buy, I made it with what was available to me. There was a tiny craft store in town with a two foot ...

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  • Florida Design of the Week: Ambassador Lisa Crone

    After a recent trip to Cousin Corporation headquarters in Largo, Florida, I was inspired to be creative! Seeing all the walls (and I mean wall after wall…) of beads in all shapes, sizes and colors made me wish one of the employee work areas had my name on it!

    What a joy it would be to grab supplies and get creative...on the clock!

    I asked myself what I would create that would fit the definition of fun, easy AND slightly left of center. This is what came to me…

    Cord basics – red
    Jewelry basics – black tassels - ...

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  • Florida Design of the Week: Ambassador Shelly Owen

    Of all the souvenirs I receive and pick up in Florida, I think by far my favorite are the little jars of sand and shells.  Why do I like them?  They have so much project potential!

    In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a cute, Swarovski crusted, keepsake necklace like the one below. You can customize the project to use any color you choose.  I chose a seaglass theme.







    Supplies Used:
    One "Florida" mini-bottle sand and shell keychain souvenir with keychain removed
    One 21x10.5 mm Swarovski crystal pendant (6010) in Golden ...

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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!