Dec 042012
 

I can’t say EXACTLY what’s coming, because, really – isn’t not knowing part of the fun!!????                                   

Yes, come on – it’s FUN! 😉
                                  
But it might also be fun to have some little teasers along the way. Soooooo, here are some things that might get you thinking…….
                                  
Video – Torch Enameling with Barbara Lewis
                                 
Wire Jewelry Inspiration by Dianne Karg Baron
                                 
I noticed that Fundametals has new for December, of all things, copper blanks. And that, right on the heels of seeing Barbara Lewis’ video! Funny how things like that happen!                                  
Finally, I’ll leave you with a little present – A most amazing gift to the jewelry making community – A FREE pdf tutprial – Wire to Coils – which is basically a huge schematic sharing how much wire you need, in any various gauge, to make any length coil. It’s truly a mathematical feat condensed into a chart. AND IT IS SO VERY GRACIOUSLY offered FREE by the one and only Perri Jackson. Check it out here And be sure to nose around her site for many other good resources.
                                 
Until tomorrow – HAPPY CREATING!
                                 

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 Posted by at 8:35 pm
Dec 042012
 

Inspiration can come from all sorts of places. Other art forms, nature, architecture, clothing, technology, and so much more.
                                  
As someone who reads a lot of home design and DIY blogs, I find more and more that the design projects I see immediately inspire jewelry designs. I save many of these posts for the intended project but I also save them as design inspiration.
                                  
Many of us seem to experience bouts of ‘design block’, I thought sharing a few of these projects might inspire you to begin seeing jewelry design ideas all around you.
                                  
First up is this fabulous drift wood orb.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
See tutorial here
                                  
It immediately got me thinking about snips of wire, layered and formed in various shapes and dimensions. Straight wires, bendy wires, even heat textured wires.
                                  
Another project that could translate into wire is this string art project –
Create a pattern with a jig, wrap the wire around, slide the form off the jig, maybe form it slightly in a dapping block or over a stake, maybe add some beady embellishments….
See the wall decor tutorial here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

I love this wall of frames and right away thought of how popular photo jewelry is……..

Either cut a frame from sheet metal OR, what about tiny frames for doll houses? Either way, very thin clear plastic and a photo sandwiched in between, or a frame with photo and clear resin…….how adorable would that be?
Original post here
                                                                                                                                        
This next one is just ONE of many projects using, can you tell what it is…?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
it’s plastic spoons! While we may not want to make jewelry from plastic spoons (and I do say MAY not….keep reading…) this project really spoke to me about repetition and pattern and thinking outside the box regarding materials and found objects.
Full details for the spoon mirror may be found here.
                            
These may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but today’s post is hopefully an inspiration to SEE things differently. To look at the things that come our way daily and think about materials, techniques, patterns, texture and give yourself permission to explore and play.
                                  
As an added bonus, back to the plastic spoons, here is a tutorial using plastic spoons to make a rose.

Find the tutorial here .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
and one that I have been experimenting with is fused plastic bags. I’ve made two pairs of earrings and a few bookmarks.
Check out the fused plastic bag jewelry made by Emily Grace Goodrich
                                                                                                      
I challenge you to use one of the projects shown here as a bouncing off point for a new design. If you create a piece based on one of these projects come back and leave a comment with link to a photo of your creation!
                                  
As always……………HAPPY CREATING !!

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 Posted by at 12:01 am
Dec 032012
 

Most jewelers I know have one thing in common – a love of stones!                                 

In fact, many of us could quite possibly, and most accurately, be called hoarders!
                                   
I began hoarding stones when I came upon Ric Shipmen’s stones. Ric is the lapidary artist behind CR Designs Idaho. Ric is also a jewelry artist. So these are artfully cut stones for jewelry artists, from a jewelry artist. Ric is offering a 30% discount on his stones using the code:
                                  

Coupon code is good until midnight on Tuesday the 4th. Go check out the stones now! CR Designs Idaho
                                                   

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 Posted by at 12:01 am
Dec 022012
 

Day 2 of the Advent Calendar !

                                         

There is still time to enter for the giveaway of Day 1 – comments will close later today and then a winner will be drawn at random.

                                           

Today it’s instant gratification – we’ve got a great tutorial from Barrie Edwards. Barrie is an extremely talented jewelry artist – you can see her jewelry here:

                      

Windermere Designs

                  

And if that weren’t enough – Barrie is THE force behind the


Frazer Valley Bead Show

The Fraser Valley Bead and Jewelry Show is Western Canada’s Premier Bead and Jewelry Extravaganza, with nearly 50 artists and vendors gather from all over North America to offer the perfect shopping experience for the bead and jewelry fanatic!

                                      

And today, Barrie is offering a great tip for PERFECT Headpins. And you might be surprised by the technique. It’s really a great idea.

                                      

THANKS BARRIE!

                                      

Get the tutorial – DOWNLOAD now (will open a pdf document in a new window)

Deal is over! Check every day in December for more deals, discounts, and free stuff!

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 Posted by at 12:01 am
Dec 012012
 

Jewelry Artists Network Giveaway Winner!

Barbari - Comment #6 - is our winner!


                                                                                         
UPDATE: WE HAVE A WINNER!
We’re starting off with a bang!                                                                                         

We’re giving away a $50.00 giftcard to Contenti, Jewelry Making Supply

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post answering the following question:                                                                                         

What is one technique you wish you knew how to do or just knew more about?                                                                                         

Comments will close December 2nd at 11pm eastern time.                                                                                           Leave your answer below and be sure to provide a valid email address.                                                                                         
Good luck!!!                                                                                         

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 Posted by at 12:00 am

December a month of Giveaways, Deals, and Discounts

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Nov 302012
 

We are excited to announce, and invite you to join us in, our first annual Virtual Advent Calendar!

                                       

We have teamed up with some amazing artists and businesses to bring you a daily deal by way of an ‘virtual advent calendar’ for the month of December.  We’ll be counting the days until Christmas, but all are welcome to join in! Just like a traditional advent calendar, each day will have a ‘door’ with something special for you!

                                       

It may be a free tutorial, a vendor discount, a giveaway, or a link to something fun. Each day is only live for THAT day so be sure to check in every day so that you don’t miss anything!

                                       

There will be contributions from…….. Perri Jackson, Gem Resources International, Barrie Edwards of Frazer Valley Bead Show and Windermere Designs, Cynthia Newcomer Daniel,  Jewelry Tales , Fundametals Jewelry Tools and Supplies, and many more!!!!!!!

                                       

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 Posted by at 10:51 am