Dec 132012

Another fabulous tutorial offered by Barrie Edwards – perfect to go along with this weeks giveaway…..
A tutorial on soldering!
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!
You can view the tutorial below or you can click the little arrow in the upper right corner to open the document itself.

Thanks Barrie!!!!!!!!!!!!


If you are having trouble viewing the document, you may find it here


 Posted by at 12:01 am
Dec 092012

I stumbled on this fabulous step by step tutorial the other day and thought it would be great to share the link for the Advent Calendar.


This has no expiration date unless the artist – the lovely Catherine Chandler – should move or delete the files.


Cuttlefish (Bone) Casting


 Posted by at 12:01 am
Dec 082012

Again, apologies are needed, we’re late!

Hopefully you will accept our apologies (again) and bear with us as we run through the first year of this calendar!!

Today is another educational offering  – perfect for a Saturday – so download the Scenic Pendant Tutorial and find permission to experiment!!

Now get  in your studios and play!


Offered free, today through Monday Dec 10th – From Janice of Doxallo Designs 🙂

 Posted by at 6:53 am
Dec 072012

It has come to our attention that not everyone has been able to access all the Advent Calendar offerings. 🙁

When thinking about aligning this project with an Advent Calendar, a ‘real’ 24 hour day was used, and to create deals that were ‘flash’ style offerings, a 24 hour expiration was set for almost all of the deals.
Unfortunately this has created some situations where folks in different time zones have been unable to access the offerings with everyone’s schedules being what they are…..and oh my goodness it was never our intent for this to be restrictive according to locale. Our apologies!!

Moving forward we will try to revise everything to be available for an additional 24 hours. And next year we will be more aware of the intricacies associated with worldwide calendars/clocks !


 Posted by at 9:57 am
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 !!

 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

 Posted by at 12:01 am