Category Archives: INSTRUCTIONS

PLAYING TOO MUCH

I do believed I’ve been playing too much on Facebook and Pinterest, although I am starting to get some ideas of what to make next.

I have found some cool beading groups on Facebook where people show their latest wire work creations.  It’s fun to get to know the people and see what they are doing, even if I know I will probably never do anything like that. It does give me ideas of what I might do.

Pinterest…. oh, Pinterest!  I love to see what new things Pinterest will show me in the way of beading, wiring, or any of my other interests.

To my credit, though, I do not look at Pinterest or Facebook when I could be making something. Oh no! I have other ways to waste my precious time.

Actually, recently, I’ve been going through all my files in Google Drive, and putting them into some kind of order, so that I might be able to find what I am looking for a little more easily.  I’ve also updated a couple of the pages on this blog, with on-line places to buy, and places to find tutorials, as well as various other useful information.

 

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HAPPY TUTORIAL SEARCHES

Don’t mean to bore you, but I’ve just figured out that, in looking for my tutorial files on Google Drive (where, happily, I discovered most of the tutorials that I had accumulated over the years, as I’ve previously mentioned), there’s a way to search for a particular file or kind of file. Nifty! It’s especially helpful since, for some odd reason, my tutorial files are not where I would have expected to find them and I can’t seem to always remember where they are hiding.

So, off I went, again in search of my Eni Oken tutorials. There they are! As I have mentioned in the past, Eni was my first teacher, and I have since learned that a lot of my e-friends have learned from her tutorials, as well.  You can find Eni’s tutorials at https://enioken.com/ and https://www.etsy.com/shop/EniOken

After that, I went off to search again for Diane Karg Baron‘s tutorials. Found ’em! I got interested in reading about her, so I went to her website and found all sorts of goodies!  You can find Diane’s tutorials at https://thetaoofwire.mykajabi.com/ She has some free ones, and the for-pay ones are very reasonably priced.

Then, I checked out Remy Heath‘s tutorials again. They’re there waiting for me! You can find her tutorials at http://www.studioheath.com/tutorials.php .  While I was looking at the Remy files, I also discovered an assortment of ring tutorials from different artists that I will be exploring soon.

Meanwhile, I made a pile of  bracelets for Christmas presents, and a couple of commissioned ones. Silly me! I forgot to take pictures. I need to make some more, and I have a necklace idea in my mind.

Oh, and I discovered dumortierite!  It is so, so pretty! I was buying some lapis and moss agate beads, and, when the cashier put them in the bag with the dumortierite, it looked so much like the early morning ocean off the Outer Banks! I’ve been trying to capture that for so long…. maybe now I can figure out what to make now that I have the perfect colors.

 

 

CRYSTALS I’VE USED FOR WHAT

CRYSTALS I’VE USED FOR WHAT

Sadly, Robyn Harton has retired from the crystal info business and sold her oh so delightful and informative crystalsandjewelry website.  I personally find the new administration’s website changes rather unwieldy and more chatty than I’d like (Robyn’s descriptions were very to the point, which worked well for me). As a result of this upheaval,  I’m starting to keep a list of what I find for the uses I have in mind. (Meanwhile, I will probably start back-tracking and make a list of other crystal sites I’ve found useful. )

Right now, the list is composed of what I found in my research for a major project I’ve just finished. I hope I can update this list from time to time, as I find new uses to address and/or new things to add to the lists I already have.

There are no bells and whistles. If you want to explore, just scroll down.

SNOW! Sitting at home looking at beads!

It’s snowing to beat the band! Not big pretty fluffy snow, just relentless little bitty snowflakes. My New York City street is covered. Just as well! I want to make something today.

Product DetailsI got Abby Hook’s book Wire Jewelry Master Class in the mail yesterday. Stayed up looking through it, reading the really clear instructions, thinking about what I’m willing to do, what I might do right away, and what I’ll probably never do, even though I wish I could bring myself to do it. Then, of course, thinking about how I could get away with not doing what she says to do and still get a similar look. Then thinking about what she shows, and what I probably will actually do. Woo! Tired myself out just looking! Then woke up this morning and started again.

I’m very happy with this book, excited to have it. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if the book included the two tutorials (KrissKross ring and Kriss Kross bracelet) I had bought from Abby back when jewelrylessons.com was in business and before my computer crashed and died, taking with it my precious hoard of tutorials. I bought several of Abby’s tutorials, but these are the ones I’d really like to have back. The book does have another tutorial that I had bought, which now looks like something I might like to do. Oh well. Never mind! There is so much information in this book! Then, there are all the pretty pictures. This may be the best jewelry-making book I’ve ever bought.

I actually saw my prehnite/amethyst/silver bracelet in bright sunlight yesterday. I hadn’t realized that the colors were actually so brilliant!  Now, I want to make a similar necklace with the prehnite and amethyst left over from the bracelet. I haven’t had a new necklace in quite some time. This will be simple. I think I’ll make some figure eight connectors, as I’m out of jump rings, and I’ll make a stab at making my own S-hook clasp, to jazz it up a little.

LADDER NECKLACE TUTORIAL FROM FOR THE MAKERS

leather stone spacer necklaceI found this tutorial at For the Makers . (For the Makers is a subscription site that sends you a box with all the materials and instructions to make whatever they are offering. That’s pretty cool!)  Meanwhile, I was just looking at free tutorials, and this one is right there, and really easy to do.  Check it out.

MAKING YOUR OWN JEWELRY YOUR OWN

MAKING YOUR OWN JEWELRY
When you start out making jewelry, it is always good to have a teacher. I was very lucky to have one of the best: Eni Oken! (I went to a 3 hour class on wire jewelry, learned how to make a loop, made a pair of earrings, and was hooked! I went home, went on-line, and found Eni Oken’s tutorials – this was before she went big-time and started hosting JewelryLessons.com, a most marvelous site full of tutorials by all sorts of different jewelry artists) I made maybe 10 of Eni’s designs, and then I found that my ideas were migrating – well, actually, they were migrating from the start – Eni said “small beads”, and I missed that, and made my first piece with very big beads, but she talked me through it.

Lately, I have been making the bracelets I showed I my last post. I have  purchased and read through and experimented with a number of tutorials from different artists, but, with these bracelets, I haven’t followed any tutorial any further than “take a piece of wire”. I think I saw a tutorial about how to make an all in one piece with a hook clasp a while back, but, when I started making these, it was more like, well, I have seen this picture, and it should work out like this (I mean, I did not sit with a tutorial and follow it to do this). Fortunately, my idea has turned out fairly well.

So, what am I talking about? I’m talking about you, the designer. After you have followed a teacher for a while (in person or through on-line tutorials ), and after you have seen more teachers’ work, then, one day you get an idea in your head, and it is not exactly anyone’s tutorial, but, sort of, something you know you can make.

I love Eni Oken’s tutorials: I started with her Coiled Bangle, which is listed as Very Advanced (can you believe it? That’s like asking a baby to do Olympic acrobatics – but I managed, because she writes very clear, very thorough tutorials), and I still do love the ornate-ness of her work, but I have found that I can break things easily, and, so, I am very happy right now with these bangles I am making because they are pretty strong, and I think I won’t be able to break them anytime soon.

The pieces I am making now are simple in design, so the complexity has to come from the stones I use.

After you work with the tutorials of different designers, or even one, you may well find you are making something that is all your own.

Even if you just continue making the same tutorial over and over, you will probably find that you make little modifications that make the work your own.

GAILAVIRA.COM TUTORIALS

gailavira beaded spiral post earringsI don’t know if I can get much more pleased at the  moment (well, okay, finding out that I had won the lottery might do it)! I was looking at cool jewelry ideas on jewelrylessons.com, and I noticed that all  the ones I liked were by  Donna Spadafore at gailavira.com, but I could not find any of her tutorials, so I decided to find out if she has a website.  Lo and behold! she does!  Not just any old website, but one that offers very reasonably priced very clearly written and detailed tutorials — and even some free ones that teach some of the things that I like about her pieces.  Well!  I just had to tell somebody, and so…..

gailavira carnival pendantI really love the little post earrings in the picture above, and I really love the technique in the picture to the left  — what I really love about these two is that they were in her free tutorials collection.

In the paid tutorials, she has some very nice earcuffs gailavira ornate earcuff– I’ve just read in some women’s magazine or other that earcuffs are all the rage right now – I don’t know – I just like them.