Category Archives: TECHNIQUES

RECENT WORK

moms body guardThis is an elastic bracelet made with lapis, calcite, fluorite, amethyst, aventurine, moss agate, smokey quartz, pyrite, and copper.  It is a Personal Bodyguard from my Bodyguard series.

Playing in the Dark

This is Bodyguard Playing in the Dark.  It is an elastic bracelet made with black agate, obsidian, black tourmaline, kyanite, amethyst, jade. aqua aura, lapis, pyrite, hematite, fluorite, black labradorite, and moss agate.

 

 

executive body guard

 

This another Personal Bodyguard, elastic bracelet with jade, moss agate, crystal quartz, aqua aura, tourmalinated quartz, pyrite, tiger eye, aventurine, aquamarine, lapis, amazonite, and copper.

 

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More Recent Work and a Tip

I’m posting a couple more photos of recent pieces.

bracelet black lab lapis Success bodyguard

On the left (or it may be on the top in your viewer), that’s a black labradorite/lapis/quartz/silver elastic bracelet The one on the right (or on the bottom) is a Success Bodyguard with aventurine, moss agate, crystal quartz, citrine, tourmalinated quartz, and pyrite and silver plated spacers.

My tip: to learn how to make a good strong knot, even with very thick elastic cord (I use 1mm), consider watching fishermen’s videos on how to make a “surgeon’s knot”.  Yes, that’s right. 1)Apparently fishermen use this kind of knot to secure a line that is going to have an angry fish on one end. 2)The fishermen who make the how-to videos make it seem much more clear than most of the beaders’ how-to videos. They are to the point, don’t hem and haw or tell charming anecdotes, and they show and explain what is going on very clearly.

 

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.

MALEFICENT NECKLACE

MALEFICENT NECKLACEI found this “knock-off”  Maleficent necklace  tutorial on allfreejewelrymaking.com.   If I were to make it, I’d probably put in some bigger stones/beads, but it does look worthy all on its own.

LOOPY FREE FORM FRAME BRACELET from JewelryLessons.com

JL LOOPY FREE FORM FRAME BRACELETOh, I think I want to make this bracelet! I found it on JewelryLessons.comThe price for the tutorial is very reasonable (if you are not totally broke, but I am going to get this as soon as I can.

LOOPY FREE FORM FRAME NECKLACE

It comes with an interesting necklace tutorial, as well, but the bracelet is what has me entranced.

Check out other tutorials on JewelryLessons.com

BEAUTIFUL “ORIENTAL”RING TUTORIAL at JewelryLessons.com

JLOriental Ring

I usually post about free tutorials I’ve discovered, but I am very much in love with the look of this ring.   The tutorial, which is available for purchase at JewelryLessons.com isn’t very cheap, but neither is it overly expensive .

While you are at JewelryLessons, take a look around. It is truly a one stop shop — you can spend hours just browsing through all of the ideas found there.  Hundreds, if not thousands, of tutorials  of all sorts, from many many creative jewelry artists, are gathered there, some free, most at jl eni coiled banglereasonable cost.   I love this site, which is the brainchild of my teacher, Eni Oken, whose own tutorials are truly fabulous. (here is the  tutorial for the first piece I ever made – complicated, but I did it)

Here are the first two bracelets I made from this

Chrysocolla bracelet

coral3

tutorial. The turquoise chrysocolla was the first one. Then I made the coral one.  Then I discovered that I was using much bigger stones and beads than the ones Eni suggested, but it was already too late, and I had these gorgeous bracelets.  While I was struggling through the lesson, Eni was very helpful, bless her heart.  She is up there with the best all-time teachers I have ever had (in any subject)  She is the only teacher I have ever had in jewelry-making, but that goes miles, since I have never needed to go to any other teacher.

WIREKNITZ KNITTED WIRE AND TUTORIALS

SO, I followed the link for WireKnitz at Eva Sherman Designs blog , used and I found some smashing tutorials! Oh, yeah, and a good source for lead and nickel-free copper knit wire in oodles of colors and 3 different textures.  When I first started looking through the site, looking at the wire, and then at their advertised classes, I was disappointed because they only teach in  places where I will probably never get to go.  Then, just as I was about to contact them about written tutorials, I happened upon the link (hiding in the GALLERY section) which took me to their tutorials as well as some other good information and ideas.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAON A ROLL CUFF 
This looks cute and the tutorial looks easy enough. I want one! or two. Maybe matching ones!

 

 

CONVERTIBLES BANGLES WIREKNITZCONVERTIBLES (BRACELET AND/OR NECKLACE)   This is the first one I saw and wanted. They’re a little pricey to make, but I want 2 or 3 at least.

 

 

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA SPIRAL CUFF –  This looks nice – the first photo in the tutorial is a beautiful white one with pearls, but I like this copper one.