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.
I 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.
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I 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…..
I 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 – 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.
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Oh, I think I want to make this bracelet! I found it on JewelryLessons.com. The 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.
It comes with an interesting necklace tutorial, as well, but the bracelet is what has me entranced.
Check out other tutorials on JewelryLessons.com
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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 reasonable 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
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.
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Here are some cute earrings I found at allfreejewelrymaking.com that you could make up quickly for party adornment, or whatever These look like bubbly, but I would probably put just a few turquoise or tiny black tourmaline beads on, to make them lighter.