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Allfreejewelrymaking.com is a pretty massive site, with lots of tutorials of all different sorts. At last, I have learned that they do have some search facilitators to get through to what you might be looking for. Go to their search tutorial and learn how to find what you want.



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.


So, I have figured out one way to upload photos. It’s not the best, but, if I am neat about it, I should be able to get away with it. Anyway, here is a photo of my long-in-the-process “Bodyguard Playing in the Dark”. (As you can see, I am clearly not an accomplished photographer. Never mind! It’s a picture. )

Playing in the Dark

Bodyguard Playing in the Dark started as an idea to combine as many protection stones as I could in a dark-colored piece. It combines amethyst, aqua aura, black agate, black labradorite, black obsidian, black onyx, black tourmaline,  purple fluorite, green jade, lapis, golden sheen obsidian, hematite, kyanite, moss agate, and pyrite. This piece finally came together when I started experimenting with elastic/stretch cord for bracelets. It seemed like the perfect place to start.

Moms braceletMom’s Bracelet finally came together when I decided to see if the elastic/stretch cord would work with larger/heavier stones than the 8mm ones I’d been working with. I unstrung it from its original jewelry wire and had it together one-two-three.  Mom’s Bracelet is “purpose-built” to address some physical needs that she has.  It contains lapis, golden calcite, green fluorite, amethyst, aventurine, moss agate, crystal quartz, pyrite, and copper. (I liked it so well that I have made a similar one for myself).

See! I have been doing! These two bracelets are the end products of  my experimentation on 16 different elastic bracelets (all of which I am wearing right now, actually)

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.

COOL BRACELET PROJECTS from great blogs: I Spy DIY and Honestly WTF

crisscross bracelet i spydiyI do keep posting I Spy DIY blog’s ideas from time to time, don’t I.  This time, it was a little harder to figure out how to get around the blog, and then post about what I had found.

I really like this “criss-cross bracelet, but I cannot find a way to link directly to a specific tutorial, so, here is how we do it:  You go to the link (which is a link to the “all projects page”, and you look at the top and find Jewelry DIY (of course, if you want to see other of her DIY ideas, you click on the appropriate name)

When you click knot chain bracelet i spy diyon the Jewely DIY, you will go to a page of pictures. When you see something you like, you click on the title below the picture.

I also like this knot/chain bracelet, which combines the idea of those “survival bracelets” with chain.

wire heart bracelet ispy diy

The other idea I liked on today’s tour was the wire heart bracelet which actually can give you a lot more ideas of what you can do. This blog is a good one to check out for other interesting DIY ideas. There is always something.

As long as I am on this sudden bracelet kick, I have revisited Honestly WTF gold tube braceletsblog.  She has her jewelry broken down into types, which makes it easier for me to find what I am looking for. You still have to scroll down to find what you are looking for, though I seriously love these gold tube bracelets.

I am going to have to break down and make something of my own soon (I haven’t been making things because I haven’t had a lot of money lately, and, of course, when you get a new idea, you think “outside the box” of what you already have.

Well, fortunately, my ideas are coming in shades of stuff that is already “in the boxes” of stuff I already have – I have copper wire in several sizes, brass wire in different sizes, and, as well, I have a goo bit of .925 wire that I have been saving fora rainy day