InspirationFX: Peacock Scarabaeus

Peacock Scarabaeus   by: Lee Metsalo When this series of Swarovskis arrived, we were comparing them to all sorts of things: aurora borealis, beetles, and peacocks made the list. When I saw the ring base, I saw peacock tails – as they move in the sunlight, the blues and greens shimmer and move. As you wear this ring, the crystal sparkle in various shades of blue and green – pretty! I got different opinions of which glue is best for flatbacks, so I’m going to try a few projects with different glues. For this, I used an aging tube of …

InspirationFX: The Last Stitch of Summer

The Last Stitch of Summerby: Malliga Nathan It may be the final week of summer, but you don’t have to change over your wardrobe just yet! The sun is shining and it is a balmy 25º so celebrate with this fun and vibrant bracelet. Quick to assemble and light on your wrist, you do not want to miss out on the last burst of sun!! 1. Start by cutting two 7 to 8 inch pieces of chain, making sure they are the exact same length. I found deciding on the length to be tricky. I cut 6.75 inches of chain …

InspirationFX: Pointed Pastel

Pointed Pastel   by: Rochelle Kilmer A necklace suited for all seasons! The subdued pastel colours of the donuts demanded attention.Pairing with the daggers and gold metal beads made the colours pop without being too overwhelming. I also wanted a bit of structure to the focal part of the necklace so I used wire as the stringing material, allowing it to hold the curvature of my neck. If you aren’t into soft pastels, there are lots and lots of colour options in the donuts and daggers! Just have fun and play! 1)     Cut 8 – 10 inches of 22 gauge wire …

InspirationFX: Charmed by Bubblegum & Lollipops

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Charmed by Bubblegum & Lollipops by: Pam Kearns What drove this necklace was the colour! It is a fun colour and I decided to play up the fun aspect with lots of bright colour beads. I lengthened the lucite chain by adding the large 20mm jumprings and complemented them with the very large lobster clasp – nothing small and dainty here! The majority of them are attached to the necklace using wrapped loops of the 20gauge wire. Make sure that the loops are large enough to hook onto the lucite chain before completing the …

InspirationFX: Double Headed Serpent Belt

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Double Headed Serpent Belt   by: Rochelle Kilmer While scrolling through Facebook one day, there was a postabout this beautiful Aztec sculpture from the 15th/16thcentury. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-headed_serpent This Double Headed Serpent became the inspiration behind mybelt. I used the gorgeous, turquoise scaled Regaliz leather forthe body of my serpent and Swarovski rivoli end caps for my heads. Before gluingon the end caps, I strung two charm holders onto the leather and attached a jumpringto the loop on each; this is where I connect the spring ring clasp for myclosure. The leather is a little bit hard …

InspirationFX: Of Sand and Surf

Of Sand and Surf   by: Lee Metsalo If you could capture a walk along a tropical beach in a necklace, would this be it?  Sparkling waters in various shades of blue.  A few sand dollars. A few marine plants or glimpses of marine critters. And silver sand glinting in the sun.   This is a simple necklace where each beaded component is closed with wrapped loops, and then linked together with the jump rings.  The join of the two strands is linked with two jump rings for a bit of added durability.  Make this as many strands, or as …

InspirationFX: Tied Up In Knots

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Tied Up In Knots   by: Pam Kearns Yes, I combine peyote with just about everything! To start, cut two 12″ pieces of the polyester cord and tie them together using a reef or square knot and even out the ends. (see photo under separate cover). As the knot tends to come undone, I used a drop or two of the fabric glue where the cords cross themselves. Let dry. In the meantime I did four strips of even-count flat peyote – two strips in each of the two colours. The size of each …

InspirationFX: We Wiill Never Be Royal

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing We Will Never Be Royal   by: Dwyn Tomlinson but you sure wouldn’t know if from our jewelry! This royal combination of purple and rose gold is royal-looking indeed, and is surprisingly easy to make. Make it longer and make a necklace too if you like. Just budget around 2.5 – 3 x as much fat rattail (moosetail) cord as chain, so for a 7 inch bracelet – you would need 21 inches of moosetail (to be safe.) Cut a square of masking tape or painter’s tape and roll it around the end of the …

InspirationFX: Bronzed Beauty

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Bronzed Beauty  by: Malliga Nathan  This bronze and gold necklace makes me think of tanning luxuriously in the sun poolside with a cool drink in hand. Not sure why maybe cause it resembles the colours on the Hawaiian Tropics bottles I see in the store! String beads on in the following patterns until it reaches approximately 9.25 inches. Do not crimp the end before stringing. Instead use the bead stoppers on each end. If you don’t have stoppers tape works fine. Strand 1 -1 Large oval, 1 size 8/0 seed bead. Strand 2 – …

InspirationFX: Sea Cruise

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Sea Cruiseby: Dwyn Tomlinson Be my guest – you’ve got nothin’ to lose – won’t you let me take you on a sea cruise? Sea stars and sea turtles and soothing aqua flowers! The shining silver surf is up – so dive on it! The skills required for this are simple, you need to be able to use a hole punch and whack things with a hammer. Ready? Plan your design by laying out your pieces on your leather base in a pleasing and artful design. Or completely random, if that’s your preference. Trim …