InspirationFX: Ocean Pearls and Lava Dragons

Get your creative juices flowin ~~~ Ocean Pearls and Lava Dragons Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson I am still having a lot of fun with the elastic bracelets.Bracelets are much easier to make if you don’t need to add a clasp, and they are easy to wear. Easy to wear lots of them at once, actually – just grab a handful and go. Ocean Pearls These Swarovski iridescent blue pearls are really lovely -and the sea turtle is a nice accent. Use the big hole needle – as the hole in the pearls is smallish, and put the tassel opposite the …

InspirationFX: I Want Candy

~~~Get your creative juices flowing~~~ I Want Candy Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson The stretchy Candy Bead bracelet that TJ showed me last week got me inspired to try my own. It turned out really quite pretty and easy. All these fancy-dancy shaped two-hole beads are pretty intimidating to the ordinary bead stringer like me, but this was ok. Take the long big hole needle – I finally had to retire my old needle and get a new pack – I have to say – I really like these! – thread your elastic, and string a Candy bead alternating with a …

InspirationFX: Dragonfly Stack

Dragonfly Stack Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson The greens and golds of these remind me of those big zoomy dragonflies from when I was a kid. The Scarabeous green is a bright metallic insect green at some angles -and at some angles and lighting, more gold or purple highlights. They are fascinating to play with. Combined with the gold stardust beads! Just fabulous! I wanted to play with a new product – the Elastic Cord Needle. I thought for sure that this was going to be a swing and a miss in terms of new products (you should see the pliers …

InspirationFX: Stacker Bracelets

Get your creative juices flowing ~ ~ ~ Stacker Bracelets Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson I have a bunch of stretchy bracelets here – yes – more stretchy bracelets – I have armfuls of them now, and people are fascinated by them.They are very relaxing to make, and fun to wear! I usually wear 6 or more at a time, and I see that on etsy they are being called “stacker”bracelets. A friend had me repair one for her that she bought – it is a”big name” with an accent bead with a logo on it – I nearly had heart …

InspirationFX: Mocca Honey Bunny

Mocca Honey Bunny Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson This delicious, super sparkly bracelet is quick and easy to make, beautiful, if a little on the pricey side. It looks like a spiral pattern, but that’s just a result of alternating colors. Use a big eye needle or a twisted wire needle. String alternating colors. Make it about an inch longer than your ideal length, as the size of the beads makes the bracelet smaller on the inside than you might expect.   Components Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need! Need some help with …

InspirationFX: Laredo Lariet

Laredo Lariet Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson You – sometimes you sit down to make one thing, and a different piece of jewelry happens! I was going to make a necklace with tassels, but then I had these beads on the table and the next thing you know, I’m using them instead! The basic idea is the same – the very fine chain and the silicone-filled slider bead to make the clasp. Just be sure that you put the slider bead on BEFORE you add the beads dangling at the end. Don’t ask me why I think it is very important …

InspirationFX: Sticks & Stones

Sticks and Stones Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson I love these twig inspired links – it seems to me that there are so many possibilities for using them; I hardly know where to start! This very dainty necklace features the twig links, and rivolies – feel free to use your favorite color. You could also make this with more chain and only 2 links and one rivoli stone, or you could make matching earrings with a single link and a rivoli – assuming you like super long dangling earrings, and have the long neck to wear them! You’ll need these super …

InspirationFX: Dark Amber Glory

Get your creative juices flowing ~~~ Dark Amber Glory by: Dwyn Tomlinson One of the advantages of shopping in store is the ability to wander around and look for exact colour matches. One of the advantages of reading these inspirations is not having to do that. 😉 This particular piece came about because I wanted to do something with the dark amber, and I wanted it to be a bracelet, because I was in a bracelet frame of mind. The Swarovski Crystal Red Magma is a perfect match for the dark amber, and adds a little sparkle, and the Rose …

InspirationFX: Baby Blue and Earrings

Baby Blue and Earrings Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson The soft pinks and blues of the Powder Blue Impression Jasper strike me as very soothing and pretty. I went to town and make a whole suite of items from this lovely stone. (Check out previous weeks for more Inspirations) My first thought was to combine gold-plated metal findings and beads with the Powder Blue Impression Jasper, but I found I did not care for the look. The bright copper metal beads and finding – that was another story, however! The combination is gorgeous! The pinky tones of the bright copper perfectly …

InspirationFX: Airy Fairy

Get your creativity flowing~~~ Airy Fairy Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson The soft pinks and blues of the Powder Blue Impression Jasper strike me as very soothing and pretty. I went to town and make a whole suite of items from this lovely stone. (A few have already gone up in previous weeks and watch for a couple more in upcoming weeks) My first thought was to combine gold-plated metal findings and beads with the Powder Blue Impression Jasper, but I found I did not care for the look. The bright copper metal beads and finding – that was another story, …