Meditation Beads

Meditation Beads by: Dwyn Tomlinson Beads can be soothing and meditative from sorting and organizing to stringing and wearing. This set came from the happy combination of colours that just called out to me. The impression jasper is such a lovely colour and turquoise is always beautifully accented by shades of red. And, of course, black looks great with everything. 😉 By now, you should be familiar with my current obsession with simple stretchy bracelets. Use the elastic-needle to quickly make them up. I tie the opelon doubled for larger beads like these in a surgeon’s knot, and then cover …

InspirationFX: I want to Be-Leaf

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing I want to Be-Leaf by: Dwyn Tomlinson I want to Be-Leaf A simple pair of earrings so easy to make,but so satisfying and so elegant. These lightweight handmade glass leaves just call out to dangle and gleam with light passing through them. Being glass however, they are not so suitable as charms on a bracelet. Instead, make earrings. Just open the loop on the ear wire remember to twist to the side, not pull out and put the leaf on, and close up the earring. That’s it! That’s all there is to it! Add …

InspirationFX: Simplicity in Red – Two

Simplicity in Red – Two Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers Though minimalist in style, this set will create quite the impact! A compliment to the “Simplicity in Red” necklace, that was posted a few weeks ago. As the holidays tend to be busy, it’s important to have something simple, to accessorize either that little black dress, or a cozy sweater, and pair of jeans. A fairly economical solution, as you will be using many of those leftover components from the earlier “Inspiration”. You will need to buy another package of the lovely Scarlet faceted rounds though! Instructions: 1. For Bracelet …

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: Lovin’ Copper ‘n Lace

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Lovin’ Copper ‘n Lace Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers What came first, the stone or the component? In this case, the Hammered Rectangles caught my eye, then I went searching for the proper stone accent. Easy enough you say, but quite the challenge, when you consider all of the stones BeadFX has lying about!! Although others vied for the honour, the Laguna Lace Agate won the round in a knock out! Call it love at first fight!! Instructions: Bracelet: – Construct one wire wrapped loop link (WWLL), consisting of a wire wrapped loop at one …

InspirationFX: Pearly White

Pearly White by: Rochelle Kilmer It’s getting warm and people are getting married! I have a few friends who are planning on tying the knot over the next couple of years. Such an exciting time in their lives! So I have had weddings on the brain and I needed a creative outlet since it’s not quite yet my turn. And that is how this jewellery set was born. I hope it inspires you as it did me! Earrings Making the links : On an eyepin place a daisy spacer – coin pearl -daisy spacer. Make a simple loop. I used …

InspirationFX: Fired Up Spikes

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Fired Up Spikes by: Rochelle Kilmer It’s Date Night! And I needed something quick to go with that little black dress! Red is a spicy colour and always adds a seductive pop! Who doesn’t like a little spike to go with those Crystal Magma pumps! A long dangle needs no necklace! Instructions: 1) Cut your carnelian chain in half. Make sure to have a loop at each end. 2) Open a 9mm jumpring and place it in the hole of the Crystal Red Magma Spike. Close jumpring. Do this for the other spike. 3) Open …

InspirationFX: Pagoda Earrings

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Pagoda Earrings Designed by: Pam Kearns One of my favourite classes to teach is Jewellery Making 101 where students create earrings using simple techniques. These projects employ the simplest of techniques to create three uses of the new Open Waterlily flower beads. Check out Snowdrops, my previous Inspiration for another technique. In this project you are using simple loops and wrapped loops to create the earrings. 1. Start by working on the bottom flower first by stacking a 3mm bead onto the headpin and then adding the waterlily bead so that the flower opening facing …

InspirationFX: Hard Sun

Get your creative juices flowing ~~~ Hard Sun by: Rochelle Kilmer The sun beats down on Death Valley, Sand dunes ripple as the flood planes bake in the heat Stones sail mysteriously over the Racetrack Player inscribing lines in the cracked mud. Here a radiant copper ring shines with Topaz Gold sun beams. Suspended below is an unglazed ceramic donut mimicking the Earth below. -Written by Erin Singleton Making the Pendant – 1) Place 1 – 8mm Topaz Gold bead on a headpin. Make a wrapped loop. Repeat this again with another bead and headpin. 2) Place 1- 8mm Topaz …

Earring Styles – or – Excuse me – but my ears are ringing

Let’s talk about earrings! or ear rings – as you prefer. Earrings are fun and quick to make – you can easily make up pairs to go with every mood, outfit, holiday, day of the week, etc. Even before I made jewelry – I could easily go more than a month without repeating a pair. Of course, the findings are what make an earring work. A necklace or bracelet is mostly about the content – the beads or whathaveyou – and the clasp is a nice finishing touch. But with earrings – the findings – the mechanical bits, if you …