InspirationFX: Fire & Ice

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Fire & Ice Designed by: Bonnie Cottingham There is a heart of fire glowing from within this cool milky stone. Silver, like ice, shimmers against the contrast of the fire opal. Necklace: Cut the beading chain into 2- 12inch lengths, 1- 10 inch length, 1- 14 inch length. Starting with the 14 inch piece of chain, string on the 30mm Fire Opal Coin bead to the centre, place crimp on either side and flatten with a pair of pliers. Cover the crimp with a crimp cover. You can choose your own placement of the 8mm …

Multi-Strand Bracelet

I love this style of bracelet – I made a bunch of them in different colours. This goes back a ways, but sometimes, when sorting through older items – you find they are fresh and new again! The only key thing with making these is to make sure all the strands are the same length – otherwise, one sticks up or flops over and looks goofy. If you did it deliberately, I suppose, with different sized beads and whatnot, it would look ok – but I was going for smooth river of colour look myself. The other slight awkwardness was …

Using Cones

As you start making more and more complex pieces of jewelry – you will find yourself with multiple strands, wondering how to finish them off to be nice and tidy at the ends. You might even have seen a necklace finished with long cones at the end, picked it up and handled it and thought “That looks nice – how the heck does that work? How do I get the ends to go in there and stay there?” The answer is annoyingly simple. In a nutshell – you make a loop, attach all the ends to it, stuff the loop …