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: Dragonfly Energy Bracelet

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Dragonfly Energy Bracelet by: Dwyn Tomlinson Ever sit and watch dragonflies over a pond on a hot summer day? They move so fast ? they almost seem to disappear and reappear elsewhere. Backwards too ? no wonder they seem magical! Matching colours complement this Black and Gold Dragonfly, but you could pick your favourite colour dragonfly button and choose complementary pearls to go with it! Secret Tip. The metal loop (shank) on the back of the button may be oriented so that the dragonfly lines up with the strands instead of 90 degrees. To …

Karo Bead Wrap

This project is by Martina Junova – designing for Preciosa-Ornela – the manufacturers of the Karo bead. This is a nice simple design that highlights the square shape and variety of colours in a Boho-Chic design that is simple to do, easy to vary, and can be adapted to the materials you have on hand.     Find the Karo beads here: http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=947_1286 And in the event that you don’t have any 10/0 rocailles (seedbeads) on hand: http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=858_202 The Ripple bead, for the closure is here: http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=947_954 Lots of cord choices: Waxed Cotton or maybe something else appeals? http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=864 And …

Copper Pipe Pendants

We initially published this post back in 2010 – it has been far and away our most commented on post ever. We share it with you again for those of you who haven’t seen it before! Initial post by Jennifer Tough A while back I picked up a book by Stephanie Lee called Semi-precious Salvage. I just love her designs, as I’m quite enamored with the vintage-y, rough, dug out of the dirt look. Mixed media jewellery is quite intriguing to me – and I plan to explore it more over the next little while. I’m really just scratching the …

Floating Rocks

InspirationFX – Get your creative juices flowing   by: Dwyn Tomlinson Rock it out with this floating rock creation! This project came together as an act of serendipity – happy coincidence. I had the sterling rocks on my table, thinking about a bracelet (which I also made, actually – sterling rocks with one lampwork bead, on stretchy elastic) and the Kaputt Pendant, with the bail, from the photo that I took for the website. And I thought that they looked really good together – and hey presto – next thing you know – I have this!You could make this without …

Tango in Tibet

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Tango in Tibet by: Dwyn Tomlinson These super-cute bracelets have an eastern vibe, and are so easy to make – it will be hard to stop at just one. Clearly, I couldn’t. Vary them up with different bead choices and different button accents – we have lots to chose from! Using the Elastic-Cord-Needle, string your approx 7 inches of beads (depending on the length you want and size of the wrist you are making for), and add the button last. Hook the Elastic-Cord-Needle into the middle of an approximately 18 inch piece of stretchy …

The Carole Necklace

by: Darlene Collette Pendragonfyre Designs/Dwyn Tomlinson – DragonJools For those of you who would rather have your Pandora(tm)/Troll(tm)/Biagi(tm)/Euro-Charm/Big Hole Beads on a necklace, easy to wear and easy to swap out, rather than a bracelet – this is for you! I met fellow lampwork artist Darlene Collette of Pendragonfyre Designs?recently; we were introduced by a mutual friend. We had a lovely time. We swapped lampwork stories, and talked about glass and had a grand old time. I was fascinated with her necklace. Her style of beads is completely unlike mine – she makes lovely, controlled spacer beads with high-silver-glass accents …

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: Peachy Keen Jelly Bean

Peachy Keen Jelly Bean Designed by: Chelle Kilmer I wanted to take a twist on something classic. Pearls are classic and I love them. Natural and organic freshwater pearls, Swarovski pearls in their near perfectness, even teeny, tiny, glass pearls! Have you checked out our 2mm glass pearls? They come in the most amazing colour selection and such a perfect size for almost every project. I truly believe there might actually be a pearl for every occasion! But this time around it was the twisted Swarovski pearls that caught my eye! A soft, warm, peachy glow beckoned me over to …

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 …