Cage Your Trinkets and Treasures

For August's headpin challenge I created a wire basket holding coral and beach glass. It is something I learned from the wonderfully talented Mary Hettmansperger years…
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Dorset Buttons – A Heritage Craft

Welcome to my very first post on our lovely new 'Art Elements' blog - I hope you're having fun finding your way around all the new…
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Down to the Bare Threads…

Photo Above: Bangles wrapped with sari silk and embroidery yarn and sewing thread (oh, and wire!) There is something elementary beautiful in fabrics and the underlying…
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Playing with Raku

I've hardly done anything this last couple of weeks, it's school holidays so my time has been dictated by children. So I was looking around for…
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Sea Glass Earrings

Every year my other half, the children and I head down to Cornwall to spend some of the summer holidays with his family, and every year…
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Headpin Tutorial Roundup

As part of our August art headpin design challenge (click the link for more details), I thought it might help to do a round-up of some of the…
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Handmade Picture Frames

I've been making lots of tiles recently. I love having a larger area to design on. After firing a couple, I realised that I'd completely forgotten…
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Thrift Shop Find Turned Fab

When it comes to art beads I am some what of a bead snob! I like to support the handmade artisans that put time and effort…
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Flower Headpin Earring Tutorial

I've been making these cute flower headpins for a while now, and while I love to make beads and components, I rarely make jewelry anymore.  I…
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Bird on the Wing Pendant with Embellished Chain – Free Tutorial

Birds are a perennial favourite with bead makers and buyers alike and this easy tutorial can be adapted to work with your own favourite examples. Supplies…
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Mixed Media Bumblebee

Firstly, I'd like to wish all of our US Readers a Happy 4th July. Hope you have a wonderful day! For today's post, I'd like to…
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Playing With Beads and….Air Plants!!!

I'm sure I don't need to admit to being a bead hoarder here and I'm sure I'm not the only one, Right?! And as much as…
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Summer! Flower Disc Bead Earring Tutorial

Since we're all in Summer mode here at AJE, I thought I'd share a tutorial for some earrings I made with my flower disc beads.  I…
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Playing With Prongs

I tend to go through phase's of making things and my current favorite thing to make is prong set trinkets and treasures. You may have guessed…
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Rear View Mirror Dangle Project

The other day, I was out to breakfast and saw that someone had a really pretty beaded rear view mirror beaded dangle.  It got me thinking…
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Rainbow Bead Garden Stake Project!

I had this pretty garden stake that used to have beads hanging off of it - over time, the cording they were on broke and the…
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Enchanted by enamel – an earring tutorial

Sometimes my Muse takes me on a scavenger hunt. Dropping little clues in front of me until I piece it all together. This happened recently at…
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Use Paypal Invoicing!

Recently, in a selling group on Facebook that I belong to, the topic of using PayPal INVOICING (instead of REQUEST MONEY) to make it easier for…
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Carving Clay

Carving in clay isn’t as difficult as it sounds, it’s really easy to get a good result with minimum tools and simple skills.   If you…
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Free Lampwork Tutorial :: Plant Poke Flowers

If you're a lampworker, you know that those 1/16" mandrels bend so easily when you're trying to get your beads off, and usually don't last very…
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Tiny Faux Terrarium Pendant

I'm currently getting ready for two events; the bead cruise and Steampunk World's Fair.  In my prior post I shared what I was making for the cruise.  Now I'm going to…
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Video Demo of Creating a Lampwork Glass Headpin with a Murrini

  For today's post, I thought it might be fun to make and share a video of me creating one of the above headpins. Try not…
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Spring Daisies – Simple Earring Tutorial

Spring officially arrived in the northern hemisphere last weekend so I'd thought I share this tutorial for my Daisy earrings as published in Belle Armoire - very…
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3D Stamps

In ceramics, or any other types of clay work, stamps and moulds are always a bit of a grey area. Can you use the design commercially?…
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Dimple making pliers – a tutorial

You know when you are scrolling through the Internet and you see a cool tool/thing that you would love to have a play with so you…
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Treasure lockets tutorial

One of the pieces I made quiet a few of last year were coin treasure lockets. It's no surprise that I love coins and I use…
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Beaded Wreath – Christmas Ornament Tutorial

  Today I'm sharing with you a tutorial for a beaded wreath Christmas ornament that I devised by adapting my design for a silk macrame bangle -…
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Oh Christmas Tree…

Christmas is just around the corner, so today I thought I'd share an idea I came up with last year for some cute Christmas tree charms.…
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Fold forming fun

I don't know about you but I am a member of many Facebook groups, one of them being the Aspiring Metalsmiths page. What I love about…
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Knotted Bracelet Tutorial

    A few years ago I took a mini class from Erin Seigel on making knotted waxed linen earrings and I've been a knotty girl…
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