Sculpting with Slip

Creating three dimensional beads in clay doesn't have to take hours of carving. I've been working on some raised designs using clay slip and for today's…
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Stocking Filler Earrings

Back in 2015 I posted a tutorial for soldering simple prong set studs well I was playing around with this idea for stocking filler gifts last weekend…
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Brooches – A Tutorial

I am currently obsessed with the idea of bringing brooches back, and I'm not the only one.  According to several articles, brooches started making a comeback…
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Felted Gourds

Fall is harvesting time for hard-shell gourds, usually after the first frost. I love gourds for all the possibilities they offer but most of all, I…
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Make Your Own Stamps

If you're a regular reader of the AE Blog, you'll know that I love experimenting with different ideas for creating your own stamps. Today, I'd like…
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Never Enough of Skulls and Flowers…

I want to stay true to my intention to give you a little bit insight into my creation process as my contribution to AE. The last…
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Lampwork Headpin Ring

I throughly LOVE lampwork headpins and I am some what addicted to our wonderful leader Jen Cameron's creations. There is something almost mesmerising about them, so…
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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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