Kumihimo with Wire

Reading Susan's post earlier this week about her technique for finishing kumihimo ends gave me a push to try something I've had on my 'to do'…
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Tutorial: Wire Wrapping Kumihimo Ends

When I posted my necklace design with Jenny's Component of the Month, I used kumihimo braid.  I make a thin braid with C-lon and didn't want…
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Production Work (Or, “I Must Be Out of My Mind”)

I have griped publicly before about how much I loathe repeating a design. So it comes as somewhat of a surprise to me that I have…
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Beaded Wire Macrame Toggle Bars

Those of you who visit the AJE Component of the month blog hops may remember that my last COM design was incomplete because I'd made a…
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Spiral Play – The Basics part 1

Did you ever want to play with seed beads but not sure where to start?  Thanks to the awesome and incredible AJE team they talked me…
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Etching revisited

My very first post for Art Jewelry Elements was about etching. Seems hard to believe that was nearly a year and a half ago! Since I…
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Packaging – making unique bags

Just recently, I needed to restock on some of my packaging. While browsing patterned paper bags, I came across some favor bags. They were made with embossed…
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Bead Decoration

I've been making mini bisque stamps to decorate my ceramic beads with this week. I already have a large collection of textures and moulds that I…
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Ball Chain Ends Part II

After my last post, some of you expressed interest in a little tutorial on how to wrap commercial ball tip connectors for ball chain like this:   Below…
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Making Your Own Clay Cutters

I don't know if I'm the only one, but every time I have an idea for something, it usually involves spending money on new supplies. So wherever possible,…
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Three Super Simple Ball Chain Ends

I just love using ball chain, but figuring out how to connect it to other things is a challenge! I found these ball tip connectors at…
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Cute Minimalist Gift Wrapping!

I love wrapping gifts but I always make a LOT of jewelry and ornaments each year so I don't want to spend a whole year just…
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Quick and Easy Stocking Fillers

If you're still looking for last minute stocking fillers or need a quick gift for an unexpected guest, then a beaded Bag charm or key chain…
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Freeform Friday: the briolette wrap

I have escaped from the bench for a few minutes... I am down to the wire (accidental pun, but appreciated...) making presents for my sisters -…
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Easy Earring Tutorial

I made these super easy earrings a few months ago and thought I would share how to make them.I adore these very rustic discs that Diana…
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Tutorial: Ornament Hanger

It's that time of year!  I'm sure many of you make ornaments for yourself, or to give to friends and family.  Here's a simple tutorial for…
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Simple Beaded Bead tutorial

When I first discovered the incredible world of making my own jewellery, I spent hours scouring the net for new techniques to try out and discovered seed beads. I…
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Stoneware Snowflakes Part 1

Every year I make Christmas ornaments for my family.  This year, I decided to make snowflakes out of speckled brown stoneware.     This first thing…
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Braided Bead Rope Tutorial

 A couple of months go I made this necklace for a design challenge I was co-hosting and one of my AJE team mates asked me if…
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Inspired by Tulips; the Exploration of Creating a 3D Shape in Metal

Keirsten Giles has once again written up a fantastic blog post about her studio adventures and explorations. Hopefully you are as inspired as I am by…
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Etching with transparencies

My love affair with etching copper continues as does my search for new ways to transfer the image on to the metal. You may have seen on my blog, my…
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BOC Funny Face Bead Tutorial

As you may know, Beads of Courage is a country-wide organization that provides fun beads to children who have life-threatening medical conditions as a way to…
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Day of the Dead Sugar skull tutorial

  The air has a crisp scent, pumpkins are popping up, leaves are falling down. Its that time of year - time for the Day of the…
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Simple Sliding Bracelet – Autumn Style

I love simple designs in jewellery, especially thin stacking bracelets that you can pile up high. Today I'm going to share a really easy design you can make up…
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The Perfect Organizational Tool, Plus a Tutorial to make it more Attractive

Today we have a special treat for you! Tracee Dock recently emailed me (Jen Cameron) about a cool revolving organizational bin she found, then decorated. I…
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Button Closure Bracelet Tutorial

I love using button closures on bracelets and necklaces. Customers are always surprised and enchanted by this type of clasp and when they discover how easy…
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Riveting with Wire

I've been having some fun this last couple of weeks jumping back in to jewellery making. My ideas have been thin on the ground for some time, but…
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Saturday Share: Be Still!

We all have some of these beads in our stash.  You know, these little flower beads that are shaped like shank buttons...flat faces with the hole…
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Patience is a Virtue: Mould Making

Caroline of Blueberri Beads so enjoyed writing for our readers, she's written another article for our wonderful AJE readers. Today she covers mold making. Enjoy!  …
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Tutorial – Primrose Hill Earrings

The most recent earrings I made for the Earrings Challenge were a break from the norm for me - they used yellow! Yellow is a colour…
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