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Great Beading Tutorial

I found a great beading tutorial on YouTube today that I wish I had watched before I made my mother in law’s necklace.


I have watched several others but this lady covers so much from beginning to end of making a bracelet and also includes information interchangeably for a necklace. She discussed why the clasps should be added at the end unlike other videos that showed one end being put on first then starting to string the beads. She talked a lot about crimping beads and why it’s a good idea to buy sterling silver ones as opposed to the cheap two dollar ones. I had not seen a wire guard used before so that was very helpful as well.  She also went over measurements and how to do that correctly. You get to see how she finished the necklace which is slightly tricky if you have never done it before!  So I saw all of the mistakes that I made but I think I can fix them without too much trouble.

She has a pleasant and consistent speaking voice and not too loud or too soft. The pace is steady and not boring or too fast. I highly recommend this video if you want to get into beading and making jewelry! It is suitable for adults and children.

Rustic Hammered Copper Bracelet On Etsy

My latest piece on Etsy.

Eight Strand Beaded Memory Wire Bracelet

Now available in my Etsy shop is this eight strand beaded memory wire bracelet.

I Won!

A present from Helen’s Adornment’s Blog. Beautiful handmade earrings. Made by Helen of course. They were made as part of a blog hop using beads. She did a great job. Now if you would please, click on over and see the gorgeous glass beads that she makes, they are beautiful and fun. Below is the photo of how she beautifully packaged the earrings that I won and a photo of them. Great spring colors.

Fishy Fishy

I don’t work with clay very often but I was inspired to give it another try after seeing a gorgeous flower made from clay in an art magazine. It didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted but close enough. His name is Fishy Fishy.

Etsy Necklace

My friend and often times muse gave me this nice square piece to work with. The idea of what to do with it came almost immediately. I used a tape transfer that I had made quite a few years ago. Here is a link to my Etsy store if you would like more information on this necklace.

Silver Cuff Bracelet

I am so inspired by Autumn.  It is in my Etsy shop.

Necklace for a Niece

Just a little treat that I whipped up for my niece. She’s a little whipper snapper as the old folk would say. She’s the best player on her softball team but she likes girly things too. I believe she is the ripe young age of eight. What sport did you  enjoy the most when you were eight?

Dragonfly Earrings

This is a pair of dragonfly earrings that I recently made. I have neglected my Etsy shop for quite some time now so I decided to get back to it again. I will be posting more in the days to come.