How do you make your handmade jewelry special?

I love to make jewelry it makes me happy.  I want mine to be one of a kind so how do I do that?  I make my own beads and cabochons and I think that’s what makes my pieces kind of special.  What do you do to make your jewelry special?

Lately I have been in a bead making frenzy and it’s been a lot of fun.  Some of the beads I have used in pieces and the ones I don’t need I sell in one of my online shops for other beaders to use. 

I use polymer clay to make my beads it is a wonderful versatile product that can be used to make wonderful things like beads and sculptures.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.  So I will show you some of the beads and a few of the projects I made with some of them….

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This bracelet and necklace were made with these beads….100_7508

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100_7498Here are some other beads I have made lately

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I have lots more in my bead stash and in my shop this is just a small sample.

How I make a beaded eyeglasses case part 2

Ok here we go lets finish this puppy up.

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Go ahead and complete your design on the top and trim bead backing.

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Cut2 pieces of lining material and 1 piece of backing..lay out backing stack lining right sides together and then the top.

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Because  I can’t use pins to hold fabric together I use tiny clips that won’t put marks or creases on fabric…Now it’s time to put it together.

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Go around the 3 closed sides with a cool edging stitch sewing the case together at the same time….On the open edges I used another edging stitch and sewed the lining together at  the opening at the same time.

100_7459and there ya have it a finished functional way to use bead work.

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I sure hope you enjoyed my mini DIY…if you have any questions I am happy to help.

My new home away from home…..

Every year for over 50 years in Parke County Indiana has had a county wide craft festival.  People tour the back country roads between towns enjoying the rural country scenery and quaint covered bridges stopping in the towns along the way to visit craft vendors and eat all different kinds of food.

This is my 6th years as a vendor at The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival.  I set up in the small farm town of Rosedale in the small community center for 10 days every October and spend my days talking to people who come to enjoy what we have to offer.

Here are a few photos of my booth…..

DIY How I made a bead embroidered cuff bracelet part 3

I am very happy I finished beading the cuff bracelet this morning.  Now I will show you the final steps.

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Now that I have finished all the top beading it is time to start trimming away the back ground material.  It is important for this design to cut as close to the beads as I can without cutting any threads on the back.  I always get nervous at this point because once I start cutting there is no going back if I don’t like it.100_7007I stop several time while cutting to wrap it around the brass form to make sure I like the shape it is taking.

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All trimmed now and I like how it is fitting around the form.

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next glue bracelet to cuff form and then glue a backing to cover metal and stitching to create a clean back of bracelet.  I use little clips to secure it till the glue dries.  When everything is dry I them trim the backing flush with the front.  I am almost done.  The only thing left to do is edge the whole piece with a nice edging stitch and some beads to hide the rough edge  It is important to use very small stitches so they show very little.

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and Tada you have a cuff bracelet!  I hope you enjoyed reading this 3 part DIY on making a Bead embroidered cuff bracelet.  Now it’s time for me to start figuring out what my next project will be.

Great way to use single beads

I always have a few awesome beads left after making a project that are to pretty to not be used.  I think making wire wrapped rings is a good way to use my orphan beads.

Today I was playing in my bead stash and practicing and made these 2 rings..I like the look of the flower one and I think with some tweaking I would like the bold black one a little better.

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I like the flower one so much I think I’ll make one in my size.

Now I think I’ll go ferret around in my Cabochon stash and see what kind of trouble I can get into.  I am so glad I am feeling a little better and my creativity is starting to kick back in.