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Fabric-Arts, Quilting, and Jewelry Books at a Discount

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Yep, I Make My Own Jewelry

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Wire Coatings and a Little Quilt

What happened to a bracelet I made and other matters.

Bracelet Give Away Alert!

Ricë has one of my bracelets up on the give away block! Check it out.



Fueled by the fun I had helping Diane decorate her tree, I make some tree jewelry.

Craft in America on PBS

Review of PBS show with this name.


Still More Jewelry with Buttons and Leftovers

090901ButtonCopper Left: Another button closure necklace. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

If you would like to see additional necklaces in this recent series click on "Jewelry" in the category list and scroll to the August 29, 2009; September 4, 2009; and September 5, 2009 posts.

Here's another quick necklace you can make with just a few leftover components, a bit of wire, cord, and a button.

I used waxed cotton cord measured to the desired drape length with 2 inches added to allow for turnover and construction of the loops at each end.

On one end I made a loop large enough to slip over the selected button. On the other end I looped the waxed cotton through the button shank. I wrapped 22-gauge wire at the base of each loop and trimmed the excess cord and wire.


Even More Jewelry with Leftovers

090827copperdangles Left: Another necklace made with left over components. This necklace celebrates asymmetry. Click on the image to view an enlargement. See yesterday's post for another leftover necklace.

I like to use wire coils in my wire-wrapped necklaces, but I always end up with leftover bits. Every so often these bits reach critical mass, demand to be put away, recycled, or used. Happily I love asymmetrical necklaces more than anything. They are fun to make because they evolve as you work. You follow idea to idea, rethink, and make things work by reporposing them.

When the State Fair is going on I often find myself exhausted when I get home, and that's the perfect time to spend the evening with some leftover necklace components to create a quick necklace.

This necklace uses copper half-hard jewelry wire. I hand wrapped the hook and eye clasp parts. The focal point at the front bottom of the necklace is a bit of coiled wire (24-gauge) that I strung on 18-gauge wire which I looped at each end. I then carefully bent the coil and interior wire into a very open V so that any dangles I placed on it would hang down, and not move back and forth and cause the necklace to slide around on my neck. (Balance is important with asymmetrical necklaces. If the two sides don't weigh the same the necklace will never hang correctly and easily—important if you have a focal point, and unimportant if the entire necklace is the focus).


More Jewelry with Leftovers

090827BrowAgateJade Left: Necklace I made using leftover components. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

After making the button closure necklace the other day, I happened to look over at one of my tables where more items were waiting to be put away and saw a lovely little bit of tubular Ndebele or Herringbone stitch that was languishing away in a beading tray. It was 4 inches long and as I looked at it I thought it would make a wonderful base portion for another button closure necklace.

Then I saw an agate I'd already wrapped with a jade round for a dangle (sterling wire and a decorative round bead headpin). I thought it would be fun to put the two together because of the colors of the stones.

How to hang the pendant from the woven piece was easily solved. I hammered a piece of 20-gauge sterling silver, wrapped it around a paintbrush, putting a second paintbrush near the first to get the wider bend where the pendant would hang. Then I curled each end of the wire into a tight spiral with the tip of my round-nosed pliers.

I threaded the Ndebele scrap through the wire wrapped spiral "tube," twisting the ends of the wire to tighten around the beading and show off the decorative spirals. The idea was to tighten the wire slightly to keep it from moving too much on the Ndebele, without depressing or distorting the beadwork.


Find a Button: Make Something

090819Necklace3Stone Left: Scan of a necklace made with waxed cotton, strung beads, a little bit of wire wrapping, and an antique button. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Even though it's Minnesota State Fair time not everyone can attend. (I can't attend today either.)

Well maybe you can have some fun making a little jewelry (which you can wear to the Fair when you can attend). Last week I was putting odds and ends away and found this neat antique button. (I have some friends that like to go shopping for antiques and when I go with them, since I'm not really interested in antiques, I always look for buttons and for old paper items—the latter because I love the way people solve graphics problems.)

I wanted to make something quick. I didn't want to take time to bead an entire necklace. Also I wanted the button to show at the front of the necklace. I found 3 left over flat stone beads. (Do you recognize the stone? If so write and identify it for me as I've lost my notes on it.)

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