I came across this beautiful tutorial on the Lima Beads web site today and just had to share it. This is the Mosaic Ladder Necklace Tutorial by Ali from Lima Beads. I find this necklace incredibly festive, and perfect for summer. They have a huge selection of beads on their site too, available by the strand or half strand, which is a nice option.
I love Pinterest. Almost every day I find lots of interesting examples of handmade jewelry there. The other day I noticed that so many of my favorites were by the same artist, Kathy of Bear Run Originals.
I find Kathy’s work to be a great example of how skillful craftsmanship can elevate a piece. Her simple settings, usually copper and monochromatic bead selections, leave no room to hide. Every coil, every wire end, every angle has to be perfect. And it is.
Her pieces allow us to appreciate the beauty of the coil, and the beauty of the beads, put on display in tasteful jewelry pieces that can be worn every day to provide a splash of color and a touch of style. There is much more to see in her wonderful shop.
I’m pleased to present the Twirl Earrings tutorial. These earrings are joyful, kinetic, and versatile. They require common jewelry making tools and very few materials, just 20 gauge wire and a pair of ear wires. With the holidays approaching, you may find use for them as abstract Christmas trees.
Jewelree by Sheree Semonich is a unique line of handmade jewelry built around guitar strings adorned with colorful bead mixes. Sheree wraps guitar strings into bangles and embellishes them with gemstones and glass to create celebratory pieces inspired by her love of music. Better still, the guitar strings are reclaimed – they have literally been used to create music before being incorporated into these beautiful jewelry pieces. What’s more, musicians will appreciate that these bangles will not produce clanging sounds when they bang together.
Apart from their embodiment of musical energy, the jumble of sizes, shapes, textures, and colors lends intrigue to these bangles.
I have just come across a web site with a lot of very good wire wrapped jewelry tutorials. The site is called Kreative Vagyok, which means “I am creative” in Hungarian. I know that because of Google translate. It is a tool that can make you sound smart sometimes. However, even with the help of Google Translate, I was not able to find the name of the tutorial author(s), so unfortunately I will have to link without naming names. There are many more wire wrapped jewelry tutorials on the site. Those shown below are just a few of my favorites.