June 27, 2015

DIY Miguel Ases Style: Finding a Good Center Bead

Getting to the center of things


So you want to make Miguel Ases style jewelry?  Yeah, me too.  Not sure where to start?  Ah, then I guess I might be able to help.

Since most Miguel Ases designs are done in circular brick stitch, it makes sense to start in the middle, or dead center, which in circular brick stitch is also the beginning.


Here are a few spacer beads - the type of bead I often use as the center.  But some of these are going to work better than others - so I'll show you what to look for.

June 25, 2015

Summer Style: Beaded Hair Tie How To

Pony Up


If you haven't noticed - it's getting really, really hot outside! Southern California weather is a dream most of the year except for a couple of summer months when temperatures can soar over one hundred degrees. But it's a dry heat


Today's jewelry making project is hair jewelry - one of my favorites - all about keeping your cool and style at the same time. I've also made wire hair barrettes, but these elastic ones are so convenient to keep around.

I almost always have a hair band on my my wrist - and you have to admit, this looks much nicer than a plain old rubber band. And it's not that hard to make!

June 15, 2015

Knotted and Macrame Necklace: $6 Bead Challenge

Knot working right


It's one of those days. 

Great ideas but nothing seems to be coming out exactly right. But there's enough bright spots to put them out there while I'm doing some re-work on the details.


One thing I especially like is this accent on the macrame bracelet. It's brick stitch with 15/0 beads on the macrame cord.

June 13, 2015

Rectangle Ladder Necklace: $6 Jewelry Design Challenge

Ta Da


Just a quick post today, since I've finished one project from the beads I picked out yesterday.  Have I ever told you how much I hate crimp beads?

I hate crimp beads.


Here is my first project using the rectangle stone beads from yesterday. It should have been a pretty

June 12, 2015

Rectangle Stone Beads - $6 Jewelry Design Challenge

They're here...


Yup, this month's bead order has arrived.  Mainly staples - more seed bead colors, some thread I'd like to try, an assortment or two.  There are always a few impulse buys - things that could go either way.  They could be really cool - or just flat out blah.


Of course, impulse buys are almost always on sale. 3 strands, $2 each makes this month's impulse a $6 investment - thus my $6 Jewelry Design Challenge in the title.