December 1, 2017

Lisa Yang's Jewelry Group on Facebook

What can I say, other than, it's time!

I've thought about starting a group for people interested in jewelry making for quite a while, but I've held off.  That is, until the beginning of October, when I started playing with  the group feature in Facebook.  Lisa Yang's Jewelry Group was there, but no one knew about it.


I guess there's a part of me that approached it a little like the movie Field of Dreams. If you build it, (s)he will come.  Well, surprisingly I checked this week and a couple of people did come.  So, I approved them and decided that must mean it's time to move forward.

November 28, 2017

Holiday Earring Designs - Ornament and Christmas Trees

I am feeling a little bah-humbug this holiday season, but you wouldn't know it with all of the Christmas holiday jewelry and ornaments I've been working on. At least I'm trying not to be a Scrooge!

DIY Bead Holiday Earrings - Ornament and Christmas Trees

Unfortunately, this year has been a bit of a creative struggle. You could say I've felt unsure of what direction to head. Beadwork? Wire Wrap? Stringing? All of the above?  Something new like jewelry from silverware?

I've given myself a lot of freedom this year to lay off the blog and just create, and honestly I don't have much to show from it. I doubt that is the path I'll follow in the new year.  And I guess I have had some exciting acquisitions lately that could give me new challenges and directions.

October 30, 2017

Making Holiday Ornaments from Old Jewelry

This month, my project on The Spruce is an example of how to make holiday ornaments from old jewelry.  I'm not sure what I thought I would make when I suggested the topic, but it was one of those things that took on a life of its own.

How to Make Holiday Ornaments from Old Jewelry

I did have a large stash of broken fashion jewelry to start with, but even I was amazed at how many ornaments I racked up. And how easy they were to make. And mostly, how cool some of them turned out.

September 29, 2017

Organizing Beads to Take on a Trip (Kit XChange)

I love to take my beadwork with me when I travel. It doesn't matter whether it's a couple of hours in the car or I'm going across the country - if I'm going to be away from housework and cooking for a few days, I figure I'm going to have time to bead and make jewelry.

Kit XChange Organizer


A big challenge is deciding what to bring on the trip and how to pack it all. The decision on what to take hasn't gotten any easier, but I may have found what I think is the solution for how to travel with my beads. This was my beading projects and supplies for my most recent trip in August.

August 16, 2017

Bead Earrings - Scallop Shapes using Brick Stitch

Brick stitch scallops. I think that's a good descriptive name. This is the beadwork technique I played with most of last month.

Beadwork earrings - scallop shape using Brick Stitch: Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

It's just brick stitch, but by using some larger beads in the base row, and then following the line around those beads in the next rows, you end up with a nice curved or scalloped shape design. It can be used a variety of ways to make shaped beadwork. I have a bunch of examples I worked on this summer.