November 20, 2015

DIY Wire Napkin Rings and Glass Charms

Yup!  Lots of wire today - no jewelry.  And it's been oh-so-fun!

Because I also threw in some shrink plastic (shrinky-dinks to folks of my generation) - and who doesn't love watching that plastic curl and shrivel!

This will be one of those times I hope all of my friends don't subscribe to my blog because I will definitely be giving a few of these as gifts.

November 18, 2015

Making Rosary and Prayer Beads


That's what Bill the Cat from the cartoon Bloom County (which is being published one again on the internet) always says.  It's what I think whenever there's either too many or too few words swirling in my brain to express myself.

I'm not going to get the least bit political here but Sunday's attacks in Paris were depressing* (*gross understatement).  They made me just want to sit back and play with beads. They especially made me want to tune out social media.  Ack.

So that's what I did...

November 11, 2015

5 DIY Jewelry Projects with Handmade Wire Hoops

One thing I love to explore is taking a relatively simple design and seeing how many variations I can come up with.  Like these U shaped wire beading frames for example.

I started with the design for this necklace.  There is a free tutorial to make the U shaped wire frame and another tutorial to add the beads to the frame.  I knew when I made the necklace that this same design would look great as earrings.