June 19, 2020

Beaded Daisy String Tutorial

These are so fun! A strand of beaded daisy flowers separated by a string of beads. You can use this technique to make bracelets, anklets, necklaces, eyeglass straps and probably more items. 

Beaded Daisies on a String Tutorial

I think this is the simplest of the beaded daisy chains and teaches the basics of stitching back through beads to make a pattern. That makes it a great beading stitch for beginner's of all age to learn. It was my first introduction to working with beads - even if I didn't do the stitch quite right back then.

For reference, I re-learned this stitch the right way from the book Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns by Horace R. Goodhue. It's not the easiest bead pattern book to follow, but it is one of the most comprehensive compilations of Native American bead techniques. If you are interested in the book, I recommend you review this article on Native American Technique for Daisy Chain Stitch where I talk about it in more detail.

May 26, 2020

Crescent Moon Wire Pendant Frame Instructions

Today's project is how to make a crescent moon shaped wire frame that you can use as is, or wire beads to it, maybe add some bead fringe. Lots of options!

Crescent Moon Wire Pendant

I've wanted to make a crescent moon shape for a while. For whatever, reason, it started off as a difficult project for me. I had to draw a few on paper and think about how nature makes a crescent moon in order to translate that into how to make one with wire.  In the end, I think you will find it pretty easy!

April 25, 2020

Single Curl Wave Wire Ring Instructions

This ring will have you thinking of the beach every time you wear it!

Single Curl Wave Wire Ring Project by Lisa Yang Jewelry

The wave wire ring should be easy for an advanced beginner, but for best results you will need to have a few tools beyond the basic wire wrap tools, such as a hammer and bench block.

March 31, 2020

Beaded Toilet Paper Roll Earrings

You'll want to follow these instructions to make these fun beaded toilet paper roll earrings!  Although, I have to admit - toilet paper roll earrings reflect everything that is currently wrong in the world. A virus pandemic and a toilet paper shortage.

beaded toilet paper earrings

I thought they were silly when I first saw them, but the little rolls of beaded toilet paper were fun to make and they are almost as in demand as the real thing. Yes - the people who have to work in public at this time appreciate adding a little levity to the situation - so consider making a pair for your favorite grocery clerk.

Here's how I made my pair of beaded toilet paper rolls.

September 2, 2019

How to Make a Bracelet Jewelry Display

Here's my second go at making my own jewelry displays - this time a bracelet display.  If you missed it, the first time I showed how to make necklace and bracelet ramp displays using a nice sturdy Lululemon box and upholstery fabric remnants.

This bracelet display is a cross between a pillow and a hump. (does that make it a hillow or a pillump?) And of course, I'll show you how I made it.

August 15, 2019

Making Custom Jewelry Displays from Lululemon Boxes

How to Make a Ramp Style bracelet Jewelry Display

Honestly, selling jewelry can be pretty simple. You just need jewelry and people who want to buy jewelry. (If only it was really that simple!) But that is how I've been selling my handmade jewelry here and there. People tell me what they like and I bring it by or I set up an impromptu display at a friends house.

But, I'm thinking of doing a few shows this year and stepping out in a more professional way. Like, I'm all fancy and successful or something.  I've made a list of the items that I need to do this - and the one that I've started tackling this week is jewelry displays.