Monday, April 30, 2018

Rose Cluster Faux Perfume Bottle Necklace

Every Mum deserves a bouquet of flowers for Mother's Day. But why not go one step further and make her a pendant with a beautiful rose cluster bead that will live on long beyond a bunch of flowers. Make it yourself with love and show her how much she means to you.  This stunning bottle-style pendant is surprisingly easy to make. You just need an assortment of bead caps and a couple of crystals to add some sparkle to this special rose cluster bead. Here's a shopping list to help you out: Jesse James Feeling Rosy bead  from Grenadine Strand #2 4mm and 6mm  Swarovski crystals  to suit your feature bead An assortment of bead caps 70mm long headpin Beadalon snake chain kit Clasp 2 x jump rings Tools:   2 pairs chain nose pliers; R ound nose pliers; Flat nose pliers;  Flush cutters;    Bead mat Work Out Your Design To design your bottle pendant, you'll need to sort through your bead cap mix and find combinations that work well together. Start...
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Blush Memory Wire Bracelet

Show Mum how much she means to you this Mother's Day by making her this beautiful Peach Blush Wrap Bracelet. It's a really simple design, but the delicate colour combination of peach and blush, combined with a variety of textures and shapes, makes this a very classy and elegant bracelet. And although it looks complex, it's an easy project, even for a beginner jewellery maker. You can put this bracelet together in an hour or so! This project first appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of Craft Ideas. Here's a shopping list of the supplies you'll need: Jesse James Design Elements Pale Dogwood Strand #1 6mm Peach freshwater rice pearls, angle-drilled (or top-drilled), Peach, 16” strand Czech rondelle, 4mm x 2mm, peach and silver, four 4.5” strands Curved hollow tubes, 40mm x 2.5mm, rose gold, ten (substitute these shorter tubes if you can't find longer ones) Bracelet memory wire, gold Tools Round nose pliers Memory wire shears  - these are essential f...
Friday, April 6, 2018

How to Clean Your Resin Mixing Cups

When single-use plastic bags were outlawed in my part of the world, it got me thinking that about all the things we consume and throw away every day. And then I began to notice how much I discarded in the studio. With every batch of resin I mix, I throw away numerous plastic measuring and mixing cups, wooden stir sticks, toothpicks, and the list goes on. To get the best results with resin, I've always recommended using clean, NEW cups and utensils because it helps eliminate a possible source of contamination that could potentially   ruin your resin project. But when I learned that resin doesn't stick to polypropylene or polyethylene (that's what the little measuring cups are made of), it was a game-changer! I realised I could STOP THROWING CUPS AWAY and play a small part in helping the planet!  But how do you clean them so you can re-use them? I'm glad you asked!  To be more environmentally aware, follow these steps to clean your resin cups.  N.B. This will only work if...