International beading expert Carol Cypher is here to show you the basics of African helix stitch. Carol will teach you from start to finish how to master this unique beading technique. You'll learn about the origins of African helix stitch, the structure and anatomy of the stitch, how to dress and work with an armature and how to develop your own unique designs. Along the way, you'll complete three stunning projects as you bead with Carol's guidance.
Do you find natural beauty in imperfect, worn-out, broken, and aging items? If so, you're in the right place! Christi Friesen will guide you through fascinating techniques for creating the look of antique, repaired, and lovingly used items using polymer clay. You'll even use vintage items, experiment with shattered and broken forms, and channel nature's own oxidation process with patinas. With Christi's help, you'll embrace the wabi-sabi mentality of finding true beauty in life's imperfection and transience.
The sky is truly the limit when it comes to mixed media designs involving polymer clay! Artist Christi Friesen shares the exciting possibilities that abound when you combine this versatile medium with epoxy clay, fiber, resin and wire. You'll make eight fascinating projects as you learn techniques for integrating these materials. And you won’t stop there – you’ll learn exactly how to bake and finish your jewelry so you’re ready to share it with the world.
The tubular, faceted polygon stitch is often defined as having three or more sides. Join international beading expert Carol Cypher as she challenges this thought by creating a two-sided reversible ropes. She'll show you how to created undulating beadwork, bezels and more. Bead along with Carol to complete earrings, bracelets and other jewelry pieces that are uniquely yours.
Christi Friesen gives you 10 reasons to love polymer clay for making beads and charms! From intricate marbling and cane-making to sparkly surface effects and more, Christi takes you through 10 totally unique and creative techniques for amazing jewelry. Embellish your clay pieces with mica powders, gold leaf, foils and Swarovski crystals. Experiment with molds and carving. Before you're done, you'll know exactly how to bake your pieces, apply after-effects and add findings to create jewelry that's purely you.
Carol Cypher is here to teach you the basics of polygon stitch! Polygon stitch is a tubular weave that becomes faceted, or multi-flat-sided. Varying the sides with bead size and number as well as sculptural structure make this stitch incredibly versatile. Carol will teach you from start to finish how to master the polygon stitch. She will demonstrate nine ways to vary this stitch so that you can develop your own creative designs and become a polygon stitch master!
Heads up: macrame definitely should be reserved just for wall hangings. (Though we love those, too.) These crafty keychains are so easy to make, you'll be able to finish a bunch in a single afternoon. Gifting problems, solved.
In case you haven't noticed, this cool speckled stone is totally taking over the jewelry market. These faux-terrazzo earrings are incredibly easy and inexpensive to make, but the final product looks 100 percent gallery-worthy. Make two sets at at time, so there's one for you and one to gift!
A cute keychain is the perfect way to add a little flair to something you use every day. Even better: Make it yourself! This painted leather tassel created by Courtney Pilgrim of My Friend Court is perfect for rounding up your keys, hanging off a backpack, or even gifting to friends.
If you’re like us, you hate to throw away scraps from your latest craft. Luckily, we’re always coming up with ideas to use our leftover supplies. This project is a fun way to use up any pieces of felt you have lying around. Go ahead, let your creativity bloom!
Take a look at your closet: What have you already embroidered? It's likely that a T-shirt, jacket, and maybe even monogrammed pajamas are in there — and that's great. But here's an off-the-T-shirt way to showcase your stitching in style.
Everybody's got that drawer full of old t-shirts that never see the light of day. But we found a fun and fashionable way to give them a new life! Here's how we turned a boring old T-shirt into a show-stopping statement necklace.
Seed bead accessories are definitely making a comeback, which we LOVE, because they are seriously one of the simplest types of jewelry to make. (The hardest part is actually wrangling the tiny beads — which can be as small as a millimeter in diameter!) Follow this step-by-step tutorial to make a whole stack to layer (or gift!) in less than an hour.
From dangling earrings to pendants and rings, wire jewelry adds a little boho style to any outfit. But it's even more fun to wear — not to mention a lot more affordable — when you make it yourself! Simply grab some wire and a few tools, and prepare to get wrapped up in this adorable bow ring that adds *just* the right touch of daintiness.
They're cute! They're sassy! And they're actually pretty useful for identifying your glass of wine after you've taken some swigs. Make these DIY wine charms to spice up your next party or give as gifts to your favorite wineos.
Every wardrobe needs a good statement necklace, but blingy baubles can cost you an arm and a leg. Not this one! This simple knotted necklace uses just a few scraps of cording, a bit of ribbon and a glue gun.
There are a ton of reasons for why people like to make their own jewelry. Maybe your tastes are on the pricier side, and you're looking to save some cash. Or perhaps you can never find the right accessories to match your style. Or maybe, just maybe, you keep walking past your local bead shop and are dying to dive in and play.
The best part about metalsmith jewelry is the wide variety of materials you get to work with. Whether you’re looking to handle silver, gold, rose gold, base metals or more specialized metals, stick with us for the rundown on the most common types of metal for jewelry making.