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How to make a “don’t worry” style bracelet

How to make a “don’t worry” style bracelet

I have made these colorful bracelets for many years, and I called them “Don’t worry, be happy”, because I truly believe that jewelry can make us happy, especially when it’s invites you to “play” with it. for this reason one important “factor” in making this type of...

23rd of August

23rd of August

Since I had the pleasure of welcoming a few new members to the group, I thought there was time for an update. If you have been “with me” for a while, you will agree that the word that best describes me is “erratic”. I can show up here 5 times a day with the coolest...

People who change our lives

People who change our lives

I think we all have people in our lives who influenced us in a way we had no idea at the time. This weekend I thought of one of those people…I don’t know where I would be today if it hadn’t been for Jill Symons… Over 20 years ago I started selling my beads on eBay. I...

Corina Jones and the Secret of Stringer Control

Corina Jones and the Secret of Stringer Control

Corina Jones and The Secret Stringer of Stringer Control was my very first venture into the world of onscreen education. I think I created it about 15 years ago – the beginning is seriously corny (playing on the Indiana Jones theme) but most of the information is...

How to Make Pacifier Earrings

How to Make Pacifier Earrings

I was originally planning to turn this into a printed tutorial, but it was so difficult to explain how to move the mandrel in order to heat the earring the right way. Therefore I decided to just offer this for free as a Youtube video. Hope it will inspire you....

How to Create Cabochon Earrings

How to Create Cabochon Earrings

One comment: pay attention to the "change of hands".....sometimes you hold the glass in your right hand, sometimes in your left...it definitely helps to do that! BEFORE YOU START: you might want to read my little blurb on HOLDING TOOLS1. Heat the tip of a rod of glass...

Inspire Yourself

Inspire Yourself

I think every bead maker has his or her own way of creating beads - sometimes you "play as you go" - and sometimes you plan. I do both, but often I work on a bead in my head, just before I fall asleep, or on a plane, or sitting at the Tire-store to wait for my flat...

How to Make Silver Lined Dots

How to Make Silver Lined Dots

I'm not sure "silver lined dots" is the official name for this technique...but I think it sounds good. This is not "my invention" - but a little "trick" cooked up by the fantastic British beadmaker Diana East. "What on earth is she doing, giving away someone else's...

How to Make a Stringer-pulling Tool

How to Make a Stringer-pulling Tool

How to make a stringer pulling toolThis little "tutorial" is not so much about HOW to make a stringer-pulling tool, that part is pretty straight forward, but it's more about WHY you should bother using one. There are many different ways of pulling stringer, some...