My neck hurts…

…and it’s probably because I wore this heavy necklace the last two days:

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Usually when I make a chunky necklace I mix in some acrylic beads to cut down on the weight but I had these gorgeous foil glass beads that I wanted to use and I like the repetition of them all together so I threw caution to the wind. The flower focal drop I made from resin, it was an ugly speckled white because my white paint I colored the resin with did not mix well so I painted it green. I enjoy olive green because it seems to flatter so many skin tones.

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I call it elegant steampunk…and heavy…really freaking heavy…

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It’s still pretty though, but I think I will only wear it for short amounts of time and not all day again.  That’s all for today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cheerful Cherry Jewelry! {video}

I had a few minutes the other day and I wanted to make something cheerful and fun:

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I had some glass pearls that I got for 40 cents a strand at Micheal’s and I knew they were perfect!

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I knew my daughters had leaf shaped beads because I helped them sort their beads last winter, found ‘um!

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After experimenting with beads and making one big and one small cherry motif I turned on my camera so you can see how easy it is and sine I have no time to edit you can watch me drop stuff too!

I decided that the big cherries were too big and heavy for earrings so I used them on a necklace instead. Happy Crafting!

Birds Nest Jewelry Video tutorial!

Darn it, every time I go to put away my beads I end up making more stuff! To add to my wire wrapping obsession of making trees I am now making nests.  These nests are quick and easy, it take less than 10 minutes to make one and they are so cute:

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You can use the nests for rings, pendants, pins, earrings-you name it! This is a great use of natural stones such as turquoise, jasper, pearls and other semi-precious stones that can otherwise be dwarfed in a jewelry design. It is also great for using up leftover beads for other projects.

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Here is a video to show you how.  I went on the hunt for inexpensive, good quality wire (my current obsession had me using my wire stash up like it was going out of style!) and I found some deals. I talk about that, and review types of wire and tools a bit at the start of this video so if you know all that and want to get strait to the tutorial skip to 3:00.

Easy huh? Be warned, this is addictive! I am planning to sell these at the local spring fair this year, I think they will be lovely Mother’s day gifts. I will sell them for $5-$15 depending on the cost of the beads I used 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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How to make an adjustable knot for Jewelry (quick video!)

Howdy folks, the “Lindsay films in High Definition” adventure continues this week as I demonstrate how to make an adjustable knot for necklaces and bracelets. It is so easy and once you know how you will be using this technique all the time. See how in this 3 minute video:

Easy huh? So, does any notice better quality? Are the details easier to see? Or is it taking longer to load and play. Please let me know. I am experimenting here. You can watch the video full screen and in the HD setting for a super crisp picture if your internet connection allows. Well, anyway I hope you enjoyed it and til next time happy crafting!

2 Million Hits {and counting!}

Wow! Sometime yesterday my blog reached 2 million page views! I am really psyched because WordPress does not count my own visits (if that was the case I’d have hit 2 mil years ago LOL!) so that means that actual people are reading this. Thanks people! Well, I am still sewing up a storm to get ready for Saturday’s craft fair so I have little time to chit-chat. Here is a necklace/earring set I made a couple weeks ago. Enjoy!

PS don’t forget to sign up to win the stamp featured in yesterday’s post! On to the pictures, thanks for visiting and til next time happy crafting!

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Yesterday’s crafting was not so successful….

I’m like a dog with a bone sometimes! I spent 3 hours yesterday trying to cut wine bottles so I could pour candles in them. I think I had a few oddballs because half of the bottles I cut cracked where they shouldn’t have and were rendered unusable. After cutting some I could see the glass was thinner in spots…I am thinking that would make a score/crack misbehave. So then I get the bright idea to change the blade. The next cut was bad then I cut 5 good ones in a row. Huh. I did manage to pour 3 candles last night though. I’ll heat up some more wax today (it takes 2 hours in my crock-pot) and clean up the glass shard obstical course that is my studio. Since I have nothing to show you of yesterday’s crafting adventure here is some more jewelry I made on Thursday:

I really need to get on the ball and package up these bracelets and necklace sets. I’m not sure how I am going to do this. I thought about making origami or die cut boxes, or larger cards that have been stamped and put in clear bags. All of the displays I have  seen have the jewelry out on the craft fair tables loose and I am afraid that I will lose something in transit if I do that or all of my stuff will get tangled up. Any ideas?

Well, I better think of something soon because my tables are so full of items for sale waiting to be packaged that I have no place to work! I hope to get my studio cleaned and jewelry packaged while I wait for wax to melt. That is one of the reasons I use an old crock-pot, it is slower but I can putter while it is warming 🙂

Tomorrow is Veterans Day in the states so I want to thank all of the veterans for their service and sacrifice and to enjoy a much deserved day of honor. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Craft Fair Progress!

I had a wonderful day yesterday! I spent the day chatting & crafting with my good friend Kathy. We were kicking our craft fair prep into high-speed! I’m the kind girl who signs up for a craft fair with no inventory, then crafts like a mad woman to get it done! I made 15 pairs of earrings, 3 necklaces and 4 bracelets yesterday all while gabbing with a girlfriend…not bad says I! Lookie Lookie:

So, rather than bore you with all of my craft makes I’ll show you my favorite set, I call it “Citrus Dream” and it is going to be hard for me to part with this if it sells I Tell you!

This set is one of a kind, I have no idea where I got the beads and the focal beads I had only one of…maybe I’ll just put that one in my jewelry box….I still have a month before the craft fair LOL!

I really love seeing my supplies get used up, I kept a running list of the supplies I was out of or running low on…I think I have an ACmoore rewards check coming my way soon (Thanks to Wanda for putting her purchases on my rewards account during out shopping spree 2 months ago!) and that means a little guilt free retail therapy in my future…a girls gotta have beads right? I do like my sparkly things.

Well, I better go and package up my new makes lest they find their way into my jewelry box by mistake 😀 Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

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