We have a spotlight on 2mm semi-precious beads right now. They may be small but don’t underestimate their ability to create a stunning bracelet with the addition of a few findings. 2mm faceted semi-precious beads are difficult to manufacture. You can imagine how easy it would be to break a small bead during the sanding process.
Simply draped you can see right away that these are not your average beads. These 16 inch strands are in stock in limited quantities.
This grouping includes tourmaline, labradorite, lapis lazuli, pyrite and rhodonite.
I loved the rhodonite and pyrite and used them for the bracelets. I chose to unstring them all and place them in a storage jar. I don’t want to lose one single bead.
They have great holes and I strung them quickly using bead stringing wire. I opted to use gold findings, so for one bracelet I used Ez-Crimps to close my stringing ends. If you have not used them, I can tell you they create professional ends in the quickest time. For the second bracelet I used a traditional wire guardian and crimp.
We have many new sizes of pendant frames with matching domes.
All you need to decide is what would you like to feature in the pendant as a design or photo element. For my project, I have images from a painting by Lisa Finch of frenchcanvas on Instagram. I received permission from her to use part of the painting for a piece of jewelry.
I used my plastic dome to decide if my images were going to fit into the open space in the frame. Most people call these components bezels.
Once I was sure the image was the right size, I peeled away the backer paper from my plastic dome. It has adhesive on the reverse side, so I stuck it firmly to my paper image.
It is very easy to cut around the dome. You can apply glue to the back of the new domed paper and set it right into the pendant. Your new pendant is ready to wear!
I was very happy with my finished sample. I did get lots of inspiration from Fernando Dasilva’s blog posts. I picked three of his samples to show you. Go to his blog to see them all. Then you will really want some wire mesh!
He used the mesh in a number of interesting ways which showcased the numerous different techniques you could experiment with.
I love how these big baubles are cradled in the mesh.
I thought his idea to fold the mesh was fantastic! Isn’t this gorgeous?
Take a look at the wire mesh today! You’ll think of all sorts of great ways to incorporate it into your jewelry designs!
Yesterday John Bead sent an email to its wholesale customers announcing the arrival of a whole group of new Artistic Wire Ltd. items. Where to begin? The wrappers are so unique I thought I would start with them.
This is just one of the shapes available: Silver Hexagon. I also just received these gorgeous SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS luminous green crystals to experiment with…..they seemed to belong together.
The crystals have now been safely “caged” just by simply wrapping wire. You can see how the outer edge grooves make this super easy to accomplish. I tried several different ways to wrap the crystals from many wraps to just two.
I think this wrap, using all the grooves, might be my favorite.
Now, where do you go from here? If you are Fernando Dasilva you create a masterpiece like this! More wrapping tomorrow!