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A Wreath of Cranberries

A Wreath of Cranberries

I wanted a red bracelet, and couldn’t decide which of two designs to try, so I tried them both. I’ve posted the first. Here’s the second: 

I wasn’t finished, but when the sun hit it this afternoon, I had to take its picture! Several times! 


I bought a kit of Softflex beading wire from Jewelry Television, and it included garnet-colored, medium diameter wire. I bought the assortment of wire because it included silver and gold-plated. I wound up intrigued with the garnet. 

I used the wire as a “carry-a-long” in the first red bracelet I made.

In this one, it’s the “main frame.”

I used three strands, an assortment of translucent beads, and gold colored findings, including a magnetic clasp.

I have enough materials to make another one, and I may write a little tutorial so I can remember how I made it. I think it’s very photogenic!

I like it so much, I’m wearing it, right now, with my pajamas!

I discovered a cover up!

I discovered a cover up!

This is possibly my favorite of all the things I make:

There is one little part I don’t like, though, the button shank: (It looks like a cat’s nipple.) 

Now, you could argue it’s on the inside of the locket and doesn’t matter, but I still don’t like it. (It looks like a cat’s nipple.)

I have some tiny brass stampings I could use to cover it, but they are all too flat. I needed something more dapt, or concave. 

Then it hit me, I could use a bead cap! Ta-da!

A little glue, and no more cat’s nipple. It’s a pasty. There might be one for sale on my shop page!Karla Krafts 

Games people play

Games people play

I’m playing a game with myself. I can’t start any new jewelry project until I finish two old ones. That way, many years from now, I’ll catch up!

This red bracelet is patterned after the one Candie Cooper taught us at the JTV Experience. I’m making it for myself. I’ve ordered tiny tassels to put on the ends. They’ve not arrived so I can’t consider it finished. I guess I’ll need to finish something else’s in it’s place, before I start something new. There’s always a kumicord to work on…

Tassels!

Tassels!

I think I’m on to something adding tassels to my Asian inspired necklaces!

I found little brass blanks I can use to add a pendant loop to the back of my bamboo edged pendant frames:

A little E6000 and a little dry time:

A tassel and a jump ring and I’m in business!

The black tassel is by Bead Landing via Michael’s. The gold one is from a supplier I found on eBay. I will have to favorite them, because it is beautiful and was nicely packaged.

The black and gold necklace is in my shop. So is the blue, but I’ll need to update it! (Since I just did!)

Look What Laura Made! 

Look What Laura Made! 

Laura’s lovely lariat made with leather, assorted beads, sewing charms and a Mardi Gras stone heart:(She also made the quilt in the background!)

And here she is!When Laura Sheaffer and I get together, we like to party, and by party, I mean create!

An attempt at wire weaving

An attempt at wire weaving

Laura’s here for one of our creative get together play dates! Last night, we tried our hands at basic wire weaving. I finally got the hang of the 2-1 weave.I fooled around and tried to make a ring.This is something that’s going to take a lot of practice!We used 18 and 26 gauge silver over copper wire. I will try, again.

Finished, I Think…

Finished, I Think…

This is what I did with the charms from Vintaj via Candie Cooper. I worried about how soft the wire is I used to wrap the glass leaves, so I hammered a piece. 

I decided against hammering the 26 gauge copper and finished the necklace with faux leather cord and antique copper findings.

I made earrings, too!