Showing posts from September, 2014

September - Pretty Palletes Blog Hop

Halcraft, USA the supplier of Bead Gallery® beads found at your local Michaels craft store is hosting another “Pretty Palette” blog hop. What is the “Pretty Palette” blog hop?It is a color challenge for jewelry designers with an inspirational reveal on first Wednesday of every month on Halcraft’s blog.Erin Prais-Hintz picks the color palette.Then on the last Wednesday of the month, designers everywhere post the designs that they have created all using the same color palette.All jewelry design bloggers are invited to join in the hop.  For more information about the hop please click here.
My Design - The Lavender Hill Necklace
Above is our yummy color inspiration
Here are my Bead Gallery Bead choices

Special thanks to my beautiful model Riley Binder!
For your free DIY instructions please click Lavender Hill Necklace
Please visit for all the blog hop links.

Unexpected Findings Book Blog Tour

I am excited to announce that I am one of the  co-contributors to Michelle Mach's fabulous new book Unexpected Findings: 50+ Clever Jewelry Designs Featuring Everyday Components

This book takes a completely new approach to working with findings by focusing on nontraditional uses for them: bead frames become connectors; toggle clasps become pendants; filigree can be rolled to create tube beads or bails; and so much more.

Author Michelle Mach offers a thorough overview of the many different findings available, essential tools, and other materials, such as beads, wire, and cords and ribbons. Tips for modifying purchased findings with patinas, beads, hammering, painting, and other techniques is also provided. Fifty projects showcase one or more findings used in a new or unusual way. The designs include necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, some of which can be taken apart and reassembled to become different pieces of jewelry. Basic techniques, such as stringing, simple wirewor…