Bridal hair accessories handmade just for you!

Bridal hair accessories handmade just for you! Crystal bobby pins and sparkles for hair are now available in my Etsy Shop.

I have been making jewelry for years, and never even thought about hair accessories until recently. Most of my life I have had short hair and really didn’t use bobby pins, hair clips or hair combs.

Swarovski crystal bobby pins
Made to order Swarovski Crystal bobby pins

Bridal Hair Accessories

Pretty crystals or gemstones on bobby pins are beautiful in wedding hairstyles, updos, etc. Check out all the bobby pins in my Etsy store. They are also great for parties, unique gifts for little girls, stocking stuffers and more.

Bride hair pieces with floral sprays of pearls and crystals are just gorgeous! My new passion!

Flower hair comb with Swarovski pearl and crystal
Swarovski pearl and crystal hair comb with flower

I have noticed that quite a few wedding hair combs or hair decorations come from overseas. I have started learning to make these beautiful sprays and hair combs as well. Made right here is the USA.

So if you are looking for hair accessories please check out my selections! Let me know what you think 🙂

 

Jewelry drilling safety tips and techniques

Important jewelry drilling safety tips and techniques that every jewelry designer should know are explained by guest blogger Joe Smith from The Bead Traders.

Jewelry has long been a highlight of the culture and structure of ancient civilizations.

Jewelry-making dates back 3,000-4,000 years, and the resulting pieces have been used by historians to connect civilizations to their culture’s fashion style and period.

These pieces of art and history tell historians about the ways and lives of the people who wore them, almost as much as fossilized bones and other artifacts provide the same information.

The jewelry trends today are ever-changing, yet still they represent the same things as jewelry from other cultures of the past. Jewelry is still a form of art, a form of expression by the creator and the person who wears it.

A variety of beads for jewelry

Jewelry can tell a story, just like it did in the past, except the stories are current to the people and society of today. You can find innovative and exotic forms of jewelry with beads, gemstones and crystals for almost every pallet in many different stores and online shops. It’s literally everywhere!

Important safety tips and techniques for jewelry drilling

by Joe Smith

Many people give and receive jewelry as a gift, whether it’s for a holiday or for no specific reason at all. With jewelry being as prominent in today’s culture and business as it is, many people have taken to creating their own jewelry.

Jewelry drilling is commonly used in jewelry-making to add decoration by inserting small holes for decoration or to situate another part of the jewelry, such as wiring, into the piece.

Whether it’s for a small jewelry business or a jewelry-making hobby, there are 8 important safety tips and techniques that every jewelry maker should know and use.

Wear the right protection

As with any craft or trade, wearing the right protection is always the first step in ensuring a safe and successful job.

  • Goggles: Jewelry drilling is often done with a rotating drilling machine. Its fast rotations lead to flying bits of jewelry and debris, so it’s important to wear goggles for eye protection while drilling.
  • Gloves: Jewelry makers wear latex gloves or leather finger guards during the drilling process. Alternatively, you can use finger tape for a more flexible feel.
  • Proper Lighting: Make sure to drill in a well-lit area to allow for optimum vision and control on the piece and the drill.

Gather the right supplies

Usually, the drilling process for beads and jewelry pieces is the same and use these common items:

  • Some kind of drill
  • Something to keep your piece stable
  • A shallow container of water, under which the actual drilling happens. Water keeps the drill tip from overheating, and also cleans off any stone debris while working on the piece.
  • A buffer between your piece and the bottom of the water container, so you don’t accidentally drill a hole into it.

Start with a dent

A good technique to use before jewelry drilling is to make a dent or mark in the area of the piece where the hole will be made. This dent serves as a guide for when you’re ready to make the actual hole. When you make the dent, use a much smaller bit to test out where the hole should go. Dents can be made with a variety of tools, including an automatic center punch or prick punch and an engraver.

The key to making a good dent or mark is to use a very small and precise tip. This is beneficial because you can easily move the position of the hole once it’s made, as long as it’s small. Moving the hole a few millimeters is all it takes to get it into a perfect position, if done correctly.

Jewelry Drilling Tools

Choose the right drill for the job

If you’re drilling a wooden bead, any drill will do to go straight through the piece. But drilling gemstone beads is more about grinding the stone away to make a hole, rather than just going straight through it. Make sure to use the appropriate drill to avoid scarring the piece. Afterward, a variety of different tools can be used to buff and polish the finished piece.

Keep your piece stable

Keeping your piece stable is important to making a clean-cut and accurate design. There are lots of different ways to keep your piece stable.

  • Use putty to hold it in place and reduce the chance of the stone breaking off or chipping in the back when the drill pushes through the end.
  • Use a block of wood slightly larger than your piece that’s lined with foam, this also serves the same purpose as the putty.
  • Invest in a drill that come with a stand and includes a piece that holds your stone in place during the process.

Use a small tip

It takes more than a steady hand to move your drill through your piece in an efficient and stable manner. But this is also another key to getting that perfect hole. The first thing to do is to use a smaller tip at the beginning of the drilling process. The small tip slowly opens up the hole and reduces the chance of the drill getting caught or scratching the material. Once the hole is made go back a second time with a bigger bit to enlarge the size.

Let the drill do the work

It may be tempting to push the drill into the stone and help along the process, but that does more harm than good. Working slowly and patiently allows the drill to gently shed away the stone, instead of leaving a jagged mess. You only need to guide the drill to let it do its job; no extra force is required.

Exotic Jewelry Necklaces

Increase your control

Maintaining control over your drill is the make-or-break point in every jewelry maker’s career. If you can’t control your drill, the jewelry will suffer. Improving your skills on practice objects is the best way to increase control and efficiency with your drill.

You can buy accessories for your drill to increase stability. Add-ons like a foot control lever help to keep the drilling process hands-free, as well as give you control over the speed and intensity of the drill.

Create what you love

All of the above jewelry drilling tips combine to bring you closer to creating the jewelry you love to make in an efficient and safe way.

Leave a comment with any other important tips!

Win free beads for jewelry making #Giveaway

Win free beads for jewelry making by entering my giveaway!

While I was reorganizing I came across many beads that I am probably not going to use. So I have decided to hold a giveaway.

There are several ways to enter. Choose to do one entry or complete all of the tasks for several entries in the Rafflecopter Giveaway below. It’s so simple and easy 🙂

Please share with your friends!

Win Free Beads
Assorted beads in the giveaway, enter below.

GIVEAWAY – Win free beads!

Beads in the Giveaway listed below:

(Please note that this is only open to residents of the USA. That means I will only ship these free beads to an address in the United States!)

  • Strand of large Aragonite (N) chips
  • Bag of Himalayan River Stone (N) (a 16 inch broken strand)
  • Strand of Green Cat Eye 5mm
  • Strand of Clear Cracked Glass 6mm
  • Mixed Cane glass
  • Strand of rectangle smokey beads (not sure what they are)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Jewelry making supplies galore!

My favorite place to shop for beads and jewelry making supplies is Fire Mountain Gems! They always have great products and prices!

Fire Mountain Gems has just about anything you can imagine for bead stringing, wire wrapping, pearl knotting, and other jewelry related crafts.

They always have something on sale, and something new too!

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads has been around since 1973, and is very dependable. There have been a few times where I have gotten something a little cheaper somewhere else and then regretted it because the quality wasn’t as good as Fire Mountain.

Fire Mountain Gems Beads

Jewelry Making Supplies and more!

Not only does Fire Mountain Gems have a gazillion beads and jewelry making supplies, they also provide lots of free information and resources:

  • Inspiration
  • Instructions and Tutorials
  • References and Charts
  • Articles and so much more!

Last but not least… Great Customer Service

Fire Mountain Gems has great customer service. I have only had to call with a problem once or twice in the 15 years or so I have been a customer. When I did call their customer service department I was very pleased with the care and attention given to me to resolve my problem.

My advice is to check them out!

Valentine hearts earrings are easy to make

These Valentine Hearts earrings are so easy to make! Whether you want to wear them at the office for Valentine’s Day or give them as a gift, handmade earrings are at the top of the list.

Valentine hearts earrings

Easy to make Valentine Hearts earrings

It will literally take you longer to pick out the beads you want to use, than to make theses gorgeous earrings! Just three simple steps and you are done!

  1. Slip the beads onto a headpin
  2. Make a loop at the top
  3. Attach to an ear wire

So easy and so beautiful, and they will be cherished for years to come.

Click here for a materials list from Fire Mountain Gems

Don’t want to make anything?

If you don’t have time to make anything then below is a lovely pair of Gold filled Valentine Heart Earrings that are already made and ready to ship!

Gold Heart Earrings
Gold Filled Heart Earrings by Bead Lovers Korner

Just click on the photo or here and you can purchase them from my Etsy Shop. But these are one of a kind so hurry before they are gone!

These Valentine’s Day earrings are made with all Gold filled parts and unique Rosaline Gold Swarovski crystal beads. Shipping is FREE on these earrings also!

Whether you make them yourself or buy them already made, earrings with hearts are always great gift ideas for women at this time of year.

Bling for Spring! Swarovski crystal project ideas

A little bling in the spring makes everything sparkle better! Swarovski Crystal Beads not only add sparkle to jewelry designs, but below are a few more ways to bedazzle projects and take them to the next level!!

Project ideas to add sparkle and Bling to everything!
Project ideas to add sparkle and Bling to everything!

Add some bling to clothing

Bling out clothing
Bling out clothing with designs made of Swarovski crystal

When I was young metal studs were the in thing to add to jeans, handbags and other clothing. I loved decorating with those, but using crystal would have been so much cooler!!

Try adding Swarovski crystals to clothing in a unique design and then dress it up with other craft materials like organza ribbon, ricrac or even fabric scraps.

Iron on bling
Use iron on crystal on the back of a jacket

Create a one-of-a-kind sparkly design on the back of shirts or jackets with Iron-On Crystal Transfers – Made with Swarovski Crystal Components!

Embellish everything in the house

When it comes to home decor, the sky is the limit for adding a special sparkle with Swarovski crystals.

blingy wine charms lampshade and gifts

Dress up a simple gift bag with a charm or bracelet made with Swarovski crystals. Another idea to make a gift really unique is to use beautiful Swarovski crystals to embellish gift bags.

My favorite projects are fancy Wine Glass Charms made with Swarovski crystals or decorating an old lampshade with flowers made of Swarovski crystals.

Fire Mountain Gems website has a variety of project tutorials for just about anything you can think of!

Summer projects for teens

Summer will be here soon and crafty teens can spend free time expressing themselves by adding crystals to all their gear!

Blingy cat on phone
Create designs on cell phone covers with Swarovski crystal and glitter

My daughters have blinged out their shoes, headbands, notebooks and their Cell Phone Cover with Swarovski Crystals! These are perfect crafts for tweens and teens of all skill levels.

What is the most unusual way you have used Swarovski crystals in a design project?