Easy to make black leather bracelets or necklace

Leather bracelets and necklaces are always in style and are a more casual type of jewelry to wear every day. It’s really easy to put together a new look for your arm or neck with the versatile Carlo Biagi black leather cord.

How to make black leather bracelets or necklaces

  1. Pick out your favorite beads or charms
  2. Slide them onto the leather cord
  3. Tie knots at different points on the bracelet or necklace to hold the beads
  4. Measure for your neck or wrist and then tie another knot!
  5. Easy Peasy

The Carlo Biagi versatile black leather cord is great to use as a bracelet or necklace. Made of quality leather and 40″ long so you can wrap or tie in any way you choose. The ends are sterling silver and are stamped with the Carlo Biagi brand logo.

Leather bracelets example with charm
Example of how you can add beads or charms, tie knots and create a leather bracelet

String on some beads or charms, tie a few knots and you have a really cool custom jewelry bracelet or necklace!

Example of an easy slide necklace with just a few beads

Need a different look at a low-cost? With just a few beads you can create a fashionable lariat style necklace! It’s easy to change whenever you want!

Beads are sold separately and are only shown in pictures above as an example. The leather cord will also work with Chamilia, Pandora and other popular large hole beads.

Get inspired with unique Valentine’s heart beads

Get inspired with these unique heart beads from Green Girl Studios. Perfect for making inspirational jewelry and beaded designs.

Jewelry making ideas are often inspired by really cool beads, and below are a few examples of the awesome beads from Green Girl Studios.

Click on the photos for more information.

Inspirational Jewelry bead laced heart
Green Girl Studios Laced Heart. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Get inspired with cool beads

Ordinary heart beads and jewelry making supplies are everywhere, but all of the designs from Green Girl Studios are interesting, unique and are excellent for making meaningful and inspirational jewelry.

Making custom jewelry by hand for family or friends is such a special and unforgettable gift!

Inspirations Jewelry unbreakable heart
Green Girl Studios Unbreakable Heart. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Create jewelry designs that will be a lasting keepsake or memory for people who are dear to you.

Make cool pendants or use as a focal bead in your next beaded jewelry design to tell someone how much you love them!

Hot Lips Besame Mucho Green Girl Studios Bead. Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

Check out the selection of beads, clasps and jewelry findings from Green Girl Studios in the Bead Lovers Korner Etsy Shop.

These beads are made from Lead Free Pewter and make great focal beads on bracelets or necklaces. Check them out and Be(ad) Inspired for Valentine gifts or for anytime!

Locked Heart for inspirational jewelry
Green Girl Studios Locked Heart. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Learn resin casting & sculpting with Cynthia Thornton

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At the top of my goals for the new year is to learn resin casting and enhance my custom jewelry making with unique designs. I played around with resin once but found it difficult to work with, but that was because I didn’t actually learn how to work properly with this medium.

Resin casting
Resin Sculpting & Casting Techniques with Cynthia Thornton

Then I found this online class about Resin Sculpting & Casting Techniques taught by Cynthia Thornton, the founder of Green Girl Studios. I love all of the Green Girl Studios beads and pendants, so this is a great teacher to learn from.

Sculpting & resin casting

This Craftsy online class taught by artist Cynthia Thornton guides you through every step and teaches you how to sculpt a polymer master, then make a silicone mold to use in resin casting. Here are some of the things you will learn:

  • Essential polymer clay techniques
  • How to craft a variety of shapes and whimsical creations
  • How to replicate any piece by making resin molds with silicone
  • Tips for smooth, consistent resin results
  • How to use custom dyes, paints and metallic finishes
  • How to seal your work for long-lasting beauty
  • How to mount resin creations to pendants, buttons, hairpins and more!

Better yet is that with Craftsy online classes they are there for you forever! You can access them anytime or anywhere if you need to refresh your memory on a certain step.

Learn resin casting and sculpting
Learn resin casting and sculpting, make your own resin molds create decorative pieces to use as pendants, buttons and more.

About Cynthia Thornton, the Instructor

Cynthia Thornton studied fine art and 3-D illustration at the Columbus College of Art and Design. She worked as a sculptor in a variety of industries, and then founded Green Girl Studios. Cynthia is the author and illustrator of the book Enchanted Adornments: Creating Mixed Media Jewelry With Metal Clay, Wire, Resin & More. Learn more about Cynthia and see some of her limited run creations in her Etsy shop.

What is on your list to learn this year?

Do you have a new jewelry making technique that you would like to learn this year to enhance your handcrafted jewelry? Leave a comment and let us know!

Coin jewelry to add to your wish list!

Customizable coin jewelry is sweeping the nation and these beautiful coins have just arrived. Put them on your wish list right now!

If you are not familiar with this new trendy fashion jewelry, then read more about it in our previous post “How to use a coin holder necklace” and then pin it to your “I want” board on Pinterest or add it to your Christmas wish list!

New Carlo Biagi Coins include Om symbols, Cross hatch with Swarovski and Hamsa Hand

New coins for coin jewelry

Carlo Biagi Coin Jewelry is customizable and consists of a coin holder and interchangelable coins that create a pendant. These new coins raise the Carlo Biagi Coin count to 70 choices to use in your own custom coin jewelry!

Tree of Life and Morning Skies ( Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner) Carlo Biagi coins

Coins are made with the highest quality materials including Swarovski crystal, cubic zirconia and high-grade stainless steel to create gorgeous custom jewelry pendants to match your lifestyle.

The metal color of the coin does not matter when adding them to coin holders, so don’t hesitate to be free with your expression and experiment with colors!

Morning Skies Coin shown with rose gold. Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

The beautiful Morning Skies coin is yellow gold-plated but is displayed using a rose gold coin holder and rose gold chain.

Unisex appeal

The coin holder can also be used as a”unisex” option for men who love to wear statement necklaces. They are perfect gift ideas for women too!

Be sure to add this to your “wish list” and check back often for new coins and ideas!

Compare to Lucet Mundi, Mi Moneda, Nikki Lissoni and other coin jewelry and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below 🙂

Where to find the best wire wrapping tutorials

I love to wire wrap when I have time and I have discovered the best wire wrapping tutorials by Donna Spadafore at Gailavira Jewelry.

Beaded Cross Pendant and other wire wrapping tutorials

Beaded cross ornament for Christian Gifts

I happened to find this beaded cross tutorial by Gailavira (which is free, by the way) so I downloaded it, grabbed some practice wire, extra beads I had and started making crosses!

I found this tutorial to be very informative and easy to follow, full of easy to see directional photos and well written steps.

Similar to the reasons for why I love making rosaries,  making these wire wrapped crosses was wonderfully satisfying and rewarding.

I made one into a bookmark by adding hemp cord and matching beads, then sent it to my mother. She in turn gave it to one of the clergymen at her church, who was amazed and told her he would cherish it forever!

Beaded Crosses using wire wrapping tutorial by Gailavira

Each step-by-step wire jewelry tutorial at Gailavira Jewelry will teach you how to make beautiful wire wrapped custom jewelry to wear, give as unique gifts or include with your beaded designs and other jewelry making ideas.

I bought the sword pendant tutorial and can’t wait to sit and make some cool jeweled swords for gothic style necklaces and mens jewelry.

There are also several FREE tutorials including basic weaving and how-tos for wrapping briolettes and making headpins! Check them out and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Bead pendants revive old European beads

European Bead Pendants
Carlo Biagi European Bead Pendants

Bead pendants are a stunning way to display European beads that you are no wearing on your charm bead bracelet. Highlight a  favorite bead with this innovative pendant for large hole charm beads.

These affordable pendants are made from high quality brass and plated with a thick coat of precious rhodium. A striking and elegant addition to your European Bead jewelry collection.

Stunning Bead Pendants

Examples of Carlo Biagi bead pendant using glass or crystal large hole Carlo Biagi beads

Everyone knows that you can only put so many European beads on a bracelet, so why let unused Pandora style beads sit in a jewelry box?

These innovative pendants will hold those beads that have been cast aside and give them a fresh, new look!

The flower and round shape have a reflective background which enhances the color of decorative glass or sparking crystal beads.

Available in three popular shapes:

These pendants are compatible with Pandora, Chamilia, Troll and other large hole European charm beads.

Revive old beads or highlight new ones while also creating a unique customized pendant to match your bracelet.

Celebrity style earrings for Stephanie Drapeau

The Artisan Group®’s recent collaborative gift bag to Stephanie Drapeau included our purple and gold celebrity style earrings made of sparkling Swarovski Amethyst crystal.

Stephanie Drapeau has performed in over 20 films including Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, Cross, Closure, and on television The Catch and Castle. Stephanie also appears on Medium and has worked with legendary actors such as Morgan Freeman in Wish Wizard.

I am thrilled to share this awesome thank you tweet from Stephanie Drapeau and hope that she will enjoy wearing these lovely earrings and all of the beautiful handcrafted gifts from members of the group.

So what exactly is celebrity style?

Celebrity style is the distinctive appearance (choice of clothing, jewelry and accessories) of a celebrity which is then put under the spotlight by photography of events, interviews or performance.

Isn’t is fun to see a necklace, earrings or t-shirt worn by a celebrity that you might also have in your closet wardrobe or jewelry box? Kind of gives you a feeling of connection to your favorite stars!

Checkout the Instagram post below  by Stephanie, showing all the handcrafted celebrity style items by The Artisan Group® Members who participated!

Posted on Instagram by Stephanie Drapeau