Check out this online course to learn resin casting and sculpting from Cynthia Thornton. Summer is always a good time to learn something new before getting busy with the holidays!
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I played around with resin once but found it difficult to work with, probably because I didn’t actually learn how to work properly with this medium.
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.
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
Pick out your favorite beads or charms
Slide them onto the leather cord
Tie knots at different points on the bracelet or necklace to hold the beads
Measure for your neck or wrist and then tie another knot!
Use any type of leather cord, approximately 40″ long so you can wrap or tie in any way you choose.
String on some beads or charms, tie a few knots and you have a really cool custom jewelry bracelet or necklace!
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. Leather cord will also work with Chamilia, Pandora and other popular large hole 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.
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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!
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!
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
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!
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.
Looking for ideas and inspiration for teacher appreciation gifts or other unique gifts for special people? When I saw this jewelry making pendant from Green Girl Studios I was overcome with ideas for uses of this special little pendant.
I am sharing my thoughts since they might be just the right inspiration for someone to make a key chain, bookmark, necklace or other beaded jewelry with this You Are Special Pendant:
Special Education Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Regular Education Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Parents of Children with Special Needs
Medallion for a Special Needs Child
Unique Gift for people who suffer from depression
Award Medal for participation in a special function
Gifts for Best Friends
These are just a few ideas for creating a meaningful keepsake for someone special
I raised children with ADHD (see my previous blog post on that subject) and met some very dedicated Special Education Teachers. This little pendant would have been perfect for making a unique gift for one of them.
Comment below if this gives you any special inspiration or ideas for creating unique handcrafted jewelry!