I love my Thread Burner

I was inspired to write this quick post when I was troubleshooting my batteries in my favorite thread burner, this little retractable edition from Beadsmith.  I learned two great things in the process:  My tip had become unseated and all I had to do was push it back...

Aromatherapy Ideas

Essential oils have gotten incredibly popular over the last few years. People have taken to carrying certain mixtures with them; some even wearing particular scents on their person throughout the day. Oils can be used to help soothe headaches, to ease anxiety, or just...

Mermaids with Melody MacDuffee

04/30/2017 – 04/30/2017 Map and Directions | Register Description: “Using Krobo recycled glass beads from Ghana in West Africa, custom design and make your own mermaid.  Keep her as a companion, an ornament, or a pin.  She’ll be a real conversation...

Ways to Add Thread to Beadwork

Method One: Slip Knot When your thread gets down to about 6″ (to estimate it, think of the length of a dollar bill), remove the needle and cut a new length of thread. Tie a slip knot in one end of the new thread, make the loop small and leave at least a 6″...

A Clever Way to Use Memory Wire

Memory wire has got to be one of the easiest ways to make jewelry: it requires no sizing, can be as simple or as extravagant as you want, and just takes two simple loops to both start and finish it. Our new favorite way to use memory wire? Create a...

Flower Earrings Video Tutorial

I recently appeared on Jewelry Television to promote some kits using this cute flower earring pattern I designed.  Afterward, we recorded a full tutorial and they edited it and posted on YouTube. Supplies you’ll need are Super Duo beads, 6mm round beads, size 11...

20 Holiday Gift Ideas Under $20!

Christmas Eve is officially twenty days away. Hanukkah is twelve days away. The winter solstice is seventeen days away. The holidays are sneaking up on us fast! Are you in need of quick, inexpensive gifts that don’t smell like strawberry-kiwi or come from the $5...

You Make Jewelry? Fix this!

If you make jewelry, you will be asked to do a repair.  It happens.  If it hasn’t happened to you yet, rest assured that it will.  Sometimes it’s as simple as restringing an inexpensive bracelet on elastic.  Sometimes it’s in-depth, a multi-strand...