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  • Aimee by Cousin Creative Circle Ambassador Shelly Owen

    Skill Level: 2

    Craft Time: Under 30 Minutes

     

    Materials:

    AJM64011012    Brown/Black Strand 1 Package    

    AJM64011028    Clear/Round Double Strand 2 Packages

     

    Instructions: Also needed:

    One Silver Lobster Claw Clasp

    Four Silver 6mm Split Rings

    One Silver 4mm Jump Ring

    Bead Stringing Wire

    Four #2 Crimp Tubes

    Two Silver Ear Wires

    Two Silver Eye Pins

     

    NECKLACE:

    Measure and cut two 10 inch pieces of bead stringing wire. Attach one end of each piece of wire to a split ring using a crimp tube.  Thread on 25 clear beads on each strand of wire and attach another split ring and ...

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  • Marketing Your Handcrafted Jewelry to Sell

    Bella Amore Tropical Reef Necklace



    Now that you've created amazing handcrafted jewelry, you have two choices:  Either get a much larger jewelry armoire (or convert a walk in closet for your jewelry wardrobe) or sell it to spread the beauty of your designs to clients across the country and around the globe.  


    When it comes to selling your handcrafted jewelry, the most important thought I can share with you is that you must, I repeat, you MUST be able to connect with your clients on an emotional level.  When buying jewelry, women often make impulse purchases or they buy because they really connect with ...

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  • Guest Blog: Find Creativity in Another Place and Time

    Cousin wants to hear from you on our blog!  We have been conducting a search for guest bloggers to share their experiences in the jewelry-making business.  There is so much to learn from fellow Bead enthusiasts and as a result of an overwhelming response, we are going to start with our 1st guest blogger feature today!   

    Without further delay, here is the post! 

     

    Find Creativity in Another Place and Time 

    By, Kim Williams
    ICE Resin® Team 2014

     

     

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    Photo Credit:

    www.josebaldaia.com 

     Many times I read my fellow jewelry artist complain they are ...

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  • A.C. Moore: 8 New Projects and More!

    A.C. Moore has recently refreshed all the Cousin Jewelry Basics in their stores and the response has been awesome.  There are so many new pieces, 8+ projects created exclusively for A.C. Moore, a 30-minute instructional  video with a Cousin designer and so much more! 

     

    Here's the gorgeous Fuschia Fiesta!  Click here to find out how to make it for free and where to get everything you need.

    AC Moore Fuschia Fiesta

     

     

    Meet Cousin Designer Jennifer, our video tutorial extraordinaire and learn how to make the beautiful Iridescent Jewelry set.  Click here to follow our Youtube Channel and ...

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  • Helpful Tips for Using Memory Wire

     Gold Memory Wire Bracelets

    Whether you're an experienced jewelry maker or just starting a new hobby, memory wire is a popular craft supply with an abundance of uses. We've found that at times, what originally looked like a simple enough project can turn into a scrap piece of wire, or even worse, an unrepairable cutting tool. The following article will provide some helpful tactics to avoid costly mistakes and make the best use of this handy material.

    Memory wire is a hardened (or tempered) steel wire that comes in various sized circular or oval coils. These coils are rigid, and overworking the wire ...

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  • Celebrate your Mentors this Mother's Day

     Mother's Day Mug

     Mug available at:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/PictureInADream


    It's difficult to say where we'd be without strong female mentors. Mother's Day, for me, is a celebration for moms, grandmothers, aunts, foster moms and other strong women in our lives. This is the occasion to show your appreciation with a kind gesture or unexpected display of gratitude. Take the opportunity to create something genuinely personal for the motherly figure in your life. This May 11th, have something memorable for those women who have inspired you to take your talents and release them onto the world.

     Children's Flower Card

    Here you'll find some imaginative ideas to assist ...

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  • Satin Cord Designs; Perfect for Easter or Mother's Day

     Satin Celtic Knot Necklace

    Photo credit: Etsy.com/ShopPretties


    Here we feature a collection of brilliantly colored designs using beautiful satin cording as a key component. Satin cording is an excellent material for jewelry making since it has both shine and color, creating a feminine daytime look. The big upcoming spring holidays, Easter and Mother's Day, provide the perfect reason to whip up some of these fun creations. Any of these designs would look great worn to a church function, bar-b-que or enjoying a bandshell concert in the park. The eggs don't have to be the most colorful designs of the season, now your accessories ...

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  • Celebrate Earth Day With Newly Repurposed Projects

     

    Take a look around you (or your garage, attic or craft closet) and get ready to flex your creativity in support of Earth Day 2014. Earth Day is officially Tuesday, April 22nd, but raising awareness for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and ecosystem lasts all month long. We searched high and low for some projects that will inspire you to find new uses for non-jewelry related items and turn them into fabulous accessories. You'll be surprised how an ordinary object can be transformed into a striking work of art with a little imagination and an eco-friendly attitude. There's something here ...

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  • Creative Ideas For Colorful Spring Accessories

     Dawn Doucette Cousin Ambassador

     Photo Credit: http://designsbydawnmarie.blogspot.com/

    Spring is finally here, and rich, bright-hued colors begin to appear in nature along with bright pastels and neon returning into fashion. There's always a way to add some immediate flair to your jewelry designs with the addition of color. This blog will discuss three easy ways to incorporate colorful shamballa pave beads, seed beads and paracord into looks that are perfect for Spring. We will start with the easiest color pairing technique and advance to the more challenging knotting technique.

    1.) Colorful Shamballa Beads

     

     

    Shamballa beads are one of our favorite jewelry supplies ...

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  • Walmart Canada Celebrates National Craft Month

    March is National Craft Month

    March is National Craft Month and there's no better time to start on new projects or discover a new talent. Walmart Canada, in cooperation with the Craft and Hobby Association and cre8time.org, is encouraging people of all ages to get involved in the craft movement. Join in on the fun start sharing your progress on cre8time.org.

     Tatiana Stretch BraceletsAs you can tell, National Craft Month has become an international celebration, making a personal connection with those who teach and share their experience with others. When a group gathers together to create something, there's an unmistakable energy that's both motivating and fun. ...

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