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  • Finding Inspiration: Ambassador Lisa Crone

    In March 2015, my husband and I headed for a much needed spring break in sunny Florida. After an unusually cold and frustratingly snowy winter, it was a dream come true!

    I even packed several large Ziploc baggies full of beads and tools just in case I felt inspired.

    We had a wonderful screened porch overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The view, the sound of the water and warmth of the sun provided the perfect environment to bead! The Bob Marley music on my Kindle didn’t hurt either.

    The real inspiration happened when I dumped the Ziploc baggie out on ...

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  • Overcoming Challenges: Ambassador Allison Cooling

    Overcoming Organizational Challenges in Beading


    This photo is shameful. But, sadly, it's how the top of my studio desk looked a couple weeks back. Random beads, half-finished pieces of jewelry, plastic animal figurines (why?…) and more littered about left me with no space to work on.

    My biggest challenge in any jewelry making endeavor is without a doubt my ORGANIZATION. I have the hardest time even starting a project, because I can't ever find the right materials - because my desk looks like the above picture! It takes me hours to finish a project that should take minutes, because I ...

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  • Overcoming Challenges: Ambassador Dawn Doucette

    Where does inspiration come from when all you see is darkness?  Over the past year and a half, I’ve had some amazing ups and really challenging downs in my jewelry designs!  Throw in a ton of chaos from outside circumstances and I was left looking at an entire studio full of beads with zero inspiration as to what to design.

    My norm when I’m creating jewelry designs brings in lots of bright, happy colors, some earthtones and lots of sparkle.  When I feel inspired, I put together assortments of beads, crystals and cabochons in small, plastic storage bins for future ...

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  • Overcoming Challenges: Ambassador Rebecca Utermohlen

    You know what I wish I had? Ends and ends of inspiration and creativity. I would sure have a lot more blog posts to write then!!! I feel like I am a fairly creative person (hence why I have a craft blog...) but one of the challenges I come across most in jewelry making is a lack of inspiration.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sometimes I buy certain beads or supplies because they are really cute and I like them, and then they sit...and sit...and sit ...

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  • Overcoming Challenges: Ambassador Rachel Nielsen

    When I heard the topic: Overcoming a Challenge in Jewelry Making, I was a bit overwhelmed. I feel like I've just barely scratched the surface of jewelry making in my abilities. In most of my jewelry, I use very basic techniques. So I used this challenge to try something new. I've always been intimidated by wire, but love how pieces look when they have some wire wrapping element.

    I decided to just go for it. Not too long ago, fellow Ambassador Molly did a wrapped wire loop tutorial. So I decided to try it.

     After finishing the first one, ...

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  • Overcoming Challenges: Ambassador Shelly Owen

    "Life is not about the destination, but the journey".  We have heard this from time to time in reference to many things.  The same can be said about challenges we face.  It's not about the outcome of a challenge, but about learning from the experience.

    Even sitting here trying to right this post is a challenge.  Do I go with what I know to be true and risk offending someone or do I play it safe and just talk about the fluff?

    There are times in which no matter how hard we try, we can hit a brick wall.  We ...

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  • Overcoming Challenges: Ambassador Lisa Crone

     

    When an intricate jewelry project comes together it’s a great feeling, especially when you allow it to tell you where it wants to go. It feels like there’s a story in the evolutionary process. From day to day as you sit down and look at the pieces on the beading table, you try different things, it’s like solving a puzzle. Once it begins to take a direction you feel good about, it seems to take on a personality, like a friend. You spend time with it, nurture it and sometimes you might even try to high five it.

    In ...

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  • Show Your Passion Series: Ambassador Allison Cooling

     

    As part of Cousin Corporation's Show Your Passion series, I'm going to give you all a quick, easy, and very versatile wrapped gemstone DIY. My passion: gemstones. Gemstones of all kinds, of all colors, of all finishes, of all origins. I, along with my cousin Eric, tumble our own rocks- we'll buy large chunks of raw earth, tumble with different grits, and end up with polished stones at the end. It's like a surprise - the stones' colors, shapes, sizes and textures are all revealed at the very end!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Show Your Passion Series: Ambassador Dawn Doucette

    By: Dawn Doucette

                                                             

    When it comes to passion in my jewelry designs, those little seed beads speak to me. Why? Because it's like paint to an artist... you can start with a blank canvas and create anything at all you desire.

    With so many shapes, colors, textures and sizes of seed beads there are infinite possibilities to what you can design.  What I enjoy most about working with seed beads is that I can use beads that normally would be strung, or wire wrapped to make links in a way that's out of the norm.  I turn one bead ...

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  • Show Your Passion Series: Ambassador Rebecca Utermohlen

    Easy Hammered Wire Earring Tutorial

    By: Rebecca Utermohlen

    Hello! Rebecca from My Girlish Whims here to talk about my jewelry making passion! I've been making jewelry ever since I was a kid and so jewelry making in general is truly a passion of mine. It's what I do to have fun and relax in my spare time.  I enjoy using a variety of techniques in my jewelry making but a current favorite is using an anvil and chasing hammer to hammer and texture wire. This is a really easy technique that can easily make your jewelry pieces look very professional!...

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