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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.

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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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  • Show Your Passion Series: Ambassador Molly Alexander

    Beads: Not Just For Jewelry!

    By: Molly Alexander


    Of all the things I am passionate about, one of my most favorite things in the world is using something in a way that it was not designed to be used, and this is true in nearly every aspect of my artwork.  Whether finding an old rusty washer to incorporate into a necklace or using an old schoolhouse door as a towel rack in my guest bathroom (yes – this is true!), I like to see objects and materials from a unique perspective and stretch my creative comfort zone in utilizing ...

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  • Show Your Passion Series: Ambassador Rachel Nielsen

    Twisted Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

    By: Rachel Nielsen

    I love pearls. When I was 12 or 13 my mom took a trip to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. This was a big deal. She saved for two years to be able to go. When she came back she, of course, brought home souvenirs. One of the things she got for herself was a pearl bracelet. All the strands were twisted around each other. It was so pretty.  I loved it then and I still love it now. So I decided to try and re-create one for myself. The pearls on her ...

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  • Show Your Passion Series: Ambassador Shelly Owen

    That's My Jewelry Making Passion

    By: Shelly Owen

    So....what is that one technique that I always revert back to no matter what?  Can you guess?  No?  I think the one technique that I can't live without and am always incorporating into my designs in some way or another is wire wrapping.  Why?  It's a very versatile medium to work in and I find it very relaxing.  And without even knowing it, you probably have done a bit of it.  You might be thinking, "NO, I haven't!" Forming loops on head pins to make earrings sound familiar?  Yup, that was your ...

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  • Show Your Passion Series: Ambassador Lisa Crone








    The Story of the MAGICAL 12-Bead Bauble

    By: Lisa Crone

    Once upon a time, on a Caribbean beading cruise many years ago, I noticed a sparkly crystal necklace worn by a fellow beader. After complimenting her on it, she kindly offered to show me how she made the sparkly bauble hanging from a chain around her neck.

    We met up later for a beading session. I vividly remember the sun shining through all the Swarovski crystals creating sparkles everywhere. A magical moment!





                                                                                                                                                                                                        Since I didn’t know the right ...

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  • Aimee by Cousin Creative Circle Ambassador Shelly Owen

    Skill Level: 2

    Craft Time: Under 30 Minutes



    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



    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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Jewelry Techniques: Split Rings

In this video you'll see how easy it is to utilize split rings in your jewelry making!