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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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  • 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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