Me, Enameling and Crafty Beady Links

Cobalt Blue Enameled Earrings

I made these earrings recently with cobalt blue brass rounded rectangles that I enameled. The heat of the kiln turned the brass a coppery color which I think works beautifully with the blue. It has just been a while since I fired up the kiln and I need to set all excuses aside and find some time to get back in the kiln room. It does take a decent chunk of time because of how long it takes the kiln to come up to temperature.

Well, in the meantime, I’m going to enjoy this week’s crafty and beady links from some fabulous friends of mine.

Resin Crafts Blog
Sometimes it is best to just use resin as a glue!

Art Bead Scene
Have you always wanted to try Kumihimo? Try out guest blogger Ema Kilroy’s handy tutorial for combining Kumihimo and art beads!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Stamping on metal, Andrew created a series of pendants that have a positive message with the newsprint letter set from ImpressArt.

Downtown Abbey Inspired Earrings & Bracelet 
Truth be told, the set wasn’t inspired by Downton Abbey. The earrings were inspired by a moonstone ring for which Eileen couldn’t find matching earrings. The bracelet was a recycling project of a filigree link removed to tighten a belt. But don’t they look quite Edwardian?

Snap out it,Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean reviews the fascinating jewelry design book, Soutache & Bead Embroidery by Amee K. Sweet-McNamara

Mixed Media Artist
Dryer sheets? DRYER SHEETS?? Yup…they’re great!

Beading Arts
Cyndi shares part one of her tutorial on how she integrated soutache braid into her bead embroidery.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
There is a truly exciting way to create a scarf that does not require you using knitting or crochet needles. Take a peak at what you can make with water soluble stabilizer.

Crocheting and Playing
Tammy takes a look at a relatively new book from Running Press that has some adorable baby and young children’s projects.

Mixed media quilt project
Cherie continues the middle squares of her anniversary quilt.

Charlene Sevier Jewelry
Yes, you too can learn to solder and make gorgeous jewelry using techniques traditionally used to make stained glass. Charlene reviews a book that shows you how.

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