Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Video Tutorial: Take Your Creativity from "Cheap to Chic!"




Hey There!

If you like the idea of "upcycling," you are going to LOVE this video. This lady is so interesting and she really gives you a lesson in gem lore. But the best part is how to take inexpensive or old settings and remake them with better stones, upgrading both the look and the value! Super Cool!

Check this out! I got this little marvel from Liz Kreate.





Patrice
http://www.designsbymayanna.etsy.com

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Video Tutorial: Simple Wire Wrapped Ring Technique






Hi There!

Well, I found this simple little video on making rings and thought I'd share it with you. I was always afraid to make rings, thinking my skills just weren't up to the challenge, but I got over that! LOL! Mainly because I found some simple techniques that were so easy to upgrade to something really impressive.

This is a technique I haven't tried yet, but I'll share the results when I do. Meantime, I hope this is helpful to you. And share your results with me when you try, okay?


I go this little gem from the Handmade Jewelry Club! Enjoy!







Patrice
http://www.designsbymayanna.etsy.com

Friday, May 3, 2013

Video Tutorial: How to Make Beaded Chain Maille



Hi There!

I'm Baaaaack!

Never really went away, just overloaded!

I found a really cool chainmaille video for you. I love wire work, my wire stuff sells so fast in the consignment stores that it never makes it to my blog or the website. But i still find chainmaille to be a challenge. And because i like beads and color so much, i thought I'd share this simple technique with you.

Hope you like it!

Got this from www.beadaholique.com!




Patrice
http://www.designsbymayanna.etsy.com


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holidays Are Here Again!




Hello and Season's Greetings to All!

Gee, it's been a while since my last post. Guess you guys thought I'd moved away or something. Not really, just having personal issues that have been more than distracting!

But I'm back now and plan to be around a lot more in the future. I've been working on my skills while I've been on "hiatus" and I've improved! :-) I'm putting up a sample for you to see:



This cuff bracelet is made with blue crazy lace agate rounds, with pewter and silver-filled beads on memory wire. Makes a great gift!

Thanks for being around and I'll be back soon. Got some new things in the works to share with you!

Have a fabulous Holiday Season!!!



Patrice http://www.designsbymayanna.etsy.com

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Video Tutorial - Boho Hoop Earrings from Memory Wire



Hey There!

Here's a simple tutorial for making Bohemian style hoop earrings. What's different about this one for me is I always try to get the hoops already made up, memory wire wasn't on the radar. Sure would've saved me money and time! Enjoy!




Patrice
http://www.designsbymayanna.etsy.com

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Product Review: EuroTool Dual Crimp Pliers

Hey There!

Welcome to another Product review! Today we have a great, indispensable tool for any jewelry maker, Dual Euro Crimpers. These crimpers are made to fit smaller crimp bead sizes! Check it out!
 



 http://jewelrymaking.about.com/od/toolequipmentreviews/a/dual-eurocrimpers.htm


Patrice
http://www.designsbymayanna.etsy.com

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Video Tutorial - Intro to Metalworking

Hey There!

Welcome to my Thursday Video Tutorial!

This is a simple metal project that illustrates a few different metal working techniques. I thought this was a novel project idea, but obviously it can be modified for a jewelry design. Pretty cool, huh?



Enjoy!

Patrice
http://www.designsbymayanna.etsy.com

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Product Review: Weldbond- Much More Than Great Glue

 Hi There,

Okay, this is one of my single most favorite craft products, Weldbond. It's like Elmer's on steroids! I use it as a glue and a decoupage medium. But see what a fellow Etsian has to say here as well!



 http://www.crafttestdummies.com/craft-product-reviews/guest-post-introduction-to-weldbond-adhesive/

Enjoy!

Patrice
http://www.designsbymayanna.etsy.com

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Video Tutorial: Make Metal Clay Earrings

Hey There!

Glad to see you back to the Thursday Video Tutorials!

I've learned the basics of making metal clay jewelry, and i just love it! Now, I need a good place to work!

I found this great little video for an easy pair of metal clay earrings. I'm going to try these myself, but I thought I'd share this with you and maybe give you some inspiration!



Enjoy!

Patrice
http://www.designsbymayanna.etsy.com

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Product Review: Olfa Rotary Circle Cutter

Hi There!

I've been cleaning out my mother's house after she entered an assisted living facility this month. I was worried but the place is very nice and all the residents seem healthy and happy. Mom is handling it pretty well, despite my initial misgivings. She's got company and someone to look after her since I'm 800+ miles away. Anyway, she was seamstress/dressmaker for 50 + years and had a ton of fabric (literally). It got me to thinking about the fabric arts. So when I ran across this Olfa Rotary Circle Cutter review I knew it was destiny! Check it out! 






 http://www.craftcritique.com/2011/07/vendor-spotlight-and-giveaway-olfa_9329.html

Enjoy!

Patrice
http://www.designsbymayanna.etsy.com