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Wire Nail Polish Flowers & Pendants

Recently I picked the topic “wire nail polish flowers” for a blog post a Craftsy, essentially choosing it out of a hat. I was highly skeptical… but as it turns out, it’s a BEAUTIFUL, simple, and way fun method of adding colour to wire. Go read my experiments over there, then come back and see what I did next…(I’ll wait)

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Create Beautiful Wire Nail Polish Flowers in 4 Simple Steps @ Craftsy »

After that shocking introduction to the world of Nitrocellulose and wire, I couldn’t WAIT to do something to put around my neck! OBVIOUSLY. Here’s what I came up with.

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How happy does this make me?! I mean, it’s a LOT of waiting around – I had to figure out a production line where I’d make a bunch of wire bits, paint them, come back and make more, do first coats on those and second coats on the first one, wait and come back for more coats and topcoats – but still totally worth it, and I did get into the swing of things eventually.

They’re not perfect. I haven’t really tested them – I wore one out one day but nothing more – so aside from my stabbing tests (which I think turned out OK!), I’m not sure how they’ll hold up. But we’ll find out!

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Learn How to Make Your Own Wire-Wrapped Rings

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Rings are one of the few pieces of jewelry you can see when you wear them. And whether you’re into making jewelry normally or not, there’s quite a thrill to looking down and seeing some bling that you made on your own hand!

It’s not hard to get started, either. You only need a handful of things to make a wire-wrapped ring: some wire, a couple pairs of pliers, a focal piece and, most importantly, a ring mandrel.

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Inspiring Insect Jewelry

 

I may have mentioned before, but Craftsy – one of the largest craft blogs around – recently engaged me to become a jewelry blogger. And here’s my first assignment!

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When I want to create something inventive and new, I turn to inspiration from some unlikely places – like the insect kingdom. Even if bugs normally give you the creeps, I think you’ll be surprised at how beautiful they can be when used as inspiration for jewelry. Amazing things can happen when you keep an open mind.

Here’s a roundup of various insect jewelry – from ladybugs to beetles, inspiration to tutorials, beading to steampunk, we’ve got it all!

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