Articles written by Summer Melaas
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Summer Melaas

Pawrific Enamel Necklace Tutorial

Created by: Summer Melaas. Punch a hole in the top corners of your copper blank. File any sharp bits. Clean with Penny Brite. Cut your 22 ga bare copper wire, and shape the wire pieces into a paw print. Make sure they are flat so that no enamel can run under the wire. Sift your 3 background colors of enamel separately (one color at a time) onto the blank in your desired pattern.

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La Terre Threader Earrings Tutorial

These threader earrings are one of our easiest jewelry projects. Just twist open a jump ring, and use it to connect an opal charm to the ear thread's loop. Voila! A lovely pair of long linear earrings, made with box chain.

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Footprints in the Sand Earrings Tutorial

To create these sweet wire-lashed gemstone + sterling silver starfish threader earrings (also known as ear threads), lay out 10 sunstone beads in an ombre pattern. Cut two feet of the 26g wire. Wrap a few tight wraps at the top of the wire part of the ear thread, thread one bead on the wire. Holding the bead tight in place, ...

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Luna Pearl Earrings Tutorial

If fluttering wings are your favorite things then you'll love using some pale blue larimar, aquamarine or chalcedony with TierraCast's silvery moth charms to whip up some wonderful whimsy for your Spring wardrobe!

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Marquise Tears Earrings Tutorial

Cut two 1-3/4" sections of chain. Cut four 1-1/2" sections of chain. Add one small and one medium Apatite bead to a ball-end head pin.

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Tivoli Centerline Earrings Tutorial

Craft a perfect Scandanavian design to use with BeadSmith's Centerline earring findings and your favorite color palette of size 11/0 Delica beads.

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Wind Dancer Earrings Tutorial

Created by: Summer Melaas. 1. Cut about a foot of wire and place the wire almost 3/4 of the way in the hole of the feather. 2. Cross wires over each other above the top of the feather. Bend the shorter one straight up...

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Starry Night - Constellation Jewelry

Make a bespoke piece of jewelry with your favorite constellation, someone's star sign, the stars above an important day, so many options!

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Tiny Living Terrarium Necklace Tutorial

Add about 1/2" of soil, a small amount of moss, then sedum or other tiny succulents to a glass bottle charm. Total dirt/moss should be about 3/4". Wording suggestions for your tiny wearable garden: Grow, Inspire, Breathe, Reap what you sow, Plant dreams, Bloom, You're Beautiful, Be Still, Relax, Bounty, Gratitude, Wonder, Flourish, Dream, Hope, or Plant now, harvest later.

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Go Fly A Kite Enameled Earrings Tutorial

Carefully mark spots for holes, and use smaller end of EuroTool "helicopter" punch to add holes to corners of copper blanks.

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Modern Art Earrings Tutorial

Stretch and wax 2 yards of thread. Add a spare seed bead (stopper bead) about 2" into the thread.

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Havasu Falls Earrings Tutorial

You can play around with the length of seed bead fringe on these earrings inspired by the Grand Canyon. Make them as short or as long as you would like them! My earrings in total length are just over 6". My longest fringe is 4-3/4".

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La Fortuna Earrings Tutorial

Shimmering, sparkling seed beads and Swarovski crystals cascade from a 12kt GF hoop, in these earrings that are inspired by the Costa Rica colors from Swarovski's Crystals Around the World journey.

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Arrow - Etched Copper Bracelet Tutorial

Copper etching is an exciting way to create custom metal jewelry and Summer will walk you through everything you need to know in this fun, copper project.

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Simple Elegance Earrings Tutorial

The name says it all...this is a simply elegant pair of earrings that are suited for an April birthstone project or just sparkling neutral jewelry to wear with any outfit.

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Botanical Bird Necklace Tutorial

Follow wire-wrapped loop instructions in Jewelry Basics 101 (PDF) to create wire-wrapped link sections with the crystal beads.

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Egyptian Sun Earring Tutorial

Learn how to make earrings that shine like the sun, with beautiful Swarovski crystal scarab beads and crystal Sahara suns!

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Go Zags - March Madness Bracelet

Created by: Summer Melaas 1. Stamp the tag with 3mm letter stamps. For longer team names, use a larger tag or smaller set of stamps. See Metal Stamping 101 for detailed stamping instructions. If you're new to stamping, get a few extra tags, as stamping can be unpredictable and there may be mess ups.

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Carnival Queen Earrings Tutorial

The regal look of purple and copper has never been more mesmerizing than here in the combination of rich purple cushion stones and fiery, volcanic crystal dangles.

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Star of India Netted Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Created by Veronica Greenwood Create a unique, beautiful netted Christmas ornament cover with size 11 seed beads, and Swarovski crystal pearls or your choice of accent beads and drops. 1. Thread a size 12 beading needle with 2 yards of One-G, or stretched and waxed size B beading thread.

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