Check out my new range of colourful, sparkly resin bracelets

Check out my new range of colourful, sparkly resin bracelets
These stylish bracelets feature a selection of crystal focals and silver beads and have a strong, crystal-encrusted magnetic clasp, making them perfect for the girl who can't get a regular bangle over her knuckles. They also come in larges sizes for girls with bigger wrists.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fiesta Sunset Earrings

There's not much to report on the book front at the moment except to say that the editing process will soon be underway. To my relief all the designs arrived safely at the publishers last week and my editor will soon begin the editing process. There should be more on that front in September.

In the meantime, here's a simple Sof-suede lace design to whet your appetite for what's in Stylish Leather Jewelry. Hope you like it!

Materials:
  • Silver Creek Leather Sof-Suede Lace (3/32"): Tiger Lily; Aqua; and Orange Peel
  • Bead Treasures Color Gallery Multi Striped Round and Oval Glass Bead Mix (from Hobby Lobby)
  • 26 gauge gold wire
  • 2 gold head pins
  • 2 6mm gold filigree bead caps
  • Multi-hole jewellery punch
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Ruler and marker
  • Scissors

Cut the suede lace to the following lengths: Tiger Lily 90mm (3½”); Aqua 95mm (3¾”); and Orange Peel 98mm (3”).  Use the ruler and marker to measure ” from each end of the three laces.  Punch a hole at each mark.

Trim the head pin to 1 ⅜” and string a bead cap, a tear drop bead and two red bicone beads. Create a loop at the end of the head pin. N.B. There will be a gap between the loop and the top bead.
Cut 14” wire and thread on one end of the Orange Peel lace, the Aqua lace and the Tiger Lily lace.  String the loop of the beaded head pin and then the tails of each of the three laces.
 Move the laces to 1” from the end of the wire and bend the wires on either side of the laces so that they cross over each other above the laces forming a triangle.  Wrap the short tail around the long wire twice and trim away the excess.  Leave a gap of approximately 1/8” above the wire wrapping and create a loop with the round nose pliers.

Wrap the wire down the neck and over the coils.  Continue wrapping it down the triangle and across the top of the laces until you cover the holes in the laces.

Take the wire back up to the neck and wrap two or three times to secure.  Trim away the excess wire and then hook the eye loop onto the earring wire.  Make a second earring to match.



Here's my special tip to help you punch those little holes in narrow leather lace:
Use a pen to mark where you want the hole and then line the point of the multi-hole jewellery punch up with that mark. Before punching it, make sure that the lace is centred and sitting perfectly flat. Then squeeze the handles to make the hole. If you look at the second photo above, you can see that there is just enough width to punch a 1mm hole.

If you don't have access to a multi hole jewellery punch, try using something like a needle tool. Lay the leather on a piece of wood or a self healing craft mat and poke the needle tool through the lace. You only need a hole wide enough to accept 26g wire.

'Til next time.....
 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fabulous Leather - It's One Step Closer to a Book


Well, the day has come.... today is the deadline for my book manuscript to be handed into my editor. 

I'm not sure whether I'm feeling a sense of relief or satisfaction now that I've managed to compile all the projects and text into a cohesive manuscript AND hand it in on time. It feels a bit like I'm back at school and I've just handed in a major assignment and now I'm awaiting my paper to be graded. It's quite a strange feeling!

My editor will be trying to find my "author's voice" and get my personality to come across during the editing process. What will she think of my writing style? Will she like my upbeat, "you can do it" style. How much editing will be required and how many revisions will I have to make? All questions that I will find out the answer to in the next couple of weeks. 

But for tonight, I am enjoying the sense of accomplishment and taking the evening off.

Because tomorrow, I start on the next BIG project!

'Til next time....

 

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