Inspired by YOU
Some days (OK, most days) you amaze me! In the Reader Showcase area of the forums, I was blown away by Australian member Huan Pham who created the beautiful wireworked seahorse pictured here. Isn't it amazing? View the larger photo in the forums if you want to be impressed by his precise wirewrapping skills!
In addition to beautiful finished pieces by other readers, you might also want to check out these recent forum activities:
- A group of beaders organized their own informal bead swap on the forums and traded some of their "What do I do with this?" beads that were hanging around their stash. Read about their adventure.
- Pricing your jewelry continues to be one of the most popular discussion topics. Most recently, reader Liana shared her formula for figuring out her labor costs, including adding 10% at the end so that her customers can bargain her down. What's your pricing strategy? Discuss this topic.
- Another popular discussion has been on growing tomato plants. Yes, you read that correctly! Did you know there's a special place on the forums for non-beading discussions?
If you're not reading and participating in the forums, you're missing out on something special. Here's an email I just received from Babs, a Beading Daily member: "No wonder I love this site so much. I have chatted with people about things beside beading, had help with beading problems, and also have been able to help others." Thanks, Babs–I couldn't have said it better myself!
New Free Project
Jeanette Blix Ryan
For these simple wire earrings from Step by Step Wire Jewelry, you'll make a spiral on both ends with 18-gauge dead soft sterling silver wire. One variation idea: add a loop at the bottom of the earring to dangle the bead of your choice.
Subscribe to Step by Step Wire Jewelry or check out the spring 2009 issue for more great ideas and inspiration, including a wire macrame bracelet, a tree pendant created witih wire and glass, an elegant wirewrapped bangle with a glass bead and stone flower center, and too many other great projects to mention. View the table of contents for the full project list.
Making Wire Jewelry: 6 Free Wire Designs from Beading Daily
Create 6 stunning wire jewelry projects (2 wire necklaces, a wire bracelet, 2 pairs of wire earrings, and a wire ring) with this free eBook that contains step by step wire jewelry instructions for each project. Jewelry designs range in difficulty from beginner to intermediate and use a variety of wire work techniques, including spirals, coiling, wirewrapping, hammering, and twisting wire. Download Making Wire Jewelry: 6 Free Wire Designs from Beading Daily
Making Jewelry with Beading Daily: How to Make Earrings: Five Free Jewelry Projects
This free earrings ebook, Making Jewelry with Beading Daily: How to Make Earrings: Five Free Jewelry Projects, includes five earring patterns that use a range of techniques (simple stringing, wirework, simple metalwork, seed bead netting and fringe) and a variety of materials (silver, copper, seed beads, crystals, pearls, gemstones). Both beginners and more experienced jewelry makers will find at least one beaded earring design that will inspire them to catch the handmade earring craze!
Michelle Mach shares free projects every Friday on Beading Daily. If you have comments or questions for Michelle, please post them on the website.