Jewelry Care

Jewelry care instructions for:

Bead Woven Jewelry Care Instructions:

Exposing bead woven jewelry to sun and water repeatedly will weaken the threads and cause the piece to fall apart. Limit exposure to sun and water as much as possible.

If your piece needs a little TLC from constant use, gently wipe clean with a cloth made for cleaning eyeglasses or sunglasses. Because most beads are made of glass, these cloths work best for gently removing fingerprints and film from your beaded piece without scratching the beads or requiring any harsh solutions. Do not use solutions to clean your piece. The cloth alone is sufficient.

If your piece becomes soiled, I find the best solution is a little liquid Dawn. Mix one pea sized drop in about one cup of lukewarm or cold water. Gently wash your piece, rinse thoroughly in cold water, and dry with a cotton cloth. Do not use paper towels as this will scratch the glass beads. Allow to air dry in doors, on a flat surface, and out of the sun completely before wearing. This does contradict the above tip to keep your piece out of water, so it is best to do this sparingly and when wiping your piece doesn’t get it sufficiently clean. Continue reading

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An Unexpected Birthday Gift

I had a wonderful birthday a week and some days ago. There was good food, a red velvet cake, and good cheer.

Just celebrating with my three favorite people and some home made food and cake would have sufficed. But, there were gifts, all of them very special. But there was one in particular that I’ve been inclined to share, having finally found the time between then and now.

I present to you, the wallet!

Not just any old wallet, a wallet that was hand made especially for me by none other than my lovely sister. “Big deal,” you say. “People make stuff all the time!” A big deal, indeed!

This is not an ordinary wallet, nor my sister an ordinary crafts person. Oh, she’s dabbled here and there, telling me that she gets bored and moves on. She took up a little water color painting for a few months, took up paper crafts last year for a couple of months.

She says this is the one thing that she’s been most excited about. She’s been secretly going to craft stores to buy materials and other supplies. Continue reading

Mass Production

I went crazy last night after seeing a tutorial on making wire rings. I’ve made some in the past, but Kelly, from Off the Beaded Path, gave me great motivation to mass produce some last night. I had such a blast making the rings and got even more excited when I found that I could use up all those mixed bead stashes I’ve collected. I even put my own “twist” on some of the rings. I made sixteen rings, and I already sold seven, in person! This was just some strange per chance thing as I was not expecting to sell anything today much less seven rings! Guess it’s time to get back to work making more rings. You can see the video here.