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For The Love of Beads BlogThe adventures of Suzanne, Nibbler, and friends in the world of beads and jewelry making crafts

Just a quick note to share some of the fun wire projects I have completed in the past few months learning what I can about wire. The most important thing I have learned is that the possibilities are almost endless – if you can think it, you can probably do it. The best thing to do is buy some cheap wire and just get started playing with it. I have gotten really hooked on these double coiled wire beads and really like the way they look embellished with some colorful beads.  What do you think?

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That’s right! I have finally made my way onto etsy to sell some of my handmade pretties! This morning was spent photographing and uploading and then writing descriptions for them all.  Whew! I had quite a few pieces lying around and it took awhile to sift through them. One thing I noticed was that my style is very changeable – I have a wide variety of materials at my fingertips and so I tend to shift back and forth between an even wider variety of themes and styles.  However, lately  I have been working more with mixed materials, like the necklaces in this post (only the first of which is listed in my etsy shop unfortunately as I finished the second one and simply love it too much to sell).

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I feel much more comfortable and fluid when I work with all of my favorite media spread out in front of me so I can mix them freely. It appeals to my otherwise somewhat conflicting tastes.  In my youth, I was fairly ecclectic; mixing and matching styles that others claimed “didn’t go together”, and that has certainly stayed with me.  I am from a generation that grew up rejecting labels, any labels, and so it feels natural to me to simply pick what I like and put it together however I want it. Even if it means my style varies wildly from delicate pink and silver Swarovsky beaded necklaces to a silly Frog choker and some simple cord pieces.

Anyway, I have a sink full of dishes waiting for me so there’s only a few items listed for now but more will come soon, ’til then;
Happy crafting!

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When I first saw this piece, I was sure it was silver; the leather has such a great shimmer it mimics the look of metal incredibly. Part of Eninja’s stunning leather collection on etsy, this piece is elegant and chic as well as comfortable and light. Doesn’t it looks just like those paper snowflakes almost everybody cut out as a kid?  Way more sophisticated tho.

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I always love to see crafter’s thinking outside the box and this leather necklace is truly creative and inspiring.

Until next time, happy crafting!

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Now this fantastic find is a little out of the realm of jewelry-making but its so creative and interesting, I thought it deserved sharing anyway.  I found this little gem (ok, not so little, quite large actually) while reading the Wunderkammer blog and took a closer look at the etsy store linked.  Maduncle certainly has some cool contraptions!

Too bad I don’t live in Australia; I could use a new computer!

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