How to use Friendly Plastic to make a Bloomin' Cylinder beads for jewelry making
Nearing the end of February 2013, I know it won't be long till the daffodils emerge and blossom covering our yard in a gorgeous tones of sunshine yellow and glistening gold What better way to get ready for spring than with a Friendly Plastic craft project that is not only fun, but drags us out of the wintery lull and brightens up our day!
In a recent post on my personal blog, I shared how to make jewelry that sells. In that article, I also talked about pantone colors for spring and fall and how vital they are to deciding on what materials to use or even what colors to use when designing and making jewelry to sell. Regardless of whether or not you are making jewelry to sell, the advice is still good as it gives us an idea of what colors we'll be seeing in the store and perhaps what the latest trends of our clothing purchases will be.
Today's feature is from one of our favorite artists - Jana Ewy. There are so many ways to make cylinder beads unique by using texture, colored plastic strips or even with alcohol ink. So why not challenge your skills that you've acquired so far and make some beads that will brighten your day and your spring fashion, then gather up your jewelry findings and have some bloomin' fun!
Blooming Cylinder Necklace
Friendly Plastic: Cylinder Technique
TOOLS AND MATERIALS
• Mat knife
• Acrylic ruler
• Cutting mat
• Griddle set at 200-300°F
• Non-stick baking sheet
• Silicone non-stick baking sheet liner, cut to size: 3”x 8 1/2”
• 8” length of 1/8” (4mm) Rubber tubing, sold by the foot at Hobby stores
• Craft blade or utility knife
• Round nose and needle nose jewelry pliers
• Wire cutters
• AMACO® Needle tool
• Various Jewelry supplies and findings: (Etsy.com) brass head pins, 6” piece wire, chain, clasp, spacer beads, crystal rondell, brass flower, crystal bead, fresh water pearl, branch pearl and jump rings.
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