by Danica Lively. (Atlanta, GA) I gave birth to a son 27 months ago and was severely injured. I have had 8 surgeries, 12 hospital stays, an ileostomy, a leg muscle graft and now I have a colostomy. I am unable to work so I make jewelry and sell it on my Etsy shop. It is my therapy. I've learned so much from Rena. Danica Lively The Lively Bazaar The … [Read more...] about Flower and Seed Bead Braided Bracelet
Disabilities & Jewelry Making
by Chris Rehkop. (Ashland, MO) While home recovering from surgery over the winter, I was itching to work on jewelry design. Once I was able to sit long enough to work on jewelry, I thought since spring is right around the corner, I'd make floral pieces to welcome in spring. All these pieces went to a local shop (The Eclectic Corner) where I sell my … [Read more...] about My “Rehab” Jewelry
by Rena Klingenberg. A toggle pendant necklace features a toggle clasp worn front and center - plus a pendant hanging from the toggle's ring. The clasp becomes a beautiful focal part of the necklace design, instead of being just a functional closure at the back of the neck. It draws attention to the pendant - while also adding interest above the … [Read more...] about Toggle Pendant Necklace (Tutorial)
by Rashida Cotton. (Macon, GA) Hello all! I have a jewelry design, and I want to use the profits from the design to help fund an organization to help abused children. Does anyone know who I can pitch this design to? Thank you! Rashida Cotton … [Read more...] about Jewelry Design to Fund a Non-Profit Organization – How to Find the Person to Pitch It to?
by Nina. (Miami, Florida) This piece is made with a Murano heart as the center part, some wire wrapping, and rose quartz. I used clear Jewelry Wire to put all the components mostly on one side, so it looks like the necklace is hanging on the air. Also as you can see the clasp is hand made and placed as part of the piece and not hidden in the back. I made this … [Read more...] about The Heart of Hope
by Dirah Bonnie Earnest. (Martinez, CA) I just wanted to share a helpful little item that knitters and crocheters use. I found these little items so helpful with organizing or keeping in place in my chains for placing beads. I have used these for my chains that are measured out to keep size together, keep toggles clipped, and so many other things I use for my … [Read more...] about Helpful Item for Jewelry, Borrowed from Knitting and Crochet
by Sherine Steele. (Visiting Colorado) My name is Sj Harrington. As many of you, I've made jewelry since a girl in high school, but stopped when the real world showed up. At this stage of life, I'm a disabled veteran suffering from conditions that prevent me from walking in my beloved shoes! But hey, now I don't have to WALK in them to wear them. I used … [Read more...] about A New Way To Wear My Favorite Shoes
by Lisa Winters-Baldwin. (Phoenix, Arizona) I was so excited to read the posting in your last newsletter called There's a Big Audience for Jewelry with Easy Open Clasps because I have recently started giving customers options for easy to open clasps in my own Etsy shop. That posting taught me to use the toggle closures as well as others. Currently, my ideal … [Read more...] about How to Promote My Jewelry with Easy to Open Closures?
by Mary Anne Enriquez. (Urban Woodswalker) May I say something to all the fantastical jewelry designers out there? There are millions of us baby boomers and we LOVE to buy hand made jewelry. A lot of us are experiencing carpal tunnel and arthritis in our hands. The types of closures make a HUGE difference in whether someone might buy or not. I can no … [Read more...] about There’s a Big Audience for Jewelry with Easy Open Clasps
by Sue Corke. I used to make wirework jewellery but had a stroke and lost my left hand. Is there any way to do wire work with one hand? I’ve tried a helping hand thing but am struggling with that. Any help would be really appreciated. Many thanks. Sue Corke … [Read more...] about Help – How to Make Wire Jewelry with One Hand?
by Viktoria Cohen. (Clifton,NJ, United States) I designed this long (37") statement necklace with matte silver Hematite,gold Pyrite and 14k gold filled beads. I wanted to keep all gemstones and beads very small (2-3mm) to create a modern, feminine look. The necklace also features an artisan made gold plated bronze pendant and a tiny heart charm Originally, I'm … [Read more...] about Delicate Gemstone Necklace
by Pamela Dudrow. (In my dining room, kitchen, bedroom...! Woodsboro, MD) I've been making jewelry for over 15 years. Up until that time I had been very active; riding horses professionally and participating in triathlons. I was also a critical care nurse taking care of bariatric patients after their surgery in the PACU or Recovery Room. These patients are … [Read more...] about How I Fell in Love with Fold Forming!