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Hardware Jewellery

Wacky Wednesday.  Have you ever gotten all excited when you make a trip to the hardware store? I sure have.  The possibilities of what can be created with items found there are endless.  Today we are going to look at jewellery made from materials found in the hardware.   You can wear pipe fittings, washers combined with bolts and nuts, hinges even locks can be re-purposed .  Different components found can be painted or even weaved  with beads.  Hardware inspired pieces can also be store bought.

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Hand crafted by :- Nina Stotler

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Hardware inspired jewellery is great for men as well. VON KOTTWITZ The Factory Collection

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Gold-plated chain with geometric brass and leather components. MOXHAM

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 Re-purposed hitch ring chain by :-  Bond Hardware

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Rose Gold Necklace

Made from crimp sleeve connectors and weaved with black satin ribbon by :- Stripes and Sequins 

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Love this DIY Hinge Bracelet by:- Love Maegan

  These are just a few of the wacky and cool ideas that can give your look a lot of edge. That tough luxe look.

Next time you go to the hardware store you will look at everything differently.

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Creating a craft space at home

It is Tip Tuesday and today we share tips about how to create a craft space or spice up the one you have at home

Your work space can inspire and improve productivity. What we realise size does not matter but organization, seating, lighting and decor are some of the key things to creating a functional and appealing space that you and your family can enjoy.

  • Storage solutions

Some closed storage solutions are cabinets, chest of draws, storage containers, cans, jars, bags and boxes in varying sizes. You can find different types at your home store, hardware, supermarket and at Bead Cafe we have different types of storage containers. You can also recycle or repurpose furniture and containers you have at home. A good place to check is your kitchen for storage solutions you can move to your craft space. You know those sandwich bags you pack lunch or for the freezer,  they are great for sorting and storing supplies like bits and pieces of ribbon and other stringing materials. What about an old spice rack for your beads and buttons. Whenever selecting solutions remember depending on your type of craft you would need big spaces and small spaces for varying sizes of materials.

To make things easy to locate like your books, materials and tools, open shelves and hanging spaces can be helpful. Peg boards, slatwalls or grid systems can create great wall solutions and are available at your hardware store or at a retail fixtures store.You generally see these wall systems in retail stores, these systems can also be easily installed in your home craft cove. There are different attachments that suit each type. Take a look around at your supplies, even take a few pictures and jot down sizes to help make it easier when selecting things that match your needs. Install a cork board or white board to organize notes and to post inspirational pictures and calendars.

Be smart safe in your craft cove, if  you need to store dangerous chemicals, sharp or small objects and you have children at home remember safety for little hands; out of reach and protected. Ensure shelves are properly secured on walls to prevent accidents.

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  • Where to sit and work

Comfort, ergonomics and adequate space are three things to consider. Choose tables and chairs that suit these needs. You can choose between folding or fixed tables and chairs, as well as furniture with casters. You can check out office furniture or home furniture stores for different options or customized designs. Seek advice about good ergonomics when selecting the right height desk and seating for good body posture. Remember to keep on crafting you must stay healthy.

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  • Lighting

Sometimes we neglect lighting but lighting sets the mood, affects colour and ability to see projects details effectively. A magnifier is also useful if you work with small embelishments, beads and findings. There are magnifier and desk light combinations available that you can consider.

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  • Decor, layout and design

Create a functional space with an effective layout, this is where to locate what; your seating and storage to improve work flow and accessibility. Make the space your own with colour, pictures or your handmade crafts. Coordinate your favourite colours for your walls, storage solutions and furniture. Use colour to organize with a colour code storage plan.

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Craft Room by :- Sprinkled with Glitter 

Hope you enjoyed our article and as always  we wish you happy crafting in your craft cove!

Tameika

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Make it Monday with Washi Tape

Happy Monday everyone.  It has been a rainy morning but don’t let the rain wash away your creativity and fun.  Today it is Make it Monday with…….WASHI TAPE. Before we look at some cool tutorials I would like to share some info with you about what is washi tape for those of you who may not know what it is. .

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The whole washi tape phenomenon started in 2006.  Washi Tape started in Japan but manufacturing has now spread throughout the world.  It is typically made from natural fibers, such as bamboo,rice or hemp, but most commonly from the bark of trees that are native to Japan — the mulberry, the mitsumata shrub or the gampi tree.

It is a paper tape that comes in pretty colors and patterns. It comes on a roll like regular sticky tape, and is often translucent. You can find it in 1/4″ widths up to 2 1/2 inches. Washi tape is similar to masking tape or blue painters’ tape in that it is easy to stick and restick in case you don’t get the placement perfect each time. This tape is versatile, fun and easy to use in many crafting projects. Washi Tape is available at Bead Cafe Arouca and Bead Cafe Craft and Hobby.

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By: The Glamorous House Wife. View Tutorial 

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DIY Washi Tape Laptop Keyboard by:- Her New Leaf. View Tutorial

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DIY Washi Tape Phone Cover by:- Zakka Life. View Tutorial

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 Washi Tape Bunting & Cake Plate by:- Sugar and Cloth . View Tutorial

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Wall Art by:- Living Locurto. View Tutorial

Make it Monday is brought to you by Bead Café Craft and Hobby. Join us every Monday for more ideas.

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Make it Monday – Scrapbooking

A Scrapbook is a keepsake, a decorated photo album that preserves the stories behind the photos (called journalling). A scrapbook can be made of pictures, stories and memorabilia such as tickets, certificates and letters. You can create a scrapbook for your family history or different events such as vacations, a baby’s first year, a holiday, birthday, anniversary and home improvement . Your scrapbook can become a treasure for many years, telling a story, preserving a memory and recording history.

A few materials you will need to start creating:

Card-stock, decorative papers, paper bags, glue, mod podge, washi tape, craft knife, ruler, punches and stamps are a few things you can use  in creating a scrapbook.

You can add embellishments to make your scrapbook POP! Stickers, glitter, paint, decals, ribbon, twine, rub-on transfers, letters, tags, quotes, eyelets, ribbons, fabric and stickers,  all of these you can add to your layouts, the list is endless let your imagination take over.There are many different techniques and products. It all depends on your own style. There is no wrong in this Hobby.

Here are a few Tutorials we found online.

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Tutorial by : Burst of Creativity

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Vacation themed Scrapbook Tutorial shared by: Polka Dot Chair

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Paper bag  Scrapbook Tutorial shared by: Do Stamping

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Scrapbook made with Envelopes

How cool is this, click on link to see tutorial by: Madonna Dunn

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D.I.Y. Mini Scrapbook

Great one for the kids. Tutorial by: Crissys Crafts

Here are a some of the supplies available for Scrapbooking at

Bead Cafe Craft & Hobby.

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Tip Tuesday – How to Prevent Jewelry Tarnishing by Bead Cafe

What causes jewelry to tarnish? Jewelry tarnishing is due to oxidation, this is when your jewelry is  exposed to air and when it is in contact with oils, salts and acids, for example: body lotion, sweat, perfume, hair products or even water.

Preventing tarnish on jewelry is a lot less work than removing it.The tips that we are sharing today will be useful to both consumers and jewelry designers.

Washing of Hands – It all starts at the very beginning. We recommend that you wash your hands with a mild soap, rinsing away the residue of lotion or any kind of chemical that may be on your hands  then dry your hands thoroughly.  This should be done before you start creating your jewelry as well as before putting on or handling your jewelry.

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Clear Nail Polish – this is an age-old trick that most of you may know already. Paint a thin coat of clear nail polish on your fashion jewelry. We do not recommend this tip for plated or precious metal jewelry. This is a good technique to use on gold of silver coloured base metal jewelry.

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Jewelry Shield – This is a product that is made especially for jewelry. It serves several purposes such as to prevent skin irritation for people who have sensitive skin and can’t wear fashion jewelry.  Just apply two coats of jewelry shield on Earrings, Rings, Watches, Bracelets, Clasps, Eyeglasses, etc. and this can prevent skin irritation. It creates a shield between your skin and the jewelry. Jewelry shield when applied also prevents tarnishing. It also adds a nice shine. Jewelry Shield is available at Bead Cafe.

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Polishing Jewelry – Keep your jewelry dry and clean.  Minor tarnish can be buffed off with a jewelry polishing cloth. As well it is a good idea to lightly wipe your jewelry after wearing, this removes any oil, salt or acid contaminants and to dry the piece.  Remove your jewelry before showering, swimming or exercising.  We recommend Brilliant Polishing Cloth available at Bead Cafe.

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Storage – Keep jewelry, findings and craft wire out of the air when not being worn or used.  Your jewelry should be stored in a dry place, with a moisture-absorbing product like 3M’s silver protector strips. Another way to prevent tarnishing is to store your pieces separately. Zip lock bags are great for this . Keeper boxes are also great for storing findings separately.  When different types of metal are stored together they react with one another, thus causing tarnishing.  Storing your pieces separately also helps you become more organized.

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We want to end by saying there is no way to keep fashion jewelry from tarnishing for a lifetime, but you can help prevent tarnish and extend its’ life by using these tips we shared with you today.

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Make it with Polymer Clay

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Polymer Clay Charms

Enjoy the versatility of Polymer Clay for your craft projects. Polymer clay is a synthetic modelling material, which means it is not a type of clay that comes from the earth. It is actually formulated from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), dyes or pigments and plasticisers to keep it soft until heat cured. It is an acrylic art material.  All polymer clays are thermal set plastics, meaning they are hardened with heat and do not become soft again after curing. Polymer clay comes in various brands and many different colours. We at Bead Cafe carry Sculpey III and Sculpey Premo.

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Sculpey Premo – After conditioning this clay is soft enough to blend easily but firm enough to hold fine detail and for specialized techniques. It’s perfect for caning, mokume gane and mica shift. Because Premo retains flexibility, the finished product remains very strong and durable.  It is great for making millefiore beads and canes, delicate scrapbook pages, faux semi-precious stones or glass adornments.

Sculpey III – maintains tooling and detailing beautifully. Once cured, Sculpey III bakes hard and takes on a matte, bisque-type finish. It’s easy-to-use and stays soft until you bake it. Sculpey III is perfect for figurines, home decor, beads, charms and seasonal items. Sculpey III is great for beginners as it is a softer clay which makes it easier to work with.

Here are some great tutorials we found online.

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Faux Stone Beads

To create these Faux Stone Beads you need translucent polymer clay and whatever inclusions you have on hand such as colourful sand, dried flowers or leaves, embossing powder and dried herbs from the kitchen cabinet.  The possibilities are endless, visit Polymer Clay Web to view their Faux Stone tutorial.

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The spiral cane is a simple cane that is ideal for beginners. The Bead Shop in Nottingham shares this post http://mailorder-beads.blogspot.com/2011/09/polymer-clay-tutorial-spiral-cane.html

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Turtle Box Tutorial 

These are a nice gift idea,  fun to make and you can have the kids help with this project.

http://polymerclayworkshop.com/2013/04/02/polymer-clay-turtle-box-tutorial/

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Ombre Herb Garden Markers Tutorial

.  With a few simple craft supplies you can create this sweet herb garden markers.

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Here Are Some Inspirational Pieces 

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Cookie Charms – http://pale-swan.deviantart.com/art/Polymer-Clay-Cookie-Charms-for-sale-214783749

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Chinese Knot Earrings – http://favim.com/image/481385/

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Polymer Clay Bangle – http://craftstew.com/

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Jewellery Box – http://ahha.deviantart.com/art/Polymer-Clay-jewelry-boxes-154814995

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Leaf Necklace – http://www.sculpey.com

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Faceted Beads – http://www.polymertutorials.com/

Make it Monday is brought to you by Bead Café. Join us every Monday for more ideas.