Head to the Hardware Store for Your Next Mixed Media Jewelry Project
Remember that blog I posted last week about the Bead For a Man competition? Well, I was totally smitten with the bracelet by Aurelio Castano, and, judging from your comments, so were a lot of you! It made me think of the fun Grommets Galore bracelet project by Dulcey Heller that I made a few years ago, and as I was running errands in town one day, I thought I would wander through the hardware store and see what else I could find that could be used for mixed media jewelry. In addition to some old favorites, I found some fun new items to share with you!
And the fun doesn't stop there when it comes to mixed media and metal jewelry-making supplies from your local hardware store. If you have a few basic metal jewelry tools hanging around, you can head to the hardware store for some metal tubing and learn how to make fun, colorful jewelry from metal tubing! Join metal jewelry artist Tracy Stanley and watch how she transforms ordinary metal tubes into incredible pieces of self-adornment in Kitchen Table Metalsmithing: Make Metal Jewelry with Tubing with Tracy Stanley.
Tracey demonstrates metalworking techniques that are fun and easy to learn, and if you're a perfectionist, no worries — Tracy even shows you how to turn "mistakes" into opportunities to create new jewelry designs! Get your copy of Kitchen Table Metalsmithing: Make Metal Jewelry with Tubing with Tracy Stanley, and see how much fun a trip to the hardware store can be when you're shopping for mixed media jewelry supplies!
What kinds of treasures have you discovered at your local hardware store? As I was on my way out of the hardware store last week, a huge display of metal chain caught my eye, so now I've got to go back next week! Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and give me suggestions for other jewelry-making supplies I can look for!