Favorite Jewelry-Making Projects from Interweave Editors

Whenever I'm calling in for one of Interweave's Online Editor conference calls, I always think about that Reese's Peanut Butter Cups commercial that says, "You got your peanut butter in my chocolate! You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!" We're a creative bunch, and many of us are "crossover crafters," dabbling in the crafts of our fellow editors' daily sites.

For example, in addition to being a jewelry maker, I sew and I'm a knitter and mixed-media paper crafter, so Knitting Daily, Sew Daily, and Cloth Paper Scissors Today are favorites of mine–plus Jewelry Making Daily's sister site, Beading Daily, of course. Similarly, many of the other daily editors are jewelry makers, so I asked them to pick a favorite jewelry-making project or a project that falls in their realm but utilizes jewelry-making techniques.


Artist Daily Editor Courtney Jordan
I'm always ready for a museum trip, so when my friend asked me to come along and see a Rembrandt drawing show I jumped at the chance. Looking back, the detail that still sticks out to me is the beautiful, delicate line of Rembrandt's etchings. Looking closely at his drawings-some of them only a little bigger than a postage stamp!-I saw how he used line alone to create almost anything.

I've never etched before, but I've always wanted to experiment with the fine lines that you can create in that process. There's just nothing else like it. That's why I think the Etching Damascus Steel project that I found on Jewelry Making Daily is a great way to get my feet wet without getting overwhelmed. The eProject shows how to create raised designs and drawings on the surface of these thin pieces of carbon steel, and then I can use them to roll patterns onto other metals, paper-for a mixed-media painting or collage, or even keep them as-is for my own handcrafted jewelry. Cha-ching! Wish me luck-or even do the project with me and let me know what your experience brings. To Rembrandt!


Beading Daily Editor Jennifer VanBenschoten
Ever since I learned how to stitch my first spiral rope with beads, I've had a thing for beaded ropes. Once I realized that I can make a stitched beaded rope that mimics the look of a fine, handmade metal rope, I was hooked. And while right-angle weave isn't necessarily the easiest bead-weaving stitch to learn, it's certainly worth the effort when it results in this supple beaded rope. It can be made in any thickness to fit comfortably through a beaded bead or a large-hole handmade bead. If you want it to look like a metal mesh rope, make it with size 15o seed beads in a permanent gold or silver finish-people will have to look twice to figure out how it was made!

This right-angle-weave rope also gives you lots of options for finishing it, like using decorative cones and clasps. Made in a shorter length for a bracelet, it's a comfortable and stylish piece that can be worn every day. Don't worry about this rope falling apart, either. Right-angle weave requires multiple thread passes through each bead, which automatically makes this rope both strong and soft. The Beaded Rope Chain project is the perfect way to take your beaded projects to the next level!


Quilting Daily and Cloth Paper Scissors Today Editor Cate Coulacos Prato
I've had cats as pets for many years and always enjoyed collecting feline-themed jewelry, especially brooches. In fact, many people give them to me as gifts. Now that I have a dog, too, I'm on the lookout for canine-affiliated jewelry. But in my experience, dog jewelry for humans tends to be breed-specific or too cutesy for me.

Of course, the best answer to "I can't find it" is "I'll make my own." When I spotted the Copper Dog Bone Bracelet, I got as excited as a puppy with a new toy. Here was a piece of jewelry that had some sophistication but still proclaimed my puppy love! Plus, it's a project I could complete without having a lot of experience or specialized tools. Hammering metal is easy and way too much fun. And if you're not inclined to use crystal beads, you can easily substitute another kind. For example, you could choose black if you have a Labrador or a variety of beads if your pooch is a mutt. This is such a fun, versatile project; you could make several at once.


Crochet Me Editor Toni Rexroat
I have crocheted with linen, bamboo, cotton, wool, and even milk-protein fibers. Next on my list is crocheting with wire. Yes, it's true! You can actually crochet with wire. The resulting piece has an organic appearance and not entirely uniform stitches that remind me of the unique nature of crochet. I love the ethereal elegance created through the combination of crochet and pearls found in the Gossamer Strands necklace. This contemporary necklace would look great with a pair of jeans or an elegant sundress. If you are planning on trying wire crochet for the first time, try exaggerating or overdoing each stitch as if you were trying to see exactly how each one is worked. These larger movements make working with the stiff wire easier. Remember that wire has no elasticity, but the stiffness of the medium also highlights the beauty of the crochet stitch.

My suspicions were confirmed: I work with some of the most creative and talented people in the crafts industry! (There's just something fabulous about saying "work" and "crafts industry" in the same sentence!) Here's more good news: These projects, along with all of the jewelry-making projects and patterns in the Jewelry Making Daily Shop, are on sale 30% off, now through June 1. Get craftin'!

Are you a crossover crafter too? You can visit the other Interweave daily sites by clicking their links throughout this blog, and all of them are listed at the bottom of this page. Your login to Jewelry Making Daily will log you in to the other sites, too, so you don't have to get a new user name and password.

Are you already a subscriber to the other sites? I'd love to know which ones! Share in the comments below.

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