Love is in the air (and especially around the blogosphere) at the moment as Valentine’s Day is almost upon us!

In case you’re thinking of creating a handmade gift for your friends or family this Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together a post on some of the best Valentine’s inspired craft projects that we’ve seen around the web in recent weeks. Enjoy!

1. XOXO Clay Pendant Necklace

This is a brilliant tutorial on how to make a clay XOXO pendant for a necklace by Linda over at A Sweet Afternoon. She explains step by step with photos about how to make this project using air dry clay, letter cutters and paint. The finished...

We have another jewelry-making tutorial for you today! Find out how to make this cute beaded charm bracelet which is just perfect to wear for Valentine’s Day. This is a great project for beginners and is a lot of fun to make!

The great thing about making a beaded charm bracelet like this one is that you can be really creative and use beads that are all different shapes and sizes! As this charm bracelet is inspired by Valentine’s Day, we’ve chosen to use red and pink beads along with silver charms.

For this tutorial, you’ll need the following materials:

Today, we’re exploring medieval jewelry as part of our series “Jewelry Through The Ages”, which is all about the history of jewelry and how it’s developed throughout time.

The medieval period (5th to the 15th century) is also referred to as the Middle Ages in European history. It began after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire and the first half of this time period was also known as the Dark Ages - for good reason.

Jewelry production in the Dark Ages

It was a time of extreme deprivation and suffering for most of Western Europe’s population because of the effects of famine, wars and the plague. Many people had...

When you own a handmade craft business, getting people to buy your products is undoubtedly crucial for success. You’re bound to be heavily focused on the creative process and sales side of your business to make sure that you’re constantly putting new products out there to attract new and existing customers.

Your product sales will likely be the bread and butter of your business, but there are also other ways that you can achieve additional business income at the same time as creating and selling handmade products.

In this post today, we explore some additional income streams that might work well for your business.


Silversmithing is a technique where objects are fabricated from sterling or fine silver. All sorts of objects can be made by a silversmith, including trophies; ornaments; utensils and of course jewelry.

Today’s post is an introduction to the art of jewelry silversmithing. If you’re interested in making your own silver jewelry, this article explains more about the process involved and some of the tools you’ll need to get started.

Silver metal comes in either flat sheets or wire. It’s then cut, shaped, soldered and polished into a piece of jewelry through silversmithing techniques. This is a breakdown of the steps...

Looking to update your jewelry collection with some new pieces that are right on trend for spring and summer 2016? In this post, we’re covering some of the latest jewelry trends found on the catwalks. Look out for replications of these on the high street (or better still, make your own versions)!

Metal body jewelry

There’s a definitive industrial or post-apocalyptic type look and feel to some of the jewelry trends that we’re seeing for spring/summer 2016. Examples are thick and chunky chains, burnished metals and even small pieces of hardware set within necklaces or bracelets.

In terms of body jewelry, trends seem to...

If you’re new to jewelry-making, you may be wondering what jewelry findings are and why you need them. In this guide, we’ll be running through the most common types of jewelry findings that you’ll come across and how they can be used.

The term “jewelry findings” refers to jewelry-making components that aren’t beads, gemstones or stringing materials. Findings are the bits and bobs that help you piece your jewelry together. Examples of findings include bails, clasps, jump rings, connectors or head and eye pins.

They are generally available in many different metal finishes, including gold tone, silver tone, antique...

Ever wondered when and how jewelry first came into existence? Or how jewelry has changed over the years? In this new series on our blog, we’ll be exploring the history of jewelry and its development throughout time.

The history of jewelry dates back to prehistoric times when early humans wore shell, bone, wood, pebbles, animal skin and feathers as adornments, or as part of weapons and amulets. Early man used these materials for bodily decoration for thousands of years.

One of the pieces of evidence that jewelry existed in prehistoric times is some decorative sea shell beads (the oldest known) that were found in a Morocco cave...