We have an inspiring interview post for you today! Tara Klingenstein-Meyer is the owner and designer of Ouroboros Designs. She began experimenting with jewelry design in college and now sells her jewelry through fashion retailers and boutique stores as well as through her own studio in the United States.
We had several questions for Tara about how she started out as a jewelry designer, what it’s like running her own business and how she’s grown her business to where it is today. Check out our questions and Tara’s answers below.
The Bohemian (boho) style is still very much on trend when it comes to fashion and jewelry. The boho style is all about floaty layers and natural materials. In jewelry, this trend appears in the form of layered necklaces, long wrap bracelets and long flowing earrings to name just a few iconic styles.
In today’s post, we’ve highlighted our top 5 boho-inspired beads and supplies from the Golden Age Beads store to inspire you in your jewelry-making ventures. In addition, we’ve featured some beautiful jewelry from talented designers in the US and Canada to demonstrate the boho style.
Earlier this week, we published an Independence Day DIY jewelry-making project for you to have fun with – our peyote stitch beaded ring tutorial. It’s not just us who have been busy creating ready for the 4th of July! We’ve been seeing plenty of great craft tutorials from bloggers around the web too!
In this post, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Independence Day themed craft projects we’ve found in recent weeks. Enjoy!
1. Red, White and Blue Ball Wreath
It’s amazing what you can make with bits and bobs from IKEA! Emily from Nap Time Creations shared a great tutorial on how to make a red, white and blue ball...
Independence Day will soon be upon us and to mark the occasion, we’ve designed a fun tutorial for you today – a peyote stitch beaded ring made up as a representation of the American flag! Included with this tutorial is a free beading pattern for you to download.
We couldn’t include all 50 stars and 13 stripes for this ring due to space restrictions, so we decided on a miniature version instead. The technique used for this tutorial is flat odd count peyote stitch. If you’re new to peyote stitch, you can brush up on the basics in this tutorial.
For this project you’ll need the following materials:
Magnesite is a beautiful gemstone that looks similar to Turquoise or Howlite. When cut and polished into beads, Magnesite features a dark thread of veins or a web-like matrix across its surface, making it an attractive gem to use for jewelry-making projects.
In this post, we’ll explore some key facts and characteristics about Magnesite, starting with a little background as to how this gemstone is formed.
Mineral makeup and origin of Magnesite
Magnesite is a calcite group mineral that contains the chemical formula “magnesium carbonate” (MgCO3). Magnesite usually forms in three-dimensional rhombohedral shaped crystals and...
We have another installment of our Craft Business Tips series for you today! In this post we explain why the product descriptions that feature alongside your handmade products are so important when it comes to selling online – and what you can do to make your product descriptions stand out.
There are three main factors a potential buyer will consider when deciding whether or not to buy your handmade product.
One factor for consideration is how good your product looks in the photo and another is how much your product will cost (with postage).
In addition, a potential buyer will look to the product description for...
Men can be difficult to buy for when it comes to special occasions like birthdays, Christmas and of course, Father’s Day. It’s tricky to find something a little bit different that you know they’ll love!
That’s where handmade products really work well. Handmade goods either made by you or bought from another crafter offer the benefit of being totally unique. That special man in your life deserves no less!
In this post, we’ve rounded up some pretty awesome and interesting handmade products made by talented creators on Etsy. We hope these inspire you ready for Father’s Day!
Getting creative with beads is a fun activity for adults and children alike! In this post, we’ve rounded up some great beaded craft projects that are suitable for kids of various ages. Some of these activities may need adult supervision. We hope you enjoy them!
1. DIY Kaleidoscope
We came across this post on how to make a DIY Kaleidoscope over at the blog Darcy and Brian. It looks like so much fun – we’re sure adults would love to make this as well as kids! To make this with your children, you’ll need a cardboard tube, clear plastic, some colorful beads, scrapbook paper and a few tools.