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Ukrainian macrame jewelry designer, Marta of MartaJewelry, sounds just like many of us - a life long passion for crafts.  She explained, "I have been doing a variety of crafts since childhood. First I sewed and drew. I couldn't live without watercolors. But time has passed... And I have found new passion - making jewelry!"

She is accomplished in a number of jewelry making techniques like macrame, bead embroidery and beadweaving. But it is her remarkable talent for micro macrame jewelry which stands out.


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Judging from the comments for last week's giveaway, I wasn't surprised how many readers loved the handmade leather clasps from Supply Emporium. These are sold separately as well as in beautiful bead packs.

Lori Mahan said, "I love those bracelets. I really like the hand made leather ends. I never thought of making my own ends out of leather like that. It adds so much more texture and interest to the piece."


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I have new designs in the store!  There are a couple of stud earrings - easy to finish and wear. Another is the multi-hole wood frames in 5 shapes which were especially created to give an even more organic look to the ever popular tree of life design. These frames will enable you to come up with your own unique wiring styles. Note : the dimensions are in the listing description. Click on "Learn More About This Item".

These wood frames will also give beginner wire wrappers a more secure way of working with wire and beads as the frame is rigid.  Wire frame distortion is a common problem which I observed when teaching a basic tree of life wire class at a local bead store, Iguana Beads.


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Romainian bead jewelry designer, Adiva of AdivaJewels, comes across as innovative. This beader uses many of the more recently available shaped beads, and often in new and attractive ways.

For example, the designs above and below feature crescent beads.  The necklace uses the beads in a pattern to form the "butterflies" whereas her bracelet design has them tightly clustered for a unique floral look.

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Samantha Burroughs of JessamaDesign has a neat liquid polymer clay pendant tutorial. The thin layer of translucent clay she uses gives a window effect when it is sandwiched between two frames.

I do like how she added a stamped design as well as other inclusions like metallic flakes.

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Every wire artist has his or her own style.  Valentina Winters has an exquisite flowing style which brings out the best of her chosen gemstone focals. 

This Nevada based designer features a number of pieces with turquoise. This is not surprising as Nevada is one of the places in the Southwest where most quality turquoise is mined.


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Bugles, bugles and more bugles!  This wonderful bracelet tutorial from Czech Beads Exclusive shows how you can make a structured bracelet.  The wavy 3D look is achieved with the bugles providing the height or the width of the bracelet - depending on how you look it at.

Lovely criss cross "kisses" give the design an added oomph!

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Cheryl St Pierre's lovely wire swirl and pearl earrings tutorial caught my eye.  At first glance, I wondered how she managed to get the pearls into what is a 20 G wire design! As you know, the holes in pearls are tiny!  A closer look revealed a clever integration of fine wire to hold the pearls in place!

I like how she worked both earrings together to ensure a mirror image and even designs.

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Scott David Plumlee is a chain mail designer whose family buffalo ranch is somewhere in Kansas.His shop, Davidchain, shows his design aesthetic.

He is adept at creating clean lines using geometric shapes as he teams up chain mail with beads. Colored beads really make such designs pop and take away the utilitarian look of what was once part of medieval armor.

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