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Review: Bead Buddy One-Step Crimper Tool

December 3, 2014

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Jewelry-making can go one of two ways- sublime or sophomoric. And the difference between the two is often craftsmanship: the design aside, either it’s well-make or it…well, isn’t. Crimp beads are one of those ways you can tell the difference- a well-made crimp looks professional, and a poorly-make one looks like it’s been chewed by […]

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Swarovski’s Ceralun Epoxy Clay

July 17, 2014

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I received a sampling of Swarovski’s Ceralun Epoxy Clay to test out. I don’t make a lot of things with clay, since I normally manage to ruin it during baking. However, this clay is self-hardening! Got to love that! This particular clay was formulated to use with the Swarovski chatons, when making jewelry. The chatons […]

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Book Review: Simple Beginnings Beading

July 16, 2014

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Simple Beginnings Beading Book

I love making simple jewelry. Over at my site, 30 Minute Crafts, I make a lot of fast and easy jewelry projects. And I love picking up books that take me through basic techniques. I like reviewing the basics, and I also like having books with basic techniques to pass on to my friends who […]

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Book Review: Bewitching Bead and Wire Jewelry

July 10, 2014

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Bewitching Bead and Wire Jewelry

As an intermediate beader, I’ve made my share of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. I have a simple style that I stick to… and I am ready to branch out. So I was super excited to be sent Bewitching Bead and Wire Jewelry by Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott to review. Here is what the publisher has to […]

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REVIEW: Mod Molds – Gems, Trinkets, Flowers, and Nature

June 5, 2014

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Mod Podge has released more Mod Molds for their new product line. (You can read our original review here.) These are silicone molds meant to be used with the Mod Melts and mini glue guns, to create objects for crafting. I was sent the two original molds, Flowers and Nature, and two new ones, Gems and Trinkets, to use with the […]

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REVIEW: Mod Melts in Neons, Metallics, and Glitters

June 4, 2014

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Plaid (Mod Podge), have created new products for their Mod Melts line. I received the Neons, Metallic, and Glitters Mod Melts sticks to play with and review. There is also a Colors one available on the Plaid website. These are similar to the Sea Glass and Milk Glass Mod Melts that were released first. The Plaid site, describes Mod Melts as […]

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Crystal Katana Setting Tool by Crystal Ninja

April 8, 2014

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The Crystal Katana setting tool by the Crystal Ninja was another one of those “Hot 20″ products I saw as a judge at the CHA 2014 Conference. I thought, “OK, that’s nice, but it’s a one-trick pony.” Until I needed to place some little rhinestones and I lost a dozen because they keep flipping out […]

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Jacquard Pearl Ex – New Colors

March 24, 2014

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Jacquard Pearl Ex pigment powders are extremely versatile supplies for any artist or crafter. They now come in over 30 colors. I’ll be testing some of the brand new Chromatic Colors: Citrine, Emerald, Magenta, Sapphire Blue, Scarlet and Dark Brown. This collection is a really gorgeous intense set of jewel tones with a deep lovely […]

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Review: Clover Beading Loom

March 18, 2014

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Clover Beading Loom

Weaving beads on a loom is a beautiful art form. I’ve always been drawn to beading on a loom but have never added it to my list of skills. I was always intimidated by the intricacy of the designs imagining that it must be very difficult to do. Then when people I spoke with started […]

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Little Windows Resin Starter Kit: Review

March 17, 2014

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Little Windows Resin Kit Review

One of my favorite parts of being on the Craft Test Dummies Team is getting to play with different products… which is why I was so excited when I was sent the Little Windows Resin Starter Kit to play with! I took some time to create two batches of the resin, and play with different […]

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ICED Enamels

January 22, 2014

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ICED Enamels

    I recently did a demo for ICE Resin at the CHA Mega Show and it occurred to me that I had never introduced you all to ICE Resin. If you like the idea of creating your own jewelry components and you love the look of enamel on metal but you don’t want to […]

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Bezel Effects by ImpressArt

December 31, 2013

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Bezel Effects by ImpressArt

  We all know that I am an ImpressArt fan and love their metal stamps, hammers and other jewelry making supplies so I was excited to have an opportunity to review a new product from them called Bezel Effects. Here is what the ImpressArt website says about the Pebeo Fantasy Moon paints: Pebeo Fantasy Moon […]

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Beadsmith 1-Step Looper

November 19, 2013

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Beadsmith 1-Step Looper

  From the website:   The BeadSmith 1-Step Looper Create your own eye pins with the 1-step looper plier from The BeadSmith. This tool allows you to trim and loop ready-made eye pins. You can even create eye pins in one motion! If you want to create custom length eye pins, you can do that, […]

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French Knitter – Clover USA

October 29, 2013

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French Knitter - Clover USA

I love getting new tools that are easy to pack up and take with me on a last minute road trip and the French Knitter from Clover USA  is one of those tools. In fact, the samples I created for this post were actually created in the car, on the road.         […]

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Piccolo Instant UV Curing Resin from GlobeCraft

September 6, 2013

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Resins are very big right now in jewelry-making and mixed media, but most are 2-part epoxies that take hours to dry. What if you could get the same, non-yellowing jewelry grade effect in about 3 minutes? With Piccolo Instant UV Resin, you can. Here’s how it’s described on the website: Piccolo Instant UV Resin cures […]

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UPDATE on the Artisan X-Plorer by Spellbinders: METAL SHIM

August 29, 2013

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You may recall that earlier I reviewed the Artisan X-Plorer by Spellbinders. While I like the compact size and metal gears, I was somewhat disappointed by it’s ability to cut thicker materials such as denim and plastics. Well, the Spellbinders folks heard my cry (or maybe they were just lightyears ahead of me!) and debuted […]

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Martha Stewart Jewelry Epoxy Clay Review

May 30, 2013

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Martha Stewart Jewelry Epoxy Clay

It’s been almost two years since I’ve reviewed another epoxy clay, and things sure have come around since then! It used to be that it was just plain putty colored and packaged for industrial purposes. Leave it to Plaid Crafts to create the Martha Stewart Jewelry Epoxy Clay and make it accessible to crafters. From […]

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Review of Martha Stewart Jewelry Rhinestones and Settings

May 29, 2013

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Martha Stewart Jewelry Rhinestones and Settings review.

Awhile back I showed you this video with all of the Martha Stewart Jewelry goodies- so many new products in that line. Made by Plaid, sold right now at Michael’s Craft Stores. I’ve been going through category by category getting my reviews done. Today I can cross the Rhinestones and settings off my list! Here’s […]

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Martha Stewart Crafts Jewelry Enamel by Plaid

May 23, 2013

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Martha Stewart Crafts Jewelry Line by Plaid

I’ve enjoyed the Martha Stewart Crafts line for a while now- the tools, paints, and papercrafting items are all on my “faves” lists. But now there is something completely new- a line of jewelry crafting items created by Plaid Enterprises and available at Michael’s Stores. The first of our series of reviews will be on […]

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Preview: Martha Stewart Jewelry Crafts by Plaid (Haul Video)

May 21, 2013

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Earlier this month I received a box of goodies from the folks at Plaid, the makers of the NEW Martha Stewart Crafts Jewelry line. It’s got tools, components, enameling supplies, glazes- WOW. So much good stuff! I just had to make you a video & show you! Stay tuned- there will be multiple product reviews […]

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Craft Product Review: EnviroTex Jewelry Resin

May 16, 2013

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Resin has always been on my list of intimidating crafts. I’m also incredibly lazy. Mix two bottles together? I ain’t got time for that! So I’ve avoided the stuff, even though I love the way resin jewelry looks. But I had a great first experience with Envirotex Jewelry Resin, and I’m no longer afraid (Cue […]

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Jewelry Book Review: Necklaceology by Candy Cooper

February 20, 2013

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I love making jewelry. And a good book really helps inspire the creative process! Such is the case with Necklaceology: How to Make Chokers, Lariats, Ropes & More by Candie Cooper.   The first think I need to disclose is that I know Candie personally and think she’s a great gal. But my personal relationship with her […]

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Craft and Jewelry Product Review: Artistic Wire Mesh from Beadalon

February 19, 2013

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I spend a lot of time papercrafting, but you may not know that for a while (about 6 years ago) I really only made jewelry and worked with polymer clay. So I was excited to try Artistic Wire Mesh by Beadalon and get back to my jewelry-making roots! If you’ve never seen Artistic Wire Mesh before, […]

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Book Review: Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes

September 5, 2012

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Book Review: Jill Wiseman's Beautiful Beaded Ropes

    Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes – 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches is to beaders what the newest, hottest Halo game is to gamers. It’s for serious beading geeks. Like me. Well, I’m only a little bit of a beading geek. But I’m working on it! I’m madly in love with stitching […]

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Craft Book Reports: Ring Jewelry Books from Lark Jewelry and Beading

August 30, 2012

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As I mentioned the other day when I did my “book reports” on Beaded Jewelry, I have certainly had an influx of amazing eye-candy in the form of books lately. Today I want to share two more books on the theme of “rings” : Ring a Day: 700 Photos from a 365 Day Jewelry Challenge and Showcase […]

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Craft Book Reports: Beaded Jewelry Books from Lark Jewelry and Beading

August 28, 2012

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Lately, I’ve had a LOT of eye candy hit CTD WHQ- including an influx of beautiful books on beaded jewelry. A few of them are just inspirational, coffee-table style books, and one is SO FAR out of my league I couldn’t do it justice. So since we are in back-to-school mode here, I thought it […]

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Craft Tool Review: ImpressArt Metal Stamps

May 22, 2012

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I’ve wanted to try out a set of metal stamps from the first moment I saw what they could do. Luckily, the fine folks at ImpressArt shared my enthusiasm, and when I ran into them at CHA, they generously provided a full set of letters and numbers for me to review. In case you’re not […]

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Book Review: Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects

March 27, 2012

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Book Review: Diane Fitzgerald's Favorite Beading Projects

  Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects from Lark Jewelry and Beading A few things you might want to know about this book: Hard cover – lays flat for easy reference 126 pages Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects includes 24 projects There is a project gallery at the end of the book for further inspiration The […]

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Craft Product Review: Fluxe Enameling Resin by JudiKins

July 12, 2011

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I’m a sucker for embossing resins. I love using them as topcoats, resists for watercolors, to fill bottlecap jewelry, and more. Glossy finishes make my heart go pitter-pat, what can I say? At CHA last winter I happened by the JudiKins booth, and there was a large pink bottle of Fluxe Enameling Resin. It called […]

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Craft Product Review: Garden Art Kit from Artterro

April 18, 2011

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Since April is my “Go Green” month, I thought it was high time to revisit the marvelous art kits by ArtTerro. Previously I’d reviewed Painting with Wool, the Bubble Wand, and the Wire and Bead Sculpture Kits, so this time ’round we’re going to talk about the Garden Art Kit- apropos, right? The Garden Art […]

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