Via I found another craft, I’ve never heard about: Ganutell.
It makes me think of my Starburst card ;-)
Originally they made flowers with this technique, but it looks great as earrings as seen at this craftster discussion thread.
I have to face it: it is another technique on my (long, long) what-I-really-have-to-try-list ;-))



Discussion thread at How to make these ‘woven’ earrings?

Here at unikatissima:
Starburst Card

Clothespin bobbins

Clothespin bobbins

Once I found a really good idea on how to make inexpensive bobbins from clothespins.
Later I found more very good ideas at Gabriela Marková’s Kumihimo blog, all entries labelled with ‘Equipment’.
You can use those bobbins very good when making you own Kumihimo cord.

Learn Intarsia Knitting (the clothespin bobbins are mentioned there)

At Gabriela Marková’s Kumihimo blog:
All entries labelled with ‘Equipment’ (English)

Taking Photos from Jewelry

Taking Photos from Jewelry

If you want to take a professional looking photo from jewelry or other little items, you can get problems with reflections, shadows and the automatic flash.
I found several pages with tutorials on how to avoid those problems and take really good photos without spending a lot of money.
On the photo I tried it with an old lamp shade and natural light, but it didn’t work so well.

Taking good shots of jewelry
The original site doesn’t exist any more and is now available through webarchive: Digital Photography
This was the first tutorial I ever found on this subject – and it is very good. Take also a look at Connie Fox’s jewelry – and appreciate the soft reflections and shadows on the photos ;-)

At the following tutorial I found the idea brilliant to put the pendant onto glass to create a distance between the item and the background
How to take good photos of jewelry and other small objects

Articles about Jewelry Photography

At (with explaining photos):
Budget photographic lighting “tent”
Do It Yourself Photography Light Box for Under $40
Super Simple Light Tent
Inexpensive Light Studio for Photographers

Beaded Beads

Beaded Beads

Every beader wants to try a beaded bead sometime.
It isn’t easy to figure out by yourself how to do this, so I want to present several links which show how to bead different beads from beads.
Ehm… ;-))
The beaded beads on the photo were all woven by me around a bigger bead inside.

Janie’s Embellished Beads
Janie shows a basic bead and countless variations, one more beautiful than the next Beadwork:
Bead a Beaded Bead Jewelrymaking:
The beads here aren’t spheres, but cylinders, very good to learn the Peyote stitch (links below)
Beaded Bead
Beaded Bead Bracelet

Beaded Beads & Berries

Beaded Balls (French) (with explaining diagrams)

Beaded Ball & Loop Closure (English)

Peyote stitch: Beadwork: A website with lots of tutorials about beadwork
Basic Beading Stitch Tutorials A website with lots of (german) tutorials about beadwork: click on
‘Anleitungen’ in the sidebar left and there select one of the Peyote tutorials

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