The CHA 2014 Mega Show floor was the first time that I got to see the Jesse James Beads mixes all in one spot. It was eye candy for the jewelry maker soul. I just loved looking all the strings of different types and colors of beads hanging on their bead wall, which was taller than I was. You could not walk past the bead wall and not stop to admire the different shapes and textures of the beads on display. Continue Reading →
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If you’ve ever tried to successfully adhere images (especially photos) to glass or acrylic pendants for use in jewelry and home decor design, you are probably aware of how tricky it can be.
Regular photo paper is too slick, and doesn’t adhere well to a super smooth surface no matter what adhesive you use. Cardstock doesn’t take photographic images well and soaks up adhesive, leaving the image dull and sometimes blurry.
Enter Jewelry Attitude by Craft Attitude (package includes eight 8.5 x 11″ sheets and retails for $16.99). Jewelry Attitude is “a new, patented technology that allows your printed inkjet image to be separated from its original paper carrier and become part of a new surface when applied.”
Jewelry Attitude is marketed specifically for jewelry design, but there are other versions of this paper being marketed, such as Decor Attitude, Magnet Attitude, Quilt Attitude, etc.
The package includes eight sheets of the jewelry attitude film and instructions. It’s basically a clear film backed by paper that you run through your ink jet printer. Continue Reading →
Welcome back to Kid’s Week at Craft Critique!
The My Image Bracelet Maker by Crorey Creations allows children to create one-of-a-kind bracelets from their own photos or other images. I enlisted my daughter’s help with this project because she loves everything jewelry and crafty. I wanted to see how easy it would be for her to complete the project by herself and to see if she would enjoy it.
The box has fun, bright colors, but the color pink is missing… a fact that was pointed out by my daughter.
The CHA Winter 2013 show begins on Saturday, January 12, 2013. At a media preview event, I took some photos of some of the fun new products that will be on display.
My first favorite is a fun new embroidery book, called “Emma Broidery’s Memory Thread How-To Guide by the folks at DMC. The designs in this book are easy to make and were specifically designed to be used with their popular memory thread line. One of the fun patterns in this book is a cute gingerbread house ornament.