Gift giving Two Fold

I wanted to share this great review about jewellery making – more specifically earrings – and had a wonderful epiphany. This book can meet two kinds of needs in the gift department. First you  could gift the book to that friend who likes to make jewellery or secondly you can use the book to make your own earrings for gifts to your friends. Fabulous.

 

Earrings, Earrings, Earings
This book is great fun as a resource and idea book for inspiration! The photos and directions for duplicating projects are clear for the novice or experienced header wanting to create a pair of earrings as shown. Clear and easy to follow instructions, a picture of every project, and an extensive/informative buyer’s guide make this book a “must have” for those just starting out making jewellery. Inspirational and encourages embellishment to make the design your own.
Earrings, Earrings, Earrings can be a learning text for the beginner to intermediate jewellery makers and a resource for inspiration and unique artist made beads and supplies. Full of inspiring designs for the beginning and intermediate jewellery maker. At the front of the book, the author provides the basic steps to creating loops, wrapped loops, etc. through clear written instructions and photographs. Each earring project has a list of materials and written step by step directions.
Working with beads is a popular hobby for people of many ages. A few basic techniques make these earrings a snap to create, with fashionable results. These original designs are perfect for every day and easy enough that you will feel confident making and wearing them to work, school, dinner or a show. Change your outfit, change your look, or make quick gifts with a few leftover beads. Basic wire, stringing and crimping techniques are used for 71 beginner or intermediate level projects. Posts, hoops, short and long dangles are shown, along with 12 sets including bracelets and necklaces. Includes a step-by-step photo how-to section and a visual glossary of terms. 176 pages, all colour.

Title Earrings, Earrings, Earrings!
Authors and contributors By (author) Barb Switzer
Physical propertiesFormat: Paperback
Number of pages: 176
Width: 203 mm
Height: 273 mm
Thickness: 6 mm
Weight: 544 g

AudienceGeneral/trade

LanguageEnglish

ISBNISBN 13: 9781592172498
ISBN 10: 1592172490
ClassificationsBISAC category code: CRA014000
Nielsen BookScan Product Class: T11.6
LC classification: TT
BICMainSubject: WF
BICMainSubject: AF
Dewey: 745.582
BISAC category code: CRA048000

Illustrations noteillustrations
PublisherIndependent Pub Group
Imprint nameHOUSE OF WHITE BIRCHES
Publication date30 June 2009
Publication City/CountryGB

Arts and Crafts Idea: Foam Sheet Glasses Case

Are you a camp director, teacher, or home school mum looking for a new arts and crafts idea for your kids?  Or maybe you are a recreation director at a senior centre or nursing home and could use a new project.  Either way, this arts and crafts idea will be interesting and fun for all.  This glass case can be used, given as a gift, or converted into a necklace purse.

To make the glasses case, you will need the following simple materials:  a square of craft foam, plastic or large blunt needles, lanyard lace or thick yarn.  Cut two rectangles from the foam, each 3-1/2 inches (9 cm.) by 6 inches (15 cm.).  With a hole punch, make holes on three sides of each rectangle, leaving one short side un-punched.  Make the holes 1/2 inch apart and allow at least 1/4 inch between the hole and the edge of the craft foam.  The holes need to line up so that the two pieces can be laced together.  If you are preparing the craft for small children, you should make the holes yourself.  Otherwise, the crafters can do this step if you have enough pairs of hole punches.

At this point the crafters can cut decorative shapes from other colours of craft foam, or you can buy sets of ready-cut foam shapes.  If you are doing the craft at a special event, like vacation school, choose shapes that echo the theme of the event.  For instance, if the vacation school or camp has a cowboy theme, find shapes that fit well, such as boots, cowboy hats, and stars.  Let the kids choose the shapes they like and glue on as desired.  You might also like to provide beads or sequins to glue on as well, especially if the crafters are a little older.

The next step in this arts and crafts idea is to thread the plastic needle with the yarn or lanyard lace.  Yarn might be a little easier to handle, but lanyard lace is shiny and attractive.  In a pinch, some teachers of small children use a bobby pin as a needle.  It is certainly a safe alternative.  Simply loop the yarn through the opening and use the open end of the bobby pin as if it were the point of the needle.  The children can now begin to lace the front and back of the glasses case together.

To turn this arts and crafts idea into a necklace purse, simply attach a piece of lanyard lace to each corner making a long handle.  Kids will enjoy using this case as a place to store secret notes and small objects.  If they’d rather, they can give the glasses case to a parent, grandparent, or friend who wears glasses.  Either way, this arts and crafts idea will be interesting for all.