Monthly Archives: April 2014

Tool Time Tuesday – Hoop Earring Tutorial

Did you miss me? I know, it has been a couple of weeks. Why did it take so long? Well, quite honestly, I am in a funk. One of those really really really bad ones. It is almost worse than Writers Block for Authors. It is one of those funks of “I can’t create anything, it must mean I stink and should just sell everything off.” I was pretty close to doing it too.

What stopped me?

You guys did.

Without knowing what I was going through, I received emails and messages telling me how much people appreciate what I have been doing and how much I have helped them. I can’t tell you how much that has helped me. I am still not completely out of my funk. I am still having a very difficult time coming up with designs that work, or any designs for that matter. HA! Dang, I hate it when I get into these funks. What do you do when you get into funks like these?

So guess what I did these past couple of days? I came up with a tutorial for an earring design. Pepetools demonstrated their tools at Basel World in Switzerland last week and my videos were played quite a bit of the time. I heard there were requests for another video on making jewelry with the Superior Ring Bending Tool. I have already done one that shows how to make a Spoon Ring and another that shows how I use it to make a Cuff Bracelet. Well, today, you get to see the one for making a fun little pair of hoop earrings.

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Aren’t they fun? I love wearing them. Now, you do not have to have the superior ring bending tool to make these, but if you happen to have one, or have it on your list of “I want that tool” list, then this is just one more design you can use that tool for.

Here is the video now: youtu.be/dEKnTPD8A8Y

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Bead Soup Blog Party – Meet My Partner

I have a few things that have been going on. First and foremost, I am finally official. I have my business license in hand with my new official name – Melissa Muir – Metalsmith. YAY. Let the real business begin. My goal this year is to finally make a profit. Even just a little one.

Next…..

I am participating once again (3rd time) in Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party. This one is HUGE, I believe over 500 people participating.

My partner is Sheila Davis who does amazing things with glass. She has some beautiful lampwork beads, clasps, headpins, etc. Just check out her blog: http://www.stonedesignsbysheila.blogspot.com

This is the beautiful soup she sent me. The focal and toggle are both made from glass. I am going to have to figure out a way to feature that toggle, for sure. The funny thing about our soups, we both used similar pallets, though hers featured more blue/green and mine had more purple. I love it, because that is actually the mood I am in anyway.

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The soup I sent to her had some fun little things. For the challenge, we are only required to use a focal and clasp. The rest are optional and we can add to it however we want.

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I will be back shortly with a few videos and some pieces I have been working on.

All content and images on this blog are the property of Melissa Muir and use of them in any context is strictly prohibited unless written permission is first obtained. Please feel free to repin any of the pictures of pieces done by Melissa Muir only.