Easy Toggle Tutorial on Kab’s Creative Concepts

It’s about time for another tutorial, don’t you think? This time I point you to Kerry Bogert’s blog, Kabs Creative Concepts where she shows you how to make and easy toggle.

If you don’t already have Kerry’s blog bookmarked, you should. She makes wonderful, brightly colored beads and her jewelry makes you smile no matter what your day is like! If I made jewelry, I’d want to make it just like Kerry’s! But I wouldn’t, because, well, that’s just not nice. But you know what I mean.

Surf on over and check out her great tutorial and browser her other posts too. Sometimes you’ll even see her on Watch Me Create too.

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Saul Bell Design Awards Competition 2009

Who wouldn’t want to win a $10,000 Rio Grande gift certificate?  Or even $2,500 or $1,000?  I love Rio Grande with all my heart!  (Which reminds me…I need to place an order).

If you haven’t heard of the Saul Bell Design Awards, you should check it out.  Maybe even design a piece to enter.  This years categories include PMC, Beads, Silver, Enamel, just to name a few.

Not only are there great prizes but I’m sure you’ve noticed the winners’ pictures plastered everywhere in full page ads for Rio.

What do you do when you have too many ideas?

Most people love piles of beads, right?  Here’s a little pile that I have grand plans for.  Large hole rings and spacers in light, airy transparent colors.  Can you just see these in a long linking looping necklace?  No?  Me either.  I mean, it sounds good and I have a slight idea but I haven’t quite figured it out in my head yet.  So, while most people like piles of beads, to me, they’re a bit overwhelming.  You should see the pile that will never see the light of day outside the studio!  I’m being haunted by them.

I seriously need to get into jewelry mode.  But I don’t know why.  I’m ready for a change.  A new direction.  Do I sound confused today?  My head is spinning a little.  In the last few weeks at the torch, what little time I have had, I have been playing.  I’ve been making everything from fish to spacers to buttons to charms to hollows to beads with words on them.  I’m surprised I haven’t made a bird since I’m seeing a lot of those around lately.

Of course, in the ‘playing stage’ nothing is perfected, there are many different variations on one theme and I don’t know where to go with any of it.  So I keep going.  There are so many things running through my head! Stop the voices!

On the upside…I have lots of beads to show you in the upcoming days.  Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any of them!  In a reader or have posts sent to you by email!