How our Etsy shop is doing!

Our etsy shop has been opened for a little more than two years.  It has been so fun to see our Etsy shop grow and have more products added to it.  Every time we have an order, I still get SUPER EXCITED.  And I have a feeling that will never change:)  There are so many wonderful jewelers and products out there, that it is a blessing every time someone chooses us.  All I can say is Thank you! Read more

52 Week Jewelry Challenge

I have lived far, far away from my family for six years and counting.  During that time I did not make jewelry.  I would get my jewelry fix whenever I visited my sweet family.

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But then I would come back home and get involved with everyday life, which was fun, exciting, tiring and overall wonderful because it involved these little angels. Read more

How to Make a Double Knot Ring

A double knot ring requires a lot of strength in your hand and arm.  All of the brothers and sisters know how to make this ring…but we do not fight over who gets to do it, because it takes a lot out of you!  I remember making these for what seemed like all day, and got a cold the next day. I was moved onto another piece of jewelry after that!  My mom usually makes the knot rings, but since blessed Caitie came into the shop, she is the new designated Knot maker, and we all could not be more thrilled!

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Our Top Ten Youtube Videos

It is so exciting to be able to make a Top Ten Youtube Count.  A special tribute goes out to my family who made all of these videos.  It is fun to see these youtube videos and the story that goes behind them.  The countdown will begin from the least viewed to the most viewed video.

101 Link Parties!

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How to make a Heart earring with a pen!

How to make a Heart earring with a pen!

101 Link Parties!Hello!  I hope that you are having a wonderful January!  I for one am getting excited for Valentines day coming up:)  I recently gave my dad a challenge.  It was to create a fun design using an everyday object.  And he came up with something BRILLIANT.

 

Would you like to make a Heart Earring similar to this one?  You can!  My dad created this heart design using a pen!  To add to the wow factor, he completed this earring in less than two minutes.  Add it along with the fun music that Lisa put together.  And you will have a classic earring to make, that you can practice over and over again, until Valentines day where you can give them away to whomever you would like, or just keep them yourself!

The equipment used are:

20 Gauge Sterling Silver Wire that I was able to get here, Shears (Really sharp scissors to cut wire), red pliers that can be found at Home Depot, Ruler, and a pen.

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My family knows how to celebrate birthdays.  My mom would let us have a whole week where we could use that week to make all our dreams come true!  I have recently tried to extend my birth week to a birth month.  Let me just say that January was and will always be my favorite month and I am sad to see it end.  Goodbye Birth month!!!!

How to make a Pair of Hammered Hoop Earrings!

How to make a Pair of Hammered Hoop Earrings!

The time has come to show you how to make a Pair of Hammered Hoop Earrings! The Hoop earring is one of the reasons why we  love to make jewelry.  This is our favorite piece of jewelry to make.  There is something about creating a piece of wire into something beautiful.  And an even more satisfying part is hammering it to add even more pizzazz.  Combine it with the festive music my beautiful sister Lisa chose, and you will want to make more than just one pair, because they are that much fun to make!

The tools needed to make this hoop:

Something round that you can wrap the wire around (like a marker)

20 gauge Sterling Silver Wire

Round nose pliers

Bench Block – (this is hardened steel, and most steel is not hardened)

Polished Ball Peened Hammer

Polishing cloth

Shears with a smooth blade

Here is the amazing Youtube video:

If at first you do not succeed try, try again!  It took several tries for me to get it right.  But I cannot tell you the satisfaction I got from finally getting it.  And once you learn how to do it, you have acquired a fun skill that you will have forever!

If you would like further detail on how to make this amazing hoop, we were a guest post on Christinas Adventures which explains how to make the Hammered Hoop Earring  in more detail.  This was our first guest post opportunity and we were thrilled.

We are honored to do a Guest Post for Delightful December at Naptime Creations!   My dad is showing how to make this Pearl Ring.  Thank you for this Opportunity!

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Because of Thanksgiving last Thursday I did not post.  There are so many things that I am grateful for!  I am blessed to have such a wonderful husband and three boys.  And who could forget my amazing family?  Although I wasn’t able to be with them.   Because Michigan to Utah and Missouri is quite a distance…But I was able to spend it with wonderful friends!  Hopefully one day I will be closer to my amazing family!  I love you:)

Jewelry Organization

Jewelry Organization

Hoops By Hand LogoI  asked my sister Nicole if she would join me in the challenge of organizing our jewelry for the blog post this week.  She was kind enough to do it with me.  Nicole is very organized, and so what she considers unorganized is what I would love my jewelry to look like on a good day.  She also did a clever thing and put her jewelry in bags.  By doing that her jewelry will not be tarnished.  Here is what her jewelry looks like!

 

Before

How my jewelry looked for many years on my dresser.

After  

Had used this for pictures for many years and decided it would work great for jewelry that is kept in a bag to keep from tarnishing.

I would be happy if my unorganized jewelry looked like that!  I was in far worse shape.  Here is my unorganized jewelry.

Here is a what not to do!  Put all your earrings on a ribbon that can get tangled up.  It took a while to get this mess untangled!

I ran into a lot of surprises while organizing my jewelry.  First of all I saw a lot of hair things, buttons, small nails, safety pins coins and other randomness.  I didn’t realize that there was even a small horseshoe in there, where in the world did that come from?

I also found a lot of my middle school jewelry.  Thank heavens I still have my sweet golden horse earrings, that I have been able to keep track of through several moves in my life.  I am glad to know that I have my priorities on what jewelry is important and what is not!

And finally the pile of the single earrings.  It seems like jewelry are like lost pairs of socks.  No matter how hard you try to keep the pairs together, they just part there ways.  But I still will keep them, because I know one day I will find their match…

And here is the final result.  The jewelry box was a present from my sweet brother Daniel when I was in Middle School.  The clear folding jewelry holder I got from Bed Bath and Beyond.

I encourage everyone to go through their jewelry.  I went from having one pair of earrings to a lot more than that!  Now I will try to keep it organized…

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My brothers and sisters are fairly very organized.  The most organized would be Collette and Nicole.  They are immaculate at all times.  And when they come to visit me, my house is sparkling.

The brothers are next.  Thomas has always been a clean one, and Daniel who was once messy has had quite a comeback and not only takes great care of his things but also knows how to keep his room clean.

Then Lisa and I are the non organized ones.  Lisa is cleaner than I am…So I guess I am the least organized.  Oh man, at least my jewelry is organized as of last night!

How Niobium gets its brilliant colors

How Niobium gets its brilliant colors

Uncolored niobium looks like platinum, so it is amazing that something grey can turn into the colors of the rainbow by an electrical current. The thing that makes the makes the metal color is an electrical current. The color varies depending on the voltage used. The wire can be one color by keeping the whole earring in the electrical current and then pulling it out, or you can move the wire through the electrical current and then it becomes all the colors of the rainbow.

How do you color the metal?
Put it in water with a little soap in it or coca cola, you can use straight water but putting something in the water speeds up the process. Put an electrical current through the bath which is your water solution. Use stainless steel pliers to handle the niobium, because a lesser metal would corrode.

Here is a video made by my amazing sister that shows the process.

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This is the grand finale of the animals. We will end it with my fetching cat. This is a Maine Coon cat that has been around the shop since 2006.  She is an amazing cat that is almost like a dog.  Her name is Ping, the famous cat dog.