Art to Wear

Discover step-by-step instructions for making art to wear! You’ll find mixed-media ideas for jewelry, scarves, hair accessories and other wearable art ideas!

How to Create Doodled Clay Jewelry

Want to combine your love of doodling and jewelry making? Kari McKnight Holbrook has a fun way to do that! Follow her tutorial for creating doodled polymer clay jewelry; this project also appears in our summer 2015 issue of Zen Doodle Workshop. Doodled Clay Jewelry by Kari McKnight Holbrook I’m an artist who really enjoys getting…

How to Make Inspirational Word Beads

Want to fashion a piece of jewelry out of metal? Kate Richbourg’s beginner-friendly tutorial for creating inspirational word beads is a great place to start. These beads are the perfect spot to stamp your Word of the Year or artful resolutions, and wearing the beads is bound to help you keep those intentions in mind…

Project: Handmade Metal Jewelry

Before I started making my own handmade metal jewelry, I stalked every art fair, craft festival, and artisan shop, looking for signature pieces that could make an outfit. Then I started working with metal, and realized I could make pretty much anything I wanted—any style, color, shape, design. And no one else would have it!…

How to Make Zendoodle Fabric Beads with Kristal Wick

Do you wish you could do more with your Zendoodles? Kristal Wick has a great idea—make them into fabric beads! Kristal is our guest blogger today, and she shares her top five tips for creating beautiful Zendoodle fabric beads. Kristal also has a fantastic downloadable course available from Interweave: Fabulous Zendoodle Fabric Beads, where you’ll…

A Beginner’s Guide to Quilling Jewelry

A revolution has been happening in paper quilling. Designs made from rolled paper strips are becoming more sophisticated, inspiring people to try this beautiful form of paper art. At the forefront of this movement is Ann Martin, author of The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry: Techniques & Projects for Metallic Earrings & Pendants from Interweave. Ann…

Day of the Dead Necklace Tutorial

Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a day that celebrates deceased friends and family members through prayers, remembrances, and shrines decorated in their honor. Our September/October 2014 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine featured a number of projects inspired by the festive holiday, including this textured metal sugar skull necklace designed by artist…

Studio Saturday: Shrink Plastic Jewelry for Grown-Ups

I say shrink plastic, you say…been there, done that? I’ll bet you haven’t seen shrink plastic turned into this: fun, whimsical, and sophisticated beads that will completely change your mind about what shrink plastic can be. This isn’t kid stuff—it’s shrink plastic for grown-ups. When I was at the Craft and Hobby Association trade show…

Make the Perfect ‘Game of Thrones’ Accessory

Still reeling from Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” finale? Wondering how you’re going to wait for the season 8 premiere? Well, my mixed-media friends, I have the perfect project for you. These dragon egg beads designed by Rachel Stewart were first featured in our September/October 2016 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors — and they’re perfect for any…

Studio Saturdays: Metal Patina

I love feeling like a creative scientist in my studio. Trying new image transfer techniques, making sun prints, experimenting with different dyeing methods—the processes are so satisfying. Creating metal patina ranks high on my alchemy list, and that’s why I love the Jewelry Box column in the May/June 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors—it’s all…

Make Waves with Leather and Metal By Melissa Cable

Technique Tuesday: Make Waves with this Leather and Metal Bracelet

Leather has been popping up in mixed-media jewelry everywhere, from wrap bracelets to custom jewelry. This leather bracelet was inspired by a particular product, a stretch jewelry cord called Fashion Stretch from Beadsmith®. Combine this wondrous chord with supple leather and voila, a wave effect you will absolutely love. This technique might not be one…