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Friday, July 19, 2013

FREE Friday Afternoon Project - Southwestern Style Bracelet

Ah, another hot Mississippi Friday afternoon......what could be better than a FREE DIY Jewelry Project?!

This lovely Southwestern style bracelet is easy and fast.

This easy beginner piece was created using the Jewelry Class in A Box in Casual available from Prima Bead.

Project time is about 20 minutes and the skill level is great for a beginner jewelry maker.

Materials from Kit:
1 - silver metal connector
1 - copper metal connector
1 - large turquoise acrylic bead
2 - teal wooden heishi style beads
1 - bronze glass bead
1 - 2mm wooden bead
1 - oval wooden bead
2 - eye pins
3 - 4mm jump rings
1 - 6mm jump ring
1- Chain
1 - Clasp
1 - Bead Mat

Tools Needed:
Flush Cutters
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers

Skills Needed:
Cutting chain
Forming Loops
Jump Rings

Measure your wrist first so you can make sure you are creating a bracelet that will be comfortable for you to wear.  This bracelet measures 7.5 inches, so all measurements are based on that.  Make sure you adjust accordingly for smaller or larger wrists.

Attach the small copper metal connector to the larger silver metal connector with a jump ring.

Slide the 2mm wooden bead, the bronze glass bead, two teal wooden heishi style beads and the oval wooden bead onto an eye pin. Form a loop.

Attach to the copper connector. Attach a 6mm jump ring using a 4mm jump ring to the loop at the end of the bead connector.

Slide a large turquoise colored acrylic bead onto an eye pin and form a loop.  Attach to the silver metal connector on the opposite side of the copper metal connector.

Cut two 3 inch sections of chain.  Attach both pieces to the turquoise bead using a 4mm jump ring.  Attach a clasp using a 4mm jump ring to the opposite end of the chain. I have found that attaching the clasp closer to the focal area of a bracelet instead of at a center point makes it easier to get the bracelet opened and closed.

Enjoy your bracelet.

Five More Jewelry Makers Join the Successful Brand Ambassador Program

Five More Jewelry Makers Join the Successful Brand Ambassador Program 
LARGO, Fl., July 19, 2013 - Cousin Corporation of America, a premier manufacturer of jewelry making components, has chosen five talented jewelry makers to be brand ambassadors, joining the inaugural ambassadors for the 2013-14 year. Cousin again received an overwhelming amount of applications for the coveted five slots. The ambassadors were chosen based on their unique contributions to the program, commitment to jewelry making and social media and networking influence.

The 2013-2014 Creative Circle ambassadors are: Allison Cooling, Dawn Doucette, Vicki O'Dell, Lisa Stukel and Rebecca Utermohlen. As Cousin Ambassadors they will have a platform to share ideas with the product development team, create projects for publications in magazines and on various social media platforms, preview upcoming programs and provide feedback about products before they go to market.

"Our Creative Circle program has absolutely surpassed our expectations," said Jeff Cousin, President. "We want to keep the craft of jewelry making relevant and maintain it as a growing art. We are excited to expand the program so we can show even more people that jewelry making is accessible and rewarding, and also introduce them to the Cousin brand."
The ambassadors were officially welcomed by the Creative Circle team on July 18th and will be highlighted on Cousin's website and their Facebook page

About Cousin
Cousin Corporation of America is a family-owned company founded in 1970 as Enterprise Art, a retail craft store in Largo, Florida. Today Cousin is a premier wholesaler of jewelry making supplies. Their focus is to design, manufacture and provide quality jewelry making products at an exceptional value to customers who are inspired by the craft of jewelry making. For more information about Cousin Corporation of America, please visit