Category Archives: Basic watercolor jewelry construction

Bridging Links: Combining Beads and Watercolor Paper Shapes into Unit Form Constructions

The necklace shown here is an example of a “Unit Form” watercolor paper necklace in which the individual unit forms are linked together using a bridging link. Both end loops of the bridging link are locked closed with tightly wrapped coils.  This type of … Continue reading

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Creating an Adjustable Length Necklace

  The image on the right illustrates a traditional sliding knot clasp. When using a sliding knot,  I like to resolve the ends of the cord with beads. The sliding knot clasp is one of the most efficient and economical … Continue reading

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Watercolor Paper Pendant: Creating a Flat Channel Without Wax

The Watercolor Paper Pendant that you see illustrated in the photograph floats on a cord that passes through a channel built into the piece. A channel is a beautifully functional way to mount a pendant, and is my preferred method … Continue reading

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Watercolor Paints – My Basic Color Palette for Watercolor Paper Jewelry & Painting

I receive many questions regarding the colors that I use for my watercolor paper jewelry and watercolor painting. In this article I will discuss the basic color palette that I employ for both jewelry and paintings. Over the many years … Continue reading

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Constructing Unit Form Necklaces

   The example illustrated here was inspired by my “Greek Link.” To see the original  design, please watch my video on “How to Create the Greek Link.” The Unit Form Necklace illustrated here evolved from my experiments with pendants that combined … Continue reading

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Neutral pH Adhesives versus Elmer’s Glue-All

     I use Elmer’s Glue All primarily in the classroom because my students prefer it over the archival brands. The reason for this is its low odor. When using archival, neutral pH adhesive, students will often complain to me about the glue’s smell. … Continue reading

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Can’t use a drill? Here’s a “no-drill” approach for the Watercolor Bracelet Clasp.

After posting my latest video series on “How to Create the Watercolor Paper Bracelet,” I received a few requests for an alternative approach for the bamboo clasp that I showed in the tutorial. Some found it challenging to drill holes into the … Continue reading

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