In the first ten days following the 2016 Presidential election, the rights group Southern Poverty Law Center recorded 867 hate incidents. A vicious and bigoted Presidential campaign had unleashed an epidemic of hate crimes and hate speech. Several incidents have occurred in my own community in suburban Pittsburgh, including a young man of Indian descent who was subjected … More Safe Person Pins — emblems of compassion and courage
This is the best trick I’ve learned in years. Maybe decades. Maybe forever. You know how you use a tube of superglue once, and next time you try to use it the cap is glued shut and you end up throwing the whole thing out? Well, no more! And all you need is a … More A super tip for using superglue
Anyone who has worked with beads has probably experienced a dreaded “Ooops!” moment of dropping a whole lot of beads on the floor. It works best when (a) it’s not just a few beads but a whole tube, (b) the beads are teensy tiny (think: no bigger than a flea’s eyelash), and (c) you spill them onto … More When a good idea isn’t
Especially when I’m doing wire work, I’ve found it helpful to have a ruler close at hand. But they always seem to slip around when I’m trying to measure something, which is annoying. So I found this place online where you can download a printable ruler: printable rulers I printed one out on cardstock, and laminated … More Making measuring easier
You thought this would be simple, didn’t you? Rummage a couple of pliers from the tool box, maybe buy a couple of new ones, and that’s it — you’re in the jewelry making business. Then you found out those toolbox pliers weren’t precise enough for this work. And you needed more pliers with round noses and chain … More What to do with all those tools
You know how jewelry wire comes off the spool and instantly gets twisted and kinked? And they say, “Just run it through your fingers a few times to straighten it.” Well, I must have extraordinarily thin skin or something, but it will draw blood before it straightens out. I tried straightening it with nylon-coated pliers, … More A nifty gizmo for straightening wire
In my Beadery I mostly create earrings, like and these…. If you’d like to see more of my work go to my Facebook page and check out my shop on Etsy at Sadie’s Bethel Beadery.
When I was a pastor one of the most difficult and unrewarding parts of preaching was coming up with a sermon title. (So I stopped giving them titles. Problem solved.) When I was setting up my Etsy shop I must have tried out a dozen clever shop names — Beauty and the Beads, Art and … More Why did I name my shop “Sadie’s Bethel Beadery”? Or, do you have any idea how hard it is to come up with an original name for an Etsy shop?