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Make More Than Jewelry With Your Materials. 


Holli Brown Mosaics

Have you ever looked at something in a store and said I can make that. If you are crafty, you see DIY projects as something you are excited about. Sometimes it turns out that it was not as easy as we thought to make. Don't let that burst your bubble. Maybe you didn't find the right project for you. If you are still determined to persevere on with a DIY project with materials you have sitting around, then these projects should get you thinking about what to do next with those beads and chain hanging around in your jewelry supplies. 

Eiffel and Empire

Think about revamping a pair of shoes you never wear anymore by either blinging up the heel with crystals, or gluing on rhinestones, or replacing the center strap with a chain to dress it up. 


Halter tops are great projects to play around with. Changing out the neckline or tank top straps with some chain, or beads, will give it a new and refreshed look. These recycled tops found on ebay inspired me to recycle some of my tired old tanks. 




Best Phone Cases found on

Add some beads to a summer straw hat, like this one by Melissa Odabash. The turquoise stones are great for summer but you can get creative with whatever color beads you like. Best Phone Cases on Etsy has fun gluing all sorts of things to their phone cases. 

Mirror by Georgia Peachez

Every one has materials they have no idea what to do with. Start recycling them and get creative! Make sure you have fun while doing it. This mirror by Georgia Peachez looked like it was fun to make. 


Are you interested in taking a great jewelry design course and learning more about how to make your own jewelry or get started professionally in this creative field? Sheffield School began as an Interior Design school in 1985, and then expanded our course offerings to train people in other design-related fields, including Feng ShuiWedding and Event Planning, and Jewelry Design. With thousands of active students and more than 50,000 graduates, Sheffield has trained more design professionals than any school in the world.

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    Sheffield School Launches Alumni Association with Exclusive Benefits for Graduates

    New York, NY – July 30, 2012

    On July 30th, the Sheffield School answered the calls of thousands of graduates when they launched the Sheffield School Alumni Association. For the first time, graduates all over the world will be invited to join a private online community developed especially for them.

    Founded in 1985 in New York City, the Sheffield School has trained thousands of interior designers, wedding planners, and jewelry designers all over the world. The alumni association will offer graduates in one of the home-study programs a variety of member benefits, including a social networking community, business listings, a job board, webinars and events, and more.

    “At the Sheffield School, we’ve always stayed by our commitment to support our students long after they graduate,” said Sheffield School Director Chuck DeLaney, “and this community is something we hope will benefit our alumni no matter what their goals are in the field.”

    For years, students who’ve completed one or more of the courses offered by the Sheffield School have asked how they can connect with other alumni. In addition to the opportunity to befriend and learn from their peers, members of the Alumni Association will be able to sign up for free continuing education opportunities and receive discounts from partners in their respective fields.

    Sheffield School graduates who want to learn more should read about the Sheffield School Alumni Association or contact the school.

    About the Sheffield School

    For over 25 years, the Sheffield School has trained successful designers and wedding planners.  Founded in 1985 as an Interior Design school, it has since added courses in Feng Shui Interior Design, Wedding & Event Planning, and Jewelry Design.  All of the Sheffield School’s programs are distance education courses and serve students all over the world. The Sheffield School is owned and operated by Distance Education Co., LLC, with two sister schools also located in Manhattan, the New York Institute of Photography and the New York Institute of Career Development.