Jewelry Making

Jewelry making tips, tutorials, ideas, and projects.

My “Rehab” Jewelry

by Chris Rehkop. (Ashland, MO) While home recovering from surgery over the winter, I was itching to work on jewelry design. Once I was able to sit long enough to work on jewelry, I thought since spring is right around the corner, I’d make floral pieces to welcome in spring. All these pieces went to […]

Toggle Pendant Necklace (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg. A toggle pendant necklace features a toggle clasp worn front and center – plus a pendant hanging from the toggle’s ring. The clasp becomes a beautiful focal part of the necklace design, instead of being just a functional closure at the back of the neck. It draws attention to the pendant – […]

Getting to Know Enamels

by Dianne. (Windsor, Vermont) Whoa, is this ever fun! I decided I wanted to try some color along with the metal and this is a blast! I figured as long as Valentine’s Day is fast approaching I would start with some hearts and do simple enamel. Now I have the bug and have ordered cloisonne […]

Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg. This spiral heart wire bracelet is pretty and charming. It’s a simple bangle that’s created with a single piece of wire. After you’ve made one of these, you’ll be able to whip them out quickly if you want to make more of them. Supplies: Round half-hard wire, 16 gauge. Wire cutter. Cup […]

Rugged Scrap Metal Necklace (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg. This is a great necklace for men – and also for women. I decided not to clean up the metal surface, to keep its grungy look. It feels both industrial and rustic, and it’s a good project for finishing up odds and ends of metal sheet. I created this piece of jewelry […]

Bead & Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg. This easy adjustable wire ring features a lovely double scroll and an 8mm round bead. I love copper and turquoise colors together, but of course this ring would be striking in your favorite colors too. 🙂 I have always found that adjustable rings sell quickly, since many people’s fingers swell or shrink […]

Alcohol Ink on Crimp Covers?

by Leslie Hirschberg. (Rancho Mirage, CA) Can I change the color of silver crimp covers to match the beads I am stringing by using alcohol ink? Leslie Hirschberg

Gemstone Beads / Hardness and Grade Scale?

by N.B. For those of you that use natural gemstones – what hardness do you use? According to the research a hardness of 7 or higher is preferred for everyday wear. Have you used different hardness scales without a problem or customer complaints? Also what grading do you often buy? Does grading matter in handcrafted […]

Pendant Ideas Using a Wine Bottle Cork?

by Carol. (Chicago) I just returned from a Mexico adventure. I collected a bunch of wine corks that I intend to make into necklace pendants. Anyone have suggestions? Carol

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