Jewelry Making Basics

Basic jewelry making instructions - the skills you need to succeed.

Leather Flower Bracelet (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg. This charming, comfortable bracelet is an easy leatherworking project. It’s also a good way to recycle leather scraps into a new piece of jewelry! Supplies: Leather scraps in three different colors. I bought a 1-pound variety pack of leather scraps at my local craft store for $3.60 (regular price was $5.99, but […]

Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg. These simple briolette wire wrapping techniques will get you going quickly. We’ll start out with two teardrop or briolette beads: . . . and then create a wire wrapped bail on each of them, with my easy step-by-step instructions: Then you can turn them into earrings or whatever purpose you might have […]

Adjustable Neckwire for Pendants (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg. This adjustable neckwire is an artistic, alternative way to wear a pendant. Many years ago when I first started making neckwires, I made a hook at each end of the wire for a clasp – but those hooks can sometimes come unfastened during wearing. So the design we’ll make today includes an […]

How Do I Make Small Cabochons Look Bigger?

by Susan Kendall. (United States) I am looking for help on how to take a small insignificant cabochon, say 18mm round, and use other items to make the entire piece look larger and give more impact to the small cab; this one for a pendant. Years ago I saw a site where a small cab […]

Plated Chains vs Filled and Precious Metals

by Nicole. (Australia) Just wondering people’s thoughts on chains for pendants necklaces etc. I have originally been using the common gold/ silver plated chains but I know myself that they tarnish easily and a gorgeous piece can end up looking very cheap. I’ve been looking into investing in the real chains but as I’m starting […]

Wire Focal Bead (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg. Wire can make stunning beads. In this tutorial we’ll wrap wire around a knitting needle or dowel to create a focal bead – and then embellish it with seed beads. Just one of these wire beads, strung on a cord or chain, makes a striking necklace. Supplies: Seed beads – size 6/0 […]

Developing & Defining Your Own Jewelry Design Style (Video)

Jewelry and Coffee with Rena by Rena Klingenberg. Here are five simple things you can do to develop and define your unique jewelry making style: Transcript of This Video: If you want to develop or define your own unique jewelry design style, I have some simple tips for you: Your Jewelry-Making Preferences First, I believe […]

Colorful Tassel Jewelry (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg. This colorful mixed-media jewelry project is inspired by the beautifully embroidered peasant blouses that were popular in the 1960s and 70s. First we’ll make some pretty tassels: . . . and then we’ll use them in a necklace: . . . or a cha-cha bracelet: Of course, fiber tassels are not as […]

Coloring Metal with Alcohol Ink (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg. We’re going to use two different techniques to color metal with alcohol ink. In Part 1 of this tutorial, we made two brass pendant blanks: Now, here in Part 2 of this tutorial, we’re going to use alcohol inks to color these pendant blanks with different techniques. After coloring them, we’ll hop […]

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