Jewelry Making Basics

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

Spiral Wire Bead Cap (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg. Dress up your beads with these handmade wire bead caps (modeled here by a 10mm bead). Once you get into the groove of this project, you can make several of these little goodies very quickly. Supplies: 1 piece of round soft 20-gauge or 22-gauge wire, 6 cm (2.36″) long. You can use […]

How to Wire Wrap a Briolette Bead (Video)

Jewelry and Coffee with Rena Video Episode 29 by Rena Klingenberg. Here’s how to wire wrap a briolette bead, so you can use it as a pendant, earring dangle, or other component:   Supplies: Here’s what you’ll need for this practice session: 1 Briolette or Teardrop Bead – I’m using an opalite glass teardrop bead. […]

Using Black in Your Jewelry Designs

by Brenda New. Using black in your handmade beaded jewelry designs can create a dramatic appearance. The use of black jewelry alone always creates a dramatic look, and is both elegant and dressy. Black jewelry can also be casual – such as when it’s used in a choker, or when using black leather. Create a […]

Going to My First Jewelry Workshop!! What Should I Bring?

by Tara Hutchinson. (San Antonio, Texas ) Thanks to an organization called Operation Once in a Lifetime (they facilitate amazing opportunities for wounded service members and their families) I will be flying to Dana Point, California on November 2 for the Wire Masters Workshop and I don’t know what I should bring! I will be […]

Mohs Mineral Hardness: What Do You Suggest?

by Kristen Mesker. Where on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness do you consider a stone hard enough to be used in making bracelets? I have some lovely fancy jasper coins (moh’s 6 1/2 – 7) that I would like to use in a bracelet. They are drilled to overlap. Will they be more likely […]

Identifing Beads: What’s the Best Way to Do It?

by Joan. (Georgia) When buying beads it does not say what they are. I’m new at beading and trying to describe beads on my website and it is hard to know what kind they are. Is there any easy way to learn the type of beads or is it just with experience? Also, what is […]

Beading Wire Rusting

by Janine Gerade. Has this ever happened to your jewelry wire? I wear this bracelet all the time as a tester. Kept it on through the shower to make sure my mom bracelets are strong enough. One problem, I can’t remember the beading wire brand I used for this, but I use Zamba pro 49 […]

Open and Close a Jump Ring

by Rena Klingenberg. Here’s the right way to open and close a jump ring so it will keep its perfect circle. Important: Never try to open a jump ring by pulling it open or unrolling it. It’s almost impossible to get it neatly rolled up again. Instead, try this much easier method, where you simply […]

Looking for All the Bead Weaving Stitches

by Sarouchka. (Washington UK) I have recently picked up bead weaving. I am totally new to this but starting to get the hang of it. I was wondering if there is a website that introduces all the stitches? I know there are tutorials for all of them out there but it is hard to find if […]

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