by Rena Klingenberg. What is opalite, also known as “sea opal glass”? Is it a gemstone, or is it manmade? Opalite Glass “Opalite” usually refers to a manmade glass used mainly in jewelry making. Although this material is usually anywhere from clear to milky colored, it takes on an unearthly, luminous blue glow – especially […]
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by Joan Kaplan, MA, LMT. (Bodhi Jewels) Really? Now you’re probably scratching your head and wondering what I’m talking about. How can making jewelry be good for your health? Well, because I am a jewelry artisan as well as a healing coach and spiritual mentor, I have a real interest in creative expression and health. […]
by Rena Klingenberg. I make wrapped loop earrings because the loops can’t come open accidentally and let the earring dangle fall off the earwire. Because they make earrings more durable, they’re a nice quality feature for your handcrafted jewelry. Here’s how to make a simple pair of earrings with a wrapped wire loop at the […]
by Millie from Gotrocks. Since I’ve received more than a few questions about the carat weight of stones, I thought it might help to provide information about the subject. In general the question asked most often is: “How many carats is a 30mm x 22mm (for example) cabochon?” I assume that since there are […]
by Jenny Lawson. (Australia) Materials: 150cm fishing line 100 gold size 8/0 hex beads (also known as 2 cut beads) 200 red size 8/0 seed beads 35 black size 8/0 seed beads 1 ivory 6mm imitation pearl Techniques: Beadweaving, right angle weave. Difficulty: Medium, knowledge of right angle weave is required. Step 1: Ball […]