Your Jewelry Stories

Tell us your jewelry stories. We love to hear all your stories and experiences related to your jewelry and/or jewelry making endeavors.

Wire Wrapped Agate Pendant Necklaces

by Christina Little. (Guerneville, CA) This is my first post. I came across Rena’s site in search of creative tips and ideas. 2017 is my first attempt at wire wrapping. I’ve quickly become addicted to this technique. I LOVE Agate Pendant Beads. There are so many beautiful colors. I’m not exactly sure what style I […]

Moonstone Ring Story

by Ivana. (Croatia, Europe) This “bigger” piece of moonstone was waiting his place on a piece of jewelry. I bought it two years ago and had no idea where to set him, what piece of jewelry to make. Recently I was making earrings with half moon shape and an idea for this beautiful piece of […]

New Normal – in Life and Jewelry

by Sarah R. (Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada) I’m happy to share that after a crazy difficult year we were able to move into our rebuilt home a few days before Christmas! When I first shared our story about the May 2016 Alberta wildfire claiming our home along with 2,400 other homes in our town, you […]

My First 3D Printed Ring

by Duane W Aldrich. (United States) Here’s my first attempt at designing a ring using 3D CAD software. I had a customer ask me to set a Herkimer Diamond she mined along with some Blue & White Sapphires. After trying to make the setting several ways at the bench, I moved on to the software. […]

First Steps of Jewelry Making

by Steve Hand. (Wales) I am a beginner in the craft of making jewelry, as of September 2016, and already I am smitten. The pieces I have on show are mixed metal, copper, brass and 925. The techniques used are hammered, stamped, reticulated silver and patina. I welcome any feedback, hints, tips, constructive criticism. Many […]

Kintsugi-Inspired Beach Stone Necklace

by Tamara Summers. (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) Some simple beach stones just have grand dreams and intentions of becoming necklace pendants – they really do! I come across them occasionally as I search for treasures on the beach to make jewellery and art with. They’ve taken decades, if not longer, to create a hole within themselves […]

Fixing a Droop Problem

by Terri Wlaschin. (Key West, FL) Things were going well until I added the daggers, which flopped when the pendant was held up. I stitched a triangle pattern behind the daggers. That fixed the backwards droop. Now, they drooped forward (sigh). Next I stitched size 11’s around each dagger and added sequins to pop the […]

My Summer “Vacation” Creations

by Anita Campbell. (Stewartsville, NJ) As some of you may know, I’ve been ADDICTED to beaded Kumihimo but also seem to like unusual gemstones and pendants that I try to incorporate into not only my Kumihimo items, but my other jewelry creations as well. When I found these pendants at a local craft store, I […]

Thanks, Rena

by Lurene Cornelius. (Prague, Oklahoma) Dear Rena, I happened onto your site searching for an idea for making a necklace from beads one of my daughters bought. I make a lot of jewelry. I am 79, widowed, so have a lot of time to have so much fun creating and making jewelry. I just want […]

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