by Rena Klingenberg. Here's a fun way to play with a variety of jewelry patina techniques. We'll use opaque patina inks that are made to adhere to metal. Simply paint or dab the patina ink onto your metal. This is an easy way to create patina effects in a variety of colors. Unlike most patina processes, you can precisely control the outcome … [Read more...] about Jewelry Patina Techniques (Tutorial)
Rena Klingenberg's Free Jewelry Tutorials
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by Rena Klingenberg. The wire tree of life is a popular motif in jewelry. One of the addictive things about creating these is that there are so many ways to arrange and decorate your tree's roots, trunk, and branches. But beware - these trees have a mind of their own, and they may grow their own wonderful design regardless of what you were planning! … [Read more...] about Wire Tree of Life (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. This bead and wire dragonfly tutorial can be used in infinite ways. You can make them into earrings: Or a necklace, with the dragonfly's wing and tail attached to a chain: This bead and wire dragonfly is made from a single piece of wire, with a sturdy construction. You might also use it for a zipper pull, ceiling-fan pull, sun … [Read more...] about Bead and Wire Dragonfly (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. In this wire helix earring project we'll create gracefully spiraling earrings that are lightweight to wear. This is how they look when being worn: Each earring is made with a single piece of wire. This a lovely design for people who like earrings to be big and interesting - but not heavy. Loops at the bottoms of these earrings … [Read more...] about Wire Helix Earrings (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. These tiny wire bird's nests are filled with seed beads in a robin's-egg blue color. This project is a quick and easy way to make rustic looking nest jewelry - perfect for Spring and for Easter! I've made these earrings quite small - here's the how they measure up on a ruler, in both inches and centimeters: Of course, you can … [Read more...] about Easy Bird’s Nest Wire Earrings (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 - while also adding interest above the … [Read more...] about Toggle Pendant Necklace (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 bur / wire … [Read more...] about Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet (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 without having any plan other than to use some of my copper sheet … [Read more...] about Rugged Scrap Metal Necklace (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 during the day. You can … [Read more...] about Bead & Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. This two-tier bib necklace project is a great opportunity to play with color. In my version here, I chose colorful flat teardrop beads dripping from dark antiqued brass chains. You could use any shapes and colors of beads, accented against your choice of chain color. Can you tell I love color? :) Supplies: (I purchased … [Read more...] about Two-Tier Bib Necklace (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. Beach stone necklaces appeal to guys and gals of all ages, and they make a nice gift. You can purchase beach stones that already have a hole drilled in them - or you can do the hole-drilling yourself. A simple necklace made from a natural stone on a chain feels beautifully tranquil and timeless. And after being tumbled in the surf … [Read more...] about Make Beach Stone Necklaces – Gift Idea for Guys and Gals
by Rena Klingenberg. Make a lovely bead and wire bracelet, using only an interesting focal bead and two pieces of wire. The bracelet fastens with a simple clasp that hooks into one of the wire loops on the bead. This project is a great way to wear a stunning focal bead without having the bracelet structure overwhelming it. Supplies: A flat … [Read more...] about Bead and Wire Bracelet (Tutorial)