by Rena Klingenberg. This adjustable sliding bracelet is comfortable, versatile, and easy to make. No clasps are needed for this style. Colored leather can make these bracelets quite fabulous. And you can embellish the cord ends with beads, charms, small pendants, or whatever you like. Or to make a less fancy bracelet, just tie the knots on the … [Read more...] about Adjustable Sliding Leather Bracelet (Tutorial)
Rena Klingenberg's Free Jewelry Tutorials
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by Rena Klingenberg. This chain bracelet project has a bit of hardware style, with a swivel clasp that hooks into the copper washer focal. The mixed metals I used are all antiqued (darkened) - copper, brass, and silver. Make this rugged bracelet for guys and gals. The chain is easy to size perfectly for the wearer's wrist. Supplies: … [Read more...] about Rugged Mixed Metal Chain Bracelet (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. Make these hoop earrings in a variety of colors! I used blue beads to create a complementary color scheme with the bright copper wire. Have fun mixing colored wires with various bead colors to create an array of fabulously fun hoop earrings! This is a great project for using up odds and ends of seed beads. You can make these hoops … [Read more...] about Colorful Hoop Earrings (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. This ear cuff tutorial shows you how to make a versatile, comfortable alternative to standard earrings. Ear cuffs are a popular style for both gals and guys. And they're a good solution for people who can't wear pierced earring styles. When you finish this easy metalwork project, you can attach all sorts of decorative elements to … [Read more...] about Metal Ear Cuff with Dangle (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. This ankle bracelet wraps around several times, and is accented with repeating wire wrapping. The style is easy to wear, and easy make for any ankle size. And depending on the length of your cord and the style of your beads, this wrap ankle bracelet can be worn by both guys and gals. Supplies: Cord, 45" (114.3cm) … [Read more...] about Wrap Ankle Bracelet with Briolettes (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. These hoop earrings are perfect for when you need to make jewelry in a hurry. You can make them plain and simple, or you can embellish them with dangles. If you keep them simple, you can literally make a pair of these earrings in less than a minute. These little earrings are an especially great option when you need to make several … [Read more...] about Quick & Easy Hoop Earrings (Tutorial)
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)
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)