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
Rena Klingenberg's Free Jewelry Tutorials
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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)
by Rena Klingenberg. This jolly jewelry set features clusters of jingle bells on a cha-cha bracelet and earrings. I used a mid-weight antiqued brass chain as the base for the bracelet and earrings. The bracelet has lots of movement: . . . and has a comfortable, pretty drape effect: The earrings echo the pattern of the bracelet: . . . and have … [Read more...] about Jingle Bell Jewelry Set (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. These teardrop hoop earrings are a long, graceful shape created from a single piece of wire. Here's how the earring looks when it's being worn: And a closer look when it's being worn: I like the long lovely line of the earwire on the back of these earrings - but if you prefer a shorter earwire, you can easily cut it to your preferred … [Read more...] about Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. These easy earrings are designed with a small stack of two-hole beads, held together by simple, curvy wirework. You can see the wire through the transparent beads. If you have some leftover two-hole beads (or if you bought some but never decided how to use them) - this is the perfect project. I've created a bit of asymmetry with this … [Read more...] about Earrings with Two-Hole Beads (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. The leather wrap choker necklace that was popular in the 1970's has made a strong comeback. (I have also seen this renewed style being called a "bolo necklace".) This necklace style is basically a long cord that wraps around the throat, with long or short ends that usually have some sort of decoration on them. Of course there are all … [Read more...] about Wrap Choker Necklace (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. These wired ribbon bracelets are pretty and lightweight, with "hardware" looking closures that keep them from appearing overly delicate. Wired ribbon is made of a fabric ribbon with wired edges, so you can "sculpt" it and it holds its shape nicely. It comes in all colors, and in seasonal designs like the Autumn leaf print I used in one of … [Read more...] about Wired Ribbon Bracelets (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. These soft, comfortable wrap bracelets are my very favorite kind of wrist jewelry to wear. They're quick and fun to make, and there's no limit to the colors and designs you can use! Just for fun in this tutorial, I've created four of these multi wrap bracelets - representing the four seasons of the … [Read more...] about Easy Multi Wrap Bracelet (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. In this interchangeable jewelry tutorial, we'll use a choker-length chain necklace plus a bracelet - and hook them together to make a longer necklace. The choker and bracelet can be worn individually: And each piece fastens with the same spiral wire hook clasp design (or you can use any other type of clasp - lobster, etc.): So … [Read more...] about Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. These Ombre Autumn Earrings are an homage to the essence of Fall - Indian corn, falling leaves, and a farewell to Summer. The seed beads in these earrings create a lovely ombre effect (gradual changes in a color from light to dark). Any sort of leaf bead or leaf charm would be wonderful as the dangle on these earrings. I added a bit … [Read more...] about Ombre Autumn Earrings (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. Layering pendants is a fun and easy way to design jewelry. You can layer pendants from your stash, or from your personal jewelry wardrobe. This is a great activity to do on days when your creative muse has deserted you. Simply set out a handful of pendants and some jump rings - and try different pairings … [Read more...] about Fun with Layering Pendants (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. These pretty dragonflies make charming, lightweight earrings. I found the dragonflies in the floral aisle of a local dollar store. I knew immediately that they needed to become earrings! :) Supplies: A pair of earwires. Chain nose pliers. Flat nose pliers. Wire cutter. Sharpie … [Read more...] about Dragonfly Earrings (Tutorial)