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)
Rena Klingenberg's Free Jewelry Tutorials
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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)
by Rena Klingenberg. We're going to make easy earring jackets to transform a pair of post (stud) earrings. This is a neat way to expand your earring wardrobe, or to create different jewelry looks when you're traveling. How to Wear Earring Jackets: Choose a pair of post earrings, and remove the earring clutches from them. Then thread an earring … [Read more...] about Square Hoop Earring Jackets (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. A "slave bracelet" is a jewelry style where a ring and a bracelet are attached together in some way. In this tutorial, we'll make a wire ring and a chain bracelet - and then connect them with three strands of chain: Here's how this slave bracelet looks on the inside of your hand and wrist: How to Put on a Slave … [Read more...] about Triple Chain Slave Bracelet (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. We're going to make a metal crescent moon pendant that can be worn two ways. On the left side of the photo below, the crescent is worn horizontally; on the right, it's worn vertically with a dangle attached to the bottom: If you're familiar with my tutorials, you probably know that I love versatile jewelry elements that give me a variety of … [Read more...] about Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. With this bracelet's adjustable closure, you can easily create bracelets that will fit wrists securely and comfortably. The sliding adjustable closure also eliminates clasps that need to be fastened and unfastened: This is a great bracelet style for guys and gals of all ages. Stack up several of them on your wrist! This is … [Read more...] about Adjustable Cord Bracelet (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. These fun hoop earrings are super dangly and swingy! :) Part of the fun is choosing which jewelry link shapes to combine together. This is a fast and easy project that yields great results. It would be ideal for a jewelry party or a beginning jewelry workshop. Supplies: Jewelry connectors / jewelry links in a variety of … [Read more...] about Loops & Hoops Earrings (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. This circle pendant and hoop earring set is made with Memory Wire - a hardened wire that comes in coils, similar to a "Slinky" toy. The pendant is made with bracelet-size Memory Wire, while the earrings use the ring-size wire. A focal bead, a few accent beads, and a handful of seed beads will turn the wire into a fabulous, colorful … [Read more...] about Memory Wire Pendant and Earrings (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. Make lariat necklaces with components you already have in your jewelry stash! In the examples shown in this tutorial, I've used a variety of chains for the necklace strands - plus odds and ends from my stash for the lariat ends. One end of the lariat necklace needs to be some sort of hoop, loop, or donut. The other end needs to … [Read more...] about Fun with Lariat Necklaces! (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. Three simple copper sticks provide an aura of calmness and minimalist style on this oxidized copper chain. I used a double-spiral clasp from one of my previous tutorials here. The copper sticks are in three graduated lengths, and slightly hammer-distressed. Supplies: Round wire - 16 gauge, soft or half-hard. I used … [Read more...] about Tranquility Necklace (Tutorial)