by Rena Klingenberg. This Fantasy Filigree Bracelet was inspired by poking through my stash of metal filigree stampings, and playing with ways to use them together. Side view of the bracelet when it's being worn: I like the opposing forces of the chunky size of the bracelet, vs. the delicate openwork on each component. Supplies: … [Read more...] about Fantasy Filigree Bracelet (Tutorial)
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by Amanda Thompson. (Salt Lake City, Utah) I am a in the early stages of creating a jewelry business and finding that I have a lot to learn, which is great. I've done beading and fimo clay projects as a hobby for many years and am branching into some work with metal. I purchased brass chain online from two different sources and it didn't look red in the photos, … [Read more...] about How to Tone Down Red Brass Chain?
by Robby. (Western Australia) I have threaded my Tiger Eye, Larva and Citron necklace many times, only to have it break many times. Have used double strand Tiger Wire. The weight is 390g. Should I be using wire to individually wire each bead together? As you probably can tell I’m a novice. Robby … [Read more...] about How to String Really Heavy Gems?
by Thomas Edwin. What type of solder could I use that is 100% lead free and will remain bright and silvery after cleaning with citric acid? I plan on building a copper shotgun condenser for alcohol purification. After I solder the copper parts together I clean the entire piece in a concentrated solution of citric acid. It cleans the copper very good but the … [Read more...] about What Type of Solder is Lead Free and Remains Bright and Silvery after Cleaning?
by Lynda Carson. (Spring Valley, CA) Haven't posted here for quite awhile...Thought I'd share some new things I've been playing with in leather. I googled "Leather Scraps Local" and found a wonderful shop and owner who has been teaching me lots about this material. Also, at $10 a pound for scrap leather, you can't go wrong! He also sells pre-made tooling … [Read more...] about Getting Into Leather Works – and Please Share Your Leatherworking Tips
by Dianne Jacques. (United States) A few years ago I posted a free tutorial on how to replace a misplaced or broken bead in your peyote stitch without having to unstitch. That website has gone by the wayside and I have had a few folks write to ask where they can find it. I have reposted it for you on my blog (link below), complete with full color pictures. Happy … [Read more...] about Replacing a Bead in Peyote Stitch
by Angie Pinion Kelley. What are the best flush cutters that you recommend? My cheap pair that came in the set have just about had it. Looking for recommendations. Thank you. Angie Pinion Kelley … [Read more...] about Best Flush Cutter Brand?
by Angie Pinion Kelley. What is the most common gauge headpins for 6-8 mm beads? Thank you. Angie Pinion Kelley … [Read more...] about What Gauges of Headpins for 6mm and 8mm Beads?
by Dianne Jacques. (Vermont, USA) When I set out to make these, I had a very different finish in mind. When this beautiful rustic orange reds showed up during the cool-down from enameling I was torn. Do I leave it and seal it as is....or give it a satin finish? What are your thoughts? Dianne Jacques Divella Designs Divella Designs on Facebook … [Read more...] about Rustic or Satin Finish on These Enameled Earrings?
by Joybelle. (Atlanta, GA) I don't have a piece to share, but lately I have been rolling tons of paper beads. I am loving rolling beads using 5+ strips because of the thickness of the beads. What I have discovered about myself is that I absolutely detest the glazing process especially with the quantity that I have already rolled :( I wanted to share my bead … [Read more...] about Making Paper Beads – What’s the Best, Easiest Glazing Process?
by Rena Klingenberg. This Southwestern Boho Necklace is a fun mixed media project, where you can use all sorts of jewelry techniques. The colors and materials feel very Western / Southwestern, while the fringe, dangles, and beads feel very Boho. Side view when wearing this necklace: It can also be a great music festival necklace. Supplies: … [Read more...] about Southwestern Boho Necklace (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. Here's how to make a larks head knot, step by step. I'm demonstrating this knot with a piece of leather cord and a hardware washer. But you don't have to attach your knot to a donut-shaped object. You might attach it to a stick or a metal rod, or to another piece of cord, or to anything else you like. Step by Step Tutorial for Making a … [Read more...] about How to Make a Larks Head Knot – Step by Step Tutorial