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)
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by Blanche Nonken. (Fallon, NV) In a week or two, I will be taking delivery on a pre-fab 10'x20' cabin with loft to build into my micro-house. The loft means I don't have to waste valuable bench-space on a bed, but other than an insulated roof, this is basically full DIY for me. I'm looking forward to the experience and I have the safety equipment from my travel … [Read more...] about Designing Your Benches from Scratch?
by Melissa. Hi Rena, how are you? I am trying to find ideas and suggestions on different ways to make a "Beading Journal" that I can keep both photos of my work along with detailed info re the findings (& lengths, etc.) I use and other relevant info. As far as I'm concerned you are like the Queen of Everything to do with Jewelry Making so I thought, after searching … [Read more...] about How to Make a Beading Journal with Photos and Text to Keep Details of My Projects?
by Rena Klingenberg. Most of us wind up acquiring a nice stash of various jewelry tools over time. Some of the things we use are "real" tools - pliers, cutters, reamers, files, crimpers, etc. But do you also have a variety of odds and ends that you use as jewelry tools? A few of my favorite "unofficial" tools that I use in making my jewelry are: Colorful … [Read more...] about What Unofficial Jewelry Tools Do You Use?
by Rena Klingenberg. Have you ever noticed that a particular style of jewelry may look fabulous on one person - but not on someone else? Here's a style concept that may explain this phenomenon: "Wear Items That Repeat Your Natural Characteristics" Note: Although this concept applies to everything you might wear (clothes, jewelry, shoes, etc.) - we'll … [Read more...] about Matching Jewelry to People
by Rena Klingenberg. I used to be a bead snob. Back then, I wouldn't even look at a bead that wasn't a semiprecious stone or pearl. Fortunately, over the years my appreciation grew for other types of beads - glass, wood, bone, polymer clay, ceramic, metal, paper.... And finally acrylic. Acrylic was probably the last type of bead I learned to appreciate, … [Read more...] about Designing Jewelry with Acrylic Beads
by Rena Klingenberg. What's your approach to jewelry sets? Do you prefer a set of matching pieces, or mixing it up a bit? I've come up with these three "matching levels" for jewelry items that are worn together: 1) Completely Matching Jewelry: Pieces that are made with identical materials and techniques, and look noticeably alike. Example of completely … [Read more...] about Jewelry Sets: The Three Different Levels of Matching
by Rena Klingenberg. Question from a Jewelry Artist: Have you used Argentium silver, and what do you think of it? I am so tired of trying to keep my silver clean. Answer from Rena: Yes, I’ve used Argentium Sterling Silver wire. It’s just a little bit stiffer (harder to work with) than standard sterling silver, so at least as far as wire goes, you may want … [Read more...] about Question About Working with Argentium Silver
by Rena Klingenberg. When you want to get rid of some of your jewelry components - what do you do with the unwanted stash? (I'm assuming those components are good enough quality for making jewelry.) Ideas for De-Stashing Your Unwanted Jewelry Components: Keep the unwanted components to use when creating "rough drafts" or prototypes of your new jewelry design … [Read more...] about How to De-Stash Your Unwanted Jewelry Components
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 Hope. (United States) I am a graphic designer and decided to put my art on necklaces etc. When I researched jewelry making, it said having a laser printer to print out my images would turn out best. So I got one and every time I print a sheet I put the settings correlating to the paper (110 lb.), they suggested not using an inkjet and if you did use … [Read more...] about Help! Using Laser Printer to Print Images to Put on Jewelry
by Carol Wofford. (Halifax, VA) I love old jewelry and I hate to throw any of it away, even if it has gone out of style. Lately I have been thinking of ways to turn those old clip-on earrings into something a bit more serviceable. I collected some that I thought looked pretty next to each other. I removed the clips and glued them to filigree connectors. I … [Read more...] about Repurposed Vintage Clip Earrings