by Jean. (Wimberley, TX) Does anyone know if you can safely solder/resolder jewelry cabochon frames that are made from silver plated alloy over brass base jewelry? I have some I bought online from India, and I want to create something different with it. I just want to make sure I don't poison my lungs with it. I am new to the soldering process. Thank you to … [Read more...] about Question About Soldering Alloy Jewelry
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by Rena Klingenberg. These square hoop earrings are a fun alternative to round hoops. Each earring is made from a single wire, including a built-in earwire. This is how the earring looks when it's being worn: After you've made a few of these wire hoop earrings, you can make a pair of them in less than 5 minutes. You can also use a jump ring to attach … [Read more...] about Square Hoop Earrings (Tutorial)
by Pat. (UK) I am starting to work with sterling silver wire and looking for a more professional finish. Do you have a method for polishing wire/hammered wire to shine without a mechanical tumbler, eg with wire wool? Thanks! Pat … [Read more...] about Best Way to Polish Jewelry Without a Tumbler?
by Margie Meehan. (United States) Rena: Found your post on Pinterest about forming copper cuffs - what size is the wooden dowel, that you used to form your copper cuffs around? Also is there a measuring tool, that would indicate to me the gauge of my copper sheets? Thanks, Margie Meehan Margie Meehan Tipperary Fiber n Art Studio … [Read more...] about Copper Cuff Wooden Forming Tool?
by Diana Stiles. (United States) I use 1/8 and 1/2 inch copper tubing in my jewelry making. I want to "progress" from the hand held tube cutter I use (e.g. from home supply stores) to a Mini Chop/Saw Cutter I read about. Any advice, suggestions for reliable saws? Many thanks! Diana Stiles Diana Stiles Designs … [Read more...] about What Chop/Cut Saw for Cutting Copper Tubing?
by Rena Klingenberg. Here's how to make chain tassels for pendants, earrings, or any other tasseled jewelry purpose. In this chain tassel tutorial, we'll make a long pendant - and then learn how to scale the project down to make earrings. This project brings together three of the most popular jewelry making components - wire, beads, and … [Read more...] about How to Make Chain Tassels (Tutorial)
by Ellie Williams. (Marfa, Texas) I regularly and consistently purchased ready-made earring-wires for YEARS - never made my own. And embarrassed to say how long that went on - OK maybe twenty years. BUT after discovering Rena's tutorials on earring wires - man-alive - I powered through four to six of her earring tutorials and I created these things - these came … [Read more...] about Earrings: Continuous Ear-Wire to Earrings
by Kathy Zee. (Fiddletown, CA) I had a necklace that I made about 5 yrs ago and it had these pink beads. I love the beads but the necklace had seed beads in it and just was not something I would wear today. So I took it all apart, and used the pink beads along with these pretty spacer beads strung on artistic wire and added the cable chain to it. I get many … [Read more...] about Remade Necklace
by Sandy. (Southern Wisconsin) These four clasp suggestions are for Alexa, who asked about clasps in this post: Opinions, Please - Best DIY Clasps for Bracelets? Thanks so much, Sandy, for sending in these lovely suggestions for Alexa! Sandy Swest Jewelry Designs … [Read more...] about DIY Clasp Ideas
by Rena Klingenberg. Leather pendants are worn by both guys and gals, and they're fun to make with a variety of design elements. In this project, I used tooled leather and a metal charm, but you may want to use different types of components. The grommets really make a professional finishing touch on the pendant. Supplies: A pendant size … [Read more...] about Leather Pendant with Grommets (Tutorial)
by Alexa. What are the best styles of handmade clasps for bracelets? Update from Rena: Sandy kindly sent in four examples of DIY clasps that may work for Alexa, in this new post: DIY Clasp Ideas. Thanks so much, Sandy! :) Thank you, Alexa … [Read more...] about Opinions Please: The Best DIY Clasps for Bracelets?
by Cheryl Ware. (Lake Charles, Louisiana) Has anyone had experience with alcohol inks on copper fading, even though the pieces have been spray coated? The earrings in the set have faded within a month while the pendant seems fine; the earrings have been worn more. I used a Krylon acrylic spray. I’d appreciate any help you can give me! Cheryl … [Read more...] about Fading Alcohol Ink on Copper Even Though Coated