by Rena Klingenberg. One of the fun things about Steampunk style is that you can take it in so many different directions. In this tutorial, we'll make earrings with a more elegant Steampunk twist. I love the upscale feel the sapphire-colored Czech glass beads add to the antiqued brass colors in this project. Supplies: A stash of small Steampunk … [Read more...] about Elegant Steampunk Earrings (Tutorial)
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by Sue Scott. I am hoping someone here has some tips for getting better lighting by which to bead. My house is old with few outlets. My craft room in particular is dark with one small window at far end and a light bulb over the stairs and not over where I work. I have some floor lamps near my work table but I don't think it is enough light. I have two small … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Lighting for Beading in a Dark Room?
by Tamara Robertson. (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) This is kind of a quick tip I guess - a different way to use pretty bracelets. A few years ago I made thread-wrapped bracelets on large wooden bases. They are too large for my wrists, for many other people's as well, and I still had them in my stock. I thought they looked pretty stacked, and would be a pretty … [Read more...] about Bracelets as Home Decor
by George. (Foxholm, ND) This piece is the result of my admiration for my daughter's artistic abilities and wanting to make my own art by including her art in mine. My daughter doodles mandalas and mendhi designs EVERYWHERE. I took one of her creations and etched it on a piece of hand sawn copper then attached the piece to an upcycled leather belt from the thrift … [Read more...] about Inspiration and Collaboration Jewelry
by Gayle W. (Southern California) I was cleaning out my craft area and came across a mess that I'm hoping someone can help me figure out. Back when I first started with resins, I colored the bottom layer of antique silver bezels with either alcohol ink or Sharpie type markers (I don't remember which). I then added some mica & glitter inclusions and then used … [Read more...] about Is There Any Hope for My Resin Mess?
by Rena Klingenberg. This leather cord wrap bracelet is popular with guys and gals. It's a comfortable style, and it can be made adjustable by adding a piece of chain to one end of the bracelet. You can add a small pendant or charm, or leave the leather wrap bracelet unadorned. Supplies: Leather cord, 102 cm (40") long. I used 2mm … [Read more...] about Leather Cord Wrap Bracelet (Tutorial)
by Tammie Adams. (United States) I guess you can say I am a newbie to beading as I've only been beading for a year now. I've read the posts here and love how everyone is so helpful. I do have a question to ask my more experienced beader friends. I bought these plastic drawers to store my beads in. Each drawer has one color in it. The problem I have is, I … [Read more...] about Help – Lost in Beads! Need a Better Bead Organizing System
by Sabine. (Ireland) Can anybody help me? I'm looking for the best possible wire to use with gemstones (making a necklace/bracelet with no wire exposed) good quality as the components I’m using are sterling silver. Looking forward to finding the answer. Thank you. Sabine Besina … [Read more...] about Best Wire for Stringing Gemstones Using Sterling Silver Components?
by JoAnn White. (United States) When your jewelry tools are new, they need to be checked on leftover wire to see if there are rough edges inside the claws, clamps, sides, etc. To check, clamp the tool down on old wire. If there are marks on the wire, use a metal nail file or small jewelry file to smooth the rough edges on the tool until they feel soft. Try the … [Read more...] about Preventing and Removing Scratches on Jewelry Wire
by Pattie. (New Hampshire) I have recently been working on a new mixed media pendant idea. Problem is I need to adhere the bail to the back. I have roughed up the areas to be joined and cleaned prior to gluing with alcohol. Have had a little success but believe there must be something a little stronger than where I am with it right now. Hopefully someone has … [Read more...] about How to Adhere Two Pieces of Aluminum?
by Rena Klingenberg. This Victorian chain earring project is a versatile design. You may want to use longer chains, or more chains, or a variety of chains, or some other creative idea. :) You also may want to add beads, wire-wrapped briolettes, or charms as dangles on the chains. Have fun creating your custom jewelry from this basic earring … [Read more...] about Victorian Chain Earrings (Tutorial)
by Pat. (Tega Cay, SC) I have bags of crimps or spacer beads. The problem is that I now don’t know which is which. Any ideas on how I can tell them apart? The bags are not marked. Thanks! Pat … [Read more...] about Crimp Beads or Spacer Beads – How Can I Tell Which is Which?