by Pam Valente. Does anyone have long term experience with Zamak findings, which are supposed to be of similar quality as Brighton? Does the plating last? Thanks, Pam Valente … [Read more...] about Any Experiences with Zamak Findings?
Jewelry Making Basics
Basic jewelry making instructions - the skills you need to succeed.
by Barbara Solomon. (California) I’ve been using the Om Tara Crimping Pliers, to crimp 2mm X 3mm crimps. They seem to really hold. Then there is the problem, of getting a crimp cover to cover the crimp tube! Every YouTube video I’ve seen has crimp covers that turn into clam shells, are dented, or over-lap. I have tried every “technique” and I always end up with … [Read more...] about Pathetic Crimp Covers – Is There a Better Solution?
by Rena Klingenberg. This charming, comfortable bracelet is an easy leatherworking project. It's also a good way to recycle leather scraps into a new piece of jewelry! Supplies: Leather scraps in three different colors. I bought a 1-pound variety pack of leather scraps at my local craft store for $3.60 (regular price was $5.99, but I used the … [Read more...] about Leather Flower Bracelet (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. These simple briolette wire wrapping techniques will get you going quickly. We'll start out with two teardrop or briolette beads: . . . and then create a wire wrapped bail on each of them, with my easy step-by-step instructions: Then you can turn them into earrings or whatever purpose you might have for … [Read more...] about Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. This adjustable neckwire is an artistic, alternative way to wear a pendant. Many years ago when I first started making neckwires, I made a hook at each end of the wire for a clasp - but those hooks can sometimes come unfastened during wearing. So the design we'll make today includes an adjustable closure with a secure clasp: Another … [Read more...] about Adjustable Neckwire for Pendants (Tutorial)
by Susan Kendall. (United States) I am looking for help on how to take a small insignificant cabochon, say 18mm round, and use other items to make the entire piece look larger and give more impact to the small cab; this one for a pendant. Years ago I saw a site where a small cab such as a 20 x 20 mm square cab had been glued to a filigree, and then they had glued a … [Read more...] about How Do I Make Small Cabochons Look Bigger?
by Nicole. (Australia) Just wondering people's thoughts on chains for pendants necklaces etc. I have originally been using the common gold/ silver plated chains but I know myself that they tarnish easily and a gorgeous piece can end up looking very cheap. I've been looking into investing in the real chains but as I'm starting out, it a big investment then I'm not sure … [Read more...] about Plated Chains vs Filled and Precious Metals
by Rena Klingenberg. Wire can make stunning beads. In this tutorial we'll wrap wire around a knitting needle or dowel to create a focal bead - and then embellish it with seed beads. Just one of these wire beads, strung on a cord or chain, makes a striking necklace. Supplies: Seed beads - size 6/0 or 8/0. Make sure the beads fit on your … [Read more...] about Wire Focal Bead (Tutorial)
Jewelry and Coffee with Rena by Rena Klingenberg. Here are five simple things you can do to develop and define your unique jewelry making style: Transcript of This Video: If you want to develop or define your own unique jewelry design style, I have some simple tips for you: Your Jewelry-Making Preferences First, I believe that the things you most love … [Read more...] about Developing & Defining Your Own Jewelry Design Style (Video)
by Rena Klingenberg. This colorful mixed-media jewelry project is inspired by the beautifully embroidered peasant blouses that were popular in the 1960s and 70s. First we'll make some pretty tassels: . . . and then we'll use them in a necklace: . . . or a cha-cha bracelet: Of course, fiber tassels are not as sturdy as traditional jewelry components … [Read more...] about Colorful Tassel Jewelry (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. We're going to use two different techniques to color metal with alcohol ink. In Part 1 of this tutorial, we made two brass pendant blanks: Now, here in Part 2 of this tutorial, we’re going to use alcohol inks to color these pendant blanks with different techniques. After coloring them, we'll hop back over to Part 1 of this tutorial, … [Read more...] about Coloring Metal with Alcohol Ink (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. Dress up your beads with these handmade wire bead caps (modeled here by a 10mm bead). Once you get into the groove of this project, you can make several of these little goodies very quickly. Supplies: 1 piece of round soft 20-gauge or 22-gauge wire, 6 cm (2.36") long. You can use copper, brass, sterling silver, etc. - or Artistic wire … [Read more...] about Spiral Wire Bead Cap (Tutorial)