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?
Jewelry Making Basics
Basic jewelry making instructions - the skills you need to succeed.
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
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?
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)