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)
Jewelry Making Basics
Basic jewelry making instructions - the skills you need to succeed.
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)
Jewelry and Coffee with Rena Video Episode 29 by Rena Klingenberg. Here's how to wire wrap a briolette bead, so you can use it as a pendant, earring dangle, or other component: Supplies: Here's what you'll need for this practice session: 1 Briolette or Teardrop Bead - I'm using an opalite glass teardrop bead. (Technically, briolettes are faceted, … [Read more...] about How to Wire Wrap a Briolette Bead (Video)
by Brenda New. Using black in your handmade beaded jewelry designs can create a dramatic appearance. The use of black jewelry alone always creates a dramatic look, and is both elegant and dressy. Black jewelry can also be casual - such as when it's used in a choker, or when using black leather. Create a 3mm Greek leather choker with pendant using a large silver or … [Read more...] about Using Black in Your Jewelry Designs
by Tara Hutchinson. (San Antonio, Texas ) Thanks to an organization called Operation Once in a Lifetime (they facilitate amazing opportunities for wounded service members and their families) I will be flying to Dana Point, California on November 2 for the Wire Masters Workshop and I don't know what I should bring! I will be flying from San Antonio, Texas for this … [Read more...] about Going to My First Jewelry Workshop!! What Should I Bring?
by Kristen Mesker. Where on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness do you consider a stone hard enough to be used in making bracelets? I have some lovely fancy jasper coins (moh's 6 1/2 - 7) that I would like to use in a bracelet. They are drilled to overlap. Will they be more likely to chip than rounds? Love this site! Kristen Mesker K Chick Jewelry … [Read more...] about Mohs Mineral Hardness: What Do You Suggest?
by Joan. (Georgia) When buying beads it does not say what they are. I'm new at beading and trying to describe beads on my website and it is hard to know what kind they are. Is there any easy way to learn the type of beads or is it just with experience? Also, what is the best - wire and what guage or the stretch magic for necklaces? If I use the thicker stretch … [Read more...] about Identifing Beads: What’s the Best Way to Do It?
by Janine Gerade. Has this ever happened to your jewelry wire? I wear this bracelet all the time as a tester. Kept it on through the shower to make sure my mom bracelets are strong enough. One problem, I can't remember the beading wire brand I used for this, but I use Zamba pro 49 strand a lot. I was told that Zamba pro won't rust (from a online bead … [Read more...] about Beading Wire Rusting
by Rena Klingenberg. Here's the right way to open and close a jump ring so it will keep its perfect circle. The proper way to open a jump ring is to twist it open, so that it looks like this: Important: Never try to open a jump ring by pulling it open or unrolling it. It's almost impossible to get it neatly rolled up into a circle again. Supplies and … [Read more...] about Open and Close a Jump Ring
by Sarouchka. (Washington UK) I have recently picked up bead weaving. I am totally new to this but starting to get the hang of it. I was wondering if there is a website that introduces all the stitches? I know there are tutorials for all of them out there but it is hard to find if you don't know all the names, I might miss out on some and I want to learn them … [Read more...] about Looking for All the Bead Weaving Stitches
by Joan Kaplan, MA, LMT. (Bodhi Jewels) Really? Now you're probably scratching your head and wondering what I'm talking about. How can making jewelry be good for your health? Well, because I am a jewelry artisan as well as a healing coach and spiritual mentor, I have a real interest in creative expression and health. Creative expression in any form you feel moved … [Read more...] about Making Jewelry is Good for Your Health