by Kathy Zee. (Fiddletown, CA) It's fun making the same necklace using different beads and colors. These three are all different but the same style! They are 33 inches long, with silver chain cut into sections, artistic wire wrapping, glass pearls, glass and metal beads and center lamp work beads. I use the same chain as the dangle cut into 4 lengths. I … [Read more...] about Colorful Long Necklaces Using Same Technique
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by Howard. (UK) Anyone discovered any tutorials on making an open necklace using memory wire and regular (silver, aluminium, etc) wire, so that softer wires can be shaped but around the neck will hold the arc alongside memory wire? Both ends of all wires can end in swirls. I guess having several tube beads or curved metal beads to grip all wires together may be … [Read more...] about Multi-Wire Open Necklace Tips?
by Nancy Vaughan. (San Diego, CA) For the past few months I've been experiencing stiffness in my hands due to arthritis. This has changed the way I make jewelry. I'm doing more designs with leather cord, chains, beading chain and wire. Softflex and beadalon stringing wire are out along with crimp tubes. Luckily I can still work with copper and brass … [Read more...] about Changing Methods of Making Jewelry
by Carol Wofford. (Halifax, VA) I love old jewelry and I hate to throw any of it away, even if it has gone out of style. Lately I have been thinking of ways to turn those old clip-on earrings into something a bit more serviceable. I collected some that I thought looked pretty next to each other. I removed the clips and glued them to filigree connectors. I … [Read more...] about Repurposed Vintage Clip Earrings
by Rena Klingenberg. This bead and wire dragonfly tutorial can be used in infinite ways. You can make them into earrings: Or a necklace, with the dragonfly's wing and tail attached to a chain: This bead and wire dragonfly is made from a single piece of wire, with a sturdy construction. You might also use it for a zipper pull, ceiling-fan pull, sun … [Read more...] about Bead and Wire Dragonfly (Tutorial)
by Bev Carlson. (United States) While making one of a kind pieces is the most fun, I've had good luck with fundraiser projects too. My friend (both of us breast cancer survivors) runs the Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber Cancer Research. My friend is running again (her 11th) for a another friend of ours who has cancer. She loves Ladybugs and so we designed a … [Read more...] about Diane’s Ladybug Necklace
by Rena Klingenberg. A toggle pendant necklace features a toggle clasp worn front and center - plus a pendant hanging from the toggle's ring. The clasp becomes a beautiful focal part of the necklace design, instead of being just a functional closure at the back of the neck. It draws attention to the pendant - while also adding interest above the … [Read more...] about Toggle Pendant Necklace (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. This is a great necklace for men - and also for women. I decided not to clean up the metal surface, to keep its grungy look. It feels both industrial and rustic, and it's a good project for finishing up odds and ends of metal sheet. I created this piece of jewelry without having any plan other than to use some of my copper sheet … [Read more...] about Rugged Scrap Metal Necklace (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. This two-tier bib necklace project is a great opportunity to play with color. In my version here, I chose colorful flat teardrop beads dripping from dark antiqued brass chains. You could use any shapes and colors of beads, accented against your choice of chain color. Can you tell I love color? :) Supplies: (I purchased … [Read more...] about Two-Tier Bib Necklace (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. Beach stone necklaces appeal to guys and gals of all ages, and they make a nice gift. You can purchase beach stones that already have a hole drilled in them - or you can do the hole-drilling yourself. A simple necklace made from a natural stone on a chain feels beautifully tranquil and timeless. And after being tumbled in the surf … [Read more...] about Make Beach Stone Necklaces – Gift Idea for Guys and Gals
by Rena Klingenberg. The leather wrap choker necklace that was popular in the 1970's has made a strong comeback. (I have also seen this renewed style being called a "bolo necklace".) This necklace style is basically a long cord that wraps around the throat, with long or short ends that usually have some sort of decoration on them. Of course there are all … [Read more...] about Wrap Choker Necklace (Tutorial)
by Cheyenne. (Northern California) I wanted to make a sterling silver lariat, not beaded but knotted. What mm snake chain would I use or is there a better alternative? Thanks! Cheyenne … [Read more...] about What Length and Size of Chain to Use for Sterling Lariat Necklace?