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)
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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?
by Rena Klingenberg. In this interchangeable jewelry tutorial, we'll use a choker-length chain necklace plus a bracelet - and hook them together to make a longer necklace. The choker and bracelet can be worn individually: And each piece fastens with the same spiral wire hook clasp design (or you can use any other type of clasp - lobster, etc.): So … [Read more...] about Connect a Choker and Bracelet to Make a Necklace (Tutorial)
by Maria Jenny. (Georgetown, Texas) February is my niece's birthday month. Usually I make something for her that is made from amethyst and silver. She loves necklaces and a year ago she mentioned she would like a tassel necklace. At the time, I had never thought of making this type of necklace. It wasn't something that I had tried or mastered. But I … [Read more...] about Birthday Tassel Necklace
by Rena Klingenberg. We're going to make a metal crescent moon pendant that can be worn two ways. On the left side of the photo below, the crescent is worn horizontally; on the right, it's worn vertically with a dangle attached to the bottom: If you're familiar with my tutorials, you probably know that I love versatile jewelry elements that give me a variety of … [Read more...] about Changeable Crescent Moon Necklace (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. Make lariat necklaces with components you already have in your jewelry stash! In the examples shown in this tutorial, I've used a variety of chains for the necklace strands - plus odds and ends from my stash for the lariat ends. One end of the lariat necklace needs to be some sort of hoop, loop, or donut. The other end needs to … [Read more...] about Fun with Lariat Necklaces! (Tutorial)