by Rena Klingenberg. Have you ever noticed that a particular style of jewelry may look fabulous on one person - but not on someone else? Here's a style concept that may explain this phenomenon: "Wear Items That Repeat Your Natural Characteristics" Note: Although this concept applies to everything you might wear (clothes, jewelry, shoes, etc.) - we'll … [Read more...] about Matching Jewelry to People
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by Rena Klingenberg. I used to be a bead snob. Back then, I wouldn't even look at a bead that wasn't a semiprecious stone or pearl. Fortunately, over the years my appreciation grew for other types of beads - glass, wood, bone, polymer clay, ceramic, metal, paper.... And finally acrylic. Acrylic was probably the last type of bead I learned to appreciate, … [Read more...] about Designing Jewelry with Acrylic Beads
by Rena Klingenberg. What's your approach to jewelry sets? Do you prefer a set of matching pieces, or mixing it up a bit? I've come up with these three "matching levels" for jewelry items that are worn together: 1) Completely Matching Jewelry: Pieces that are made with identical materials and techniques, and look noticeably alike. Example of completely … [Read more...] about Jewelry Sets: The Three Different Levels of Matching
by Rena Klingenberg. Question from a Jewelry Artist: Have you used Argentium silver, and what do you think of it? I am so tired of trying to keep my silver clean. Answer from Rena: Yes, I’ve used Argentium Sterling Silver wire. It’s just a little bit stiffer (harder to work with) than standard sterling silver, so at least as far as wire goes, you may want … [Read more...] about Question About Working with Argentium Silver
by Rena Klingenberg. When you want to get rid of some of your jewelry components - what do you do with the unwanted stash? (I'm assuming those components are good enough quality for making jewelry.) Ideas for De-Stashing Your Unwanted Jewelry Components: Keep the unwanted components to use when creating "rough drafts" or prototypes of your new jewelry design … [Read more...] about How to De-Stash Your Unwanted Jewelry Components
by Rena Klingenberg. This ear cuff tutorial shows you how to make a versatile, comfortable alternative to standard earrings. Ear cuffs are a popular style for both gals and guys. And they're a good solution for people who can't wear pierced earring styles. When you finish this easy metalwork project, you can attach all sorts of decorative elements to … [Read more...] about Metal Ear Cuff with Dangle (Tutorial)
by Hope. (United States) I am a graphic designer and decided to put my art on necklaces etc. When I researched jewelry making, it said having a laser printer to print out my images would turn out best. So I got one and every time I print a sheet I put the settings correlating to the paper (110 lb.), they suggested not using an inkjet and if you did use … [Read more...] about Help! Using Laser Printer to Print Images to Put on 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 Kris Lynn. (United States) Hello, a friend of mine is selling her kiln, a small Evenheat Rapid Fire 4 inch pad kiln that she used for glass jewelry making. Will this be good for silver clay as well? Kris Lynn Kristallynn Designs … [Read more...] about EvenHeat Rapid Fire Kiln OK for Silver Clay Work?
by Rena Klingenberg. This ankle bracelet wraps around several times, and is accented with repeating wire wrapping. The style is easy to wear, and easy make for any ankle size. And depending on the length of your cord and the style of your beads, this wrap ankle bracelet can be worn by both guys and gals. Supplies: Cord, 45" (114.3cm) … [Read more...] about Wrap Ankle Bracelet with Briolettes (Tutorial)
by Debbie Falduto. (Chicago, Illinois) My daughter and I are having a difficult time finding a supplier for either gold plated or gold-filled chain in the U.S. We've gone through two suppliers already and had problems with the chain: On one supplier's chain, the gold plating came right off. On the other supplier's chain, people were allergic because there … [Read more...] about Source for Quality Gold-Filled or Gold Plated Chain?
by Stuart Turner. (United Kingdom) I had some fused glass beads made for a jewellery class I run. All beads were different shapes, sizes and colours. My tutorial takes the pupil to the point where I encourage them to use their imagination to embellish it. I first made one as demonstration then made one with the class to "show how" that is the single … [Read more...] about Fused Glass Wire Pendant