by Mary Anne Enriquez. (USA) I have many heavy vintage/ antique "ethnic" handmade necklaces and bracelets that need restringing. I see that a lot of these necklaces drape really lovely due to the original cotton or hemp-like cord... but the heavy stone, metal, and glass beads have all cut the cords over time. Some of the necklaces are tiny Native American glass … [Read more...] about What is the Best Restringing Cord for Repairing Jewelry?
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by Rena Klingenberg. The wire tree of life is a popular motif in jewelry. One of the addictive things about creating these is that there are so many ways to arrange and decorate your tree's roots, trunk, and branches. But beware - these trees have a mind of their own, and they may grow their own wonderful design regardless of what you were planning! … [Read more...] about Wire Tree of Life (Tutorial)
by Melinda Lovell. (Florida) I have been collecting sea glass for years. Recently I found these pretty spring colors. I love combining wire and glass and coming up with interesting designs. Melinda Lovell Sea Winks … [Read more...] about Gifts of Spring – Sea Glass Jewelry
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 Patrick P. (State Collge, PA) Forged aluminum clasp, found flange with aluminum tube rivet. Aluminum riveted forged curled-clasp with a hand forged, aluminum riveted clasp bar. Aluminum is a soft (which I knew) metal, so two of the rivets spread-out a few millimeters. This is the first time I made a clasp that was not store-bought. Of course, with … [Read more...] about Aluminum Leather Bracelet
by Autumn. (North Carolina) I purchased some beautiful top half-drilled briolette quartz beads today. I want to make earrings from them, yet I do not want to use glue of any sort. I personally just don't like glue; and I had bad experiences using it with knotted pearls. I've "screwed" a steel bail into a half-drilled quartz before and it broke a chip off at the … [Read more...] about Securing Half-Drilled Briolette?
by Jane Jennings. (Philadelphia) I have an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner (Boque systems, 1259), but find it doesn't do much, either on tarnish or on dirty jewelry. I have 2 filigree white gold rings which get gunked up and are very hard to get clean. I run the machine over and over again, with little result. I do use the recommended cleaner in it. See picture - … [Read more...] about Help – Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner Doesn’t Clean or Remove Tarnish
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 Chelsea Garner. I have this ring with a blue stone that has a bit of pink in it. Can anyone please tell me what is the stone in this ring? Chelsea Garner … [Read more...] about What is the Stone in My Ring?
by Rena Klingenberg. In this wire helix earring project we'll create gracefully spiraling earrings that are lightweight to wear. This is how they look when being worn: Each earring is made with a single piece of wire. This a lovely design for people who like earrings to be big and interesting - but not heavy. Loops at the bottoms of these earrings … [Read more...] about Wire Helix Earrings (Tutorial)
by Aswathy. I have just started making terracotta jewellery. I am using air dry clay. But my pendant becomes shapeless after the clay dries. The pendant edges become curved after it dries. Can anyone please suggest the best ways to avoid this? Thanks Aswathy … [Read more...] about Need Help with Air Dry Clay Techniques
by Brie. First I want to say how amazing JMJ has been for me, I've learned so much from everyone. I love how positive and encouraging everyone is, on every post. Okay, now on to my question: What are your favorite types / kinds of beads and gemstones? I've been working with the same stones over and over, and I'd like to find other kinds of stones to play … [Read more...] about What Are Your Favorite Gemstones?