by Lynda Carson. (Spring Valley, CA) Haven't posted here for quite awhile...Thought I'd share some new things I've been playing with in leather. I googled "Leather Scraps Local" and found a wonderful shop and owner who has been teaching me lots about this material. Also, at $10 a pound for scrap leather, you can't go wrong! He also sells pre-made tooling … [Read more...] about Getting Into Leather Works – and Please Share Your Leatherworking Tips
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by Dianne Jacques. (United States) A few years ago I posted a free tutorial on how to replace a misplaced or broken bead in your peyote stitch without having to unstitch. That website has gone by the wayside and I have had a few folks write to ask where they can find it. I have reposted it for you on my blog (link below), complete with full color pictures. Happy … [Read more...] about Replacing a Bead in Peyote Stitch
by Angie Pinion Kelley. What are the best flush cutters that you recommend? My cheap pair that came in the set have just about had it. Looking for recommendations. Thank you. Angie Pinion Kelley … [Read more...] about Best Flush Cutter Brand?
by Angie Pinion Kelley. What is the most common gauge headpins for 6-8 mm beads? Thank you. Angie Pinion Kelley … [Read more...] about What Gauges of Headpins for 6mm and 8mm Beads?
by Dianne Jacques. (Vermont, USA) When I set out to make these, I had a very different finish in mind. When this beautiful rustic orange reds showed up during the cool-down from enameling I was torn. Do I leave it and seal it as is....or give it a satin finish? What are your thoughts? Dianne Jacques Divella Designs Divella Designs on Facebook … [Read more...] about Rustic or Satin Finish on These Enameled Earrings?
by Joybelle. (Atlanta, GA) I don't have a piece to share, but lately I have been rolling tons of paper beads. I am loving rolling beads using 5+ strips because of the thickness of the beads. What I have discovered about myself is that I absolutely detest the glazing process especially with the quantity that I have already rolled :( I wanted to share my bead … [Read more...] about Making Paper Beads – What’s the Best, Easiest Glazing Process?
by Rena Klingenberg. This Southwestern Boho Necklace is a fun mixed media project, where you can use all sorts of jewelry techniques. The colors and materials feel very Western / Southwestern, while the fringe, dangles, and beads feel very Boho. Side view when wearing this necklace: It can also be a great music festival necklace. Supplies: … [Read more...] about Southwestern Boho Necklace (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. Here's how to make a larks head knot, step by step. I'm demonstrating this knot with a piece of leather cord and a hardware washer. But you don't have to attach your knot to a donut-shaped object. You might attach it to a stick or a metal rod, or to another piece of cord, or to anything else you like. Step by Step Tutorial for Making a … [Read more...] about How to Make a Larks Head Knot – Step by Step Tutorial
by Margie Meehan. (Tipperary Fiber n Art Studio) My supplier for stainless steel chains isn't in business anymore. Can you suggest anywhere to go for ordering wholesale bulk jewelry chains? How do I know if they are legit? I design pendants and am out of luck selling if I don't have the chains! Thank you in advance for your help. Margie Meehan … [Read more...] about Wholesale Source for Bulk Jewelry Chains?
by Dianne Jacques. (Windsor, Vermont) I love to play with metal...heat it, fold it, color it. Here are a couple of cuffs I made. The first is a fold formed cuff I patinated with ammonia and salt; the second fold formed and oxidized with liver of sulfur. Dianne Jacques Divella Designs Divella Designs on Facebook … [Read more...] about Fold Forming and Patina
by Lyone Fein. (Minerva, Ohio) Hello Rena, I would like to put a question out before the community of folks who read your journal. I am in the planning stages of constructing a sculpture for my backyard garden. I have included a rough sketch of the project for reference. The main structure of my standing sculpture is going to be thick copper tubing, and I want … [Read more...] about How to Wire / Hang Small Plate for a Mobile?
by Rena Klingenberg. Make a Frankenstein necklace with this fun Halloween jewelry tutorial. With a few beads and some wire, you can create this haunting project. Also, you can give Frankie two different facial expressions - one on the front of his head, and one on the back. Turn his head to show the expression you want to show (I gave one side of his head … [Read more...] about Frankenstein Necklace – Halloween Jewelry Tutorial