by Brie. I recently purchased some labradorite and black agate gemstones from a local individual; they were friendly and chatty. However, upon taking a closer look at the stones I had purchased, I have two questions. My first question is: The labradorite I purchased looks dull and gray, you can see a slight shine, but it's mostly dull. Is it a lower quality, … [Read more...] about Was I Sold Low Quality Gemstones?
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by Dena. (Florida) I want to etch on low dome wire for a wedding band or on a domed ring. Is there a way to transfer a design to the rounded shape, or do I just have to draw the design? It's on silver, so I'm not sure what will hold up to the etch for silver. Thank you. Dena You name it … [Read more...] about How to Etch on Low Dome Wire for Wedding Bands?
by Dianne Jacques. (Windsor, Vermont) When I started out to make these earrings I had the vision of fusing fine silver drops to the copper discs. I took the heat up a little too far and what resulted was the fine silver completely fusing down. I decided I like the look, and put them in the case for sale. They sold almost immediately and I've had several orders … [Read more...] about Happy Accidents in Jewelry Making
by Debra Lowe. (Colorful Colorado USA) In my posts I have always shown a finished piece. I decided to try and show how a design can come about...at least in my head. I included pictures of the parts and the finished piece. Any questions or need help, feel free to ask. Debra Lowe Rosebudsnpearls … [Read more...] about Necklace – Flower Bouquet for Your Neck
by Joybelle Malcolm. (Atlanta, GA, USA) Please help! I cannot seem to find the correct gauge of wire to use for memory wire bracelets. I am looking for something that is not flimsy and that TRULY lives up to the claim that the wire does not loose its shape. I hope someone in our community will be able to help! Thanks so much! Joybelle … [Read more...] about Help! What Gauge of Wire to Use for Memory Wire Bracelets?
by Rena Klingenberg. Changeable earwires are a popular style because of their versatility. You can wear them as-is, with no dangles: Or with dangles such as wire wrapped briolettes or these vintage chandelier crystals: Or with metal dangles: Or small charms: There's no limit to how you can style these earrings. You can build an earring … [Read more...] about Changeable Spiral Earwires (Tutorial)
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
by Kathy Zee. (Fiddletown, CA) We all have pieces of chain left over from projects. I save all those 'gems' to make earrings. My customers love earrings with chain. I have four examples of earrings that I made from just pieces of chain from my stash box. I have so many different styles that I have made with these gems. Let your imagination run … [Read more...] about Earrings Using Leftover Chain
by Rena Klingenberg. This adjustable sliding bracelet is comfortable, versatile, and easy to make. No clasps are needed for this style. Colored leather can make these bracelets quite fabulous. And you can embellish the cord ends with beads, charms, small pendants, or whatever you like. Or to make a less fancy bracelet, just tie the knots on the … [Read more...] about Adjustable Sliding Leather Bracelet (Tutorial)
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 Marion Jackson. (United Kingdom) Whilst on holiday in Seaham, I found a delightful little purple multi. I thought it had the look of a bird's face. Later that day I found a frosted piece which I thought resembled the body of a duck. I had a one day silversmithing course 18 months ago and I have been practising ever since. So I set these pieces of … [Read more...] about Sea Glass Duck – Pendant
by Tracy. (Canada) I am using Stretch Magic cord to make bracelets. I want to make sure the bracelets fit most people - you know, like one size. How long of the Stretch Magic cord should I use in cm? Thanks, Tracy … [Read more...] about What Length of Stretch Magic Jewelry Cord for “One Size Fits Most” Bracelets?