by Laury. (Pittsburgh, PA) I have difficulty getting my cut wire pieces to match when I make earrings. Also, how can I mark measurements on dark wire? Sharpies don't work. Thanks!! Laury … [Read more...] about How to Measure, Mark, and Cut Wire for Matching Earrings?
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by Rena Klingenberg. These tiny wire bird's nests are filled with seed beads in a robin's-egg blue color. This project is a quick and easy way to make rustic looking nest jewelry - perfect for Spring and for Easter! I've made these earrings quite small - here's the how they measure up on a ruler, in both inches and centimeters: Of course, you can … [Read more...] about Easy Bird’s Nest Wire Earrings (Tutorial)
by Leslie Hirschberg. (Rancho Mirage, CA) I would like to know a source for better quality findings, such as ribbon ends, than the usual large jewelry manufacturers. Anyone know how to find findings made for commercial use? Thanks. Leslie Hirschberg … [Read more...] about Sources for Higher Quality Jewelry Findings?
by Chris Rehkop. (Ashland, MO) While home recovering from surgery over the winter, I was itching to work on jewelry design. Once I was able to sit long enough to work on jewelry, I thought since spring is right around the corner, I'd make floral pieces to welcome in spring. All these pieces went to a local shop (The Eclectic Corner) where I sell my … [Read more...] about My “Rehab” Jewelry
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 Dianne. (Windsor, Vermont) Whoa, is this ever fun! I decided I wanted to try some color along with the metal and this is a blast! I figured as long as Valentine's Day is fast approaching I would start with some hearts and do simple enamel. Now I have the bug and have ordered cloisonne wire, etc.... I can't wait! Dianne Divella Designs Divella … [Read more...] about Getting to Know Enamels
by Rena Klingenberg. This spiral heart wire bracelet is pretty and charming. It's a simple bangle that's created with a single piece of wire. After you've made one of these, you'll be able to whip them out quickly if you want to make more of them. Supplies: Round half-hard wire, 16 gauge. Wire cutter. Cup bur / wire … [Read more...] about Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet (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 easy adjustable wire ring features a lovely double scroll and an 8mm round bead. I love copper and turquoise colors together, but of course this ring would be striking in your favorite colors too. :) I have always found that adjustable rings sell quickly, since many people's fingers swell or shrink during the day. You can … [Read more...] about Bead & Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring (Tutorial)
by Leslie Hirschberg. (Rancho Mirage, CA) Can I change the color of silver crimp covers to match the beads I am stringing by using alcohol ink? Leslie Hirschberg … [Read more...] about Alcohol Ink on Crimp Covers?
by N.B. For those of you that use natural gemstones - what hardness do you use? According to the research a hardness of 7 or higher is preferred for everyday wear. Have you used different hardness scales without a problem or customer complaints? Also what grading do you often buy? Does grading matter in handcrafted jewelry? A-grade and B-grade jewelry is the … [Read more...] about Gemstone Beads / Hardness and Grade Scale?
by Carol. (Chicago) I just returned from a Mexico adventure. I collected a bunch of wine corks that I intend to make into necklace pendants. Anyone have suggestions? Carol … [Read more...] about Pendant Ideas Using a Wine Bottle Cork?