by Carole Sbordone. (United States) I have found that when I'm doing seed bead projects that require many passes of the needle and thread, sometimes it is hard to pull the needle through without pliers to help grab hold of it. A trick that works most of the time is to take a piece of scotch tape and place it on the needle (don't wrap it around the needle, just stick … [Read more...] about Get the Needle Through that Seed Bead!
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by Rena Klingenberg. These hoop earrings are perfect for when you need to make jewelry in a hurry. You can make them plain and simple, or you can embellish them with dangles. If you keep them simple, you can literally make a pair of these earrings in less than a minute. These little earrings are an especially great option when you need to make several … [Read more...] about Quick & Easy Hoop Earrings (Tutorial)
by Pam Valente. Does anyone have long term experience with Zamak findings, which are supposed to be of similar quality as Brighton? Does the plating last? Thanks, Pam Valente … [Read more...] about Any Experiences with Zamak Findings?
by Cricket. (Arkansas) I have a hard time finding brass and copper jewelry wire. Where can I purchase it? Cricket … [Read more...] about Sources for Brass and Copper Jewelry Wire?
by Barbara Solomon. (California) I’ve been using the Om Tara Crimping Pliers, to crimp 2mm X 3mm crimps. They seem to really hold. Then there is the problem, of getting a crimp cover to cover the crimp tube! Every YouTube video I’ve seen has crimp covers that turn into clam shells, are dented, or over-lap. I have tried every “technique” and I always end up with … [Read more...] about Pathetic Crimp Covers – Is There a Better Solution?
by Louise. (Cape Town) Earrings made with sparkling crystals. Louise Lulu's Loot … [Read more...] about Little Drops of Crystal
by Rena Klingenberg. Here's a fun way to play with a variety of jewelry patina techniques. We'll use opaque patina inks that are made to adhere to metal. Simply paint or dab the patina ink onto your metal. This is an easy way to create patina effects in a variety of colors. Unlike most patina processes, you can precisely control the outcome … [Read more...] about Jewelry Patina Techniques (Tutorial)
by Pat K. I used to feed wire back through a few beads, but it always found a way out. So now I double crimp / cover, and tightly flush cut the tail (I use 7 or 19 strand beading wire). My biggest issue is wire stretching in use. For necklaces, with some success, I tried hanging the piece over a door handle for a few days to stretch before crimping. However, … [Read more...] about Help – Beading Wire Stretches, Making Finished Jewelry “Grow”
by Linda Sheehan. (Hickory NC USA) This were the perfect gift for my 11 year old granddaughter. The instructions in the Bird's Nest Wire Earrings Tutorial were easy to follow (which is one of many reasons I look forward to the newsletters). I will be making more. I didn't have the color wire and beads I needed on this first set. So...going shopping … [Read more...] about Nest Earrings Made Using Rena’s Instructions
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?
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