by Tammie Adams. (United States) I guess you can say I am a newbie to beading as I've only been beading for a year now. I've read the posts here and love how everyone is so helpful. I do have a question to ask my more experienced beader friends. I bought these plastic drawers to store my beads in. Each drawer has one color in it. The problem I have is, I … [Read more...] about Help – Lost in Beads! Need a Better Bead Organizing System
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by Sabine. (Ireland) Can anybody help me? I'm looking for the best possible wire to use with gemstones (making a necklace/bracelet with no wire exposed) good quality as the components I’m using are sterling silver. Looking forward to finding the answer. Thank you. Sabine Besina … [Read more...] about Best Wire for Stringing Gemstones Using Sterling Silver Components?
by JoAnn White. (United States) When your jewelry tools are new, they need to be checked on leftover wire to see if there are rough edges inside the claws, clamps, sides, etc. To check, clamp the tool down on old wire. If there are marks on the wire, use a metal nail file or small jewelry file to smooth the rough edges on the tool until they feel soft. Try … [Read more...] about Preventing and Removing Scratches on Jewelry Wire
by Pattie. (New Hampshire) I have recently been working on a new mixed media pendant idea. Problem is I need to adhere the bail to the back. I have roughed up the areas to be joined and cleaned prior to gluing with alcohol. Have had a little success but believe there must be something a little stronger than where I am with it right now. Hopefully someone has … [Read more...] about How to Adhere Two Pieces of Aluminum?
by Rena Klingenberg. This Victorian chain earring project is a versatile design. You may want to use longer chains, or more chains, or a variety of chains, or some other creative idea. :) You also may want to add beads, wire-wrapped briolettes, or charms as dangles on the chains. Have fun creating your custom jewelry from this basic earring … [Read more...] about Victorian Chain Earrings (Tutorial)
by Pat. (Tega Cay, SC) I have bags of crimps or spacer beads. The problem is that I now don’t know which is which. Any ideas on how I can tell them apart? The bags are not marked. Thanks! Pat … [Read more...] about Crimp Beads or Spacer Beads – How Can I Tell Which is Which?
by Luana Vinhas. (Brazil) Love your website, learn so much from you. So, I'm from Brazil (sorry about the English) and I'm starting to make jewelry. Is so difficult to me make jewelry without scratching the wire and lose quality. I send you some pictures of the materials I use. Do you have any suggestions about brands and types of wires and tools, or … [Read more...] about Scratches on Wire Jewelry
by Rena Klingenberg. When I started making this waterfall neckwire project, I couldn't decide which version of the design I liked better. So I made both of them. :) In the first half of this tutorial, we'll make Version 1 - the "Column Waterfall" made from the geometric links: And in the second half of this tutorial, we'll make Version 2 - the "Chain … [Read more...] about Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways (Tutorial)
by Lynda Carson. (Spring Valley, CA) More experimenting with leather embellishment. Using acrylic paint, antiquing stain medium, metal patina paint, and StazOn ink stamping. Added some pretty Vintaj brass findings for added spice! Lynda Carson Fresh Baked Designs … [Read more...] about Painting Leather
by Jacquelynn Moyer. (Pittsburgh PA) I am thinking about purchasing a tumbler for my students and I. But a lot of our pieces are made with turquoise. Can you tumble turquoise? Jacquelynn Moyer JewelrybyJackieO … [Read more...] about Is It OK to Tumble Turquoise Cabochon Jewelry?
by Cindi Bernloehr. (Winter Garden, FL) I saw this idea watching Candie Cooper. She used a strand of chunky Jessie James beads. Ran a 22g wire through all the beads, made a messy loop and then took the wire and wrapped it around each bead both directions ending with a messy loop at the other end. Then she used chunky chain to finish it. Very easy and looks … [Read more...] about Jessie James Bead Necklaces
by Rena Klingenberg. This Fantasy Filigree Bracelet was inspired by poking through my stash of metal filigree stampings, and playing with ways to use them together. Side view of the bracelet when it's being worn: I like the opposing forces of the chunky size of the bracelet, vs. the delicate openwork on each component. Supplies: … [Read more...] about Fantasy Filigree Bracelet (Tutorial)