by Rena Klingenberg. This chain bracelet project has a bit of hardware style, with a swivel clasp that hooks into the copper washer focal. The mixed metals I used are all antiqued (darkened) - copper, brass, and silver. Make this rugged bracelet for guys and gals. The chain is easy to size perfectly for the wearer's wrist. Supplies: … [Read more...] about Rugged Mixed Metal Chain Bracelet (Tutorial)
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by Patti Kubran. (Mendocino County, California) My future daughter in law wanted this bracelet for her wedding party. I made 9 of these plus sea glass pendants. I had to learn how to wire wrap in order to do these. I had lessons from my daughter who lives a long ways away, so I was fortunate enough to find a local wire wrapper that gives lessons & did lab … [Read more...] about Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Bracelets and Pendants for a Wedding
by Nancy Vaughan. (San Diego, CA) For the past few months I've been experiencing stiffness in my hands due to arthritis. This has changed the way I make jewelry. I'm doing more designs with leather cord, chains, beading chain and wire. Softflex and beadalon stringing wire are out along with crimp tubes. Luckily I can still work with copper and brass … [Read more...] about Changing Methods of Making Jewelry
by Patrick P. I need some advice. I would like to make a stamped sterling bracelet with a name. The person I am making it for has very small wrists. Much like myself, my family has very small wrists. My mother is 5 1/4 inch round, sister, 5 1/2, me 5 3/4. It is not easy to find anything for myself, or them. I want to stamp a sterling "cuff-like" bracelet … [Read more...] about How to Make a Delicate Name-Stamped Metal Cuff for a Tiny Wrist?
by Rena Klingenberg. Make these hoop earrings in a variety of colors! I used blue beads to create a complementary color scheme with the bright copper wire. Have fun mixing colored wires with various bead colors to create an array of fabulously fun hoop earrings! This is a great project for using up odds and ends of seed beads. You can make these hoops … [Read more...] about Colorful Hoop Earrings (Tutorial)
by Blanche Nonken. (Fallon, NV) In a week or two, I will be taking delivery on a pre-fab 10'x20' cabin with loft to build into my micro-house. The loft means I don't have to waste valuable bench-space on a bed, but other than an insulated roof, this is basically full DIY for me. I'm looking forward to the experience and I have the safety equipment from my travel … [Read more...] about Designing Your Benches from Scratch?
by Melissa. Hi Rena, how are you? I am trying to find ideas and suggestions on different ways to make a "Beading Journal" that I can keep both photos of my work along with detailed info re the findings (& lengths, etc.) I use and other relevant info. As far as I'm concerned you are like the Queen of Everything to do with Jewelry Making so I thought, after searching … [Read more...] about How to Make a Beading Journal with Photos and Text to Keep Details of My Projects?
by Rena Klingenberg. Most of us wind up acquiring a nice stash of various jewelry tools over time. Some of the things we use are "real" tools - pliers, cutters, reamers, files, crimpers, etc. But do you also have a variety of odds and ends that you use as jewelry tools? A few of my favorite "unofficial" tools that I use in making my jewelry are: Colorful … [Read more...] about What Unofficial Jewelry Tools Do You Use?
by Rena Klingenberg. Have you ever noticed that a particular style of jewelry may look fabulous on one person - but not on someone else? Here's a style concept that may explain this phenomenon: "Wear Items That Repeat Your Natural Characteristics" Note: Although this concept applies to everything you might wear (clothes, jewelry, shoes, etc.) - we'll … [Read more...] about Matching Jewelry to People
by Rena Klingenberg. I used to be a bead snob. Back then, I wouldn't even look at a bead that wasn't a semiprecious stone or pearl. Fortunately, over the years my appreciation grew for other types of beads - glass, wood, bone, polymer clay, ceramic, metal, paper.... And finally acrylic. Acrylic was probably the last type of bead I learned to appreciate, … [Read more...] about Designing Jewelry with Acrylic Beads
by Rena Klingenberg. What's your approach to jewelry sets? Do you prefer a set of matching pieces, or mixing it up a bit? I've come up with these three "matching levels" for jewelry items that are worn together: 1) Completely Matching Jewelry: Pieces that are made with identical materials and techniques, and look noticeably alike. Example of completely … [Read more...] about Jewelry Sets: The Three Different Levels of Matching
by Rena Klingenberg. Question from a Jewelry Artist: Have you used Argentium silver, and what do you think of it? I am so tired of trying to keep my silver clean. Answer from Rena: Yes, I’ve used Argentium Sterling Silver wire. It’s just a little bit stiffer (harder to work with) than standard sterling silver, so at least as far as wire goes, you may want … [Read more...] about Question About Working with Argentium Silver