by Sharon. (California) I could really use some words of wisdom. When I try to make multiple consistent wire curved pieces to incorporate into a single earring and its mate, I have a really hard time reproducing the identical (or close to identical) curved shapes. How do you make the same amount of curve or tightness of spiral over and over? Thanks! Sharon … [Read more...] about How to Make Uniform Curved Wire Jewelry Components?
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by Joan. (Denver, CO) Does anyone have any experience or tips on how I might convert men's bolo ties into women's necklaces? Thank you, Joan … [Read more...] about How to Convert a Bolo Tie to a Necklace?
by Kathleen Moore. (Hampshire, United Kingdom) Imperfect is my perfect! I love rustic ( and rusty!), distressed jewellery pieces that look like they've already had an interesting life or might have been dug from the earth after hundreds of years. A twisted piece of patinaed metal on a battered leather cord? Yep, I love that!! I'm currently making acid etched … [Read more...] about Etched Copper Cuff Bangles
by Rena Klingenberg. Make a gypsy charm necklace with odds and ends from your jewelry supply stash. Get out your pendants, charms, and dangles - and have fun designing this style of necklace! All of the components I used in my necklace are brass - some are raw brass, and some are antiqued. But yours can be made from any type of material you … [Read more...] about Gypsy Charm Necklace (Tutorial)
by Tara. (Canada) I've made nail polish jewelry in the past, by painting the backs of glass cabs and gluing them into a setting. But I recently picked up a second-hand Silhouette cutter and decided to take it a step further: why not cut intricate decals out of the vinyl, stick them onto the glass, then paint the nail polish on top? Great idea, right? In theory... … [Read more...] about Troubleshooting: Adhesive Vinyl and Nail Polish on Glass Cabochons
by Jean Forman. I made this necklace with three large sea glass pieces I beachcombed in Puerto Rico, plus quartz crystals. It includes handmade links and copper rollo chain details. It is a true statement necklace that you can wear with almost any outfit. I love creating unique one of a kind designs with genuine sea glass I find around the world. Jean … [Read more...] about Sea Glass Statement Necklace with Crystals
by Elsa Mikus. (New Jersey) Is there anything to do to prevent the marks on the reverse side of a stamped metal object? I am doing butter spreaders and don't like the reverse side. Elsa Mikus … [Read more...] about How to Prevent Marks on the Reverse Side of Metal Stamping?
by Josie. (Georgetown) I was given a gift from Myrtle Beach that has a necklace and a pearl to get out of this clam. Mine was the only one that had a two-toned look but I'm not sure what color it technically is. One side looks like a milky white the other looks silver. It's not completely round and is more of a smooth oval/pill shape. Josie … [Read more...] about What Type of Pearl Is This, and How Much Might It Cost?
by Donna Westbrook. (Portsmouth, N.H.) I am posting this in response to Rena's great Briolette Wire Wrapping Tutorial. This was my first briolette wrap. I used it because I did not like the uneven wraps I had seen for this type of "pendant" bead. I was surprised at how delicate looking it came out. Donna Westbrook PrettyWearJewelry … [Read more...] about Briolette Wire Wrap on Other Kinds of Beads
by Rena Klingenberg. These long wire earrings curve elegantly toward the wearer's face, and have a single bead for decoration. They measure 76mm (3") from top to bottom - although you can make yours shorter or longer. These long curving earrings are especially nice to wear for fancy or formal occasions. Supplies: 2 pieces of 20 gauge round … [Read more...] about Simply Elegant Long Earrings (Tutorial)
by Ann Howington. (Denton, TX) I am making a number of asymmetrical pendants that cannot use a bail or jump ring in the exact center of the top edge. Is there a tool to figure out where the pendant balances correctly, thus where the bail or hole should go to hang it correctly? Thank you. Ann Howington Revival Jewelry … [Read more...] about How to Figure Out Where to Put the Bail or Hole, for an Asymmetrical Pendant to Hang Straight?
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?