by Iris Gang. Rena, I'm new to your Mini-Tips email and I read it with interest each time it comes. I'm also new to jewelry making, but it didn't take too long to realize that I was cramped for workspace. Since I am an empty-nester, there was an unused bedroom that looked inviting, but I still wanted to keep it neat but functional. Fortunately I have a husband who is … [Read more...] about From Empty Nest to Jewelry Studio
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by Mike Allen. (Capitan, New Mexico, USA) This may be the biggest chuckle of your day, but I have been pulling my hair out trying to find certain shaped, sizes and vertically drilled beads and crystals. One place calls a pear shape, next a rice, etc. I guess what I need is a resource with a description of all the shapes and nomenclature , so I can efficiently … [Read more...] about Bead Shapes: Is There a Standard Chart?
by Abigail. My husband recently was permanently employed in Kuwait. My self and our children will follow shortly. Initially I thought I would just leave and start again, but my mind is racing and can't be without my lovelies:-) I would like to know from other beaders their experience in moving countries and taking your beads and all along with them. Abigail … [Read more...] about Have You Ever Moved Your Jewelry Business to a New Country?
by Zoraida. (Patchogue, New York, USA) I really need to work on perfecting wire worked pendants. You wouldn't believe how difficult this is for me. I'm used to creating necklaces and bracelets, but now, I absolutely need to master a technique for wire working pendants. The pressure is stressing me out! The show that I'm doing in ONE WEEK requires that I wrap pendants … [Read more...] about Wire Wrapped Pendants
by Rena Klingenberg. You can make this leather and lace corset bracelet as saucy or sweet as you like. You can use nearly any kind of ribbon or lace for the corset string. And if you use a stretchy lace (like this neon green one above), you can tie the bow once, and then slip the corset bracelet on and off easily, thanks to the stretchy … [Read more...] about Leather and Lace Corset Bracelet Tutorial
by Carolyn Fisher. (Staunton, Virginia, USA) I'm trying to find unique supplies for contemporary bohemian jewelry. It would fall under these categories: boho chic bohemian, asymmetrical geometric, etc. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks Carolyn Fisher Carolyn's Jewelry Box … [Read more...] about Boho; Bohemian Jewelry Supplies: Where Can I Find Them?
by Joy Bardin. (Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, USA) I always enjoy Rena's newsletter and find it extremely informative and FUN. I have a question: I have a new jewelry project which uses JoLite Stained "Glass" sheets. Has anyone worked with this material? Any hints? I cannot find anything about it online. Thanks. Joy Bardin Double J Originals … [Read more...] about Working with JoLite. Any Hints or Tips?
by Joyce Glazebrook. I often go to gem and bead shows and I kick myself when I come home with a strand that I failed to identify the kind of gem or bead it is. I had the same issue with the beads used in these earrings. The stone is a light green with some black running through it. Any idea? I would be glad to receive feedback. Thanks for all your help! Joyce … [Read more...] about Do You Recognize this Gemstone?
by Rena Klingenberg. This fabric wrapped choker necklace is made from four stacked wire neck rings. Two are wrapped with fabric strips, and the other two are bare metal. It's fun to choose your fabrics for this project! I love Autumn colors, especially olive and sage greens. Let's get started. Supplies: 16-gauge round soft wire - I used … [Read more...] about Fabric Wrapped Choker Necklace Tutorial
by Charlotte Smith. (Durham, North Carolina) I have started using Shrinky Dinks to make lapel pins and using Enviro Tex Lite to give it a shiny gloss. Having a little trouble with the Enviro Tex as far as not getting it on right, so need help on doing this and as the edges are rough. What is the best solution for the edges? I love making these pins and have found … [Read more...] about Shrinky Dinks Pins: How to Smooth the Edges?
by Crystal Apple. (North Carolina, USA) Hello, I am a new jewelry designer and I love working with thick curb chain (19mm and up). However, I do not know where to find a large supply of that type of chain. Do you have any suggestions as to where I would be able to find chains like that? Crystal Apple AppleCrys Jewelry … [Read more...] about Thick Curb Chain: Where do I find it?
by Rena Klingenberg. This easy wire hoop earrings tutorial adds a graceful inner spiral that brings extra style and interest to the design. These earrings are super light-weight and comfortable to wear. They're also quick to make - and if you're making them to sell, you can whip up several of them in a short period of time. Supplies: Two 6" (15.24 cm) … [Read more...] about Zen Spiral Hoop Earrings Tutorial