© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved. Knowing the amount of sterling silver wire per ounce is a huge help when you're placing a wire order. Many suppliers sell wire by the ounce, not by by the foot or cm. So with this handy chart below you can get a good estimate of how many ounces of sterling silver wire you need for a project. Also, if you know how many feet … [Read more...] about How Much Sterling Silver Wire Per Ounce?
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© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved. The chart below shows how much 14k goldfill wire per ounce, in both feet and cm. This info is a huge help when you're placing a wire order, so you don't wind up with way too much (or worse, way too little!) wire for your project. Many suppliers sell wire by the ounce instead of by the foot or centimeter. But with this nifty … [Read more...] about How Much 14k Goldfill Wire Per Ounce?
© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved. I love designing jewelry from vintage items - incorporating neat old stuff into my current jewelry creations. This melding of modern techniques with items from yesteryear results in wonderfully unique jewelry that (depending on the elements used) can feel romantic, gothic, kitschy, or iconic - and people of all ages are … [Read more...] about Designing Jewelry from Vintage Items
© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved. Using vintage items for jewelry making can give your designs a sense of nostalgia, romance, and even quirkiness. Once you've got some ideas for designing jewelry from vintage items, it's time for a treasure hunt! Where can you find the types of wonderful old odds and ends that work well in jewelry? Well, finding the … [Read more...] about Finding Vintage Items for Jewelry Making
by Rena Klingenberg. Make unique earrings that stand apart from the crowd by using unusual components, different techniques, hand-wrought touches, or an uncommon approach to design. Try these ideas. Make Earrings Unique with Asymmetry A pair doesn't always have to mean two perfectly identical pieces. Instead, try experimenting with asymmetry by designing an … [Read more...] about Unique Earrings – Ideas for Extraordinary Earring Designs
© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved. An earring wire needs to be comfortable and durable. Here's a quick guide to the recommended metals and wire gauges for pierced earring findings. Recommended Earwire Gauge (In wire gauges, a higher gauge number = thinner wire. For example, 12 gauge is a fairly thick wire, while 26 gauge is very thin.) The most common … [Read more...] about Earring Wire Guidelines
by Melissa Subatch. (Peekskill, New York, USA) I started by making myself a hand stamped initial necklace. The first time I wore it could not stop the flow of requests for them. It started me on a whole new adventure into jewelry design. I have made jewelry on and off for years but had forgotten how much I really really love it. Although I still have a full … [Read more...] about Hand Stamped Initial Necklaces
© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved. Jewelry making tools are the toys of our trade. There's always room in your studio (and in your heart) for another groovy pair of pliers, or something unique to use as a mandrel, or a nifty jewelry gadget! Here's the rundown on various types of tools and how to use them. Your Essential Toolkit These are the basics you can't … [Read more...] about Jewelry Making Tools
© by Jocelyn C. Duncan; all rights reserved. Before you begin beading, take time to analyze which tools of the trade you will need to start on your beading project. When I first started beading, my first investment went into beading tools. I wanted to make sure I used the right tools to ensure my jewelry pieces come out right. It took a few trial-and-error buying … [Read more...] about Five Essential Tools for Making Beaded Jewelry
© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved. Below you can see a variety of jewelry files, each suited for specific types of projects. When you're making jewelry - and especially when you're working with wire or other metals - you're going to wind up having sharp edges as you create your items. And because we can't have sharp surfaces of jewelry against the skin, … [Read more...] about Jewelry Files
© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved. The flush cutter - also called a side cutter - is a jewelry tool you'll be using a lot. It's called a "side cutter" because the cutting surface is on the side of the tool - unlike some cutters which have the cutting edge on the end of the tool. And it's called a "flush cutter" because one side of the blade is flat and … [Read more...] about Flush Cutter
© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved. Chain nose pliers are a tool that you really can't live without when you're making jewelry. They're tapered to a very small point at the tip, and have a smooth, flat gripping surface on the inside. What Are Chain Nose Pliers for? Making precise bends in wire. Making a smaller movement than you could accomplish with … [Read more...] about Chain Nose Pliers