by Rena Klingenberg. Here are several ways to get cheap or free supplies for making jewelry. As with most free things, you'll need to invest a bit of your time and cleverness instead of money to acquire a stash of free jewelry components and tools. Here are my top suggestions for getting free / cheap supplies for making jewelry: Repurposing Trash into Treasure Use … [Read more...] about Getting Cheap or Free Supplies for Making Jewelry
Jewelry making tips, tutorials, ideas, and projects.
Help! They're all Black! by Darlynn Lydick. I have been the recipient of many bags of mixed beads in the last couple of years. Most of the time, with decent lighting, identifying beads had never been an overwhelmingly difficult task. That all changed when an incredibly large and diverse bead collection crossed paths with two novice bead hounds. At least a hundred … [Read more...] about Tips for Sorting and Identifying Beads
by Patricia. This is a two parter, the first part is a simple spoon ring, the second part is spoon bowl ID braceletI know it's simple to sit here and make a spoon ring, but what do you do with the bowl of the spoon once you cut it off the handle, most would just throw it away..not me. I took it one step further and made an ID … [Read more...] about Fun with Spoons
by Adria Toliver. (Adur Collections) Hi, I am having trouble mixing seed beads with larger focal point pieces. If I put them on a head pin, the earring doesn't have any movement. If I put them on a plastic wire or thread, I'm not sure how to make the bottom of the pieces look nice. Adria Toliver Adur Collections … [Read more...] about Mixing Seed Beads with Larger Pendants
by Rena Klingenberg. This tropical, boho-style project is a good way to use up leftover beads and stringing materials. I wanted this wrap bracelet / necklace to have a tranquil island feel, so I chose leftover odds and ends that had the colors and feel I was looking for. Supplies I Used: Leftover beads - I used cowrie shells, donut beads, and … [Read more...] about Make a Wrap Bracelet / Necklace
by Irene McIntosh. (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) I've picked up plenty of helpful tips since I started receiving Rena's Newsletter so I thought it was time to share as well. At a jewelry party this past week, I introduced a new crystal bangle bracelet and got an immediate custom order. It's the subsequent discussion about color preferences that was the inspiration for … [Read more...] about Wearable Color Chart
by Jim Osment. (Brisbane Australia) I thought I'd share a ring I made fairly recently for myself. I always have problems with brass, copper and nickel-sliver rings because they always leave stains on my finger so I decided I needed a stainless steel ring to attach my brass and copper bits to. I grabbed an odd stainless steel tablespoon from my cutlery drawer … [Read more...] about A New Ring for Myself
by Tamara. (Pink Pearls by Tamara) I had an interesting experience a few days ago. I was in a little accessories store showing the owner the bracelet fastening tool (she immediately bought the 3 I had on me, by the way!). Another lady walked up and said she just had to see what we were doing! I assumed she was a customer shopping in the store. So I showed her, and … [Read more...] about Does Anyone Have Experience With Beaded Bra Straps?
by Lynn Williams. (Frisco, TX, USA) This organizer was originally wall mounted and made out of Lexan Polycarbonate. The design was so easy to use, trouble free and sold so well, that next step was to make one for tabletop use that looked elegant and could be for home or retail use. The Black Wrought Iron Earring Angel is a great product that holds 34 pairs of … [Read more...] about Black Wrought Iron (Metal) Earring Angel Pierced Earring Display~Holder~Organizer
by 123bling. (United States) When I am making earrings, necklaces, or bracelets, I have found that the addition of bead caps really brings new attention to the bead and turns a plain bead such as a pearl into something that pops. Different styles of bead cap create different effects from dainty and elegant to more classic and bold designs. So try out a variety of … [Read more...] about Adding Bead Caps to Make Your Jewelry Pop
by Elaine. I'm a graphic artist, illustrator and photographer. I am now interested in designing and starting my own Jewelry Business. Since my experience is limited I was thinking of enrolling in The Sheffield School to help me perfect this craft and develop my business. Does anyone have any ideas or experience with this school? I would love your feedback before … [Read more...] about Can you tell me about The Sheffield School?
by Sarouchka. (Washington UK) I have recently picked up bead weaving. I am totally new to this but starting to get the hang of it. I was wondering if there is a website that introduces all the stitches? I know there are tutorials for all of them out there but it is hard to find if you don't know all the names, I might miss out on some and I want to learn them … [Read more...] about Looking for All the Bead Weaving Stitches