by Lisa Yang. (Lisa Yang Jewelry - West Hills, CA) Beginning Beaders, Beware From the day you start beading, you need to consider what to do with the beads, gemstones and findings that you start collecting (or in my case, hoarding). Those little plastic baggies the beads came from the store in seem fine at first, since they are usually labeled, and you can write … [Read more...] about How You Can Store and Organize Your Beads
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by Rena Klingenberg. Here's the right way to open and close a jump ring so it will keep its perfect circle. The proper way to open a jump ring is to twist it open, so that it looks like this: Important: Never try to open a jump ring by pulling it open or unrolling it. It's almost impossible to get it neatly rolled up into a circle again. Supplies and … [Read more...] about Open and Close a Jump Ring
by Rena Klingenberg. (Jewelry Making Journal) This monogram ring tutorial is easy and versatile. I've used mixed metals in the examples here, but of course you can use whatever metals you like best! I know we don't usually think of a monogram being just one initial, but Roget's Thesaurus lists "initials" as a synonym for "monogram" - so I'm including a … [Read more...] about Adjustable Monogram Ring Tutorial
by Lynda Carson. (Spring Valley, CA) Hi, everyone-- I've been hearing about a new metal product that is sterling silver filled wire. Does anyone have information about this product? How does it compare to sterling silver wire in look, how it handles when forged, solders, wears, patinas...? And of course, price? I'm hopeful that it will give jewelry makers an … [Read more...] about Questions About Sterling Silver Filled Wire
© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved. Jewelry making silver is often alloyed with other metals. Pure silver is a lustrous, white precious metal. It's soft and easily shaped, and is slightly harder than gold. Be sure to save all your scraps of sterling silver and fine silver that are too small to use in your jewelry. Some jewelry suppliers and metal mills … [Read more...] about Jewelry Making Silver
by Lisa Yang. (Lisa Yang Jewelry) My children just got braces. I was mesmerized watching them put them on - not because of the braces, but because of the tools they were using! I could tell right away that the wire they used for the braces was a similar gauge to what I use in my jewelry making. The wire cutters and pliers the orthodontist was using was like … [Read more...] about Jewelry Tools From the Orthodontist!
© by Brenda New; all rights reserved. Here are some tips on how to make a strong, high quality, handmade beaded bracelet that will last for years. Use High Quality Stringing Material First, in order to make a strong beaded bracelet, it's important to make certain that you're using the best components available. I use either Soft Flex or Beadalon in 49-strand, … [Read more...] about How to Make a Strong Beaded Bracelet
by Rena Klingenberg. You can use this idea for all kinds of wire (and other) jewelry designs! Once you've figured out the measurements for a project, create a template so you won't have to do the same measuring all over again the next time you make something similar. Among my most-used wireworking tools are my measuring templates I've made out of wooden popsicle … [Read more...] about Make a Measuring Template for Wire Jewelry Projects
by Bev Carlson. (Bev's Jewelry) Got to love hardware stores for jewelry supplies. Everything from PVC pipe for rollers to whatever. Just keep your eyes open. Fireline is cheaper in hardware stores than in jewelry supply stores. I saw that first in Walmart - same product, same store, different departments. I'm still using my large roll of it from the sports / … [Read more...] about Jewelry Supplies from Hardware Stores
© 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?
© 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