by Tricia Dutton. (Bead Booty) I have an alternative to those narrow metal bead scoopers found in most jewelry supply stores. I use drinking straws! They cost just about nothing and come in lots of sizes. Pinching an end and snipping diagonally creates the perfect little tool to scoop up your leftover beads to be put away. A bonus....the point created by the … [Read more...] about A Better Bead Scoop
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by JoAnne. (Marion) I am not physically able to knot pearl necklaces. So I have been turning down requests to restring pearl necklaces that require knotting. Since jewelry repair remains about a third of my income and is highly profitable, I had to find a way to service my customers. Even though my hand tremors interfere with much of my jewelry making, I am able to string … [Read more...] about A Different Knotting Technique
by Sheila Davis. (Shelton,Wa) I read this tip in a bead magazine and wanted to share it. If you don't have a pair of nylon jaw pliers just wrap painters tape around the jaws of your tool to keep from marring your wire. Sheila Davis Stone Designs on Etsy Stone Designs blog Comments: Great tip by: Rena Thank you for posting this helpful tip, … [Read more...] about Wrapping Your Tools to Protect Your Wire
© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved You can also see my easy video, How to Make a Wrapped Wire Loop, to learn this technique. A wrapped wire loop is much more secure than a simple wire loop because it can't come open accidentally. Here's how to make one quickly and easily. Tutorial: How to Make a Wrapped Wire Loop Skill Level: Beginner Supplies and … [Read more...] about Wrapped Wire Loop
by Virginia Vivier. (Esprit Mystique Jewelry) Would you like to create a line of jewelry that looks professional with a very limited amount of tools? Investing in a hydraulic press can save you hours of labor creating a unique line of jewelry that looks as if it were made by hand, one-at-a-time. In my last article, You Don't Need Expensive Tools to Make … [Read more...] about How to Create Multiple Valentine Jewelry Hearts Quickly – Using a Hydraulic Press
by Rena Klingenberg. This wire wrap rings tutorial is a very fast and easy project. You can quickly make a ton of these from bits of wire left over from other projects, or from a pile of new wire pieces you cut to size. They're comfortable and adjustable - and, as you'll see at the end of this tutorial, there are endless creative ways you can embellish this basic … [Read more...] about Wire Wrap Rings – Tutorial
by Jessica Curry. (Curry Designs Handmade) I couldn't wait to share this tutorial with you once I made this ring. It turned out adorable! All you need is: 18 gauge artistic wire (I am using silver plated wire) button (not too big) needle nose pliers mandrel Photo 1: First what you need to do is cut a piece of wire about 2 feet long. Insert wire … [Read more...] about Wire Wrap Button Ring Tutorial
by Helen White. Making jewellery inevitably produces waste - you end up with left over threads, beading wire, single beads, chipped beads and other materials. But before subjecting these to your bin, spare a second thought on these items as they might still be useful. Memory Wire When working with memory wire, I often end up with half a loop, especially … [Read more...] about What to Do with Your Jewellery Supply “Left-Overs”
by Virginia Vivier. (Tucson, Arizona USA) This is a very simple, yet often forgotten tip. If you are working on a hand-drawn or computer generated design, it's a good idea to first copy it on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper before transferring it to precious metal or expensive materials. Hold it up to the mirror and look at it carefully, as a "first-time viewer" would see … [Read more...] about What Does the Mirror Image Show?
by Rena Klingenberg. What is vermeil - and how the heck do you pronounce it? Vermeil (pronounced vehr-MAY) is a jewelry metal, created by plating a gold surface onto a core of sterling silver. The gold must be at least 10k, and in a layer of 1.5 micrometers or greater. The gold and silver are bonded together by electrolysis. As an electric current … [Read more...] about What is Vermeil?
by Virginia Vivier. (Esprit Mystique Jewelry) Acid Etching Brass, Copper and Silver Jewelry Part 1: Design Transfer What is your favorite design? Wish you could transform it into a series of etched pendants? If drawing multiple designs by hand would take hours, here is speedy way to transfer complex designs to metal for acid etching. First, scale the design to … [Read more...] about Acid Etching Metal Jewelry, Part 1
by Virginia Vivier. (Esprit Mystique Jewelry) Acid Etching Brass and Copper Jewelry Part 2: Hand-Drawing Designs on Brass and Copper for Acid Etching (My unscientific, but personally tested results.) In the first article of this series, Part 1: Design Transfer, we discussed how to transfer photocopied graphic designs to flat pieces of brass and copper for etching … [Read more...] about Acid Etching Metal Jewelry, Part 2