by Amanda Thompson. (Salt Lake City, Utah) I am a in the early stages of creating a jewelry business and finding that I have a lot to learn, which is great. I've done beading and fimo clay projects as a hobby for many years and am branching into some work with metal. I purchased brass chain online from two different sources and it didn't look red in the photos, … [Read more...] about How to Tone Down Red Brass Chain?
Patinas and Oxidizing
by Dianne Jacques. (Vermont, USA) When I set out to make these, I had a very different finish in mind. When this beautiful rustic orange reds showed up during the cool-down from enameling I was torn. Do I leave it and seal it as is....or give it a satin finish? What are your thoughts? Dianne Jacques Divella Designs Divella Designs on Facebook … [Read more...] about Rustic or Satin Finish on These Enameled Earrings?
by Rena Klingenberg. This Southwestern Boho Necklace is a fun mixed media project, where you can use all sorts of jewelry techniques. The colors and materials feel very Western / Southwestern, while the fringe, dangles, and beads feel very Boho. Side view when wearing this necklace: It can also be a great music festival necklace. Supplies: … [Read more...] about Southwestern Boho Necklace (Tutorial)
by Dianne Jacques. (Windsor, Vermont) I love to play with metal...heat it, fold it, color it. Here are a couple of cuffs I made. The first is a fold formed cuff I patinated with ammonia and salt; the second fold formed and oxidized with liver of sulfur. Dianne Jacques Divella Designs Divella Designs on Facebook … [Read more...] about Fold Forming and Patina
by Kathleen Moore. (Hampshire, United Kingdom) Imperfect is my perfect! I love rustic ( and rusty!), distressed jewellery pieces that look like they've already had an interesting life or might have been dug from the earth after hundreds of years. A twisted piece of patinaed metal on a battered leather cord? Yep, I love that!! I'm currently making acid etched … [Read more...] about Etched Copper Cuff Bangles
by Rena Klingenberg. Here's a fun way to play with a variety of jewelry patina techniques. We'll use opaque patina inks that are made to adhere to metal. Simply paint or dab the patina ink onto your metal. This is an easy way to create patina effects in a variety of colors. Unlike most patina processes, you can precisely control the outcome … [Read more...] about Jewelry Patina Techniques (Tutorial)
by Dianne. (Windsor, Vermont) Whoa, is this ever fun! I decided I wanted to try some color along with the metal and this is a blast! I figured as long as Valentine's Day is fast approaching I would start with some hearts and do simple enamel. Now I have the bug and have ordered cloisonne wire, etc.... I can't wait! Dianne Divella Designs Divella … [Read more...] about Getting to Know Enamels
by Leslie Hirschberg. (Rancho Mirage, CA) Can I change the color of silver crimp covers to match the beads I am stringing by using alcohol ink? Leslie Hirschberg … [Read more...] about Alcohol Ink on Crimp Covers?
by Melissa McNair. (Clifton Park, NY USA) I just love creating unique jewelry pieces, and my "Aphrodite" necklace is a favorite among my customers The idea is the same, but each creation is always unique since a different combination of paints & accent beads are always used. Aphrodite is a Greek Goddess born out of the sea, and I choose a variety of … [Read more...] about Art Nouveau Goddess: Aphrodite
by Karen. (Toronto) I have my own hand stamped jewelry shop and have decided to use a patina on my personalized pieces. I have tried Liver of Sulpher and the stench of it nearly knocked me over. I use nickel silver and the only chemical I could find was Jax Pewter Black. I put an old disc in to it, full strength and the piece turned jet black within … [Read more...] about How to Use Chemical Patinas Correctly?
by Rena Klingenberg. Question: If you start out with a mismatched pair of rustic copper washers, how many different necklace looks can you create? Answer: The sky's the limit! In this tutorial, we'll make our rustic copper washers and then explore ways to use them in necklace designs. Make Your Rustic Copper Washers My larger washer is 5/8" size, … [Read more...] about Rustic Copper Washer Necklace Variations (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. These simple adjustable stacking rings can be worn one at a time - or one on every finger - or as a whole stack of rings. A simple patina created by a boiled egg provides fabulously rustic color on the finished pieces. You'll get an even more rustic look if you hammer-texture a couple of the rings and scatter them throughout the … [Read more...] about Rustic Adjustable Stacking Rings (Tutorial)