by Rena Klingenberg. The wire tree of life is a popular motif in jewelry. One of the addictive things about creating these is that there are so many ways to arrange and decorate your tree's roots, trunk, and branches. But beware - these trees have a mind of their own, and they may grow their own wonderful design regardless of what you were planning! … [Read more...] about Wire Tree of Life (Tutorial)
Making pendants and focal pieces.
by Rena Klingenberg. This bead and wire dragonfly tutorial can be used in infinite ways. You can make them into earrings: Or a necklace, with the dragonfly's wing and tail attached to a chain: This bead and wire dragonfly is made from a single piece of wire, with a sturdy construction. You might also use it for a zipper pull, ceiling-fan pull, sun … [Read more...] about Bead and Wire Dragonfly (Tutorial)
by Carol. (Chicago) I just returned from a Mexico adventure. I collected a bunch of wine corks that I intend to make into necklace pendants. Anyone have suggestions? Carol … [Read more...] about Pendant Ideas Using a Wine Bottle Cork?
by Jennie McIntyre. (Rochester UK) This was made from air dry clay. I then used acrylic paints and finally sealed for durability. I decided to pair with the lovely red agate pebbles I had brought some time earlier and finished with bronze tone findings for a rustic appearance. I used a magnetic clasp. The lightness of the clay pendant is offset with the … [Read more...] about Air Dry Clay Bird Pendant
by Barbara B. Jacquin. (Uzes in the south of France) Always on the lookout for ideas for unique settings, I was inspired by a travel catalogue photo of a temple in Thailand. It was a little tricky to saw out the detail but in the end I was pleased with the result. My labradorite seems to be happy sitting there. I love this stone! Barbara B. … [Read more...] about Temple Labradorite Pendant
by Rena Klingenberg. Layering pendants is a fun and easy way to design jewelry. You can layer pendants from your stash, or from your personal jewelry wardrobe. This is a great activity to do on days when your creative muse has deserted you. Simply set out a handful of pendants and some jump rings - and try different pairings … [Read more...] about Fun with Layering Pendants (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. This circle pendant and hoop earring set is made with Memory Wire - a hardened wire that comes in coils, similar to a "Slinky" toy. The pendant is made with bracelet-size Memory Wire, while the earrings use the ring-size wire. A focal bead, a few accent beads, and a handful of seed beads will turn the wire into a fabulous, colorful … [Read more...] about Memory Wire Pendant and Earrings (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. Here's a different kind of wire pendant that's fun to create. It involves making wire shapes and arranging them into a pleasing design or picture in a jewelry photo frame. Most wire pendants use the wire as a three-dimensional structure or sculpture. But in this project we'll use the wire as lines to create flat art inside a … [Read more...] about Wire Line Art Pendant (Tutorial)
by Susan Anderson. (Home Studio) I have been wanting to play around with making some pendants using dominos. Here are some of the examples I have completed. The pictures are not as clear as I would like them but you can get the idea. I used both plastic and wooden dominos. First I drilled a hole to thread wire through once finished. The domino was covered with … [Read more...] about Domino Pendants
by Rena Klingenberg. This adjustable neckwire is an artistic, alternative way to wear a pendant. Many years ago when I first started making neckwires, I made a hook at each end of the wire for a clasp - but those hooks can sometimes come unfastened during wearing. So the design we'll make today includes an adjustable closure with a secure clasp: Another … [Read more...] about Adjustable Neckwire for Pendants (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. Make this arrowhead pendant with a few basic tools, and finish it off with a leather cord (or chain, if you prefer). This pendant can be worn equally well by both guys and gals! :) In this design, we'll texture the sides of the arrowhead to echo ancient flint-knapped stone arrowheads. Supplies: Copper or brass sheet - 22 or … [Read more...] about Metalwork Arrowhead Pendant (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. This grungy metal pendant is made from two stacked hearts: . . . that open to reveal a hidden metal-stamped love letter inside: And of course, you can create your own message in place of my "hugs and kisses" note. We want this finished pendant to look charmingly rustic and grungy - so no need to aim for "perfect" results with any … [Read more...] about Secret Love Letter Pendant (Tutorial)