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)
Making pendants and focal pieces.
by Tara. (Canada) I've made nail polish jewelry in the past, by painting the backs of glass cabs and gluing them into a setting. But I recently picked up a second-hand Silhouette cutter and decided to take it a step further: why not cut intricate decals out of the vinyl, stick them onto the glass, then paint the nail polish on top? Great idea, right? In theory... … [Read more...] about Troubleshooting: Adhesive Vinyl and Nail Polish on Glass Cabochons
by Ann Howington. (Denton, TX) I am making a number of asymmetrical pendants that cannot use a bail or jump ring in the exact center of the top edge. Is there a tool to figure out where the pendant balances correctly, thus where the bail or hole should go to hang it correctly? Thank you. Ann Howington Revival Jewelry … [Read more...] about How to Figure Out Where to Put the Bail or Hole, for an Asymmetrical Pendant to Hang Straight?
by Stuart Turner. (United Kingdom) I had some fused glass beads made for a jewellery class I run. All beads were different shapes, sizes and colours. My tutorial takes the pupil to the point where I encourage them to use their imagination to embellish it. I first made one as demonstration then made one with the class to "show how" that is the single … [Read more...] about Fused Glass Wire Pendant
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)
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)