by Julie Lloyd. (Healing Crystal Jewelry) I discovered the benefits of using Argentium sterling silver in my jewelry designs early on. Its very low tarnish properties is a great benefit to jewelry owners and designers alike. With only mild soap and water, your jewelry can always be kept as bright as new. Another huge benefit for me as a jewelry designer is that a … [Read more...] about How to Make Your Own Argentium Sterling Ball Pins
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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
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 Julia Grinberg. (Glass of Venice) Murano is a small island just north of Venice, and it has been the undisputed capital of Venetian glass for ages. Glass production in Murano started in 1291 when the Venetian Republic forced all of the glassmakers to move their entire workshops and factories out of the city to this now-famous Island. Murano jewelry and … [Read more...] about Artistic Value of Murano Glass Jewelry
© by GlassOfVenice.com; all rights reserved Millefiori glass, also known as Murrine, is one of the best-known and highly sought after techniques of Murano glass making. What is Millefiori Glass? It stands for "a thousand flowers" in Italian, and indeed, the end result of this painstaking work often reminds a field of whimsical flowers showing off … [Read more...] about Millefiori Glass
by Rena Klingenberg. What is opalite, also known as "sea opal glass"? Is it a gemstone, or is it manmade? Opalite Glass "Opalite" usually refers to a manmade glass used mainly in jewelry making. Although this material is usually anywhere from clear to milky colored, it takes on an unearthly, luminous blue glow - especially when placed against a dark backdrop. That's … [Read more...] about What is Opalite (Sea Opal Glass)?
by Millie from Gotrocks. Since I've received more than a few questions about the carat weight of stones, I thought it might help to provide information about the subject. In general the question asked most often is: "How many carats is a 30mm x 22mm (for example) cabochon?" I assume that since there are many new people joining the jewelry making scene … [Read more...] about About Cabochon Carat Weight