by Jean. (Wimberley, TX) Does anyone know if you can safely solder/resolder jewelry cabochon frames that are made from silver plated alloy over brass base jewelry? I have some I bought online from India, and I want to create something different with it. I just want to make sure I don't poison my lungs with it. I am new to the soldering process. Thank you to … [Read more...] about Question About Soldering Alloy Jewelry
Tips & Techniques
Tips and techniques for beading, metalwork, PMC, wirework and other aspects of your handcrafted jewelry business.
by Pat. (UK) I am starting to work with sterling silver wire and looking for a more professional finish. Do you have a method for polishing wire/hammered wire to shine without a mechanical tumbler, eg with wire wool? Thanks! Pat … [Read more...] about Best Way to Polish Jewelry Without a Tumbler?
by Sandy. (Southern Wisconsin) These four clasp suggestions are for Alexa, who asked about clasps in this post: Opinions, Please - Best DIY Clasps for Bracelets? Thanks so much, Sandy, for sending in these lovely suggestions for Alexa! Sandy Swest Jewelry Designs … [Read more...] about DIY Clasp Ideas
by Rena Klingenberg. Leather pendants are worn by both guys and gals, and they're fun to make with a variety of design elements. In this project, I used tooled leather and a metal charm, but you may want to use different types of components. The grommets really make a professional finishing touch on the pendant. Supplies: A pendant size … [Read more...] about Leather Pendant with Grommets (Tutorial)
by Alexa. What are the best styles of handmade clasps for bracelets? Update from Rena: Sandy kindly sent in four examples of DIY clasps that may work for Alexa, in this new post: DIY Clasp Ideas. Thanks so much, Sandy! :) Thank you, Alexa … [Read more...] about Opinions Please: The Best DIY Clasps for Bracelets?
by Cheryl Ware. (Lake Charles, Louisiana) Has anyone had experience with alcohol inks on copper fading, even though the pieces have been spray coated? The earrings in the set have faded within a month while the pendant seems fine; the earrings have been worn more. I used a Krylon acrylic spray. I’d appreciate any help you can give me! Cheryl … [Read more...] about Fading Alcohol Ink on Copper Even Though Coated
by Margaret Hobbs. (Peterborough) I use a plastic lid, covered with felt, to work on when creating a new beaded design. When I finish, there are often several beads left to clear away, before starting a new creation. I use a piece of thin cardboard, folded in three, to gather up the beads and pour them back into the bags I keep them in. I find this quicker and … [Read more...] about A Tip for Gathering up Beads
by Rena Klingenberg. This hammered metal earrings tutorial includes metalwork techniques as well as a bit of wirework and patina. It's an easy step by step jewelry project, with pretty spectacular results! I would love to see what you create from this tutorial! :) Supplies: Copper sheet, 22 or 24 gauge, at least 65mm x 40mm (2.56" x … [Read more...] about Hammered Metal Earrings (Tutorial)
by Tamara Robertson. (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) This is kind of a quick tip I guess - a different way to use pretty bracelets. A few years ago I made thread-wrapped bracelets on large wooden bases. They are too large for my wrists, for many other people's as well, and I still had them in my stock. I thought they looked pretty stacked, and would be a pretty … [Read more...] about Bracelets as Home Decor
by Gayle W. (Southern California) I was cleaning out my craft area and came across a mess that I'm hoping someone can help me figure out. Back when I first started with resins, I colored the bottom layer of antique silver bezels with either alcohol ink or Sharpie type markers (I don't remember which). I then added some mica & glitter inclusions and then used … [Read more...] about Is There Any Hope for My Resin Mess?
by Tammie Adams. (United States) I guess you can say I am a newbie to beading as I've only been beading for a year now. I've read the posts here and love how everyone is so helpful. I do have a question to ask my more experienced beader friends. I bought these plastic drawers to store my beads in. Each drawer has one color in it. The problem I have is, I … [Read more...] about Help – Lost in Beads! Need a Better Bead Organizing System
by JoAnn White. (United States) When your jewelry tools are new, they need to be checked on leftover wire to see if there are rough edges inside the claws, clamps, sides, etc. To check, clamp the tool down on old wire. If there are marks on the wire, use a metal nail file or small jewelry file to smooth the rough edges on the tool until they feel soft. Try … [Read more...] about Preventing and Removing Scratches on Jewelry Wire