by Robby. (Western Australia) I have threaded my Tiger Eye, Larva and Citron necklace many times, only to have it break many times. Have used double strand Tiger Wire. The weight is 390g. Should I be using wire to individually wire each bead together? As you probably can tell I’m a novice. Robby … [Read more...] about How to String Really Heavy Gems?
Tips & Techniques
Tips and techniques for beading, metalwork, PMC, wirework and other aspects of your handcrafted jewelry business.
by Lynda Carson. (Spring Valley, CA) Haven't posted here for quite awhile...Thought I'd share some new things I've been playing with in leather. I googled "Leather Scraps Local" and found a wonderful shop and owner who has been teaching me lots about this material. Also, at $10 a pound for scrap leather, you can't go wrong! He also sells pre-made tooling … [Read more...] about Getting Into Leather Works – and Please Share Your Leatherworking Tips
by Dianne Jacques. (United States) A few years ago I posted a free tutorial on how to replace a misplaced or broken bead in your peyote stitch without having to unstitch. That website has gone by the wayside and I have had a few folks write to ask where they can find it. I have reposted it for you on my blog (link below), complete with full color pictures. Happy … [Read more...] about Replacing a Bead in Peyote Stitch
by Joybelle. (Atlanta, GA) I don't have a piece to share, but lately I have been rolling tons of paper beads. I am loving rolling beads using 5+ strips because of the thickness of the beads. What I have discovered about myself is that I absolutely detest the glazing process especially with the quantity that I have already rolled :( I wanted to share my bead … [Read more...] about Making Paper Beads – What’s the Best, Easiest Glazing Process?
by Rena Klingenberg. Here's how to make a larks head knot, step by step. I'm demonstrating this knot with a piece of leather cord and a hardware washer. But you don't have to attach your knot to a donut-shaped object. You might attach it to a stick or a metal rod, or to another piece of cord, or to anything else you like. Step by Step Tutorial for Making a … [Read more...] about How to Make a Larks Head Knot – Step by Step Tutorial
by Lyone Fein. (Minerva, Ohio) Hello Rena, I would like to put a question out before the community of folks who read your journal. I am in the planning stages of constructing a sculpture for my backyard garden. I have included a rough sketch of the project for reference. The main structure of my standing sculpture is going to be thick copper tubing, and I want … [Read more...] about How to Wire / Hang Small Plate for a Mobile?
by Sharon. (California) I could really use some words of wisdom. When I try to make multiple consistent wire curved pieces to incorporate into a single earring and its mate, I have a really hard time reproducing the identical (or close to identical) curved shapes. How do you make the same amount of curve or tightness of spiral over and over? Thanks! Sharon … [Read more...] about How to Make Uniform Curved Wire Jewelry Components?
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 Dena. (Florida) I want to etch on low dome wire for a wedding band or on a domed ring. Is there a way to transfer a design to the rounded shape, or do I just have to draw the design? It's on silver, so I'm not sure what will hold up to the etch for silver. Thank you. Dena You name it … [Read more...] about How to Etch on Low Dome Wire for Wedding Bands?
by Hope. (United States) I am a graphic designer and decided to put my art on necklaces etc. When I researched jewelry making, it said having a laser printer to print out my images would turn out best. So I got one and every time I print a sheet I put the settings correlating to the paper (110 lb.), they suggested not using an inkjet and if you did use … [Read more...] about Help! Using Laser Printer to Print Images to Put on Jewelry
by Carole Sbordone. (United States) I have found that when I'm doing seed bead projects that require many passes of the needle and thread, sometimes it is hard to pull the needle through without pliers to help grab hold of it. A trick that works most of the time is to take a piece of scotch tape and place it on the needle (don't wrap it around the needle, just stick … [Read more...] about Get the Needle Through that Seed Bead!
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)