by Beth Therriault. (Plainville, Connecticut USA) I have half of my finished basement set up as my work area. I have a 2 year old that gets a hold of my supplies and I need a way to organize my tools and supplies where she won't get a hold of everything but still have it where I can easily get at it. Beth Therriault Comments: I FEEL YOUR PAIN by: … [Read more...] about Organization Issues
Tips & Techniques
Tips and techniques for beading, metalwork, PMC, wirework and other aspects of your handcrafted jewelry business.
by Janine Gerade. (Massachusetts USA) In my quest to go through my jewelry and check for wear, tear and weak parts (see my previous post on Rena's site about customer returns - Help with Jewelry Party Returns Due to Breakage), I came across several of my pieces that I just didn't like anymore. For whatever reason, whether it be out of style or it wasn't my favorite … [Read more...] about Time to Re-Do Your Work!
by Rena Klingenberg. You can neatly cover your crimp beads and beading wire ends by making your own easy, coiled crimp bead covers: Covering up your crimps and beading wire is a simple way to give your finished jewelry a more professional look. See the coiled crimp bead covers in action - between the last blue bead and the beginning of the chain, on each side of … [Read more...] about How to Make Crimp Bead Covers – Tutorial
Jewelry and Coffee with Rena Video Episode 22 by Rena Klingenberg. Can you oxidize silver and copper with boiled eggs? Or is that just an urban legend? Let's find out: Transcript of This Video: Sometimes it's nice to have bright, shiny metals in our jewelry. But other times it's nice to have something that's a bit more antiquey, something that darkens and … [Read more...] about How to Oxidize Sterling Silver and Copper with Boiled Eggs (Video)
by Pat Quimby. (Texas Gulf Coast USA) Hello there, I am writing for suggestions on a shell jewelry project. When I collect shells at the shore I usually go for the not so perfect...I leave those for the tourists. So recently when I uncovered my shell collection I found a few jars of 'mellow' shells. They are smooth, mostly oblong or triangular, and range in colors from … [Read more...] about Embellishing Shells
by Joanne Forman. How does one work harden sterling silver earring posts? Joanne … [Read more...] about Sterling Post Earrings: ‘How To’ Question
by Beverly. (Memphis, Tennessee USA) Hi, I need a remedy for earrings to cover my ear openings. Quite a few years ago, my ear openings came open and looked like a straight cut down. I had them surgically repaired. Regular earrings are unappealing to wear, and I am avoiding a repeat surgery. I need to design earrings that will be attractive and yet cover the slit … [Read more...] about Earring Styles For Problem Ears
by Maryanne Murphy. (Atlanta, Georgia & Belfast Maine, USA) Hi Rena and everyone! First let me say that I LOVE everything new and wonderful that you have done Rena! I savoir every JMJ issue, which is a wonderful constant in my ever changing and hectic life. For the last year and a half I have been going back and forth from Georgia to Maine taking care of … [Read more...] about Bubbles, Bubbles In My Glass Tile Jewelry
by Cheylon Woods. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA) I made a necklace for myself, and I decided to use wire instead of thread to avoid the eventual pulling and stretching of the threads. In about three weeks or so, I saw the same problem and now there is a space between my finding and the last bead. What am I doing wrong? Cheylon woods … [Read more...] about Stretched Beading Wire: How Do I Avoid This?
by Alice Howe. (United States) I have some 5mm leather that I want to form bangles and glue the ends together. I am having a tough time getting the leather to form a perfectly round circle. Any ideas? Thank you, Alice Howe Howe to Bead … [Read more...] about Thick Leather for Bangles: Any Tips on How to Shape It?
by Barbara Jacquin. (Southern France) I have some really nice ceramic scarab beads from Egypt that I'd like to string but I don't know what type of string to use because the holes are large, as you may be able to see from the photo. I would also like to combine with small silver spacers or small beads with smaller holes. Any suggestions? Barbara Jacquin … [Read more...] about How to String Beads with Large Holes
by Drake Collins. (Akron, Ohio, USA) I've recently been including more beads in my chainmaille and wire jewelry, and I've run into a bit of a problem. My beads are not drilled at a consistent size, and so I will have to ream a lot of them in order to get a 16g wire through them for some of my pieces. I'm using a flex-shaft with a reaming bit, and a little bowl of water to … [Read more...] about Need Some Bead Reaming Tips