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?
Tips & Techniques
Tips and techniques for beading, metalwork, PMC, wirework and other aspects of your handcrafted jewelry business.
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
by Rena Klingenberg. Now we're going to put easy patina finishes on the Rustic Cuff Bracelets we made in Part 1 of this tutorial. One of the fun things about working with patinas like this one is that the result is usually a surprise! This one unexpectedly turned out looking like a landscape painting with a tree over at the left side: There are so … [Read more...] about Easy Patina Finishes for Copper and Brass – a Tutorial
by Angela Robison. (Madison, AL) Hello, I am making a V-shaped pearl necklace for a customer using cross weave stitch and using Swarovski 6mm pearls and clear silver-lined 11/0 seed beads. (From far off, it almost looks like a double strand necklace.) I am using Accuflex 49-strand, 0.014 inch diameter beading wire. Problem I am having is that there are parts of the … [Read more...] about Help With Cross Weave Stitch Please
by Joy Bardin. (Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, USA) I always enjoy Rena's newsletter and find it extremely informative and FUN. I have a question: I have a new jewelry project which uses JoLite Stained "Glass" sheets. Has anyone worked with this material? Any hints? I cannot find anything about it online. Thanks. Joy Bardin Double J Originals … [Read more...] about Working with JoLite. Any Hints or Tips?
by Charlotte Smith. (Durham, North Carolina) I have started using Shrinky Dinks to make lapel pins and using Enviro Tex Lite to give it a shiny gloss. Having a little trouble with the Enviro Tex as far as not getting it on right, so need help on doing this and as the edges are rough. What is the best solution for the edges? I love making these pins and have found … [Read more...] about Shrinky Dinks Pins: How to Smooth the Edges?
by Jane Blancher. (Ontario, Canada) I taped an aluminum metre stick along the front edge of my work desk and highlighted the common necklace lengths... 35cm, 40cm, 44cm etc. to facilitate cord/chain measuring and cutting. I found this very advantageous for making bracelets as well! Jane Blancher Equine Design … [Read more...] about Measuring Tip for Wire, Cord, Chain and More
by Steve Smy. (Gemineer) I've only recently started doing *real* wire work and have much to learn. One problem I encounter is the assumption by so many wire workers that I will have invested large sums of money (that I don't have) in acquiring almost every variety of wire available! I can't afford Sterling Silver, nor can I afford to buy more than three sizes in … [Read more...] about Can I Cheat On Wire Shapes?
by Rena Klingenberg. Here's the right way to open and close a jump ring so it will keep its perfect circle. The proper way to open a jump ring is to twist it open, so that it looks like this: Important: Never try to open a jump ring by pulling it open or unrolling it. It's almost impossible to get it neatly rolled up into a circle again. Supplies and … [Read more...] about Open and Close a Jump Ring
© by Brenda New; all rights reserved. Here are some tips on how to make a strong, high quality, handmade beaded bracelet that will last for years. Use High Quality Stringing Material First, in order to make a strong beaded bracelet, it's important to make certain that you're using the best components available. I use either Soft Flex or Beadalon in 49-strand, … [Read more...] about How to Make a Strong Beaded Bracelet