© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved. Here's a simple, fun way to straighten leather cord that's coiled up too tightly to be easily used. When you buy leather cord for making jewelry, it often comes wrapped around a spool like this: When you've bought several yards or meters of leather cord, the spool is a handy way to keep it untangled. But the downside is … [Read more...] about How to Straighten Leather Cord
Tips & Techniques
Tips and techniques for beading, metalwork, PMC, wirework and other aspects of your handcrafted jewelry business.
by Judith Altman. Now that the holidays are over, I'm shifting my focus to the huge Tucson Gem Show that's held annually in Arizona in early February. This is truly the show-of-all-shows, where I spend five or six days shopping. Whatever the size and duration of a gem show, however, there are a few things that I have learned that make the experience more pleasant … [Read more...] about The Tucson Gem Show – How to Prepare for It
by Irene McIntosh. (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) I've picked up plenty of helpful tips since I started receiving Rena's Newsletter so I thought it was time to share as well. At a jewelry party this past week, I introduced a new crystal bangle bracelet and got an immediate custom order. It's the subsequent discussion about color preferences that was the inspiration for … [Read more...] about Wearable Color Chart
by Tamara. (Pink Pearls by Tamara) I had an interesting experience a few days ago. I was in a little accessories store showing the owner the bracelet fastening tool (she immediately bought the 3 I had on me, by the way!). Another lady walked up and said she just had to see what we were doing! I assumed she was a customer shopping in the store. So I showed her, and … [Read more...] about Does Anyone Have Experience With Beaded Bra Straps?
by 123bling. (United States) When I am making earrings, necklaces, or bracelets, I have found that the addition of bead caps really brings new attention to the bead and turns a plain bead such as a pearl into something that pops. Different styles of bead cap create different effects from dainty and elegant to more classic and bold designs. So try out a variety of … [Read more...] about Adding Bead Caps to Make Your Jewelry Pop
by JoAnne. (Marion) I am not physically able to knot pearl necklaces. So I have been turning down requests to restring pearl necklaces that require knotting. Since jewelry repair remains about a third of my income and is highly profitable, I had to find a way to service my customers. Even though my hand tremors interfere with much of my jewelry making, I am able to string … [Read more...] about A Different Knotting Technique
by Sheila Davis. (Shelton,Wa) I read this tip in a bead magazine and wanted to share it. If you don't have a pair of nylon jaw pliers just wrap painters tape around the jaws of your tool to keep from marring your wire. Sheila Davis Stone Designs on Etsy Stone Designs blog Comments: Great tip by: Rena Thank you for posting this helpful tip, … [Read more...] about Wrapping Your Tools to Protect Your Wire
© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved You can also see my easy video, How to Make a Wrapped Wire Loop, to learn this technique. A wrapped wire loop is much more secure than a simple wire loop because it can't come open accidentally. Here's how to make one quickly and easily. Tutorial: How to Make a Wrapped Wire Loop Skill Level: Beginner Supplies and … [Read more...] about Wrapped Wire Loop
by Virginia Vivier. (Tucson, Arizona USA) This is a very simple, yet often forgotten tip. If you are working on a hand-drawn or computer generated design, it's a good idea to first copy it on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper before transferring it to precious metal or expensive materials. Hold it up to the mirror and look at it carefully, as a "first-time viewer" would see … [Read more...] about What Does the Mirror Image Show?
by Rena Klingenberg. (Jewelry Making Journal) Metal stamps are fun, creative jewelry making tools. These tips and techniques show you how to get great results, from the very first time you try metal stamping jewelry. Learning the Technique: It takes a bit of practice to get nice, even results when metal stamping jewelry. I recommend practicing on pieces … [Read more...] about Metal Stamps – Tips and Techniques
by Noreen Doll. (Crafty Journal) Create a pair of fingerless jewelry making gloves from a pair of knee high socks. Here's one of a pair I made a year ago and have really worn a lot! They are quick to make and very inexpensive if you buy your socks at the dollar store. Be sure to get the adult size socks, as the kids size can be too tight around your arm … [Read more...] about Fingerless Jewelry Making Gloves Tutorial
by Rena Klingenberg. (Jewelry Making Journal) Buttons can be a fun item for earring packaging. They can serve as a sort of "earring card" if you put the earwires or posts through the button's holes. Using buttons this way can also keep a pair of earrings nicely rounded up during travel or shipping (earrings love to move around inside their gift boxes … [Read more...] about Using Buttons for Earring Packaging