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?
Tips & Techniques
Tips and techniques for beading, metalwork, PMC, wirework and other aspects of your handcrafted jewelry business.
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)
by Pat K. I used to feed wire back through a few beads, but it always found a way out. So now I double crimp / cover, and tightly flush cut the tail (I use 7 or 19 strand beading wire). My biggest issue is wire stretching in use. For necklaces, with some success, I tried hanging the piece over a door handle for a few days to stretch before crimping. However, … [Read more...] about Help – Beading Wire Stretches, Making Finished Jewelry “Grow”
by Autumn. (North Carolina) I purchased some beautiful top half-drilled briolette quartz beads today. I want to make earrings from them, yet I do not want to use glue of any sort. I personally just don't like glue; and I had bad experiences using it with knotted pearls. I've "screwed" a steel bail into a half-drilled quartz before and it broke a chip off at the … [Read more...] about Securing Half-Drilled Briolette?
by Aswathy. I have just started making terracotta jewellery. I am using air dry clay. But my pendant becomes shapeless after the clay dries. The pendant edges become curved after it dries. Can anyone please suggest the best ways to avoid this? Thanks Aswathy … [Read more...] about Need Help with Air Dry Clay Techniques
by Laury. (Pittsburgh, PA) I have difficulty getting my cut wire pieces to match when I make earrings. Also, how can I mark measurements on dark wire? Sharpies don't work. Thanks!! Laury … [Read more...] about How to Measure, Mark, and Cut Wire for Matching Earrings?
by Dirah Bonnie Earnest. (Martinez, CA) I just wanted to share a helpful little item that knitters and crocheters use. I found these little items so helpful with organizing or keeping in place in my chains for placing beads. I have used these for my chains that are measured out to keep size together, keep toggles clipped, and so many other things I use for my … [Read more...] about Helpful Item for Jewelry, Borrowed from Knitting and Crochet