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”
Tips & Techniques
Tips and techniques for beading, metalwork, PMC, wirework and other aspects of your handcrafted jewelry business.
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
by Tamara Summers. (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) Some simple beach stones just have grand dreams and intentions of becoming necklace pendants - they really do! I come across them occasionally as I search for treasures on the beach to make jewellery and art with. They've taken decades, if not longer, to create a hole within themselves to accommodate a bale very easily, … [Read more...] about Kintsugi-Inspired Beach Stone Necklace
by Joan Jones. I brushed onto my finished pewter pendant an acrylic medium and varnish. Unfortunately, I got a little on the stones, so I decided to cover the entire stone. Now, I’m looking to remove it with a solvent for acrylic varnish! Any ideas? Joan Jones … [Read more...] about Help! How to Remove Acrylic Varnish from Stones in a Pendant?
by Dawn. (Syracuse NY) I just love all of the beautiful colors in the fall. I'm from the Adirondacks and it is the best time of year. And who can resist the Christmas season? I so enjoy working with pretty lampwork and ceramic beads, and finding just the right crystals and accents to finish with. Beaded bookmarks are very new to me, but as I am an … [Read more...] about Fall and Winter Are the Most Inspiring Seasons for Me
by Rachael. I've used files for smoothing out things like excess solder and scratches, but I've found that the files always scratch my metal badly, leaving lots of fine but noticeable scratches. Sandpaper / buffing compounds haven't been sufficient remove the original or the new scratches. Can anyone suggest some quality but basic / necessary files and methods to … [Read more...] about Need Help with Scratch Removal on Metal
by Kim Orton. Memory Wire Trouble: I make a lot of memory wire jewelry and do my best to make my loops just right so they won’t poke but it still happens sometimes. Those end caps you glue don’t stay on. I may not be using the right size. Beading Wire Trouble: Another problem I have is when I am finishing a necklace the beading wire will break and I could … [Read more...] about Trouble with Finishing Off Jewelry
by Catherine Smith. (Oklahoma) I ordered some dark amber fringe seed beads because they went with an autumn theme I had in mind for a necklace. What I had in mind didn't work. I tried stringing them spaced with Swarovski crystals in between, but realized I didn't have enough to make a necklace. Do you have any suggestions on how else I could use them? I tend … [Read more...] about How to Use Fringe Seed Beads?
by Kristin. (Ohio) Help! I recently bought stainless steel shot for my double barrel Harbor Freight tumbler which I have owned for a few years but only used once and never got jewelry until now. I have put this pile of sterling ear wires and rings in and they keep coming out black. I have tumbled them at least 4 times at varying lengths (45 minutes up to 12+ … [Read more...] about Need Tumbler Help – Sterling Silver Keeps Coming Out Black!