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
Tips & Techniques
Tips and techniques for beading, metalwork, PMC, wirework and other aspects of your handcrafted jewelry business.
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!
by Judith. (USA) I am thrilled to be making jewelry for one of my favorite figure skaters! But so far I have advised her to wear my jewelry only off the ice, because I am not positive it will not come apart under the high speed of spinning in the air and on the ice. Maybe I am being over-cautious - after all, their costumes are covered in hand-sewn crystals - but … [Read more...] about How Do I Make Super-Secure Jewelry for an Olympic Athlete?
by Melody. I'm a newbie at making jewelry, and I love it! My problem is that I also love having long manicured fingernails... but my nails are getting ruined when I make my jewelry. Now some of my nails are actually chipped or notched in places and so is the nail polish. Can anyone share some tips on keeping long fingernails and nail polish nice even though you … [Read more...] about Is It Possible to Keep Long Fingernails Nice When You Make Jewelry?
by Carol Super. I want to repurpose brooches into pendants. I want to take the locking mechanisms off completely. I have read that one of the best ways to remove the locking parts is to use an end cutter / nipper / nail puller tool. Can you recommend one, or can you tell me what size I should get? Thanks very much. Carol Super … [Read more...] about How to Remove Pin Mechanism from Back of Brooches?
by Lynn. Regarding the tips in the post, How to Make a Strong Beaded Bracelet..... What if you can’t really afford sterling crimps and the 49-strand wire? Are there any techniques that can make up for the less durable materials? Lynn … [Read more...] about How to Make Strong Beaded Jewelry Without Quality Materials?
by Suzy. I'm a bit new at jewelry making and I've noticed that my pliers are now making marks in the metals I am working on. What do you recommend? New set of pliers or is there another way to have them last longer? Thanks so much for your time. Suzy … [Read more...] about How to Prevent Tool Marks on Jewelry Metal?
by Rena Klingenberg. Nancy Mac sent in this question: What is Memory Wire? My sister is visually impaired and also has fine motor problems now after a stroke. She has difficulty now holding the string to make bracelets. Does anyone know of a “string holder” or any type of assistive device she could use? She makes beautiful bracelets but needs a steady … [Read more...] about Memory Wire Jewelry Making for Visually Impaired Artist with Fine Motor Difficulty
by Delia Stone. (Gulf Coast of Florida) Previously, I shared a few of my cloisonne pieces. Many respondents were intrigued and wanted to know more about how it's done. I promised to follow up with more information on how I make my handmade cloisonne pieces and I'm making good on that promise. Here I offer a brief view (much abbreviated) into the creation of one of … [Read more...] about The Basics of Making Your Own Cloisonne
by Toni Williamson. I use small split rings when I can in place of open jump rings. I do that because I'm afraid the jump ring will open and the necklace will fall apart. Should I be worried about that, because I sell my jewelry and want them to get the best quality I can give them. Or do you spot weld the jump ring (if I'm saying that right). Thank you, Toni … [Read more...] about Use Split Rings, Soldered Rings, or Jump Rings for Best Necklace Quality?
by Raya. Hi, I attached a picture of necklaces I am trying to make and I was wondering what is the best strongest thread to use for gemstone beads? Thank you! Raya … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Thread for Gemstone Beads?