by Karen Pridemore. I am using copper solder. I purchased it from Rings and Things. I need help figuring out where to actually place the piece of solder so it joins the two pieces!!! Help! Karen Pridemore … [Read more...] about Help! Where Do I Place the Copper Solder?
Tips & Techniques
Tips and techniques for beading, metalwork, PMC, wirework and other aspects of your handcrafted jewelry business.
by Susan Bernauer. I want to make a simple shape for jewelry to promote a cause. Thus I would be needing large quantity. It needs to be blue, and I want it to be good quality jewelry, not cheap looking. Something nice that people would want to buy and wear. But what can be used that is blue??? Glass i think would be too fragile unless somehow … [Read more...] about What Can I Use to Make Blue Jewelry to Promote a Cause?
by Elizabeth Reid. (Rockville, MD) I had this lovely Azurite stone that I wanted to bezel and make into a pendant. However I forgot to put a bail on the pendant, so my friends suggested setting the bezeled pendant into a pronged setting. In a recent magazine it saw a lovely example for a round stone set into a flower setting. I adapted the idea for an oval stone … [Read more...] about Result of a Mistake
by Barbara Gene. (Long Beach Ca) I have been searching for a long time for a way I can paint all the jewelry I have. The new colors that are coming out 2016/17 are Pearlescence for everything. This is one of my hand painted necklaces for my new line. Most of the hand painted jewelry is vintage. The one below is a 1960's choker, started as a boring … [Read more...] about Hand Painted Jewelry
by Jenee' Mohler. (Sisters, Oregon) I need some advice on ways to attach tiny gears and watch components to partial watch movements, and jump rings to vintage wristwatch movements. Some pieces just don't have holes to wire to, and can't be drilled. I have been using E6000, but the tiny shafts and pieces don't leave much surface area to glue, and I want my … [Read more...] about Help! How to Attach Tiny Parts to a Vintage Partial Pocket Watch Movement?
by Kathy Bartolameolli. (USA) I have joined some costume pieces using wire and glue. The front looks great but I would like the back to look finished. How can I cover or finish the back neatly? This is the front of the necklace: This is the back of the necklace. What can I do or use to cover the back? Kathy Bartolameolli … [Read more...] about Help – How to Cover the Back of Joined Pieces?
by Jenn Kessler. (Vacaville, CA) Has anyone successfully used a sealant on a piece of copper decorated with alcohol ink without any distortion? How long did you wait to see the results over a period of time? I learned that Mod Podge remains safe for several weeks before it distorted my jewelry piece. Jenn Kessler … [Read more...] about Successful Sealant for Alcohol Ink on Copper Jewelry?
by Virginia Vivier - Chief Witch. (Sunny Tucson, Arizona) Creating unique jewelry using wood beads and decals can be fun! I found a supplier of smooth hardwood shapes, good for beads, pendants and earrings. I like to paint tribal designs on unfinished wood but found it difficult to paint intricate designs on small wood shapes. So, I experimented with decals. There are … [Read more...] about Create Unique Wood Jewelry with Decals
by Leslie. (NC, USA) Yesterday I turned my pickle pot on and left it all day. I was going to work at my bench but got busy doing other things. I turned my pot off last night around midnight and this morning my pickle looks like a blue slushy. I actually had to touch it to make sure it wasn't frozen. I stirred and added more water, but haven't ever seen it do … [Read more...] about Why Does My Pickle Look Slushy?
by Judy K Bontjes. (Wahpeton, ND Moving to Fort Morgan, CO) Do you have any ideas for something I could make for my 5-yr-old grandsons? We are in the process of moving and buying a house, and money is very tight. We exchanged names with the adults for gifts, but I would like to have something for the children. I do have lots of beads!! Judy K Bontjes The … [Read more...] about What Jewelry Items Can I Make for 5-Year-Old Boys?
by Mary Wong. (San Gabriel, CA) While I was weaving with wire on my crocheted cuff pieces, I found the wire had a tendency to kink just as I tightened a loop, especially just at the very end. So, I figured that using one of the tapered jaws of the round nose pliers would help keep the wire rounded as I pulled on it. I would slowly move the loop up the tapered jaw … [Read more...] about Tip: Round Nose Pliers to Prevent Kinking Wire
by Maggie. (Canton, GA, USA) A short while ago I bought a double wrap leather bracelet with a hook clasp, while visiting my daughter. When wearing it I discovered a problem: As the bracelet loosens its wrap while wearing, the metal clasp comes unhooked. It makes it precarious and awkward to wear the bracelet. I am looking for suggestions on how I can fix … [Read more...] about Help – Bracelet Doesn’t Stay Fastened