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
Tips & Techniques
Tips and techniques for beading, metalwork, PMC, wirework and other aspects of your handcrafted jewelry business.
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
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