by Chris Rehkop. (Ashland, MO) A dear friend sent me a photo of an illusion necklace one of her college gals found in Asia, asking if I could replicate it. After a few attempts, I arrived at the final design pictured here. My friend got busy taking orders for these necklaces, so I had to get busy quickly once I gathered my materials. It's a classically … [Read more...] about Jeweled Illusions & Spring Designs
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by Connie. I purchased an engraved metal medical ID bracelet. The lettering was in black but eventually the color wore off. I have a new ID bracelet and I was wondering if you have any suggestions as how to prevent the lettering wearing off again. Could I coat it with acrylic spray, or lacquer? I seldom take the bracelet off so it goes in the shower, dishwater, … [Read more...] about Medical ID Bracelet Lettering Faded – How to Re-Blacken it and Seal it?
by Nancee Caye. I raise Monarch Butterflies from eggs laid on host plants in the yard. I'd love to find a way to make earrings or a pendant that reflect the Monarch's beauty. I'd like to replicate the wing patterns in a light and small piece. If you'd like a photo(s) I can provide those. Any ideas? Nancee Caye. … [Read more...] about How to Make Jewelry That Reflects a Monarch Butterfly’s Beauty?
by Ana. I'm totally new at this wire jewelry. I love to try new crafts and am pretty good at it, and I'd like to sell it in the near future. But it’s getting to be a bit expensive in all the craft stores I’ve been to. So is it safe for me to buy copper wire in the hardware store? I mean, I don't want to make anyone sick or myself for that matter. I have enough … [Read more...] about Is it Safe to Make Jewelry with Copper Wire from a Hardware Store?
by Debra Lowe. (Denver, Colorado USA) Enjoy this lovely guest tutorial by Debra Lowe! I made these little earrings as an experiment and thought I would share the finished earrings and explain how to make some for yourself. You'll need: 10 small glass leaf beads with a crossway hole at the top 4 Baroque pearls in a bud shape wire of … [Read more...] about Fuchsia Flower Earrings, a Project How-to
by Melanie Shigeoka. (Nanaimo BC Canada) I love copper jewelry (actually anything copper) and I see so many beautiful rings and bracelets that after wearing for a while the silver/gold coloring wears away. I have tried so many things to try to remove it and haven't found anything that works. Does anyone know what I can use? I have held onto so many … [Read more...] about How Do I Remove the Silver/Gold Coloring from Inexpensive Jewelry to Reveal the Copper Underneath?
by Kathleen Zaleski Davis. (Fiddletown, CA) Turning something that is meant to be an earring into a pendant was kind of fun to do. I had one silver earring finding on my jewelry table and was making this necklace and decided to add some beads to it and use it as a pendant. I kind of like it...I used a silver metal feather, Czech glass beads, white faceted beads … [Read more...] about Using an Earring Finding for a Pendant
by Patti Pojer. Just wondering if anyone has ideas, vendors who sell Sterling Silver chains... unfinished / finished that do not come with major tarnish spending too much time cleaning and not creating! Also advise for best cleaners for .925 Sterling Silver..findings and a jewelry cleaning machine? And may I have a distinction between .925 Sterling and … [Read more...] about Questions About Silver
by Ginny How can I make new, tiny glass pearls look aged? I have a gorgeous antique Chinese bracelet that is missing a section of tiny pearls. Thanks. Ginny … [Read more...] about How to Make New Glass Pearls Look Antiqued?
by Nonie Noordman. (Oregon) I am working on small drop stones on a bar of heavier wire. I have to use very small o rings / jump rings...gold plated and silver plated. How do you make the o rings last longer than the first wear without breaking apart? They are really too small to solder. Help! Nonie Noordman A Brand New Touch … [Read more...] about Help! Tiny Jump Rings / O-Rings Breaking
by Tina Murphy. (Kennewick, WA) I have wanted to make a ring like this for years but needed to develop my silversmithing skills be fore attempting it. It took me a long time to find the perfect crystal too but when I did I knew right away what I was going to do with it. This piece is a statement piece to get people to notice. I’m mostly in love with how my … [Read more...] about The Queen’s Weapon Ring
by Linda Lohraff. (Berrien Center Michigan) I followed one of Rena’s tutorials for this necklace - Curvy Necklace Bar (Video Tutorial). I just love the way it turned out. Copper and antique copper are very pretty in this piece along with a rare piece of red Beach Glass Linda Lohraff … [Read more...] about Wire Worked and Wrapped Beach Glass