by Dawn ferrara. (Florida) I make a simple aluminum bracelet that is hand stamped. I want to be able to attach crystal like rose quartz to the bracelet. Any ideas? I was thinking a glue but concerned it would fall off. Maybe a wire wrap?? Dawn ferrara HEAL-THYTHOUGHTS … [Read more...] about Help – How to Attach Stones to Aluminum?
Handcrafted bracelet projects and tips.
by Rena Klingenberg. In this tutorial, the beads are strung on round metal wire instead of beading wire. If you like jewelry with structure, you'll appreciate how the bead and wirework portion of this bracelet holds its curved shape firmly. I've used three strands of chain here, but you may want to make your bracelet more dramatic and edgy with lots more … [Read more...] about Beads & Chains Bracelet (Tutorial)
by Mark. I’m having problems with bead bracelets turning out too stiff. When making an 8″ piece, I have about 7″ of beads, leaving 1″ for the clasp. This leaves me with a bracelet that is hard to form around my wrist. If I don’t pull tight, the bracelet’s too loose, so I’m assuming I need to take some beads out. Is there a general guideline for this? i.e., … [Read more...] about Problem – Bead Bracelets End Up Too Stiff
by Rena Klingenberg. This charming, comfortable bracelet is an easy leatherworking project. It's also a good way to recycle leather scraps into a new piece of jewelry! Supplies: Leather scraps in three different colors. I bought a 1-pound variety pack of leather scraps at my local craft store for $3.60 (regular price was $5.99, but I used the … [Read more...] about Leather Flower Bracelet (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. The charm bracelet in this tutorial has a bit of a rugged look, thanks to the grommets, multiple wraps, and swivel clasp. A strip of grommet tape in leather or other fabric makes a fun, flexible base for this bracelet. (Although it's called "grommet tape", it's not the sticky kind of tape.) And the charms are a perfect way to use up … [Read more...] about Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. We're going to make an artistically messy wire-wrapped bead chain, and then turn it into a bracelet. Although you could join the wire-wrapped beads together with jump rings, we're going to make our bead chain without jump rings between the beads. You can also make a longer bead chain to create a necklace. Supplies: Beads - I … [Read more...] about Messy Wire-Wrap Bead Chain Bracelet (Tutorial)
by Sue Shade. (Nebraska USA) I enjoy hammering out copper bracelets and attaching metal components to them. I also enjoy taking premade metal bracelets and metal components and putting them together to make my own unique pieces. I use E6000 glue alone or with rivets to keep them attached. My bracelets are fairly rigid with minimal ability to adjust for size. This … [Read more...] about How I Attach Components to Metal Bracelets
by Rena Klingenberg. This adjustable wire bracelet project involves a strip of fabric from an old T-shirt, plus seed beads and a charm to dangle. It's fun to come up with contrasting / coordinating colors for the fabric strip and seed beads! This bangle also has a simple adjustability feature, made with looped ends sliding over the wire - allowing the … [Read more...] about Gypsy Style Adjustable Wire Bracelet (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. This colorful mixed-media jewelry project is inspired by the beautifully embroidered peasant blouses that were popular in the 1960s and 70s. First we'll make some pretty tassels: . . . and then we'll use them in a necklace: . . . or a cha-cha bracelet: Of course, fiber tassels are not as sturdy as traditional jewelry components … [Read more...] about Colorful Tassel Jewelry (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. Make a fashionable stack of copper bracelets - there are endless ways to mix and match a collection of cuffs! I like stacking one fancy cuff with two plain ones - but you could also create a stack where each bracelet has a unique, special design. And if you're selling them displayed as interesting stacks or mix-and-match deals, you will … [Read more...] about Stacking Copper Bracelets (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. It all started when I designed this chain fringe bracelet that's reminiscent of the 1920s flapper era: I realized that with a bit of extra chain, this bracelet could be turned into a flapper-style headband: Then I saw that it could also be turned into a choker-length flapper necklace: . . . and finally, with more chain, it makes a … [Read more...] about Roaring 1920s Flapper Fringe Jewelry (Tutorial)
by Kathy Zee. (Fiddletown, California USA) We all have them...things that have not sold. For me, I have had some bracelets that I made about 4 yrs ago...and still have them. No one wants them. ( or so it seems...). So I decided to make them into a 'convertible' necklace/bracelet. What I did was add a lobster clasp to one end of a piece of chain. The bracelet already … [Read more...] about Bracelets Into Necklaces