by Rena Klingenberg. I recently discovered that a 5-foot (152.4 cm) long chain is a cool and versatile accessory. Here it is, all 60 inches, coiled up: I'm going to share 6 ways I've discovered to wear this chain. But first . . . . Why This Unique Chain Was Created A dozen years ago I had a ton of small cabochons, and I wanted an easy way to make … [Read more...] about 6 Ways to Wear a 5-Foot Long Chain
Necklace making projects, tips and inspiration.
by Rena Klingenberg. In this project we'll attach lobster clasps to a collection of orphan beads to make one necklace with infinite color options. You can attach several bead charms to your necklace chain one day - and perhaps just a single charm the next day. This would be a fantastic gift if you included a dozen or so of the bead charms in a variety of … [Read more...] about Changeable Charm Necklace (Tutorial)
by Nancy Vaughan. (San Diego, California USA) I was going through my wire supplies to see what I had and what I needed. To my surprise I discovered I still had a coil of 12ga red brass wire. I don't remember ever making anything with it. 12ga brass wire is stiff and if it is textured it is really stiff! OK. I've got the wire now what can I do with it? I remembered … [Read more...] about Ethnic Charm
by Rena Klingenberg. This necklace makes a statement with a collection of fluidly draped, mismatched chains. The bib centerpiece is made from 11 strands of chain - all antiqued brass, in 5 different link designs. It looks simply smashing worn against a plain sweater or top. Supplies: All of my chains for this project came from my local craft store, … [Read more...] about Chain Reaction Necklace (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. This Thanksgiving jewelry craft is a perfect activity for elementary school students or homeschool students. (Or for anybody who enjoys history and beading!) How This Idea Got Started: I led this Thanksgiving craft project at my son's elementary school for several years, and it was a big hit with students and teachers. The school … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving Jewelry Craft – Educational & Fun!
Jewelry and Coffee with Rena Video Episode 35 by Rena Klingenberg. Make this easy, elegant necklace component from wire. And because this is Jewelry & Coffee, we're going to use a coffee cup as a jewelry tool in this project! Finished Necklace Bar with Faux Seaglass Pendant: Want to Learn the Basics of Designing Your Own Wire Jewelry? In my … [Read more...] about Curvy Necklace Bar Tutorial (Video)
by Clare Laws. (United Kingdom) Hi, could anyone help me? My boyfriend's aunt is a professional darts player and I have been asked to make her a necklace. I want to make a circle out of wire, with the shape of a dart inside it. I will use memory wire to make the hard outer shape and wire and seed beads to make the dart. Although I'm not sure how to go about … [Read more...] about Dart Jewellery: Need Help with Construction Please
by Rena Klingenberg. Create this choker-length pendant cord and clasp from a strip of leather and a few inches of wire. The streamlined clasp makes it easy to string medium- to large-size pendant bails onto this choker. I have one of these leather chokers that I made a decade ago (black leather with silver wire) - and since then I've worn it several times a … [Read more...] about Leather Choker for Pendants (Tutorial)
by Lady Mockingbird. (Upstate, New York USA) I've been looking for simple yet stunning ways to add decorative clasps to one of the lines of Bracelets and Chokers I sell without having to resort to doing hot connections. Inspiration came to me when I was browsing online for some stainless steel designs. It turned out to be so simple I'm now wondering why I never thought … [Read more...] about Body Piercing Jewelry Repurposed
by Rena Klingenberg. This is a great project for using some of your wire scraps! (Of course, you can use new wire too.) And because we're going for a primitive look here, tool marks are welcome - in fact, we'll be giving our wire a definitely distressed look. Supplies: 9 pieces of wire: anywhere from 12 to 18 gauge; for the graduated stick lengths, … [Read more...] about Aztec Bib Necklace – Tutorial
by Rena Klingenberg. Unique necklaces can result from using jewelry components in a new way - or from using elements that aren't really intended for jewelry. You can also create a one-of-a-kind piece by doing something new with a design detail. Here are some creative ideas to experiment with: Add Some Wirework You can liven up a bead creation with some artistic … [Read more...] about Unique Necklaces
by Rochelle Hughes. (Red Deer, AB, Canada) I found this wonderful bone carving in a box of junk at a second hand store, I was so stoked to have found such a treasure, the minute I layed eyes on it I knew what to do with it. I was challenged by the shape of the carving, it was very hard to find center, but I think I solved the problem by using two frames the same … [Read more...] about Vintage Bone Carving Pendant