by Sandy. (Southern Wisconsin) These four clasp suggestions are for Alexa, who asked about clasps in this post: Opinions, Please - Best DIY Clasps for Bracelets? Thanks so much, Sandy, for sending in these lovely suggestions for Alexa! Sandy Swest Jewelry Designs … [Read more...] about DIY Clasp Ideas
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by Rena Klingenberg. Leather pendants are worn by both guys and gals, and they're fun to make with a variety of design elements. In this project, I used tooled leather and a metal charm, but you may want to use different types of components. The grommets really make a professional finishing touch on the pendant. Supplies: A pendant size … [Read more...] about Leather Pendant with Grommets (Tutorial)
by Alexa. What are the best styles of handmade clasps for bracelets? Update from Rena: Sandy kindly sent in four examples of DIY clasps that may work for Alexa, in this new post: DIY Clasp Ideas. Thanks so much, Sandy! :) Thank you, Alexa … [Read more...] about Opinions Please: The Best DIY Clasps for Bracelets?
by Cheryl Ware. (Lake Charles, Louisiana) Has anyone had experience with alcohol inks on copper fading, even though the pieces have been spray coated? The earrings in the set have faded within a month while the pendant seems fine; the earrings have been worn more. I used a Krylon acrylic spray. I’d appreciate any help you can give me! Cheryl … [Read more...] about Fading Alcohol Ink on Copper Even Though Coated
by Margaret Hobbs. (Peterborough) I use a plastic lid, covered with felt, to work on when creating a new beaded design. When I finish, there are often several beads left to clear away, before starting a new creation. I use a piece of thin cardboard, folded in three, to gather up the beads and pour them back into the bags I keep them in. I find this quicker and … [Read more...] about A Tip for Gathering up Beads
by Rena Klingenberg. This hammered metal earrings tutorial includes metalwork techniques as well as a bit of wirework and patina. It's an easy step by step jewelry project, with pretty spectacular results! I would love to see what you create from this tutorial! :) Supplies: Copper sheet, 22 or 24 gauge, at least 65mm x 40mm (2.56" x … [Read more...] about Hammered Metal Earrings (Tutorial)
by Patricia Marshall. Arthritis makes some things difficult, and filing the wire ends is one of them. Yesterday I remembered a nail care kit that I bought at Walmart, called "The Ultimate Manicure System by Trim". It is battery operated and the "emery tool" rounds the wire end very well. (I haven't tried the other tools as yet.) Patricia Marshall … [Read more...] about Arthritis Jewelry Tool Tip for Wire Working
by Carol Burton. (Temple City, CA) I love flowers. I also love butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs and bumblebees. I started thinking how I could put the flowers and butterflies together. I made the flowers out of various colors of lucite with Swarovski crystals as the inner part of the flower. A stacking technique is used to make the flower. The insect … [Read more...] about A Breath of Spring Jewelry – Flowers With Visiting Insects
by Diana White. (Madison, WI) Sometime in 2016, I made a choker using pearls, gemstones and copper wire. It started off as something of a doodle born from a half-remembered dream and a desire to use up a chunk of supplies that had been gathering dust since I transitioned out of copper and into primarily sterling silver. Even though the construction went well and I … [Read more...] about Don’t Scrap Your Work Just Because You Don’t Like How It Turned Out
by Carol. (Lyman, Maine) I love the look of formfolded sculpture and jewelry, and revisited the process in 2017 after creating a special Christmas gift for a friend last year. In the jewelry pieces I had done years before, annealing the copper created beautiful colors. Combining formfolding and fire patina with glass beads and vintage charms has been my … [Read more...] about Formfold – Fire Patina Fascination
by Rena Klingenberg. One of the fun things about Steampunk style is that you can take it in so many different directions. In this tutorial, we'll make earrings with a more elegant Steampunk twist. I love the upscale feel the sapphire-colored Czech glass beads add to the antiqued brass colors in this project. Supplies: A stash of small Steampunk … [Read more...] about Elegant Steampunk Earrings (Tutorial)
by Sue Scott. I am hoping someone here has some tips for getting better lighting by which to bead. My house is old with few outlets. My craft room in particular is dark with one small window at far end and a light bulb over the stairs and not over where I work. I have some floor lamps near my work table but I don't think it is enough light. I have two small … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Lighting for Beading in a Dark Room?