by Rena Klingenberg. What is opalite, also known as "sea opal glass"? Is it a gemstone, or is it manmade? Opalite Glass "Opalite" usually refers to a manmade glass used mainly in jewelry making. Although this material is usually anywhere from clear to milky colored, it takes on an unearthly, luminous blue glow - especially when placed against a dark backdrop. That's … [Read more...] about What is Opalite (Sea Opal Glass)?
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by Rena Klingenberg. (Jewelry Making Journal) Buttons can be a fun item for earring packaging. They can serve as a sort of "earring card" if you put the earwires or posts through the button's holes. Using buttons this way can also keep a pair of earrings nicely rounded up during travel or shipping (earrings love to move around inside their gift boxes … [Read more...] about Using Buttons for Earring Packaging
by Joan Kaplan, MA, LMT. (Bodhi Jewels) Really? Now you're probably scratching your head and wondering what I'm talking about. How can making jewelry be good for your health? Well, because I am a jewelry artisan as well as a healing coach and spiritual mentor, I have a real interest in creative expression and health. Creative expression in any form you feel moved … [Read more...] about Making Jewelry is Good for Your Health
by Rena Klingenberg. I make wrapped loop earrings because the loops can't come open accidentally and let the earring dangle fall off the earwire. Because they make earrings more durable, they're a nice quality feature for your handcrafted jewelry. Here's how to make a simple pair of earrings with a wrapped wire loop at the top of the bead; below, you can see the … [Read more...] about How to Make Wrapped Loop Earrings
by Millie from Gotrocks. Since I've received more than a few questions about the carat weight of stones, I thought it might help to provide information about the subject. In general the question asked most often is: "How many carats is a 30mm x 22mm (for example) cabochon?" I assume that since there are many new people joining the jewelry making scene … [Read more...] about About Cabochon Carat Weight
by Jenny Lawson. (Australia) Materials: 150cm fishing line 100 gold size 8/0 hex beads (also known as 2 cut beads) 200 red size 8/0 seed beads 35 black size 8/0 seed beads 1 ivory 6mm imitation pearl Techniques: Beadweaving, right angle weave. Difficulty: Medium, knowledge of right angle weave is required. Step 1: Ball base: … [Read more...] about 3 Tier Beaded Flower Tutorial