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
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by Anne-Marie. (British Columbia) I'm very, very new to jewelry making. But I love making simple designs and want to start more seriously. I have purchased a couple of pieces of sterling silver necklaces in the past that have the jewelry maker's stamped tag. I have no idea what they are really called, can't find any and need to know how you would have them stamped … [Read more...] about Where Can I Get Stamping Tags for Branding My Jewelry?
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 Lynda Carson. (Spring Valley, CA) Haven't posted here for quite awhile...Thought I'd share some new things I've been playing with in leather. I googled "Leather Scraps Local" and found a wonderful shop and owner who has been teaching me lots about this material. Also, at $10 a pound for scrap leather, you can't go wrong! He also sells pre-made tooling … [Read more...] about Getting Into Leather Works – and Please Share Your Leatherworking Tips
by Angie Pinion Kelley. What are the best flush cutters that you recommend? My cheap pair that came in the set have just about had it. Looking for recommendations. Thank you. Angie Pinion Kelley … [Read more...] about Best Flush Cutter Brand?
by Joybelle Malcolm. (Atlanta, GA, USA) Please help! I cannot seem to find the correct gauge of wire to use for memory wire bracelets. I am looking for something that is not flimsy and that TRULY lives up to the claim that the wire does not loose its shape. I hope someone in our community will be able to help! Thanks so much! Joybelle … [Read more...] about Help! What Gauge of Wire to Use for Memory Wire Bracelets?
by Rena Klingenberg. Most of us wind up acquiring a nice stash of various jewelry tools over time. Some of the things we use are "real" tools - pliers, cutters, reamers, files, crimpers, etc. But do you also have a variety of odds and ends that you use as jewelry tools? A few of my favorite "unofficial" tools that I use in making my jewelry are: Colorful … [Read more...] about What Unofficial Jewelry Tools Do You Use?
by Rena Klingenberg. I used to be a bead snob. Back then, I wouldn't even look at a bead that wasn't a semiprecious stone or pearl. Fortunately, over the years my appreciation grew for other types of beads - glass, wood, bone, polymer clay, ceramic, metal, paper.... And finally acrylic. Acrylic was probably the last type of bead I learned to appreciate, … [Read more...] about Designing Jewelry with Acrylic Beads
by Rena Klingenberg. Question from a Jewelry Artist: Have you used Argentium silver, and what do you think of it? I am so tired of trying to keep my silver clean. Answer from Rena: Yes, I’ve used Argentium Sterling Silver wire. It’s just a little bit stiffer (harder to work with) than standard sterling silver, so at least as far as wire goes, you may want … [Read more...] about Question About Working with Argentium Silver
by Kris Lynn. (United States) Hello, a friend of mine is selling her kiln, a small Evenheat Rapid Fire 4 inch pad kiln that she used for glass jewelry making. Will this be good for silver clay as well? Kris Lynn Kristallynn Designs … [Read more...] about EvenHeat Rapid Fire Kiln OK for Silver Clay Work?
by Barbara Solomon. (California) I’ve been using the Om Tara Crimping Pliers, to crimp 2mm X 3mm crimps. They seem to really hold. Then there is the problem, of getting a crimp cover to cover the crimp tube! Every YouTube video I’ve seen has crimp covers that turn into clam shells, are dented, or over-lap. I have tried every “technique” and I always end up with … [Read more...] about Pathetic Crimp Covers – Is There a Better Solution?
by Mary Anne Enriquez. (USA) I have many heavy vintage/ antique "ethnic" handmade necklaces and bracelets that need restringing. I see that a lot of these necklaces drape really lovely due to the original cotton or hemp-like cord... but the heavy stone, metal, and glass beads have all cut the cords over time. Some of the necklaces are tiny Native American glass … [Read more...] about What is the Best Restringing Cord for Repairing Jewelry?