by Connie. I purchased an engraved metal medical ID bracelet. The lettering was in black but eventually the color wore off. I have a new ID bracelet and I was wondering if you have any suggestions as how to prevent the lettering wearing off again. Could I coat it with acrylic spray, or lacquer? I seldom take the bracelet off so it goes in the shower, dishwater, … [Read more...] about Medical ID Bracelet Lettering Faded – How to Re-Blacken it and Seal it?
Tips & Techniques
Tips and techniques for beading, metalwork, PMC, wirework and other aspects of your handcrafted jewelry business.
by Nancee Caye. I raise Monarch Butterflies from eggs laid on host plants in the yard. I'd love to find a way to make earrings or a pendant that reflect the Monarch's beauty. I'd like to replicate the wing patterns in a light and small piece. If you'd like a photo(s) I can provide those. Any ideas? Nancee Caye. … [Read more...] about How to Make Jewelry That Reflects a Monarch Butterfly’s Beauty?
by Melanie Shigeoka. (Nanaimo BC Canada) I love copper jewelry (actually anything copper) and I see so many beautiful rings and bracelets that after wearing for a while the silver/gold coloring wears away. I have tried so many things to try to remove it and haven't found anything that works. Does anyone know what I can use? I have held onto so many … [Read more...] about How Do I Remove the Silver/Gold Coloring from Inexpensive Jewelry to Reveal the Copper Underneath?
by Ginny How can I make new, tiny glass pearls look aged? I have a gorgeous antique Chinese bracelet that is missing a section of tiny pearls. Thanks. Ginny … [Read more...] about How to Make New Glass Pearls Look Antiqued?
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
by Rena Klingenberg. In this tutorial I'll show you how to make a chain - and four ideas for using it. This chain design is both strong and elegant. And I like creating it in two different metal colors. When I get into the rhythm of making a chain, I find it a meditative, soothing activity. Supplies: Large jump rings - 10mm size. … [Read more...] about How to Make a Chain (Tutorial) – and Four Ways to Use It
by Jean. (Wimberley, TX) Does anyone know if you can safely solder/resolder jewelry cabochon frames that are made from silver plated alloy over brass base jewelry? I have some I bought online from India, and I want to create something different with it. I just want to make sure I don't poison my lungs with it. I am new to the soldering process. Thank you to … [Read more...] about Question About Soldering Alloy Jewelry
by Pat. (UK) I am starting to work with sterling silver wire and looking for a more professional finish. Do you have a method for polishing wire/hammered wire to shine without a mechanical tumbler, eg with wire wool? Thanks! Pat … [Read more...] about Best Way to Polish Jewelry Without a Tumbler?
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
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