© by Rena Klingenberg; all rights reserved You can also see my easy video, How to Make a Wrapped Wire Loop, to learn this technique. A wrapped wire loop is much more secure than a simple wire loop because it can't come open accidentally. Here's how to make one quickly and easily. Tutorial: How to Make a Wrapped Wire Loop Skill Level: Beginner Supplies and … [Read more...] about Wrapped Wire Loop
Tips & Techniques
Tips and techniques for beading, metalwork, PMC, wirework and other aspects of your handcrafted jewelry business.
by Virginia Vivier. (Tucson, Arizona USA) This is a very simple, yet often forgotten tip. If you are working on a hand-drawn or computer generated design, it's a good idea to first copy it on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper before transferring it to precious metal or expensive materials. Hold it up to the mirror and look at it carefully, as a "first-time viewer" would see … [Read more...] about What Does the Mirror Image Show?
by Rena Klingenberg. (Jewelry Making Journal) Metal stamps are fun, creative jewelry making tools. These tips and techniques show you how to get great results, from the very first time you try metal stamping jewelry. Learning the Technique: It takes a bit of practice to get nice, even results when metal stamping jewelry. I recommend practicing on pieces … [Read more...] about Metal Stamps – Tips and Techniques
by Noreen Doll. (Crafty Journal) Create a pair of fingerless jewelry making gloves from a pair of knee high socks. Here's one of a pair I made a year ago and have really worn a lot! They are quick to make and very inexpensive if you buy your socks at the dollar store. Be sure to get the adult size socks, as the kids size can be too tight around your arm … [Read more...] about Fingerless Jewelry Making Gloves Tutorial
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