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
Tips & Techniques
Tips and techniques for beading, metalwork, PMC, wirework and other aspects of your handcrafted jewelry business.
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 Tamara Robertson. (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) This is kind of a quick tip I guess - a different way to use pretty bracelets. A few years ago I made thread-wrapped bracelets on large wooden bases. They are too large for my wrists, for many other people's as well, and I still had them in my stock. I thought they looked pretty stacked, and would be a pretty … [Read more...] about Bracelets as Home Decor
by Gayle W. (Southern California) I was cleaning out my craft area and came across a mess that I'm hoping someone can help me figure out. Back when I first started with resins, I colored the bottom layer of antique silver bezels with either alcohol ink or Sharpie type markers (I don't remember which). I then added some mica & glitter inclusions and then used … [Read more...] about Is There Any Hope for My Resin Mess?
by Tammie Adams. (United States) I guess you can say I am a newbie to beading as I've only been beading for a year now. I've read the posts here and love how everyone is so helpful. I do have a question to ask my more experienced beader friends. I bought these plastic drawers to store my beads in. Each drawer has one color in it. The problem I have is, I … [Read more...] about Help – Lost in Beads! Need a Better Bead Organizing System
by JoAnn White. (United States) When your jewelry tools are new, they need to be checked on leftover wire to see if there are rough edges inside the claws, clamps, sides, etc. To check, clamp the tool down on old wire. If there are marks on the wire, use a metal nail file or small jewelry file to smooth the rough edges on the tool until they feel soft. Try … [Read more...] about Preventing and Removing Scratches on Jewelry Wire
by Pattie. (New Hampshire) I have recently been working on a new mixed media pendant idea. Problem is I need to adhere the bail to the back. I have roughed up the areas to be joined and cleaned prior to gluing with alcohol. Have had a little success but believe there must be something a little stronger than where I am with it right now. Hopefully someone has … [Read more...] about How to Adhere Two Pieces of Aluminum?
by Lynda Carson. (Spring Valley, CA) More experimenting with leather embellishment. Using acrylic paint, antiquing stain medium, metal patina paint, and StazOn ink stamping. Added some pretty Vintaj brass findings for added spice! Lynda Carson Fresh Baked Designs … [Read more...] about Painting Leather
by Jacquelynn Moyer. (Pittsburgh PA) I am thinking about purchasing a tumbler for my students and I. But a lot of our pieces are made with turquoise. Can you tumble turquoise? Jacquelynn Moyer JewelrybyJackieO … [Read more...] about Is It OK to Tumble Turquoise Cabochon Jewelry?
by Robby. (Western Australia) I have threaded my Tiger Eye, Larva and Citron necklace many times, only to have it break many times. Have used double strand Tiger Wire. The weight is 390g. Should I be using wire to individually wire each bead together? As you probably can tell I’m a novice. Robby … [Read more...] about How to String Really Heavy Gems?
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 Dianne Jacques. (United States) A few years ago I posted a free tutorial on how to replace a misplaced or broken bead in your peyote stitch without having to unstitch. That website has gone by the wayside and I have had a few folks write to ask where they can find it. I have reposted it for you on my blog (link below), complete with full color pictures. Happy … [Read more...] about Replacing a Bead in Peyote Stitch