The Earrings That Aren’t

front view of the earrings that aren't - Rena Klingenberg

Jewelry and Coffee with Rena Video Episode 1 by Rena Klingenberg. Below is another look at “the earrings that aren’t”. Also I didn’t mention their size in the video: 1.75″ (4.4 cm) tall x .75″ (2 cm) wide. Is it possible for me to use these together – but not as earrings? I’d love to […]

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A Study of Vessels Leads to Beads

by Delia Stone. (Pensacola, FL) My wire work took me today off down a little rabbit hole today. As many of you know I have been studying and experimenting with the idea of wire vessels. It seemed natural to me when I was holding the domed lid for vessel number two in my hand to […]

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What is Opalite (Sea Opal Glass)?

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 […]

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Packaging Jewelry with a Poem

jewelry packaged with poem

by Rena Klingenberg. (Jewelry Making Journal) I think this is such a lovely idea for a special jewelry gift! You could have a variety of poems or snippets of verse printed on pretty paper notes, and let your customers choose one to include in their jewelry packaging when they’re purchasing a gift. And be sure […]

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Making Jewelry is Good for Your Health

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. […]

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About Cabochon Carat Weight

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 […]

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A Shore Thing

by Kelly Godfrey. (Wilmington, North Carolina USA) A “Shore” Thing . . . is a “work of art” that can be worn casually or formally. This 16″ necklace is adjustable to 19″, and combines glass blown striped lentil beads with the elegance of clear glass and silver accented bead caps that create a wonderful backdrop […]

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3D Puffed Heart Necklace and Earrings

by Charles. (Las Vegas, NV) Being connected to the jewelry business in some form or another for over 40 years, I decided to re-enter the creative end after I have been retired for almost a year. The 3D puffed heart is hand made from artillery brass, by soldering 2 halves together. I then added a […]

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3 Tier Beaded Flower Tutorial

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 […]

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