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Recycle/Repurpose – Freshwater Pearls and Glass Chips
by Melissa Jones. (Annapolis, MD) On a recent visit home to CA, my sister-in-law handed me a baggie filled with a broken necklace and earrings, and asked if I would like to make something out of it. The necklace was long, opera length, and comprised of freshwater pearls and what appeared to be glass chips. I have had fun fooling around with this treasure trove - a [...]
How to Use Social Media to Find Fans and Turn Them Into Jewelry Buyers?
by Paris Cipollone. I'm starting a jewelry business and as a college student, I don't have the ability to travel off campus and attend craft shows or events to promote my pieces. I'd love to learn what others use and what forms of social media have been most successful in connecting with and converting fans into buyers? Paris Cipollone Elurra Jewelry [...]
Metal Etched Earth Pendant
by Marisa Arneson. (Greenfield, WI) After that, I cleaned it off and used Novocan Black for a patina, and then attached a copper chevron bar & the chain. I love the simplicity of this design. I love how the patina turned out and most of all, I love that it didn't take me eight tries to get it right like it normally does! Marisa Arneson The Fancy Bird [...]
Upcycled Recycled Vintage Jewelry
by Carol Wofford. I love trying new techniques in my jewelry crafting and pushing myself to learn new ways of creating. I recently purchased a torch and have been experimenting with heat coloring copper. I cut out some leaves from reclaimed copper, pickled it to get it super clean, washed it and started torching. The results are amazing and so much fun [...]
Adjustable Sliding Knot Necklace (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. I love adjustable necklaces because you're not limited to always wearing them at the same length. In this tutorial we'll make a necklace that's adjustable with sliding knots. These knots are easy to make, and I consider it a very useful jewelry making skill. This style of necklace is great for both guys and gals - and also for people [...]
Metal Stamps – Tips and Techniques
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 [...]
How to Oxidize Sterling Silver and Copper with Boiled Eggs (Video)
Jewelry and Coffee with Rena Video Episode 22 by Rena Klingenberg. Can you oxidize silver and copper with boiled eggs? Or is that just an urban legend? Let's find out: Transcript of This Video: Sometimes it's nice to have bright, shiny metals in our jewelry. But other times it's nice to have something that's a bit more antiquey, something that darkens and [...]
Easy Folded Wire Ring Tutorial
by Rena Klingenberg. They are comfortable and easily adjustable to fit a variety of finger sizes. Supplies for Folded Wire Rings: A piece of 18-gauge round wire - about 7" to 10" (17.78 cm to 25.4 cm) long. (I used copper and brass wires in my examples here.) A ruler. Wire cutter. Round nose pliers. Flat nose pliers. Chain nose pliers. Ring mandrel, [...]
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