Pinterest and Etsy have exploded lately with handwriting jewelry: a method of memorializing a loved one by having their signature laser-cut into metal and worn. Beautiful, but a little expensive for some.
Washer jewelry is bold, distinctive and an easy gateway into metal jewelry making. Whether you use steel washers or the more elusive and malleable copper washers, you can easily turn these metal donuts into stunning accessories in just an afternoon.
Ever run out of clasps? Not to worry! It is very easy to make your own, and the benefits of doing this are, you end up with a completely one of a kind piece of jewelry, and it's extremely cost-efficient!
Need a last-minute gift to make that's quick and easy? Here's a DIY leather wrap bracelet with an adjustable pinch clasp. It's a perfect jewelry gift to make, especially if you don't know someone's exact wrist size.
Working with fine silver or bare copper wire to make intricate, woven, filigree, or free-form jewelry is extremely satisfying...until it tarnishes and you have to clean it. Oh man, do I hate cleaning my wire wraps!
Wire soldering with a flame can seem terrifying. But we promise, it's really not as scary as you think! Using a micro torch (the kind chefs use to flambé your, er, flambé), it's fast, simple, and with just a few precautions, quite safe and easy to do at home.
Delicate necklaces are popular this season and layering two or three together creates an even more dynamic look. But if your jump ring doesn't fit in the chain, how do you add a clasp? Making delicate necklaces are not difficult if you know these few tricks.
The simple, but classic pearl necklace is a timeless piece sure to be treasured. Today we're sharing an easy knotted pearl necklace tutorial that doesn't even require a clasp, which means it's a perfect project for beginning beaders to tackle.
If you are planning on making a necklace, you will discover that there are many different types of jewelry chains to choose from. Whether you're attaching a pendant or plan to let the chain shine on its own, this handy little guide will help you choose the chain that's perfect for your piece.
You’ve put a lot of thought, time and energy into the creation of a unique necklace design and are ready to choose a clasp to secure it. Don’t stop being creative yet! By making necklace clasps an integral part of the design, you can take your designs to the next level.
Using unconventional jewelry-making tools such as a knitting needle or drum stick can create simple yet unique wire frame shapes. This tutorial shows you how to make beautiful wire-wrapped drop earrings using four inches of wire and unusual tools.
Have you ever finished a piece of jewelry, only to realize that something is missing? Sometimes it's an extra bead here or a wrapped wire there. But other times the solution is as simple as adding a bit of texture to the jewelry.
Although pre-made chain is readily available in a myriad of styles, metals and finishes, sometimes it doesn’t quite do the trick for us jewelry-makers. Sometimes, you need something a little bit more special — with a handmade touch. So why not make your own chain?
One of the major jewelry trends for Summer 2015 is statement earrings! This season, bigger is better, and it's all about finding (or making) earrings that really add something to an outfit. Dangle earrings are actually quite simple to make, and the creative possibilities are endless depending on the beads and findings you choose.
Rings are one of the few pieces of jewelry you can see when you wear them. And whether you're into making jewelry normally or not, there's quite a thrill to looking down and seeing some bling that you made on your own hand!
Have you ever wondered how to make wire rings? Here are some easy step by step instructions for creating a simple, adjustable ring using just wire and a few basic tools. I chose to make a midi ring, but these same steps will work no matter what size ring you want.
One of my favorite techniques is knotting, especially with a nice waxy linen cording. This is a great way to use up orphaned beads in your collection, but another great aspect of knotted jewelry is a way to showcase one particular type of bead. I have done a few different versions of this necklace using lampwork glass, ceramic beads and semi-precious stones.
If you think macrame is strictly for plant hangers and owl wall hangings from the 1970s, think again! Macrame jewelry patterns are evidence that those knots can be used for much more than just home decor.
To me, there is no better source of inspiration than nature outside our front doors. You’ll find endless color combinations, shape inspiration, and flora and fauna that can be so easily translated into jewelry adornments. This genre especially appeals to me in my designs. Probably 90 percent of my creations have some sort of nature theme to them.
When I was a little girl, I remember how I would covet this necklace and relish every moment that I was able to borrow it from my grandma. When the day came for her to give it to me, it felt like I'd been bestowed the queen's jewels. I thought of it as such a treasure that I rarely wore it on the off chance that I would lose it. Now, I'm an adult and it still feels important, but again, I rarely wear it.
Crystals are a great way to dress up an everyday look. Currently, my favorite way to wear them is with shamballa-style bracelets. See how easy and affordable they are to make with this easy step-by-step shamballa bracelet tutorial!
One of this spring's hot jewelry trends is beaded wrap bracelets, and luckily, they're very easy to create even if you've never made your own jewelry before! There are several different styles and ways to make them, the easiest of which requires just a few basic supplies.
You may be expecting this post to be about how to avoid your wrapped loops being messy. Nope — just the opposite! In this mini tutorial, I'm going to show you how to add a little rusticity to your jewelry by allowing your loops to relax a little and let it all hang out.
At some point or another, every jewelry crafter, novice or experienced, considers making a gemstone ring. Many may feel it's just too daunting a task, and give up on the idea before even getting started — but you don't have to.
Let's kick off the tutorials of this jewelry series with how to draw earrings. I like that you can get really creative when designing earrings, they can be dangly, studs, long, short, wide, narrow, etc. Plus, the gems, diamonds and color variations are very vast, as well as all the possible motifs.
I am a frequent oval jump ring maker because I find the appearance and hold-up within jewelry components is much better. So, before I started making my own oval jump rings I asked myself, "What tools can I use?"
Heart-shaped headpins are always in style, but they also happen to make a great Valentine's Day accessory. Use 'em as the base for your next beaded project, whether it be a necklace, bracelet or anything in between.
If you're cranking out a lot of jewelry, you can already see how quickly it can pile up, get tangled and take over your entire home. So why not go ahead and use your many crafty skills to make jewelry holders and organizers?
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making jewelry but weren't sure where to start? Sometimes the tools and skills required for jewelry projects can be overwhelming if you're just starting out. Fortunately, there are projects that require no special skills, and you can even use materials you already have on hand.
Horse hair can be a great material if you're looking to add a little extra texture and interest to your jewelry. Not only is it unique, it has a variety of great uses. It's lightweight, comes in a variety of colors, can easily be dyed, and best of all, it's relatively inexpensive.
Maybe you're a beginner who hesitates to dive into jewelry making, or maybe you're a seasoned jewelry maker who's in a bit of a creative slump. In either case, it's always inspiring to remember that there are so many reasons to make your own jewelry.
Have you ever stressed out when it comes to how long to make a necklace or bracelet? You might ask yourself: Will it be for a boy or girl? What length do they like their necklaces? How can I cut down on costs and still make something useable?
Do you have a collection of jewelry charms you'd like to wear, but don't want to just slide them all on a chain? This cute little wirework tutorial shows you how to make a simple but elegant pendant to hold those cherished charms.
Simple layered necklaces are a great item to add to your skill set as they are incredibly versatile and can be endlessly personalized. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to incorporate a little more stonework into your jewelry designs, or if you're hoping to add a little pop of color when layering, this is a perfect project for you.
Along side jump rings and clasps, ear wires are one of the must haves in your inventory at all times. Sure they're easy enough to buy and usually not terribly expensive, but why not give your jewelry pieces a signature style by designing your own?
Have you ever lost a bracelet because it came unfastened and you didn't know it? I have. You just about want to cry don't you? Do you have a favorite bracelet you don't wear because you're afraid to lose it? I've had one like that.