Jewelry Making Articles
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Post or stud earrings are an important staple in any jewelry wardrobe. They can be dainty and understated for everyday wear, dazzling and glitzy for that special night on the town or anywhere in between. If you've hesitated making your own because you thought they were too difficult, think again.
Have you ever been working with or wanted to work with leather cord for jewelry but wondered how to finish the ends? Usual finishing techniques are usually not applicable and the result can be clunky.
As a garment sewer, I like my creations to reflect the same trends currently featured on the racks in retail stores. I look closely at what gives the garments I see on display their updated styling. Often times it’s a particular use of fabric or the incorporation of a unique style detail; it can even be as simple as an added embellishment that transforms an otherwise basic silhouette into this year's trendy look.
I've never considered buttons for making jewelry, but while preparing to create my tutorials, I realized the selection of really gorgeous buttons was impressive. I've seen wood, porcelain or just simple plastic buttons, but what makes some of those buttons stand out are their designs.
Know that feeling when you're walking on the shores of some distant beach and you see that small glint in the sand? The little glint that gets your heart all aflutter. "Maybe it's treasure," you think to yourself. Possibly it's from some distant civilization or an ancient shipwreck. Beach glass is beautiful in the way it softens in time, gradually developing soft edges and eventually becoming sand. Each piece is unique and, even if it doesn't lead to a pot of gold, it's a treasure.
A few years ago, I made a wire-wrapped ring for a friend on her birthday. She showed the ring off to our other friends and before I knew it, I had dozens of requests for more! Every friend in our circle received a wire-wrapped ring for her birthday that year.
When looking to add some dimension to your silver jewelry with patina, there are a few things that you need to know.
You won't make it through many bead projects without seeing the peyote stitch pop up. The peyote stitch is a weaving stitch that can be worked with both an even number or an odd number of stitches, and you'll see it in all kinds of jewelry from earrings to bracelets and necklaces. Even the most advanced beaded projects sometimes incorporate the peyote stitch.
Just in case you’d missed the memo, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! All over the social media, the Internet and beyond, things are turning pink to raise awareness and support for those affected by breast cancer. There are loads of events going on and wherever you look, there are opportunities to get involved and raise money for this great cause!
If you've spent any time making metal jewelry, you may have noticed that the more you work a piece the harder it will become.
There are some fine quality texturing hammers available for purchase, but my favorite way to add texture to metal is true to the DIY-er in me: using tools readily available on the jeweler's bench and around the home. I've accumulated a few tools that I love to use for texture on metals. I'll show you how I use them to create unique pieces for jewelry designing.
I've seen washers appear in the most recent publications of popular beading magazines. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to cut a washer using your disc cutter and turn the washers into a fun, quick bracelet. I created the finished bracelet, from a piece of sheet metal to bracelet, in a few short hours. So grab your sheet metal and your disc cutter and let's create!
Wrapping hoop earrings with stone rondelles is a wonderful way to customize your jewelry designs and add value to your finished pieces. The best part about this fun wire-wrapping technique? It's SO simple. Follow along with this step-by-step tutorial to see how it's done in just 4 simple steps!
We've already covered how to make classic hoop earrings. Today, we'll show you how to customize your hoops with woven wire. This is a fabulous way to add some flair and personality to your jewelry designs!
Double-finger rings are super trendy these days, and learning how to make one at home is easier than you think! Follow along with this simple step-by-step tutorial on how to make an adjustable double-finger ring, and start adding these to your jewelry collection today!
Have you ever admired handmade jewelry and wondered what techniques the jeweler used to create the piece? If so, we're here to help you hone your eye! Read on for tips on how to identify different jewelry making techniques, then scroll down for a fun quiz to test your jewelry making IQ!
Learning to make a basic sheet metal pendant is an easy skill that once learned can be adapted for projects as versatile as cuffs, earrings and simple rings. And you can further customize the pieces by using some of the texturing techniques we’ve covered in our post on how to texture metal. Start making your own custom pendants today with this super simple step-by-step tutorial! Finished Necklace [box type="shadow"] Elevate your jewelry making skills with Bluprint's growing collection of online jewelry making classes! Learn how to make wirework jewelry, take beading lessons and more -- all from the world's best instructors in the comfort of your own home. [/box]
If you've been designing your own jewelry for a while now, you may be contemplating making your own components. Perhaps you're interested in metalsmithing jewelry. Using a disc cutter is a great way to begin working with metal to add unique qualities to your own jewelry designs. There are a few points you should keep in mind before purchasing and effectively using a disc cutter -- we'll review those here!
Crimping is likely one of the first things you did when you started beading. It's easy to do badly but not necessarily easy to do well! As soon as you venture into the world of beading wire, you will be introduced to crimps – funny (very!) little metal beads in various different finishes. They're not the prettiest beads in the world -- some look like donuts, some look like tiny lengths of tube. So what are they for? I am here to tell you how to use them properly to make your jewelry super secure!
I must say I absolutely love Irish waxed linen cord (IWL) in my jewelry designs. I know I am not alone – just take a peek at the jewelry forums online, in popular jewelry/craft magazines and search in beaded jewelry on Etsy, and you will see a whole range of really beautiful designs containing Irish waxed linen cord. And I do in fact live in Northern Ireland, so the designs I create with these threads/cords are particularly Irish!
Add a creative, personal touch to your jewelry designs by hand stamping your own jewelry blanks. Learning how to hand stamp jewelry is surprisingly easy. Follow along with this simple metal stamp tutorial, and then try this innovative technique out for yourself!
Adding stones to your jewelry designs is a wonderful way to add extra elegance to your pieces, but the process can be a bit intimidating. In this tutorial, I'll break down the process two different ways. Try them both and see which one you prefer. Before you know it, you'll be finding all kinds of ways to use briolettes to bring new dimension to your projects.
Have you found the most beautiful artisan made bead but have no idea what to do with it? I hear that often. Don't fret! I have a quick and easy tutorial on how to make a unique pendant using artisan beads!
In my last post, I covered how to make a wire-wrapped hoops, an everyday classic and jewelry wardrobe must-have. In this post, I'll show you how to texture metal four different ways so you can give those hoops even more personality.
Stacked bracelets are on-trend this summer. The perfect way to begin your stack is by creating your own bead wrap bracelet. We show you how to make a bead wrap bracelet in this step-by-step tutorial. The possibilities for customization are endless once you learn the technique.
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Have you always wanted to learn how to make a wire-wrapped bracelet? If so, you've come to the right place! Today we'll show you how with just a few basic jewelry making skills for beading with wire, you can create your own beautiful, delicate bracelets, complete with wire-wrapped beads.
Are you curious about wire-wrapping with beads? Do you look at jewelry online or in stores and think to yourself, " I know I could make that!" Or, perhaps you have a necklace that you love, but it needs that ONE link fixed. Here we'll take a look at a basic wire-wrapping technique that can be used in an incredible variety of ways. Make your wirework designs stand out with unique accents, fix old pieces or create new ones. This will undoubtedly be a skill you want to have in your jewelry making arsenal!
What is wire-wrapping? It's is a jewelry making technique in which wire is bent and shaped into endless shapes and forms. No heat or flames are used, so it makes for an easy introduction to the vast world of jewelry design. It's great for children and adults alike and easy to travel with. Why not learn something new?
So, you’ve been making jewelry for a while. You have perfected your wrapped loops, you’ve got crimping down, and you are developing a discerning eye for which beads and components you really want to work with. Your jewelry is developing its own distinctive voice, but there’s something that’s still not quite right. Perhaps it's those finishing touches you put to your jewelry, the nuts and bolts that are easy to overlook initially: the findings. Don't fret if the construction points that hold your jewelry don't look quite as sophisticated as you'd like. We're here to help!
Jump rings are an integral part of the jewelry design process as they're easy to use and have near unlimited applications. You can use them to attach charms, make a chain, and finish your work with them. In this tutorial, with just a few basic jewelry-making skills you can learn how to make a jump ring, an essential wirework technique.
Many years ago I traveled to Hong Kong for a business trip and while there I purchased a piece of fine jewelry. Instead of wrapping it in tissue paper to take home, the salesperson tucked it into a lovely silk pouch. I still have the pouch and have always marveled at the simplicity of its basic yet functional design. Since that time, I have made the same pouch a gazillion times. It’s a great little project if you're newer to sewing, but has many, many fun and practical applications for anyone who sews. In this tutorial we will cover how to make a jewelry pouch that is as versatile and lovely as the one I was given in Hong Kong.