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From dangling earrings to pendants to rings, wire jewelry adds a little Boho style to any outfit. But it's even more fun to wear — not to mention a lot more affordable — when you make it yourself! Simply grab some wire and a few tools, and be prepared to get wrapped up in jewelry making.
Let Kate Richbourg introduce you to what she calls "the best gateway drug for serious jewelry making" with this FREE Craftsy mini-class!
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The best part about metalsmith jewelry is the wide variety of materials you get to work with. Whether you’re looking to handle silver, gold, rose gold, base metals or more specialized metals, stick with us for the rundown on the most common types of metal for jewelry making.
Seed bead accessories are definitely making a comeback, which we LOVE, because they are seriously one of the simplest types@ of jewelry to make. (The hardest part is actually wrangling the tiny beads — which can be as small as a millimeter in diameter!) Follow this step-by-step tutorial to make a whole stack to layer (or gift!) in less than an hour.
Meet your instructor Marilee Rockley and learn to make a gorgeous beaded shell pendant! Review the basics of shuttle tatting and then learn how to make picots and rings. Then shuttle tat the chain and learn how to join the picots using the Catherine wheel join.
The cuff is a classy and sassy piece of jewelry that can stand alone or be stacked with other pieces. And learning the basics of how to make this wardrobe staple will help progress your other jewelry-making endeavors too. Master the plain cuff first, then let your imagination take over — there are endless ways to customize here.
Follow along with Lisa as you create a circular copper pendant that's custom-textured to your liking. Learn how to form and attach a textured bail and watch Lisa's techniques for dapping and attaching a gorgeous saucer using the riveting technique you learned in Lesson 1.
Try your hand at working with silver metal clay to make gemstone-studded jewelry.
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Discover simple techniques that yield stunning results! Create two striking designs as you master essential sawing, soldering and embellishment skills.