In this class from our partners at Interweave, Tammy Honaman will go bead by bead through five popular bead weaving stitches, including ladder stitch, flat herringbone, hubble, chenille, and the chevron stitch! You will learn which tools and materials to use to produce the best work and basic fundamentals that will allow you to create any piece.
International beading expert Carol Cypher is here to show you the basics of African helix stitch. In this class from our partners at Interweave, Carol will teach you from start to finish how to master this unique beading technique. You'll learn about the origins of African helix stitch, the structure and anatomy of the stitch, how to dress and work with an armature and how to develop your own unique designs. Along the way, you'll complete three stunning projects as you bead with Carol's guidance.
Do you find natural beauty in imperfect, worn-out, broken, and aging items? If so, you're in the right place! Christi Friesen will guide you through fascinating techniques for creating the look of antique, repaired, and lovingly used items using polymer clay. You'll even use vintage items, experiment with shattered and broken forms, and channel nature's own oxidation process with patinas. With Christi's help, you'll embrace the wabi-sabi mentality of finding true beauty in life's imperfection and transience.
The sky is truly the limit when it comes to mixed media designs involving polymer clay! In this class from our partners at Interweave, artist Christi Friesen shares the exciting possibilities that abound when you combine this versatile medium with epoxy clay, fiber, resin and wire. You'll make eight fascinating projects as you learn techniques for integrating these materials. And you won’t stop there – you’ll learn exactly how to bake and finish your jewelry so you’re ready to share it with the world.
The tubular, faceted polygon stitch is often defined as having three or more sides. In this class from our partners at Interweave, join international beading expert Carol Cypher as she challenges this thought by creating a two-sided reversible ropes. She'll show you how to created undulating beadwork, bezels and more. Bead along with Carol to complete earrings, bracelets and other jewelry pieces that are uniquely yours.
In this class from our partners at Interweave, Christi Friesen gives you 10 reasons to love polymer clay for making beads and charms! From intricate marbling and cane-making to sparkly surface effects and more, Christi takes you through 10 totally unique and creative techniques for amazing jewelry. Embellish your clay pieces with mica powders, gold leaf, foils and Swarovski crystals. Experiment with molds and carving. Before you're done, you'll know exactly how to bake your pieces, apply after-effects and add findings to create jewelry that's purely you.
In this class from our partners at Interweave, Carol Cypher teaches you the basics of polygon stitch. Polygon stitch is a tubular weave that becomes faceted, or multi-flat-sided. Varying the sides with bead size and number as well as sculptural structure make this stitch incredibly versatile. Carol will teach you from start to finish how to master the polygon stitch. She will demonstrate nine ways to vary this stitch so that you can develop your own creative designs and become a polygon stitch master!
There are so many reasons to adore polymer clay jewelry. For one, the medium couldn't be easier to work with — think of it as Play-Doh for adults. For another, the pieces are totally customizable. Use whatever colors you want, mold any design you want and sculpt any shape you want. The tutorial below walks you through how to make marbled earrings with dangly accents — follow along, then go wild on your own.
We can't get enough of this design by Arounna Khounnoraj — it's cute, trendy and easy to knock out in a weekend. Plus, it's a great way to use all those yarn scraps you have lying around. Let's get punching!
While everyone loves a good embroidery design they can hang on the wall or turn into a pillow, there's something extra cool about being able to wear your finished masterpiece. With this easy tutorial, you'll have a new necklace — one you totally made yourself — added to your collection in no time.
We’re all heart eyes all the time for the woven art trend … especially when it comes in a form we can wear! That’s why we absolutely love this necklace from Jo Gick, crafter extraordinaire and contestant on season 1 of NBC’s Making It. Bonus: You don’t even need a loom to weave it up!
You know when you see a crystal pendant in a jewelry store and think "wait, I can probably make that "? You're right. You totally can. Making your own wire-wrapped stone pendant is pretty simple, and you can apply these techniques to almost any stone.
If you're into vintage style, chances are you have a jar or two of gorgeous, antique buttons. At least a few of those buttons may even be carved mother of pearl — lucky you! Give those vintage beauties more opportunities to shine by transforming them into simple wire-wrapped pendants.
There are a ton of reasons for why people like to make their own jewelry. Maybe your tastes are on the pricier side, and you're looking to save some cash. Or perhaps you can never find the right accessories to match your style. Or maybe, just maybe, you keep walking past your local bead shop and are dying to dive in and play.
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.