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Tivoli Centerline Earrings Tutorial

Tivoli Centerline Earrings Tutorial

Save time with pre-drilled blanks and create a pair of fun earrings with size 11/0 TOHO or Delica seed beads in Scandinavian colors. "Tivoli" means "funfair" in Swedish.Created by: Summer MelaasDesigner TipsStretch and wax 2-1/2 yards (2.25 meters) of thread.Follow pattern, and using an edging stitch, put your first row of beads on one of the half moons. One column (fringe) at a time, add beads. At the bottom of the fringe, skip over the last bead added, then run your needle and thread back up t …
Feb 23rd 2023 Summer Melaas
Gemstone Index: Carnelian

Gemstone Index: Carnelian

Carnelian is an A-grade agate. What a lot of people call "true carnelian" is the fiery red/orange color, and in theory, carnelian is naturally that color. However, most of that fiery red/orange "true" carnelian is heat-treated in secret before it reaches the gemstone-cutting factory. This apparently has been a secret for thousands of years; each part of the world thought everyone else's carnelian was naturally red, but they were heating theirs, too. When held against the light, the color-treated …
Feb 23rd 2023 Rings & Things Staff
Gemstone Index: Table of Contents

Gemstone Index: Table of Contents

Discover the Story Behind Each Bead!From geology to metaphysics, this gemstone guide gives insight into the origins and uses of many gemstones that are used as beads. Most entries include:  • Origin of the stone's name  • "Also known as" (aka) names  • Chemical composition  • Where it is found  • Details about industry practices, enhancements, & synthetics  • Metaphysical properties  • History and fun trivia facts  • Care recommendationsA   Agate& …
Feb 23rd 2023 Rings & Things Staff
Moonlit Walk Ear Threads Tutorial

Moonlit Walk Ear Threads Tutorial

Created by: Veronica GreenwoodDesigner TipsThis design uses some of the palest sunstone beads on the mixed strand, but the color choices are up to you!Put one sunstone bead on your head pin. Using a wrapped loop attach your loop to the second link down on the chain of your ear thread. Finish wrapping your loop.New to jewelry-making? See Basic Jewelry-Making Technique Sheet (PDF) for step-by-step instructions on making wire-wrapped loops.Repeat this step four more times attaching your loops to ev …
Feb 23rd 2023 Veronica Greenwood
Chakra Khan Ear Threaders Tutorial

Chakra Khan Ear Threaders Tutorial

Created by: Veronica Greenwood Designer TipsCut a piece of wire and make a wrapped loop on one end. Attach your loop to your ear thread. Add one purple (amethyst) bead to the wire and finish your loop.New to jewelry-making? See Basic Jewelry-Making Technique Sheet (PDF) for step-by-step instructions on making wire-wrapped loops.Repeat linking 5 more times with colors dark blue, light blue, green, yellow and orange.For the end, use a red bead and head pin, and do a wrapped loop to attach to the l …
Feb 23rd 2023 Veronica Greenwood
Paw Print Necklace Tutorial

Paw Print Necklace Tutorial

Created by: Veronica Greenwood Designer TipsSimply slide the charm onto the chain, cut chain to desired length, and pop the clasp onto both ends.This ball chain is sold by the foot. Order 2 feet for a 24" necklace, and cut shorter if desired. (18" is a popular length.)Suggested Supplies1 each  #49-958-49-AS  Antiqued Silver Paw Print Charm2 feet #40-080-01-21-1  2.1mm White Plated Ball Chain1 each   #40-801-1-EA  White Plated Ball Chain Clasp  ToolsWire Cu …
Feb 23rd 2023 Veronica Greenwood
June Baby Earrings Tutorial

June Baby Earrings Tutorial

Created by: Rita HutchinsonThis might be the easiest pair of earrings you ever make!Designer TipsPlace the CZs face down on the rubber block. Center the post prongs over the stone. Push down straight until you hear a click.Really -- that's it!If you have sensitive fingers or weak hands, you could hold the post in a ring vise or flat-nose pliers.Suggested Supplies1 pair #32-621-04 1/20, 14kt Gold-Filled Snap-in Post Earring Setting1 dozen (use 2 pieces) #33-614 Gold-Filled Earring Backs, Butterfl …
Feb 23rd 2023 Rita Hutchinson
Cumulus Threader Earrings Tutorial

Cumulus Threader Earrings Tutorial

Created by: Mollie Valente Designer TipsTwist a jump ring to open it extra wide.Loop the jump ring around a single pearl in the pearl ball bead.Attach the loop of an ear thread to the jump ring.Twist the jump ring closed.Repeat to make the second earring.The long 5" ear threads also allow you to wear the earrings in an asymmetrical fashion, with the pearl balls suspended at different lengths.If you have double pierced ears, the long-chain tail can be swagged back through a second piercing.You ca …
Feb 23rd 2023 Mollie Valente
Gemstone Index: Moonstone

Gemstone Index: Moonstone

With its ghostly glow, this feldspar stone almost seems magical. High-quality rainbow moonstone is usually chatoyant and sometimes displays a strong cat's eye. The floating-light phenomenon and sheen of moonstone are called adularescence or schiller. The light is scattered by alternating layers of two kinds of feldspar and produces a misty luster of white, dull yellow, yellow-gray or greenish-gray. The stone's main color also comes in shades of peach and gray. Incipient cleavage cracks often are …
Feb 23rd 2023 Rings & Things Staff
Pawrific Enamel Necklace Tutorial

Pawrific Enamel Necklace Tutorial

Created by: Summer MelaasDesigner TipsPunch a hole in the top corners of your copper blank. File any sharp bits.Clean your blank very well with warm water and Penny Brite.Cut your 22 ga bare copper wire, and shape the wire pieces into a paw print. Make sure they are flat so that no enamel can run under the wire.Set wire pieces off to the side.Sift your 3 background colors of enamel separately (one color at a time) onto the blank in your desired pattern.Carefully move your blank onto the torching …
Feb 23rd 2023 Summer Melaas