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Rings & Things Jewelry Blog

Footprints in the Sand Earrings Tutorial

Footprints in the Sand Earrings Tutorial

Created by: Summer MelaasDesigner TipsLay out 10 sunstone beads in an ombre pattern (lightest to darkest).Cut two feet of the 26g wire.Wrap a few tight wraps at the top of the wire part of the ear thread, and thread one bead on the wire. Holding the bead tight in place, wrap the wire twice around the ear thread.Repeat until you have wrapped all the beads down to the loop at the bottom of the ear thread. Cut off excess wire. Using your chain nose plier, pinch the ends of the wrapped wire to tight …
Feb 23rd 2023 Summer Melaas
La Terre Threader Earrings Tutorial

La Terre Threader Earrings Tutorial

Created by: Summer Melaas Designer TipsOpen a jump ring.New to jewelry-making? See Basic Jewelry-Making Technique Sheet (PDF) for most secure way to open and close jump rings.Add an opal charm to the jump ring, and connect to the loop on the ear thread, using two chain nose pliers.Repeat for other earring.Suggested Supplies1 pair #53-001-5 Vermeil Ear Thread, 5", 2.5mm Closed Jump Ring2 each #21-343-01-999 6mm 14kt Gold-Filled Bello Opal Drop Charm - Blue Opal1 10pack (use 2 pieces) #37-391-240 …
Feb 23rd 2023 Summer Melaas
Sundance Bolo Tie Necklace Tutorial

Sundance Bolo Tie Necklace Tutorial

Created by: Mollie ValenteDesigner TipsFor step-by-step illustrated instructions to make the Sundance Bolo Tie Necklace, see our blog post: How to Make a Silk Ribbon and Cameo Bolo Tie NecklaceHelpful tips for secure, professional glue bonds: Gluing Metal Findings 101.Suggested Supplies1 each #27-960-24-901 Cameo, Horse, 18x25mm 1 each #61-479-36 Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon, 32-36", Soft Rock Blend 1 dozen (use 1 piece) #36-714-1 Bolo Slide Blank, 16mm Disk - White Plated 1 strand (use 2 beads) #26-81 …
Feb 23rd 2023 Mollie Valente
Buried Treasure Acorn Earrings Tutorial

Buried Treasure Acorn Earrings Tutorial

Created by: Mollie ValenteDesigner TipsString the 4.5mm round corrugated bead onto the head pin.String two rubber earring backs onto the head pin, the first one positioned against the 4.5mm round corrugated bead with the second one positioned about 11mm apart. The earring backs serve as bead adjusters for the large-hole mirage bead.String the Mirage bead onto the head pin and slide it over the rubber earring backs. The earring backs should be hidden just inside the Mirage bead (adjust their posi …
Feb 23rd 2023 Mollie Valente
Gemstone Index: Lava Stone

Gemstone Index: Lava Stone

Black Lava Stone Beads: Black lava stone beads are cut from basalt, a type of igneous rock formed during volcanic eruptions. Due to their holes and bubbles, lava stone beads add great texture, but not a lot of weight, to jewelry designs. Lava stone is naturally rough in texture, and our beads appear to be treated with a paraffin wax to make them smooth to the touch - plain basalt would be rather abrasive! Lava stone beads are a great base for Art Clay Silver paste and other Metal Clay pastes - j …
Feb 23rd 2023 Rings & Things Staff
Little Sprout Necklace Tutorial

Little Sprout Necklace Tutorial

Created by: Mollie ValenteDesigner TipsFor step-by-step illustrated instructions showing how to engrave the pendant, see Rings & Things blog post "Jewelry Making DIY – Make a Micro Engraved Pendant"Next, assemble the necklace:New to jewelry-making? See Basic Jewelry-Making Technique Sheet (PDF) for most secure method of opening and closing jump rings, and other basic jewelry-making information.Attach a 6mm jump ring to the completed pendant's hanging hole.Cut the ball chain to your desired l …
Feb 23rd 2023 Mollie Valente
Drops of Sunshine Earrings Tutorial

Drops of Sunshine Earrings Tutorial

Created by: Rings & Things StaffDesigner TipsStack one aquamarine bead, one twisted spacer and one citrine onto each eye pin, and make a wire-wrapped looop to close at each end, making sure to attach starfish charm to the aquamarine ends before finishing.New to jewelry-making? See Basic Jewelry-Making Technique Sheet (PDF) for step-by-step instructions on making wire-wrapped loops.Attach other end loops to ear wires.Suggested Supplies1 strand (use 2 beads) #21-886-615 Matte Aquamarine 6mm Ro …
Feb 23rd 2023 Rings & Things Staff
Happy Hour Wine Glass Markers Tutorial

Happy Hour Wine Glass Markers Tutorial

Created by: Janet BoyingtonDesigner TipsCreate stamped charms using Monogram stamp set. New to stamping? See Metal Stamping 101 for an overview, or download our step-by-step PDF stamping guide.Use Stamp Enamel to make the design pop, and wipe off excess with a paper towel or soft cloth (follow usage instructions on Stamp Enamel package).Use the crystal setter kit to stamp an indent for a crystal rhinestone. It should be deep enough to protect the edges of the stone, but the top of the crystal sh …
Feb 23rd 2023 Janet Boyington
Pickup in Store

Pickup in Store

We've gotten a lot of complaints about the quirks and extra clicks and taps in the "Store Locator" feature that came with our December 20221 website upgrade, so we're in the process of getting rid of it. Now when you want to pick up an order in our Showroom: Simply order the items you want (here at www.rings-things.com), and when you get to the Shipping / Delivery section, choose the Store Pickup "shipping" option. As soon as you submit your order, you'll receive a …
Feb 23rd 2023 Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Gemstone Index: Prehnite

Gemstone Index: Prehnite

This pale green stone has the distinction of being the first mineral named after a person. In the mid-18th century, Dutch mineralogist Colonel Hendrik Von Prehn (1733-1785) discovered it within Jurassic dolerite (volcanic rock) on the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. For many years, prehnite was regarded as a fairly rare gemstone. However, recent finds in Australia and China have made it available through many gem dealers. Prehnite is a hydrous silicate of alumina and lime, with bright, almost l …
Feb 23rd 2023 Rings & Things Staff