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Promise Pin Tutorial

Promise Pin Tutorial

Created by: Mollie Valente Designer TipsUse 26-gauge wire to lash the beads to the pin back.Cut the chain into two pieces: 5-1/2" and 6-1/2" in length.Use 6mm jump rings to attach the chain to the pin, staggering the swag of the chain.Use 4.5mm jump rings to attach charms of your choice to the chain ends.Free Technique Sheets & How-TosBasic Jewelry-Making Technique Sheet (PDF)Blog post: "Wire lashing: an easy way to cover your jewelry with beads or bling!".Suggested Supplies1 dozen [use 3 be …
Feb 23rd 2023 Mollie Valente
Marquise Tears Earrings Tutorial

Marquise Tears Earrings Tutorial

Created by: Summer Melaas   Designer TipsCut two 1-3/4" sections of chain.Cut four 1-1/2" sections of chain.Add one small and one medium Apatite bead to a ball-end head pin. Wrap onto bottom of a chain section (see step-by-step wire wrap instructions: Jewelry Basics 101 (PDF).Repeat with remaining five chains.With the 26g wire, about 1/4 of the way down on the marquise, wrap 2 to 3 times. Place one medium apatite bead, one 1-1/2" chain, one bead, one 1-3/4" chain, one bead, one 1-1/2" …
Feb 23rd 2023 Summer Melaas
Goodnight Moon Pins Tutorial

Goodnight Moon Pins Tutorial

Created by: Polly Nobbs-LaRue Designer TipsCut loops off the moon charms and file smooth.For one pin, antique the brass components and bar pin with Win-Ox™ before assembling. Allow the parts to dry. Polish with a soft cloth if desired.NOTE: It is not safe to use Win-Ox on aluminum, so this design must be antiqued before assembly, or not at all.Mark, punch and rivet the moon charm to the bar pin, following directions included with tool. Rivet the moon so it covers the bar pin's catch.We carr …
Feb 23rd 2023 Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Mermaid's Wand Earrings Tutorial

Mermaid's Wand Earrings Tutorial

Created by: Veronica GreenwoodDesigner TipsUsing the 26-gauge wire, make a large wrapped loop, attach the acetate stick and finish wrapping (see Jewelry Basics).Add one bead cap, one pearl and one apatite bead (optional: use a 3mm light turquoise crystal instead of the apatite) and finish with a wrapped loop. Instead of trimming the tail close, continue the wrap over the next bead.Using chain-nose pliers open the ear wire and attach your loop.Repeat for other earring.Suggested Supplies2 each #88 …
Feb 23rd 2023 Veronica Greenwood
GO TEAM! Seahawks Colors Key Ring

GO TEAM! Seahawks Colors Key Ring

Created by: Polly Nobbs-LaRueDesigner TipsAdd a jump ring to the football charm. For best way to open and close loops, see Jump Ring Hint in Jewelry Basics 101 (PDF)Slide the team color charms and the football charm, in desired order, onto the ball chain. Two of the best things about TierraCast's stepped charms with crystals, are their large bail loop (that can slide directly onto 2.4mm ball chain), and the awesome assortment of colors.Cut ball chain to desired length.Suggested Parts1 each #44-9 …
Feb 23rd 2023 Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Lampwork Glass BeadPen Tutorial

Lampwork Glass BeadPen Tutorial

Created by: Dee MuellerDesigner TipsNo tools needed!Simply unscrew the top of the pen, add the desired large-hole beads of your choice and screw the top back on!This pen is designed for artisan beads created on a 3/32" mandrel, and works with beads with a 2.5mm hole (or larger). The focal beads on each of these beadable pens are artisan-made lampwork glass beads... we're sorry, we don't remember who made them, but they were definitely 3 different artisans.Suggested Supplies1 ea #55-903-02 Pen, B …
Feb 23rd 2023 Dee Mueller
Best Necklace and Bracelet Lengths

Best Necklace and Bracelet Lengths

What is the BEST Necklace Length? 18" necklaces are the most popular in the United States, but might not be the right length for the necklace that you're making. The height and build of the person who will be wearing the necklace should be taken into consideration. Another option, is to use an adjustable chain as the base for your necklace. The most common necklace lengths are: 14" - This theoretically fits right where a tall button-up shirt collar would fit. 14" is too sh …
Feb 22nd 2023 Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Classic Bridal Earrings Tutorial

Classic Bridal Earrings Tutorial

Created by: Summer MelaasDesigner TipsAttach ear wire to top loop of filigree. For best way to open and close loops, see Jump Ring Hint in Jewelry Basics 101 (PDF).Use jump rings to attach the pear pendants to the bottom loops of the filigree.Repeat for other earring. Suggested Supplies1 pair #34-544-14-042 4mm Cubic Zirconia Bezel Set Sterling Earwire - Diamond2 each #44-199-11 Sterling Silver Flared Filigree - 3 Loops6 each #06-128-08-02 Swarovski 6128 Mini Pear Pendant, 8mm - AB1 ten-pack (us …
Feb 22nd 2023 Summer Melaas

Gemstone Index: Ruby

From royal crowns to Dorothy's slippers to, of course, delicious jewelry, the ruby is a most desirable gemstone. Its hardness, durability, luster and rarity are among the world's finest, and its blazing red color is beyond compare. Ruby is the red variety of the corundum (aluminum oxide) mineral, a family that also includes sapphire, and takes its name from the Latin rubeus or ruber, meaning "red." Corundum (which sapphires and rubies are comprised of) is the second-hardest natural mineral know …
Dec 5th 2022 Rings & Things Staff

Gemstone Index: Serpentine

Serpentine   is a lovely green translucent, waxy silicate of magnesium. it is often mistaken for various types of jade, and some stones called "jade" are actually types of serpentine. A major difference between the two semi precious stones is that serpentine is softer and less dense than most real jade. Its name comes from the word "serpent," or snake, perhaps because of its mottled green colors and patterns that can resemble snakeskin. Most of serpentine's history is tied in with the histo …
Sep 20th 2022 Rings & Things Staff