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Archive for May, 2011

Archive for May, 2011

Quick tip: how to cut equal chain lengths

I hate counting. But when it comes to cutting chain for your jewelry designs, sometimes you have to count links. After I’ve exhausted my attention span by counting out a section (look, sparkly crystal hearts!!!), I string it onto a head pin and snip a bunch more. This is the easiest way I’ve found to speed up the task. Do...

Wire lashing: an easy way to cover your jewelry with beads or bling!

Artistic Wire + bracelet forms = many many options! I call this easy jewelry-making technique “wire lashing” to distinguish it from “wire wrapping” – but really, it is just wrapping thin wire around and around a component in order to cover it with beads (or chain!). The keys to wire lashing are simple, but oh so vital: Always begin with...

Creative Community: Rings & Things at the Great Spokane Art Party 2011

The slogan for the 2011 Great Spokane Art Party “Eat, Drink and Be Artsy” was very fitting!  Saturday, May 7 was a fun-filled evening of delicious food, tasty wine and hands-on art.  This inspiring fundraiser benefits Blueprints for Learning, a non-profit organization working to increase the quality of early child care and education in our community and the Community Building Children’s Center....

Another use for crimping pliers

Thanks for sharing a tip (comment below), and thanks for sharing this blog with a friend! Crimping pliers (crimpers) are special pliers designed for a very specific purpose: to crimp (fold) crimp beads onto beading cable such as Beadalon or SoftFlex. (Our beading cable technique sheet illustrates this very well.) But here is another use for them: use your crimpers...

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Luster Gel – a new way to color silver!

Create a full rainbow of colored patinas on silver with new Luster Gel. Iridescent Luster Gel for Silver is a brand-new product that makes it easy to change the color of silver jewelry. Unlike patina solutions that mostly* darken or oxidize the metal, Luster Gel creates a whole rainbow of different colors. The best part is, the colors appear in...

Mixed-media fiber/fabric jewelry art!

{Thanks for clicking the Share buttons, to tell a friend!} Mollie embellished the tag Toni made with seed beads and added a sweet little brass bird charm, before hanging it from a length of chain. We’re very fortunate to have Toni, a mixed-media artist and art teacher, as one of our jewelry designers here at Rings & Things. From pottery...

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