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Archive for November, 2011

Archive for November, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas Jewelry Designs: 8 – Ceramic Holiday Cookies Charm Bracelet

Me. Want. Cookies! When I was in junior high, one of my mom’s friends actually paid me to make Christmas cookies for her cookie exchange each December. I was thrilled to be earning money. She paid me well, but was still getting an amazing bargain considering how many hours I spent rolling dough and piping frosting. I still like baking,...


How to make ball-end head pins with a micro torch

Little butane torches are sweet, and not just because they are often used to caramelize sugar on fancy desserts. Micro torches are great for a ton of jewelry making techniques – soldering, fusing fine silver, sintering small Art Clay Silver pieces, even enameling. One really fun and easy project for the micro torch is balling up wire to make your...


Twelve Days of Christmas Jewelry Designs: 7 – Faux Stained Glass Soldered Ornaments

Have you heard of Tim Holtz? If you make jewelry, perhaps not. However, he is wildly popular and famous amongst scrapbookers or mixed-media artists. Rings & Things started carrying some of his Idea-ology trinkets and components because they make fun additions to mixed-media designs (both jewelry and jewelry displays!). And then we added his line of alcohol inks because they...


Twelve Days of Christmas Jewelry Designs: 6 – Family Keepsakes

Not all Christmas crafts or Christmas jewelry designs need to be Christmas-y. Sometimes the best jewelry presents are the ones with special meaning. Soldered and riveted necklace by designer Mollie Valente. Photo by her sister, Janet, of Pink Poppy Studio on Etsy. The photo inside the one of a kind pendant is of their mother. (I’ll be posting a tutorial...


Twelve Days of Christmas Jewelry Designs: 5 – Swarovski Crystal Holiday Lights

Hi bloglandia! Here is another sparkly design, courtesy of the Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements design team: holiday light charms! You need just four ingredients to make them: 9x6mm crystal teardrop beads 4mm rhinestone wheel beads 5mm round crystal beads Head pins  Simply stack the crystals on head pins and complete each charm with a simple loop or wrapped...


Twelve Days of Christmas Jewelry Designs: 4 – Beaded Snowflakes

Day 4 is an ultra-simple, instant gratification project: beaded snowflakes. Simply take a wire snowflake form and add beads. This is an ideal project for using up leftover beads, especially sparkly glass beads! There are several options for keeping the beads in place: Use crimp beads. (Use a crimp with loop at the top to make it easy to hang)....


Twelve Days of Christmas Jewelry Designs: 3 – Lampwork Glass Bead Zipper Pulls

Quick, cute and affordable gift idea: zipper pulls! Zipper pulls are actually quite functional when you’re wearing gloves or mittens – why not make them pretty, too? Here are the three things you must do to make beady coat decorations strong enough to withstand a blustery winter. Use beads that are large enough to grasp when you’re gloved up. If...


Twelve Days of Christmas Jewelry Designs: 2 – Bottle Cap Baubles

What *can’t* you make with a bottle cap? That seems to be what our design team wanted to find out. Check out all of the fun and fabulous bottle cap jewelry, bottle cap home decor and bottle cap holiday accessories you can make! * Our bottle cap jewelry-making kit contains bottle caps, ball chain and clasps, jump rings, earring findings,...


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