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How to make crystal angel earrings

When I first saw the cool shape of Swarovski’s crystal dome beads (from their Fall/Winter 2014/15 Innovations), two thoughts immediately came to my mind – bell and angel skirt.   This tutorial shows you how to use these sparkling faceted beads to make angel skirts for earring designs.  The exact same combinations can also be used to make single angels...


How to Use Center Crimp Cord Ends

When you’re making jewelry, center crimp cord ends are an easy way to cleanly finish the ends of a wide variety of jewelry cord including but not limited to leather, silk ribbon, and chain. You can finish your necklace or bracelet with a loop and a hook: Or, use two loops and the clasp of your choice (shown here is...


Say it Your Way with Easy Metal Stamped Jewelry

You don’t have to be Frank Sinatra to do things your own way! That’s the beauty of metal stamping as a jewelry technique. Not only do you get to assemble components, you get to make your own components – and they can say whatever you want them to say!     Letter stamps are the perfect way to create monogram...


Make a Simple, Dainty Sterling Silver Necklace

Sometimes when it comes to jewelry, less is more. That’s the case when it comes to these adorable river rock and sterling silver charm necklaces designed by Rings & Things’ Amy Mickelson. This project is easy, yet really pretty! Plus there are a ton of different sterling silver charms to pick from!     These necklaces only require one tool...


How to Make a Wickedly Simple Wire Wrapped Ring

  Making a wire-wrapped ring is a simple jewelry making project that stays in style year round. When autumn approaches, a Halloween themed wire wrapped ring makes an extra fun jewelry statement! Most any shape of bead will work. Amy picked from a large selection of skull beads to learn Tiffany’s wire wrapping technique. She chose a large ceramic skull...


How to make Wire Links with Wubbers Mandrel Pliers

  If you are looking to expand your tool selection, Wubbers® Pliers are a great addition to any jeweler’s bench.  The pliers have comfy padded handles, are made of high quality stainless steel, and have box-joint construction.  Wubbers offers traditional jewelry pliers in two sizes (which are awesome), but the pliers that caught my eye are the mandrel pliers.  Mandrel...


How to Make an Expandable Wire Bangle Bracelet

I love the charm-adorned “Alex & Ani” style adjustable wire bracelets that have been gaining popularity, and of course wanted to make my own version.  For ease, I chose to fabricate my bracelet from Memory Wire.  Memory Wire is made of durable stainless steel, and comes in the perfect round bracelet shape and the additional wire forming can be easily...


Fast & Fun DIY Flower Cabochon Bobby Pins

Cabochon flowers are a super easy way to add a splash of color to your life! With flat backs for easy gluing, they’re a cinch to add to any number of craft projects. This tutorial shows you how to embellish the flowers then add them to bobby pins to make sparkling DIY hair accessories. It’s a great project for kids,...


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