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DIY Swarovski Applique

Did anyone else notice that winter hit overnight? The below-freezing temps are here and it’s time to snuggle up in our warm winter-wear! While I hate being cold, I love wearing coats and all of the fun accessories that go along with them – so I obviously need to be cute while doing it! I’ve also found a passion for...

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...

Easy to Make Leather and Trade Bead Wrap Bracelet

Making a wrapped-leather bracelet doesn’t have to be difficult or take a lot of time – this colorful African bead bracelet is proof of that. In fact, if you can string beads and tie a simple overhand knot, you can make the “Volta River” Wrap Bracelet.  It’s an easy afternoon project! First, gather your supplies: You’ll need the following components:...

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...

Create a Journal Necklace with Piddix Images

  Creating a journal necklace is fun and easy using Rings & Things precut brass “fairy door” blanks and Piddix collage sheets.  Just follow these steps:     You will need the following supplies: 1 set  Brass Sandwich Blanks (Fairy Doors)  (I used #44-721-11: square-with-circle window brass blank) 1 each  Metal-mesh choker  (I used #52-293-16-6: antiqued-brass-plated metal-mesh choker) 5-10 images ...

Vintaj® & Leather Go So Well Together!

Vintaj Natural Brass findings and leather bracelets go together like butter on bread! You can unite them with rivets, thread, jump rings and more.  Here are two examples highlighting how to combine Vintaj jewelry supplies with leather bracelets. With just a few supplies, you can create stylish and unique cuff bracelets, incorporating popular and trendsetting Vintaj Natural Brass findings. For this riveted...

How to make chain maille (from a kit)

Rings & Things has added a whole new line of enameled copper jump rings and clasps from Weave Got Maille, and a handful of Byzantine kits and box chain kits to go with them. Melissa and I tested the kits, to produce some quick example pieces for our website, and I have to say, I think the kits are a...

Customizing Tim Holtz idea-ology® Word Bands for a Handmade Look

  I love hand-stamped metal jewelry and given the popularity of this jewelry trend, chances are you do too. Metal stamping takes a few tools, basic stamping instruction, and practice; and sometimes more practice. But even though metal stamping is fairly easy, turning Tim Holtz idea-ology® word bands into bracelet blanks is even easier. Plus who can resist the 12...

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