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Cumulus Threader Earrings Tutorial
The long 5" ear threads also allow you to wear the earrings in an asymmetrical fashion, with the pearl balls suspended at different lengths. If you have double pierced ears, the long-chain tail can be swagged back through a second piercing.
Sundance Bolo Tie Necklace Tutorial
Here is a fun and colorful take on the traditional bolo tie, made with hand-dyed silk ribbon and flat-back cameo cabochons. You'll love Mollie's helpful tip for gluing items that won't sit straight... She likes to use a piece of scrunched-up foil to support the cameo and keep it as level as possible.
Buried Treasure Acorn Earrings Tutorial
Make a pair of color-changing acorn earrings for your favorite squirrely person. String the 4.5mm round corrugated bead onto the head pin. String two rubber earring backs onto the head pin, the first one positioned against the 4.5mm round corrugated bead with the second one positioned about 11mm apart. The earring backs serve as bead adjusters for the large-hole mirage bead. String the Mirage...
The North Star Necklace Tutorial
Created by: Mollie Valente. Designer Tips: Create a bail using a 5/16-in x 3-in piece of 24-gauge copper sheet. Cut, file, stamp, punch and ream the holes a bit larger. Use bail-making pliers to bend the stamped piece into a bail (dead center so the holes line up). Patina after bending. Create gemstone donut chainmaille: Add four 10mm jump rings to each donut. Connect two per side with...
Puppy Love Pin Tutorial
Created by: Mollie Valente 1. The Complete Metalsmith provides a useful chart for selecting saw blades. 2. Use rubber cement to adhere a paper Scottie dog pattern to the brass. Saw the design out. File the metal to shape. 3.Repeat process with patterned brass heart.
Poppy Field Pendant Necklace Tutorial
Created by: Mollie Valente 1. Select and clean two matching glass pieces. 2. Select an image and cut it to match the glass shape and size. 3. Carefully wrap the glass with copper-foil tape. To create a tight seal, burnish the foil to the glass (a Sharpie pen handle makes a great burnishing tool).
Frida's Hands Earrings Tutorial
String the following beads onto a eye pin: 1 round corrugated-metal bead, 2 rubber wire keepers (these work as positioning beads for the large-hole Mirage bead), 1 Mirage bead, and 1 round corrugated-metal bead. Finish the end of the eye pin with a wrapped loop; snip off the excess eye-pin tail. Use...