Articles written by Mollie Valente
Articles written by
Mollie Valente

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.

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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.

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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...

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Little Sprout Necklace Tutorial

Find step-by-step illustrated instructions showing how to engrave a pendant with an easy-to-use Micro Engraver, and create a sweet design using a rubber stamp as your template.

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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...

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Wrapped in Rhinestone Lashed Bracelet Tutorial

For a step-by-step tutorial with images, see the Easy to Make Lashed Rhinestone and Leather Bracelet blog post.

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Promise Pin Tutorial

Use 26-gauge wire to lash the beads to the pin back. Cut the chain into two pieces: 5-1/2" and 6-1/2" in length.

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Man in the Maze Earrings Tutorial

String three 8mm round gemstone beads on an eye pin. Finish the end of the eye pin with a wrapped loop; snip off the excess eye-pin tail.

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On the Bias Corrugated Metal Earring Tutorial

Corrugate the metal blanks by feeding them through the Tube-Wringer on the diagonal. Squeeze the hand grip to maintain even pressure while turning the turn key.

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My Blue Heaven Choker Necklace Tutorial

Created by: Mollie Valente 1. Use a steel burnisher to carefully smooth (burnish) the prongs down onto the rivoli stone in the bezel setting. 2. For step-by-step instructions on setting a crystal stone in a bezel, see below.

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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.

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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).

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Bubble Wand - Necklace Tutorial

To straighten and harden the wire, run the length of the wire through the nylon pliers. Use the ring mandrel to form a "bubble" loop (ours is size 9-1/2).

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Bat Signal Magnetic Pin Tutorial

For step-by-step instructions -- with photographs -- for this project, see our blog article: DIY Bat-Signal Magnetic Pin

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Pumpkin on the Vine Earrings Tutorial

Make 2 matching spiral head pins. Follow the steps from the Rings & Things blog post "How to Make Spiral Head Pins.

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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...

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Balancing Act Asymmetrical Earrings Tutorial

Alluring asymmetrical earrings are a snap with just a bit of delicate chain, pearls and a good sense of balance.

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Chainmaille-Style Earrings Tutorial

This project has step-by-step illustrated instructions in our blog: How To Make Chainmaille-Style Earrings at blog.rings-things.com.

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Enameled Orchid Eye Tutorial

Have experience with dapping and doming metal jewelry? Or sgraffito? If so, this enameling project will be a cinch, if not, dive in and see how much fun these jewelry-making techniques can be!

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Adjustable Necklace Extenders Tutorial

For instructions with step-by-step photos, please see our blog article: How to Make an Adjustable Necklace Extender

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