Articles written by Rita Hutchinson
Articles written by
Rita Hutchinson

June Baby Earrings Tutorial

This might be the easiest pair of earrings you ever make! The sweetly sparkly CZs (loose 4mm cubic zirconia stones) are available in all birthstone colors, plus jet black.

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Pearls and Swirls Earrings Tutorial

Like most metal clays, BRONZclay must be fired in a kiln. BRONZclay shrinks approximately 20% from package to finished product. When you create your pieces, keep this in mind. Use a decorative rubber stamp or texture plate to create a design in the BRONZclay. Use the bead reamer to enlarge the holes in the pearls. Submerge the pearl in a shallow bowl of water while reaming, and work from both sides for best result.

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Fireblossom Earrings Tutorial

Determine desired loop lengths and cut leather. For these earring, I cut 2 pieces at about 5" and 2 pieces at about 3".

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Emma Dog Tag Tutorial

Emma is in our warehouse daily, and I wanted to honor her with some Jewelry. New to stamping? See Metal Stamping 101. The 3mm Bridgette stamp set allowed a long phone number and a name to fit perfectly.

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Sour Patch Bracelet Tutorial

Set the crystals in the bezel settings, and press prongs down smoothly over the stones using the nylon jaw pliers. Link settings together with jump rings. Add clasp to one end, using a jump ring. Add desired length of chain to other end.

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Sweet and Sour Engraved Bracelet Tutorial

Edged cuff bracelets also work great for leather, fabric, beaded designs and more!

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The Imp Bracelet Tutorial

Plan out design, and stamp words and symbols. ("I Drink and I Know Things" is a quote from Game of Thrones, and the colors used here are the colors of house Lannister.)

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Tough Girl Rhinestone Chain and Leather Bracelet Tutorial

Measure your rhinestone chain pieces to the same length for best results. Use an awl to pierce holes in the leather, and sew the chain to the cuff. Seal thread ends with GS Hypo Cement.

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Tri-Tone Cuff Bracelet Tutorial

Using a pre-cut and finished bracelet blank, and precut 6" patterned wire makes this bracelet assemble in a snap!

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Rainbow Rider Earrings Tutorial

Use a jump ring to add the the sterling unicorn charm to the bottom hole of the 12mm crystal Rainbow Dark drop.

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Steel Empire Chain Maille Bracelet Tutorial

This is a variation of the standard Byzantine weave, called Byzantine with 3 connectors. I wanted to use all stainless steel for this bracelet, but the aspect ratio (wire diameter vs inside diameter) of the 6mm stainless steel jump rings would have created a loose weave if I had followed the normal Byzantine weave pattern.

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Little Spiral Necklace Tutorial

Created by: Rita Hutchinson 1. The extra jump rings used when hanging the cluster of charms on this necklace help keep the spiral charm facing forward. 2. For instructions on making beaded head pin loops, and the best way to open and close jump rings, see Basic Jewelry-Making Technique Sheet (PDF)

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Matte Satin Necklace Tutorial

Start with plenty of 26-gauge wire, and anchor wire to one side of arc connector. Add 4mm beads and extra lashes between each bead. Finish off the end with additional anchor lashing. Tighten anchor lashes with pliers.

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Hexed Wire Bracelet - Tutorial

Learn a simple and sparkling way to make bangle bracelets with hex wire. No soldering or wire wrapping required! Created by: Rita Hutchinson 1. Unroll and straighten enough wire for all bracelets you plan to make. Add an extra few inches of wire, as the ends won’t be twisted, and the total length will shrink a tiny bit.

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Dirty Money Clip Tutorial

Created by: Rita Hutchinson 1. Clean both parts with alcohol and allow to dry. Apply flux to key points on the back of the scarab, and then apply small dots of solder to these points using soldering iron. 2. Add flux to the flat side of the money clip. Set money clip in pumice, arranging so that the top of the clip is level. Set the scarab on top of the clip in desired location.

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Trisha Earrings Tutorial

If you've never set faceted stones before, tube settings are a great way to get started! With your awl or other sharp object, create a small, straight hole in the rubber block. Set topaz Cubic Zirconia stone face down on block, and line up post bezel over the stone. Press down, and...

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Ring Around the Rosies Earring Tutorial

The TierraCast Dulce Vida rings are reversible, with a different design on each side. If you wish the earrings to match, face the rings in the same direction during assembly.

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Flores de Muertos Bracelet Tutorial

Use 4 of each color crystal to create 28 wrapped loop crystal dangles. This finished length is 8.5". Use larger or smaller jump rings to adjust the length.

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Fade To Black Crystal Pendant Tutorial

Arrange stones from lightest to darkest. Set first rivoli in top setting, pressing the bezel into place to hold the stone firm.

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Transylvanian Visitor Pin Tutorial

Laminate or seal the image with Crafter's Pick™ The Ultimate adhesive. Glue the image onto the blank "back" with the Crafter's Pick.

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