Gemstone Index: Rhyolite
Rhyolite gemstone beads can look very similar to jaspers, and the popular green variety of rhyolite is sometimes called rainforest jasper. Similarly, the type of rhyolite that displays red, yellow, brown, and pinkish spots is descriptively called leopardskin jasper. Rhyolites, igneous rock chemically identical to granite, have beautifully markings which...
Tips for Securely Gluing Jewelry
Which glue is best? Murphy says: Test a small sample and allow it to cure thoroughly before proceeding with a batch of 300 pieces for that awesome trade show coming up. Work in a well-ventilated, dry, and dust-free environment (mmmm... pet fur). After cleaning both items, allow to dry completely. Extreme temperatures might affect drying time. Store all adhesives in a cool place.
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)
Om Mirage Choker Tutorial
Created by: Michelle Horning 1. For step-by-step instructions on creating macramé jewelry, see How to Macramé a Hemp Bracelet. 2. A choker will usually fit as a double wrap bracelet on most people. Double the amount of working and anchor cord in the original (blog) tutorial for this project.
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.
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.
Learn more about elements, alloys, base metals, platings, allergies, and precious metals: Metals can be elements or alloys. Examples of elements: Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, iron (Fe), copper (Cu) and niobium (Nb). Alloys are mixtures of various elements. Alloys can be a "base" (less costly) metal, like brass, or a "precious" (more costly) metal, like sterling silver or karat gold. Jewelers and engineers create alloys to change the color, melting temperature, and/or strength of elements. For example, solid gold is too soft for most applications. To make it stronger, it is alloyed (mixed) with other elements.
Candara Bracelet Tutorial
Learn a great trick for soldering links with delicate beads on them -- this even works for pearls!! (But you'll need to hand clean the links, because pearls don't like pickle or tumbling.) 1.Unspool approximately 26" of copper wire. Pull it smooth with flat nylon-jaw pliers. 2.Trim the end neatly (flush) with flush cutters. 3.Use ring-bending pliers to make as many equal sized coils as you can easily fit on the pliers.
Captured Aventurine Bracelet Tutorial
Created by: Polly Nobbs-LaRue 1.Unspool approximately 20" of copper wire. Pull it smooth with flat nylon-jaw pliers. 2.Trim the end neatly (flush) with flush cutters. 3.Coil the wire around a 14-20mm round mandrel, looping pliers, or bail-making pliers.
Aqua Love Necklace Tutorial
Created by: Cindy Morris 1. String necklace and finish ends following directions in Beading Cable How-to Sheet below. Use Wire Guardians for a professional finish at the ends of your beading cable. When using soft solder, you can use either a soldering iron or a gentle touch with a butane micro torch.
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.
Gemstone Index: Amazonite
Amazonite is a rare blue-green variety of microcline (a feldspar mineral) used as a semiprecious stone. Its brilliant color was once thought to be caused by copper, but now is attributed to... Amazonite is an opaque stone, often found with white, yellow or gray inclusions and a silky luster or silvery sheen. Even when polished, amazonite beads...
Gemstone Index: Amethyst
Amethyst is the most highly prized variety of quartz and if not for its widespread availability, would be very expensive. With its luscious color, it is the official birthstone for February and one of our best-selling gemstones. Amethyst is formed in silica-rich liquids deposited in gas cavities (geodes) in lava. It occurs in crystalline masses, but the crystals are generally not well developed, so they are generally found as clusters of crystal points. Though geodes are the best place to find amethysts, ...
Showroom Covid Guidelines
Your safety and well-being are of the utmost importance to us. Due to the unique circumstances COVID-19 has created nationwide: For the health and safety of you and others, please follow current CDC and/or Washington state guidelines. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, please save your trip to Rings & Things for another day (or place a pre-paid order for pickup). Our employees are committed to working routinely to keep the store sanitized for you.
Showroom Directions: Our new Showroom & Warehouse are at 2nd & Arthur (in Spokane, WA), first parking lot on your right. If you're on 3rd (coming from downtown): take a left at Arthur (just before Office Depot), go North on Arthur 1 block, go into the 1st parking lot on your right. We are at the end of the parking lot. If you're on 2nd (heading west): take a right at Arthur, go into the 1st parking lot on your right. We are at the end of the parking lot.
Blue Pin Stripe Lashed Memory Wire Bracelet Tutorial
This project uses durable, springy memory wire as the base, and 26-gauge dark blue Artistic Wire as an accent. Created by: Amy Mickelson 1. Use heavy-duty cutters to cut memory wire. 2. Lashing the beads onto the memory from the center outward allows you to keep half of the wire needed on the spool, making the wire wrapping easier to manage.