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Ganoksin - The complete Gem and Jewelry Making Information Resource.

Ganoksin - The complete Gem and Jewelry Making Information Resource.

Ruffles Ruffles is a weave by PrairieGal of Beaded-Baubles. It is a variant of Helm Chain that adds side rings to give some extra pizzazz. Ruffles takes 3 ring sizes. Metric sizes - approximately 0.8mm wire/4.8mm ID; 0.6mm or 0.8mm wire/3.2mm ID; and 0.8mm wire/2.4mm ID. New rings are gold, old rings are silver. Step 1: Make a 2-1 chain as long as you want the final piece to be. Step 2: Place 20awg 3/16" rings around the doubled 1/8" rings. Step 3: Pass open 3/16" rings through the doubled 1/8" rings, trapping the rings from the previous step. Step 4: Put 20awg 3/32" rings through the 3 layers of 3/16" rings, in the eye formed by the top/bottom and middle layers. Step 5: Put a 3/32" ring through each of the rings added in the previous step. Step 6: Connect two of the rings from Step 5 with 2 more 3/32" rings. Step 7: Repeat Step 6 for the rest of the horizontal 3/32" rings.

Copper Plating and Etching Altoids Tins UPDATE: There's some great information on this page and it's comments, but I've recently published a far more comprehensive article here: Etching Tins with Salt Water and Electricity With this project I wanted to try a number of new things: Magazine pages as cheap toner transfer mediaCopper electroplatingEtching Altoid tins with a salt water solution The copper plating met with mixed success, but the other two methods resulted in some nice pieces. Note: blue vitriol and muriatic acid are archaic names for copper sulfate and hydrochloric acid. Magazine pages for toner transfer: While looking for information on transferring toner using a fuser assembly from an old laser printer I ran across several websites where people suggested using glossy magazine pages for transferring printed circuit board images to a copper substrate. Preparing the Altoids tins turned out to be harder then I predicted. Next we: Copper Plating Altoids Tins: From the picture below, this appears to work. Foom!

Renato Jewelers Houston Texas - Cloisonne Enamel & Fine Jewelry Chain mail bracelet with charms Chain mail can be a real challenge sometimes. Getting all the jump rings fitting into each other the right way can be really tricky, as you have to hold them in a certain position in order to slide the next ring through. Luckily not all the techniques are equally difficult, like the technique used for this bracelet. If you are in need of a chain, you can use to make one, and you do not have to solder them. The most important thing with making chain mail jewelry is to close the rings properly. Another important thing when making chain mail is to have the right tools for the work. So, do you have your tools ready? What you need: 5 mm jump rings 20 gauge3 mm jump rings 22 gaugeTwo chain nose pliersRound nose pliersSilver wire, 22 gauge, dead softSilver wire, 20 gauge, half hard 3 mm round silver beadsSilver bead caps8 mm freshwater pearls8 mm bone beadsSmall sized polymer clay beads And that was it. Return from Chain Mail Bracelet to Jewelry Tutorials Go to Home Page

Salt Water Etching: Step by Step | SBG Sword Forum Ok, well after some initial concern this method wouldn't give me nearly as spectacular results as I had heard, and some helpful input from fellow forum members, I finally seem to have a method that works quite well. So, here's my shot at a step by step guide to poor mans electro-chemical etching. I'm pretty sure there are much better ways to do it, but the point is that this method works, and surprisingly well. Here we have the basic equipment I used for this example:A 9v battery.A pair of alligator clips.Q-tips.A roll of electrical tape.My bottle of salt water. This is the only part of the process that requires some special preparation. Start by cutting out the stencil you intend to use, and removing the backing. You are left with the stencil and the placement tape. Make sure the surface is nice and clean (and dry). Peel the tape off carefully and you're about ready to etch. So, we expand our work area with some electrical tape. Now for the electrical work. And the finished product.

Dripping in Trash If you like jewelry, art, and recycling then, you should take a look at the treasures listed here. Very creative people have come up with very innovative ways to turn discarded items into decorative jewelry. Are they alluring? It depends on your point of view, but if nothing else, at least they are environmentally friendly. 1. "Shattered Dreams" Loser Lottery Ticket Neckpiece Do you dream of winning big at the lottery, but have nothing to show for it, but a bunch of losing lottery tickets. 2. Motherboard Cuff LinksHere is an accessory that shines innovative technology on a man’s dress shirt. 3. Bottlecap Loteria BraceletMaybe you don’t like playing the lottery, but instead like the topic of folk art and the Loteria? 4 . Payphone BraceletsIs it wrong to point out that we live in a society where almost everywhere everyone has a cell phone glued to their ear, including you (and me). 5. Beer Can RingsLast on the list could be a neat gift idea for the social alcoholic in your life?

Full Persian 6-1 pendant Full Persian 6-1 is a beautiful chain mail weave, but has nothing to do with Persia at all. There are no records in history that links the full Persian weave to anywhere near Persia either. Also it was never used for armor like several of the other weaves, but is probably a modern created weave. It works best with larger rings, as it is a very dense chain. An AR (Aspect ratio) of 5.5 and up works best with the full Persian weave, and will give some flexibility to the chain, allowing it to curve gracefully around your neck or wrist. In this tutorial however I have made the chains with an AR of only 5, which makes each of the three woven chains very stiff. What you need: Bronze jump rings, ID 7.1 mm, 16 gauge wireTwo chain nose pliersThree Aqua Jasper pebbles Return from Full Persian to Jewelry Tutorials Go to Home Page My dream is to make this site the largest and best jewelry making site there is. But, I need your help.

Etching Electrolytic etching uses electricity, and a solution usually based on the type of metal you want to etch. You attach the positive side of the current to your piece, and the negative side to a piece of the same metal. When the electricity flows, it causes metal from your piece to flow through the solution toward the metal on the negative side. The more metal in the solution, the faster your piece will etch. I originally learned the process of electrolytic etching back in early 2009 in a class taught by David S. I am by no means an expert etcher. Note: You can click almost any picture to see a larger version of it. Copper Sulfate (or Root Kill, which you can get at a garden or hardware store) A copper pipe or sheet or any piece of copper that is somewhat large copper, brass, or nickel silver sheet Iron Sulfate. Cupric Nitrate for sterling or fine silver – you can get this online from various chemical companies. A plastic bucket (not metal!) Once the metal is flat, you need to clean it.

Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist - Jewelry Making, Jewelry Arts, Gems, Minerals and More! Black is back! See what top designers are doing with black in their jewelry and discover how to get a perfect black patina on your sterling silver. For more drama, suspend your next stones for hanging earrings using a saddle setting, which leaves most of the gem visible for maximum impact. Or, create a classic three-stone, Navajo-style silver cuff with turquoise cabochons for a different kind of jewelry with real visual impact. Working with pewter as an inexpensive alternative to silver sometimes? Now you can cast it, too: see how as you make pewter and silver pin. Also discover five new tools with interesting finishing applications, a favorite soldering torch, great things you can accomplish with scrap leather in the metalsmithing studio, the advantages of Wyoming jade and ocean jasper, how to harness the power of Pinterest in your jewelry sales.

Chain mail – dragon back necklace Many chain mail patterns have vividly creative names, like the one in this tutorial. It is called Dragon Back, a name that isn’t so out of the blue, as the center ridge of the chain looks a bit like a dragon’s spine. The pattern looks complicated, but is not so difficult to make. Like most chain mail patterns it may take a while to get it right from the start, but once you are over that bit, it gets easier. It is based on the very easy European 4-1 weave. In this tutorial I have used small anodized aluminum rings, which make the chain mail necklace very light weight. These aluminum rings made a softer and more flexible chain mail necklace, although the AR was equal to the thicker one. The weave is rope like, and will not drape with the center ridge (the spine) outwards. What you need: 20 gauge Dark Purple Anodized aluminum rings with ID=3.97 mm 20 gauge Champagne Anodized aluminum rings with ID=3.97 mm3 mm round silver plated beadsTwo chain nose pliersMagnetic clasp Go to Home Page

Copper Headpin Tutorial Good morning! I was here in my studio today using the torch to create some headpins and I thought you might like a quick tutorial. This one accompanies the post for Studio Saturday at Art Bead Scene today, so you can see another way to use copper wire to make headpins, this one is using a small gauge wire that's 32 gauge, to put through pearls, stones, or other beads with a really small hole to make dangles for your designs. Pearls can be reamed out for a larger hole with a bead reamer, but natural stone chips usually don't work as well so having a smaller diameter headpin wire is a good idea for those type of beads. This is a sample of some of the headpins I made, and the hemostat I use to hold the wire tightly in the torch flame. This is the balled wire headpin through a natural freshwater pearl with a very small hole, holding it in my round-nose pliers and getting ready to make the wrapped loop at the top of the pearl. Did you like the tutorial?

JewelryWhore | Jewelry, bitches. Chain mail – Helm chain necklace Helm chain is one of my favorite chain mail weaves. It is not only beautiful, but is easy to make as well. You can make it with one row, like in this tutorial or as sheets where you link several rows together. There is only one important thing to remember about this chain mail weave, and that is that the smallest rings must fit comfortably inside the larger ones. Helm chain is sometimes called Parallel chain, so you may sometimes bump into that name instead of Helm chain. What you need: Champaign colored anodized aluminum rings, 18 gauge, 6,35 mm inner diameter (ID)Black colored anodized aluminum rings, 20 gauge, 3,9 mm ID.Two chain nose pliersBronze colored cube beadsGalvanized Pink Rose Delica see beads #11One clasp copper or bronze colored Return from Helm Chain to Jewelry Tutorials Go to Home Page My dream is to make this site the largest and best jewelry making site there is. But, I need your help.

Top 5 Paracord Bracelet Patterns - Paracord Bracelet HQ You’ll Love These Cool Paracord Patterns So many people are now learning to make paracord bracelets, and because of that people are looking for more patterns to make different types of knots and projects. Here you’ll find instructions for 5 of the most popular, and cool, paracord bracelet patterns, and you’ll also learn how to splice paracord and add buckles to your bracelets. There are lots of reasons why people are turning to these cool bracelets and other neat paracord projects… they’re easy, they are awesome for runners or hikers who need or want visibility (if you use reflective paracord), you can make money selling them online or locally, they make great fundraiser items (people love buying paracord bracelets in school colors from students, for example), they are entertaining (there are so many types of knots that you can weave), and finally, they are a great opportunity for friends and family do something really fun together. Oh, I almost forgot… the designs look so COOL! What!?