Handmade & Handcrafted Jewelry Techniques Jewelry Techniques for Making Handcrafted and Handmade Jewelry History of Handcrafted and Handmade Jewelry: The history of making handmade jewelry goes back 8,000 years. In about 6,000 BC, in the Babylonian city of UR, wire was made from metals including gold. In general, these metals were found in their elemental state and did not need to be refined from ore. Metals like gold were pounded in to flat sheets and then rolled to form wire.
Flowers in the Window Bracelet by Ramona Brummett Add a little serenity to your day with this splendid bracelet kit. The bracelet has a stunning combination of seed beads, SuperDuos and Swarovski that create a harmonious balance. Strung on durable cable with a pressed glass button clasp, this bracelet is much easier to make than it appears. 25 Recycled Tin Can Crafts and Projects Happy Earth Day everyone! In honour of this special day I've rounded up 25 recycled tin can crafts and projects. I am amazed at all the incredible things one can do with a simple tin can! Take a peek at all these fun ideas! Rebecca - Simple as That BlogRecycled Crafts + DIY Projects Beading Tutorials: Spiral Rope This free-form style of spiral rope is great for using up beads left-over from other projects. If you are using large or heavy beads such as firepolish or stones, it is recommended that you stitch with a braided line such as Fireline 6 or 8 pound test. In the spiral rows, it is recommened that you use a maximum of 10 beads for the best drape. If you are using larger beads for the core row, or a greater number of beads, you can increase the number of B's used. Bugle beads count as 4-5 seed beads. Materials Needed:
Ear Cuffs: The Bow Tie Technique Bow ties are cool. (I'm not going to stop quoting the Doctor until things stop reminding me of the Doctor. I should have made this cuff out of blue wire, then I could have called it the TARDIS Ear Cuff!) Snowflake Earrings (copyright 2013 Deborah Roberti) Materials: • About 2 yards of 6 lb. FireLine • About 100 size 11/0 seed beads: I used Opaque Luster White Miyuki Rocailles. • 12 Color1 SuperDuo beads: I used Opaque White SuperDuo beads (left) and Silver SuperDuo beads (right). • 24 Color2 SuperDuo beads: I used Silver SuperDuo beads (left) and Opaque White SuperDuo beads (right). • 12 Color3 SuperDuo beads (or more Color1 SuperDuo beads, SuperUno beads, 3mm magatama drop beads or 3.4mm Miyuki drop/fringe beads): I used 3.4mm Miyuki Opaque White drops (left) and Silver SuperDuo beads (right). • 2 size 6 to 9mm accent bead (it can be any type bead—round, fire-polished, pearl, drop etc.): I used Swarovski #5500 9x6 white opal pear drops from eBay. • two small (2-4mm) jump rings • a pair of earring findings Step 1: Thread your needle with a yard of FireLine. Step 2: Go back around through the beads that you strung in the last step, grab the tail thread and tie another knot:
The Beading Gem's Journal: JEWELRY MAKING TIPS Designing and making your own jewelry is a popular hobby. Basic jewelry making is easy and fun to do with enormously satisfying results in a relatively short period of time. It is arguably one of the most addictive crafts out there. Ear Cuff Tutorial: The Double-Loop Technique It's been a bit since I've done a proper tutorial, hasn't it? Don't worry, I'll be doing some craftsy ones soon-- but fellow jewelers are in luck today! I've photographed the making of another kind of ear cuff (which I'm calling the "Double-Loop" because you kind of loop it twice... I'm having a really hard time coming up with names for these different ear cuffs!) For those unfamiliar with ear cuffs, they are awesome and comfortable pieces of jewelry that simply wrap around the cartilage of the ear-- no piercings required! They are easy to put on and really stay put!
Bead Woven Medallion Earrings I have just finished writing my 5th jewelry making tutorial. This one was a little tricky for me, as it was my first with bead weaving and since I have been self taught all of the techniques I use, I found that I didn’t know some of the technical names for certain things, other than the brick stitch. The use of arrows in photos really helped in describing which way to weave your needle at certain points. This tutorial definitely took me longer to write than any of my wire wrapping tutorials for sure! It is now available for sale here in my Etsy shop. Like this:
DIY // Swirl Ring — Bettina's Blog - Something handmade I am a ring addict, and because this Ring is one of my favorites I thought why not share how I make them. So this weeks DIY is my so-called “Swirl Ring”. Hope you enjoy! Let’s get started with the things you’ll need to make the ring… What you’ll need: Wire wrapping With my son starting preschool in just a couple of weeks, I've suddenly gotten nostalgic for all things back-to-school. Going back to school every September was always exciting for me - I was anxious to learn new things and see my friends after a long summer off from school. This year, I'm taking myself back to school and learning all I can about making my own wire jewelry findings like ear wires and clasps. Now that I've been hooked on making Viking knit chains out of colorful craft wire, I'm finding that I really enjoy being able to make my own wire jewelry findings for all of my beautiful beadwork! Making your own jewelry findings using wire is a great way to not only save money but also to give your handmade beaded jewelry a unique touch.
Wire Wrapping Technique, Wire Wrapping Instructions for Making Beaded Jewelry! Learn a beginner jewelry wire wrapping technique, used in making wire jewelry and bead jewelry making, with illustrated step-by-step wire wrapping instructions. Wire Wrapping Technique #2:How to Make a Double End Wrapped Wire Loop Using Wire Jewelry Making Supplies 20 gauge (.81 mm) round half hard wire (for practice use brass or copper wire)a few beads for practice Jewelry Making Tools one pair round nose pliersone pair chain nose plierswire Cutters Lots of Free Crochet Afghan Patterns … Perfect for Scrapghans As shown clockwise from top to center: Granny Hexagons, Vintage Wobble Afghan, Happy Colours Blanket, Classic Granny Square Afghan, Blackberry Salad Striped Baby Blanket, Granny Square Sampler, Groovy-ghan, Modern Mitered Granny Square. Our ongoing Scrapghan crochet along is underway with lots of beautiful scrappy projects. I love seeing all the different colors and designs! If you haven’t started your own yet, I have rounded up lots of crochet afghan patterns that are perfect for scrapghans.