Tag Archives: jewelry making

What is the Best Ear Wire Material?

what is the best ear wire material

The question of ear wires commonly comes up in my craft shows or online. There is a lot of information out there and some of it not accurate – you have many options when it comes to choosing ear wire material. And, surprisingly many of them will work for most people, contradictory to many articles […]

How to Flame Paint Copper

flame painting copper tutorial

Flame painting copper is a real art form, but you can get nice results even as a beginner. It is a great way to create something beautiful in a very short time and get a feeling of accomplishment.  Clean Your Copper Start your experiment with clean copper. You will get better color results on “new” […]

How to Cut Copper Sheet with Simple Tools

how to cut copper sheet

Cutting your own copper shapes can be easier than you think. For higher gauges (meaning thinner copper) you can easily do it with standard hardware store metal snips. They look like big scissors and work the same way. For thicker copper sheet you would want to use a jewelry saw, it’s a bit slower, but […]

How to Make the Easiest Hook Clasp

Hook Clasp Tutorial

Clasps can be expensive to buy, especially if they are pure metal (not plated). I like to use pure copper clasps in my copper based necklaces and bracelets, it just seems like the right thing to do. Here’s the simplest hook clasp tutorial, I use these all the time. Fast to make, and pure copper […]

Adjustable Leather Cord Bracelet Tutorial

Leather as an ingredient is very popular right now. Check out this tutorial by Pearl at Beadinggem.com on how to make one for yourself! She uses Tierracast’s charms in her leather cord bracelet. Some basic jewelry making skills are required such as using pliers and coiling wire, but this is a great simple project for anybody […]

Gemstones – Prehnite

The gemstone Prehnite was named for its discoverer, Colonel Hendrik von Prehn (1733-1785), a Dutch mineralogist and an early governor of the Cape of Good Hope colony. Prehnite’s minty green hue offers an intriguing luster, ranging from shiny to pearlescent, and sometimes seems to glow in the sun.  Prehnite most often occurs as rounded or […]

Ginkgo Leaf Pendant Tutorial

ginkgo leaf necklace tutorial

Make an easy copper ginkgo leaf pendant that has a bit of rustic handmade quality! All you need to know is some basic jewelry making skills (like using pliers and a hammer). Supplies: copper sheet, 24 gauge (or, you can buy the plain copper ginkgo leaf from my shop) copper wire, 22 or 20 and […]