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Stringing and Jewelry-Making Fundamentals

Using Accu-GuardsAt one end of a length of Accu-Flex beading wire (cut to the proper length for your design) thread on a crimp bead (or crimp tube) then thread the wire through one side of an Accu-Guard wire protector. Continue passing the wire over...

Intro to Glass

Glass has been around since 3000 BC. In present day, glass is most commonly found in households in the form of windows, drinking glasses and decorative objects. Bring the scale of the glass down, learn a few new techniques and voila, jewelry...

Mother's Day Celebration

Moms are important in each of our lives. They are the women who nurtured us from day one, witnessed our first step, our first tooth, our first word. As we grew older, Moms drove us to school on rainy days so we didn't have to walk and get wet, and...

The Big Cleanup

Cleaning up and cleaning out is the motto around our home. Life is busy though so even my most coveted space in the house suffers from neglect. In an effort to reclaim my personal jewelry-making workspace and avoid the embarrassment of having people...

Metal Jewelry: Finishing and Polishing

Finishing and polishing a metal jewelry design can mean a highly-polished surface to one designer or a finish that is matte and darkened with patina to another. The design itself may help make that decision for you. A surface with deep textures may...

Tammy's Tips for Selling Your Finished Jewelry

The start of the New Year always brings about the "selling season" for many of us who sell our finished jewelry. All year we pick up those items "we have to have" and now it's time to put all of those special buys to good use - making jewelry and...

Work Hardening Metal

Metal has the ability to be either rigid (also known as hard or full-hard) or malleable (also known as soft, dead-soft or fully annealed). There are levels of hardness between dead-soft and full-hard; this can be controlled to suit your design...

Non-Marring Wire-Wrapping Pliers

There are many specifically designed wireworking pliers available to jewelry artists. The most recent pliers to come across my workbench seem to have been developed by engineers who read the questions received at Ask the Experts, namely, "these...

Without Copyrights Where Would We Be?

Copyrights are an affordable, practical and easy way to protect yourself and your work. Copyrights fall under Intellectual Property Law which is broken down into different levels or categories. It is important to know which category your work fits...

The Flex Shaft: A jewelry-making tool I can't live without!

When I first heard the words "flex shaft" I didn't know what it was or what it related to. Given the excitement in the people using those words though, I knew I needed to investigate. Turns out, a flex shaft is an adapter designed to connect to a...

Glass Cutting Tools

Once the glass is scored, place the glass into a pair of running pliers so the mark on the tips of the pliers lines up with your score line. Depress the handle to "run" the score and ease the glass apart along the score line. Some use the notches...

What is Polymer Clay?

Polymer clay is a clay-like material made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), plasticizer and pigment. It is available in many colors and brands, with each brand offering its own color palette and properties. Polymer clay is an amazing art material that...

A Guide to Jewelry-Making Hand Tools

What are the best pliers for jewelry making? What are jewelry pliers used for? Our guide answers questions like these by showing you the most commonly used hand tools for jewelry-making, the work they are designed to do and tips on when to use each...

Polymer Clay Tools

Polymer clay is a very versatile medium to design with. It is great for sculpture, caning, carving and stamping, among many other things. Working with this material requires tools--and what is more fun than tools? Well, working with polymer itself,...

Discover the Clover Mama Afrika Program at the Beadex International Bead and Jewelry Show

The one thing Beadex had which was very different from any shows I've attended in the U.S. was the Clover Mama Afrika program. The Clover Mama Afrika is a program designed to help educate rural villagers with life skills that utilize their hands and...

In-Home Jewelry Shows

The holidays are a great time to consider hosting a jewelry show in your home. Everyone is in gift-shopping mode, so timing an event where you can showcase your artfully crafted jewelry designs is a great way to make shopping easier for your guests,...

Accessorize

Birthdays. Holidays. Weddings. There are so many special times that give you the perfect reason to find a new outfit; pull out your beads and jewelry tools then make some new accessories! Enjoy the process of making then wearing something new to the...

Crimp Tubes

Crimp tubes are amazing little titans of the jewelry-making world. They are metal and mighty--holding stringing materials and beads together. They are THE finding to keep your stringing projects intact; they are the "glue" that keeps a design...

Jooltool™ Polishing and Sharpening System

I'm in love with the new tool in my studio--and yes--my other tools are jealous. came into my life a short time ago and it was not love at first sight. Hard to believe, but it's true. It took me some time to warm up to the little fella. He is...

Hammers

There is a lot of thought that goes into the construction of a hammer--the weight and shape of the head, the shape and surface of the face, the length and shape of the handle, the material the head and handle are made from as well as the way they...
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