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Stringing and Jewelry-Making Fundamentals

Bead stringing is the backbone of many designs; the rest can be done with a few jewelry-making fundamentals. Learn the fundamentals you need to create your own jewelry lines.

Bezels

Bezels are an ideal finding to use when you're working with cabochons and flat back crystals. Tammy Honaman, author and jewelry-making expert, is here to tell you all about them.

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...

My Dad, My Angel

Angels are among us. Angels are everywhere. There are times when it is very clear there are angels or guardians close by; I hold those times closest to my heart and am grateful to my angels for looking out for me. I was inspired to create this angel...

Work Hardening Metal

Jewelry-making expert Tammy Honaman explores work hardening metal in this informative article. Learn how to make gold, sterling silver, sterling silver-filled, copper, brass, bronze and nickel metal rigid or malleable to suit your design needs.

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...

A Guide to Jewelry-Making Hand Tools

One of the most important things in jewelry-making is having the right tools. Check out this handy guide to jewelry-making hand tools to learn the right tool for every job, ensuring a professional-looking finish every time.

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...

Non-Marring Wire-Wrapping Pliers

Looking for wireworking pliers that won't mar wire or metal sheet? Jewelry-making expert Tammy Honaman shares pliers that won’t make marks on wire in this informative article.

Torch Fired Enameling for Jewelry

The benefits of torch-firing enamel can be incredible for your designs as you don't need to rely on a bulky kiln. The end result is beautiful enameled beads and metal just for you.

Sterling Silver-Filled Wire and Findings Performance Results

Find the answers to your questions about sterling silver-filled wire and findings in this performance results test conducted by jewelry-making experts. Discover why this metal offer a tremendous value and amazing workability.

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,...

Organize Your Seed Beads

Spend less time finding a specific color in your seed bead collection and more time actually using them! Tammy Honaman shares her personal tips for organizing seed-beading spaces.

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...

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...

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...

Crimp Tubes

Crimp tubes are THE finding to keep your stringing projects intact and crimps have come a long way from the days of the little round piece of metal you "crush flat" to secure inflexible beading wire.

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...

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...

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,...
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