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 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.
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.
My Dad, My Angel
Read on to learn about the importance of guardian angels and how to honor them with jewelry designs in this article by jewelry-making expert Tammy Honaman.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
Intro to Glass
Do you want to get into glasswork? Read on to find an introduction to three different kinds of glassmaking and an in-depth list of supplies and tools.
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...
What is Polymer Clay?
Want to know more about polymer clay? Read on to learn what it’s made of, what it can be used for and how to cure clay designs.
Polymer Clay Tools
Working with polymer clay can be a hassle without the right tools. This article discusses the most important tools for polymer clay and the design possibilities they provide.
Glass Cutting Tools
One of the most important facets of working with glass is using the proper tools. Learn about different glass cutting tools and how they're utilized.
Working with Our Hands
Each of us has a story for how and when we began our jewelry-making foray. Whether it started when you were 3 or if it was just last week when you picked up your first bead and wondered where they've been all your life--you started making jewelry at...
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.
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.