Why is Aspect Ratio Important When Making Chainmaille Jewelry?

May 8, 2011

When I tried to make my first Byzantine chainmaille bracelet I had no idea how important aspect ratio was. It came out so loose the pattern wouldn’t even stay together and I couldn’t figure out what I did wrong. Then I read about aspect ratio. Aspect Ratio or AR is how the diameter of wire [...]

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2011 Spring/Summer Color Report by Margie Deeb

April 29, 2011

Margie has done it again! This 2011 Spring/Summer Color Report is full of excellent information and ideas that are guaranteed to spark your creativity! Here are just a few things that you will get out of this report:

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What Is Argentium™ Sterling Silver?

May 2, 2010

Argentium™ Sterling Silver wire is relatively new in the world of jewelry making. It is a highly tarnish resistant sterling silver that will keep its shine for years without any polishing. It was invented in 1996 by Peter Johns, a professor of silversmithing at Middlesex University in England. It is a patented and trademarked alloy [...]

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Use Colored Threads to Enhance Beaded Pieces – Jewelry Making Tip of the Week – April 25th

April 25, 2010

Grey or Crystal Fireline is great for beading but sometimes when the thread is more likely to show, using colored thread can give a piece of jewelry another level of sophistication. Look for thread that is very similar to the beads that you are using or you can even use a contrasting color for a [...]

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Spring/Summer Color Report for Bead & Jewelry Designers is Now Available from Margie Deeb

April 23, 2010

I was so excited to hear that the new Spring/Summer Color Report is now available from Margie Deeb! She always shares wonderful information and the pieces that are photographed in the report are absolutely gorgeous! Click Here to get your copy!

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Keeping FireLine Fishing Line Untangled – Jewelry Making Tip of the Week – April 18th

April 18, 2010

I love using FireLine fishing line for beading but sometimes the black coating comes off in my hands. Using Thread Heaven will prevent this coating from coming off and will also help to keep the fishing line from getting tangled.

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Making Gems Out of Resin – Jewelry Making Tip of the Week – April 11th

April 11, 2010

Did you know that you can make gems for your jewelry making out of resin that you can buy from a craft store? Click here for a great video that explains the process. You can even make your own molds out of silicone – click here to see how.

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Jewelry Making Tip of the Week – April 4th – Getting Inspired for Jewelry Design

April 4, 2010

What techniques do you use to get inspired to design a new piece of jewelry? Some designers find that a walk in a park or nature will clear the mind and help to generate creative ideas. Others get their inspiration from jewelry making, fashion magazines or their favorite TV shows. Another idea is to use [...]

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Jewelry Making Tip of the Week – January 17th – How Can I Keep My Thread From Tangling While Beading?

January 17, 2010

Have you ever been in the middle of a beading project and your thread tangles causing you to spend more time removing a knot than it has taken you to create the whole piece? I used to have a big problem with tangling thread. One option is to cut the thread shorter but then you [...]

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Awesome Crosses by Tom

January 16, 2010

I just met Tom from Lakeland, FL this weekend who makes these really unique and beautiful cross necklaces from bent nails and colored wires. They are called Awesome Crosses. He makes them from over 30 different colors. Check them out at http://www.AwesomeCrosses.com. Among the colors are shades of red, blue, green, purple, and pink. Other [...]

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Jewelry Making Tip of the Week – January 3rd – Clever Storage Container Idea

January 3, 2010

Happy New Year! Here’s a cool tip from Susan Van Voorhees from Columbia, Maryland. You know the small containers that you get from Chinese restaurants for sauces or from take out restaurants? They make great storage containers for beads as they are see thru, secure and can even be stacked! You can save them from [...]

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Deb Moffett-Hall 2010 Birthstone Ornament of the Month and Birthstone Bracelet of the Month Clubs

December 30, 2009

My friend and very accomplished bead artist Deb Moffett-Hall has announced her 2010 Birthstone Ornament of the Month and the NEW Birthstone Bracelet of the Month Clubs! Treat yourself to 12 presents this year, a new box to arrive on your doorstep every month! Each beautifully packaged kit comes with everything needed to make the [...]

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