September 25, 2015

Stringing (and Crimping) a Multi-Strand Bracelet

Do you ever plan your jewelry projects around a particular component or tool? I definitely do.

Today, I made a triple strand moonstone bracelet. I've been dying to use more of these moonstones - but mostly, I need to test out the holding power of crimps secured using my new Om Tara Crimp Pliers.

September 24, 2015

Crimp Pliers - Om Tara vs. Standard Crimping

Crimping... My Style

I've mentioned in the past that jewelry crimping - i.e. using crimp pliers to secure crimp tubes to bead stringing wire, is not my favorite jewelry making activity. 

As a matter of fact, I'm far more likely to use crimp pliers to make paddle headpins than I am to use them to actually secure crimps.

But that may be about to change!! I finally got my Om Tara crimp pliers - and I think they may be as great as one of my jewelry making friends insisted they are.

September 16, 2015

How to Make Gemstone Bead Pendants With Artistic Wire Wrappers

Using Artistic Wire Wrapper Components

This weekend, I was playing with the Wrappers wire frames from Beadalon again. If you've never heard of Artistic Wire Wrappers, they are jewelry pendant frames with notches in the edges to securely hold the wire wraps in place.

Honestly, I didn't think it was much of a big deal until I realized how difficult it is to make some wire and bead pendant styles without the notches.

September 11, 2015

Two Methods to Wire Wrap Undrilled Stone Pendants

I have a lot of projects to catch up on - and I was tempted to put it all in one post, but it just wouldn't work.  There's too much jewelry making goodness to fit in one post.

I guess I'll have to write a post a day until I'm all caught up.

I decided to start with a couple of easy, but very pretty, techniques to wrap undrilled stones.

August 25, 2015

DIY Miguel Ases Style Bead Charm with Crystal Center

Adding Crystal Chatons to Circular Brick Stitch

I decided I should get better at finishing what I've started. Yes - I'm in one of those moods. 

Yesterday, I posted a a free tutorial to make this beaded circle charm with crystal center, which happens to be the same charm that I made to go with the slinky layering ladder stitch bracelet tutorial, which happens to be a charm that is based on the amazing Miguel Ases beaded jewelry.

But, wouldn't you know, I hadn't taken the final step of putting the bracelet and charm all together. It was just waiting in limbo... and was pretty soon destined for the *UFO box.