January 31, 2014

Free Tutorial: Wire Heart Clasp

Wire Heart Clasp


As promised, here is a tutorial to make the heart clasp from my infinity link bracelet.

I think this is a beginner project, but it may take you several tries to get the heart to be the size and shape you want.

My advice is to not sweat it and make several until you are happy with them.

You will always find a project that needs a little love, so make a few extras!

January 30, 2014

$5 Jewelry Book Downloads from Interweave through 1/31/14


Jewelry E-Book Deals


Today, Interweave added a few more $5 deals on Jewelry E-Books.  I am a hoarder of books and magazines, so I already have some of these.


Maybe there's something here for you?  Remember these are e-book downloads only.  And make sure the price comes up at $5 - the sale ends quickly and there were problems at the site the other night when I ordered my magazines (the site was S-L-O-W)

January 28, 2014

Great Deal on Digital Jewelry Making Magazine Collections Until Jan. 31st

I just took advantage of this - and thought you might be interested too.

Interweave is having a sale on several of their digital magazine collections - a full year collection for $5!! These are normally $19.95 - which is way too much in my opinion, but $5 is a good deal.  They are download only pdf files of the magazines.  The sale ends on 1/31/14.

Included titles are Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist which has 12 issues and Step by Step Wire Jewelry which has 6 issues (I think) in a year.

I just purchased all 3 years of the Jewelry Artist magazine collections that are on sale.  I already have the Step by Step Wire mags - although there is something to be said about having the digital version and not the magazines taking up space in my closet...

Here are links to the collections that I think people who read my blog might like:

Free Tutorial: Wire Infinity Link Chain Bracelet

Free Tutorial for Infinity Link Chain Bracelet at Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

Infinite Love Bracelet


Infinity shapes are very popular in jewelry lately - and this chain is easy and quick to make.  It's also great practice to learn to make consistent size and shape loops.

I added a quick heart shaped clasp because Valentine's Day is on my mind this time of the year. It also gave me the opportunity to give it a really sappy name like Infinite Love.

There is a free tutorial to make the clasp too.

If you like this design, see my Infinity Bracelet with Beads.

January 24, 2014

GROW YOUR BLOG

Greetings!!


This is my jewelry making blog, and - as you might have guessed - it is about making jewelry using wire, beads, gemstones, fiber and a variety of techniques and tools.

This post is part of a blog hop called Grow Your Blog hosted by Vicki at 2 Bags Full.  The blog hop is a way to get more readers and followers at your blog - basically, it gets the word out to other bloggers and crafters.  There are over 500 bloggers participating this year!

First, I'll tell you about what you'll find here and a little about myself.  And at the end of the post, you'll find a free give away of a pair of earrings.

January 23, 2014

Simple Wire Heart Ring Free Tutorial

Free Simple Wire Heart Ring Tutorial, DIY from Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog



I hope you enjoy this free tutorial to make a simple heart shaped wire ring.




It's perfect for Valentine's Day and great practice for learning to perfect making simple wire loops.



January 17, 2014

Making a Wire Loop - Basic Wire Jewelry Techniques

Make a wire loop infinity ring: Step by Step Tutorial at Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog
"Let's start at the very beginning
A very good place to start..."

That little bit of a quote probably isn't much for anyone to go on, but it's from The Sound of Music song Do Re Me

However, when making something like wire jewelry, you could always question where the very beginning is.

Of course, you need to have the basic tools and wire to get started.  If you've got those, what's next?

"When you read you begin with ABC"

When you wire wrap, you begin with...

January 12, 2014

How To Choose Wire for Making Jewelry

Jewelry Wire Basics


Beginning to make wire wrap jewelry can mean a lot of trial and error.  There are a lot of new things to learn; tools, supplies, techniques - with one of the most important being what type of wire to use for a project.

How to choose wire for your jewelry project: Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

Choosing the right wire for your jewelry project will make a ton of difference in the amount of scrap and the way your project looks and wears in the end.  This much I tell you from experience (too much bad experience).

January 1, 2014

5 Wire Jewelry Making Tools

5 tools every wire wrap jewelry maker needs: Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog


Making wire wrap jewelry doesn't require a lot of tools, but some are essential to good results.



Here's my list of must-have tools for a beginner or even an experienced jewelry maker working with wire.


This is my first post in a series that I hope will help new jewelry makers get off on the right foot.