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 Ways to Wire Wrap Undrilled Stone Pendants

Whether it's beach glass, shells, polished stones from a tourist place or a rough stone picked up along a hike - I have tons of these stones that I know could do so much more than sit in a bowl.

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