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February 27, 2014

DIY Wire Four Leaf Clover Charm or Clasp

Four Leaf Clover Clasp

Don't you love it when a project turns out better than you ever expected?

I'm not talking about today's project (yet), but the lucky horseshoe link bracelet that I made last week.

It is my favorite bracelet right now.  It's comfortable, pretty, the perfect size and most of all, it's slinky.

On the down side, it's a little plain though.  There are several options to spice it up, such as adding beads to make a charm bracelet.  I definitely plan to do that in the future.

But for now, I decided to follow a similar path that I did with the infinity link bracelet.  Add a pretty handmade clasp that follows a theme - and provide step by step instructions.

February 23, 2014

Free Lucky Horseshoe Stud Earrings Tutorial

A little more luck...

The horseshoe wire link bracelet project inspired me to make another horseshoe shaped piece of jewelry.

This time, it is lucky horseshoe stud earrings.

I've never made stud earrings before, but this simple wire shape seems like a perfect place to start.

The best thing about this project?  It only takes about 2 inches of wire so you can make plenty of them right from your scrap bin!

Making these earrings doesn't take much wire or time, but it probably works best if you have a pair of step pliers or bail making pliers to make the horseshoe shape even.

I shaped the wire for both earrings at the same time.  Saves time and helps to make the shapes even.  This isn't really possible using standard round nose pliers.

February 22, 2014

Lucky Horseshoe Handmade Wire Chain Tutorial

Good Luck!  

Yes, I'd like some please!

This particular post and jewelry project all started with a search for a good luck symbol.  I considered several options before settling on a horseshoe.

Why are horseshoes lucky?

I tried to research why horseshoes are considered lucky - but there is no clear source for the belief, just a lot of speculation.  Clearly, there is a lot of superstition regarding which way you should hang your horseshoe though.  Some say with the ends up so the luck doesn't run out, others believe with the ends down, so the luck pours on those who pass underneath it. Regardless of the source of the belief, they are a prominent symbol in jewelry and luck, so I decided to try my hand at it by making this horseshoe chain bracelet.

February 20, 2014

Handmade Wire Hair Clip Barrettes

This week, it has been all about making hair accessories for me.

Technically, I'm not sure what you call them - hair clips, hair barrettes, hair pins - but that's what I've been trying my hand at making this week.

I have no instructions or tutorials to share with you yet - but I will, as soon as I feel like I've come up with a successful formula.

For now, I'm just playing and have come up with 3 different designs.

The first is a simple double spiral hair clip.  It looks

February 12, 2014

Hammered Wire Bones Necklace Project

Hammered Wire Bone Links Jewelry Project: Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog
It's all done! 

A day's worth of snipping wire, hammering, hole punching, filing, tumbling (and re-tumbling) and assembling.

It's no wonder I don't make many necklaces!

They take a long time.  And I'm definitely an instant gratification type of jewelry maker.

The big question is, was it worth the time and effort?

February 11, 2014

How to Make Wire Sticks or 'Bones'

Hammered pieces of wire can be combined to make lots of wonderful jewelry projects. This article will show you how to make hammered wire sticks that incorporate a twist into the design - which makes more interesting jewelry designs.

Hand holding hammered wire sticks for jewelry making

 In this previous article on making hammered wire sticks, I made one into a ring shank. Since then, I have scoured the internet for more inspiration on how to make and use them. I made a board called Hammered Wire Sticks/Bone Jewelry that you can look at.

This article will show you how to make twisted wire bones that are perfect to make into a necklace chain.

I also found a few additional free tutorials (listed at the end of this post) where you can learn more about making wire bones jewelry.

February 07, 2014

Making Hammered Wire Sticks: Beaded Ring Project

Hammering surfaces for wire jewelry: Lisa Yang's Jewelry BlogMy last post about the differences between jewelry mallets and hammers made me want to experiment with a few things.

For example, which hammering surface do I really prefer, the mini anvil or the 4x4 stainless block?

I also realized that although I frequently hammer things, I'm not very proficient at hammering.  It's something that I do, not something that I'd say I'm good at.

So, I decided to take on a few projects that will at least improve my hammering skills.

My first project seems simple - and - well... I guess it was.

February 04, 2014

Mallet or Hammer: Which Should You Use When?

Add a hammer (or two) and a hammering surface to your list of must-have jewelry tools!

But, before I tell you what to use to hammer your wire components, I'm going to tell you why you want to hammer them.

Two reasons to hammer metal wire components

- to work harden the metal without changing the shape

- to add a pattern or change the shape of a metal component

Hammering a component to work harden the metal is a step that strengthens your finished jewelry.

Hammering a component to add a pattern or shape the metal is a way of enhancing the look of the finished product that will also work harden the metal.

Depending on the hammer that you choose, you can do both at once - or just work harden the wire without affecting the shape of the metal.

February 01, 2014

Infinity Link Chain with Beads

Infinity Link Chain Bracelet with beads from Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

Everything's better with beads!

Thank you for all the positive comments on my Free Infinity Link Chain tutorial.

I'm glad that so many friends found it useful - and also that the Jewelry Making Journal posted it for their free tutorial Friday on Facebook.

That made my day - since I love JMJ!

I also love when someone sees one of my ideas and expands upon it.