Author Archives: Dana

How to Wire Wrap Beads Onto a Chain in a Cluster

This video shows how to wire wrap beads on a chain in a cluster style. This method works for both a necklace and earrings.  We’ve used 26 gauge gold filled wire and 2mm green tourmaline beads.  The same concept works using either wire or head pins, just thread in reverse order.  For wire, thread it […]

Jewelry Making Techniques – How To Wire Wrap A Decorative Pendant

This videos demonstrates how to create a decorative pendant.  When the pendant has a wide or flat edge or bottom, you can wrap multiple wires to create a metal accent in the middle of the pendant.  The secret is to pinch the wires together at each stage and to keep consistent tension throughout. I’ve got […]

How To Use Beading Hoops to Make Jewelry – Earrings and Pendants

Beading hoops are useful and versatile, in today’s video I’m making a pair of earrings using micro-faceted watermelon tourmaline.  This beading hoop is tempered and holds its shape, I’m using the 25 mm hoop and what I’m going to do is tread the tourmaline onto the hoop. Be aware that with some of the Indian […]

Jewelry Making Techniques – How to Wire Wrap Herkimer Beaded Gold Filled Hoop Earrings

This video shows how to wire wrap Herkimer Diamond Beads onto 40mm gold filled earring hoops using 26 gauge dead soft gold filled wire. For this jewelry design, I used 28 Herkimer beads, 2 hoops and 11” of wire per hoop (for a total of 22” of wire). Thread the beads in the order desired […]

How To Wire Wrap Beads Into a Ring

This video shows you how to wire wrap 5 rondel moonstone beads onto a size 5 ring using 30” of round gold filled wire.  For a bigger size ring, thicker base, or thinner wire, be sure to have appropriately longer wire.  First find something that is 2 sizes bigger than the size of the ring […]

How to Solder With Flux and Avoid Balling Up the Flux

This video features a tip on how to solder silver with flux and what to do when the flux balls up and won’t run. 

When soldering silver and using hard or soft solder, I often find the solder balls up – it just refuses to jump no matter how long it’s under the flame. This […]

How to Attach Beads By Folding Wire

One of many techniques in jewellery making is folding wire after it’s been passed through beads to secure them to chains, holes and spaces.  This is a useful technique because it has many applications; especially when the spaces are tightly packed together or irregular. In the video below I’ve demonstrated this technique with the Organic […]

How to Wire Wrap a Side Drilled Stone 2

Learn how to wire wrap a side drilled stone using sterling silver wire. This basic jewelry making skill will allow you to use semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls and crystals in your jewellery. Using this technique you can make necklaces, bracelets and earrings. We’re using a pear shaped faceted dyed green Jade, round nosed pilers, nail […]

How to Use Wire Guardians and Thread

In today’s video, we’re going to show you how to finish off a strand of small beads that have been strung with Cotton. I’ve added a bit of glue at one of the ends to help it thread through easier, I’ve also threaded on a crimp bead followed by a wire guard so it’s up […]

How To Use Clam Shell Bead Tips

Clamshell beads are a great way to finish off a strung necklace, we’ll walk you through it and there’s a video below for you to check out! To make things a little easier I’ve put a bit of glue on the tip of the string to create a needle-like tapered end which I’ll string through the […]

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