Author Archives: Dana

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 […]

Setting Up a Pop-Up Shop: Part 9 – Branding and Packaging

Studies have shown that, on average, each consumer needs to be exposed to a brand or message at least five times before they make the connection and take action such as making a product inquiry or even a purchase.  Therefore, to gain maximum effectiveness in each exposure, you should be consistent with the message and […]

Setting Up a Pop-Up Shop: Part 8 – Signage

Signage is a vital communication tool for any company or designer.  It communicates professionalism and provides a name to the face, so to speak.  If customers are walking by, and want to return later, you want them to remember you or be able to look you up if you’re selling online.   Professional signs can be […]

Setting Up a Pop-Up Shop: Part 7 – Efficient Packing and Unpacking

When you’re pressured by time to pack and unpack your shop, either because you’re working alone or because you little access time to the premises outside of selling hours, efficient packing plays an important role. Do most of your preparation at home, or at your regular store location, and pack your suitcase with trays in exactly […]

Setting Up a Pop-Up Shop: Part 6 – Display Trays, Inserts and U-pins

Displaying jewelry on materials such as driftwood or cushions always looks gorgeous, however, when you want to set up and tear down a pop-up shop, or trunk show, quickly and you factor in transportation time it’s best to use jewelry trays.  They’re stackable and allow for standard lightweight inserts. These inserts come in standard white […]