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Jewelry Tutorial – Finishing A Wire Bracelet With Clasp

After you have strung all of the beads on wire, first thread the crimp bead (you can use a crimp tube if you prefer), then use a wire guardian (this will protect the wire from fraying in the future as you wear it often).  Before threading back into the crimp bead, add a solder ring […]

Jewelry Tutorial – Removing Scuff Marks with 3M Polishing Paper

Scuff marks are inevitable with wear and storage.  Especially if you have a larger surface area. Their removal is made easier with 3M Polishing Papers. 3M makes polishing papers of various grit (higher the number, the finer it is and closer to mirror finish you can get).  If your scuff marks are deeper, you may […]

Jewelry Tutorial – Making Bell Shaped Earrings with Lily Of The Valley Cone

You can make bell shaped earrings using the Lily of the Valley Bead Cones by Amoracast.   First, using wire thread all of the chains or drops that you’ve wire wrapped, in a round loop. Put all of the chains inside and then wire wrap that closed, making sure that the loop is big enough for […]

Jewelry Tutorial – Adding Ribbon Tie to Beaded Necklace

How to create a ribbon tie for a necklace when the beads are too small to thread the ribbon through? It is rather simple – start by ending the necklace with soldered jump rings.  Make sure they are big enough for the ribbon to go through when doubled.  In this video, I have 6mm jump rings […]

Jewelry Tutorial – How to Use the Side Cail as Bail for Side Drill Drops

The Side Cail is the perfect bail for briolettes (side drilled drops) Begin by forming the Side Cail to fit the drop – measuring the width where the drill holes are.  The width of stones usually varies in most strands, so you want to do this for individual drops and not do them all at once.  […]

Jewelry Tutorial – How To Wire Wrap Beads Onto A Frame For A Unique Look

  This method works for any frame and any bead, but I am using Herkimer Diamonds and Open Oval pendant by Amoracast here.   Start by cutting wire that is long enough for the wrapping of the beads.  Here I have cut 10cm to wrap 3 beads.  Then you thread the beads, holding them down on […]

Jewelry Tutorial – How to Wire Wrap an ID Bracelet with Herkimer Diamonds or Beads

When you have a long section of beads that you want to thread with wire (and have it keep its shape) but the wire is soft, there are ways to support it.  One such method is to wrap a frame around the beads.   Start with a generous length of wire – calculating the number of […]

Jewelry Tutorial – How To Make A Beaded Ring with Herkimer Diamond

Note that any of the beads and the wire can pretty much be substituted.  It is a matter of comfort and you want the wire you choose must be able to go through some of the beads twice. Thread the beads for the ring with desired wire.  Here I have used 26 gauge (0.4mm) gold […]

Jewelry Tutorial – How To Make Stud Earrings By Wire Wrapping Herkimer Diamonds Or Any Bead

This method works for any bead, provided the hole is large enough for the desired wire to go through.  Ideally the post would be between 22 and 20 gauge (0.65mm to 0.8mm).  Too thin and it would fall out of the earlobe, too thick and it might hurt to wear. Start by using a length […]

Jewelry Tutorial – How to Make a Necklace Using the Ivy Cail by Amoracast

The Cail, invented by Amoracast, works like a cap and looks like a bail – hence, Cail! It is a clever invention that can transform any vertically drilled bead into a beautiful pendant.   Start by forming the Cail around the bead, if it is irregularly shaped.  Once you are satisfied with the way it will sit, […]