Category Archives: JEWELRY LESSONS

SNOW! Sitting at home looking at beads!

It’s snowing to beat the band! Not big pretty fluffy snow, just relentless little bitty snowflakes. My New York City street is covered. Just as well! I want to make something today.

Product DetailsI got Abby Hook’s book Wire Jewelry Master Class in the mail yesterday. Stayed up looking through it, reading the really clear instructions, thinking about what I’m willing to do, what I might do right away, and what I’ll probably never do, even though I wish I could bring myself to do it. Then, of course, thinking about how I could get away with not doing what she says to do and still get a similar look. Then thinking about what she shows, and what I probably will actually do. Woo! Tired myself out just looking! Then woke up this morning and started again.

I’m very happy with this book, excited to have it. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if the book included the two tutorials (KrissKross ring and Kriss Kross bracelet) I had bought from Abby back when jewelrylessons.com was in business and before my computer crashed and died, taking with it my precious hoard of tutorials. I bought several of Abby’s tutorials, but these are the ones I’d really like to have back. The book does have another tutorial that I had bought, which now looks like something I might like to do. Oh well. Never mind! There is so much information in this book! Then, there are all the pretty pictures. This may be the best jewelry-making book I’ve ever bought.

I actually saw my prehnite/amethyst/silver bracelet in bright sunlight yesterday. I hadn’t realized that the colors were actually so brilliant!  Now, I want to make a similar necklace with the prehnite and amethyst left over from the bracelet. I haven’t had a new necklace in quite some time. This will be simple. I think I’ll make some figure eight connectors, as I’m out of jump rings, and I’ll make a stab at making my own S-hook clasp, to jazz it up a little.

LADDER NECKLACE TUTORIAL FROM FOR THE MAKERS

leather stone spacer necklaceI found this tutorial at For the Makers . (For the Makers is a subscription site that sends you a box with all the materials and instructions to make whatever they are offering. That’s pretty cool!)  Meanwhile, I was just looking at free tutorials, and this one is right there, and really easy to do.  Check it out.

MALEFICENT NECKLACE

MALEFICENT NECKLACEI found this “knock-off”  Maleficent necklace  tutorial on allfreejewelrymaking.com.   If I were to make it, I’d probably put in some bigger stones/beads, but it does look worthy all on its own.

MAKING YOUR OWN JEWELRY YOUR OWN

MAKING YOUR OWN JEWELRY
When you start out making jewelry, it is always good to have a teacher. I was very lucky to have one of the best: Eni Oken! (I went to a 3 hour class on wire jewelry, learned how to make a loop, made a pair of earrings, and was hooked! I went home, went on-line, and found Eni Oken’s tutorials – this was before she went big-time and started hosting JewelryLessons.com, a most marvelous site full of tutorials by all sorts of different jewelry artists) I made maybe 10 of Eni’s designs, and then I found that my ideas were migrating – well, actually, they were migrating from the start – Eni said “small beads”, and I missed that, and made my first piece with very big beads, but she talked me through it.

Lately, I have been making the bracelets I showed I my last post. I have  purchased and read through and experimented with a number of tutorials from different artists, but, with these bracelets, I haven’t followed any tutorial any further than “take a piece of wire”. I think I saw a tutorial about how to make an all in one piece with a hook clasp a while back, but, when I started making these, it was more like, well, I have seen this picture, and it should work out like this (I mean, I did not sit with a tutorial and follow it to do this). Fortunately, my idea has turned out fairly well.

So, what am I talking about? I’m talking about you, the designer. After you have followed a teacher for a while (in person or through on-line tutorials ), and after you have seen more teachers’ work, then, one day you get an idea in your head, and it is not exactly anyone’s tutorial, but, sort of, something you know you can make.

I love Eni Oken’s tutorials: I started with her Coiled Bangle, which is listed as Very Advanced (can you believe it? That’s like asking a baby to do Olympic acrobatics – but I managed, because she writes very clear, very thorough tutorials), and I still do love the ornate-ness of her work, but I have found that I can break things easily, and, so, I am very happy right now with these bangles I am making because they are pretty strong, and I think I won’t be able to break them anytime soon.

The pieces I am making now are simple in design, so the complexity has to come from the stones I use.

After you work with the tutorials of different designers, or even one, you may well find you are making something that is all your own.

Even if you just continue making the same tutorial over and over, you will probably find that you make little modifications that make the work your own.

SPOILTROTTENBEADS.CO.UK – some cool tutorials

I am a bit frustrated here. I was led from allfreejewelrymaking.com to this tutorial for an interesting wire-wrapped ring at spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk , but the tutorial site would not let me grab a picture.  GRRRR!  You’ll have to trust me. This is an interesting wire ring with pearls – the tutorial is not as complete as I would like it, so I will have to play with it a bit, but it does have some good tips.   And, then, you can stay and look at the other tutorials.

CHAIN RING TUTORIAL from I Spy DIY blog

ispydiy delicate ringWhile I was at I Spy DIY’s blog, I noticed the tutorial for these cute little rings. I have big hands and fingers, so I favor big chunky rings, but, I do, sometimes stack rings, and these look like they could be stacked if I was of a mind to do it.  Or, perhaps, I might take one of the chunkier chain pieces I still have from leftover projects and see how it works as a ring.

GEM & CHAIN NECKLACE from I Spy DIY blog

ispy gem statementnecklaceSo I found this nifty necklace tutorial pictured on Handmade Jewelry Club’s site , clicked on it, and got sent to Better Homes and Gardens’ Style Blog , where I found out that this tutorial is really from I Spy DIY’s blog.   Interesting trip around the Internet to realize that I haven’t been paying proper attention to some of the cool blogs I have found.