Tag Archives: TECHNIQUES

WHERE THE TUTORIAL AUTHORS ARE HIDING

Ha!  I’ve just discovered where most of my favorite wire tutorial authors are hiding!  I’ve been too busy to look there, but, today, I put in a serious hour of browsing at Craftsy.com, and there they were!

I’m not signed up to be an affiliate, or whatever they are calling it, but I just wanted to share the good news. There are all sorts of printable jewelry tutorials there, at all sorts of prices, including FREE!  They also have video tutorials.

Have fun!

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SEARCHING FOR TUTORIALS

Allfreejewelrymaking.com is a pretty massive site, with lots of tutorials of all different sorts. At last, I have learned that they do have some search facilitators to get through to what you might be looking for. Go to their search tutorial and learn how to find what you want.

CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN…you never know….

I’m always trying to figure out how to do whatever has popped into my mind, so I try to look at a lot of people’s work (hence, I get way too many emails, and have a lot of facebook and pinterest stuff to scroll through!).  

I do look at a lot of tutorials, but not necessarily because I want to make the item the tutorial is teaching about.  Sometimes, it’s just one little detail that I can’t figure out from the picture.  A case in point would be this free necklace tutorial from Facet Jewelry that showed up in my email today;
Jade twists
Not my style at all, but I was interested in the little loops that were strung somehow onto the necklace cord, so I read through the tutorial, and found the cutest, simplest little trick, that I will use somehow, some way, probably sometime soon.

I go through a lot of jewelry-making books that have step-by-step tutorials, too. My two latest favorites are Wirework Jewelry Workshop, by Sian Hamilton, and Wire Jewelry Master Class, by Abby Hook. I got both of these books mostly just to learn the techniques of several pieces they showed… I will probably not make anything that looks like anything in either book; I’ll just incorporate some ideas into a piece here and there. These are books I can go back to when I’m drawing blanks. 

I’m also revisiting old tutorials in my collection. Now that I’ve put them into labeled 3-ring binders, they are more organized, and easier to access. It’s like having more books to leaf through.

FACEBOOK JEWELRY-MAKING INTEREST GROUPS

It can be exciting to see what others are doing with their jewelry-making. I especially like to look at wire-wrapped and/or woven pieces, to see if there might be something I want to learn about.

Here is a list of Facebook groups which focus on making jewelry (as of 2/21/18). To find them, just key in the name in the Facebook Search. See you there!

JEWELRY IN GENERAL

Jewelry Making Love hosted by Linkouture
Lisa Yang’s Jewelry Group

WIRE-WRAPPED AND WOVEN-WIRE JEWELRY
Fantasy Wire Wrapped Jewelry
IMNIUM tutorials
Wire Wrap Sculpted Jewelry Artists
Wire Wrap Jewelry Artists
Wire Wrap Tips & Tutorials
WireWork & Metal Jewelry Artisans
Wire wrapped jewelry
Wire Art & Wire Wrap Jewelry
Let’s Wire Wrap Jewelry

TUTORIALS FOR WIRE-WRAPPED JEWELRY
(some for free/some for fee)
Free Wire Wrap Tutorials
Wire Wrapping Jewelry Tutorials

NEW MAGNESITE EAR WRAPS!

I meant to make a little teeny pendant from a little teeny bead today, but….. first I had to waste some time updating the tutorials page to this blog (check it out! I’ve removed the dud links and marked the free places. The first listings are the artists whose tutorials have most inspired me on a regular basis)magnesite earrings

 

 

So, anyway, I went back to the beads, and decided to make new ear wraps instead. Honestly, there must be some simple science to making these, but I haven’t discovered it yet. Making them stresses me no end and totally wears me out (*and* it takes up to an hour!) Anyway, I got them done. Copper wrapped magnesite.  They are really a bright “Sleeping Beauty Turquoise” blue, and I am really a great photographer (not)

I was thinking of weaving the wire wraps together, but I worry that it might be uncomfortable to wear. I’ll have to think about that some more..

RECENT WORK

moms body guardThis is an elastic bracelet made with lapis, calcite, fluorite, amethyst, aventurine, moss agate, smokey quartz, pyrite, and copper.  It is a Personal Bodyguard from my Bodyguard series.

Playing in the Dark

This is Bodyguard Playing in the Dark.  It is an elastic bracelet made with black agate, obsidian, black tourmaline, kyanite, amethyst, jade. aqua aura, lapis, pyrite, hematite, fluorite, black labradorite, and moss agate.

 

 

executive body guard

 

This another Personal Bodyguard, elastic bracelet with jade, moss agate, crystal quartz, aqua aura, tourmalinated quartz, pyrite, tiger eye, aventurine, aquamarine, lapis, amazonite, and copper.

 

More Recent Work and a Tip

I’m posting a couple more photos of recent pieces.

bracelet black lab lapis Success bodyguard

On the left (or it may be on the top in your viewer), that’s a black labradorite/lapis/quartz/silver elastic bracelet The one on the right (or on the bottom) is a Success Bodyguard with aventurine, moss agate, crystal quartz, citrine, tourmalinated quartz, and pyrite and silver plated spacers.

My tip: to learn how to make a good strong knot, even with very thick elastic cord (I use 1mm), consider watching fishermen’s videos on how to make a “surgeon’s knot”.  Yes, that’s right. 1)Apparently fishermen use this kind of knot to secure a line that is going to have an angry fish on one end. 2)The fishermen who make the how-to videos make it seem much more clear than most of the beaders’ how-to videos. They are to the point, don’t hem and haw or tell charming anecdotes, and they show and explain what is going on very clearly.