Past Jewelry Making Techniques:
We maintain a techniques web page that provides links to the discussion of techniques in our prior newsletters. You can visit this web page here. Follow the links on that page to the discussion of the technique in that newsletter.
Current Jewelry Making Technique:
This week's jewelry making technique is a discussion on how to make a bead dangle. First let's define what we mean when we say "bead dangle". A bead dangle is a combination of one or more beads on a head pin or similar wire component in a manner that allows the bead or beads to hang from a jewelry component like an earring body. In short, a bead dangle is a way to use one or more beads to decorate a jewelry item. Being able to make a bead dangle is probably the one skill that defines a jewelry crafter as an advanced beginner rather than just a beginner.
A bead dangle comes in one of two styles. You can have an open loop bead dangle as shown above-left or you can have a wrapped loop bead dangle as shown above-right. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. The open loop bead dangle is easier to make and for this reason may be more suitable for beginners, it is also easier to use because you can add it to a jewelry item at any time. Unfortunately, an open loop bead dangle is not as strong as a wrapped loop bead dangle and for this reason may only be suitable for use in earrings where there isn't as much need for strength. The wrapped loop bead dangle is obviously stronger, but is also more difficult to use because it must be positioned prior to wrapping the loop closed, and then while in position must be wrapped closed. This can be difficult to accomplish in jewelry items with limited space. Many people also find that the wrapped loop bead dangle is more aesthetically pleasing -- it just looks slightly better.
Our technique for making the bead dangle requires a flush cutter, round nose pliers and bent chain nose pliers. When you are making the wrapped bead dangle, we recommend using two pair of chain nose pliers. The supplies required to make a bead dangle are generally just a head pin and one or more beads.
To view our complete instructions for how to make a bead dangle, please select either picture above, or select here.
Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:
This week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our low wall bezel earrings shown here left and right. We really like this design because it is a way to use a larger gemstone in earrings, but isn't something that everyone has or even sees every day. These earrings are also very, very easy to make. Anyone who can use a pair of chain nose pliers and can also pick up a toothpick, can make these earrings in less than 10 minutes. We have the findings to make these earrings in 10mm and 8mm sizes. Because the low wall bezel finding hides some of the gemstone, the size of the gemstone is minimized. Phrased another way, an 8mm gemstone set in this setting will appear to be 7mm in size. For this reason, we do not carry 6mm findings. We do sell these earrings in a kit for $13.99 in 8mm gold filled or for the same price in 8mm sterling silver. We really believe that this is a great way to get started making "More Bling for Less Cha-Ching" jewelry and is especially appropriate for people who sell jewelry. We have a video on You Tube showning how to make these earrings that you can view by selecting here.
Please select here, or select the picture at right to view our free instructions for making our low wall bezel earrings.
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