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.
Jewelry Making Technique:
This week's jewelry making technique is our new instructions for how to use a pinch bail to make gemstone earrings. This may be one of our easiest jewelry making projects. In fact, if you can open and close a loop using bent chain nose pliers and you can squeeze a lemon, you can make these earrings. The pinch bail finding is called by that name because all you have to do to use the finding is position it properly and then pinch it closed. The picture at left shows how the bail looks when in position on a gemstone. The picture at right shows a bail by itself. In the picture at right, you can view the two prongs on the bail finding. These two prongs are positioned into the holes in a gemstone that has front-to-back holes and then pinched closed. You can use just your fingers to pinch the bail closed. Some people may find that using nylon jaw pliers makes it easier for them to pinch the bail closed. The one caveat is to pinch slowly so that the finding doesn't get bent out of shape.
The gemstones in our Internet store that work best with the pinch bail finding are our 18mm flat pear cubic zirconia gemstones, item 3388 in pink, item 3389 in clear,item 3390 in champagne, item 3391 in red, item 3392 in lavender, item 3393 in golden yellow, item 3394 in amethyst and item 3395 in olive green.
Please select any picture above or select here to view our free instructions for making jewelry using bail findings.
Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making projects:
This week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for making jewelry with 1/2 drilled pearls. With Christmas coming, it is time to begin thinking about some inexpensive and easy to make jewelry projects to give as gifts. These pearl bead projects could not be easier. If you can use glue, you can make this jewelry. All that is required is to apply jeweler's cement (item 0359 in our Internet Store) to the post on the jewelry finding and then slide the 1/2 drilled pearl onto the post. You will need to allow 30 minutes to an hour for this glue to fully set. When you are done, you can begin wearing your new pearl jewelry.
This week we have real 1/2 drilled, white Grade AAA freshwater pearls on sale in a 6mm size for a discount of 30%. Please select here to view these freshwater pearls in our Internet store. These pearls work perfectly with our earrings findings item 3289 in sterling silver or item 3290 in gold-filled.
Please select here, or select any picture above to view our free instructions for making earrings and necklaces using 1/2 drilled pearl beads.
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