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 bent closing pliers to close a small gap in a loop or in jump rings. The bent closing pliers that we show at right are item 4005 from our Internet store. These pliers have a groove carved into the jaws of the pliers and this groove is used to hold a wire component in position so that you can gently squeeze a loop closed.
Frequently, when you are making a wire component on one of our WigJig jewelry making tools, you will end up cutting excess wire from the end of the component. When you make this cut, it is easy to cut slightly more than required, with the result being a loop that has a small gap. It is always a good idea to close this gap, as it might snag on your clothes, or it may allow a component that is connected to that loop to break free. Please select here or select the picture above-right to view our free instructions for using bent closing pliers.
Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making projects:
This week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for making our Queen of Clubs earrings. These earrings are very simple and yet with the right bead, can be very elegant. This is an excellent beginner's jewelry making project and is in fact one of the projects that we recommend for a beginner as your first jewelry project. Since we first posted this project, we have created a .pdf file of the pattern for the Queen of Clubs wire component on our WigJig Centaur that you can print and use to determine where the pegs go. Please select here to view this .pdf file.
Please select here, or select either picture to view our free instructions for making our Queen of Clubs Earrings using our WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.
One error that many beginners to making jewelry make is to try to make the design that they like the best as their first jewelry project. Unfortunately, this often means that people try to make a project that is too complex for their skills. This can result in frustration and ultimately quitting the jewelry making hobby. To help mitigate this potential error, we have gone back to our Earrings, Bracelets, and Necklace project pages and added a letter code that indicates whether the project is suitable for beginners (B), for advanced beginners (AB), or for intermediate wire workers (I). You can view these three pages of jewelry designs by selecting the links below:
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