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 an introduction to our new instructions for our WigJig Beadstringing Kit. You can view our Beadstringing kit here. You can view our instructions for assembling this kit here. We have even prepared some easy to print instructions for this Beadstringing Kit in Adobe Acrobat format. Select here to view our Adobe Acrobat instructions for the Beadstringing Kit.
Our goal with this Beadstringing Kit is to provide a way for newcomers to have a project that is suitable for a beginner, but allows them to make a piece of jewelry that they would be proud to wear. The piece that is made using the Beadstringing Kit is the white pearl beads necklace shown above-right and below-left. The kit includes all the tools, beads, supplies and materials necessary to make the white pearl beads necklace shown. With the instructions provided both via the Internet, or easily printed in Adobe Acrobat format, anyone should be successful in making this necklace.
This kit is not appropriate for someone who already has their own tools. It is focused on a total newcomer with no tools and little to no experience. The kit employs bead stringing wire and crimp beads to make a necklace that is permanent, quick and easy to make, and a standard item of most people's jewelry collections. Select either picture, or select here to view our free instructions for the Beadstringing Kit.
Our WigJig Beadstringing Kit makes an excellent birthday or Christmas gift.
Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:
This week's featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our Tie Chain. During the past two weeks we've had several questions about the Tie Chain project. The tie chain is an excellent project to make as gifts and can be made with just a simple chain, with a decorative wire component as shown above-right, or with a gemstone as shown at left.
We made the Tie Chain with 18 gauge 1/2 hard wire. We received some feedback from some people who tried to make the Tie Chain with 18 gauge soft wire and they weren't satisfied with the results. Our suggestion for those who want to make this tie chain using less expensive soft wire is that they use 16 gauge wire if they are going to use soft wire.
Please select here, or select either picture above to view our instructions for making our Jewelry Wire Tie Chain shown here.