Birthstone Bangle Bracelet Tutorial

February 7, 2019

TierraCast’s ready-to-use birthstone charms could not be any sweeter (sparkle joy)! I love them so much I designed a charming bangle bracelet to share the joy. Just follow these step-by-step instructions to create your own bracelet.


You will need these supplies:


You will need these tools:

The hammered-brass bangle bracelets are available in two sizes. The large size has an inner diameter of 2-7/8″ and the smaller size is 2-5/8″.

TierraCast Birthstone Mix featuring Swarovski Xirius Crystals comes in a pack of 36 charms (three charms per birthstone month). They are offered in both antiqued-brass and antiqued-pewter finish.

A year’s worth of birthstones!

  • January (Garnet, Siam red)
  • February (Amethyst, purple amethyst)
  • March (Aquamarine, light blue aquamarine)
  • April (Diamond, clear crystal / CAL)
  • May (Emerald, emerald green)
  • June (Alexandrite, lavender light amethyst)
  • July (Ruby, light Siam red)
  • August (Peridot, pale green peridot)
  • September (Sapphire, blue sapphire)
  • October (Rose Zircon, rose pink)
  • November (Golden topaz, topaz)
  • December (Tanzanite, violet-blue tanzanite)

Follow these easy steps to make a birthstone bangle bracelet:

The brass bangles are made of raw brass and usually need a little polishing attention to make them look their best. To attain a high polish, start by removing any oxidation with a superfine 3M polishing pad.

Once the oxidation is removed from the brass bangle, it takes very little effort to produce a high polish with an Ultra polishing pad (a staff choice here at Rings & Things).

Lay out the charm and jump ring components. The large 10mm jump ring is used for attaching the heart charm to the bangle bracelet and 8mm jump rings are used for the smaller charms.

Follow these steps to attach the heart charm to the bangle bracelet: twist the jump ring open, string on the charm, attach to the bracelet, and twist the jump ring closed.


Jewelry-Making Tip:


To maintain the shape of a jump ring, always twist to open and close. Also twist the jump ring back and forth a few times before closing it; this action will harden the metal and reduce the chance of the jump ring accidentally coming open.

Continue attaching the smaller charms to the bangle bracelet in your preferred pattern.

“Close-to-my-Heart” Birthstone Bangle Bracelet by Rings & Things’ designer Mollie Valente.

Make your own TierraCast and Swarovski crystal bezel charms:

While the TierraCast Birthstone Assortment brings instant sparkle joy, you can also assemble your own custom charms. Rings & Things carries the empty bezels ready to fill with more than 6 dozen crystal color choices, and all you need to do is glue the little crystals in place.

TierraCast charm bezel settings combine with the 34ss Swarovski Xirius Rose flat-back crystals. We recommend the Swarovski Adhesive for securing the crystals in place.

Make Things,

Mollie

www.rings-things.com

“Blue Valentines” – A Free Earring-Making Tutorial

January 24, 2019


Are you new to making jewelry? If so, here is a beginning earring-making project that will make you look like a seasoned professional. The prong-style bezel settings are quick and easy to use. From setting the stone to assembling the components takes about 20 minutes.

And don’t be limited by the color choices I made, the prong-style bezel settings for the cushion stones are available in 4 different platings (silver plate, antiqued-silver plate, antiqued-brass plate, and antiqued-copper plate); plus the Swarovski cushion stones come in a variety of colors. This makes for seemingly endless possibilities.

You will need these supplies:

This jewelry-making project requires just three tools: flat-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, and a steel burnisher.

You will need the following tools:

Tool Spotlight

If you are new to jewelry making and have not invested in basic tools yet, consider purchasing them by the set. The Glitter Line™ tool set from EURO TOOL® has the four most commonly used tools stored neatly in a handy carrying case.

Place a Swarovski square cushion stone in the bezel setting. Firmly hold the bezel setting (or work on a rubber block). Use the burnisher to carefully push the first bezel prong until it is set against the stone. Rotate the bezel setting so the second prong you set is opposite the first one. Then set the final two prongs in the same manner. Repeat these steps with the second stone and setting.

Place a Swarovski square cushion stone in the bezel setting. Hold the bezel setting firmly (or work on a rubber block). Use the burnisher to carefully push the first bezel prong until it is set against the stone. Rotate the bezel setting so the second prong you set is opposite the first one. Then set the final two prongs in the same manner. Repeat these steps with the second stone and setting.

Lay out the jewelry components in the order of their assembly.

Lay out the jewelry components in the order of their assembly.

Free printable PDF on basic earring-making techniques from Rings & Things.

The jump ring serves as a connector between the heart charm an the bezel setting loop. Twist the jump ring open and add the heart charm. Connect the jump ring to the lower loop of the bezel setting then twist the jump ring closed. Repeat this step with the second bezel setting.

The jump ring serves as a connector between the heart charm an the bezel setting loop. Twist the jump ring open and add the heart charm. Connect the jump ring to the lower loop of the bezel setting then twist the jump ring closed. Repeat this step with the second bezel setting.

Twist the loop on the French earring hook open and attach it to the top loop of the bezel setting. Then twist the earring loop closed. Your earring is done. Repeat to finish the second earring.

Twist the loop on the French earring hook open and attach it to the top loop of the bezel setting. Then twist the earring loop closed. Your earring is done. Repeat to finish the second earring.

The finished earrings are ready to wear.

The finished earrings are ready to wear.

Blue Valentine Earrings by Rings & Things Designer Mollie Valente.
“Blue Valentines” Earrings by Rings & Things Designer Mollie Valente.

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If you love the look of these sparkly earrings, and how easy they are to make, here are a few more Rings & Thing projects to inspire you:

Free Necklace Making Tutorial

Ombre Delight Necklace” created by Rings & Things designer Bridget Austin

Free Bracelet Making Tutorial

Sour Patch Bracelet” created by Rings & Things designer Rita Hutchinson

Free Bangle Bracelet Making Tutorial

Lotus Paisley Bracelet” created by Rings & Things designer Sondra Barrington


Free Earrings Making Tutorial

Ultra Blue Mehndi Earrings” created by Rings & Things designer Polly Nobbs-LaRue

Make Things!

Mollie

www.rings-things.com

Heartbeat Necklace Tutorial

January 23, 2019

I don’t make wire-worked jewelry (aside from the little wire-wrapped loops on the top of bead dangles). This lack of wire-working ability makes me the perfect person to create a beginning wire jewelry project, because if I can make it so can you. My initial wire interest was inspired by a resent “find” in our Rings & Things Showroom; there hidden among the standard Rings & Things stock was a handful of gold-filled, wire-wrapped, name pendants. The pendants are vintage items made by Rings & Things’ founder Russ Nobbs. In the mid-1960’s Russ handcrafted gold-wire name pendants and pins for sale at county and state fairs around the Pacific Northwest.

Here is my “heartbeat necklace”tutorial; and for further inspiration, I have included an image of some of Russ’s vintage name pendants. Enjoy!

You will need these supplies:

You will need these tools:

Draw an actual-size pattern for the “heartbeat” pendant (I adjusted my heartbeat design for balance and aesthetic purposes). You can also print an actual EKG from images online.

Straighten the wire by pulling the length of it through the nylon-jaw, flat-nose pliers several times.

Use round-nose pliers to make a sharp bend in the middle of the wire. This forms the tall upward beat of the heartbeat design.

Using your heartbeat design image as a guide, make a second sharp bend. This forms the downward beat.

Use the same technique to continue making bends to match the heartbeat pattern. Once formed, use semi-flush side cutters to cut the ends. Allow about 1/4″ extra length on each side for forming a hanging loop.

Use round-nose pliers to form a loop on each wire end. Simply grip the end of the wire and roll it around the pliers. Each loop should be flat on the bottom and curl upwards.

Jewelry-making Tip: Use a permanent marker to add reference marks to your round-nose pliers’ jaw. This will allow you to make matching loops every time.

Lay the heartbeat pendant flat on the steel block. Use the rounded-face hammer to slightly flatten the wire. Flattening the wire adds a decorative feature and also work hardens the wire.

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EuroTool chasing hammer has a large, slightly rounded face that is perfect for flattening wire without leaving marks from the edge of the hammer’s face.

String the Love bead and the bicone bead onto the ball-end head pin and then form a wire-wrapped loop.

Use side cutters to cut the necklace chain at the middle link. There will now be two chain pieces; this is the left and right side of the necklace.

Twist open one side of the heartbeat pendant and string on the Love bead charm to rest on the downward beat. Then twist the loop closed.

Use a jump ring to connect a chain piece to the right hanging loop on the heartbeat pendant. Repeat with the left hanging loop.

“Cardio Amour” Necklace by Rings & Things designer Mollie Valente.

Vintage handmade gold-filled name pendants by Russ Nobbs of Rings & Things.

Make Things,

 Mollie

www.rings-things.com

Fall 2018 Bead Show & Sale

October 10, 2018

You are invited to our Fall Bead Show & Sale

Free admission!  Share this invitation with creators, beaders and collectors – we have something for everyone!
Wholesale prices to the public. No tax ID required.
Arrive early to shop the best selection. Free on-site parking!
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