Stampable Bar and Bead Jewelry Project

March 9, 2016
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Custom jewelry is always in style. And with Mothers Day around the corner it can be a great way to make personalized gifts. Impress Art came out with awesome stampable bars and metal beads and I just love the way they look! They really give you so many possibilities! See how easy they are to use below! Continue Reading…

New, Inexpensive Sterling Silver & Gold Fill Rings! Midi, Thin Band, Charm & Stacking Styles

February 25, 2016
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Great prices on new styles of gold fill and sterling silver finger rings!

title imageWe just expanded our selection of wholesale priced base metal ready-to-wear rings in antique silver, antique brass, and antique copper platings.  Smaller sized rings can be used as pinky, midi or knuckle rings.  Larger sizes work for thumb rings.

Midi Ringsmidi knuckle rings

Be adventurous with the latest popular trend of midi rings (AKA knuckle rings as they are worn above knuckle).

We have several adjustable ring styles as well as smaller sized rings perfect for this boho fashion trend.  Delicate thin gold rings pair well with stacked skinny silver bands for the elegant minimalist.  Excellent gifts for teens and fashionistas.

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Use a stash of cute rings to create your own unique DIY style.  Great prices allow you to mix metals, stacking thin and wide bands together, adding a few midi ring companions to your fresh, updated ring wardrobe.

Slender sterling silver rings are versatile, whether worn individually (timeless classic) or stacked for a rich layered look (bohemian casual).  Simple gold bands are elegant, delicate and stylish.

An elegant, simple way to mix metals is by layering skinny, stacking bands of gold fill and small bands of stardust silver. (Stardust silver is textured to sparkle, so that it is elegant without being too blingy.)

A set of these mixed rings tied with ribbons or nestled in an organza bag would be fun, inexpensive bridal shower, bachelorette or sweet sixteen party gift.

Charm Rings

Personalize this ring by adding a charm, gemstone or crystal to the loop.  Multi-loop and sterling silver styles are available.  It is a great stackable companion for other ring bands.

Link two rings together with chain or create a chain ring bracelet using this versatile finger ring.

These designs feature the Swarovski Scarab Crystal bead, a sterling silver key and a tiny cross.charm ring

Selling Rings

Who can resist a perfectly displayed selection of delicate, stackable finger rings?  At your booth or your counter, a black tray with a ring insert is all you need for an inexpensive, effective display.  One ring size per tray is an easy way to keep inventory organized.  Use a second tray, under the display tray, for holding back stock.  Include a ring sizer in your tool kit to quickly determine the right size for a customer.black tray

Whether you sell on Etsy, Ebay, at Craft Shows, in Boutiques or at your own Brick & Mortar Store, consider adding a mix of inexpensive, ready to wear sterling silver and gold fill rings to your product mix.

The easiest way to sell these rings is by wearing a set yourself – so have fun! 

 

 

Chain Tassel and Hammered Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings

February 14, 2016
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I love the combination of sterling silver hammered hoops and chain tassels. These new hammered sterling silver links are the perfect size to hang delicate silver plated chain from them. And because I used plated chain, instead of sterling chain, the project is fairly reasonably priced. See how to recreate these earrings below! Continue Reading…

Sweet Sterling Silver Infinity Bracelet

February 9, 2016
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I love sweet, simple jewelry. Dainty little bracelets and necklaces. This project is just that! It features a delicate sterling silver infinity connector and Swarovski crystal accents. See how to make this bracelet below! Continue Reading…

BIGkick Embossable Aluminum Blanks – Get the Look of Silver without the Cost

February 3, 2016
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It may not come as a surprise that the BIGkick tool is one of my favorite jewelry-making tools.  And what is not to love?  It is compact, affordable, and effortless to use–and the results are almost always perfection.  So when I saw the new embossable, 30-gauge aluminum blanks on the “NEW shelf” I was ready to try them; finally, an affordable silver-toned alternative to sterling silver.

Here’s a quick project I designed. I’m sure you will agree the new aluminum blanks are a dream come true.

DIY Embossed Aluminum Birthstone Necklace

Embossable aluminum metal blanks--get the look of silver for cheap.

New 30-gauge aluminum blanks comes in several ready-made shapes and are perfect for use in the Vintaj BIGkick. Use both DecoEmboss and DecoEtch dies to add unique textures to your metal jewelry.

 

Rings & Things Birthstone Assortment from TierraCast and swarovski.

TierraCast bright rhodium-plated, stepped-bezel charms come in an array of Swarovski crystal colors including a birthstone assortment. Best of all, they come ready to use. These are the perfect sparkling accent for both the jewelry-making novice and professional.

 

Embossed Aluminum Blanks Necklace Parts from www.rings-things.com

Just a few supplies are needed to make an embossed necklace: aluminum blank (shape of your choice), crystal bezel charm (stone color of your choice), chain by the foot (your choice of style), jump rings, and lobster clasp.

 

You will need the following supplies:

 

Aluminum Blanks - 3 Tools

You will need just a few tools; Vintaj BIGkick machine, a DecoEmboss die of your choice, and basic jewelry hand tools.

 

You will need the following tools:

 

Embossing the Aluminum Blank

Aluminum Stamping Blanks - how to remove the plastic pretective layer.

The aluminum blanks come with one side covered in a protective plastic sheet. Remove the blue plastic prior to running your blank through the BIGkick machine.

 

Jewelry-making aluminum blanks - placing in the DecoEmboss die.

Open your selected DecoEmboss Die and carefully position your aluminum blank. Be sure to consider hole position and design. Also remember to place the blank so the blemish-free side will be the front of the finished pendant.

 

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Layer the DecoEmboss folder in the BIGkick tool in this order: platform, clear acrylic sheet, folder (this side down), and clear acrylic sheet. Turn the handle to feed the layers through the BIGkick tool.

 

Aluminum Blanks - add texture easily without a rolling mill.

Once the DecoEmboss die has run though the BIGkick machine, remove the top acrylic sheet and folder. To remove the embossed blank, open the folder and flex it gently.

 

Aluminum Blanks - Silver-toned embossed jewelry blank is ready for use.

The aluminum blank is perfectly embossed and ready for use in your jewelry making project.

 

Finishing the Necklace

Aluminum Blanks - Assembly Pendant with a jump ring, embossed blank, and TierraCast charm.

Use a twisting sideways motion to open the jump ring. Add the embossed aluminum blank (front side facing up) and the crystal charm. Use the same twisting motion to securely close the jump ring.

 

How to make a necklace chain from footage chain.

Making your own necklace chain is easy! Measure the chain to your desired necklace length and cut the chain.

 

Assembly jump rings, lobster clasp, and footage chain to make a necklace chain.

String your pendant onto the chain. Finish one end of the chain by adding a jump ring; close securely. Finish the other end of the chain by adding a jump ring and lobster clasp; again, close securely.

 

Hook the lobster clasp to the jump ring and your handmade necklace chain is complete.

Simply attach the lobster clasp to the opposite jump ring, and your embossed-aluminum, birthstone necklace is ready to wear.

 

How to make an embossed silver-tone birthstone necklace.

This necklace is so easy to make, and there are so many design options. Vary the aluminum blank shape, the embossed pattern, the necklace-chain style, or the crystal charm color to create your own unique birthstone necklace.

 

Make things!

Mollie

 

 

Etched Brass Earrings featuring Swarovski Crystals

December 29, 2015
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Earrings. I love earrings! I also like etching with ferric chloride acid. So I decided to make some earrings combining these two passions of mine.  These earrings are easy to make, and have just the right amount of sparkle from the Swarovski crystals. See how to recreate them below!

Etched brass blanks with Swarovski crystals.

To make these earrings you need the following material, tools, and supplies:

  • Brass Blanks
  • Penny Brite Cleaner
  • Ferric Chloride Acid
  • Permanent Ink Pad
  • Floral Rubber Stamp
  • Packing Tape
  • Baking Soda
  • Sanding Sponges
  • Novacan Black
  • 6mm Antique Brass Jump Rings
  • 12mm Swarovski Crystal Pears, Aurora Borealis
  • Bronze Niobium Earring Wires
  • Polishing Pads
  • Metal Hole Punch
  • Chain Nose Pliers
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    Clean the brass blanks with Penny Brite before you begin to remove any oil or dirt.

    Apply ink to the rubber stamp with the ink pad.

    Press the blank onto the inked rubber stamp to transfer the image to the metal.

    Once you have all the blanks stamped place them onto the packing tape. Make sure the design side is exposed.

    Suspend the tape in a plastic container and fill the container with ferric chloride acid.

    After you let the metal soak in the acid for about 30 minutes pour the acid back into the bottle and pour a copious amount of baking soda into your container and onto the metal. This will neutralize any remaining acid. Run warm water over the container.

    The acid has etched the metal where there was no ink. Using the sanding sponge remove any permanent ink from the blanks.

    Now to assemble the earrings!

    Dip the brass blanks into the Novacan Black solution to antique the metal.

    Hand polish the brass blanks with the polishing pads so that the design really pops!

    Punch holes on the top and bottom of each metal blank.

    Connect the pieces with the jump rings. And add the crystals to the bottom and the earring wires to the top.

    Completed earrings!

    I hope you liked this project! Keep on creating!    ~Tiffany

 

DIY Multi Strand Leather Charm Bracelet

December 8, 2015
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One of my favorite combinations when making bracelets is leather and charms! When deciding what color of leather to use, I chose turquoise because it’s a color that always calms me – plus it seems to work for all seasons. It reminds me of the beach where I would love to be! I decided to make this a multi strand bracelet because the stacked bracelet look is such a huge trend right now. To make your own version of this multi strand leather charm bracelet, read on. It’s easier than you think! Continue Reading…