DIY – Make a Belt Buckle from a Craft-Beer Can

March 29, 2019


A recent family get together left me with a recycle bin full of cool craft-beer cans. And yes, I can recycle the aluminum; but better yet, I can repurpose them. Inspired by the colorful images I set out to find the perfect jewelry-related use. Read on for my step-by-step pictorial tutorial on making a craft-beer-can belt buckle.

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Jewelry Design Ideas for Endless Hoop Style Ear Wires

March 22, 2019

This new product is a bit curious; though named “endless” hoop earring findings, these clearly have two ends (they are really more of a C-shape). One end of the ear wire inserts into your ear piercing, and the other is a decorative stopping point for whatever adornment you add. This raised a few design questions — What is the best way to use these? And how do you keep the added adornment from just sliding off? Read on for our solutions to these important design questions.

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How to Emboss and Oxidize Pewter Blanks for Jewelry Making

March 14, 2019

It is no surprise around the Rings & Things warehouse that the Sizzix embossing machine and DecoEmboss dies are favorites of mine. So when asked to “product test” use of the Vintaj Artisan Pewter Blanks with the embossing tools, I was happy to volunteer. Below are the steps I took to emboss 22-gauge pewter blanks. As an added bonus, I also included the necessary steps for oxidizing and polishing the embossed blanks.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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