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Beginning Jewelry Making

The 15-Minute Earring Tutorial

May 3, 2019

Do you have 15 extra minutes? Then you have time to make a new pair of earrings! Just combine your favorite decorative connector links with Swarovski crystal pendants to create these fast and easy earrings.

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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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"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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DIY 4th of July Jewelry

June 18, 2018
It’s fun to wear something colorful and patriotic for Independence Day, but it’s hard to find good red, white and blue jewelry that isn’t tacky or cheaply made.

So … make your own! The key is to start with quality components, in nice, bright colors. Swarovski makes some of the purest and most reliable reds and blues, and has set the benchmark for sparkling crystal for over a century. The catch? They don’t always have the names you’d expect. Here are my favorites for the 4th of July:

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