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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 Tutorial – Curved Bead-Bar Necklace

April 23, 2019

Simplicity and elegance combine in this April-themed necklace.  Sparkling Swarovski Crystal briolette beads, like drops of rain, line a hand-formed curved bead bar.  The red brass wire glows from inside the briolette beads, and pairs with the sterling necklace for a mixed-metal effect. Best of all, this is the perfect project for using the 1-Step Looper pliers (one of my favorite things).

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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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"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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