While standing in line at the supermarket, I hoisted a copy of this month’s Vogue. It’s as big as a phone book, so I can’t say I picked it up. Continue reading
From time to time I have had to perform a purge-and-remake operation on my work. Usually it is because of metal. This time, I have just replaced the chain component of four long necklaces. Continue reading
Mid-Summer for me is the perfect time for idle Internet contests and quizzes of the “Which apex predator am I the most like?” variety. Here’s my bid for your summertime clicks, with a cause we can all support: four major types of Czech glass beads vying for dominance, paired as follows: Continue reading
Here is a way to use Czech buttons and wire to make a pendant. You will need 18 gauge wire for the frame and 26 gauge wire to secure the button to the frame. In this example I use art wire, although you may choose to use sterling silver, 14K gold-filled, or copper wire. Art wire (my choice) is copper wire, sometimes silver-plated depending on the color, and always coated with a nylon-based enamel to keep it from tarnishing. It is sturdy in the larger gauges, and soft enough to bend with your hands. Continue reading
Wire together five top-drilled beads to make a graceful five-petaled flower.
- Skills needed: use of round-tipped and chain-nose pliers, and wire cutters
- Tools: round-tipped pliers; flush cutters; chain-nose pliers
- Materials (for pair of earrings)
- two 20″ lengths of 26 gauge art wire
- pair of earwires to match wire color (can be sterling silver, 14K gold-filled, or niobium, whatever matches best.
- eight matching 4 or 6mm pearls or round beads
- ten matching beads, top-drilled side to side (briolette style).
I have been making spirals for years, but always wanted to make one with two loops, one on the top and one on the bottom. Make two spirals and lash them together to create a link with two loops, following these easy step-by-step instructions. Continue reading