How To: Tie four basic knots in jewelry design

To tie the overhand knot, make a loop and pass one end of the string through the loop and tighten by pulling both ends. To tie a double overhand knot, make a loop and pass one end of the string through the loop twice before pulling both ends to tighten the knot. To tie a surgeon's knot, take the left string and bring it over and around the right string twice. Then take the right string over and around the left string and pull both ends to tighten, leaving a complete loop of string below the k...

How To: Fold a heart shaped ring out of a dollar bill

Have a love of money and crafts? With this guide, you'll learn how to make a heart-shaped money ring from a dollar bill with origami, the traditional art of Japanese paper folding. For more information, including a step-by-step overview of the folding process, as well as to get started making your own cardioid money rings stars, watch this free origami lesson.

How To: Pierce & saw a shape out of a metal sheet for jewelry

Jewelry making tips from Addie Kidd. This video gives a step by step detailed guide on how to pierce a piece of metal for jewelry making, using a saw and lubricant. This video shows Addie putting a piece of metal that she has a design drawn on, onto a saw blade and cutting it out, using a synthetic lubricant to keep the saw flowing (you can use bee's wax instead). In this video Addie threads the metal onto a saw blade and uses this to cut out a design she has designed and sawing around to mak...

How To: Stitch a flat herringbone weave for beaded jewelry

Herringbone is a real easy beading stitch that gives a slinky, flexible finish for the final jewelry projects. The herringbone stitch is easy to build beads onto, so the project can be any size desired. Watch this video beaded jewelry tutorial and learn how to do the flat herringbone stitch for bead weaving.

How To: Make Swarovski crystal earrings in sterling silver

This video explains how to create a pair of Swarovski crystal earrings. You will need a tooth headpin, two pear-shaped crystals, two spacers, two diamond beads, and sterling silver ear hooks. First, slide the pear-shaped crystal onto the head pin. Follow with a spacer, a bead, then use a pair of pliers with a side-cutting edge to cut the wire and bend at a 90 degree angle. Use round-nose pliers to then create a circle at the end of the wire, then 'squash' a bit with the other pliers. Then ope...

How To: Tie a leather knot end for jewelry

One of the hardest parts about jewelry making is the knot-tying. It's an intricate process, much like jewelry making in general, which is meticulous and dexterous. Working with leather is also more difficult because of it's thickness and un-malleable contour. This demonstration video will help walk you through the process of tying a knot end with leather.

How To: Make a bezel to set a stone or gem for jewelry

A bezel setting is a simple band of metal that simply wraps around the stone or gem. While bezels settings can be purchase premade, making them uniquely ensures a perfect fit, for even the most unusual gemstones. Learn how to craft a bezel setting by watching this video jewelry-making tutorial.

How To: Attach a pendant to an earring hook easily

What is the absolute, most basic thing you need to know in order to asemble an earring? Attaching the earring to its earring hook, of course. By learning how to do this, you'll be able to create a neverending host of funky earrings, from cool guitar pick earrings to drop pendant earrings.

How To: Make a ring from a coin without power tools

Looking for an incredibly unique gift? In this video, learn how to make a cool, long lasting ring out of a coin! All you need is the coin (whichever size is best suited for your finger), hammer, file, emery cloth, saw and a hand drill. With this method, you will be able to see the writing on the outside of the ring, so everyone will know how unique it is. This would make a perfect gift, fashion statement or even wedding ring!

How To: Make rock and gemstone jewelry

In this series of video clips you’ll learn tips and techniques for making your own rock and stone jewelry. Expert Candace Copeland demonstrates the process of making a necklace step-by-step, offering advice on choosing the beads, stones, gems and other supplies like tools and wire you’ll need to get started. She also offers examples of rock jewelry that makes a great gift for a man or woman. With these easy instructions and a little inspiration you’re well on your way to becoming a jewelry de...

How To: Make a round bead cage

This video clip from The Crafts Channel shows how to make a bead cage. A bead cage is where a piece of wire is wrapped decoratively around a large bead. For the example bead cage .8 mm wire was used. If the wire is too thin it will not hold its shape, but if it is too thick it will be hard to bend into the desired shape. Take some needle nosed pliers and make a complete circle, and then use some flat nosed pliers to begin forming a spiral going outwards. Now do the same thing beginning at the...

How To: Make a beaded bookmark or "book thong"

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a beaded bookmark or "book thong". First, take a wire and add on a small horse shoe shaped bead. After you do this, use pliers to help bend the wire around this pin to keep it in place. Next, add on a peace sign pendant, then tie the wire around and push the wire into a cylinder bead. Continue to add on more beads to the wire until you reach the end. Use different types of bead to make it more unique and completely your own design. To finish, apply a cla...

How To: Make four kinds of friendship bracelets

Looking to master the art of friendship bracelet making? In this tutorial video, Sherr Bear goes over four different kinds of friendship bracelets, and then goes on to teach the most simple kind, what she calls the "spiral" also known as the "Chinese Stiarcase". Materials you will need include scissors and three to five different colors of string (or what is sometimes called "floss" at stores).

How To: Attach a jewelry clasp

One important part of jewelery making involves properly attaching clasps. This how-to video jewelry making tutorial demonstrates the proper way to attach them. Begin by threading the crimp bead and the clasp onto the bead wire. Using chain nose pliers feed the thread around and loop it back around through the crimp bead. Use the pliers to hold the crimp bead tight. Crimp the bead down securing the wire and clasp.

How To: Make button drop earrings

In order to make this your going to need buttons (as many as you want depending on how you want it to look), some hook earrings, jump rings and a flat nose pliers. Take the buttons you wish to use, and open the jump ring with your flat nose pliers. Take another button and do the same thing. Link both of the jump rings together. Close the jump rings with the pliers. Next set up another jump ring with button. Repeat with as many buttons and jump rings as you wish. When your finished with adding...

How To: Solder onto precious metal clay

Ever wanted to learn how to solder onto PMC? The original version of PMC was a bit tricky to solder, but PMC+ and PMC3 are both as dense as traditional metals, so soldering is just like working with traditional metals. They use Handy Flux for the soldering in this video. Solder onto precious metal clay.

Make friendship bracelets: Alternating chevron

Showing a friend you really care is one reason to start making friendship bracelets. Not everybody wants to show off their friendship to everyone, but if you do, this video tutorial will show you how to make a friendship bracelet, specifically the alternating chevron friendship bracelet. This bracelet is the same concept as the regular chevron.

How To: Thread a blade in a saw frame

In this how-to video you will learn how to thread a saw blade in a saw frame. Some saw frames are static and some are adjustable. The top part of the saw blade will be attached first, followed by the bottom using tension. Take the top of the saw and put it against the bench pin. A notch can be made so that the saw frame does not go anywhere. Place the frame against your shoulder and take the saw blade. Make sure that the teeth of the blade are facing down and out. Open it up and place the edg...

How To: Make a charming locket

Actress-singer Mandy Moore joins Martha to craft charming lockets. You will need appliques, nail glue, locket, sandpaper, paper towel, colored nail polish, tweezers, toothpick, nail-polish remover and a cotton swab. Make a charming locket.

Make friendship bracelets: Inverse chevron

A homemade friendship bracelet just might be the best gift ever for a friend. Not everybody wants to show off their friendship to everyone, but if you do, this video tutorial will show you how to make a friendship bracelet, specifically the inverse chevron friendship bracelet. This has an upside-down "V" pattern. Super easy to do!

How To: Make a DG3 art gel collage jewelry pendant

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a DG3 art gel collage jewelry pendant. After you have all your tools together, you will need to trim the scrapbooking paper to fit into the frame for your pendant. Once this fits inside, then grab a charm and glue it into the frame where you would like. Then, squirt the clear craft glue into this and let it set. Brush the paint brush over the pendant, then go over it again with the glue when it dries. To wear, attach a chain to your pendant when it's dry...

How To: Make a simple pair of earrings with polymer clay beads

Learn how to make a pair of polymer clay earrings with this free video craft lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for those with some familiarity of polymer clay sculpture, novice sculpters should be able to follow along given a little effort. For specifics, including step-by-step instructions, and to get started crafting your own mini polymer clay jewelry, watch this sculpture tutorial.

How To: Wire wrap beads, crystals, and stones for beginners

Learning how to wire wrap jewelry is one of the most important skills you need to learn on your way to achieving jewelry making enlightenment. Wrapping with wire, whether it's attaching a stone to a pendant with an intricate, flowery wrap or adding a head pin to a crystal, allows you to attach adornments to your necklace or earring, something you'll be doing over and over again as a jewelry maker.

How To: Wrap a Stone - Easy Tutorial

This tutorial shows how to wrap a Stone easily (Make Cabochon using Macrame knots). With this style you can make your own amulets, pendants or necklaces, also you can wrap a coins or anything else. It's easy to make and suitable for kids and beginners. I hope you will find this helpful!

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