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: Tie a knife lanyard knot

Know your knots! With this free video tutorial, you'll learn how to tie a knife lanyard knot. A knife lanyard knot is best suited for decorative purposes, such as attaching pendants to chains. The knot is easy to tie provided, of course, you know how to go about making it. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful crafter's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.

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: Attach a lobster claw clasp for jewelry

This lobster claw isn't the same one you'd be cracking during dinner. This lobster claw is a clasp for jewelry making. Great for necklaces or bracelets. If you've perfected the meticulous and dexterous art of jewelry making, than this should be simple. This demonstration video will help walk you through the process of attaching a lobster claw clasp to your work of art.

How To: Make a simple loop using eye pins

Artbeads demonstrates how to make a simple loop using eye pins. Simple loops on head pins or eye pins are great ways to attach charms to your jewelry. To make a simple loop use chain nose pliers to make a 90 degree bend in the pin above the bead. Then, cut the wire so that there is a 3/4 inch tail on the wire. With round nose pliers, create a loop on the end of the wire. Use chain nose pliers to open and close the loop to attach it to a chain or clasp. You can also make a loop by using the ro...

How To: Tie a slip, slide and lark's head knot for jewelry

Knotting techniques are essential to learn for cord, leather, or even wire jewelry. A professional looking knot serves functional purposes, and can eliminate the need for clasps, closures, or attaching pieces. Learn how to tie a slip, slide, and lark's head knot by watching this video jewelry-making tutorial.

How To: Make a fake lip or nose ring out of a spiral notebook

In this video from ChickerOutItsSARA25 we learn how to make a fake lip or nose ring using a spiral notebook. At the end of the spiral notebook, pull out the spiral so one loop is out and take your scissors and cut it. Bend it until it breaks off. Now you have a small ring. Bend it into a circular shape to it looks like a nose ring or lip ring. Now before you go and get an actual piercing, you can see what you would look like with a nose or lip ring by making your very own face lip or nose ring.

How To: Make a chain and (faux) pearl necklace

Looking for your next accessory project? Look no further. With this jewelry maker's guide, you'll learn how to a custom large-link chain and chunky glass pearl necklace with a feminine twist. For more information, including a complete list of necessary materials and a step-by-step breakdown of the fabrication process, watch this free video tutorial.

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: Solder jump rings for an extra security jewelry closure

The difference between an amateur piece of jewelry and a professional one often lies in the details. Almost anyone can link chains together into a necklace and add small floral baubles, but the professional will take care to make sure the baubles are attached almost imperceptibly and the closure blends in with the rest of the necklace and also won't budge.

How To: Make friendship bracelets adjustable

In this video, we learn how to make friendship bracelets adjustable. First, tape both sides of your bracelet onto a flat surface. After this, bring both ends into a circle shape at the ends. Now, take any color of string and make a loop with it over the ends of the bracelet. Now, put one end over the other and then put it through the bracelets and into the loop. Then, pull the end of the thread and put the bottom over and under the top piece. Then, put it through the bracelet and tighten it. ...

How To: Drill into metal to make jewelry

This video by one of the editors of Art Jewelry magazine, Addie Kid, will show you some basics on how to too drill into metal. Though this video does not show you how to make a specific jewelry design, but does teach skills so you can make your own design. First you'll need a piece of metal, a steel plate, and a small drill with a small bit. First you'll mark the place you want to drill, and punch into the metal with a center punch. The final part is to drill the hole with the drill. You'll n...

How To: String a pendant to make a necklace

It's easy to craft custom jewelry at home. To string a pendant onto a necklace you will need an extension chain, a trigger clasp, cord tips and jump rings. Learn how to string a pendant for a necklace by watching this video jewelry-making tutorial.

How To: Torch fire metal clay using a handheld butane torch

The metal clay must be completely dry before you begin the torch fire procedure. Set up your work space in a well-ventilated area with your metal clay on a fire brick. Start your flame and move around the piece in a circular motion, not staying on one point for long. You might see little flashes of flame. Don't panic. That is to be expected. Time yourself for about a minute. Your metal clay should take on a peach color. It is important not to use a butane torch and metal clays that contain or...

How To: DIY Macramé Eternal Wave Bracelets

How to make Eternal Waves - Twisted Waves or Double Wave Bracelet. This Bracelet featuring oval shaped designs and wavy bars that crisscross. The bead clasp can be changed if you prefer to use a Sliding Clasp instead, or Clasp with Button. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

How To: Learn five basic seed beading terms with Melinda Barta

Consider this Beading 101. In this video, you'll learn the five basic beading terms used in many beading magazines and beading patterns. These terms refer to how you pass needles through your beeds (from the back or from the front), how you separate irregular beads out of your main beading inventory, rounds and rows (different ways of beading), waxing your thread, and thread tension.

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!

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: 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 beautiful clear crystal resin gem

There are two kinds of people who will find this video tutorial useful: Jewelers/jewelry making aficionados and cosplay fans. That's because this crystal clear, shiny resin gemstone can be used just as equally for a beautiful pendant or a paperweight as it can be for cosplay costume accessories like shoulder pads and helms.

How To: Tie a variety of knots when jewelry making

Christina, from Brightling Beads shows you how to tie a variety of knots in this video demonstration. This allows you to make a variety of jewelry, using various forms of knot tying. She will show you how to do an overhand knot, double hand knot, square knot, lariat knot, figure eight knot, sliding knot, and surgeon knot. This video makes it easy to do the knot tying, because it uses demonstrations that highlight the sting, and arrows that point to the area that you're working on.

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: Make a claspless lariat necklace

Missa teaches us how to create a claspless lariat necklace in this video. First, cut your wire so it's 20 inches long and then make a loop on one of the ends, and attach a chain to it. Now put on the end bead and attach the chain to the metal wire. Now make a loop around the end where the bead is. Now take pliers and clamp the wire on the end down. You can now take wire cutter and cut an inch down on the chain and cut it off. You can now apply your favorite beads to the wire, and any pendants...

How To: Make an ornamental kanzashi hairpin out of a chopstick

A kanzashi, as shown in this how-to video, is an ornamental hair pin used in Chinese and Japanese hair styles. While they're more of a traditional piece, they're still commonly worn by brides and as part of a kimono costume (for geishas). This video tutorial shows a method of making this beautiful piece yourself out of any chopstick. You will need a chopstick, 10cm of wire, a charm, a big bead, two split rings, 3cm of chain, a 5mm x 2cm scrap of cloth, a pair of nippers, a pair of pliers, a k...

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