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 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 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: 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: Weave simple paracord 550 bracelets

Paracord, or parachute cord, is one of the most versatile ropes out there. Originally made for parachute suspension during WWII, it is now used for everything from tying knots during a camping trip to weaving sturdy bracelets as a fun DIY project. The tutorial featured in this video is the latter.

Make friendship bracelets: The four basic knots

Have you ever given your friend a friendship bracelet? Well, the best kind is a homemade kind. 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 four basic knots involved in making a friendship bracelet. These are the four knots involved in nearly all bracelets.

How To: Make 2-colored friendship bracelets

Give your Best Friend a gift from the heart this year for her birthday or for Christmas by making her a friendship bracelet! Start by taking eight piece of string or yarn. Then take two strings, loop one around the other and pull it up to the top to make a single knot at the top of the string. Then take the first one and another string and do the same thing. Watch the rest of the video to get the perfect friendship bracelet!

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 DIY hemp bracelets

Hemp is a great and underutilized fiber for making all sorts of things. Watch this video to learn how to make a really cool hemp bracelet or necklace quickly and easily from twine, beads, and knots.

How To: Attach a charm on a chain

In this tutorial, we learn how to attach a charm on a chain with Anna. To begin, grab a pair of pliers in each of your hands. Now, pick up the chain with them and gently lift up one side of the flap. After this, pick up your charm and attach it onto the chain. When finished, attach the chain onto the larger chain (bracelet or necklace), then gently close the chain link back up. You will want to gently press the opening back down leaving no gaps in it, or the chain will come loose and you will...

How To: Set a stone or jewel into a bezel for jewelry

In part one of her three part instructional video series on setting a cabochon in a bezel, Art Jewelry Magazine associate editor Addie Kidd shows you how to adjust your bezel's height to match your cabochon. This technique is essential for making pendants or any jewelry with a large stone centerpiece. Learn how to set a stone or jewel cabochon by watching this video jewelry-making tutorial.

How To: Make your own custom rings out of polymer clay

See how to make rings out of polymer clay 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: 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 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 simple pendant necklace on a gold chain

Making your own jewelry can be not only be a fun and exciting, but it gives you the ability to do whatever you want. There are so many different things that can be used to help make beautiful jewelry that it can be a bit overwhelming. But in this tutorial you'll focus mainly on making a simple pendant necklace using a gold chain. Enjoy!

How To: Make a heart-style friendship bracelet

In this video Kiwua shows you how to make a heart bracelet. She recommends that you start braiding the wool yarn from left to right and then progress from right to left. In the middle she creates a heart shape from the wool yarn with the wool yarn extending in four rays from both sides of the heart. The same steps are repeated with a different color of string each time, braiding the yarn once again beginning from left to right and then proceeding to the right hand side and knitting over from ...

How To: Wire-wrap side-drilled stone (double end) for jewelry

Jewelry takes patience to make. It's meticulous. It's dexterous. And there's a lot to know, like all the wire-wraps. This wire-wrap is the side-drilled double end wire-wrap. Though the name is long, it's process is the opposite, once you master it. This demonstration video will help walk you through the process of this wire-wrap side-drilled stone (double end) technique.

How To: Finish off your jewelry with crimps & crimp covers

Jewelry-making Techniques demonstrates how to finish your jewelry with crimps and covers. To use crimps and covers to finish your jewelry you will need 2mm crimps, 3mm crimp covers, crimping pliers, a clasp and beading wire. First, attach the clasp by stringing the crimp bead and one part of the clasp onto the wire. Take the end of the wire and string it back through the crimp bead to make a loop. Adjust the crimp bead up to the clasp and use the crimping pliers to crimp the bead. Repeat on t...

Make friendship bracelets: Bordered chevron

You and your best friend may be taking the next step in the friendship ladder… the friendship bracelet. 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 bordered chevron friendship bracelet. It's similar to the chevron, but has a border outside the chevron.

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