Hot Jewelry How-Tos

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: 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: 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: Make a Peruvian macramé bracelet

Add a little South American flavor to your wrist by learning to make your own Peruvian bracelet. You'll need some heavy string and some macramé skills to craft your own Peru-style bracelet, but trust us—it's not hard. Just follow along with the video and see how easy it is.

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: Wavy Pumpkin Bracelet with Beads

How to make a nice Macrame bracelet for Halloween. When you add interesting beads this bracelet can become really beautiful. If you want to make this bracelet for Halloween then replace the normal beads with Pumpkin beads. If you don't have Halloween beads you can just draw a pumpkin face on a bead, that's what we did ;D

How To: Make a simple pair of headpin loop earrings

In order to make a simple hair pin you need a couple things first, a small and big bead (although you can use other items), an ear wire and a head pin. Tools that you will need are a pair of round nose pliers and a pair of cutlets. Now take the head pin and loop the beads through it. Take the nose pliers and bend it, about half way up the head pin and gently bend it with your fingers, making a 90 degree angle. Twist the pliers up and bring the head pin over the nose pliers. Then twist it cloc...

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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Bead a necklace with a pendant

This video will show you how to make a beautiful and dramatic beaded necklace with a pendant. She uses a sterling steel shield pendant but you can use any pendant you like. You can choose any type of beads depending on the look you would like to achieve. In this case hematite beads are used to create a medieval look. You will also want soft flex beading wire, needle nose pliers, beads, lobster clasp, and sterling silver spacers. Create a patter and then go to town with your beading. Try makin...

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 leather pendant necklace

Necklaces are a great way to learn making your own jewelry. They're simple and cheap. Check out this video tutorial to learn how to make a leather pendant necklace. The leather strap is a nice rustic addition to the pendant of your choice.

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