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: 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: Make a bike chain bracelet with Threadbanger

Die hard cyclist, or jewelry maker looking to experiment with materials? This how-to jewelry crafting video demonstrates a quick and quirky project. Our good friends at Littles Creatures are showing us how to make a Bike Chain Bracelet. Show Tuck and Snippit some love and tell us what you think!

How To: Make Beaded Friendship Bracelet (Easy and Fast)

How to make Super fast and Easy friendship bracelet: This bracelet can make each person. Tie 3 strings together creating a loop. Put your beads in each string. Tie the ends of each string so that your beads dont slide off. Start making a braid and braid at least 2-3 inches before you start adding the beads. Add your beads on the outside string and braid till you get your desired lenght. You can also use different color beads or cords and make more colorful bracelets. This will allow you to qu...

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: 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: 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: 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 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: Finish a bracelet with crimps and crimp covers

Learn how to finish a bracelet with crimps and covers to finish a bracelet start by putting a crimp bead over your beading wire and then add a clasp. After putting the clasp on the wire run the beading wire back through the crimp. Move the crimp bead up toward the clasp leaving a little room for play in between the clasp and crimp bead. Take your crimping pliers and put the crimp bead in the backspace of the pliers. Squeeze the pliers firmly to smash down the crimp bead. The crimping pliers w...

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 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 vintage-looking pendants out of polymer clay

As lovely as vintage jewelry may be, there's only so much of it out there in the world to be had. As a result, nice vintage accessories tend to be prohibitively expensive for most. One obvious solution to this dilemma is to make your own faux antique jewelry. And this free video tutorial will teach you how to do just that, using polymer clay to fashion a vintage-inspired pendant for a necklace.

How To: Make metal clay paste and slip for jewelry

Art Jewelry Magazine associate editor Jill Erickson demonstrates how to make silver metal clay paste. Metal clay paste is great for repairs or for molding and sculpting pieces for jewelry. Learn how to make metal clay paste and slip by watching this video jewelry-making tutorial.

How To: Make a beaded bookmark

This is a great little project for beginners and shows how to make a simple knotted bead bookmark. They also make thoughtful handmade gifts! You will need some waxed cord, a selection of beads, some scissors, and glue. Learn how to make this bookmark by watching this video beading tutorial.

How To: Make a simple friendship bracelet

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a simple friendship bracelet. First choose three colors and then cut two strands of each 3 ft long. After this, tape the strings together at the end and tie a knot. After this, start to tie the strings, one underneath each other. Make sure after you do each color, you pull on the string tightly. As soon as you finish wit all the colors of the bracelet, continue to the bottom of the bracelet and tie it at the end. When you are ready to wear it, tie it aro...

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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...

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