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 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: 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: 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: 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: Mak a vertical-striped bracelet cuff out of beads

In this video, we learn how to make a vertical striped bracelet cuff out of beads. Start with a long piece of string and string on your beads until you have a length that fits well around your wrist. After this, tie the ends together and cut the tails off the excess string on the short side. now, start to thread through new beads around the entire bracelet. At the end of every few rows, tie it to keep it tight at the end. When you are finished, tie the string and make a knot, then cut off any...

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 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: 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: 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: 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: Fill a handheld butane torch with fuel

Jill Erickson of Art Jewelry Magazine demonstrates how to fill a handheld butane torch with fuel. You can purchase butane fuel at a grocery store or at a hardware store. First, uncap the butane fuel can and hold your butane torch upside down. There will be a small opening valve where you will vertically insert the top of the butane fuel can nozzle. Make sure the components are aligned straight up and down. Then, use direct downward pressure to get the fuel into the torch. The fuel can will hi...

How To: Make fake jewels using silicone and clear resin

You don't have to spend a lot of money on jewelry, crystals and pendants. In this video from Tap Plastics, you'll learn how to use their brands of Platinum Silicone and Clear Lite Casting Resin to create artificial jewelry. It won't fool the pros on a close examination, but it can still be impressive-looking stuff at a fraction of the cost of real jewelry.

How To: Make a Candy Stripe Friendship Bracelet

in this video is shown 9 samples of Diagonal Striped Bracelet and I show another way how to do it. This is the basic friendship bracelet - very quick to make. You need to know how to do Forward Knots and REMEMBER: TIE DOUBLE KNOTS! Forward knot is super easy! You can make this bracelet in your national flag colors. Good luck (:

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.

Make friendship bracelets: The wave

A strong and genuine relationship is something that should be cherished at all times. Learn how to make a wave friendship bracelet to give to your best friend as a gift. Wave friendship bracelets are not only simple to make, but they are absolutely beautiful to look at. Before you begin making your bracelet, be sure to choose the colors of yarn you would like to use in advance. Also, you'll want to follow the video's instructions completely to ensure that it turns out right. This friendship b...

How To: Make a silver and gold plated rose

This beautiful flower was created from scratch out of melted silver and gold. In this tutorial, learn how to take that ordinary looking metal and turn it into a gorgeous rose that will definitely impress your partner. Use this rose as a gift or home decor - whatever the use, you can be sure it will stand out and look stunning.

How To: Create a snap set ring

Add to your jewelry making techniques by snap setting gemstones. This jewelry how to video tutorial demonstrates the proper way to snap set a ring. Begin by placing your stone face down on a flat surface. With your casting in hand gently push the ring setting over the gem stone. It should securely snap into place.

How To: Make three easy hair brooches

So you want to make a brooch, do you? You're in luck. This video tutorial, which outlines how to make three distinct types of hair brooches, will get you started making your own custom hair accessories in no time. For detailed instructions, watch this arts & crafts how-to.

How To: Make jewelry using wire

Our expert Debra Windsong will show you how you can make your own jewelry. If you have ever been interested in jewelry making, let our expert show you how to make wire necklaces, chain earrings, bracelets, and even watch bands with simple materials you can find at any craft store. These are great projects for beginner artists, kids, or just people who love jewelry.

How To: Secure crimp beads with crimping/chain-nose pliers

Attention jewelry makers! When making your own unique jewelry designs, one must learn how to secure the end crimp beads with crimping or chain-nose pliers. Crimp beads can be used for finishing off your strung jewelry or as "stoppers". In this tutorial, learn how to hone your jewelry-making skills!

How To: Make a friendship bracelet using a cardboard wheel

Want to give your best buddy something to show them how much they mean to you? Why not a friendship bracelet? Friendship bracelets are made through a form of macramé, a textile-making knotting process. Very simple once practiced. In this tutorial "Nana" takes us through the knot process of making this symbol of friendship, while her two adorable grandchildren look over.

How To: Fold a ring out of a one dollar bill

In this video, we learn how to fold a ring out of a one dollar bill. First, fold the white edges in at the top and the bottom. Next, fold it in half and then spin it around 180 degrees. Next, fold it in half again, then take the white edge on the right side and fold it down until you can see the 1. now, make a backwards "L" shape and fold it back down, then curl it up. Now fold the L underneath and curl the extra part underneath the 1. Now, place this on your hand and you can wear it as a ring!

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