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4 Basic Jewelry Making Techniques How to Use a Crimp Tube When attaching wire to a clasp for your newly made necklace, the most common method is crimping, which is a small metal tube and a crimping tool. Below are 5 steps to walk you through the process. 1) Thread your wire through a crimp tube, then through the clasp you've chosen, and then back through the crimp tube again. 2) Using your crimp tool, place the crimp tube in the large hole at the front of your tool, then press slightly to form an oval shape in the crimp tube. This will help keep the wire separated. 3) Place the oval crimp tube in the back portion of the crimp tool, the hole with the indention, use your finger to keep the wire separated so you don't compromise the strength of your connection, then compress firmly, flattening the tube, creating separate chambers for each wire. 4) Now place the crimp tube back into the front hole of the tool and compress folding the crimp tube in half. 5) Use your flush cutters to trim away the excess wire.
Open and Close Jump Rings Jump rings are used in most jewelry making projects. So using good quality jump rings and knowing the correct way to open and close them is an important part in keeping your jewelry from falling apart. 1) Use two bent nose pliers or chain nose pliers. Grasp the jump ring on either side of the opening with the tip of the pliers. 2) Open the jump ring by moving the jaws sideways in opposite directions. Do not pull ends outward, that will stress the ring and you will lose the nice round shape of your jump ring. 3) To close jump rings, grasp the ring with the tip of the pliers and move sideways like before, but this time move the ends past each other while compressing them together and continue moving past each other while compressing until you feel them click into place. This will keep them secure.
Turning a Loop When making jewelry with beaded chains or dangles, you need to know how to make a loop at the end of your head pin/eye pin. 1) First thread your bead onto your head pin, and then bend the wire at a 90 degree angle. 2) Trim off all but 1/8" tail of wire from your bead. 3) Grasp the tail with the tip of your round nose pliers and turn to make a loop. Don't get discouraged if your loop isn't perfect, with practice your loops will improve.
Wrapped Loop For a more secure loop, create a wire wrapped loop. 1) Thread your bead onto the head pin; grasp the top of your head pin above the bead with the round nose pliers. 2) Bend the wire around to form a loop. 3) Coil the wire firmly around the base of the loop with your fingers or chain nose pliers until you reach the top of the bead. 4) Trim off excess wire. 5) Tuck the remaining wire into the bottom of the coil firmly with the chain nose pliers.
How To Make a Glass Tile Pendant
Things you will need.
Glass tile image for back of tile exacto knife adhesive ( Liquitex Matte Gel makes & excellent glue, it dries transparent and creates a matte non-reflective finish, Mod Podge (to seal and protect the back of your pendant) Emory board Jewelry bail jewelry glue (I use E-6000),
First decide what image you want to put on the back of the pendant, then place your tile on top of the image (be sure to center it where you want it) then use your exacto knife to cut out your image the same size as your tile.
Apply a thin coat of adhesive on the front side of your image (if applied to thick your image may run). Now gently place your image to the back of your tile (the slightly rough side of the tile is the back). Let dry. When the adhesive is dry take an Emory board and file the back edges of your pendant gently to remove any overlapping edges of your image.
Now it’s time to add the Mod Podge to the back of your pendant. You will need to add three or more coats. Again add thin coats and let dry between each coat.
After tiled image is dry take your jewelry bail (find the top center of your tile) and glue it on with good strong jewelry glue. When dry you are ready to hang on the chain of your choice.
For anyone that is interested in learning how to make leaves, here is a great photo tutorial showing you step by step how to make leaves from copper metal sheeting, with minimal tools.
For the metalsmith's out there, here is a photo tutorial using basic metalsmithing skills to make this Forged Leaf Brooch.
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Wearable Business Card Here is a link to a very unique, crafty way to promote your business. If you have a hard time getting customers to pick up one of your business cards, try making your own wearable cards.
Tube Bead Tutorial Here's a tutorial for a very cute and unique way to make a tube bead with words inside the tube.