Jewelry-Making Articles: Patterns, How-Tos, & More

There seems to be no end in sight for the popularity of bangle and cuff bracelets–and the more, the merrier! Bangles and cuffs provide armfuls of opportunities for stylish expression, whether metal, leather, vintage acrylic, wood, or something else. So how about creating your own resin cast bangles and cuffs? In the past few years, […]

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When first learning kumihimo wirework, you’ll notice right away that braiding with wire is different than other media you’ve used before. Wire is firmer and less forgiving than traditional kumihimo materials like silk or leather cording. With that comes a bit of a learning curve. Kumihimo wirework is a craft that requires practice to perfect. […]

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Christi Friesen’s Top 10 Polymer Clay Tools

Having the right tool for the job is such a joy. It makes the task go from a struggle to a pleasure. Some things require lots of specialized tools, but not polymer clay. It’s a pretty accommodating material. Besides your fingers, you can really get by with things from around the house—a wine bottle to […]

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I’ve always loved the look of a double-wrapped loop in wire wrapping. It’s my go-to method for joining beads into chain for bracelets and necklaces. The double-wrapped loop gives your piece a more substantial look while providing a sturdy link that is less likely to become misshapen when worn. Teaching myself to make a double-wrapped […]

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As a jewelry maker, do you ever find yourself just obsessed with a particular style, technique, or design motif? For me, over the past few years, one of those obsessions has been granulation. I love dots in general; polka dots on clothes and housewares are such happy, stylish designs, both classic and youthful in nature. […]

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After years–wow, it’s actually decades now–of working in the crafts/maker industry, I’ve picked up so many favorite techniques, materials, and genres along the way. So my happiest projects to work on are usually ones that combine two or more favorites. Paper ephemera with metal? Gem beads in fiber art? Found objects with resin or fine […]

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An inexpensive kumihimo disk and some basic tools are all you need to create Christina Larsen’s braided wire earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. You’ll find a few extra tools mentioned in Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy, but they are not all crucial and some are interchangeable with tools or items you may already have around your house. […]

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Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy: Waterfall Earrings

A truly unique design, the Waterfall Earrings from Christina Larsen’s book Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy were a perfect example of one design inspiring another. While designing the Cabochon Necklace for the book, Christina wanted to create a piece that incorporated the ends of the braids as a style element in the design. The resulting Waterfall Earrings […]

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