Necklace ends (sometimes referred to as calottes) are used to end thin cords and beading wires when making jewellery, allowing you to add a clasp. When I first started making jewellery, I didn’t know how to use these odd looking little bits of metal. I realised they were used to end thread and wire, but didn’t twig that you were meant to thread them on, I thought they just clasped over a knot!!!Read more
Learning how to make loops in headpins enables you to attach beads onto earrings, necklaces and bracelets and is the main way of creating beaded jewellery other than threading. I will show you how to make both open and wrapped loops and explain why you might use one over the other. This tutorial will take you step by step how to make both plain and wrapped loops and we will finish up with a troubleshooting Q&A at the end!
I though this would be a quick post to help everyone getting loops right, but it has turned into a masterpost of loop knowledge! I have tried to take this step by step for those who have never made a loop before as well as cover all the things that people on my workshops struggle with. Lets get started! Read more
Ever wanted to make your own cord or leather necklace, but not been sure how to attach a clasp? Or maybe you have tried to use cord ends, but found them fiddly to attach? Well look no further! I’m going to show you my simple way to use fold over cord ends to connect leather or cotton cord to whatever type of clasp you like. I have tried a few different ways of attaching them and found this is by far they easiest method, with minimal fuss.
This spiral wire and bead necklace, uses only a few beads, a short length of wire and is a great beginner project!
This DIY is perfect if you struggle with choosing what beads to use in projects. I’m using Czech glass fire-polished beads from a mix – mixes are brilliant if you find it tricky putting colours and shapes of beads together, as they give you a variety of beads that all go together. The beads I used came from a Czech glass mix called ‘bohemian’ and are all faceted rounds with a metallic coating. This variation on a theme, makes jewellery look more considered and creative, without you really having to try! All I had to do was make sure the beads graduated in size and no beads of the same colour were next to each other. Odd numbers of beads also look best, so 3, 5, 7 and 9 are good! Read more
I sometimes find my brain getting caught up in creating ever more elaborate projects, so its nice to make something that might look elaborate, but is actually very simple. Step up your DIY earrings by using bead caps and spacers. Just adding some decorative spacers and beadcaps can make plain beaded earrings into something special.
Glue can literally be what holds your jewellery together, so finding the right one is really important. When working with metals, plastic and stones in your jewellery making, you need strong adhesives that are going to withstand wear and tear. No one wants to make a beautiful piece of jewellery, only to have it come apart because the glue wasn’t strong enough. But with so many on the market, which do you choose? These are my 4 favourite glues to use to hold jewellery components, secure knots and attach findings.
What is the difference between Gold Plated, Gold Filled and Gold Vermeil Jewellery?
Lets face it, gold is lovely but expensive. In looking for alternatives, you have probably noticed these terms cropping up more frequently over the last few years. But what do they actually mean?
There is an every increasing amount of different pliers available to help you in your jewellery making exploits, but when starting out, which do you really need?
There are three main types of plier you need to get started, each performing a unique function. There are another two that I’m including because I use them all the time and find they make my jewellery making even easier! Read more
Learning to make jewellery is really fun, but it can be a bit confusing to know how to use all those little bits of metal that connect your jewellery together. These metal components are called findings. Jump rings are findings that look like little circles of wire, and they attach things together, clasps to chain for example. If you don’t correctly open or close them it can not only look untidy, but can mean your jewellery can come apart. But, its really simple to use them effectively! Read more