It is sometimes the case that there are multiple ways in which to accomplish a jewellery-making task. The calotte fastener, for instance, can be achieved using several different techniques. Carefully follow the guide below to make a calotte fastener the easy way.
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Box clasps can substantially enhance the aesthetic appeal of an item of jewellery, particularly a necklace or bracelet. Fortunately, as described below, the technique used to attach box clasps is not especially difficult to master. A pair of flat nose pliers will be required for this job. Begin by folding the end, you can double fold to give it a bigger body. Place the fold into the box clap the close each side with the flat nose pliers. Then trim any loose strands which stick out.
A wrapped loop can be used in various different ways by jewellery makers – it can also be achieved using a number of different techniques. Arguably one of the easiest and neatest techniques has been outlined below. One pair of flat nose pliers is required.
One of the most fundamental skills that must be acquired by a jewellery maker is that of crimping. Although there are many different types of crimp, most can be described as either a round crimp or a tube crimp. With a pair of flat nose pliers at the ready, follow the steps below to learn this essential jewellery-making technique.
The first thing is getting hold of the right equipment. Depending on what jewellery you want to make, this may not be much at all. The basics are probably just round nosed pliers, wire cutters and flat nosed pliers. You can make an awful lot of projects with just these (and the items that your jewellery will be made of).
Whether it’s mother’s day, a birthday, or you just want to say thanks to someone, why not make her some beautiful flowers. Most women love a fresh bunch of flowers, be it roses, lilies or carnations, but they do start to look sorry for themselves as they wilt and eventually die.
Jewellery kits are great if you don’t have much time, or if you know someone who likes the jewellery you make, but doesn’t know where to start. They’re also brilliant for any off days you might have – where your imagination just isn’t quite up to scratch and you can’t think of something to make.
Do you find yourself running out of jump rings or seed beads? Do you buy 10 pearl beads and go to make a necklace and bracelet set and find that you need 12? This sort of thing can be really frustrating – trust us, we know! – But there is an easy way to avoid it.
A pair of home made beaded earrings will look elegant, simple and unique. Wear them yourself or give them as a gift in a small gift box. They will look wonderful with any outfit as they are fully customisable. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have a pair made in less than 10 minutes.
Sliding knot – This knot allows you to loosen and tighten a necklace or bracelet without it ever needing to be ‘undone’. Just make sure you have at least 4 inches of extra cord before you tie the knot, or you’ll find you can’t get it over your head!