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Use an Old Purse to Make Leather for Jewelry

cutting up a leather purse

Use an Old Purse to Make Leather for Jewelry As you might already know, I’m a huge fan of recycled and upcycled jewelry and craft supplies, and I’ve made some jewelry out of some strange things, including old t-shirts and plastic sushi trays.  I’m always looking for ways to turn something old, broken, or no longer useful into something that has a new life and purpose. So when my mom tried to give me this handbag she didn’t want anymore and {Read More}

DIY Cute Swarovski Mouse Earrings {Video}

DIY beaded mouse pearl earrings

In this video, I show you how to make these adorable beaded Swarovski pearl earrings that look like a little mouse!  These sweet little things can be made with your choice of beads and colors, and even sizes, so please have fun and play around with different combinations to find something that’s just your style :) If you are unable to view the embedded video below, you can click to watch this >> DIY Swarovski Beaded Mouse Earrings << on YouTube. TOOLS {Read More}

DIY Leather Tassel Earrings {Video}

DIY leather tassel earrings

In this video, you’ll learn how to make a fun pair of tassel earrings using scraps of suede leather leftover from other projects! This style is so easy to make, and the earrings are so light and airy you’ll want to wear them every day. Mix up your colors with different leathers and have a blast with your new tassel earrings! If you are unable to view the embedded video, click here to watch my >> DIY Leather Tassel Earring {Read More}

How to Work Harden Jewelry Wire

How to work harden jewelry wire

Why do we need to work harden wire? Work hardening techniques allow us to deliberately change the temper of the wire that we want to work with and force it into a stronger state. In other words, we would work harden to give strength to soft metal to help it hold its shape. We can also use it to add springiness, as is helpful in a latched hoop earring or clasp. What is Work Hardening? This particular article covers methods for {Read More}

All About Jewelry Wire: What is Work Hardening?

All about Jewelry Wire - What is Work Hardening?

What is Work Hardening? Work hardening is a term that refers to certain metals’ tendency to stiffen up as they are manipulated. Very often, we use work hardening intentionally to give strength to soft metal to help it hold its shape. We can also use it to add springiness, as is helpful in a latched hoop earring or clasp. Work hardening techniques allow us to deliberately change the temper of the wire that we want to work with and force it {Read More}

DIY Braided Leather Tassel Bracelet {Video}

braided leather tassel bracelet tutorial

In this video, I’ll show you how to make a fun braided leather bracelet with a tassel. Actually, the tassel is optional, but I love it! I think it adds a fun flair to a simple design. It could also be interesting to mix colors instead of choosing just one. What do you think? All the tools and materials needed to make this bracelet are listed below the video. If you are unable to view the embedded video, you can {Read More}

The RIGHT Way to Use Jump Rings {Video}

how to open a jump ring

What is a jump ring? By definition, a jump ring is a metal ring where the ends meet but are not soldered or welded together, so the ring can be opened and closed. Jump rings are used to attach two components together when making jewelry; for example – connecting a clasp to a chain, or connecting a charm to a link. They are also the basis for making chain maille! As you might guess, learning to open and close a {Read More}

How to Make a Leather Necklace {Video}

How to Finish a Leather or Cord Necklace: Free jewelry tutorial video from JewelryTutorialHQ.com

How to Make a Leather Necklace Making leather necklaces is fun and easy! They are quick to make and work well with a variety of pendant and charm styles, so you can make them in all different colors for all your favorite pendants. In this video I show you step by step how to use fold-over end crimps to attach a clasp to a flat leather cord, but these findings also work great for making necklaces with ribbon, cord, or rubber. This {Read More}

How to Wire Wrap a Headpin

Free jewelry tutorial: how to wire wrap a bead on a headpin. Learn to make a beaded dangle with this step-by-step video tutorial from JewelryTutorialHQ.com

In this video, I’ll show you how to wire wrap a bead on a headpin – which is a basic jewelry making technique that’s great for everyone to know! Wrapped loops are much more secure than simple wire loops – I almost always prefer a wrapped loop to an open loop. Another advantage to the wrapped loop is that  since it’s more secure, you can use much finer wire than you can with the open loops. I’ll show you slowly {Read More}

How to Make a Knotted Headpin {Video}

Free jewelry tutorial: how to make knotted headpins

In this quick video I’ll show you how I make my own knotted headpins. I think they add a special touch to certain designs, and one of my favorite things about them is that I can make them as long as I need for larger beads or making fancy wraps at the top of beaded dangles: We won’t cover the bead wrapping part in this video – I’ll share that step in a separate video (see How to Wire Wrap {Read More}

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