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Cord Knotting Tip: How to Finish Waxed Cord Ends Without Glue

how to finish waxed cord ends

Cord Knotting Tip: How to Finish Waxed Cord Ends so They Don’t Fray Today I’m going to show you the simple trick I use to finish off my knotted waxed cord jewelry so the ends don’t fray. Nope! I don’t use glue – I prefer to use this technique instead of using glue to finish my cord ends because I find that it lasts longer, it’s less messy, there’s no drying time, and I just really hate the way some glues {Read More}

Cord Knotting Tip: How to Prevent Frayed Ends

cord knotting tip: how to avoid frayed ends while knotting

Cord Knotting Tip: How to Avoid Frayed Ends While Knotting Cord knotting is a ton of fun, but it’s probably safe to say that if you’ve tried stringing small beads on cord or thread, then you’ve experienced the frustration of dealing with frayed ends! Those pesky frayed ends will catch on your tiny beads and prevent them from sliding on easily, and often trimming them doesn’t fix the problem (or can even make them worse!). In this quick video, I {Read More}

Cord Knotting Tip: How to Knot Against a Bead

How to Knot Against A Bead

Cord Knotting Tip: How to Knot Against a Bead If you’re trying your hand at making knotted cord jewelry for the first time, you might be surprised that it isn’t as easy as you thought it would be. If you’re like me when I first started, you are probably scratching your head and going crazy trying to figure out how to get that knot to land right up against the bead! Those knots seem to have a mind of their own…am I right?? I have actually had quite a {Read More}

DIY Magic Braid Leather Bracelet {Video}

magic braid leather bracelet

  Yesterday, I showed you how I cut up an old purse to salvage the leather for making jewelry. Well, here’s the bracelet I promised you – the first of many more projects to come using this lovely soft green leather! DIY Magic Braid Leather Bracelet This type of braid is known as a 3-part inside trick braid, and is also called a ‘magic braid’ or ‘mystery braid’ as both of the ends are mysteeeeeeriously in tact. In this video, {Read More}

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}

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