Jewelry Tutorial Headquarters http://jewelrytutorialhq.com Free jewelry tutorials and resources for jewelry business or hobby! Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:50:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 Essential Wire Wrapping Tools for Beginnershttp://jewelrytutorialhq.com/essential-wire-wrapping-tools-beginners/ http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/essential-wire-wrapping-tools-beginners/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:10:20 +0000 http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/?p=100 One of the most common questions I get from readers is, “What kind of tools do I need if I want to get started making wire wrapped jewelry?” I know it can be extremely overwhelming, and there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to jewelry pliers and tools. But the good news is, you really only need 3 tools to be able to get started making wire jewelry and performing all the basic wire wrapping techniques! {Read More}

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One of the most common questions I get from readers is, “What kind of tools do I need if I want to get started making wire wrapped jewelry?” I know it can be extremely overwhelming, and there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to jewelry pliers and tools. But the good news is, you really only need 3 tools to be able to get started making wire jewelry and performing all the basic wire wrapping techniques!

In this video, I show you those three essential wire wrapping tools, and give you some tips for things to look for when you’re choosing your pliers and cutters.

 

 Click here to learn more about my >> Wire Wrapping for Beginners << online course and get 25% off!

These three essential wire wrapping tools mentioned in the video are: round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, and flush cutters. These tools can be purchased together as a set*, or they can be purchased individually. They can also be used for basic beading (stringing beads) as well as basic wire wrapping! *Please note that sets will often have a 4th set of pliers, usually another pair of chain nose or bent chain nose pliers – it comes in handy to have a second pair of chain nose pliers for opening and closing jump rings.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on your tools when you’re just starting out, especially if you don’t think you’ll be using your tools a whole lot. Just keep in mind the less expensive ones tend to wear out more quickly and may not be as comfortable to hold. You can always upgrade later if you find your tools are wearing out too quickly or you are using them frequently and finding them too uncomfortable to use so often. I will provide several options below:

Essential Wire Wrapping Tools for Beginners

Round Nose Pliers

Round nose pliers have tapered cone-shaped jaws and are used for forming loops and making curves in wire. These pliers are essential for any wire wrapping techniques, basic and advanced, such as: wrapped loops, rosary chains, making eyepins, ear wires, and wrapping headpins and briolettes to make dangles, etc. You will want to choose a pair of round nose pliers that fits comfortably in your hand to avoid hand and wrist pain from prolonged use.

If you have large hands, choose a pair of round nose pliers with longer handles, and vice versa if you have smaller hands. Also consider getting a pair that has soft cushioned handles instead of hard rubber or plastic handles. When I choose a pair of round nose pliers, I also look for ones that have a nice long jaw that are quite fine at the tip so I can get more variety in the size of loops I can make with this one tool.

Economy round nose pliers / High quality round nose pliers / Premium round nose pliers

Chain Nose Pliers

Chain nose pliers have tapered ends that are flat and smooth on the inside edges. It is important NOT to use pliers that have ridges in them, as these will leave marks on and damage your wire as you work. Chain nose pliers are necessary for basic jewelry making techniques such as bending wire, opening and closing jump rings, flattening crimp beads, tucking wrapped wire ends in, straightening kinks in wire, and so many more. Chain nose pliers should not be used for making loops.

As with the round nose pliers, it’s important to choose a pair of chain nose pliers that will fit comfortably in your hand, so take into consideration the length of the handles as well as the material the handles are made of. I also like to choose a pair of chain nose pliers that are nice and fine at the tip so I can use them in tight spaces (such as tucking in ends of wire after completing a wire wrapped loop).

Economy chain nose pliers / High quality chain nose pliers / Premium round nose pliers

Flush Cutters

Flush cutters are a wire cutting tool that leaves the cut end of the wire almost perfectly flat. Other types of cutters leave a ‘bur’ on the end of the wire and they also don’t allow you to get right up close to the work to cut exactly where you want to cut. Using flush cutters minimizes the steps required to get nicely finished wire wraps and neat ends on your beaded jewelry. If you haven’t been using flush cutters, I promise you’ll notice a HUGE difference in the process and I bet you’ll even come back to thank me :)

When choosing a pair of flush cutters, I recommend looking for a pair with a finely pointed tip so you can clip right up next to the wire after wrapping.

*NOTE: It’s extremely important not to use your nice flush cutters on memory wire, as this will damage your tool! Also, try to preserve the tips of your flush cutters by using them only for clipping wire in tight spaces. Any other cuts you make try to use the middle or back of the cutter jaw.

Economy flush cutters / High quality flush cutters / Premium flush cutters

Those are the three essential wire wrapping tools for beginners! I hope you found this helpful in helping you figure out what you need to get started making wire wrapped jewelry!

Don’t forget for a limited time, you can join my new online course for 25% off by following this link >> Wire Wrapping for Beginners <<

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Wire Wrapping for Beginners

Do you want to learn to make beautiful, professionally finished wire wrapped jewelry? Then I’ve got something perfect for you – my new Wire Wrapping for Beginners complete video course is almost FINISHED!

CLICK HERE for more info about this exciting new course :)

I look forward to teaching you all my secret wire wrapping tips and tricks and helping you make gorgeous wire wrapped jewelry that you can wear, give, or even sell!

ENROLL NOW!

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DIY Knotted Cord Bracelet Tutorial {Video}http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/diy-knotted-cord-bracelet-tutorial-video/ http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/diy-knotted-cord-bracelet-tutorial-video/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:00:09 +0000 http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/?p=4050 In this video I’ll show you how to make this knotted cord bracelet from start to finish, including a simple sliding knot to make your bracelet an adjustable size that will fit just about anyone! You’ll also learn some great cord knotting tips and tricks – like how to prevent frayed ends while stringing and how to get your knots to land right where you want them to. These knotted cord bracelets are a great casual style, and so much fun to make. I hope you’ll enjoy {Read More}

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Knotted cord bracelet tutorial

In this video I’ll show you how to make this knotted cord bracelet from start to finish, including a simple sliding knot to make your bracelet an adjustable size that will fit just about anyone! You’ll also learn some great cord knotting tips and tricks – like how to prevent frayed ends while stringing and how to get your knots to land right where you want them to.

These knotted cord bracelets are a great casual style, and so much fun to make. I hope you’ll enjoy learning this technique and see how much fun you can have playing with different designs!

If you’re unable to see the embedded video, you can click here to watch my >>DIY Knotted Bracelet Tutorial<< on YouTube.

TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:

• *30 inches of waxed cord (one 24 inch piece and one 6 inch piece). I used this .8mm brown waxed irish linen cord. You can find tons of other colors here.
• 14   12 mm beads (I used these teal candy jade beads)
• 7   2mm spacer beads (make sure holes will fit over cord): I used these 2mm faceted vermeil spacer beads.
• An awl
Beeswax (optional)
• Sharp scissors
• A ruler

*Please note that if you’d like to make a design with more knots that this bracelet has, you’ll want to start with more cord.

 Having trouble with the sliding knot? Check out my Sliding Knot Tutorial for a slower step-by-step of the process.

How to make a silding knot adjustable closure for bracelets or necklaces with only one knot instead of two. (free jewelry making video tutorial)

You can also find more cord knotting tips and tricks here:

Cord Knotting Tips and Tricks: JewelryTutorialHQ.com

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How to Set Snaps in Leatherhttp://jewelrytutorialhq.com/how-to-set-snaps-leather/ http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/how-to-set-snaps-leather/#respond Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:06:29 +0000 http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/?p=4042 Ever wondered how to set snaps in leather? I have two great options for you! In the first video, I demonstrate how to set snaps in leather using Dritz Snap Setting Pliers and decorative faux pearl snaps. This method will work on thin leather (I am using a scrap of leather that is 1 mm thick, salvaged from an old handbag) as well as on denim and other fabrics. The second video is from my friend Margaret at Hearts and {Read More}

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Ever wondered how to set snaps in leather? I have two great options for you!

In the first video, I demonstrate how to set snaps in leather using Dritz Snap Setting Pliers and decorative faux pearl snaps. This method will work on thin leather (I am using a scrap of leather that is 1 mm thick, salvaged from an old handbag) as well as on denim and other fabrics.

The second video is from my friend Margaret at Hearts and Home, and shows you another way to set snaps – demonstrated on a thick leather motorcycle jacket. This method would also work on thinner leather, fabrics and other materials.

You’ll find all the tools and supplies for these methods listed below each video.

How to Set Snaps in Leather Using the Dritz Snap Setting Pliers

If you are unable to view the embedded video below, you can click here to watch >> How to Set Snaps in Leather << on YouTube.

TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:

• thin leather or fabric
Dritz Snap Setting Pliers
• snaps (I am using these faux mother of pearl decorative snaps)
• masking tape (optional)

NOTES:

If you get confused about which pieces go together, the packaging that came with the snaps should hopefully have some directions for you! The ‘outie’ side is easier to figure out than the ‘innie’ side – just make sure you pay attention to which side up you place it in the pliers. If you place the piece upside down, it will splay out the prongs on the opposite piece and not fasten properly.

How to set snaps - video tutorial for a magic braid leather bracelet that includes a snap setting tutorial.

How to Set Snaps in Thick Leather

The video below will  show you how to to remove the old snap from a leather jacket and then how to replace it with new ones.  The steps are the same regardless of the snap style or what you are putting them on – this technique will also work on thinner leather and fabrics!

If you are unable to view the embedded video below, you can click here to watch >> Replacing the Snaps on a Leather Vest << on YouTube.

TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:

• leather or fabric
decorative snaps
snap tool and anvil
3M rubber tape
rubber mallet
• drill with a metal drill bit

For more notes about this video on replacing snaps on a leather vest, see this post from Hearts and Home!

If you’d like to see how to make the Magic Braided Leather Bracelet I demonstrate on in the first video above, you can find that here:

magic braid leather bracelet

And here’s how I salvaged the leather from an old handbag:

cutting up a leather purse

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Cord Knotting Tip: How to Finish Waxed Cord Ends Without Gluehttp://jewelrytutorialhq.com/cord-knotting-tip-finish-waxed-cord-ends/ http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/cord-knotting-tip-finish-waxed-cord-ends/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:45:31 +0000 http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/?p=4118 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}

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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 can dry hard and flake off or feel scratchy against the skin.

If you like this video, be sure to check out more of my cord knotting tips, tricks and tutorials at the end of this post!

NOTE:  This technique is intended for WAXED cord. But please be sure that you have not first used any glue or other substance (like nail polish) on the cord before you try this. Please also take note of the safety tips in the video before you give this a go!

If you’re unable to watch the embedded video, you can click here to watch>> How to Finish Waxed Cord Ends << on YouTube.

 TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:

• waxed cord (I use this .8mm waxed linen cord)

• a bowl of water and/or a fire extinguisher (safety precautions)

• a lighter

As promised, here are more great cord knotting tips, tricks, and tutorials (with more on the way too!):

cord knotting tip: how to avoid frayed ends while knotting

How to Avoid Frayed Ends (While Knotting and Stringing)

How to Knot Against A Bead

How to Knot Against a Bead

How to make a silding knot adjustable closure for bracelets or necklaces with only one knot instead of two. (free jewelry making video tutorial)

 How to Make a Sliding Knot Closure

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Cord Knotting Tip: How to Prevent Frayed Endshttp://jewelrytutorialhq.com/cord-knotting-tip-prevent-frayed-ends/ http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/cord-knotting-tip-prevent-frayed-ends/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 03:30:13 +0000 http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/?p=4088 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}

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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 show you a couple of really simple things you can do to prevent your cord or thread from fraying while you’re stringing on your beads.

If you’re unable to see the embedded video below, you can watch >>How to Avoid Frayed Ends While Knotting<< on YouTube.

TOOLS + SUPPLIES:

thread snips OR sharp fabric scissors
beeswax
waxed irish linen cord*

* In this demo I am using waxed irish linen cord, but this technique will work on cotton cord, pearl silk, and other types of cord and thread whether they’re pre-waxed or not.

Looking for more helpful cord knotting tips and tricks? Check out my other video tutorials below:

cord knotting tip: how to knot against a bead

Cord Knotting Tip: How to Knot Against a Bead

How to make a silding knot adjustable closure for bracelets or necklaces with only one knot instead of two. (free jewelry making video tutorial)

How to Make a Sliding Knot

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Cord Knotting Tip: How to Knot Against a Beadhttp://jewelrytutorialhq.com/cord-knotting-tip-knot-bead/ http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/cord-knotting-tip-knot-bead/#respond Sun, 24 Aug 2014 03:06:05 +0000 http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/?p=4072 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}

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Cord Knotting Tip: 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 few questions about this recently, so I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one getting frustrated with trying to knot against a bead for the first time. And I’m happy to have the answer, and to be able to tell you it’s a pretty simple trick! So, here you go – the answer to taming those wiley knots that think they get to just plop down wherever they want to sit.

If you’re unable to view the embedded video, you can click to watch >>Knotting Against A Bead<< on YouTube. 

TOOLS & SUPPLIES:

beading awl
waxed linen cord
• beads of your choice

Stay tuned for some more cord knotting tips + tricks! I’ve got a few more quickies and a bracelet tutorial in the works, and you might also like to check out some of the tutorials below:

cord knotting tip: how to avoid frayed ends while knotting

Cord Knotting Tip: How to Avoid Frayed Ends

How to make a silding knot adjustable closure for bracelets or necklaces with only one knot instead of two. (free jewelry making video tutorial)

How to Make a Sliding Knot

how to finish waxed cord ends

Cord Knotting Tip: How to Finish Waxed Cord Ends

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DIY Magic Braid Leather Bracelet {Video}http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/diy-magic-braid-leather-bracelet-video/ http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/diy-magic-braid-leather-bracelet-video/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:40:24 +0000 http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/?p=3970   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}

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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, I show you step by step how to make this bracelet, including cutting the leather, making the magic braid itself, then setting the snaps to finish off the bracelet. I also include tips for sizing your bracelet (there’s a secret formula :)

Are you ready to learn this fancy trick braid technique?

If you are unable to view the embedded video below, you can watch the >>DIY Magic Mystery Braid Leather Bracelet Tutorial<< here on YouTube.

TOOLS & SUPPLIES:

• soft flexible leather, at least 1/2″ wide (see below for sizing formula)
• sharp craft knife & cutting surface
• fine tipped marker
• ruler (preferably metal)
• masking tape
decorative snaps
snap setting pliers (or other snap setting tool)
• sharp fabric scissors

Magic Braid Bracelet Formula:

*Please note – this ‘formula’ is a general guide. Shrinkage will vary depending on the material you use, since factors like thickness and stretchyness will play a part in the behavior of the finished braided piece.*

To figure out the length of the leather strip you need to start with, first determine the ‘fit size’ of the bracelet you want to make. The ‘fit size’ is the inner diameter of the bracelet when it’s fastened. For the snap closure, when the bracelet is fastened there will be some overlap (about 1 inch), so we need to add that to the fit size to figure the overall finished length of the bracelet from end to end. Then we need to add 30% extra length to account for shrinkage due to the braiding – so we do that by multiplying by 1.3.

When you lay the bracelet out flat, the ‘fit size’ will be the measurement from the middle of one snap to the middle of the second snap.

(Fit size + 1 inch) x 1.3 = starting length for your leather strip (1.5 inches wide)
Divide into 3 equal parts, .5 inches wide each

EXAMPLE: For a 7.5 inch fit:

7.5 inches + 1 inch = 8.5 inches

8.5 x 1.3 = 11.05 inches (~ 11 inches)

*METRIC*
(Fit size + 2.5 cm) x 1.3 = starting length (39 mm wide)
Divide into 3 equal parts, 13mm wide each

Be sure to leave 1.25 inches (32mm) uncut at each end.

TIPS

This magic braid technique can be used on a variety of materials besides leather! Try it with fabric, or denim – anything flexible that won’t tear easily.

When you mark your leather or fabric, always mark it on the wrong side so stray ink marks won’t show.

If you lose track of where you are when you’re braiding, you will probably have to undo your work and start over. It helps me keep my place to chant to myself as I braid: “right, left, right, go-through-the-right…left, right, left, go-through-the-left.” It’s *crucial* to stick with the pattern and go in sets like this , and you ALWAYS need to work in an even number of sections (as in, one set of ‘lefts’ for every set of ‘rights’ that you do). As you can see in the video, if you try to stop with an odd number of sections, the end of your piece will be a huge twisty mess. You either need to find a way to fit that last set in there, or undo the last one you did.

If you’re having trouble setting the top snap (decorative part), it is likely that your ‘female’ piece is upside-down in the pliers. It will only work one way. If you get it wrong, the prongs will splay out all over the place around the outside of the snap. (Yep, done it several times – it’s confusing!!)

how to set snaps

I hope you enjoyed my Magic Braid Leather Bracelet Tutorial! If you enjoy working with leather, you might like some of my other leather jewelry tutorials as well! And if you’re a huge fan of upcycling like me, you can peruse my upcycled jewelry tutorials too. Enjoy!

Questions? Comments? Ideas? Talk to me, baby!

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Use an Old Purse to Make Leather for Jewelryhttp://jewelrytutorialhq.com/cut-old-purse-make-leather-for-jewelry/ http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/cut-old-purse-make-leather-for-jewelry/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:22 +0000 http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/?p=3951 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}

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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 I said, “No thanks, it’s not really my style,” she seemed a little surprised.

“Oh, I know -” she said, “I just thought you might want to cut it up and use the leather for something fun.”

Well, well, well! In THAT case….YES! Hand over the bag! So, I have to thank my mom for donating the purse used in this project, and for giving me the idea in the first place. She’s a smart cookie, that one :)

In this video, I show you how I disassemble the handbag carefully to salvage every scrap of leather possible. I have lots of great ideas for this leather – and my next video shows you how to make a magic braid leather bracelet like the one in the photo, if you want to check that out too. Enjoy!

If you are unable to view the embedded video below, you can see >>How to Salvage Leather from an Old Handbag<< on YouTube. 

TOOLS & SUPPLIES:

• leather bag for cutting
craft knife with a new sharp blade
• AND/OR a seam ripper
• work surface safe for cutting on
• metal edged ruler (optional)

NOTES:

Think about salvaging leather for jewelry and crafts from other items besides old handbags – consider chopping up leather vests, jackets, skirts, pants, belts, and even maybe boots and shoes for leather you can use in jewelry and crafting! Some of these items are really easy to find at thrift stores for much cheaper than it is to buy leather from a supplier if you don’t mind using a little bit of elbow grease!

If your bag (or garment, etc.) is made of thinner leather, like mine, you can use sharp fabric scissors or a rotary cutter instead of a craft knife to cut shapes or strips from your leather.

Save old clasps, buckles, connectors, and other hardware that inspires you – and think of ways you might incorporate them into a cool piece of jewelry somehow. I think the magnetic clasps are especially cool and would be great as a closure for a leather cuff bracelet!

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DIY Cute Swarovski Mouse Earrings {Video}http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/diy-cute-swarovski-mouse-earrings-video/ http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/diy-cute-swarovski-mouse-earrings-video/#respond Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:26:49 +0000 http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/?p=3929 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}

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DIY beaded Swarovski mouse 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 & SUPPLIES:

Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Flush Cutters
• Two 2 inch headpins
• Two 5-6 inch pieces of 24 or 26 gauge wire (I used 24g wire in sterling silver)
• Two 10 or 12mm round beads (I used 12mm Swarovski pearls)
• Four 6 or 8mm round beads (I used 8mm white mother of pearl beads)
• One pair of earwires (DIY or buy)

Take a look at my How to Wire Wrap a Headpin video if you’d like a little more explanation of the headpin wrapping process.

Thanks so much for watching! I hope you enjoyed seeing how to make these beaded Swarovski mouse earrings! As always, I LOVE it when you share your creations inspired by my tutorials on my Facebook page, so please don’t be shy if you’d like to share some photos of your finished projects!

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