The Basic jewelry making techniques. Part 2

Earrings "Red Berry"Everyone can learn to make handmade jewellery. It is incredible easy! You should just have a desire, time, and a little patience. Practice will allow you to master to perfection all possible techniques and cunnings. In the first article “The Basic jewelry making techniques” we have acquainted you with elementary methods, such as opened and closed threading, an interweaving, technique of using of stoppers and technique with using of knots.

Now we will pass to more difficult jewelry making methods.

To make wire jewelry you’ll need wire of various gauges, chains of various sizes and kinds, findings and basic tools. The findings are the prefabricated jewelry components like clasps, earring backs, head pins, ear pins, and small metal beads or bead caps to complete your pieces of jewelry. They come in many metals, shapes, and sizes. There are six basic metal coatings of findings: silver, antique silver, gold, bronze, copper, and gunmetal. Always be sure to select the same type of metal as the wire and the chain in the piece you’ll be making. You’ll need three basic jewelry-making tools to make your handmade jewelry: chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, and wire cutters.

A necklace made with using of pins is strong enough, but light and delicate. You can regulate the size of eyelets and the distance between the beads using the jewelry-making tools.

You can complicate your piece having inserted between beads special jump rings. For this purpose you should open an eyelet of pin to insert a jump ring into it and then close it with the chain-nose pliers. The using of the jump rings will lighten your piece and will make it more interesting. An example is the red- beige necklace at the first picture.

You can put some beads, pendants or charms on the rings inserted into your piece if they harmonize with it. You should slide the bead onto headpin and close the end of the pin making an eyelet. Such charms make jewelry more lively and mobile. An example of such technique is presented at the second picture.

The next technique is using of bead caps. Functionally they don’t allow pins to slip through beads apertures which are too big. But in terms of decoration they make beads more elegant and accurate. In that case you should make an eyelet especially accurately to make hard joining between the cap and the bead. The bead caps are used in earrings at the third picture.

There is one more method which can help you to make your necklace or bracelet more interesting and light. It’s using of a chain as a part of the design. The first variant is using the chains as dividers. In this case you should operate like with the jump rings: open a pin eyelet, pass it in the last link of a chain and close the eyelet by chain-nose pliers, the same actions you should do with the other end of the chain and the next bead.  The second variant is using of chains in making of dangles. Such dangles or pendants make your piece more mobile, lively and volume. One more variant of using of chains you can see at the picture #4 and #5.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to tell you about all techniques in several articles, but I will try to describe some basic ones in the following posts. So, keep your eye on continue…

Good luck and inspiration to you!



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