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glass redThis is a set of red glass beads and pendant for your matching earring/necklace designs. The earring beads (approx. 1 mm. long) consist of clear red glass set in gold oval frames. My understanding is that these are vintage, from the 1950's. The pendant (approx. 1" long and 1 mm. wide) is of blown glass with gold and other elements, with a generous horizontal hole (through the red section), ready for stringing. This is not vintage, but it is beautifully handcrafted, and it goes so nicely with these beads that we are offering it as a set for your jewelry designs.

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making jewelryIn my previous post Learning to Design and Make Jewelry, I talked about various paths to learning the craft. In this post, I'm sharing some basic tutorials you can access online that many have found helpful. Here goes!

Oxidizing Sterling Silver Naturally
This link gives instruction on how to oxidize sterling safely and easily using hard boiled eggs.

How to Make Wire Jewelry Necklaces
A great video showing how to make simple beaded adjustable necklaces.

Making a Bail From a Head Pin
A video tutorial that shows how to make a bail from a head pin to make any bead into a charm or pendant.

How to Wire Wrap A Briolette
A video tutorial showing how to do a simple ire wrapped briolette.

How to Open a Jump Ring Properly
One of the most basic things to learn in jewelry making, this video shows you exactly how it's done so you do not distort the shape of the jump ring.

How to Make a Wrapped Loop
Another basic step in learning to create handcrafted jewelry, this video shows you how to make a wrapped loop to securely attach beads to earwires, charm bracelets and more.

Basic Sawing
Good video showing how to use a jeweler's saw for cutting metal.

Silver Soldering by Andrew Berry - Jewellery Repair Bench Tips Techniques Part 1
Part 1 of a series of soldering videos by Andrew Berry

Silver Soldering by Andrew Berry - Jewellery Repair Bench Tips Techniques Part 2
Part 2 of a series of soldering videos by Andrew Berry

Silver Soldering by Andrew Berry - Jewellery Repair Bench Tips Techniques Part 3
Part 3 of a series of soldering videos by Andrew Berry

Silver Soldering by Andrew Berry - Final Part - Jewellery Repair Bench Tips Techniques
Final part of a series of soldering videos by Andrew Berry

Andrew Berry Jewellery Repairs Bench Tips Keeping Stones Safe
Keeping Stones Safe by Andrew Berry

Andrew Berry Jewellery Repairs Bench Tips Making Buff Sticks
Making Your Own Buffing Sticks

How to Anneal Metal by Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
Learn the art of annealing metal for your hand forged jewelry creations.

How to Make Jewelry Head Pins and Ear Wires
Free tutorial on how to make jewelry head pins and ear wires.

Recycled Glass Earring Tutorial
Free tutorial on making earrings from recycling glass beads.

I hope you found something here that was helpful to you. What are your favorite videos and/or learning venues?

Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

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