Firing base metal clays like copper and bronze is tricky. With silver metal clay, you can even torch small pieces to get rid of the binder to be left with lovely fine silver designs. Copper and bronze metal clay is notoriously difficult. The designs have to be kiln fired and even then, the firing schedule will require individual experimentation.
Like the look of Pandora beads but cant afford them? Or perhaps you are not a lampworking artist. Thenthis tutorial by Linda Weiricha.k.a.The Frugal Crafter, might be of interest. She demonstrates how you can use knitting needles to help form large hole paper beads.
These easy beaded channel ring tutorials are byThe first tutorialis by Natibeads, a Spanish beader who shared in English! It features bicones of different sizes which tapers off to the sides.
Tommaso and Flavio Tossiani of13AlGiorelliare the Italian creators and makers -of etched, engraved and textured aluminum jewelry. The 13Al in the shop name gives away their specialty as aluminum is the 13th element in theperiodic table! These metalsmiths show how beautiful aluminum can be – it is a great substitute for silver.
Nunn Designs Summer Collection certainly brought out droves of readers for the giveaway last week. Laura P nailed it when she said,I get so excited when I see these kinds of photos – they set my mind whirring about all the possible combinations and shapes I could make!The components are very inspirational as is the many lovely examples. There appears to be many boho jewelry lovers among you all!
Simple riveting is another excellent way to connect components together without a torch. The other common way is using wire work. This tutorial of mine shows you how to rivet two pendants or charms together for a unique design! Along the way, I will share many tips and tricks as well as what I think of various tools I used.
You do not have to be a metal smith to get that framed looked for your creations! Beaded frame earrings work too. Check out this collection of tutorials by Stephanie ofBronzePony Beaded Jewelry. They are worked in cubic RAW (right angle weave). These make sturdy frames with some depth which suits bigger focal beads. My favorite isthis tutorial for tear drop frames.
Canadian designer, Aimee, says sheneedsto create using color.AimeeArtzshowcases her love for stained glass. Some of her work features tiny pieces of stained glass. But it is her printed acrylic and resin art jewelry – especially her hoop earrings – which captivates!
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