Friday, August 9, 2013

Spiral Bezel Setting Tutorial

Ever wanted to trap a found object to make a pendant or dangle bead but wondered how?  If you can coil a spiral then you can do this tutorial!

Start out in affordable copper wire purchased from an electronics hobbyist shop called transistor wire.  It is cheap and coated in a clear plastic coating so the copper does not discolour.

The tutorial shows you how to start the bezel setting for the found object to sit on and the literally spiral around building up a cup that will encase the found object inside.  Then finally use the remaining wire as a simple bail.

Basket Weave Tutorial

Creating a pendant is a lot of fun, and often once a stone has been captured into wire working it would make a fantastic ring.  But how to create a nice ring band that is not too plain for the complex ring top?

Basket Weave!  A beautiful wrap that creates a sturdy, yet pretty ring band that is certainly not understated. It is easiest to start with the ring band and then use the wild wires at either end to construct the ring top.

The tutorial is only how to do the basket weave technique, not how to then go on to create the whole ring.  Make enough band to mostly get around your finger, and then use the wild bits in coils to hide the final join.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thank you Customers

After having my shop website up from 2005 to 2013, I have decided to close the selling part of my jewellery making hobby down.  I am focusing more on the educational side of promoting the passion of jewellery making to future hobbyists.

Thank you to all past clients with whom I have had the pleasure of designing some amazing projects, it wouldn't have happen without you all.

I have added a few pages to this blog of my designs and favourite projects broken down by jewellery type categories viewable in the upper right hand corner of my home page.

My tutorials will be re-linked again shortly.