Gemstone Topper – Building Block Series View

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This tutorial is part of the Bangle Building Block Series.  You will need to watch and make the aperture strap bangle tutorial first.   Then this tutorial shows you how to frame a faceted stone and attach it to the bangle strap.

Materials

I used a 14mm x 12mm faceted amethyst

5 lengths of 21 gauge dead soft square wire

21 gauge half hard half round wire

 

Run Time 27:59

Aperture Bangle Strap (Building Block Series) View

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This is the first part of a new series of tutorials, my building blocks.

This tutorial is for a bangle strap with a central opening.  I make dozens of these when my muse is off on her jollies and not helping me in the slightest.   Then when she is back I make the decorative topper that creates a beautiful bangle.

So this tutorial is just the strap and I will be doing several 'topper' tutorials to show you how to make the tops that connect to the strap. You can mix them up or pick and choose

Materials

  • 8 Lengths of 21 gauge dead soft square wire
  • 18 gauge half hard half round wire
  • 1mm or 18 gauge round wire

Run Time 21:07

Sweet Simple Woven Wrap or The Catfish Wrap View

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This is a super sweet wrap for small stones.   Why small stones?   well you could use this design for larger stones and it would work well but the reason I say for small stones is that you get to see most of the stone, although the wrap holds the stone firm it does not cover the stone with a lot of wire.   A little bit of wrapping and a little weaving and you will be delighted with you little catfish!

Materials

  • 1mm or 18 gauge round wire (dead soft)
  • 0.4mm or 26 gauge round wire
  • A Stone - mine was approx 18mm x 14mm pear shaped Labradorite

 

Run Time 31:42

 

Ear Cuff Tutorial View

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This tutorial is one of my earliest tutorials and was shown on YouTube, although rather old it is still a great design and a firm favourite of mine especially as it sells consistently well.

Slide show tutorial using still images

Materials.

  • 0.8mm or 20 gauge round wire
  • 4mm beads

 

Run Time  6:08

Medieval Inspired Gemstone Ring Tutorial View

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I love old antique rings they have so much detail and interest.   The medieval period loved thicker metal around the stone and often had accent stones at the very edge of the metal work.   I am not claiming this as a reproduction piece just a ring that reminds me of that period in time.   I do quite a few medieval and Ren fairs and designs like this one and The Dragons Eye Ring are always very popular.    If you do not want to use a gemstone and setting you could swap this for a bead or swarovski sew-on element.

Materials

0.8mm or 20 gauge round wire (dead soft or fully annealed)

1mm or 18 guage round wire

0.4mm or 26 guage round wire

18 gauge half hard half round wire

6mm gemstone

6mm snapset or bezellite setting (see shop for supply)

Tiny Accent Beads approx 2mm

Run Time 40:01 mins

Square Wire Gemstone Heart Tutorial View

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I love to use square wire in these pendants, it adds an extra dimension to the design.   I have used a gemstone and bezellite but you could just as easily use a bead or even do without to create this pretty pendant.    This pendant uses a minimum of materials but needs patience to complete to a high standard.  There is a lot of tight binding in small spaces.

Materials

 

Run Time  29:55

 

Viking Weave / Knit View

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This tutorials shows you how to create Viking Weave sometimes called Viking Knit.

I use a perspex rod and a draw plate and 0.5mm or 24 gauge round wire however you can experiment to produce different weights and looks with anything from 0.3mm 28 gauge all the way to 0.7mm or 21 gauge much thicker than that and you will need super strong fingers and muscles like a wrestler.

Please note this tutorial is just to create the weave not a finished item - a tutorial will be out soon with some of the things you can make with the ever versatile viking weave.

Materials

0.5mm round wire

#11 seed beads

 

Run Time 19:37

 

Quick Make – Faux Stacked Ring Tutorial View

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Quick Make

I just love super quick rings, especially if you are selling.  It is a great way to engage your customers and giving them a great choice of reasonably priced rings is a must if you want to make those sales!

These rings use very little materials but look great.

  • Materials
  • 0.8mm or 20 gauge round wire.
  • #11 Seed beads  Or any tiny beads with holes large enough for the wire.

 

Run Time  10:14

 

Quick Make – Beaded Leaf Pendant View

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The Beaded Leaf Pendant is a Quick Make

 

Fast and simple to create this pendant can be made using any kind of bead!  Hammering is involved so you will need a hard block or surface and a hammer to smack that wire!

You could use a thinner wire and create two of these to make very pretty earrings

Materials

  • 14 gauge or 1.6mm round wire
  • 8mm bead

Run Time 9:16