A Stick Pin Tutorial

stick pins

stick pins

If you’ve been here before and have seen my pins on Pinterest in the sidebar lately, you already know I have a thing for stick pins. In fact, I recently posted a tutorial on making a pin cushion. What does a jewelry maker need a pin cushion for? Stick pins, of course! So today’s tutorial is all about making stick pins. We’re going make them two different ways, easy and really easy.

 

 

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Embellished button rings

Eiffel Tower heart ring

Eiffel Tower heart ring

It started with this ring. No, actually it started before this, with a request for an anchor ring. Wait, it started a long time ago, when I first learned how to make button rings. But we’ll start with this past week. A call to make a birthday present. A heart ring and an Eiffel Tower glass tile pendant. I suggested why not just an Eiffel Tower heart ring, because I had done that before. Then I found out I didn’t have any more flat Eiffel Towers. So this is what I made. Continue reading

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Memories Map Bracelet

Memories Map Bracelet

Memories Map Bracelet

I’ve been working on this Memories Map Bracelet post since Monday night, and it’s now Thursday afternoon. It took a long enough, didn’t it? Actually, here is how it goes: I read on Tip Junkie that they want to feature projects involving maps, on Monday night.  I think to myself, I love maps, and remember that I wanted to make a map bracelet. So Monday night I gathered my supplies. And fell asleep. Continue reading

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Garden Party Earrings Tutorial

Today’s tutorial involves using plastics.

Assorted shapes and colors

Assorted shapes and colors

I used to think that plastic was not a material I wanted to use in my jewelry. That was, until I started seeing these little flowers. Call them plastic, lucite, resin, whatever; they are so lightweight and come in a wide range of colors and shapes. Today’s tutorial is about how to utilize production line techniques to create a seemingly complicated pair of earrings in a short period of time.  I call them garden party earrings. Continue reading

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