October 24, 2012

Jewellery School - Rings

This ring is made completely from scratch with silver-plated wire on a ring stick. A ring can be decorated either by 'sewing' on beads with a thin silver-plated wire or by putting beads onto head pins and attaching them to the ring like little pendants. You may use a ring which is made completely from scratch or one that is already shaped.

1. Measure the appropriate ring size using the ring sizer.

2. The size can be found on the ring stick.

3. Wrap the silver-plated wire tightly around the ring stick at the correct size number.

4. Let the two ends overlap and then wrap the ends around the ring. This now forms the bottom of the ring.

5. Use a new piece of silver-plated wire to wrap along the top of the ring towards the middle and bend it straight upwards. Use another piece of silver-plated wire to wrap along the top of the ring and towards the middle. Wrap the end around the piece which is bent upwards.

6. Put the bead onto the stalk.

7. Use the tip of round nose pliers to twist the wire forming a coil. Nip off the end.

Sew beads onto a ring

1. Fasten the wire in the sieve disc.

2. Thread the beads onto the wire 1 – 2 – 3 at the time whilst “sewing” up and down through the holes of the sieve disc – and around the ring.

Decorate a ring

1. Put small beads onto head pins and bend them a little to one side and cut off leaving approx. 1cm of the head pin.

2. Twist to form a loop which is not to be closed completely. Use round nose pliers.

3. Attach the loop from the headpin onto the loop on the ring. Now close it completely. Attach three pendants to each loop.

October 19, 2012

Jewellery School - Earrings


When making your own earrings, you can achieve a great result in a short period of time and with simple techniques. Many fantastic jewellery components are available so the possibilities are endless: You can make small earrings which sit on a single bead on the earlobe. Earrings with a single hanging bead. Long hanging earrings or beautiful beading hoop earrings. Even for ears which are not pierced, lovely clip-on earrings are available.

The French ear wire is very popular to use for earrings. Gently open the small loop with round nose pliers, attach the pendant and close the loop. Some earrings have a closed loop for pendants. In order to attach pendants to these, use  a round jump ring which can be opened and closed when using two flat nose pliers.
For earrings with beading hoops use a French ear wire as the earring for the ear. The actual beading hoop may be decorated in various ways: You can let beads hang down from the small loop or the beading hoop may be opened with a gentle pull, so beads and pendants can be threaded onto the beading hoop directly. Close the beading hoop by inserting the wire into the bracket and squeeze gently using chain nose pliers.

1. Kidney Ear Wire: Attach a pendant onto the opened kidney ear wire.

2. Attach the pendant onto the small loop on the kidney ear wire.

3. French Ear Wire: On the French ear wire slightly open the loop with round nose pliers.

4. Attach the pendant onto the open loop. Close the loop again with round nose pliers.

5. Ear Studs with a loop: Attach a pendant onto the loop of the ear stud using a round jump ring. Close the round jump ring with two flat nose pliers. Twist the ends until they are right opposite each other.

6. The pendant hangs underneath the metal ball in the loop.

7. Clip-on Earrings: Attach a pendant onto the clip-on earring using a round jump ring which may be closed using two flat nose pliers.

8. The pendant hangs in the loop underneath the half metal ball on the front of the kidney ear wire.

9. Flat pad metal stud earrings: Use super instant glue for attaching the bead onto the flat pad of the metal stud earring.

10. Use glue which is flexible and moisture-resistant.

11. Beading Hoops: Open the beading hoop. Thread beads and pendants onto the beading hoop.

12. Close the beading hoop by inserting the wire into the metal bracket, squeeze it gently with chain nose pliers.

October 18, 2012

Jewellery School - Elastic Beading Cord

Elastic beading cord is the direct path to success. It is easy to use and the result is stunning. Even if you do not know the circumference of the wrist of the person for whom the bracelet is intended, you can easily make a bracelet that fits. It is quick and easy to put on and take off the bracelet and therefore a good chance that it will become a favourite piece of jewellery. Elastic beading cord is available in various thicknesses, but basically choose as thick a cord that can go through the hole of the bead.

1. Thread the bead onto a piece of beading cord, attach a peg or a clip on the end to prevent the beads from falling off.

2. Tie a double or triple reef knot.


3. Pull the beading wire apart to either side to tighten the knot. When you let go, the elastic locks itself.

4. A TIP: Apply a small blob of instant glue onto the knot, just for safety's sake.

5. Cut off the excess beading cord. Hide the knot inside the last bead.

October 17, 2012

Lovely Linen Angels

These small angels are made from linen and decorated with a pearl pen and mother-of-pearl buttons. Finally, a pair of metal wings covered with white feathers is attached to the back of the angel.

1. Cut out the angel using the template. Please notice that the seam is included in the template.

2. Sew the two sides of the angel together leaving a 1cm seam. Leave the base open for stuffing. Fill the angel with polyester stuffing and sew to close the hole.

3. Decorate with a pearl pen and draw a face.

4. Use a glue gun for attaching the buttons, the wings and the string for hanging.

Attached file: Pattern (231 kB)

A Metal Wreath with a Polystyrene Ball

The metal wreath has been decorated with a painted polystyrene ball.

1. Hang the metal wreath using a piece of striped cotton string. Insert a small piece of brass wire into the wreath and wind to make a small hanging devise.

2. Paint and decorate the polystyrene ball using color paint. Let it dry.

3. Insert the small metal devise into the dry, decorated polystyrene ball and secure it with a blob of glue if necessary.

A Boy’s Card

Festive invitations, menu cards and napkin rings for the teenage boy. The mobile phone’s keys are self-adhesive rhinestones and the checked paper is Street Design paper (the London series).

1. Cut out paper in various sizes and attach to the card.

2. Cut out a photo and attach it to the card.

3. Make a hole for the silver-plated wire.

4. Cut two pieces of silver-plated wire and bend to form a loop at one end of each piece.

5. Pull three beads onto each wire.

6. Feed the wires through the hole in the card.

7. Bend the wires on the back and attach a small piece of card over the wire ends.

8. Attach self-adhesive rhinestones to the card.

9. Attach a piece of checked ribbon onto the card with double-sided adhesive tape.

10. Cut two small pieces of checked ribbon and attach them onto the card and finish off with a self-adhesive rhinestone.

11. Make a small bow tie from the ribbon.

12. A variation with a napkin ring.

Cut a piece of card and attach a piece of ribbon with double-sided adhesive tape and then the same procedure as before. Tie the ribbon in a bow around a rolled up napkin.