Blog posts of '2015' 'October'

Basic Earring Tutorial Video

How to make a basic earrings


This video is a tutorial on how to make a basic earrings et

Step 1: Open ring on earwire

Step 2: Hook CZ stone connector through ring, and close ring

Step 3: Attach jumpring through other connector ring on cz stone

Step 4: Hook on bezel gemstone and close ring



Tools: Bent Nose Chain Pliers        

Material: CZ Stone embellished earwire

             2- CZ stone small round connectors

             2-  3.5mm 21 Gauge jumpring

             2 Opalite bezel gemstone teardrop pendant in sterling silver


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Closures-Clasps and Toggles

It is important to know your wearer. Some people like children or seniors may have trouble with small clasps. Look at your different options before creating something for someone who may have trouble with it.

Spring ring clasps (see above), are easy to use in making jewelry. They are available in all different sizes so if your wearer may have difficultly in opening the tiny clasp, larger sizes such as 8 or 10mm are always available. The average size of spring ring clasp used is 5.5-6mm, which can be too small for some wearers. This is a basic closure, very common and accomadates many different styles.



Lobster clasps (see above) are a basic choice of clasp as well. They are a little stronger than the spring ring clasps and equal in difficulty regarding opening and closing. Lobster clasps do come in a variety of sizes as well to accomadate different styles and closure needs. Used more on heavier chains and beaded pieces because of their strength.

The toggle (see above) it has such a fun look and there are so many option of toggles, they can work with nearly any design! This tiny circle toggle is an easy to use closure and very simple when incorporating in your designs. If you have never worked with toggles before, try it! They are a fun and different way to close up those masterpieces your creating! Toggles are available in many shapes and sizes, keep that in mind with your design. 

Lastly, the huge hook clasp (see above) offers a unique look and it is incredibly easy to use, just loop the ring through the droplet. This sepcific one is quite large, about 27 mm long. This piece not only could make a beautiful closure but you (Jeweler) can also try and create something like this yourself using some 20 or 18 gauge wire. Design your own hook clasp!


Tips on closures:

  • If it is for a child- saftey chains can make a huge difference!
  • If it is for a senior, have your necklace chain be 30 or 36 inches-just put it over their head, no need for clasps
  • Elastic string is ok to use
  • Suite the size of your closure to the size of you necklace/bracelet





Oxidized Chains!

Oxidizing your silver may seem liks a tedious tasks. However, you can achieve some amazing looks and effects on your silver.

Pure silver is a metal found in the ground, just as gold is.  Pure silver is too soft to form into objects, so it has to be combined with other metals, such as copper to give it the ability to be molded into a shape. Fine silver is 99.9% pure, which is why it has an increased value in most items.  Sterling silver is only 92.5% pure. Unlike oxidized jewelry, sterling silver is not meant to tarnish. The copper in sterling, when it comes in contact with oxygen, tends to create the darkening effect that ruins the look of many pieces.  So it would make sense that the best way to keep sterling looking shiny is to keep it in a cloth bag or clean it with a specially treated polishing cloth.

The effect of oxidizing pieces is for a slightly tarnished or antique look.  This happens when the silver is purposely exposed to air that contains sulfur. This compound, silver sulfide, creates blacked patches, which gives the silver a dark black finish, resulting in pieces that have more of a vintage look.

To create the look of oxidized jewelry, designers will purposely treat the pieces to add more sulfides to the silver. Depending on the look that designers want to achieve, they may allow the pieces they create to be naturally exposed to air for a while, some may use a hard boiled egg – which contains sulfur or use the patina gel liver of sulfur for the darks results.

You can choose from a variety of techniques that leave you silver looking shiny, antiqued, or simply with a shimmering gunmetal look. Ideal for certain projects, absolutely. But not all! Sometimes that slightly oxidized look is perfect, especially if your paring it with stones that contrast well with the llights grey shine of a slight oxidization.

You might surprise yourself to see how well gold and the full oxidized chains pair together, an interesting look-sure, an aesthetically pleasusing style-definitely!

The oxidizing process opens up a whole new world of design possibilities. If you are design pieces for a store you can reach a portion of people who prefer oxidized chains and the style they offer. Or if you are just designing and making jewelry as a hobby, its fun to experiment and see what you can create!


Last but not least, slightly oxidizing your sterling silver jewelry protects if from fully tarnishing. If you create that sparkling grey shimmer, your silver will not turn black, keeping its strength and giving it some longevity.







Basic Necklace #1- Video Tutorial


 How to make a basic necklace #1


This video is a tutorial on how to make a basic necklace.

Step 1: Place small jumpring (3.5mm) through end of chain. Attach through quality tag/connector

Step 2: Attach lobster clasp to tag

Step 3: Measure to desired length, cut

Step 4: Attach last jumpring (4mm), secure closed


Tools: Bent Nose Chain Pliers        

         Wire/Chain Cutter

         Measureing tape/ruler

Material: 9mm Lobster Clasp

             Quality "Italy" tag connector

             4mm 21 Gauge jumpring

             3.5mm 21 Gauge jumpring

             2mm rolo chain


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