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JEWELRY MAKING ARTICLES and INSTRUCTIONS
1. Good Jewelry Design: Principles of Composition
2. Orientation to Beads and Jewelry Findings
3. Basics of Bead Stringing and Attaching Clasps

JEWELRY MAKING KITS
1. How To Crimp - Instructions and Insights
2. Making Simple and Coiled Loops
3. Let's Make Earrings
4. Etruscan Square Stitch Bracelet
5. Etruscan Collar
6. Etruscan Butterfly Bracelet

 


 

pdf files available for download
$1 to $5.00 in cost



 

Good Jewelry Design: Principles of Composition
Jewelry Design is the application of basic principles of artistic expression. These principles involve:

1. COMPOSITION
2. MOVEMENT, Flow, Drapery, and Torque
3. FORMS in Relationship to the Body and the Mind,
including Functionality and Support
4. TECHNIQUES and MATERIALS

In this discussion, we focus primarily on Principles of Composition. The jewelry artist applies these Principles of Composition by manipulating the elements of the piece.

The reason we learn these principles of design is to help us answer the question: Why do some pieces of jewelry draw your attention, and others do not?

In this discussion, we are going to evaluate 3 pieces of jewelry in terms of 10 jewelry design principles of composition. Two pieces are well-designed, though not perfectly. The third piece is an entry from Land of Odds' The Ugly Necklace Contest.


ORIENTATION TO BEADS & JEWELRY FINDINGS

The successful beader and jewelry maker is one who is prepared to make the appropriate choices about what beads and jewelry findings to include, and not include, and what stringing materials would work best, given their design goals, and if they are selling their pieces, their markting goals, as well. They need to start with an Orientation.

The focus here is on explaining functional properties and design issues -- functionality, durability, wearability, movability, contextual relevance -- associated with using various kinds of beads, metals, and stringing materials. What happens to these materials over time? What components work well together, and which will not? How do you balance function with appeal? ... or saleability?

Topics covered:
History of Beads
Glass Beads - Druk and Fire Polish - Czech, Japanese, Chinese and Indian
Crystal Beads - Austrian, Czech and Chinese
Seed Beads - Czech and Japanese
Metal Beads - 14KT Gold, gold-filled, sterling, vermeil, nickel, pewter, brass, aluminum, steel, pot metal, metalized plastic
Clasps
Stringing Materials: threads, cable wires, cable threads, bead cords, elastic string, hard wire, memory wire
Tools
Sequencing your learning pathways for bead stringing, bead weaving and wire working


BASICS OF BEAD STRINGING AND ATTACHING CLASPS

Stringing beads on a cord is not difficult, but it does require a thorough understanding of the pros and cons of the various parts and stringing materials that you will use.

The bead stringer has several goals to achieve: You want your piece to:
a. Look good and be appealing
b. Last, not break and be durable
c. Move well as it is worn
d. Feel good and drape good as it is worn
e. Withstand all the forces and pressures that result, when your jewelry moves, as it is worn
f. Fit the context within which it is worn

Lots of things to manage and accomplish. You have lots of choices to make. Probably the two most important choices, right up front, in creating a wearable art-piece that will be around for future generations are your:
1. Choice of Clasp
2. Choice of Stringing Material

Some basics and fundamentals discussed:
-- Understanding 3 competing approaches for teaching beading and jewelry making
-- What these are, and the pros and cons of using any of 20+ styles of clasps
-- What these are, and the pros and cons of using any of 35+ jewelry findings -- such as crimp beads, crimp covers, horseshoes, crimp ends, end caps, bails, bead caps, bell caps, bead tips, cones, eyeglass holder ends, watch part components, separator bars, ends bars, connectors and linkables, screw eyes, attach rings, jump rings, split rings, soldered and stamped solid rings, extender chains, safety chains, head pins, eye pins
-- More detailed discussion about how to choose clasps and other jewelry findings
-- Creating "clasp assemblies" and “support systems” within your piece
-- The first of several cognitive phenomena associated with the wearing and viewing of jewelry

Then we’ll play.
-- Learning to Crimp using crimp pliers, cable wire, crimp beads, crimp covers and horseshoes. We'll point out how to make the "loop", how to "hold the tail", and how to best use the crimping pliers
-- Learning to make a bracelet using needle and thread, including how to tie a special knot


LET'S MAKE EARRINGS

Learn two different techniques for making simple dangle earrings.

First, learn to put beads on a head pin, create a simple loop, and attach this head pin-dangle onto an ear wire.

Second, learn to put beads on piece of chain, and attach this chain-dangle onto an ear wire.

You will be introduced to these earring components -- head pins, ear wires, chain, jump rings, beads. You will learn to use a chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, and side cutters.

This is a beginner level class.

INSTRUCTIONS ONLY (downloadable .pdf file)
$1.00

LET'S MAKE EARRINGS KIT includes enough materials to make 2 pairs of earrings:
Instructions
Ear wires
Head pins
Assorted beads
Jump rings
Pieces of cable chain

OPTIONAL TOOL KIT:
Includes:
Chain Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Side Cutters



HOW TO CRIMP - INSTRUCTIONS AND INSIGHTS

Learn How to Crimp the Smart Way.

Crimping involves 4 coordinated steps.

Brief Description:
Learn how to crimp using crimp beads, cable wire and a crimping pliers. Learn how to use crimp covers and horseshoe wire protectors, when you crimp.

Discussed:
- Understanding different cable wires
- Pros and cons of different types of crimps and crimp covers; not all crimp beads are alike
- Making the "Loop"
- Holding and Positioning the "Tail"
- How to Use the Crimp Pliers to crush, then re-shape the crimp beads; pros and cons of different brands of crimp pliers
- Other insights about Crimping

 

INSTRUCTIONS ONLY (downloadable .pdf file)

HOW TO CRIMP KIT includes
Instructions
20 crimp tubes
6 crimp covers
6 horseshoe wire protectors
.019" Soft Flex Cable Wire (1 30ft spool)
Crimping Pliers
Flex Wire Cutters

 


MAKING SIMPLE AND COILED LOOPS

 


Etruscan SQUARE STITCH BRACELET

 


Etruscan COLLAR

 


Etruscan BUTTERFLY BRACELET

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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