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Jewelry Making Tutorial: How to make a hinged bail for a pendant

Jewelry Making Tutorial: How to make a hinged bail for a pendant

A pendant falls toward its center of gravity. If you want greater control over the way your pendant hangs on a chain, a hinged bail is the way to go. It is also a compact yet flexible connection between design components. I wanted to set this pale green, high-dome jade cabochon horizontally, so a made a hinge to connect the setting to its bail.  To make a simple, 3 knuckle hinge, you need some tubing that looks proportionate to your jewelry. I'm using 1.65 mm. You also need to prepare your jewelry components to receive the hinge you are making. Start...

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Jewelry Making Tutorial: How to Make Jump Rings

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Jewelry Making Tutorial: How to Make Jump Rings

I make most of my own jump rings in my studio because I get just the right size and thickness for my project at hand. The humble jump ring is easy to overlook, yet much is asked of it in jewelry design. As a connection between design elements which allows for movement, its placement and proportion can make or break a jewelry project. The perfect jump ring, that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, is well worth the investment in time and effort. Here's how to make them. Start with a mandrel. I'm beginning with an old nail. I keep a selection...

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Thanks for a great 2017 Art Fair Season

Thanks for a great 2017 Art Fair Season

Thanks to all the art festival shoppers who attended the shows, stopped to talk, shopped, and bought. I want you all to know how much it means to all the artists when our work is appreciated and supported. Your dollars really make a difference in our lives! As 2017 draws to a close, I'm looking back on the year's successes and challenges. It's an important exercise that makes Winter such a valuable and creative time for me. Free from distrations, I can spend long hours in the studio trying new ideas and techniques.

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