1. Take four sections of cord. You will be working with the outer two cords with the two middle cords staying fixed. Take the outer left cord and create a small loop and place it over the two middle cords.
2. Take the outer right cord and place it over the left cord.
3. Create your knot by taking the right out cord and going under the middle cords and through the loop formed by the outer left cord.
4. Pull and you have the first half of the Square Knot.
5. To make up the second half of the Square Knot you will repeat step 1 to 4 but working in the opposite direction. So start with the outer right cord and create a small loop placing it over the two middle cords. Now take your outer left corad and place it over the right cord. Create your knot by taking the left outer cord and going under the middle cords and through the loop formed by the outer right cord.
6. Keep repeating step 1 to 5 until the wrapped section is your desired lenght. If you forgot which section to start always start on the side with the loop at the top (not with the thread coming out)
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The following tutorial will show you how to use crimping pliers and finish your jewellery elegantly and professionally by using a wire guardian and crimp cover.
Materials & Tools
- Tiger Tail
- Crimp covers
- Wire guardians
- Crimping Pliers
Step 1: Take your tiger tail and thread one crimp bead and through one end of the wire guardian.
Step 2: Work the tiger tail around the through the other end of the tiger tail and back through the crimp bead.
Step 3: Your crimping pliers has a kidney shaped hole at the bottom which is called the criming hole and a round hole at the top called the rounder.
Step 4: Take your crimping pliers and secure the crimp bead in the first crimping station making sure the crimp bead is sitting firmly on the wire guardian.
Step 5: The crimp bead should now have a center dimple. Best results are obtained when the two wires are positioned on either side of the center dimple.
Step 6: Position your crimp in the rounding section of the crimping pliers. Apply pressure forming a smooth secure crimp
Step 7: The tiger tail should now be secure and the crimp bead folded flat.
Step 8: Take your chain nose or round nose pliers and hold the crimp over.
Step 9: Place your crimp cover bead over the closed crimp. Gently close the pliers until the crimp cover is closed.
Step 10: Now string your beads and repeat step 1-8 to close the strand
Wrapped loops are more durable than plain loops and can also be used as a decorative element to your jewellery designs. Easy to make once you know how.
You will need
1 round nose pliers
2 flat or chain nose pliers
1 wire cutter
Head pin and bead*
Note the head pin needs to be 2cm longer than the bead to make the wrap
1. Take one head pin and thread the bead or combination of beads.Place the tip of your round nose pliers on top of the bead.
2. Bend your head pin at a 90 degree angle.
3. Now take your round-nose pliers and place it on the top of the angle (not a the tip this time, a little bit inwards to give your loop a nice size).
4. Start to form the loop by wrapping the wire around the nose of the pliers. This will create half the loop.
5. Change the position of the pliers to finish your loop.
6. Check that your happy with the shape of the loop.
7. Take your flat/chain nose pliers and hold the top of the loop (this will hold the shape of the loop).
8 & 9. Take your second flat/chain nose pliers and take the end of the wire and start wrapping it around the wire on the bottom of the loop. Start wrapping from the top and work to the bottom.
10. Take your wire cutters and cut trim the excess wire.
11. Take your flat/chain nose pliers and finish the wire flush by pressing down on the tail of the wire to finish it flat. There should be no sharp edges.
12. Perfect wrapped loops.
Here at Beads Online have over 10 years experience making glass tile jewellery. Teaching you how and supplying affordable supplies is our specialty.
You will need fine tipped precision scissors, glass cabochons, adhesive (Mod Podge Dimensional Magic) and your collage sheet.
You can use your own images and photos. Just make sure that the image doesn’t run when wet. Laser prints are fine but prints from a jet printer are not
Apply a dab of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on the back of a glass cabochon.
Place the cabochon on the collage sheet. You can gently rub it in a circular motion to spread the glaze out and get rid of any air pockets.
Its really important that the glaze is dry before you start this step. With your scissors cut around the cabochon.
Glue your finished cabochons in the matching setting. You can use the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to glue or jewellers glue.
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Everyone loves jewellery and its so much fun to make it yourself. It may seem hard to make your own jewellery but its not. To get started you will need four tools, learn some basic techniques and some jewellery making supplies.
After learning two basic techniques of opening and closing jump rings and making basic wire loops you will be on your on your way to seeing your jewellery designs come to life. Making your own jewellery is a great way to express your creativity, save money, make presents for friends and family and even resemble your old jewellery into new designs.
Get your craft on and make these cute gemstone chip tree of life earrings.
You will need
2 24mm cast metal rings
1.2 metres of 24ga Artistic Wire
2 ear hooks
2 4mm jump rings
2 6mm jump rings
80-100 3-5mm small gemstone chips
1. Divide the wire into ten 12cm lengths.
2. Take one 12cm section of wire and fold it approximately half way making one section of wire 1cm longer than the other. Place the hoop so it sits in the fold. Now twist the longer section of wire around the rim of the hoop two times to secure the wire. Repeat this step four more times.
3. Create the trunk by bringing all the wire together in the centre and twisting for approx. 1cm (about half way). Now separate the wire sitting and spreading them out so the wire are grouped in their original five groups of two.
4. Take the right hand side’s bottom group of two (4 strands) and twist twice. Now take the left hand side's bottom group of two (4 strands) and twist twice. This will just leaves the middle group of two strands untouched.
5. Re-spread the branches so they sit in their original five groups of two wires. Now twist each group together a few times and re-spread the branches so they are now spread evenly and the the tree has good coverage. Start adding the gemstone leaves of the tree. Thread on one strand some gemstone chips, so the chips sit comfortable under the hoop and secure the excess wire by wrapping around the top of the hoop. Trim and finish the end flushed. Repeat with adding gemstone to each strand working in an anti-clockwise direction.
6. Take one 6mm jump ring and thread between the top branches. Now take one 4mm jump ring and thread the 6mm jump ring and the bottom loop of the ear hook.
7. Repeat step 2 to 6 to make up the second pair of earrings.