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
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.
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.
*We recommend Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (or even Rangers Glossy Accents) This project wouldn't really work with Diamond Glaze as from personal experience Diamond Glaze tends to bubble and you run into problems when you start to layer it over 2mm. Also Mod Podge Dimensional Magic doesn't really take long to dry. You can use the original Mod Podge Gloss but the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic seals the lace at the end with a smooth finish.1. . Cut the lace into a generous rectangle that fits around the pendant (see picture below). On the back of the glass chandelier pendant apply a layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Push out any bubbles from the Dimensional Magic and lay the lace on top. Push the lace down, make sure the Dimensional Magic covers the back of the pendant (if it runs into the outside of the lace this ok as it makes the lace in the next step easier to cut). If the Dimensional Magic runs into the front of the glass pendant clean up with a damp cloth. Take the head pin and push through the hole the top of the pendant and the lace. Allow to dry flat. 2. When the Dimensional Magic is dry, remove the head pin and take your scissors and cut the lace to fit the pendant. When happy apply a layer of the Dimensional Magic to seal the lace and help stick down the lace if it lifted. Take the head pin and push through the hole the top of the pendant and let the Dimensional Magic dry. 3. When dry add to your jewellery designs.
There are two ways to mount the butterfly to the filgree one is to glue it on or the other is to secure it with wire. If you are gluing your can hide the hole by gluing rhinestones on top or you can work with the holes to add some decorative beads.
OPTION ONE - Gluing
*Take 6cm of either 24ga or 26ga wire and thread one 4x3mm crystal rondelle bead and sit it in the middle of the wire and molding the wire around it. Now thread on 8mm daisy spacer thread a length of wire through each button hole on the butterfly** Apply a tab of glue on the back of the butterfly and thread the wire through the filigree. Allow the glue to dry. Finish the wire by curling flat on the back.
OPTION TWO - Securing with wire
Repeat from * to ** from option one. Now thread the back of the filigree. You are going to work with the holes in the filigree to secure the button. Twist the wire and place on opposite sides of the filigree. Making sure the wire is flat work secure the ends of around one of the outside stems of the filigree. Use the pictures as a guide.