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Halo – Bostwana Agate, Fresh Water Pearls and Gold Bracelet

by Jewels of Saraswati on Oct.29, 2009, under Handmade Jewelry

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Botswana agate is a beautiful stone with milky shades of mauve, beige, white and brown. I paired smooth Botswana agate ovals with green fresh water pearls and gold-plated corrugated beads to add a little warmth. This bracelet is also ended with an intricate gold-plated toggle clasp.

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This item is available for purchase in the Jewels of Saraswati shop.

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Part 1: Making Stained Glass Jewelry – Tools and Materials

by craftygagal on Oct.29, 2009, under Handmade Jewelry, Jewelry Making

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I love making stained glass jewelry. There is something about the process with its many many steps done in a certain order that I find comforting. I usually make a “batch” a setting. A “batch” usually consist of 20-30 pieces. I try to finish the batch in one day…but sometimes I break it into two days. I am going to do a multi-part series on “Making Stained Glass Jewelry” in which I will cover tools and material, steps/instructions, tips, and maybe variations to produce different effects or looks.

I will start with “Tools and Materials” since without them you can not proceed on to the next series.

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Tools & Materials Need to Make Stained Glass Jewelry
  1. Glass– you can get glass in sheets. It is found at some art supply and hobby shops but the Internet has really given stained glass enthusiast reach to a larger amount and higher quality of glass. Glass is like what beads you like to bead with, it is basically a personal preference.
  2. Glass Cutter, the one I use has a carbide wheel. This is what you “Score” the glass with that makes it “break” where you want
  3. Glass Running Pliers, they come in all different types, the one I have is plastic. It puts even amounts of pressure on each side of the glass so you get a clean break.
  4. Grozier, which are flat nosed, soft metal pliers are optional. You can get by without them, but I often find them useful. I use to break of little corners before I grind to a certain shape to reduce amount I have to grind.
  5. Grinder with a diamond bit on a grinder that grinds at a high speed. Grinding does two things, it take the sharp edge off and it is used to obtain the desired shape. Grinder is going to be one of the largest investments in the process but they make a WORLD of difference. I can not get to symmetrical earrings without a grinder. Also your edges of the glass stay so sharp without one and that presents problems down the line.030
  6. Copper Foil. This is what you wrap the edges with to make the solder have something to grab onto.
  7. Flux. Flux is like the glue that makes the solder stick to the copper foil. It is imperative to have flux!
  8. Lead-free Solder. I only use lead-free solder in my stained glass jewelry. Lead is not good for your body and I do not want my customers wearing it against their skin, so while it is more expensive, it is a must for jewelry making.
  9. Glass Cleaner (Windex) and Paper Towels. As I will discuss in next part of series, cleaning stained glass is one of biggest tips to making nice jewelry, and not just at the end, between every step.
  10. Jump Rings for bails
  11. Metal Polish
  12. Lubricant for your grinder.
  13. Different Solutions are available to make the copper patina or black patina- which when rubbed on solder makes it turn either copper or black in color.
  14. Patience .. have it or this may not be the craft for you!

Post by Meredith “craftyGAgal” Crosby

The pieces pictured in this post and more stained glass jewelry can be found at craftyGAgal Creations

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Handcut Silver and Moonstone Necklace

by Maura Nicholson on Oct.28, 2009, under Handmade Jewelry

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Silver and moonstone necklace

Handcut Silver and Moonstone Necklace

The is a lovely large piece of grey moonstone , I have handcut all the little silver dangly bits and it is on a double strand of silver chain. Its quite a heavy necklace but it feels and looks great on. I do like to work with irregular shaped stones and have some ‘rough’ pieces of moonstone in my stone box, I am not sure what to make yet but they are rather wonderfull! Check out more on my website.

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Selene Bracelet With Swarovski Crystals & Pearls

by nikki on Oct.28, 2009, under Handmade Jewelry

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Selene Bracelet

Selene Bracelet

The Selene Bracelet is the perfect single accessory for any outfit. Your wrist is wrapped in 70 beads that sparkle in any light!

Selene Bracelet Kit includes:

* Swarovski crystals
* Swarovski pearls
* Sterling Silver chain
* Lobster clasp and ring
* Sterling silver head pins

For more designs and kits, visit Jeweler Me

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Floral pendant set with Peridot, Citrine and Diamonds in yellow gold

by Shilpee Nagota on Oct.27, 2009, under Jewelry Designs

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Yellow Gold - Pendant Set with Peridot , Citrine and Diamonds

Floral pendant set with Peridot, Citrine and Diamonds in yellow gold

  • Product name :- Pendant Set
  • Style of Jewelry :- Floral
  • Metals used :- Yellow Gold
  • Settings used :- Prong in Citrine, Bezel in Peridot and Diamonds
  • Stones used :- Peridot, Citrine and Diamonds

To know more about us please visit www.nagotacreations.com

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