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Jewelry Secrets Tips Trickand Hints

This is a guide to little known fact and cheap tricks to making jewelry of a finer quality and how to make things even better. This guide will go through techniques and useful info into making better jewelry.

To start must have absolutely no questions hands down must have tools are a Jewelers ring mandrel with sizes. This is crucial because with out it you will be making square rings and they wont fit right. The next piece its a propane torch. This is needed to soften metal and to make it easy to form also it stops thee ring from cracking and splitting. Pliers are another must. They allow you to handle red hot metal without becoming red hot yourself. Ive touched a red hot coin it left me with a scar for months. Also I advise a 9 piece punch and die set from harbor freight. Dont buy anywhere else. Harbor freight has good coupons all the time and they are a discount store a punch and die set is 30$ with a 25% off coupon it because a 22$ purchase. Amazon sells them for 75$ on average. Also a Doming block, again from harbor freight. On amazon it is over 100$ thats a lot of money. I used a 25% off coupon and got my set for 30$.

You can make smaller rings with a torch and a Doming set. When you have a piece of metal on a mandrel as you fold it down into a ring the size increases. If you make you initial whole smaller then the ring mandrel and use a Doming block set to get the ring halfway done and have a ring become a size 5 instead if a size 9. This is another hint I learned from experience.

This sounds silly I know bear with me. Every thing has a bit of coarseness to it. News paper its very very fine and it works great to help smoother out tiny flaws. This is cheap and it can be done with those pesky phone books or notebooks and it doesnt cost 5$ either. This is probably (just a guess I have never tested this or searched this info) neer 5000 grit sand paper it is very fine and it works and it is something that most people have laying around.

Drills are nice I understand that. But you can experiment and make a jig to hold metal or coins or whatever you are making into a ring perfectly center so you ring comes out better. I prefer a punch and die set. It makes perfectly round holes and you can make a jig for it to hold your material center. If the whole in the ring stars out bad the rings will be lop-sided and can affect the finished ring.

To anneal metal it is recommended to be in the dark and heat metal until it glows light red. This is nice, but if you work in the daytime it can be hard. Its a poor idea to have a 2000 degree torch in your house with the lights off for obvious reasons. And working in the dark can be tough to see crucial details such as where your quench water is and what not. So the solution to anneal in the light is to use a sharpie marker. When the coin gets hot enough the sharpie disappears. This means oh dont have to be up at late hours to work as you dont have to be in a dark shed or house with hot metal.

I mentioned this in all my guides. I use mothers mag and aluminum polish. Its all I use and all I will ever use. It works great on all metal, it doesnt give off hazardous fumes. Also it is cheap. Dont buy from amazon, autozone or other places like these. At ace hardwar I found a 5oz bottle for 8$ and some change. At Walmart the sell a 10oz can for less then 5$ its the cheapest I found. Its called mothers mag and aluminum polish. It says on the can perfect for all metal. This is true I havent found a metal it doesnt work on. Its not abrasive either so it doesnt eat away at the metal. It can be handled by your hand without gloves, it doesnt hurt you or your metal. It works on scorched metal oxidized metal and dirty metal.

Metal when its cold can crack and split. This is the enemy of good jewelry. To avoid this you need to torch the ring material. Anneal it and then it wont crack until it gets to cool. Also I know that quenching is recommended, but I dont quench. I think it is neer pointless to heat a metal to make it easy to bend and then cool it and make it hard again. I use pliers to handle hot metal and I am careful. Touching hot Mattel is not fun trust me I touched it once and I learned my lesson the first time.

The point of making jewelry is to show who we are and where we were as where we want to be. You should make jewelry from what ever defines you. I come from a poor family, so I decided to be funny and I make rings from coins. It is one of those things that is a contradiction, but it is just art so no one can judge. I thought of making coin jewelry because my aunts father made his wifes wedding ring from a silver half dollar. I thought that it would be fun. I took a family story and I expressed it into my passion. Thats what jewelry should be.

When you buy from a jewelry store they sell different types of rings if you find two of the same type they will look exactly the same. When you buy from a craftsman the quality differs, you dont just buy the metal, you buy his time and his failures and his successes. It buys his knowledge and it shows in his work.

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Great info ! Been making coin rings for about a year now. Always looking for new info. Thanks for sharing !

Polymer Clay Tips

All the polymer clay tips and tricks I have accumulated over the years. Youll get a glimpse into the things the professionals know about that make working with polymer clay so much easier and more rewarding.I will be constantly adding to them so check back often. If you dont want to miss an update,like my Facebook pageto stay in the loop.

Reducing canes is an important skill for all polymer clayers to learn.In thiscane reduction tutorial, Ill be showing the correct procedure for reducing round, square, triangular and hexagonal polymer clay canes.

I find that a quick clean everyday is more than enough to keep my pasta machine in tip top condition. As long as Im diligent about doing it every evening, when I am finished working for the day, I dont have any trouble with clay build up on my blades.In this tutorial Ill show youhow to clean your polymer clay pasta machinewithout removing the blades or fenders. Its really simple and easy to do, and it only takes five minutes.

Dont you hate it when youve worked so hard to make a Skinner Blend, only to have it ripple in your pasta machine?In this video tutorial Ill show youhow to prevent your clay from rippling in your pasta machine, as well as, how to prevent pasta machine poop from getting onto your polymer clay.

Pasta machine width guides are great for keeping your Skinner Blend or polymer clay veneer to a specific maximum width, but they arent available for all makes of pasta machine. So what to do?In this polymer clay tutorial Ill demonstratehow to use your pasta machine without width guidesand still prevent your Skinner Blend or veneer from expanding to the width of your rollers.

In this polymer clay tutorial, Ill be showing you how to dome polymer clay beads using two different methods. The first and more common method is done by using a cutter. The other is with a template.Depending on your particular project, doming can add a new and interesting dimension to your work. Knowinghow to dome polymer clayis a simple, but useful polymer clay tip that is worth adding to your repertoire.

In this polymer clay tutorial Ill show you how to finish off your beads using a technique that I call the Jessama Smear.Ive shown this technique in other videos, but in this detailedJessama Smear Tutorial, Ill show you all the tips and tricks you need to get it right every time. It takes a bit of practice, so hang in there and youll soon have it mastered.

TheSammy Smudgeis another great technique for finishing off your polymer clay pendants.It gives a wonderful shiny finish, and reduces the need for sanding. It can be used as a stand alone technique, but using it over theJessama Smearwill yield the best results.

In this polymer clay tutorial Ill show you an indispensable little trick that prevents your mixed media polymer clay surface techniques from smudging or scratching off.It also allows you tosand and buff surface effects, such as alcohol inks, mica powders and other mixed media that you normally wouldnt be able to.

In this polymer clay tip tutorial Ill be showing you three different ways tosharpen your polymer clay blades.Ill also show you how to clean your blades between uses. It reduces residue and will make your cuts crisper.

In this video Ill show some of the manypolymer clay texturesthat are found lying around in most homes and gardens. From feathers to pasta, theyre all right there in front of you.Theyre a great way to add interest to your polymer clay designs, and unlike polymer clay texture sheets and stamps, they dont cost a cent.

Old clay can make your life a real misery no matter what brand you choose!Once youve figured out which polymer clay brand will best suit your needs, you can use the tips and tricks in this article tomake sure that the polyclay you buy is soft and fresh.

Baking polymer clay in cornstarch or baking soda protects the shape of your bead and prevents flat spots, stops your beads from rolling around, and, most importantly, helps prevent burning.In this article Ill talk about the ins and outs ofbaking polymer clay in cornstarch and baking sodaand things to look out for. Ill also show you a few alternatives that achieve the same results without as many hassles.

Soft polymer clay is almost impossible to work with. It sticks to everything, and everything sticks toit,andworst of all, it can gum up your pasta machine. Some brands are more likely to be the culprits than others, but even the firmest brands can turn sticky during the summer.In this article Ill show youa few tips to help firm up your soft polymer clay, and keep it workable, even through the hottest months of the year.

Hard clay has to be one of the most irritating things you come across when working with polymer clay. Thankfully there are many different things you can do to get it back on track.In this article Ill show youhow to soften polymer clayand bring some life back into it with a range of easy tips and tricks.

Do you have any great polymer clay tips to share? Let me know in the comments below.This page will be constantly growing. If you would like to keep up to date with all the tips I add as I add them, pleaselike my Facebook page. And dont forget to like and share with your friends.

Purple and Blue Watercolor and Silver Leaf Beads

What brand of clay did you use? Premo What colors did you use? If you mixed them yourself you can include a color recipe here if you like. White,

What colors did you use? If you mixed them yourself you can include a color recipe here if you like. Black and white. What products did you use?

In this tutorial Ill be showing you how to make a polymer clay silkscreen veneer using alcohol inks, Swellegant and Helen Breils Pills and Coffee silkscreen.

What brand of clay did you use? Premo What products did you use? e.g. Lisa Pavelka Crackle Texture Stamp, or Pearlex Antique Copper Mica Powder.

Helen Breils polymer clay silkscreens are admittedly some of my favorite. In this Helen Breil silkscreen review Ill be highlighting why, in my opinion, they are among the best on the market.

In this tutorial well be making an easy but stunning polymer clay collar necklace. Ill show you tips and tricks to get the shape just right, how to bake it so that it sits beautifully on the necklin

In this polymer clay project, Ill show you how to make a textured polymer clay pendant, with small bezels that we will fill with Pebeo paints and resin.