Halloween Glass Frame Pendant

This project will appeal to jewelry makers who also dabble in other crafts such as paper-art and mixed-media in general. However, even if you haven’t tried to mix up your media when making jewelry, consider trying this out because the techniques are so simple you don’t need a lot of experience in other crafting techniques to be able to make this Halloween-themed pendant.

You’ll need:

1 – 2 1/4 x 1 inch glass frame
1 sheet of orange colored construction paper
*Small Halloween stickers
1 foam brush
1 sheet of wax paper
Acrylic metallic pale gold paint

*The stickers used were some I had left over after making my Halloween Resin Cabochons.

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Wire Used for Jewelry Making

When ordering wire from jewelry supply companies, you’ll notice they normally offer dead soft, half hard, and full hard. As the names indicate, the wires have different degrees of hardness.

The dead soft wire is the easiest to manipulate and is often used for sculpted pieces and light-weight wire wrapped jewelry such as a bead and wire chain bracelet. Fewer tools are needed since these softer wires can be bent with your hands fairly easily. Soft wire works well for many wire projects such as bending into shapes or using with beads. However, it is not recommended for use with projects that hold large stones or projects that will have a lot of wear such as bangles.

For larger and heavier jewelry pieces, use half hard or full hard wire. Normally, you will need more tools in order to manipulate hard wire because your hands will not be strong enough. Half hard wire is often used for wire wrapped jewelry that is primarily made of wire, like a wire wrapped bangle bracelet.

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Bead Road Trip to Shipwreck Beads

Imagine a building the size of your local Wal-mart, but instead of being filled with towels and toasters, this store is filled with beads and tons of other jewelry making supplies. That’s how Janet Wickell, About.com’s Guide to Quilting, described her experience at Shipwreck Beads‘ brick and mortar store located in Washington state. Janet is also a lover of beads and jewelry, so she was nice enough to take some pictures and give us a virtual tour of the place. Thank you, Janet!

Here’s what she told me about her trip:

There are sidewalks leading up to and along two sides of this building — all filled with loads of beads. Outside, a customer told me that there are more in layers below, that the beads sunk during the first attempt and had to be added again.

At the front of the store there is a large room filled with gemstone bead strands on sale — all laid out on tables. There’s also a separate room devoted to books.

Items are mostly organized by material type, but some things are displayed in a couple of places. I’ve never seen so many findings. They’re mostly stored in organizer-type drawers and sorted by material. Some things are sorted by type, like butterfly items, cat items, etc.

Their new catalog came in the morning we were there, so I brought one home with me (it almost brought my suitcase over the 50 pound mark).

They were busy, but very organized. When you walk in, you pick up a little push cart outfitted with trays and a necklace tree. So you can keep everything pretty well organized as you walk the aisles. There were always people checking out, but that group was organized too so the backups were minimal. There were also quite a few people in the aisles to answer questions, a very well-run place.

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Collier pour les filles

Bijoux en Inde continuera à être pratiquée aujourd’hui dans la manière dont des milliers d’années, à chaque étape de la production par des artisans spécialisés dans l’une des différentes techniques de fabrication et de décoration. As a typical case, and enamelled gold object set with stones requires the work of at least six artisans: the goldsmith, who fashions the object into its basic form without surface decoration; and embosser, chaser or engraver, who decorates the object and prepares it for enamelling; the enameller; the stone-setter, possibly a specialist diamond-setter; and the polisehr, who hand-burnishes any exposed metal areas. Comme un cas typique, et en or émaillé serti de pierres objet requiert le travail d’au moins six artisans: l’orfèvre, qui façonne l’objet dans sa forme de base sans décoration de surface, et embosseuse, chaser ou graveur, qui orne l’objet et la prépare pour émaillage; l’émailleur, le sertisseur, éventuellement, un spécialiste du diamant-setter, et le polisehr, qui main-Brunissoir toute les régions exposées en métal. Als typischer Fall, und Gold emailliert Objekt mit Steinen erfordert den Einsatz von mindestens sechs Handwerker: der Goldschmied, der das Objekt Mode in seiner Grundform ohne Oberflächenbehandlung Dekoration und Braille, chaser oder Kupferstecher, der das Objekt schmückt und bereitet sie für das Emaillieren, die Lackierer, die Stein-setter, möglicherweise ein Diamanten-Setter, und die polisehr, die Hand-burnishes freiliegende Metall-Gebieten. Comme un cas typique avec des pierres et des objets en or émaillé nécessite l’utilisation d’au moins six artisans: l’orfèvrerie, l’objet de la mode dans sa forme de base sans décoration de surface et en braille, de poursuite et graveur, qui orne l’objet et le prépare pour l’émaillage, la peintres de pulvérisation, sertisseur, peut-être un poseur de diamant, et le polisehr, la main-Brunissoir zones exposées au métal. Other related specialists include the lapidary, the stone-dealer, and the gold-foil beater. D’autres spécialistes connexes comprennent le lapidaire, la pierre marchand, et l’or-beater fleuret. Sonstige einschlägige Spezialisten gehören die lapidare, der Stein-Händler, und das Gold-Folie beater. D’autres spécialistes concernés sont le musée lapidaire, les concessionnaires de pierre, et le batteur feuille d’or.

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