Essential Techniques

Welcome to your essential guide to getting started with a jewellery making hobby! Many people ask about basic techniques on a regular basis so we have created this handbook that you can refer back to at any time. It will give you all the background information on tools and findings, along with showing you how to do the most basic tasks like making crimp beads with crimping pliers.

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Essential Techniques: Basic Techniques 3 – Wrapped Loop on a Headpin

Essential Techniques

Creating a wrapped loop on a headpin A wrapped loop is the way to secure a bead on a headpin or wire that is permanent. Once wrapped these loops stay…...

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Essential Techniques: Basic Techniques 2 – Jumprings, Clasps, Eyepins & Connectors

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Jumprings Step 1 Take a jumpring in pliers with the opening centred at the top. You can use two pairs of any type of pliers to do this. Pictured are…...

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Essential Techniques: Basic Techniques 1 – Crimping & Calottes

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Flat crimping   Step 1 Take a flat or ribbon crimp and place the end of the cord level with the end of the crimp. Using chain or flat nose…...

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Essential Techniques: Findings 3 – Bits & Bobs

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This is a list of all the other findings that you will come across when looking for jewellery making supplies.   JUMPRINGS Rings come in every size you can think…...

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Essential Techniques: Findings 2 – Clasps & Necklace Ends

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Clasps Clasps are the way you connect two ends of a necklace or bracelet. TRIGGER Also known as lobster or parrot clasp. These are the most widely used clasps on…...

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Essential Techniques: Findings 1 – Stringing

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You will come across the term ‘findings’ a lot in jewellery making these are the parts used to join jewellery components together to form a completed piece. Materials come in…...

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Essential Techniques: Tools – Pliers

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Part 1 of the Essential Guide to Making Jewellery...

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