Here are four striking bails using the same design principle to accommodate
your large gemstone donuts.
The design is simple with only one soldered joint, making it a good
project for beginner solders.
The bails can be used for rectangular, square or round donuts.
Three of the bails are soldered pieces and one a no-solder project.
The bails can be made in sterling silver, copper, brass or bronze.
You can customize the design further, by using your own stamps or
texture hammers on the metal.
The tubes at the back of the bails are big enough to accommodate
most chains, large gauge neck wires, multi-strand cable necklaces
or smaller bead necklaces.
They can also be used in conjunction with silk cords, ribbons,
beaded Kumihimo cords or larger bead strands.
Go look for those forgotten large gemstone donuts in your bead
boxes and make some awesome pendants today!
Rings are perfect to display small gemstone donuts.
This project is a simple take on an adjustable wrap-around
It can be made in copper, brass or silver, with any colored stone
The small domed cup on the center can be changed to a square,
triangle or oval.
The texture on the cup and shank can be stamped, rolled milled
This means that your ring will always be a unique piece of art
Gemstone donuts are beautiful and always catch you eye at bead
shows. But, when you get home, you don’t know what to do with
them, so they get stashed in a box or drawer for “later”.
This project incorporates one of these smaller donuts into a simple,
but dramatic piece of jewelry.
Fused silver has a very attractive organic, one-of-a-kind look, making
it the perfect element for a unique piece of jewelry.
If you have not tried fusion before, this is a small project perfect to try
your hand at without risking a lot of material.
The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 8 pages, 18 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips!
For intermediate skill students.
Anticlastic Raising is a way of shaping metal, curving it into different
directions like the shape of a horse’s saddle.
The shapes obtained with this method are very organic and beautiful.
They are also very strong; this means that thinner gauge metal can be
used to make lighter pieces.
Our cuff will be shaped into an asymmetric anticlastic spiral.
With one large lampwork wavy disk on the wide side, and a small disk
in a contrasting color on the narrow side.
The tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file, it has 8 pages, 16 photos, a life size template of all the components and plenty of tips! For intermediate skill students.
An anticlastic shape is one that curves around two axes, the best example of this shape is the surface of a saddle. Anticlastic shapes are structurally rigid but light weighed pieces, making them ideal for jewelry making.
This project will introduce you to anticlastic raising, which tools you need and how to use them to shape a beautiful one-of-a-kind ring.
The wide adjustable band of the ring shank is perfect for stamping or hammering lots of texture!
You can make the ring in Silver or copper, copper looks special good with green stones.
The use of a calibrated stone and pre-made commercial bezel cup makes this a good beginner’s soldering project.
This was a best selling metalworking class at the Bead & Button show.
The small anticlastic stake and mallet combo, the soldering locking head & shank tweezers, calibrated cabochons & bezel cups used in this tutorial are available for purchase in the tools & materials area of the website.
This tutorial is an instant downloading PDF file. it is 8 pages long and has 19 photos.
In this tutorial, we will be making a wonderful very versatile set of stud earrings, made with lots of interchangeable parts to play with!.
This pair was designed in a way that permits the wearer to play mix-and-match with 5 different metal components.
And as I love lampwork disk-type beads, you can add some of those to the mix as well!.
They will add a lovely pop of color around the face.
You will be able to assemble an all metal earring set or a metal and glass one to match your outfit or mood.
Combine metals, texture and colored glass to make unique one of-a-kind earrings.