mad skills

  • working with chain

    creating a chain necklace is a must-have skill for any jewelry designer. you may already be familiar with some of the techniques used, but if not, we're here to help! depending on the type of chain, and the complexity of the piece you're planning, you may need to use wire-wrapping to help attach ...
  • using crimp covers on stretch

    once you've got your stretchy bracelet basics down, take them to the next level by using crimp covers to hide your knots. it's true - even the most skilled stretchy bracelet makers end up with unsightly knots every now and then. and yes, you can always use a large holed bead to cover your...
  • working with jump rings

    the ability to use jump rings is an essential skill for anyone making their own jewelry. whether you're making earrings, bracelets, or necklaces, jump rings come in handy as a go-to method of attachment for just about anything other than stretchy bracelets. if you are creating a piece that requi...
  • turn any bead into a charm

      stack your beads, or series of beads on your chosen headpins.  use a round nose plier to hold the headpin about 4mm above the stack of beads with your non-dominant hand. with your dominant hand, wrap the headpin away from you and back towards you under the the plier. it does not matter if you ...
  • knotting

    looking for supplies? scroll down! knotting is a technique that is exactly what it sounds like - using the stringing material of your jewelry to create knots in between your beads. this can be done with leather, waxed linen, or any other cord material, but is most typically seen with silk knotti...