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    I have been making earing for about 6 months as i attended a 1 day induction class at my local womens centre. As it was only a 1day class i only have basic knowledge, and i was wondering if anyone has any must have tips. I also made the tiaras for my wedding last month so i have a little wire bending knowledge too.

  • #2
    i'd just experiment.

    what sort of jewellery are you looking to make?

    do you want do strining or beadweaving?


    • #3
      I have been using beads and wire, i dont really know the technical terms for this, but i normally use fishing line ops:


      • #4
        it sounds like you've been stringing.

        Have you thought about getting some books

        a good one is the beaders companion, it has a good selection of basic techiques

        there are also some good american magazines, like bead and button, bead style and beadworks

        you can get all of the above from

        have a look on amazon as well or if you have a boarders near by they have a small but good selection

        if you get the magazines they have step by step projects, if you fancy trying one it tells you how to do it.

        this is how i lernt to make jewellery


        • #5
          Fishing line is also called Monofilament or Illusion Cord, it's all the same, a plastic thread.

          The wire you are talking may be tigertail. Some people use different terms for the same thing. I had a customer once asking for Illusion Wire, but she meant the fine Soft Flex wire which is ''posh'' tigertail - it took a few emails to understand what she wanted! :lol:
          Tigertail is Nylon Coated wire and there are quite a few brands out there.

          Using a book is a good way to see different techniques and you can adapt from there and see what technique/thread suits you.

          I prefer to use tigertail for necklaces and stretch magic for bracelets. I don't wear earrings but I'd use tigertail too, I think.

          I was given a very big jewellery making book for my birthday a couple of years ago.

          Bead Shop, 91 Liverpool Road, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0QB, Lancashire. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-3pm.


          • #6
            Hi Emma,

            Have you considered taking a short jewellery course. It might be very helpful as you might get practical and theoritical practice.

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