MINI LESSON: How To Crimp
Crimping is the technique for securing a clasp assembly to a necklace, bracelet or other jewelry project strung on cable wire. Crimping involves correctly using a crimping pliers to secure the crimp on the wire and create a lock. Also used are horseshoe wire protectors and crimp covers. Instructions with images.
MINI LESSON: Jewelry Pricing Formula
Most jewelry designers are not smart about pricing their jewelry. Often, they “underprice” or "overprice" their pieces. They don’t charge for their labor. They feel awkward asking for a higher price. They sometimes overvalue their labor. In either case, there is a lack of knowledge about the true costs of all the parts and activities that go into creating a piece of jewelry, and how to manage all these costs. Learn a formula, with small, detailed step-by-step instructions.
MINI LESSON: Adjustable Slip Knots
Sometimes, when using thicker cords, you do not want to use a clasp, but instead want to make a necklace that can slip over the head, or a bracelet that can slip over the wider part of your hand, and then make the necklace or bracelet smaller to fit, or adjustable in size. Learn two slip-knot techniques. Instructions with images.
MINI LESSON: Making Simple and Coiled Wire Loops
When you make dangles, say for earrings or necklaces and bracelets, you need to make a loop so that you can hang the dangle from something or string it on to something. There is a simple loop and a coiled loop. Learn how to use hard wire with round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, and a cutters to make both. Instructions with images.