Materials And Tools

I s size I (3. a mm) knitilug needles

.999 line silver wire 211 gauge (.3 mm)

Hi hematite bunds. I to ~> mm in diameter

21 rings, made from Hi-gauge 11.2 mm) sterling silver wire on a l-mm mandrel

:t sterling silver lobster claw clasps. II mm each

Knit this piece with a doubled wire. To knit one square: Cast on 12 stitches and work the wire in garter stiich. Bind ofl when the work measures I % inch (3.5 cm).

Make three squares in tills way.

Weave on the heads, using the same wire. Join the squares with three rings to a


Finish both ends with three rings and, on one end. mount the clasps in the rings.

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In this section, both new and previously covered techniques are used for additional projects. Everything in this section can he made inexpensively.

Heads, pearls, anil stones always inspire me to make jewelry—not necessarily expensive creations that will last for 20 years, hut here-and-now jewelry that suits my mood and clothing on a particular day. In this section, we'll also work with tiger tail. People who have done beadwork jewelry are quite familiar with it.

Some techniques are time consuming and some are quick. When you get the hang of jewelry making, try mixing materials and techniques—you'll never run into anyone with exactly the same piece of jewelry. Finishing is particularly important when you're making lightweight jewelry. It can make all the difference as to whether you're happy with the piece.

kememlier always to use wires specifically designed for jewelry making. It's easy to pick up a nickel allergy and almost impossible to get rid of it.

Materials Tor the I'ro/ccls l:se tiger tall and nylon thread (monofilament): any form of tiger tail in the same thickness given in the patterns: and various end pieces and clasps thai are suitable for jewelry making.

It's important that the end of the wire is hidden so that it doesn't scratch ihc wearer, but also so that it has an attractive finish. Here are a few possibilities.

Timliiiu ii Single SI nun! ullh a Itcml

Set a crimp bead on the monofilament without closing it. Bend the line back through the crimp bead to form an eye

Timliiiu ii Single SI nun! ullh a Itcml

Set a crimp bead on the monofilament without closing it. Bend the line back through the crimp bead to form an eye

Close the crimp bead. Slide a bead up t<> the closed crimp bead and set another crimp head lust behind II. Both ends c. ; be finished the same way.

Tools lor llic Projects

Use two pairs of flat-nose pliers, one pair of round-nose pliers, wire cutters, a vise, a plastic hammer, a piece of soft leather, a long ruler or tape measure, a small file, and a cone or ring mandrel.

End with a short chain of rings on both sides of the clasp. In this way. the length can always be adjusted to suit the wearer of the piece.

ndhift Scleral Strands iiltli .i Haul ndhift Scleral Strands iiltli .i Haul

t a crimp bead over all the strands, nch it closed about 1 V\ inches (3 cm I • >m the end. One strand will be used for > loop. The Others are trimmed about V* l> <.5 cm) from the crimp bead.

Set a bead on the long strand to hide the cut ends. Place a crimp bead without closing it entirely, ¡ust beyond the bead. Bend the wire end back and thread it through (he crimp bead and into the bead, creating an eye and hiding the final end. Close the crimp bead. Finish both ends the same way.

You can make various forms of knot covers. Some have a hole in tliein so that the wire can stick out and be fastened off with a crimp bead. Others close around the wire, which is already fastened with a crimp bead (see above).

1. Braided Bead Bracelet, p. 74

2. Braided Bead Necklace, p. 74

3. Collar with Blue Crystal Beads, p. 77 •1. Neck Ring with Lavender Beads, p. 76

5. Pearl and Silver Wire Bracelet, p. 76

6. Coll Bead on Leather Cord. p. 75

8. Crocheted Chain with

Pink and White Pearls, p. 75

9. Crocheted Choker in Pink Copper Wire. p. 75

10. Floating Brilliant, p. 74

11. Chain Bracelet with Pink Beads, p. 77

12. Ring with Pink Pearl, p. 77

14. Braided Ring III. p. 76


HrllllanKot crystal set stone 2l> inches 150 cm) of monofilament 2 crimp heads

2 rings made from 18-gauge 11 mm) sterling silver wire on a ■l-mm mandrel

Sterling silver spring ring clasp. > mm in diameter

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String the stone onto the monofilament through one side of the setting. Cut it to the desired length, allowing enough for eyes. Make an eye in each end with crimp beads. It's not necessary to put a bead on the end. as monofilament doesn't scratch the way wire does. Finish with a ring on each end and a clasp. The stone should move freely on the siring.

Always braid with the finest possible wire, preferably .4 mm in gray. If you're using colored wire. .5 mm wire is fine.

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