Tag Archives: Wire

Jump For Jump Rings

Usually, I buy my findings but have decided to branch out a bit. Reading Mindset by Carol Dwek, Ph.D., got me to hop out of my comfort zone. I’ve seen people make their own jump rings and tried a few times, unsuccessfully. The ends of my rings would never line up because my wire nippers left an angled cut.

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I finally bought a pair of flush cutters (above) and I’m in production mode!


Have you tried making your own findings?  I’d love to hear your adventures with wire.

Join me at the Michaels in Springfield for the Velvet Drop Chandelier Earrings class where I’ll teach you how to make jump rings in any size you desire and incorporate them into a lovely pair of earrings you’ll be proud to wear!  Registration is $15, and only 3 supplies needed; you’ll even make your own ear wires and wear these lovelies home!


Beading Classes at Michaels

I’m offering new classes at Michaels — Beads!

Wire Crochet
Wire Crochet

This is going to be so much fun.  I’m very excited about the possibilities – color, texture, all of the various materials like wire and cording.

Fundamentals of Wire Crochet

No crochet experience is necessary to take the Wire Crochet class.  And the materials needed are few:  an aluminum or steel crochet hook, a spool of wire, a clasp, and beads that catch your eye.

The results can be stunning!


Fundamentals of Crimping Techniques


Tiny crimp beads incorporated into this design result in a ‘floating’ necklace.  Bead stringing wire or  clear transite can be used as your stringing material.  Add some beads and a clasp for results you’re sure to be proud of.

One of the exciting things about the jewelry classes is that students leave with a finished piece!  In 2 1/2 hours, learn new techniques, meet others who are interested in beading, and design your own unique piece of jewelry.

Sign up today at Michaels Arts & Crafts, Springfield, VA.  I can’t wait to see your designs!