Half a Million Views and Counting

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512,169 to be precise. I was super excited recently when I checked my tutorial stats and found out that I'd broken a half million views.   I published my first online tutorial June 26, 2013 on instructables.com. This is a website where you can teach anything you like and learn almost anything you're interested in. It's a great online community of creative people, happy to share ideas just for the fun of it. I was an observer for several years before I actually posted anything and I loved seeing what other people were doing. Then I dove in to posting tutorials...

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Make the Perfect Wire Bird's Nest Pendant - Great New Tutorial

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I've just added an updated version of my Bird's Nest with Pearl Eggs tutorial to my website. This the most detailed version I have ever posted! The new tutorial shows you how to make the same beautiful project that I teach in my Bird's Nest Pendant class, complete with detailed instructions, lots of large photos and materials lists. There are even extra instructions for twisting and spiraling wire. I've seen other nest tutorials, but mine is for a design I've created that is particularly sturdy and has a wonderful weight to it. The finished pendant is as solid as it is lovely.  My Bird's Nest Pendant tutorial is only $4...

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Wire Wrapping Tip - Avoiding Scratches on Your Jewelry

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  A reader following one of my tutorials asked me about scratches while wire wrapping. Since scratches are a common problem, I thought I'd share my answer: The softer the wire, the more likely it is to scratch. I generally use very soft wire, so I have to be extra careful about scratching my work. Usually scratches are combination of the pliers you're using and how hard you're squeezing the wire. I use well worn, high quality pliers. The edges of my favorite pliers are dulled with use and the surfaces are very smooth. For a good pair of pliers, expect to pay...

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I'll Be Teaching in Tucson Again This Year

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I just got my teaching days figured out for the 2016 JOGS show in Tucson. I fly out every year to teach wire wrapping classes for my friends at Jewelry Tools and this year I'll be there February 4, 5 & 6.  My plan is to teach a basic wrapping class and three other projects. I'll send links when the organizers finish the artists' schedules. If you need info sooner or want to ensure a space, please contact me at: HelpMeRhonda@rhondachasedesign.com

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