My Handmade Genuine Sea Glass Jewelry v. My Handmade Cultured Sea Glass Jewelry - What's the Difference?

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    I make two kinds of beautiful, boho sea glass jewelry. Both are  handmade and one-of-a-kind. They even look similar. However, there are some important differences. First, you will notice a difference in price. The more expensive pieces are made with genuine sea glass that I know came from beaches. I usually know where and when the glass was collected. I choose the most jewelry-worthy of these pieces and wire wrap them in sterling silver. These become my higher end genuine sea glass jewelry. The somewhat less expensive, and often more colorful pieces, are made with sea glass that I can't verify. This...

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Creating More Men's Accessories and Jewelry: Tie Bars, Tie Tacks, Bracelets

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Here's a glimpse of the jewelry making process I use for making my new line of one-of-a-kind men's accessories. (And a lot of my women's jewelry as well.) Pictured above is a silver and bronze tie pin that has been heavily oxidized. I use a Dremel with all sorts of nifty attachments to expose the metal under the patina and give a good shine. To the right you can see the intricate wire weaving for a tie clip. This is the first step of many and will be the top layer if the clip. Below you can see the very...

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Working on Designs for Handmade Wire Wrapped Jewelry for Men - Suit Accessories

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I was recently asked to make some men's suit accessories - wire wrapped. When I googled what was out there I found very little and not one hit for wire wrapped tie tacks. So that's what I decided to make. It seemed like a bit of a challenge and working so very small would be fun - I used to love making miniatures and models. It turns out working with jewelry wire on a 12mm palette is indeed a challenge! But once I had my designs figured out, I didn't want to put my projects away.  At this point I've...

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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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