Bead-y Accessories

When we first thought of the idea of beading a cell phone case or pouch, we knew we had to show how to give it modern style without it appearing like the beaded purses we all had as little girls. This is our beautiful final product!

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“That time of year…when yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang”

Vineyard in AutumnBefore autumn officially ends, we here at Legendary Beads wanted to take advantage of the beautiful palette provided by this season. Here are some great examples of autumn or fall jewelry for inspiration.

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Soldering a Jump Ring – Upside Down

A while back we were putting on a soldering demo and we came to the portion covering how to solder a jump ring closed.  If any of you’ve ever tried this you know how frustrating it can be keeping the tiny piece of solder on top of the jump ring while applying heat from your torch.   One of our customers asked us if it would be possible to put the solder down first and and lie the jump ring on top of it – and then apply the heat.  When we tried this it was like magic – the heat from the torch pulled the solder right up into the crack in jump ring and you never need to worry about loosing place of that tiny piece of solder!   This process works every time – try it you will be amazed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Different Kind of Clasp

have you ever made a piece of jewelry that was just calling out for a unique clasp but just didn’t have one on hand.  We have been doing some experimenting in the past few weeks with using pendants, charms, and links for clasps.  It just goes to show you that things aren’t always what they seem, and that thinking outside of the box can create extraordinary results!   The green bracelet is from our stone sale and we used a lobster claw to catch on a Tierracast charm for the clasp.  We had to bend the bottom of the charm a bit in order to make a closure for the lobster claw to catch on to.  For The labradorite bracelet we used a vermeil link (from the trunk show over the holidays) as a clasp with a small gold plated lobster claw.

attaching bails…Michelle’s secret

As you may have noticed, we love things old made new again.  One of the great things about jewelry making is that you can use almost anything.  But every now and again we find super cool found objects or maybe a pendant with a broken bail and find ourselves stumped as how to use them.  We found this post by Mich L. in L.A. about using foil duct tape to attach bails.  So clever!

Silver Patina

Tip: Silver Patina With Eggs

Have you ever wanted to antique a silver piece that you own but never knew how.  Or maybe you do know how but are not interested in using heat or chemicals to add patina to your silver.  If you are looking for an all natural way to add some color to your piece by giving it an antique look then consider using eggs. Yes that’s right we said eggs! The sulfur in the yolk of eggs reacts chemically with sterling silver and will make it look aged.  T achieve this simply take your silver piece and stick it completely into the yolk of a hard boiled egg.  Place the egg yolk in a zip lock back and leave in the refrigerator overnight.  In the morning you will have an antique patina on your silver!