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How To Make A Fused Glass Suncatcher

These easy, step by step instructions will take you through the basics of building your own fused glass suncatcher. Making a fused glass suncatcher is surprisingly simple if you already have some experience cutting and shaping glass. For instructions on using glass cutting tools, please follow the relevant links under “Articles” in the menu bar. [...]
October 3rd, 2011 | Categorized : Fusing Glass How To

How To Cut A Bottle

Cut a bottle at your kitchen table and make unique recycled glass art! Of the several ways to cut and separate bottle rings, the following method is fairly easy and inexpensive. You do not need a band saw (although it sure would be nice to have one!) to make vases, bells, bowls, glasses and more. [...]
April 15th, 2011 | Categorized : Articles How To

How To Open And Close Jump Rings

Knowing how to open and close jump rings correctly is essential to jewelry making. From adding clasps to opening earring findings, working with these little rings of metal is much easier with the proper technique. Most jump rings arrive neither open nor closed. They exhibit the basic position in which they were sawn once removed [...]
March 18th, 2011 | Categorized : How To Jewelry Making

How To Store Your PMC Silver Syringe

The PMC Silver Syringe is an incredible product. The syringe enables you to make fine lines, interesting textures, and intricately laced designs. You can literally draw with silver. In my article How To Use The PMC Silver Syringe, I mention the most popular method for short term storage of the silver syringe. Keeping a little [...]
February 28th, 2011 | Categorized : How To Metal Clay

How To Make A Silver Flower Basket

This pretty little Silver Flower Basket Necklace Pendant features removable bronze flowers and leaves. Here, I will detail the process whereby it was made, and you can make your very own! Our silver flower basket is going to have the same basic shape as the one pictured. You can adjust the height and curve to [...]
February 9th, 2011 | Categorized : How To Jewelry Making Metal Clay

How To Make Bronze Jump Rings

Here is a handy tip from my good friend Cara DiMassimo. Cara and her mother run a wonderful, open studio where anyone can learn to create unique, handmade jewelry and glass art. After I made my own Bronze Syringe, she immediately made one as well. Being the amazing artist that she is, she not only [...]
January 28th, 2011 | Categorized : How To Metal Clay

Glass Cutting Basics: How To Use Wheeled Glass Nippers

Wheeled glass nippers are a great tool for quickly cutting glass into chunks for use in mosaics, or for shaping complex pieces for stained glass and fused glass projects. The two wheels on the glass nippers are not sharp, and will not cut your skin. Wheeled glass nippers work much like a pair of scissors [...]
January 20th, 2011 | Categorized : How To Tools

Glass Cutting Basics: How To Use Running Pliers

Running pliers are specially shaped for breaking glass along a scored line. If you hold your running pliers with the breaking end facing you, you will see that the metal ends are curved into a slight arc. The scored line that you made with your pistol-grip glass cutter creates a weak point in the glass. [...]
January 20th, 2011 | Categorized : How To Tools

Glass Cutting Basics: How To Use The Pistol-Grip Glass Cutter

The pistol-grip glass cutter is a very inexpensive, yet essential tool for making a variety of shapes and cuts in art glass. The purpose of this type of glass cutter is to score the glass so that it can then be broken along a controlled line. The wheel of the pistol-grip glass cutter is not [...]
January 20th, 2011 | Categorized : How To Tools

How To Make A Bronze Syringe

When I first learned that Metal Clay Bronze (Bronzclay) is not available in syringe form, I ran home and made my own. Because bronze is so much less expensive than PMC Silver, I wanted to be able to make equally elaborate designs which would be more affordable, and very durable. To make your own Metal [...]
January 18th, 2011 | Categorized : How To Metal Clay
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