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What makes handmade jewelry so different from mass-produced? Learn about the different types and some of the techniques for each one.
May 24, 2019

Handmade Jewelry: Types and Techniques

by Ashley Maldonado

Curious what makes handmade jewelry so different from mass-produced? Learn about the different categories of handmade jewelry and some of the techniques for each one.

In this article you'll learn what the best jewelry beading tools are, what componenents you'll need to start beading and much more!
May 22, 2019

Best Beading Tools Used for Making Jewelry

by Erica Stice

Learn what you need to start beading! We've gathered up a list of the beading tools, components, and supplies you'll want to have ready. We also have a video on finishing your beaded jewelry ends along with lots of helpful tips.

Nealay Patel explores sterling silver earring making supplies in this fun tutorial on how to make beautiful explorer earrings.
March 13, 2018

Explorer Earrings with Nealay Patel

by Katie Hacker

Create stylish tassel hoop earrings with Nealay Patel using sterling silver earring making supplies and beads.

Watch Hilary and Katie Hacker finish beaded jewelry using crimp, crimp covers and cable thimbles!
August 25, 2015

How to Finish Beaded Jewelry

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Watch Hilary and Katie Hacker finish beaded jewelry using crimp, crimp covers and cable thimbles!

Birthstones are a meaningful addition to jewelry designs. Consider different ways to add this element to your collection.
July 21, 2015

Add Meaning to Your Jewelry with Birthstones

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Learn about birthstones and their meanings in our latest Halstead Jewelry Blog.

What's the difference between 19 strand and 49 strand beading wire? Find out by watching our brand new video on selecting the right Beadalon stringing wire.
July 07, 2015

Selecting the Right Beadalon Stringing Wire

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Watch our Beadalon video with BB&J's Katie Hacker!

This glossary of jewelry pliers used for making jewelry in the studio will help you select the tools you need and understand which is best for each task.
August 27, 2014

A Guide to Types of Jewelry Pliers

by Hilary Halstead Scott

There are many different types of jewelry pliers in the studio and at the bench. Here's our quick glossary guide to jewelry making pliers to help you learn the ropes!

We give you the top 5 reasons we love nylon tipped pliers, as well as the cons. Are they right for you? We'll let you decide, but I still love them.
December 13, 2012

5 Reasons We Love Nylon Tipped Pliers for Jewelry Making

by Hilary Halstead Scott

All of the Halstead employees love nylon pliers! Find out all of the reasons why in this popular blog post we've recently updated in 2019.

One of my favorite artisan bead companies is Earthenwood Studio , the brainchild of Melanie Brooks. Fall is the perfect time of year to draw
October 25, 2012

Fall Fun with Earthenwood Ceramics

by Hilary Halstead Scott

In the studio creating necklaces with Melanie Brooks’ beautiful porcelain beads!

Wire wrapping on frames is a basic wirework jewelry making technique you can learn in an hour and continue playing with for years.
October 09, 2012

Top 5 Tips for Wire Wrapping on Frames

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Learn wire wrapping with frames in this easy jewelry making tutorial to expand your wirewrapping skills. This popular blog post was updated in 2019.

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