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Chain is a basic jewelry finding that has taken on a life of its own! This episode focuses on ways for making chain the star of your next jewelry design. First, host Katie Hacker shows how to create a multi-strand necklace featuring chain on each end. Designer Molly Schaller demonstrates various ways to use chain to create chandelier earrings. Marlene Blessing creates a mixed metal chain and charm bracelet using leftover bits of silver, brass, and copper. Finally, Mark Nelson has a link forming project using special beads.


Do It Yourself Beads
Handmade beads are a great way to put a personal spin on your jewelry designs and make a design that's all yours - right down to the beads! You'll learn how to do it yourself on this show. Katie begins with how to embellish larger beads with seed beads. Next, Mark Nelson makes his beads using an Argentium domed sheet. Then, Kristal Wick demonstrates how to make fabric beads and talks about color palettes using examples from her book. Last, Patricia Kimle pairs polymer and metal clay for a set of beads using a crushed velvet surface technique and accented with silver leaves.


Charms stay popular year after year because they add a meaningful touch to jewelry designs. This show looks at new ideas for stringing charms, creating your own, and customizing store-bought charms. In the first segment, Katie accents charms with buttons for an easy stringing project. Mark Nelson demonstrates tumbling and how to clean up vintage charms. Designer Nina Cooper explores using charms to create theme necklaces with lots of hidden meaning. Finally, Marlene Blessing shows charms in a new way as she creates a pendant with a wire mesh bail that is attached with rivets and features charms.


Recycled Components
It's no secret that jewelry makers are going green! This episode explores innovative ways to use recycled and repurposed components in your jewelry designs. First, Marlene Blessing discusses inspiration pieces featuring all different recycled components. Then, designer Laura Timmons shows how to embellish a recycled denim bracelet with crystal mesh. Mark Nelson shows ways to recycle or change materials such as a rolling mill with wire and sheet metal.  He will complete the project in episode 1405 using those materials to make a ring. Last, Candie Cooper mixes new finishes with recycled components for a mixed metal vintage look.


Rings are a common jewelry making element and they can be interpreted in a variety of ways, from components to accessories. In the first segment, host Katie Hacker demonstrates a mixed metal necklace featuring rings. Mark Nelson is back to finish his project from episode 1404 using recycled components to make a ring.
Next, Lauren Anderson demonstrates the Japanese 12 in 2 chain maille weave to create a necklace - complete with pearls and beads. Wrapping up the show, Leslie Rogalski creates a linked ring necklace using seed beads and metal rings.


Bezels have taken off in the world of jewelry making! This episode will feature how to make a bezel setting, the ins and outs of working with resin, and some great ideas for using bezels. First, Mark Nelson creates a handmade bezel with an odd shaped stone. Then, Kristal Wick shows how to make a layered resin collage inside a bezel using pigment inks and transfers. Brenda Schweder shows riveting fancy crystal stones to a bracelet. Finally, Leslie Rogalski demonstrates how to make a netted seed bead bezel around a crystal.


This episode features cabochons - they come in many different styles but they're often overlooked by beginning jewelry makers. First, Debbi Simon creates one of a kind components by manipulating filigree stampings. Then, Mark Nelson demonstrates bronze toolery and how to create your own tools to set a cabochon. Next, Marlene Blessing shows how to add bezels on a denim cuff with a variety of techniques from gluing to stitching with silk cord. Finally, Patricia Kimle makes a polymer clay faux stone cabochon on a metal clay texture pendant for a great paring of materials.


For jewelry makers, sometimes inspiration is as close as a trip to the hardware store. This episode will teach how to set up a workbench and use hardware to create one-of-a-kind jewelry designs. First, Mark Nelson shows how to set up a workbench and then looks at magnification, lighting, and tool placement.  Then, Brenda Schweder demonstrates an amazing design that is a convertible ring or pendant. Next, Melanie Brooks creates an urban house themed pendant from epoxy clay and old, found hardware. Last, Mary Hettmansperger demonstrates a vintage look necklace featuring lock and key Victorian components.


Crystals are a beader's best friend. A tribute to all things glitzy and glamorous is the theme of this episode. Not only are crystals elegant but they can be combined with all sorts of nontraditional materials to make a totally unique look. In the first segment, Katie demonstrates crystal prints cascade necklace. Then, Debbi Simon teaches a technique using two part epoxy putty with crystals for a pave look.  Next, Lauren Anderson demonstrates the Parallel chainmaille weave including crystals for a unique bracelet. Finally, Mark Nelson shows the process of annealing to make a cuff bracelet accented with crystals.


Texture is an important element of jewelry design. There are some great ideas for combining a variety of materials to create tactile, high impact jewelry in this episode. First, Kristal Wick shows how to make a knotted and ruffled crystal pearl necklace using wire lace. Then, Marlene Blessing is on location with Joan Babcock – showing jewelry designs that incorporate macramé with beads. Next, Claudia Chase shows how to make a fiber/bead cuff bracelet on a loom – a new technique for our show. Finally, Mark Nelson demonstrates the process of gilding and reticulation - a great way to add texture to metal.


Wire is a toolbox staple that's taking center stage in every type of jewelry design, from rings to bracelets to necklaces. In the first segment, Katie shows how to create a necklace with woven wire components. Then, Mark Nelson shows how to make your own wire components like ear wires and spiral clasps. Next, Leslie Rogalski wires tila beads onto a velour tubing necklace. Finally, Laura Timmons adds crystal to colored wire for a unique crochet technique.


Clasps can be simple and functional or dramatic and eye-catching. Many are actually a feature component and not just a closure. First, Katie gives an overview of clasps and their use. Then, Author Cynthia Thornton discusses the time and memory necklace from her new book which features a clasp as the focal point. Next, Mark Nelson has a design tutorial about the variety of clasps and how to use them.  Finally, designer Mary Hettmansperger uses components to create a clasp.


Everyone loves pendants and it's easy to see why! With so many choices, you can make a different pendant necklace to wear every day of the year and even on the same necklace. First, Claudine Helmuth demonstrates a convertible brooch or pendant.  Next, Mark Nelson fixes up those old or vintage pendants and jewelry with a lesson on tarnish prevention. Then Kristal Wick transforms a simple multistrand necklace with interchangeable pendants. Finally, Molly Schaller shows how to create a necklace with multiple pendants.  


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