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Wire wrapped pendant frame

Wire wrapped pendant frame

This frame pendant is one of my favourites. It is versatile and can be made in any shape (some are harder than others) and the crystals used can be interchangeable. You can change your focus stone depending on your outfit, mood or day of the […]

Wire wrapped prong set Swarovski crystal rivoli ring

Wire wrapped prong set Swarovski crystal rivoli ring

I really wanted to make a ring with the Swarovski Rivoli that I bought a year ago. It has been sitting on my desk for about a month while I was trying to get inspiration for it. It is a 10.5mm Swarovski Rivoli so trying […]

DIY Snake ring | Wire weaving tutorial

DIY Snake ring | Wire weaving tutorial

Make this snake ring using wire

This ring was made in honor of Halloween. I have always wanted to make a snake ring and I wanted it to be big. I used 20 gauge gold wire as the base and 28 gauge copper wire to weave. I wanted the colors to create a nice contrast. This also helped to create the scale effect. The 28 gauge wire was chosen because it makes the scales look more snakeskin like. It is smoother and prevents a bulgy look. This is a wire weaving tutorial.

Make sure to bend the wire in the right direction. Remember that you are making a ring that has to sit on your finger. If you use a ring mandrel, make sure to start on the correct size. Unlike my other rings tutorials where we start a size down.

Materials used in this tutorial. Please be careful when working with wire:

Make this snake ring using wire Make this snake ring using wire Make this snake ring using wire

0.8mm/20 gauge wire Silver https://amzn.to/2yxBRIl

0.8mm/20 gauge wire Gold https://amzn.to/2pNxTaw (I used this)

0.3mm/28 gauge wire Bronze https://amzn.to/2pOSZ8M

0.3mm/ 28gauge wire Copper https://amzn.to/2QJBaDd (I used this)

Flush wire cutters (recommended) https://amzn.to/2QJc7QG

Chain nose pliers https://amzn.to/2QKd7nM

This tutorial was filmed using an IPad Pro which can be found here https://amzn.to/2vVjAUW and edited using iMovie on a MacBook Pro which can be found here https://amzn.to/2nQSLwU Be sure to check out my website https://thewirefanatic.co.za for more great tutorials.

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DIY Bat | Halloween Decoration | Wire wrapping tutorial

DIY Bat | Halloween Decoration | Wire wrapping tutorial

  This tutorial forms part of my Halloween series.  This time it is a bat. I think that Bats are both cute and creepy. In this tutorial, I used the figure 8 weave or Basketweave in order to give the wings more life. You can […]

Halloween Spider web necklace | Spider web decoration | Wire wrapping

Halloween Spider web necklace | Spider web decoration | Wire wrapping

Learn how to make this spooky Halloween spider web necklace. You can also hang it up as a decoration. This necklace goes great with this spider pendant. Get ready for a creepy Halloween.  I used memory wire for this project. It is strong enough to […]

How to get traffic to your website.

How to get traffic to your website.

In this article, you will learn how to get people to buy your jewelry. This follows from the article “How to sell your jewelry fast and easily“. These two sources of traffic to your website are free. They are great because they are also places where people go looking for beautiful things to buy.

How to sell your jewelry

Pinterest:

This is a great tool and search engine. When you use Pinterest, you get easy free traffic. People on Pinterest are looking for good, high-quality pictures.  They are attracted to the visual aspect. Take a picture of your product at its most flattering angle and post it. Use vertical images with a size of 735 horizontal and 1200 vertical.

How to use Pinterest, a short tutorial:

Upload your image as a pin.

Write a good description. You can also add text to your image so that users can see your pitch without having to click the image.

Pin other peoples pins to your boards, this will result in Pinterest showing your images to more people.

Instagram:

Instagram is a great place to get noticed. I have had people ask me to sell my jewelry even though I only write tutorials. Instagram also has a great jewelry-making community. You will find other jewelry-makers encouraging you there. You can find followers who are already interested in looking at your work. All you have to do is follow people who do something similar to you and use hashtags that are related to your niche. Instagram’s algorithm will do the rest.

In your Bio write down your business name and basic shipping terms. Also, write your shop address if you have one.

Very important: WRITE YOUR WEBSITE ADDRESS HERE. It is the only place that Instagram will allow a link.

Instagram tips for maximum followers, I got 100 followers in one week doing this.

Make sure that you post twice a day.

Follower people who make jewelry or any kind of art.

Follow their followers, these are people who have already shown interest in buying jewelry.

Use 3 to 5 hashtags that describe your product and the type of product that you are selling. For example, I would write #wirewrapping, #wireweaving #diyjewelry #diyring etc. These would be hashtags that are used by people looking for them.

Tailwind

Both of these apps have amazing results. They also have fast results, but there is a website that makes them better: TAILWIND.

Tailwind helps you schedule your Instagram and Pinterest posts. Yes, it is that amazing. It is free for your first 100 posts so try it out. The thing that I wanted to tell you about is not Tailwind itself, but a feature that they have called Tribes. You get the first month of Tailwind free when you sign up.

This allows you to join groups of people who share your interests and post your content in their tribe. They will then share it on THEIR own Pinterest page and promote you. Isn’t that great?

This is a great way to connect with other jewelry/craft/art makers. This feeling of support will also get you through the months where sales just aren’t that great.

 

Here are a few tribes that I have joined. Click on their names to receive an invitation to join. You will also get one month of Tailwind free:

Handmade Holiday Projects

DIY bloggers (this is for the people who want to sell their jewelry through a blog)

Adrian’s tribe – All niches

Crafts and Decor

Sell your jewelry easily. Tips and tricks

Sell your jewelry easily. Tips and tricks

How to sell your jewelry easily and fast. Good day wonderful people This article is for those of you who are thinking of starting a jewelry selling business. It is also for those who have started one but are looking for ways to improve it. […]

Halloween inspired spider necklace

Halloween inspired spider necklace

Halloween inspired spider necklace Make this spider Halloween decoration using wire and Swarovski crystal pendants. Here is another tutorial teaching you how to make its web. So the countdown till Halloween begins. I have linked some suggestions below of Swarovski, but here are some more: Click […]

Swarovski drop earrings

Swarovski drop earrings

Swarovski drop earrings

These Swarovski drop earrings are easy and beautiful. They are affordable as the octagon pendant is one the cheapest Swarovski pendants. I used the AB finish as it is my favorite type of Swarovski stone. They are difficult to photograph, but they look stunning in real life

Make these drop earrings using wire and Swarovski crystal

Make these drop earrings using wire and Swarovski crystal Make these drop earrings using wire and Swarovski crystal Make these drop earrings using wire and Swarovski crystal Make these drop earrings using wire and Swarovski crystal Make these drop earrings using wire and Swarovski crystal Make these drop earrings using wire and Swarovski crystal

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Materials and tools needed:

Swarovski 6401 12mm octagon pendant https://amzn.to/2zssfjY

Flush wire cutter https://amzn.to/2QYct7d

Round nose pliers https://amzn.to/2xPW5gh

Chain nose pliers https://amzn.to/2IfBczJ

0.8mm/ 20 gauge wire Stainless steel https://amzn.to/2Dw3LtZ

0.8mm / 20 gauge wire Gold https://amzn.to/2xEnsdR

0.8mm / 20 gauge wire Silver https://amzn.to/2IkgO0F
This tutorial was filmed using an IPad Pro which can be found here https://amzn.to/2vVjAUW and edited using iMovie on a MacBook Pro which can be found here https://amzn.to/2nQSLwU Be sure to check out my website https://thewirefanatic.co.za for more great tutorials.

Mandisa is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Swarovski beaded Bracelet.

Swarovski beaded Bracelet.

Swarovski beaded bracelet This Swarovski beaded necklace is something that I love simply because of its simplicity. I made the chain using the same technique used in this tutorial. You can even skip the chain and make the entire necklace using the beads, that would result in a […]


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Wire wrapped prong set Swarovski crystal rivoli ring

Wire wrapped prong set Swarovski crystal rivoli ring

Make this prong set ring using wire and Swarovski crystal

I really wanted to make a ring with the Swarovski Rivoli that I bought a year ago. It has been sitting on my desk for about a month while I was trying to get inspiration for it. It is a 10.5mm Swarovski Rivoli so trying to come up with ideas for it was hard.

 

I considered making a pendant, but I felt that it would be a waste to use this stone in a pendant. Then I considered trying to turn it into a bangle or bracelet, but I rejected that idea for the same reason as the pendant idea.

I briefly considered making a ring, but prong set wire wrapped rings are difficult to make, especially when the stone has a pointed back, and they usually require square wire, which is a little bit more expensive than round wire and this blog is for beginners. This is why the Rivoli sat on my desk for a month until I decided to make a simple prong set ring using a wire weaving technique. So I made a wire wrapped prong set Swarovski crystal Rivoli ring. (more…)