How to Make Jewelry Now came about for two reasons.  One, I love making jewelry.  Two, I enjoy sharing knowledge.  So, I thought I’d combine both into one website, all about jewelry.

Hi, my name is Gail Nettles, and I’ve made all kinds of jewelry.  I make lampwork beads (so I always have plenty on hand), but I also make jewelry.  I’ve tried the following, in no particular order:

  • Bead Weaving (peyote, right angle, square, ndebele, Russian spiral and more).
  • Bead Loom Weaving
  • Bead Embroidery
  • Kumihimo
  • PMC
  • Polymer Clay
  • Wire Work / Wire Wrapping / Wire Weaving
  • Viking Knit
  • Stringing

I’ve probably missed some, so as you can tell I’ve tried my hand at lots of different techniques.

My jewelry style tends to be on the “organic” or “freeform” side, except for viking knit, where I tend to make my work symmetrical.  So you’ll see a fair amount of freeform work on these pages.

Along with the (lots of) free information, I also have some tutorials on sale for particular techniques.  For example, I have a viking knit tutorial that covers the technique “soup to nuts” with plenty of photos, as well as has a project you can make.

So you’ll see both kinds of information, and I hope you find both useful and enjoyable.

I also have supplies information as well.  A lot of it is on ebay, but there are also other places I’ll share where you can get supplies.  And here’s the deal; sometimes (but not most times) I may get a commission if you buy something I recommend to you.  You will never pay even a penny more than what you’d pay without the commission.  But I will never recommend something that I don’t think is worthwhile, or a supplier that has let me down.  After all, I like to think that we’re all part of the same “jewelry making family”!

So welcome to How to Make Jewelry Now.  I hope you enjoy your stay here and come back often.

5 Responses to About

  • C. Burciaga says:

    Your online tutorial is very good. I do not have an ebook and would like to know if you have plans to have a dvd available any time in the near future. Either that or an online video as good as the Kumihimo tutorial under “Catagories” at right.

  • Gail says:

    Thanks so much for your kind words, and for your question. As to if I will have a DVD available, I had not planned on one — but you never know! It’s giving me something to think about.

    I am also considering something I saw about being able to watch a video from the inside of an ebook — I am exploring that option as well.

    And my last thought is to create some videos that can be read on a Kindle, via Amazon.

    Oh boy, you have me thinking now! 🙂


  • Eve says:

    Very nice, thank you! I do have a question tho…my obedience club wants me to make braided
    leashes………..I do alot of obedience tabs..but I really need to find out how to make the handle part….can’t quite figure that out! Would you be able to help me? Thanks

  • Eve says:

    Ohh forgot..this is the kumihomo loom I’m using thanks!!

  • Gail says:

    Hi Eve,

    I know I’ve seen something in one of my kumihimo books on making loops. It was something along the lines of working a 4-strand cord for the loop section, and then joining both ends and making the 8-strand cord the rest of the way.

    So for example (and I am just picking random cord lengths here), say you have 20 feet of each of 4 strands of cord. You’d measure off 8 feet from one end and tie a knot. Start a braid, and use 4 feet of cord. Once you are done, take the braid off the disk.

    Then, remove the knot from the other end and, using all 8 cords, do a traditional 8-strand weave with the remaining 8 feet. So the 4-strand part makes the loop, while the leash is the 8-strand part.

    Hope this helps!


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