To string Swarovski suncatchers, thread the wire through the crimp bead, and compress it with the crimping pliers. Thread the wire through the crystals in the order your prefer, then finish with a crimp bead at the end. This project requires Swarovski crystals, some beading wire, at least two crimp beads, a pair of side cutter pliers and a pair of crimping pliers.Continue Reading
Measure the length of string you need for the design you have in mind. Use a pair of side cutter pliers to cut the appropriate length of string.
Thread the string through a crimp bead. Loop the string around, and push it back through the hole of the crimp bead. This eliminates the need to tie knots. Compress the string around the crimp using crimping pliers.
Arrange the crystals according to your desired design, and thread the string through each one. Take care to follow the correct order you want since one misplaced crystal can take away from the overall look of the suncatcher. Use as many crystals as you want, but keep in mind the length of the string you cut, and leave a provision for the crimp bead at the end.
After finishing your design, make another crimp bead seal at the end. Cut off any excess wire using the side cutter pliers.
Use round- and chain-nose pliers, wire cutters and wire to wrap gemstones. The exact instructions for wire-wrapping gemstones depend on whether the stones have holes drilled through them. Gemstones that have horizontally drilled holes are briolettes. Common non-drilled stone shapes are cabochons and nuggets. Practice with inexpensive craft wire before you begin to use sterling silver, gold-filled or other precious metal wires in your wire-wrapping projects.Full Answer >
There are a number of ways to make a wine cork trivet, such as gluing the corks to a surface or each other; or connecting them using wire or thread. Whatever technique you select for making a wine cork trivet, the first step will always be collecting the corks.Full Answer >
To make a disco ball, cut old CDs into squares, thread a wire through a Styrofoam ball, cover the ball with the CD squares, and hang it up. This project takes about two hours and requires gloves, CDs, heavy scissors, a skewer, wire, a paper clip, a Styrofoam ball and craft glue.Full Answer >
To make a simple pulley, stick wire through an empty thread spool such that the spool can spin freely and attach the wire to a stationary object, then tie a small object such as a toy or pencil to a string and run the string from the ground up around the spool and back down to the small object. This will create a simple pulley system, where the string can be pulled down to lift the small object up towards the spinning thread spool.Full Answer >