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How to put beads on these pre-bent earring wires

Hello, I bought these earring wire that are already bent, thinking it would be easy to make some quick beaded earrings. However, I can’t figure out how you get beads on the wire! The wire is pretty thick and not really bendable, so the “bend”...

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Nickel and Lead in Jewellery Findings

Hi all I am trying to buy some jewellery findings (cord ends in particular) online and am having trouble finding any that are nickel and lead-free. Does anyone know what the acceptable level of nickel and/or lead is in jewellery findings? ...

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hello to all jewelers/friends

Hi, i am new here,but for jewelry, little old, almost 10 years.Thanks for sharing ideas/thoughts… Regards/Joseph

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LKat75

Removing tarnish from MULTIPLE items

Please help! Over the winter some moisture must have got into my storage containers and all my charms are a bit tarnished. There are about a thousand of them and I will die if I have to clean and polish each one separately!!! The charms are...

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Diane

Wire gauges?

Hi – I’m fairly new to wire working. I enjoy working with thicker gauges. I’m finding that the copper wire I’ve been buying [from Amazon] is often times a smaller gauge than what I’ve ordered. For instance: I ordered 16 gauge copper wire and it...

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Best place for online beads

What are some websites for the best priced beads? I’m new to jewelry making and don’t want to spend a ton on beads, but an finding this hobby is quickly adding up! I’m specifically interested in wooden beads and colorful beads.

276 views, 0 by milkandhoney13

Looking for free swinging pearl necklace pendant

I know my explanation is likely not correct, but I’ve been trying to locate a diy style pendant that I can add in resin spheres to. I wanted something that surrounds the pearl/bead, but the pearl to be free from the bail or rest of the pendant...

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Erick

Materials Question

Hi all I am new to the community but very much looking forward to learning and contributing with fellow jewelry enthusiast. If anyone could shed some light on the cording this bracelet is made of or technique I would very much appreciate it....

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Greg Smith

Celtic Pattern Wire?

Hi, does anyone know of a source for pattern wire (silver or copper) that has a Celtic knot pattern? The closest I’ve been able to find is a rope pattern.

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Using flat back rhinestones

I’ve just agreed to make a custom bracelet for one of my neighbors to give to her 3 and 4 yr old granddaughters. Trying to figure out the picture in her head has been a challenge. She wants flowers (crystal covered) and pearls. I’m going to...

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Question regarding pendant findings and crystals

So I’m new to jewelry crafting, and was inspired to get into the craft by those Quartz Crystal pendants I see often, my question is two-part. The little ‘cap’ that goes over the top, what exactly is it called? I am aware you can fasten a crystal...

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3.5mm Byzantine necklace

Hi guys. I’ve always loved Byzantine jewelry. I’ve decided I want to make a necklace in sterling silver one for myself. I have a basic understanding of the weave (thanks to YouTube) but I don’t understand aspect ratio. I want to make a 3.5mm...

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Jump rings

Does anyone else have problems with jump rings pulling apart on finished pieces? I buy heavy duty jump rings yet they still pull apart causing my hard work to break. Any suggestions on how to solve this problem?

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Terrie

Decorative end caps, bead caps,

I just made a small investment in several types of lucite flower beads. I’m now in search of Pretty end caps and decorative bead caps to turn them into pretty flower jewelry! I’ve seen several of you use those, and I’m wondering where you find...

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Terrie

Crystal Montees?

I have a pattern that requires the use of Montees, in size “20ss”. Most sites don’t list their montees in “ss” sizes, but instead, use millimeters. Can anyone tell me how big a 20ss montee is, in millimeters? I need 80 of these beads, with the 2...

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Cindy A.

Need Help Identifying

I bought this bead strand at a going out of business sale so there’s no way to go back. It was marked as epidote but it’s definitely IN something and so far no internet searches have produced another strand. I thought this was jasper. Does...

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Terrie

Seed Bead Favorites?

What is your favorite brand of seed bead? Why? Which size do you prefer, and do you tend to favor a particular color? I’m addicted to seed beads! I started out thinking it didn’t make much difference what kind they were, so I foolishly spent...

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Debbie Pribele

Looking for tips .. re: clay

Having discovered Essential Oils, I wanted to create a clay necklace that could be used as a diffuser. A little research led me to clay … and then to this Has anyone used clay to make jewelry (and/or necklace diffusers) and any tips?

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Cindy A.

HELP! Finding Alexandrite

I have a bald spot from tearing my hair out trying to find drilled alexandrite beads, so I am putting this out here hoping someone may be able to help me. I have several tiny, tiny grey-green natural alexandrite beads I’ve managed to get in...

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Postie

Hello to everyone!

Hi, i’m Postie…. new to the forums. Thought this may be something jewelry makers would be interested in: https://www.facebook.com/491685140889870/photos/a.505743599484024.1073741826.491685140889870/909363879121992/?type=1&theater