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Topics: Thread and Cord, Wire, Design

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What is the best wire to use for making mother and grandmother letter bracelets? They are not real heavy but depending on the how many letters the name is and how many names to one bracelet will dictate the weight.
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Topics: Stick pins, Tie Tack, Ruby

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I would like to create a stick pin with a ruby style gem for a Foster Grandparents program's 40th anniversary. Any suggestions? We also have a few grandfathers that I would like to make a tie tack for.
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Topics: Metal Clay, Metalsmithing, Bezels

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I want to create a thin metal setting to go around a variety of different stones and crystals ... to make them shape specific in a gold plate or copper color. Do I need to use bronze/copper clay for that or buy a thin sheet of metal and cut it to the stone? If I go with the second idea, will I need a kiln to fire it or can it be glued to seal? Thank you!
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Topics: Jewelry, Finished

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I have a few jewelry designs that I’m wanting to make. Do you suggest making samples and find an artisan to make multiples or only make a few to see the response I get? Also, do you know of any jewelry makers that will make items from a design?
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Topics: Beads, Design

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Hi, I would like to know how to add bead loops and or scallops to an existing necklace that I have made with wire, but I don't know how to do it. Thanks for your help.
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Topics: Pearls, Removal

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I want to remove saltwater pearls from an old setting. How is that accomplished without harming the pearls?
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Topics: Glass Supplies, Copper Foil, Solder

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I want to "trim" the edge of a seashell with silver. I definitely do not want to just glue metal on. Is there some way to attach metal to a shell? Could I perhaps even use metal clay?
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Topics: Chain, Designing

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How do I work with a soldered chain? I wanted to buy it in a spool and use it to make earrings. If it is available only in a soldered closed variety, what tools do I need to open or break the rings to get a desired length? Thank you.
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Topics: Metal, Non-Magnetic

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My best friend just got the job of her dreams working with an MRI center, but now she cannot wear any jewelry that will retain a magnetic charge. What metals can I use?
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Topics: Pearls, Knotting

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I know real pearls are strung with knots between them. But do Swarovski Crystal Pearls also need knots between them?
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Topics: Clasp, Magnetic, Triple Strand

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How do I attach 3 strands of 28 ga. wire to an extra strong magnetic clasp of yours?
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Topics: Findings, Hair Combs

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I'm interested in making some decorative hair combs, but I would actually like to make my own hair comb out of wire. I've been looking everywhere for instructions, and can't seem to find any. Do you know of a pattern that is available for making the actual comb?
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Topics: Bead, Lampworked, Design

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I'm trying to make a necklace with a lamp worked frog bead (H20-2474FB) that is top-heavy. I would like the bead to hang horizontally on the string with the frog on top, but because the frog is heavier he always hangs underneath. I have tried using smaller beads inside the large bead, using a thick cord, clamping the ends of the bead with bead caps, and using clay to stuff the bead. None of this helps, as the poor frog is still upside-down. How do I get him to stay upright?

Item Number 2474FB
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Topics: Design, Antique Brooch Cuff

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I have several antique brooches that I would like to fashion into cuff bracelets and then fill with Swarovski crystals. Never have done this before I don't know where to start. What style of crystals to use how to apply them--do I start with a cuff mold, etc.? Can you advise me as what would produce the most professional look? The brooches are heirlooms and want to do the best by them. Thank you in advance.
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Topics: Peyote, Beads

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There is a lovely turquoise necklace on p.166 of the March 2012 catalogue. What is the stitch in the central core that holds the bicone together?
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Topics: Breast Cancer Awareness

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I want to make something special for a friend that has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Do you have any suggestions on design and materials?
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Topics: Movember, Moustache, Jewelry Design Idea

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Do you have any ideas for me to create my own jewelry to support the Movember moustache event?
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Topics: Jewelry Art Supplies, Friendly Plastic®

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I would like to try making friendly plastic cuffs and set them in resin and I was wondering how would be the best way to apply the resin? Thank you.
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Topics: Dog Collar

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I am attempting to make a jeweled leather dog collar. I would like to affix rhinestones and other colored crystal stones to the smooth leather face of the collar. The stones I am using are framed and backed in silver tone metal without rivets or claws to grip the leather. What is the best way to permanently attach these stones to the leather collar?
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Topics: Components, Metal

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I make concrete pendants, but need a metal frame for them so they are stronger, how could I do that?
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Topics: Chain

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I am making earrings with different length chain and beads. Is there an easy way to measure the length of chain? The chain I was using was a fine chain so it was hard to use a ruler. I did it by eye which was real time consuming and not easy to cut. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.
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Topics: Rosaries

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I read in a book that Silamide (using a double strand) is one of the best stringing materials for prayer beads/rosaries. The rosaries will be made of olive wood beads and glass seed beads. Some will be especially long and have active use. Can you tell me if this is a good choice? Thank you for your help.
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Topics: Findings, French Wire

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I bought copper French wire, 1.5mm spiral. How can I use this wire?
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Topics: Findings, Cord Coils

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How do you use spring coils? I often see them in men's jewelry.
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Topics: Design, Lengthening

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OOPS! Should have tried on the choker I was making before I added the bar/ring toggle, crimped, and cut the wire--it is too tight! Any suggestions for "extending" the length of a necklace without removing the toggle? I'd hate to re-string it as it was a very intricate (time-consuming) project. Next time, I'll measure twice, cut once!
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Topics: Designing, Personalized, Jewelry

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I'm looking into making LGBT jewelry or as you may know it pride jewelry but I'm not quite sure what beads and or materials I should go with?
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Topics: Thread, Knotting

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How do you know what size thread to use for a necklace strung with knots in between each bead? I have had experience with the beads slipping over the knots.
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Topics: Chain, Designing

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What is the secret to layered chains that don't twist together?
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Topics: Bamboo Coral, Designs

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I have some bamboo rattle snake coral that I ordered elsewhere. It is long jagged pieces and I find it to be very ugly so I have put off working with it. Do you have any suggestions about using this product? What else would go with it? Thank you very much.
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Topics: Swarovski, Keystone

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Can you explain how to use the SWAROVSKI Elements Keystone Bead?
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Topics: Findings, Wire, Crimp Covers

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I make Sterling silver earrings with gemstones and my question is: After I put my headpin through the earwire and then wrap it, can I put a crimp cover over it for a more finished look? How do I determine the right size cover?
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Topics: Beading, Design

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I have made several beaded bracelets using flexible stringing wire and a hook and eye clasp. When worn, the clasp always moves to the top of the wrist. I want the clasps to stay under to show the beads. Am I doing something wrong?
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Topics: Friendly Plastic, Finishing

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I would like to try the friendly plastic and was wondering if I make some dangles for earrings would you recommend using grommets to finish the holes?
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Topics: Beads, Paper, Recycling

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I have old magazines and wrapping paper around the house and I'm trying to be good about recycling them for Earth Day. What should I do?
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Topics: Chain, Wire

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I'd like to make a very small simple wire chain base for a charm bracelet. Can size 30-34 gauge wire work?
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Topics: Pendants, Design

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How do you secure a pendant from flipping on the reverse side? I'd like the pendant to lay flat. I was only able to fasten with a jumpring because of the small opening on the metal pendant.
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Topics: Beads, Design

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I love to make necklaces with square stones but they seem to twist. Is there anyway I can get them to lay flat? I prefer an 18" length. Thank you,
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Topics: Gemstones, Wire

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I am designing a piece which uses mostly seed beads (11/0) on a fine wire, which has to bend and then double-back through some small gem beads a second time. The wire has to be thin enough to go through 4mm gem beads twice, but still hold the shape to which I bend it. What do you suggest?
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Topics: Designing, Multi-strand

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How do I go from 2 strands of beads at the back of a necklace to 1 strand in the front?
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Topics: Earrings, Conversion

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I have a pair of post earrings that I want to make into dangles but there is no hole. How do I do that?
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Topics: Earrings, Romantic

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I'm looking for simple and elegant earrings I can make for Valentine's Day. Have any suggestions?
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Topics: Dione® Beads, Designing

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How do you hold the large hole beads on an omega chain bracelet?
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Topics: Findings, Jewelry Design

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I just made a necklace that is one sided links put together. One side keeps twisting so that the back of the links are showing. Any solutions for me to try?
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Topics: Beading, Stringing, Magnetic Beads

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How do you put metal spacers between magnetic beads and not have the magnetic beads jump together? If you make a necklace do you have to use especially heavy wire to keep them apart?
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Topics: Jewelry Art Supplies, Mixed Media Pendant

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I am seeing cabochons used with pictures and words and I want to use this style to make a 50th wedding anniversary piece for my mom. Is it just printer paper, is there a certain glue or mounting that has to be used?
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Topics: Gemstone, Rectangle, Open Bead

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I have some large gemstone rectangle shaped beads with open centers, but they do have bead holes top and bottom. I don't want bead thread to show how do I connect them to the rest of the strand? I also don't want to put anything in their open space, that's part of their appeal to me.
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Topics: Clasp, Chain, Wire

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What is the strongest and thinnest gold or gold-filled wire I can use on 1.2mm gold-filled chain. I use it to attach the clasp to each end. Thank you. I love your company...
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Topics: Charm Bracelet, Heavy Beads, Chain

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I want to make a charm bracelet, but along with the charms I want to also incorporate lampworked beads along with Swarovski crystals. As you know, lampworked beads are quite heavy so there will be a lot of weight added to the bracelet. What is the best chain to use for this type of project? I truly appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you for your time.
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Topics: Bail, Pendant, Stone

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I have a beautiful jade leaf focal that has no hole. How do I make a bail to attach it to a necklace?
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Topics: Earrings, Perforated findings

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I purchased clip-on earring, silver-plated, 18x8mm perforated hoop. What is the best way to attach beads to this item? I have tried several ways and none are satisfactory. Glue? Thread? wire?

1166FY
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Topics: Gemstones, Removal

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I have some nice gemstones set in cheap settings, and I was wondering how best to remove the stones without damaging them. I don't care about the setting.
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Topics: Findings, Earrings

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I saw the Q and A on brooch conversion. Is it possible to convert a post earring into a pendant? I have an earring where its pair was lost and would like to make the last one into a pendant. Thank you!
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Topics: Shapes, Mobius

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How do I make ''mobius'' links?
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Topics: Design, Necklace

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I have started making personalized, metal stamped, sterling necklace charms. I am having a hard time figuring out what type of "necklace" material to use. I love the look of a chain, but cannot seem to find spacer beads to fit over the clasps on either end to go between the silver discs. (I do not want to use crimp beads as I like the movement and changeability of the charms and this would inhibit it.) Thank you SO much for your time and help!!
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Topics: Designing, Standard Lengths

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What is the average length for a man's necklace?
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Topics: Design, Centering

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When making seed bead necklaces that have a definite front and center (e.g., St. Petersburg stitch with a V-neck), I find that the center slips around and doesn't sit quite right all the time I'm wearing it. Is there any way to weight those lovely, light seed beads so that the center stays put? Thanks!
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Topics: Designing Jewelry, Balance

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Some necklaces I've made with and without pendants just do not stay straight and have a tendency to slide one way or the other. What is the key to keeping them in place and keeping the middle of the necklace where it should be?
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Topics: Swarovski, Rings, Earrings

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I've been making jewelry, necklaces and earrings now for a couple of years. I'd like to move into ear studs and rings using Swarovski crystals but I'm worried about messing up the crystals and the setting. Also what's the best glue?
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Topics: Fiber-Art Cord, Knotting

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I like your design 886V. However, I would like to design my own with attached beads and hanging beads like the fish and horse, etc. in your catalogue. Do you recommend invisible fishing line or jump links to attach the beads ... or shall I expect to knit the beads into the I-cord and then sew the hanging beads/pendants, etc onto the finished piece? This is my first experiment. Thanks
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Topics: Wire, Personalizing Jewelry

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I was at SeaWorld and saw a vendor bending wire into people's names to wear as a necklace. Are there instructions on the method used to twist wire into names? And how do they stay intact and not stretch out of shape after wearing for a time? Thank you for your time.
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Topics: Pendant, Necklace

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How do I turn a pendant into a necklace?
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Topics: Button, Jewelry Design

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Whilst in New Zealand last week, a friend of mine bought a necklace made from buttons, it was so pretty, and I was wondering if there were any craft books out on how to make them or do you have any suggestions or a pattern. They were on wires and so attractive to wear with casual wear. Thank you,
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Topics: Clasp, Silk Cording

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What type of clasp should be used with natural silk cord?
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Topics: Earrings, Beads, Design

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I want to make a pair of earrings with a large bead at the bottom and tiny beads all bunched on top. Thanks
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Topics: Half-Drilled Bead, Peg Earstud

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How do I attach a bead to the ''Long Life'' peg drop earring?
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Topics: Charm, Wire-Wrapped Bird's Nest

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I saw a wire-wrap sterling silver pendant shaped like a bird's nest. It held pearls as the eggs. Can you suggest a pattern for wrapping the nest? And because it is dainty, what gauge of wire would you suggest?
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Topics: Wire, Beading Wire, Finishing

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What type of beading wire should I use when beading with 14mm pearls. Also what type of clasp should be used?
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Topics: Gemstone, Jade, Half-drilled, Undrilled

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Many of the jade animal pieces I have are undrilled or partially drilled. How do you use them? I am stringing beads for use in windows. So far I have used fishing line. What do you recommend if different on necklaces and bracelets? Thank you.
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Topics: Cording, Satin

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I recently purchased from you some 8 inch satin cords in various colors. I originally thought that they were 18 inches and would use them for pendants. What do you recommend using the 8 inch sections for? How do you close the ends or attach them?
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Topics: Stringing, Wire Wrapping

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I have several art glass beads shaped like yo-yos with no holes. How can I incorporate them into a strand of beads?
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Topics: Pins, Shawl

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How do you make shawl pins?
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Topics: Chain, Charms and Beads

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I'm looking for a good chain in which to attach charms and beads. What is a good one?
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Topics: Seed Beads, Peyote

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I want to cover a dowel with beads. It is the top part of a beaded wall hanging. What stitch would work best? Thanks!
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Topics: Chain

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I have purchased 2mm beading chain and don't know what kind of end(s) to put on it to finish the piece. Can you help, please?
Thanks,
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Topics: Gemstone Information

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What is the mineral composition of unakite?
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Topics: Gemstone Information

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What is padparadscha and how is it pronounced?
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Topics: Metal Findings, Mixing Metals

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What metal findings (jumprings, headpins, crimps, etc.) can I use with pewter? I know I am not supposed to mix sterling silver with pewter. Thanks for your help!
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Topics: Necklace, Pearl, Bail

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I'm trying to make a necklace based on the pearl cascade necklace design in the gallery and am having trouble figuring out how to attach the pearl to the bail and still have the eyepin ring attached at the other end. Can you help? Thank you.
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Topics: Multi-Strand Necklaces, Stringing Material

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I want to make a multi strand turquoise necklace, but am unsure about what type of beading wire to use, as I know this necklace will be quite heavy. Any suggestions? I was thinking of doing half of the necklace with 3 strands of turquoise and the other half that goes around my neck to be sterling silver chain. What do you suggest for this design? Thank you so much in advance!
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Topics: Curtain Tie Backs, Tigertail™

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I want to make my own curtain tie backs with some beads on tiger tail. Do you have any recommendations how to do this?
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Topics: Mother's Bracelet, Sterling Silver Alphabet Cubes

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I am looking for instruction/ideas on a mother's bracelet using sterling silver alphabet cubes. I want to spell the baby's name and string beads between. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Topics: Stringing Options, Small Beads

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I have several strands of tiny 2.5mm diamond beads and am in a quandary as to the best way to string them. I've tried fishing line and extra fine beading wire, but I'm not satisfied with the results. I've also tried stringing them onto jumprings I made with 18K 30-gauge wire, but it made them look too spread out. Any suggestions?
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Topics: Beads, Size in Design

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Do the beads and rhinestone rondelles in a design need to be the same size for best effect? Thank you.
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Topics: Cord ends

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My beaded design is strung on Accu-Flex® wire. I'd like to attach the wire end to several inches of leather or rubber cord before I attach the clasp. I know how to make the connection at the clasp, but what should I use to connect the wire to the cord? I've been looking at cord tips; some have holes, some have loops.
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Topics: Clasps, design

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What factors should I consider when choosing a clasp for my jewelry design?
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Will metal heishi beads fit over 1mm and 2mm leather?
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What's the difference between an eyepin and a headpin? When would I use one or the other?
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I want to purchase the 18x13mm cameos you sell, however I cannot find anything in your huge catalog to affix them to. What are you supposed to do with these cameos? I was hoping to link them, ideally vertically but I'd settle for horizontally, to make a bracelet. With all the amazing stuff you carry, I can't believe there's nothing for cameos! I'd appreciate any suggestions you have, thanks!
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I made a necklace with a lot of drops. What should I do to counter-weight it so it hangs right? It seems heavy and wants to go in a "V" but then the sides look bunched up? Any suggestions? Can you show me some ideas of counter-weighting?
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I'm making a three-strand bracelet. I'd like to keep each strand in its own row across the bracelet's length, but then connect them all to a one-strand clasp. How do I do this?
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Topics: Heirloom Jewelry, Designing with Two-Hole Beads

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I have almost a dozen old family beads. I think they were originally on a bracelet but the old thread has rotted. The beads are 20 x 14mm black rounded rectangles, the back is flat, and the front is faceted. They each have two holes running the short way across the bead. I would like to incorporate the beads into a necklace. One problem is how to go back and forth between beads with a single hole and beads with a double hole. Another problem is how to have the beads lay flat. When they are part of a bracelet they lay in a straight line, but of course a necklace curves when it's worn, so the beads tilt. Thank you.
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Topics: Designing Your Own Jewelry

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Designing necklaces using a flat board doesn't seem to represent what the necklace looks like when draped. Is there a tool the professionals use to create necklaces that are the right length? Or are there tips you can give to make it work with the design board?
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Topics: Securing Flat Beads

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How can I keep large flat beads flat on my .019 beading wire? They rotate as I wear the necklace and it looks very unprofessional.
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Topics: Stringing a Briolette, Wire Choice

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I ordered some green amethyst briolettes and I'd like to use the largest stone to make a very simple necklace. So simple in fact, that I'd like to just string it on a wire, and add a clasp--nothing more. The stone is 15.75 carats and it measures 19x11.5mm. Which wire should I use so that it supports the stone without being weighed down by it? Thanks.
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Topics: Bail, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Teardrop

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I am trying to suspend a 6000 series 11x5.5mm Swarovski® teardrop below a larger bead and I am having trouble finding the right solution. I have tried a round jumpring and making my own findings out of wire, however I'm not skilled enough yet to make it look professional. Is there such a thing as a tiny triangular bail that would be small enough to fit these little teardrops? Does Fire Mountain carry any? Thank you for your help.
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Topics: The Bead Knotter™, Use with Polyester and Nylon

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I'm planning a pearl and mystic topaz necklace and my mystic topaz beads have a tiny hole (.24mm), so I need something very thin for stringing. But I also want it to hold up over time. I thought the thinnest Accu-Flex® wire might be good, but I'm not sure how I'd knot them between the pearls. Can the Bead Knotter™ be used with Accu-Flex® wire? Would another stringing material be better? Thank you for your help.
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Topics: Accu-Flex® Beading Wire, Stringing Materials, Pendant Options

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As a water media artist, I am new to beading. I am confused by all the choices. I am painting portraits on small round pieces of wood. Some have become brooches; I want to make some as necklaces. Do I need to use fine wire or silk thread or something else for the necklace part, so I can add beads? If I use wire, can I make jumprings from it in order to attach the painting to the necklace?
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Topics: Attaching a Side-Drilled Crystal Teardrop to a Loop

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What is the best way to attach a 13x6.5mm side-drilled crystal teardrop to an 11x8mm cubic zirconia earstud with loop?
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Topics: Jewelry-Making Books for Beginners

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Is there one book that would be the best primer for getting started jewelry making?
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Topics: Making Altered Charms

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I see many jewelry designers selling altered art charm bracelets and would like to try making some myself. Any idea of how to make the charms?
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