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Topics: Jewelry Art Supplies, Paper Bead, Making

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I am winding a paper that is sparkles on one side and smooth on the other and when I go to glue it I can't get it to adhere and the bead becomes unwound. Help!
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Topics: Adhesive,Two-Part Epoxy

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I use Devcon's two part epoxy 30-min. for my metal jewelry projects. I have had a few customers contact me because their jewelry came apart--esp. during the winter. Does it become brittle? How do I fix this problem?
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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: Gemstones, Settings

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I want to put a star sapphire into a ring setting. What needs to be done so that the back won't scratch during wearing?
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Topics: Glues and Adhesives, Metal

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I make rosaries with 8mm filigree silver bead caps with Czech glass beads. I have glued the bead cap onto the Czech 8mm bead so that it doesn't move apart when being handled in prayer. What type of adhesives are correct for this application?
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Topics: Adhesive, Glue, Top-Coat, Seed Beads

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If gluing seed beads to a flat surface, is there a spray or glue to put on top to make sure they stay smooth and secure to the object?
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Topics: Findings, Clip-on Conversion

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I live in a retirement home and help the ladies by putting on magnet clasps to make it easier to fasten. I have been able to convert their earrings in many ways: from wire to clip, wire to stud, etc. The one I am unsuccessful at is to convert clip to another finding. There are always sharp metal bits that I cannot smooth. I do not solder and need a solution for this type of conversion. Thanks!
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Topics: Cording, Knots

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I have been making some necklaces with waxed cotton cord using a surgeon's style sliding knot. A few have been returned because the knots come undone. Any suggestions?
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Topics: Apoxie® Sculpt, Designing

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What should I use to clean up any excess Apoxie from my piece? Should the excess be removed before set and dry?
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Topics: Crystals, Rhinestones, Repair

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When I restick rhinestones with jewelry cement they lose their sparkle. Why is this? Does the stone need some sort of coating or a special glue.
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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: 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: Adhesive/Crimps

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Please explain how to effectively use adhesives to secure crimps.
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Topics: Adhesive, Metal, Paper

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What glue can I use to adhere paper to metal for a strong adhesion?
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Topics: Jumprings, Adhesive

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Sure hope you can help me. I'm making a necklace and my pendant is a lampwork bead, sort of rondelle shaped. I want to use a large jumpring, 17mm, but I am having trouble as it does not seem secure on the necklace. Is there something I can use or some technique to keep this ring securely closed? I really don't want to invest in or learn soldering. Thank you so much.
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Topics: Chainmaille, Jumprings, Glue

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I have discovered the joys (and tribulations) of working with jumprings in making chainmaille jewelry. Besides soldering the rings closed, is there a special glue that can be used? I love working with jumprings of all sizes and would like to know that the jewelry I make will stay together. Thank you!!
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Topics: Stick Pins, Adhesives

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Does crimping or gluing work best to hold beads on a stick pin?
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Topics: Adhesives, Settings

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What is the best glue to use for brooches and cab settings?
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Topics: Adhesives, Jumprings

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Can you glue a regular jumpring? If so, which glue would work best?
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Topics: Earrings, Half-drilled Beads

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What is the best glue to use for making earrings using half-drilled beads?
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