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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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