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Topics: Cold Connections, Brads

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I purchased the flower brads (A8542FN) and want to use them to connect a piece of filigree (9981FX) to leather. The brad pulls through the leather. What can I do to fix this problem?
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Topics: Findings, Earcuffs

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I am trying to imitate ear cuffs I have previously purchased. One end of the ear cuff is sealed by a bead glued to it. The other end of the ear cut is left raw. How do I soften the cut raw end of the ear cuff so that it doesn't scratch the ear cartilage?
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Topics: Wire, Pliers, Jumprings

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I've been having an extremely frustrating time trying to get jump rings cut using the coil cutting pliers. I'm using 20 gauge, silver coated copper. The coil I'm cutting is 4mmOD and I'm using a 2/0 blade to cut (I've tried 1/0 as well because I keep having difficulty). There is an immense amount of resistance from the moment I start trying to saw through the coil. What starts to happen is the coil starts to pull apart as I'm sawing which leaves gnarled jump rings and only causes more snagging until the coil is eventually completely unusable.

So far, I've tried making sure the coil is rolled tight to begin with (no space between one ring and the next), have made sure I've got a good grip on the plier handles (no limp wristing) and I've played with various saw strokes from short and fast to longer and slower, to shorter and slower. I think I've tried a good 20 times or so to this point and am completely at a loss.

Is it the wire I'm using? Do I need to beeswax the blades maybe? It's gotten to the point where it's so discouraging I've gone back to simply cutting rings with my Tronex flush cutters. The whole point of getting the coil cutting pliers was to make the whole thing faster any easier. Any insights would be incredibly helpful as I do quite a volume of chain maille jewelry and this tool could be indispensable if I could just get it to play nicely. Thanks!
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Topics: Jumprings

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How do I determine the OD of a jumpring when all I have is the ID and the gauge?
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Topics: Jumprings

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Hi, I was just wondering what you would use the 12 and 14 gauge jumprings for. They seem really strong and are really thick and awkward, can they be used for chainmaillele or are they just for connecting things?
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Topics: Findings, Earrings

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Over time the holes in my ears have stretched. What kind of ear finding is available to hide the large holes in my ears. I think the findings should be lightweight.
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Topics: Clasps, Plated and Precious Metal

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I am trying to understand the difference of quality and longevity when using gold plated or gold filled clasps; also silver, or nickel. I think there must be many versions of gold plated as some tend to wear off immediately and others last. I am not making expensive pieces yet but I would like to use good quality clasps that last. What do you recommend and how do I recognize good from bad. I live in China and feel very unsure even when they tell me its good; price is not always the indicator!
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Topics: Tools, Stonesetting

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What tools should I use to stretch the Sterling silver bezel for a cabochon that has fallen out of it's setting? Which tool do I use to get the bezel down around the stone again?
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Topics: Swarovski Fancy Stones, Gluing, Settings

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When I glue a Swarovski fancy stone into the setting, the glue oozes out the sides and makes a mess. What am I doing wrong, and what is the best way to clean off the extra glue without damaging the setting? Thanks,
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Topics: Wire, Crochet

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How should I finish off a crocheted wire necklace with 3 strands or more? I have seen instructions to glue the wires, but I have more than 3 wires so it is heavy. Please let me know what to do and what to use.
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Topics: Findings, Brooch Converters

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My mother-in-law gave me two old gold tone clip on style earrings (each one is different) that belonged to her mother. She wants me to make the earrings into a brooch that will convert into a pendant also. What finding do I use to make this for her?
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Topics: Mountings, Settings, Bezel Cups

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How do I find bezel cups made from recycled materials?
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Topics: Findings, Earstuds, Dangles

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I have a customer who wants to add a dangle to some diamond ear studs. What is the best way to do that? Thanks!
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Topics: Chain twisting

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Hello, I am trying to put together pieces using sterling links and single to double sterling chain but the links flip over and the lengths of chain twist around each other...any suggestions how to solve these problems? The chain is doubled off side. Thanks so much for your response.
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Topics: Findings, Bead Tips, Hot Tips

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I have a question about Hot Tips and other bottom style bead tips. I am using beading wire and a tube crimp bead. The first starting point is not a problem. I have my wire and crimp a tube on the end. Make sure it is secure and then slide the tip on to the wire and close it. Then attach it to my clasp. After stringing on all my beads I slide on a tip and then a crimp bead. How do you get the crimp pliers down into the tip and do the 2 stage crimp? It is near impossible to fit the head of the pliers down in there. Can I just crimp the tube with needle nose pliers and not fold it. I am afraid it is not secure enough!
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Topics: Crimps, Removing

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I just finished crimping the end of a necklace and now I found that I left a bead out. How can I remove the crimp without destroying the end of the wire? I have not trimmed the wire yet.
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Topics: Findings, Spacer Bars

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Hi, I am very new to beading and have run into a problem. I made a three strand bracelet and put 3 strand spacer bars (H20-8995MB) into it. The back of the spacer bars look so lonely with the little strands of wire. Is there something I can use for that? Thank You.
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Topics: Jumprings, Soldering

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How do you use liquid solder? Do you have to use a torch? I am an amateur but need to know how to close silver jumprings.
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Topics: Clasps, Magnetic

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Is it possible to attach a heavy-duty magnetic tube clasp to a chain necklace? Could I use a headpin with a bead for the inside then make a loop with the remaining headpin to attach the chain on the outside?
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Topics: Components, Measurement

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I have a caliper and I would like to know how to measure an earring finding for a leverback.
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