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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?

Topics: Findings, Crimps

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I have been beading a long time and have never had trouble crimping until now. When sterling silver was less expensive, I always worked with sterling. But to save money, I have been working more with silver plate beads, etc. When I use silver plate crimps, they never hold. I have tried all wire sizes, all sizes of crimps, even bought micro-crimpers, etc. I am wondering if the base metal that is plated is so soft that it just won't keep a crimp and that's why everything falls apart. I never had this problem with sterling silver crimps and wonder if they are stronger because the sterling work hardens during the crimping process.

Topics: Findings, Pin backs

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What is the best way to replace a pinback with only half the pinback left? I still have the closure portion, but not the pin and joint.

Topics: Brooch-Making Information

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What is the best glue to use to make brooches? Is there a book on making brooches, hat pins and kilt pins?

Topics: Mesh Dome Brooch Finding

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I would like to make brooches but cannot find the pin back with mesh dome finding. I saw the brooch in a BeadStyle book. Can you help?

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