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I have been making jewelry for many years and use Fire Mountain supply (Great quality, selection, prices and service!). I have been making some rather fanciful earrings lately and prefer to use ear wires rather than studs. Some of my designs end up slightly on the heavy side and I had been missing sales here and there to customers who don't like quite that much weight on ear wires. I purchased your cushioned comfort clutch earring backs for studs (H20-1212FN) and found I can use them on the ear wires. A quick alteration right at the gallery adapts them easily and doesn't change the appearance of the ear wires. I cut off a portion of the wire and bend it up to put the pad at the right angle to absorb some of the weight. The pics here are a little sloppy, but you can see what I'm doing. The customers are pleased and I am now making those sales. I even toss in extra backs sometimes for good will. In one case, I even used extras as a bargaining chip.
- Nancy Bartusch
I use your ideas already and always have a description card stating the beads I've used, wires such as non-tarnish brass, and tell the story behind my inspiration. This way I can be honest with my customer and also offer my designs at a reasonable price.
I tried the "radiant orchid" color on my nails at the salon ... I have decided that it is NOT my color, even wearing lovely gray/black. I had two garments that were color compatible and now I figured out why I never reached for them. Thrift store now has them. Nail color is a good way to try a new color without the investment of time and money making a statement piece for myself. I'll stick with colors compatible with coral, peach, light bright reds ...
Take off all legs from the octagons. Stand octagons on edge. Place one tack on each lower corner for stability, one up one side of the octagon to hold the tool handles, and one at the top to place the tool on. Total of 5 tacks on each octagon.
Assemble using the dowels between the octagons and the tacks to secure. So you have on-edge octagon, dowel, on-edge octagon.
Now you have a 1-food tool holder for less than $5 and the 6 - 8-inch ones for sale online are $10+. Tools are light and don't require using maple, pine, or other strong woods.
I used 2-sided sticky foam to attach a small plastic glass to the side of mine to hold fingernail files, markers, tweezers, etc.
Use any flat-back crystal, pearl or focal bead with a tie tac finding! Now you have an easy to place, stylish "button" anytime you need it!