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Ever notice unwanted spaces on your necklace or bracelet after you've crimped the ends and the beads have settled into their final positions? This is where crimp covers are very useful. You can fix crimp covers into the extra spaces, and they look just like another silver or gold bead!

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To work on, store and display bracelets, using a 1-1/4" diameter four-foot standard wood dowel supported on the wall horizontally by two brass coat hooks.

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A hard wood baseball bat makes a great bracelet mandrel.

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When brass or copper wire is used to make jewelry that is worn on a part of the body that has a lot of natural oils, such as around the neck, ears or chest, the wire can become coated with corrosion. This corrosion can look unsightly if the wire is used with light colored transparent beads. To keep your jewelry looking clean, choose a high quality metal wire that will resist corrosion, or plan your designs around beads that won't easily show the dark build up. Periodically cleaning the jewelry in a gentle, soapy water solution can help. If your jewelry contains coated beads or natural gemstones that are sensitive to cleaners or scrubbing, test a small area before cleaning the entire piece.

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To display your earrings, find a postcard rack that some store is getting rid of and hang them on it. Or, you can get a metal CD or DVD rack and hang them on it. This works great for shows or at home.

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If your eyesight is not great, and you love to bead, use artificial sinew and large-hole beads and freeform slabs for a bolder look.

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To cut loops of memory wire, use shears that are made specifically for hardened wire. Memory wire will cut into regular wire-cutter blades, ruining them. When placing beads onto the wire, it's important to keep the wire in its natural shape. Avoid pulling the wire straight or the ends may bounce back, causing the beads to fly off.

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I keep all the bags my jewelry beads come in from Fire Mountain. I discovered the smallest ones are great for holding a sewing bobbin that I filled with beading thread. You just leave about a half inch of thread hanging out and pull out what you need.

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A foam mouse pad with a gel wrist rest makes long-term beading more comfortable. Plus, the beads and needles stay where you put them.

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I use an old wooden cup rack that you can hang on the wall to store my finished necklaces on ... Not only does it keep them from getting tangled up but it makes a really great display and it doesn't take up precious counter space in my workroom.

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Sometimes the hardest part of stringing a necklace or bracelet is keeping the beads snug at both ends while crimping the second crimp bead. To keep the beads in place, use this technique:

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I peel the stickers off the bags, write the price on them and put them on the sides of the divider box. That lets me know what beads I am using and how much they cost. I can then easily label the item with the type of stone and price of the item. This is very helpful with the Rosaries that I am making. I like to keep my prices as low as possible and that helps me do it!

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To safely clean jewelry, put a small amount of Dawn Foam soap in the palm of your hand, sprinkle baking soda on that and rub your jewelry in this mix. Then, rinse off with warm to hot water and dry with a soft cloth. This will take tarnish off of sterling and it is chemical free. This solution won't harm metals or hard gemstones. It also brings luster back to pearls. Thank you for your great information and fantastic website.

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When finishing the ends, use either a basic loop or ball ends. For loops, bend the wire against the natural curve. This is easier than forcing the wire to bend into the curve. If using to finish, adhere with or similar glue to hold the balls in place.

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I keep a chunk of regular wax around not just for keeping my thread from fraying, but heat it up just right, thread the wax like a bead, and it's a great bead-stopper! Just make sure it's cooled off enough not to melt to your needle!

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An easy idea for a bead tray for designing and making beaded items is the black Styrofoam trays that meat comes in. Safeway's meat trays have rows of square individual depressions that hold the beads in place. You can use pins on it, or if I have not finished a bracelet and don't have it crimped yet, I staple each end down on the edges of the tray until I'm ready to start again. Cut holes in it to hold top drilled items while gluing in a bail.

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At the end of each small project, close your eyes for a few seconds, do simple stretching exercises, get up and place your design on display. It will make a positive difference at the end of a long beading session.

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I started small and kept changing for the increase. I found the wheeled carts with shallow covered boxes (drawers) they make for scrap booking are fantastic! I have a couple thousand jewelry size zip lock bags in each ''drawer.'' But category, color, size, for beads, gems, pearl, shell, findings everything. It's not as ''professional'' as tiny plastic containers, but extremely more affordable.

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Feathers can easily be used in necklace and earring designs with small . Place the tip of the feather in the crimp. With your chain-nose pliers, bend the sides of the crimp down so they are flat against the back of the feather. The crimp has a loop at the top and can be attached to an earwire or strung on a necklace with a split ring.

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When making a necklace using wire/coated thread, use a plastic earnut as a temporary end (as a placeholder). I found this great when seed beading--for the beginning tail and then when you put down/pick up your project again.
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