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While baking Kato Polyclay™ I burnt it black and was going to trash it. Do not trash it: 1) Let cool 2) Drill hole for a finding of your choosing 3) Cover with clear-drying glue 4) Then add glitter color of your choosing. Do steps 3 and 4 to the back and let dry over-night. If it needs more glitter, add more until it looks the way you want it. After it is done the way you want it, coat with clear varnish, as many coats as you want. Add clasp and chain. Voila, from trash to a piece of jewelry.

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I found out that a cheap toilet paper holder mounted on a piece of wood works great as a dispenser for the Silkon® brand thread. So does a vertical paper towel holder. Keeps everything organized, and it's easy to "reload" when I run out of a spool. For other spool types, I use a dowel rod resting in a Y-fork of some kind or another. Sometimes I mount it on a wall, sometimes I just leave it free-standing.

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I make many pairs of pierced earrings with earwires rather than posts. It is easy to turn a mesh wastepaper basket upside down and hang the earrings around the basket. For display, put the basket on a turntable or Lazy Susan and you can fill the inside with colored cellophane and secure a mirror to the top (which is now the bottom since you flipped it over!).

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Do not allow sterling silver to come in contact with bleach. It tarnishes permanently. For example, when cleaning with bleach remove any rings and wear gloves.

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If you don't have a beading tray or you need an extra one for a friend or a class, here is a quick and cheap fix. Raid the kitchen for a cookie sheet - the kind with sides all round. Place a small hand towel or kitchen towel that will cover the bottom of the pan. This will keep tools from scratching up the pan surface and will hold your beads in place while you work. For a better or more permanent work surface, cut a piece of velvet, suede or rubber shelf lining to fit the bottom and secure it with double-stick tape. If you decide to secure the lining to the bottom of the tray, you should cut the lining large enough to go up the sides of the tray also. That way any tiny beads etc. will not have an open seam along the bottom of the tray to hide in. While you are in the kitchen, grab a couple of those plastic ice cube trays. They are great to hold your beads in the separate compartments. Each ice cube tray has 10 to 14 compartments. One tray will hold a lot of different beads for you to work with. What, no ice cube trays? I bet you have eggs! Just put the eggs in a bowl or pan and steal the egg tray. There, now you have 12 to 18 bead cups in a handy carry tray. Also measuring spoons, the kind that have a flat tapered front edge, make great bead scoops. And you have several sizes, too. When you are done for the day or taking a break you can cover the top of your tray with clear plastic kitchen wrap.

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I was looking at beads and other items recently at a local Walmart® store, and ran across a wooden thread spool holder (the kind with several holders) that I quickly saw I could use as a holder for displaying not only my jewelry, but the jewelry I make and sell. It is a great way to hang all of my jewelry. It also has two foldable arms that I can extend or fold down to place inside my organizer bag. It's a really great way to show off all of my designs, whether it's a single necklace, or up to a three-piece set!

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When making jewelry with stretch cord, hemp or any other materials where you will be tying a knot, seal the knot with instant dry nail polish before wearing it. Instant dry will seal the knot and be ready to wear in a few minutes.

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If you're out of beading needles, use a threader dental flosser instead! Make a knot in the loop and voila! :)

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Another bead board tip: A quick and simple way to stabilize that bending bead board is to cut a piece of coreboard (available at any craft store) and use thumbtacks to secure. Place bead board on top of coreboard, trace outline, and using a razor knife, carefully (and easily) cut through the coreboard (use scissors if you need to trim). Using thumbtacks, you may need to punch a hole in edge of plastic bead board first to secure to the coreboard. Works for me!

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When stringing beads on ribbon, I use a 6-inch piece of beading wire folded in half as the needle.

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To store Nymo® thread I use stitch holders meant for knitting. I just open the safety pin like device and drop on my thread and then close. I can just pull the thread as needed without any problem.

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Keep on hand different colors of nail polish to touch up stripped color on wire, to color crimp beads, all kinds of "whoops!" times. You'll be happy to know this tip, if you don't already! I have black, cherry red, silver, gold, copper, aqua, these days, the skies are the limit!

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My daughter and grand babies have allergies that require shots and her allergist has started saving the cases the needles come in for me. They're approximately 1' deep and 5' square, and perfect! I put all the stuff I may make into something in them, to decide on the end design later. And when I'm in the middle of beading they will hold different opened packs of findings, focals, beads, chains, even small tools! Her allergist loves it because they aren't just being thrown away, and I love the ease. I have over 100 now, and use them more than any other tool.

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I use scrapbook paper and make easy-peasy origami masu boxes. There are tons of tutorials on Google and then I reinforce the bottom with foam or cardstock. Probably you should practice first with paper before moving to scrapbook paper. A ring size box can be made with 6×6 inches for the lid and 5.5×5.5 inches for the bottom. Also lots of DIY box tutorials on YouTube with other simple boxes you can make with cardstock and a little cutting and pasting.

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I use over the door shoe organizers with clear pockets to store my beads and focals. They are organized by color to make it easy to find what I am looking for when creating a piece.

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When I am doing a project that needs to stay together for a while, I use a hard eyeglass case. I get different colors so I know straight away what project is in them. It will hold the needles, thread, and the beads. It will even hold crochet hooks for the wire work. Great for camping trips too, it just slides right in my purse or pocket.

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I use the plastic containers from baby food to keep my beads. They line up really nice in a drawer. I then organize by color in each drawer. If you know someone with babies, ask them to save the containers. The lids stay closed are good to pour out enough for your project.

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Use a mold and polymer clay. Press the clay into the mold to make a pendant. Use a small object to make a hole and take the same mold and press polymer clay to make a second object. The second object you can cut it in half and make a small hole in the top of each to make a pair of earrings. Bake them in a regular oven on about 200. Once they are hard, you can open the hole with a bead reamer and add jumprings to make the earrings and attach the pendant. I used off-white with a queen head mold and then I painted the polymer clay and sprayed it with matte gloss. Happy jeweling.

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When I receive an order, I leave one piece of each item in the vendor's original labeled bag so that I can easily reorder at a later date. Additionally, I have an ''inventory backup'' I keep in a shoebox with extra large labeled Ziploc™ bags; one for large beads, one for turquoise beads, metal beads, earring findings, crystals, gemstones, etc. Makes it so easy to find the original supplier when needed.

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I am making glass multicolored bracelets with corresponding color lampwork beads. I put all my pink beads into one Ziploc® sandwich bag and do the same with all the other bead colors that I have. I also have two Ziplocs filled with just pearls or just clay flowers. And I also put my different colored 4mm bicone beads into one larger Ziploc bag and mark the outside 4mm. I do the same with all my other size bicones. If I need a 5mm, I know which bag to pick up. If I need pink leaves or blue leaves, I know which bag to look through. I've made a bag for each bracelet and placed most all the beads I'm going to use into that project bag and put that bag into a shoe box. I put the glass flowers, butterflies, cubes etc. into one Ziploc that I keep on my beading table. My beading table is a roll around table that is used in hospitals that comes around the bed, for eating meals. It's adjustable and I have attached my light with a mirror to it. I also use a plastic roll around 3 drawer cart, and I put all my supplies and beads into it; it's right under my bead table. I've added a tall pole lamp that helps quite a bit! It helps to keep my beads in the little bags that they come in from Fire Mountain Gems. This way, it's easier to re-order from them. Hope this helps someone else.
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