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What is dichroic glass, and how is it pronounced?

Pronounced /dí-kró-ic/, dichroic glass was developed by NASA and the Department of Defense and their contractors to help protect sensitive spacecraft...

What are the Crystal Passions birthstone colors?

The following list includes the Crystal Passions colors most commonly used when creating birthstone designs:January: GarnetFebruary: AmethystMarch:...

How do I attach a ribbon to a beading wire?

Ribbon crimp ends or cord ends is one option. View ''Using Ribbon Ends'' how-to video for detailed directions.A second option is to pass the end of...

Can Crystal Passions be stored in an unheated building without bursting?

There is no evidence that heat or cold temperatures will affect Crystal Passions.- Kristal Wick, Designer, Author and Jewelry-Making ExpertMaterials

How do I check for colorfastness?

Here are a few ways to check for colorfastness in beads:Lay a few beads on a damp white towel and wait a few minutes. If there is even a faint ring...

What's the difference between, sterling silver and silver-plated?

Please refer to the definitions below for information on these metals.Sterling Silver - These items are made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper or...

What is vermeil?

"Vermeil" is sterling silver, heavily electroplated with 10Kt fineness, or more, of yellow gold. "Vermeil" products carried by Fire Mountain Gems and...

What are Pandora beads?

Pandora™ is a trademarked line of jewelry that is typified by a chain on which silver-lined large-hole beads are collected over time to mark special...

Does the color wear off of the niobium jump rings?

An anodized finish on aluminum, niobium or titanium may wear over time similar to gold-, silver-filled, plated findings and wire. The wear will be...

What type of needle is used for beading with Power Cord? Thank You--

A Wide Eye Needle™ is a good needle choice when working with elastic cording, or any cording that doesn't fit through the eye of beading needles. The...

What is niobium?

Niobium is a metal first engineered to protect hypersonic aerospace vehicles from extreme conditions. It is also used in welding, nuclear industries,...

How can I preserve flowers to be used in resin pendants?

Encasing flowers in resin is a wonderful way to "keep" them looking fresh forever!Here are the steps for how to preserve the flowers and a how-to...

Can a top coat be used on freshwater pearls that are not colorfast?

Using a top coat on pearls is generally not recommended as it can result in reduced luster or worst-case, potentially cracking the surface. Rinse...

What is considered a set? Bracelet, necklace and earrings? Or necklace and earrings? Thank you

Any matching/coordinating combination of two or more pieces of jewelry and/or accessories can constitute a set. This can include necklaces, earrings,...

How do you measure beads?

When a bead shape is round or flat round, we will generally use one measurement in millimeters. Example a 4mm round bead is measured from bead hole...

How do I drill a hole in a gemstone already polished.

Set up a variable speed rotary drill or flex shaft (one with foot pedal control is best) and fit the collet with a diamond drill bit. If possible,...

How do you measure beads?

The most common way to measure a bead is in millimeters (mm) using a caliper. To use a caliper, slide open the tips, place the tips against the...

How many inches long should I make bracelets?

The standard adult-sized bracelet is approximately 7 inches for women and 8 inches for men. If you don't know the wrist size of the person you are...

Are Omega chains stiffer than regular chains?

Omega chains are machined to be flexible while holding their round or oval shapes. They drape beautifully and will not bend back onto themselves as...

How did the tradition of throwing beads at Mardi Gras get started? Thanks

While Mardi Gras originated in Medieval Europe in 1702, the tradition of throwing Mardi Gras beads didn't start until the early 1900s in New Orleans....

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