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Dear Fire Mountain, what tools should I use to cut and finish my memory wire jewelry?

Since memory wire is too hard to use standard jewelry-making pliers or looping tools successfully, we have a couple suggestions. To make your process...

What is the definition of a "finding"?

A "finding" is a jewelry-making term which defines a metal component used to connect and assemble jewelry. They are products used to thread through,...

What is the difference between side clamp-on, standard and bottom clamp-on bead tips?

The standard style bead tip is a half-dome, with a hole in the center and a loop that is used to attach the beaded strand to the clasp. The stringing...

I'm sort of a beginning jewelry maker and wanted to know, how do you know which kind of bead tip to use: bottom vs. side? I'm trying to make a 3-strand (varying lengths) wire necklace.

Bead tips are designed to provide a finished look to the end of a necklace that has been created with thread or beading wire. All bead tips are used...

Which bead tip do I use with Satinique cord?

Fold-over cord tips or crimp tubes with loops are used for cord because they remain secure once clamped over the cording. These also have loops on...

How do I attach a clasp to ball chain? What type of clasp do I use?

Use a ball chain connector (suitable to the size ball chain you are working with) as your clasp. Place the last ball on one end of the ball chain...

I'm making a three-strand necklace with C-thru thread. What do I need to finish the ends and attach the clasp?

Bead tips are a great way to give strung jewelry a clean finished look; they flow right into the clasp, reflecting the same metal. They are available...

I would like to knot some gemstone beads. Is a bead tip sturdy enough to hold the heavier gemstone rounds and nuggets? What are the options for attaching a clasp if a bead tip is not used? Can a knotted strand be attached to chain?

Knotting a gemstone necklace is the same process as knotting a pearl necklace, so you have a lot of choices. And attaching a length of knotted...

I have a question about Hot Tips and other bottom style bead tips. I am using beading wire and a tube crimp bead. The first starting point is not a problem. I have my wire and crimp a tube on the end. Make sure it is secure and then slide the tip on...

Flattening the crimp with a pair of needle nose or chain-nose pliers is an idea that will work. If you have concerns, you can add a drop of Loctite®...

I believe the answer is a no-brainer but I cannot figure it out. I would like to find out how to finish off a multi-strand necklace, particularly when done on thread. When I go to How-To's, it brings up design ideas. I see the picture and the list...

To finish a multi-strand necklace that's been strung on thread or beading wire, bead tips or Hot Tips® designer bead tips are a great way to give...

I have just restrung a coral necklace my father had given my sister. It was on silk thread and the ends of the thread were glued into the clasp's round bead ends. How do I finish it now that I have all the coral strung on silk? How do I get the...

Bead tips are the perfect solution to finish your coral restrung on silk because they are easy to use, and provide a professionally finished look....

I have seen a necklace that I would love to make, but I need advice on the clasp at the back. The necklace was 10 strands of silk thread with pearls and crystals knotted about 1 to 1-1/2 inches apart. It looked like a crimp with a loop that finished...

It sounds like bead tips were used in the construction of the design. Crimps aren't typically found in designs using silk or other fine threads as...

I make glass pendants. I would like to use some kind of black cord to make an easy to put on necklace. What do I need and how do I make it? Thanks

To make a quick and easy, corded necklace from which to hang a pendant, you might like leather cord or rubber cord. To finish either of these cords,...

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