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What gauge wire is used for headpins/eyepins when using Swarovski crystals?

The gauge of wire we recommend depends on whether you are finishing the headpin with a simple loop or a wrapped loop.Choose a heavier gauge headpin...

What are metal headpins made of?

Plated headpins are made from a base metal or brass--many being white brass. Precious metal headpins include the same composition as other precious...

How is a screw type barrel clasp attached to beading wire?

Secure Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire to the loops on a barrel clasp using crimp beads and a crimping tool. Similar metal Accu-Guard™...

Can Bond-a-Stud dots be cut smaller?

Yes, they can be cut smaller if necessary; use a pair of sharp scissors for clean edges.Materials

How are gold-filled and gold-plated different?

Gold-fill is 50 to 100 times thicker than regular gold plating, and it is about 17 to 25 times thicker than heavy gold electroplate. The base metal...

How do I find bezel cups made from recycled materials?

Using scrap metal sheet and scrap wire are both great ways to create bezels from your own 'recycled' materials.Bottle caps can be used as bezel cups....

How do you make your own headpins?

video how-to and instructions and video how-to and illustrated instructions. These resources detail how wire can be transformed into four different...

How do you add beads to the cell phone cords?

The mini /zipper pulls are designed to attach to your cell phone by looping the cord through the lanyard holes found on the side or top of some phone...

How do you make shawl pins?

Shawl pins can be made using kilt pins, with or without loops, or large safety pins that have removable heads. Dress either of these two types of...

How do you finish a cord with cord coils?

are a quick and easy way to finish different types of cord, including , and . I've found it works best to trim the end of your cord on a bias (45...

Is the color on dyed pearls permanent?

The dyes used to color pearls can fade over time. Because pearls are porous, they often absorb human oils, makeup and perfume, which can stain and...

How do you attach beads to "illusion" cord?

Place a drop of on the cord where you want to place the bead, string the bead and then slide the bead down to its position on the cord. Let the bead...

What findings do I need to make earrings with half-drilled beads?

When making a pair of earrings or a pendant using , you need a finding that has a . The cup holds or cradles the half-drilled bead; the peg is used...

Hi, I was just wondering what you would use the 12 and 14 gauge jumprings for. They seem really strong and are really thick and awkward, can they be used for chainmaillele or are they just for connecting things?

Large jumprings can be very handy once you start using them. This lovely necklace is a great example of how to make use of large jumprings in a...

Where can I find the charm from which to hang badges or glasses?

You can find many options for hanging your badge or glasses in our section devoted to . Another possibility you can consider for holding your glasses...

How do I determine the OD of a jumpring when all I have is the ID and the gauge?

The easiest and most precise way to measure the outside diameter of a jumpring is with a digital caliper. You can use a brass manual caliper too. If...

Will .025-inch precious metal headpins go through cultured freshwater pearls?

A 0.025-inch diameter (22-gauge) headpin will typically work with a larger (6-8mm) cultured freshwater pearl as their drill hole sizes are larger...

How do you use liquid solder? Do you have to use a torch? I am an amateur but need to know how to close silver jumprings.

Liquid Solder is a brand name adhesive which does not require the use of a torch; it is used to seal the seam or joint in metal. Liquid solder is not...

I have some stones I would like to turn into necklaces. What parts do I need?

There are a few options regarding your stones, depending on the form that they are in right now. If they have been drilled, you may string them onto...

Is there any way to make the hole of a moderately sized bead smaller so it will work well on a headpin or Accu-Flex® beading wire?

are designed to prevent beads with larger holes from sliding and wobbling on standard-size stringing material.If your bead holes are too small for...

How can I end a necklace made with a bead tip when using Accu-Flex® beading wire?

Finish the cord with a crimp bead then hide the crimp bead inside the bead tip. Follow the how-to video and illustrated instructions, with thread,...

Is it better to put a smaller stone in a larger setting, or a larger stone in a smaller setting?

The cabochons available at Fire Mountain Gems and Beads are calibrated for easy setting. However, if you already have a stone, the better option is...

I purchased brads and want to use them to connect a piece of filigree to leather. The brad pulls through the leather. What can I do to fix this problem?

What a great design. Cold connections are very popular and this is a problem that is easily fixed. You need to put a "washer" on the back side of...

I want to make small beaded earrings for post-type findings and clip-on findings. What supplies do I need to design them?

There are many available in the Gallery of Designs. Use these inspirations as a basis for your own ideas.To make any of these into a clip-on style,...

What is the best way to attach a donut to a beaded necklace?

offer a wonderful finish to as well as making them ready for using in any jewelry design.A lark's head knot is a quick way to add a donut to a...

How do I finish off the bottom of long-shank earwires?

After adding your bead selections to the earwire, you can make a loop using the remaining shank and then hang an earring design from the loop or...

Can bead tips be used with Accu-Flex® beading wire?

Bead tips are a great choice for creating a professional finish with Accu-Flex beading wire and concealing your crimp beads.MaterialsResources how-to...

I have a pair of post earrings that I want to make into dangles but there is no hole. How do I do that?

If the post of the earring is soldered to a metal pad, you can convert that pad to a finding if there is a flat place to make a hole. Use a metal...

I use a gold headpin that is easier to bend than the craft-store variety. Would that be a gold-filled headpin? They cost $3.20 for 10, and now I'm not sure what to order.

At that price, it seems like you are using gold-filled headpins. The thinner the gauge, the more easily they can be bent. Finer, lighter weight...

What is the best way to replace a pinback with only half the pinback left? I still have the closure portion, but not the pin and joint.

Cut or saw off the remaining attached parts. In this case, your closure or clutch is still attached. Make a clean cut and file away any rough parts...

I have jade stones that I would like to attach to a chain. What is the best way to attach them using a headpin? Should I use a jumpring or is there a better way?

Wrapped loops are the most secure way to attach your jade stones to a chain if they are drilled top to bottom. Place the bead onto the heaviest gauge...

I need to know how to finish a pearl dangle. I know I could knot the end and weave the thread back through and knot again, or dangle a charm off the end. Do you know of any other suggestions?

A pearl dangle can be given a wire-wrapped finish by choosing a thin-gauge headpin that fits through the pearl hole. Before you secure the wrap at...

Can you use bezel cups inside cab settings? If yes, which ones?

Yes you can! When selecting the cabochon setting, choose one that has an opening that is equal to the diameter of the bezel cup so they can be...

What is sterling silver made of?

Sterling silver items are made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper or other alloy proportions fixed by law (.925 = 92.5% silver, 7.5% other)....

I like using the split rings that go around twice at the ends of my necklaces, is there an easy way to open them without buying the tool that is designed to do that?

The best way to open split rings without the use of split ring pliers is to pry open one end of the split ring's wire using a fingernail or fine...

What does "gold-filled" mean?

Gold-filled items are made by combining a layer, or layers, of gold alloy with a base metal (usually brass), then rolling or drawing the metal to the...

What will pendant bails fit?

Pendant bails have a loop which you can attach a component or drop to and a large opening which accommodates the cording or chain, allowing the...

Are surgical steel and niobium considered to be hypo-allergenic?

Yes, both niobium and stainless steel (of which some types are used in surgical applications) are generally tolerated by people who have trouble...

I was wondering what jumprings (size; gauge; soft; hard) etc. you would use to make a sterling silver chainmaille bracelet? Is there a standard and does that stand true for copper and bronze?

A variety of jumprings work for making chainmaille jewelry, but as a rule the heavier gauges (16, 18 and 20-gauges) of half-hard to hard wire work...

What is the best glue to use for brooches and cab settings?

It depends on the setting and type of cabochon and you might need to test more than one glue. See the ''Glues and Adhesives Chart'' as well as the...

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,...

How do I decide which size crimp to use for each beading wire size?

The way it works is that you need to have room for double the diameter of the wire to fit through the inside diameter of the crimp tube, plus room...

Lobster Claw clasps: if a large one is needed, do I order a higher mm or lower one? What is your largest size lobster claw clasp?

The higher the number of millimeters, the larger the clasp. The largest one currently available as of April is . Most designers choose lobster claw...

How long should I make the strands for a multi-strand necklace to finish with a 16 inch twisted necklace? I will be working with 3 or 5 strands.

A good formula to follow is to double the length of the intended finished necklace (32 inches in the case of a 16-inch necklace) and add 4 inches to...

I want to make a picture of my daughter into a pendant. I don't want a locket--I want to be able to see her. Are there picture frames you can put on necklaces?

Picture frame focal components can be turned into pendants as quickly as a photo-finish. Trim your photo to fit, add a bail or jumpring and hang it...

I have a customer who wants to add a dangle to some diamond ear studs. What is the best way to do that? Thanks!

Design Idea 98Q5Select a section of chain with a link size that will fit over the earring post of the stud. Cut the chain to the desired length and...

I want to make some dangle earrings with crystals and really fine snake-type chain. Should I use crimps on the ends or something else?

Crimp tubes are suggested to use with snake chain. Just choose the right crimp to fit the chain and before you get into your design, do a test piece...

Mom wants to make some clip-on earrings with her seashells. How do I do this?

Use a flat pad clip-on earring finding to make easy seashell earrings. Apply Loctite® 409 Gel adhesive to the seashell and to the flat pad. Press the...

Sometimes when I am working on a bracelet or necklace, the crimp bead breaks off, and I have to start all over again. What am I doing wrong?

Make sure you are using , which are specifically designed for just this purpose, making it easy to secure your crimps to Accu-Flex® beading wire and...

What is the most secure way to attach a charm or bead to chain?

There are several methods of attaching findings to chain. All are equally secure and offer a variety of design possibilities. Lobster claw clasps are...

How do I get jumprings to close securely and stay closed? Several have come loose, allowing the attached object to come off and be lost.

You can solder the jumprings closed with easy solder and a butane torch, or reference the how-to video and illustrated instructions.When I'm working...

I have a beautiful old clasp that was used for multi (3) strands. How can I adapt this to a 2 strand necklace?

First and foremost, check that the locking mechanism is intact before you plan your design and make any changes to the clasp. With age and use, old...

I found a braided leather cord and would like to make a key chain with it. What is used on the ends of leather?

We offer a variety of cord ends: , , , , , and which would work well with leather cording. When choosing a style, find one that fits the overall...

How do I go from 2 strands of beads at the back of a necklace to 1 strand in the front?

In addition to a two-strand clasp to bring the double strands from the back to front, you will need a set of components, such as a two-to-one link or...

I bought some metal beads that go onto the ends of memory wire. The hole doesn't go all the way through. How do I keep that end bead on the memory wire?

The memory wire ends are designed to be glued to the memory wire which makes a clean and professional finish.We have a free how-to on how to use...

What is the correct technique to make a twisted 3 or 2 strand necklace without unraveling the strands? What is the best beading wire to use? It's driving me nuts trying to figure it out.

Twisted multi-strand necklaces are simply stunning, and fairly simple to make when you have the right components. The main part that you will need is...

What is the best way to make a simple loop at the top of a headpin that will keep multiple beads on the headpin from twirling around (so that they stay stable and facing forward)?

The best way to secure a bead, or beads, in place on a headpin is to make the simple loop very close to and slightly inside the hole of the last...

Is there a rule of thumb for what gauge of headpins to use for various projects (i.e. making dangles on earrings, adding a dangle to a bracelet, etc.)?

The primary rule of thumb is to choose the heaviest gauge that fits through the bead hole. You can determine the size of the wire by using the FREE...

When using a magnetic clasp, I always have trouble keeping the clasp from attaching itself magnetically to my crimping pliers. This makes crimping difficult. Do you have any suggestions for keeping the magnet away from the pliers?

A few options to consider once your design is secure and you are ready to crimp:Hold the clasp with one hand then use your crimping pliers to hold...

What is a cabochon and does it have a hole drilled in it to be used for necklace or bracelet?

A cabochon is a flat-backed, domed-surfaced component usually made of gemstone material or glass; it doesn't have any holes for stringing. You can...

I'm planning on purchasing some of the 8mm Amber Clasps. I think they're neat, but I don't know how to use them.

If you are using wire, run a headpin through the clasp from the open end on the screw, up through the bead portion. This is hollow all the way...

I have a faithful customer who wears clip on earrings. What can I use to make them less painful for her? Is there something similar to the coating for tools that could be used?

You may want to offer your customer a clip-slip comfort pad for use with her clip-on earrings. These are designed for use with our hinged clip-on...

Can I solder jump rings with the Microtorch?

The Microtorch was designed to work with solder and flux to solder precious metal items together, and it will indeed solder jump rings (including the...

What is the best size and type of sterling silver wire to make earring wires?

would be appropriate for most earwire styles. If you will be hammering your designs, you may want to start with dead-soft wire of a heavier gauge,...

I'd like to make a multi-strand necklace with seed beads but cannot figure out what to use to tie all the ends together and how to attach a clasp.

Cone findings are a great choice for multi-strand jewelry designs.MaterialsResources how-to video and illustrated instructions video and illustrated...

Is there a pattern available to make eyeglass holders? (for around the neck) And, are materials available through your company?

At this time, we don't have instructions for an eyeglass-holder design; however, you can transform any single-strand necklace design into an eyeglass...

I have a Swarovski Crystal heart pendant with a hole in it for a necklace. What do I put in the hole to attach it to my necklace?

972Y.jpgAn ice-pick bail is a great way to attach a Swarovski heart component to your necklace. A pick bail, sometimes called a pinch bail, is a type...

How do you measure a jumpring, so you know what to order, I'm using them on a toggle clasp for a spoon bracelet.

To measure the outside diameter (OD) of a jumpring, use a sliding gauge, or caliper. Slide the gauge so the tabs are separated enough to fit the...

How do I use Snap-Tites and what sizes of stone fit in them?

To set a faceted gem in a Snap-Tite setting, place a gem face down on a non-abrasive surface, push the mounting down over the gem and listen for the...

How do I know what size split ring, jump ring and wire to use on a project?

You want the scale of your findings to balance well with your other components, as well as hold your design together. Reviewing the scale of the...

How long are the posts on earrings and tie tacs?

Typically they measure approximately 3/8 inch.Materials

I have a heart-shaped turquoise pendant with a hole in the top that is only about 1/4 inch deep. How can I use this pendant?

A pendant bail with a peg is the perfect finding for the job. The peg is designed to be glued into a half-drilled bead, like yours, and the bail...

What type of clasp should be used with natural silk cord?

Any type of clasp that can accommodate the diameter of your silk cording is a good match. From there, it is best to choose a clasp that suits the...

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

The 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 material is passed...

I want to make some dangle earrings with crystals and really fine snake-type chain. Should I use crimps on the ends or something else?

Your idea sounds beautiful. I would suggest using crimps on the snake chain, just choose the right crimp to fit the chain. Before you get into your...

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...

What size tubes with loops do I use with 1mm and 2mm leather beading cord? I'm confused about the sizes in the catalog.

For the 1mm cording, it is suggested to use a crimp tube that has an inside diameter measurement of 1.5mm or 2mm. For cording that is 2mm, use crimp...

What is the best glue to use to make brooches? Is there a book on making brooches, hat pins and kilt pins?

To determine the best glue to use for making a brooch, you will need to know what materials you are using and then compare them to the recommended...

I have a real problem trying to keep my jumprings closed so the wire doesn't slip through. Can you tell me what I need to do to fix this?

are the most popular jewelry connector, so there is more than one answer to the weaknesses in jumprings. Below are a few helpful tips to keep your...

How do you finish a 3" to 4" dangle from a necklace? I have used tiger tail for the other part of the necklace. I am using an enhancer for the dangle.

String beads onto headpins then connect them to a length of chain by finishing the end of the headpin with a wrapped loop. Connect the chain to the...

I bought this beautiful sterling silver interlocking hearts chain and plan to use it for a charm bracelet. I'm not sure how to attach a clasp to it, or what kind of clasp would be best. Can you advise?

The best type of clasp to use is based mostly on one you like and one that fits the overall style of your chain or finished design. The other...

I would like to make organza and silk ribbon necklaces. How do I get started and can they be mixed together?

I'm not sure what style necklaces you're interested in making but you can certainly put the two ribbons together! The one key element you will need...

I just finished crimping the end of a necklace and now I found that I left a bead out. How can I remove the crimp without destroying the end of the wire? I have not trimmed the wire yet.

If the crimp bead has been crimped securely, you are not likely to remove it without damaging the wire. Restringing will be the best option. You can...

Over time the holes in my ears have stretched. What kind of ear finding is available to hide the large holes in my ears. I think the findings should be lightweight.

Light, flexible Lobe Wonder® patches instantly hide earlobe damage for piercings that are stretched or torn, and help prevent damage to healthy or...

I would like to make brooches but cannot find the pin back with mesh dome finding. I saw the brooch in a BeadStyle book. Can you help?

We carry the in different sizes and finishes. Once you've beaded your design onto the disc, you can then pop them onto the , and earring findings...

I am making a rosary and am looking for the thickest and strongest eyepin. I have had trouble with the loops stretching open under normal stress. Any suggestions?

The 21-gauge (0.028 inch) eyepins are a solid and dependable finding, great for most projects requiring a heavier weight eyepin. This gauge is...

What tools should I use to stretch the Sterling silver bezel for a cabochon that has fallen out of it's setting? Which tool do I use to get the bezel down around the stone again?

You may not need to stretch the bezel. It is most likely that some stretching has already occurred and is what led to the stone falling out. The...

What are eyepins used for?

Eyepins can be used to create dangles and links. Add your desired beads to an eyepin then form a loop at the top, which will give you a loop on each...

What is the best way to attach a center drilled pendant to a necklace?

There are several ways you can go about attaching a center-drilled pendant…here are a few options:You can create a double wrapped loop:Cut a 3-inch...

I am making earrings and a necklace using 2-3 links. Should I use a round jumpring or an oval jumpring to attach the links?

Either round or oval jumprings can be used in your earrings and necklace. Choose the type that fits best with your design.When the design doesn't...

Which bail do I buy to attach to a sterling silver bezel cup and how do I go about this? I want to make pendants. Kind regards,

When using sterling silver there is the option of soldering on a sterling silver jumpring or bail to create a pendant. If you do not want to solder a...

Can you glue a regular jumpring? If so, which glue would work best?

Adding a drop of adhesive to the joint of the jumpring gives it added strength and helps keep the ring from pulling open. Clear craft cement such as...

Hi, I received a bunch of Bali toggles and I was looking at the ones you all have...I am beginning to wonder if the ones I got are real Bali. Do you know how I can tell?

To verify if your toggle clasps are truly Bali, you should take them to a trusted jeweler for inspection. The traditional definition of Bali beads,...

How do crimp beads work and when do I use them?

Crimp beads, also called crimp tubes, are designed to clamp down and secure Accu-Flex® beading wire. Crimp beads shouldn't be used when working with...

I just ordered some titanium mesh for a necklace. Are there instructions on the website for the best method and/or product to finish off the necklace?

Ribbon ends are a great way to finish off mesh wire. Fold over the end of the mesh wire, add a dab of G-S Hypo® cement adhesive into the fold of your...

What type of clasp, preferably precious metal, do you recommend for 15-16mm pearls? I'd like to evoke a South Seas flavor.

The type of clasp you choose for a project depends on many factors, including the number of strands of the bracelet or necklace. Since you're working...

I would like to make jumprings out of 18 and 20 gauge wire. Should I use full-hard or half-hard tempered wire?

Work with either dead-soft or half-hard temper wire. Each wire will give you ease of forming the rings on a mandrel, as well as allow you to cut...

I'm looking to make some hat pins for my hat. I live in Chicago and don't enjoy chasing my hat down the street. Can you help?

You can keep the Windy City from getting the upper hand with . Some are sold with a ; for the straight pin with head you will need to purchase the ...

Is 0.014-inch beading wire a good size for 10mm lapis lazuli and 16x12mm tourmaline beads? Will a 0.08mm inside diameter crimp work?

Since your gemstone beads are larger in size, you may find that using the 49-strand count of beading wire such as the or the may work better for...

How do you select the right size bail? I want to use the bails for donuts and other pendants. The pendants are generally medium to large size.

To figure the right size, open a slide gauge to the size bail you're interested in. Place the opened calipers where the bail would go on your...

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