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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...

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