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What is the carat weight of a stone?

One carat equals 200mg or 1/5 of a gram or 3-1/16 grains. One pennyweight contains approximately 7.9 carats. Since different stones may be more or...

Are the inlaid cabochons plastic, or are they natural stone?

Inlaid cabochons are not plastic they are reconstituted gemstone materials. The gemstone material is ground, mixed with bonders then formed into a...

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 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 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 a meter, in inches?

A meter is approximately 39.7 inches. Reference this and other conversions in the Standard to Metric Conversion Chart below.Resources chart

How are seed beads made?

Seed beads are made by cutting pieces from long, hollow glass tubes called canes that are cut into small equal lengths. The length of the cut piece...

Do you have instructions for Petersburg stitch?

A link to instructions by Jean Campbell for the St. Petersburg chain stitch, courtesy of Beading Daily®, is listed in the resources below. Also...

Is it okay to bake polymer clay with seed beads?

Yes it is okay. The curing temperature for Kato Polyclay™ is as high as 300 degrees Fahrenheit and glass beads can more than withstand this...

How do I attach a ribbon to a beading wire?

Ribbon crimp ends or cord ends is one option. View how-to video for detailed directions.A second option is to pass the end of the ribbon through a...

What is the difference in using Fimo and Kato?

Kato Polyclay™ and Fimo® have had reformulations recently, making them each easier to condition. They each perform very well in caning applications...

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 is a Kokopelli? Or what do the Kokopelli designs represent?

Kokopelli is most often depicted in profile as a round shouldered or humpback flute player with feathers coming out of his head. He is best known as...

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 thread do you use for bead crochet?

You have a couple of options: works well for crochet. Most beads string well onto this thread, which is a synthetic material that drapes and knots...

When a crystals description includes Xilion, what does that mean?

The term Xilion is a particular faceting style, or cut, patented by Swarovski and launched in 2004 in their bead line. These crystals are cut with an...

What is the difference between saltwater and freshwater pearls?

Saltwater pearls are usually larger than freshwater pearls and are found in oysters in the ocean and other bodies of saltwater around the world. Some...

What is Apache weave?

Apache weave is also called brick stitch or stacking stitch created with seed beads, needle and thread. It is also known as the Comanche or Cheyenne...

How do I turn a pendant into a necklace?

Pendants can be added to the center portion of a necklace that has been strung on wire, incorporating the loop of the pendant into the pattern. They...

What is padparadscha and how is it pronounced?

Padparadscha is pronounced "pad-pa-rod-sha." Padparadscha is a pinkish-orange to orangy-pink colored stone in the sapphire or corundum family of...

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