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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 connect rhinestones to an eyeglass holder?

Gluing flat backs with two-part epoxy to the metal portions of the eyeglass holders will add some sparkle. You can either cover the entire base or...

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 are irradiated pearls?

Gamma ray irradiation darkens the nucleus and results in darker pearls, sometimes dark enough to resemble natural-color black South Sea pearls. The...

What is Braided Beading Thread?

Braided beading thread is a fiber that is made by braiding strong fibers together and differs from other beading threads since most are twisted....

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...

What is macramé beading cord? Where is it in your catalogue?

Macramé cord is a type of woven cord commonly used to make adjustable and knotted jewelry designs. While macramé was originally created by Arabic...

Are seed beads made of glass?

All seed beads available from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads are made of glass.MaterialsResources article article article article article

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...

How do I make ''mobius'' links?

A mobius strip can be made using a flat strip of any flexible material, such as paper, ribbon, woven seed beads, knitted yarn, wire or thin metal....

Do your crystals have lead in them?

By definition, crystals contain lead. Yes, some brands of crystal that Fire Mountain Gems and Beads carry do contain lead. Our Celestial Crystal®...

What's the history of pearls?

It is believed by some that an ancient fish-eating tribe, perhaps along the coast of India, initially appreciated the shape and luster of saltwater...

What is the average length for a man's necklace?

Men's necklaces generally start at 18 inches for a length slightly longer than a choker, then increase in size by 2-inch increments: 18 inches, 20...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Is a size 11 seed bead the same size as a 2mm bead?

A size 11 is approximately 1.8mm in size. Here's a quick chart listing different seed bead sizes and their equivalent size in millimeters.

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's the difference between a paua shell and an abalone shell?

They are one and the same, the difference in name is based on where the shell is from or who is naming it. Abalone is derived from the Spanish word...

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