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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you finish off your wire wrap jewelry? on: June 15, 2014 01:33:44 AM
Ooo!  I love it!  That is an awesome idea! 

I thought of this thread at Joann's today too.  They have a new tool by the wire section, it smooths jagged wire edges into little domes.  Kind of like a reverse bead reamer.  I'm completely spacing out the name now, but go look for it!  Super cool idea.
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you finish off your wire wrap jewelry? on: June 14, 2014 03:11:50 AM
Listessa - thanks for the soldering clamp link! I use one of those jewelry clamps with two arms and the magnifier but find it can get top-heavy and unstable. If this NAPA one has a heavy base the lower center of gravity is fantastic!

Oh, and I wrap, tuck and file for the most part. I took a torch class at Bead & Button a few years ago but am nervous to do it on my own.

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I believe my boyfriend somehow attached a couple to a heavy base of steel plate to keep it down.  I can't remember if it comes with a heavy magnet base or if he did something to modify it. Smiley

13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you finish off your wire wrap jewelry? on: June 12, 2014 12:52:50 AM
Mostly wrapping and tucking.  I can usually work the tail of the wire in so it won't be troublesome.  If it has a pokey edge, sometimes you can get a teeny tiny file in to take that down, or something small and pointy to tuck it where it sent bothersome.

If I really need soldered, I'll make sure of the type of metal and let my guy have at it.  He has all of the equipment for small wire soldering, as he does work on electronic stuff in vehicles since he is a mechanic.  He has also welded a thing or two.  Braised as well...

I find I am a little too wobbly for my linking to mess with small stuff and fire. 

He really recommends a magnetic holder for soldering tiny stuff, that way both of hands are free to work on stuff.  He got them from NAPA and they are listed as a magnetic soldering clamp.  http://m.napaonline.com/tablet//parts/PartDetails.aspx?Id=SER774025_0120223323. You can check them out on the NAPA page there.  I keep thinking about getting one just to hold stuff in place and free up another hand.
14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Angora Rabbit Carding or Not? on: June 12, 2014 12:40:24 AM
Hi and welcome!
I'm sorry I didn't see your post sooner.  Summer is my busy season.  Thank you for your answer too. 

I have some excellent news, I'm getting an angora!  It's parents are the ones I mentioned.  Hasn't been sexed yet, but it will be a delightful house rabbit addition that has a purpose.  Also, this one is a freebie- it has a splayed leg (birth defect).  Parent rabbits won't be breeding with each other again...  It has three good legs and bounces around just as much as it's siblings.  I have a soft spot for disabled animals that need a good life. 

So a spoiled fiber animal pet will be great for this one.  Pictures when it comes home!
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Should i take jewelry to pawn shop? on: May 29, 2014 06:38:06 PM
I don't think you will get much from a pawn shop.  Are there any local craft/farmers markets you could set up and attend as a seller?  Or maybe more of a consignment store, they tend to work more with sellers to let you get more of what the pieces are worth.
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Who doesn't love Dug from UP :) on: May 05, 2014 09:18:20 PM
So totally wonderful!  I love Dug so very much!
17  UNITED STATES / Missouri / Re: Crafty KC on: April 29, 2014 08:47:14 PM
Are there any crafty stores I shouldn't miss before I leave?  We are flying out of KC on Saturday, and staying overnight on Friday... 

Just wanted to to check since you just posted.  Smiley 
I'm in St. Louis right now!
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: New goodies on: April 17, 2014 09:16:58 PM
Gorgeous!  I really love the spikes!
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / The Most Amazing Beaded Thing Ever on: April 17, 2014 09:15:32 PM

I shed to share this article!  I can't believe they beaded an entire Volkswagen bug, plus the spiritual meaning in the designs is breathtaking.  Smiley

I figured other beaders here would love to see this.
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A Mother (in-law) is Love on: April 10, 2014 12:22:22 AM
Gorgeous!  I bet she treasures it!  The colors are so nice, and I adore the butterflies.  Nice work!
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