While researching a blog post about colored chain, I found this link: http://www.inlandproducts.com/split_rings_ball_chain.htm - if you scroll to the bottom of the page, you can find black jewelry chain by the spool. There's quite a bit on the spool, so I'm not sure if that's helpful to you. I did find out that what you're looking for is "anodized" chain.
I got to thinking about the subject of shopping for plastic chain, and the larger subject of shopping for jewelry chain in fun colors, and realized I had quite a bit to say. I wrote it up as a shopping guide in my blog, and I though you guys might want to take a look:
I just wanted to post a rather overdue update; I've had a lot going on, so I actually bought the suggested glues but other projects came up and I didn't test them until recently. Results? Loctite warps the silver backing of my plastic gems, I'm afraid - though maybe it's just the specific Loctite I tried. Seems to hold pretty well though. E6000 and JB Weld both did a wonderful job of creating a STRONG bold that doesn't warpthe silver backing. I'm going to use the JB Weld though, as it cures faster (15-24 hours, instead of 24-72 hours).
Just wanted to update in case anyone else every goes searching the forum for a glue to use on plastic rhinestone jewel gem thingies that doesn't screw up the shiny back.
I'm trying to get all the web stuff I like to keep up with on a daily basis in one place, namely Google Reader, by using RSS feeds. I know Craftster uses them, and I seem to be able to add live bookmarks in Firefox just fine but if I try to add specfic feeds like certain boards or Hot New Topics to Google Feeder it doesn't work, I just get the feed for ALL of Craftster, which includes every little comment on every topic, and is impossible to read.
Anyone know how to get it to work right? I'm new to RSS, so I haven't a clue what the problem is. If anyone can explain it, I'd be terribly grateful. Thanks!
which is all about beading cheaply. There are some great idea for stretching the money you have for supplies - once you make a little, or if you can scrap together if a couple dollars, these tips will really help stretch it.
Oh my gosh, that's so gorgeous! Your choice of colors and shapes is amazing, it makes me think of the kind of photos my dad like to take after ice storms. This is one of the best "cha-cha" style bracelets I've ever seen, those beads just work so well clustered together like that.
Wow, thanks for posting this. Not only is your project amazing, the link to the tutorials is very helpful. I'm curious, how did you get such a great photo? I'm always looking for ways to improve my skills at taking pictures of jewelry. Yours has amazing clarity!
Oh wow, those are amazing! I've been thinking about trying the melted bead thing for a long time now. I'm so glad you made this post, because I've wondered how silicone molds would work. You can buy really nifty ones on eBay, but I like these simpler ones too. I want to make pendants mainly, so I think maybe only one layer of beads if I try this. I've also been thinkin' I could get a similar effect if I fill a metal cookie cutter with beads. I'm a bit worried they'd stick, but it sounds from all the reading I've done like it would just pop off the metal.
I just love how you used the random multi colored beads as "ornaments" on the tree ones. SOOO cute!
I'm beginning to wonder if there should be a separate bead board just for bead melting.