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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bee cast in resin on: May 13, 2011 02:51:35 PM
You did a great job on this, I love how clear it turned out
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cleaning sterling silver jewelry with gemstones? on: April 24, 2010 09:47:02 AM
What about trying a cloth?  It might be a little time consuming, but at least your stones won't be ruined.

Other then that my only other suggestion is going to be possible removing the stones, and then re-attaching them once your silver is nice and bright and shiny clean again.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making wire loops - picture added on: April 07, 2010 01:31:23 PM
Be careful about what pliers you use, some are meant for hardware type things and will have ridges that will mark your wire.  Use round nose pliers for the loop on the other end, and then it will take some practice- no one gets it perfect the first time.

4  CANADA / British Columbia / Spring Bead Shows! on: March 25, 2010 08:32:49 AM
Who is looking forward to the spring bead shows?  I know I am, I particularly enjoy the Whole Bead show right at the start of May.  There are always really great vendors at that show selling some unique and one of a kind peices, as well as basic stock items to keep me going.

One of my favorite places to buy silver from is Stones and Findings.

What are your favorite vendors?
5  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Bead supply stores in K/W or Hamilton on: March 25, 2010 08:26:05 AM
They are located in kitchner or hamilton, but they do have glue on bails, and they will ship!

Here is a link to the bails that they have...
http://www.stonesandfindings.com/Findings/categories/bail/glue-on/

Hope this helps you out!
6  CANADA / Quebec / Re: Question about buying beads on: December 23, 2009 06:53:40 AM
A great place to buy beads online is with a compnay called Stones and Findings.  They have a really good site, and they are super helpful if you have any questions.  They carry a large assortment of sterling silver findings, semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, and more.
7  CANADA / Saskatchewan / Re: Steel Boning & Corset Supplies in Saskatoon? on: December 23, 2009 06:38:15 AM
I have a really hard time finding steel boning, in the past I have ordered busks from a site based in Ontario called farthingales.  They sell all sorts of corset making supplies.  
Hope this helps!


8  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Sewing Machine Repair in Toronto? on: December 08, 2009 12:38:03 PM
I just got an old faff rewired and tuned up with a new foot at a place up by yonge and eglington.  It is a little off queen, but well worth the treck.  They gentleman there really knows his machines, and enjoys working with older models. 
Here is there information
Yonge Eglinton Sewing Machine Repairs2144 Yonge St, Toronto M4S 2A8, ON
p: 4164874438
9  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Favorite Craft Stores in Toronto!!! on: December 08, 2009 12:22:20 PM
When looking for jewelry components, the place that I really like to go to is Stones and Findings.  They are located right downtown, about two blocks east of yonge st.  They are a wholesaler, but I find even with a $150 minimum things add up fast and it is easy to meet it.  They offer semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, and a huge assortment of sterling silver findings.  They have a great website which you should definately check out if you are interested.
www.stonesandfindings.com
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is there a way to know if something is sterling if it is not marked? on: July 29, 2009 11:39:26 AM
everyone made some great suggestions. I think the truest way to test out Sterling Silver is to cut through it. If you don't want to mark your piece, try it on a jump ring or what not.

There are sterling silver chemical testers that will let you know if it's truly sterling silver but that will also require you to mar your piece.

There is a machine also that will test it for you without having to damage your piece...but i heard it's extremely expensive. A few G's or so.

Another thing is the price. That should also indicate whether or not your piece is silver or not.
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