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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tarnish free chain on: June 22, 2012 04:50:58 AM
I'm pretty open to the size and color . Stainless is what I think we will use. I just had a meeting with my friend and we're ordering some samples.
Thanks for the suggestion!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Tarnish free chain on: June 10, 2012 04:44:09 AM
Hi all,

I don't usually use chain in my projects but a very good friend has asked me to make a few necklaces for the teens in a program she runs and she's indicated that they would be more likely to wear a metal chain necklace than a fully beaded one (my normal choice).

I've been looking around online for possible suppliers and am a bit ovewhelmed with the choices and lack of description on some of the sites I use.

Here's where I need help.
I need chain that I can add custom clasps to with jump rings (unfinished chain).
It should also be a thin chain.im attaching custom charms that are high impact but tiny.
I'd like it to be as allergen free as possible and tarnish free.
I thought of using sterling silver but my friend wants to keep the cost down and possible have me teach the girls how to make their own later this summer, so sterling would be a bit high end for that.

I've had horrible experiences with chain from the retail stores in my area.

Where do you get your chain? What sort of chain would you recommend?

Thanks for any suggestions,
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: How to increase business by increasing traffic to your blog. on: June 04, 2012 06:33:29 AM
 Just wanted to add that as a Tumblr user and frequent handmade purchaser, the tumblr posts have sent me to sites and shops I would have never found before. There's some icky stuff on tumblr, but when I want to find something new or innovative, it's the first place I search.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Spray paint or Gesso to prime wood beads? on: April 07, 2012 11:05:56 PM
Hi All,

I'm thinking about painting a few wood beads for a project I'm starting. The beads I have are already stained or painted (they're the cheap, widely available brown wood beads you can get from any store's craft section) and have a thin clear coating.

I've only found two tutorials about repainting these beads and neither is about what I'm trying to to do really.

I'd like to paint them white to prime them for further painting. Should I gesso the beads (thus having to sand them before application) or do you think I could get away with spray painting them matte white?

In this tutorial http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2009/12/turorial-that-lime-green-necklace.html the crafter is using wood beads without the clear coating mine have  and just spray painting them. I think I could get a pretty good cover with the white spray paint, but I don't have a lot of time for a failed attempt (I'd like to make the piece for a friend by her looming birthday) so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: What can I make with this?? on: April 07, 2012 09:53:59 PM
I just wanted to say, what a thoughtful bf! I should get my husband to read this post...buy me beads for my birthday. Good luck making something with your cool kit.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Bead Embroidery Earrings on: February 18, 2012 08:08:29 PM
Love these! The shape makes them wonderful.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric for bead embroidery? on: February 17, 2012 10:28:05 PM
Thanks! I'll definitely put the faux leather on my list of fabrics to try! I like the look of the pieces made with more expensive pieces but would really like to work on my skills before I sink the few crafting dollars I have into materials.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bracelets constantly breaking on: January 27, 2012 09:28:51 PM
If you're doing any beadweaving (peyote or brick stitch) perhaps try Fireline thread. It is a braided thread with a coating that can stand up to some wear.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric for bead embroidery? on: January 13, 2012 04:43:05 PM
I have a temporary solution! A great friend of mine, who is not a crafter, was in the store and remembered my whining about something to stabilize my small bead embroidery and bought me a package (1yrd) of Stitch-nSew, cut away Sew In Stabilizer (meduim weight) and thus far IT IS PERFECT. I stitched small sample piece and will be making the bigger piece in the next few weeks.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Fabric for bead embroidery? on: January 09, 2012 08:59:30 PM
Hi Crafty Peeps,

I am trying to up my beading skills and really want to start beading around cabochons. I have a few tutorial links but have found myself in a quandary. The two tutorials call for either Stacy's Stiff Fabric or some other product with a similar name. Well, I went to my local craft megastore and they don't stock it.

Can you suggest an alternative fabric for cabochon backing?  I'd really like to buy it at a local craft store (we only have the big major retailers here - JoAnns, Michael's and Hobby Lobby) and not on the internet. I tried regular suede and felt and they both sucked. lol

Don't know what I'm looking to do? Here is a site with a lot of BEAUTIFUL (far beyond my skill level) bead embroidered pieces.  -- http://www.serafinibeadedjewelry.com/neck.php ... okay maybe I just included that link because the pieces are so delightful..

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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