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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Methods of connecting a strand of beads with precious metal chain? on: May 01, 2012 03:21:32 AM
Hello my fellow crafting dolls,

It has been months since i worked on any jewelry projects and its time to stretch my legs and begin anew. My latest obsession is with making delicate bracelets...my goal is to make three more to add to the collection. I use 26 gauge half hard gold filled wire for most of my projects in addition to gold filled chain - see photo

Now here is my question. I would like to do a series of bracelets with half of it being a straight row of beads and the other half gold filled chain. I do not want to make beaded links (like with the hematite bracelet in the picture), but rather just a row of beads/stones. I am having trouble coming up with an idea to connect the two together. I do not want to use Nymo for this project . I do have a small amount of half hard gold filled wire on hand..but i am concerned about the metal bending/losing shape over time. Any ideas? HELP!

Cookies and Hugs,
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Do you really get what you pay for? Newbie Beader Here! on: April 13, 2011 01:05:44 AM
Hello Craftsters,

So my beading and jewelry making journey began years ago as a teenager, going to Claires and Icing and buying pieces I found awesome - often times tearing necklaces, bracelets and other things apart to form new pendants, chains that suited my liking.

I dropped this sort of hobby and did not give much thought to it again until a month ago when I walked into my first Jo-ann's fabric and craft store. Armed with not much money (I am currently unemployed) I went into the beading aisle and was amazed at all the things I saw and the ideas began to bubble in my head. I left the store with jump rings, head pins, beads, and other items I believed I would turn into amazing one of a kind pieces that I would keep for myself and give to friends. Most items cost me between 1.29 and 3.99 (whether it was findings, beads, etc) I also purchased a 5 piece beading tool kit for 10 bucks - hehe Shocked

A month later I've created some earrings, started on a bracelet and have an idea for a multi strand black pearl necklace..

My hope is one day to refine my skills enough to sell some of my pieces and share my idea of art with the world (insert big smile here)

So here is my question for everyone to weigh in on. When is it best to begin to upgrade to more expensive supplies? Is it really necessary? I have had some issues with chain coming apart, tools that are hard on my projects that leave metal wire rough looking and unfinished, jump rings not working to my liking and beading mishaps because I was too overzealous with a head pin... Undecided

Is this because the items I am using are "cheap" or because I am truly new to making jewelery and I am still rough around the edges...or both?

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