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2941  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Earrings, Necklace and Bracelet Set on: January 11, 2006 10:02:32 AM
Hi, Sayryna.

I love all of it, but most especially the necklace! Gorgeous work!

2942  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Wire Wrapped Bracelet on: January 11, 2006 09:53:34 AM
I really, really like that bracelet! Very unusual and fun.

I saw some hoop earrings made in that way years ago, but never got around to trying that myself. Your bracelet is awesome, with all the different colors. It would also be cool in "ocean-y" blues and greens.

Keep up the beautiful work!

2943  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a specific bead on: January 03, 2006 11:28:27 AM
Hi,  kziemkowski.

I was just over at Fire Mountain Gems website this morning, looking at some Czech glass, and saw a few things similar. Some of these are more "peachy", and I also threw in a link to purplish one. Maybe some of these might work? Anyhow,  here's some links:






You also might want to try emailing FMG your picture of the beads that you are looking for. I have been doing business with them for years, and their customer service is great. They can pinpoint exactly what you need, if they stock it there. In the past, they have had a few oddball things in stock that I could not find with their search engine, that they helped me locate. Nice  people there.

Unfortunately, they are a little steep on the shipping. But they might be your best bet.

2944  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Awesome way to make holes in earrings on a budget!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: June 07, 2005 05:20:06 AM
I'm intrigued, but I don't know what to seach for, since I don't know what it is called.

Did you buy it in the crafts dept, or in hardware?

I would like to make some jewelry from guitar picks, but since I have athsma, I'm leery of burning holes in plastic, 'cause of the fumes. I don't need to own a drill for any other reason, so something like this would be ideal.

2945  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: opinions needed. necklaces, bracelets, earrings..[image heavy] on: June 04, 2005 10:14:09 AM
Very nice work there!

On the first two earrings, maybe you could add a small metal charm or something at the bottom? That would be easier than taking the earrings apart and putting them on headpins. They just look a little unfinished with the bare loops.

Also, as has been said before, you want to be careful to make sure your loops are completely closed. When I first started making jewelry to sell, I had to repair some earrings that came off of their wires. Luckily, people were patient with me... Embarrassed
If you are using a flat-nosed plier to make your loops, that may be why some of them are not closed all the way. Round-nosed pliers make the loops soooo much easier to get right on the first try!

Good luck with your show. You have pretty stuff!
2946  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: dangly pink earrings! :) on: June 04, 2005 09:47:07 AM
Those are really fun! I like 'em!

As far as pricing, if they are made from all plastic beads, I would start the price at around five bucks, but if you are adding glass beads, they could go for 7-8.00, or even more,  easily. I really like the way you have the beads grouped at the top, like a lantern. Very cute.

Good job, and you have a lucky sister!

2947  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Desperate - Where to find large plain hair pins? on: June 02, 2005 08:21:31 AM
I found these:

Would something like that work?
2948  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: woven Friendship Bracelets on: June 02, 2005 08:07:26 AM
I remember those! Were they flat, with a diagonal striped pattern?

I used to make those on long, boring flights back in the eighties, when I travelled back and forth a lot. I would clip them to a small clipboard that I could tuck in my purse when not in use. It was a good travel project because I could carry a whole bunch of pre-cut floss, and it didn't wiegh me down. No scissors to upset the security folks, either.  Smiley

The clipboard makes it a lot easier to knot these. Any size clipboard will do.

Here are some links I found:




Hope this helps.

2949  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Faux Coral Bracelet-Instructions? on: June 01, 2005 06:20:00 PM
Here's another thing you might try. This is a tutorial for earrings, but you could maybe adapt this idea to make a "coraled" bracelet?


2950  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Beaded Earrings: My First Post! Yay! on: June 01, 2005 06:01:53 PM
Those earrings are really pretty! You have a good eye for design. You said you *just started* making earrings? Wow! Keep it up! Cheesy I like them all, but that first pair seriously ROCKS!

Years ago, back when dreamcatcher earrings were in style, I used to make my own wire hoops by shaping my brass wire around a thick wooden dowel or a medicine vial. That way I could keep the sizes of my hoops consistent, and it was really easy to do. I was selling them at the time, so I had to make lots!  I even used an old makeup bottle to make an oval-shaped hoop. It was a plastic bottle, and it worked great. I finished each end with a loop, too.

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