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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: How long-lasting is bead glue? on: October 26, 2006 07:01:14 PM
If you use a very fine monofiliment (.010), you can go back through each bead as you add them, making a loop of monofiliment around each bead, and they'll stay in place without the use of crimps.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to string pearls with? on: October 26, 2006 06:54:04 PM
If they're inexpensive pearls, I use a small seed bead in between each bead to give it the look of being knotted, without actually having to knot. I hate knotting between beads.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tigertail or...? Need advice on what to thread beads on! on: October 26, 2006 06:52:21 PM
If you're using lightweight beads, a good material is Griffin silk or nylon cord. It's strong and it drapes nicely without kinking. Conso cord is a nice nylon cord that you could use also. They all can be knotted or finished with clamshells or bead tips.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Broach Pins on: June 17, 2006 10:05:13 AM
You can get glue-on tie tack pin backs at Michaels. They're round, and about half an inch in diameter.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need non-jewelry bead project ideas for 2 boys - PLEASE! on: June 17, 2006 09:57:20 AM
Keychains maybe, or maybe you could talk them into hemp jewelry. Or those beaded critters you make with pony beads and satin cord.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: preventing tarnish on: April 11, 2006 10:04:58 AM
The best thing to do is to keep them in plastic ziploc baggies when you're not wearing them. You can also get anti-tarnish paper strips to put in your jewelry box, that helps too.

 Once the tiny silver pieces are in a necklace or bracelet, it's hard to polish them because it's difficult to get at the tiny beads with a polishing cloth, and silver cleaning solution can damage glass and stone beads. The only option I've found is to cut the item apart, dip the silver in silver cleaning solution, and re-string the piece.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Source for Squaredelle Beads on: March 28, 2006 09:58:49 AM
Maybe rings-thing.com has them, I'm not sure though.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beaded animals? on: March 28, 2006 09:57:29 AM
There are a whole bunch of Japanese, Chinese, and Thai beading books out there that feature three-dimensional animals out of crystals like those. Unfortunately, I don't know if there are any printed in English. If you're good with patterns, you can pretty much follow along. I was able to do some of the simple projects, like a seal and a teddy bear.

Check ebay for beading book and swarovski crystal, you may be able to find some of the books.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Toggles on: March 21, 2006 09:06:57 AM
Sometimes you can get a bad toggle.  A good rule of thumb is that the toggle bar should be about twice the legnth of the inside if the loop, if it's too short it can just shift while you're wearing it and slide out.
10  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Minneapolis Community Ed Classes... on: March 21, 2006 08:59:09 AM
Sparky:

Sadly, Dragon Art Glass is going out of business.
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