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MichelleD
« on: March 11, 2008 07:50:27 AM »

I need screw eyes to make some charms from PC, but the only ones I can find are too big. I can't find any in the jewelry/beading sections at the craft store. The only ones I can find are in the hardware store/dept or picture framing, but they are too big. Any suggestions where I can find them? I would prefer to buy them locally rather than online.

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Michelle
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2008 09:19:14 AM »

Here's some info from my site on that:

...Look for small screw eyes in the miniature wood things section of Michael's rather than in the jewelry findings aisle.
...also look at any hobby or craft shop that sells supplies for making miniatures (dollhouses, etc.)
... http://www.firemountaingems.com has a bunch of different screweyes... I attach them with a bit of liquid clay, just drive them into the raw clay holds beautifully, I attach a bail after. adriaf
...I was looking for eye screws last Feb. when I was working on my GD's wedding favors because I needed a lot of them and could only get 5 or 6 in a package that ran $3.58.
Karen at Clay Alley http://www.clayalley.com came to my rescue and found a supplier who had both gold and silver and they are much more polished and not as bulky as the hardware store variety. ...They come in lots of 12 per pkg. and were very inexpensive. Marilyn
......see other jewelry supply sources in Jewelry > Supply Sources

You may also want to consider what some clayers do which is to make a "wrapped shank" loop to use instead.  Here's more from my site:

...instead of the wrapped part of the shank being outside the clay, it can be embedded inside the clay (like the bent-shank eyepins, etc) then have the clay snugged back around, or it can even be "screwed" in --maybe even want to separate the wires of the wrap if doing this for more toothy threads
....I make my own "wrapped" loop and leave the wrapped tail end a little over 1/4" in length. Then I screw this into the clay before baking (the wrapped tail end is like a tiny "screw", and because of the texture and thickness of the wrapped portion, it is much more secure than a simple pin would be.) Jai
(some lessons on making wrapped-shank loops:)
http://www.beadaroo.com/techniques/view.php?technique=wirewraploop&ps_session=ac88e36ed1eda82e4a65dace5fc2490a
http://www.jewelry-tools.com/WJU/techniques/loops/wrap1.htm
http://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_tropfishjewelry.htm

There's more info on using screw eyes and metal/wire loops of various types as connectors on this page, if you're interested:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pendants_cording.htm
(...click on Full Loops...)


P.S. Is there a particular reason you want to use eye screws rather than the traditional eye pins used for these charms?


HTH,

Diane B.


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MichelleD
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2008 12:23:32 PM »

Thanks for your help Diane. I was looking for the eye screws because I thought they would bond better to the clay than eye pins (since they are threaded and also thicker).  What do you think?

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Michelle
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2008 02:27:29 PM »

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I was looking for the eye screws because I thought they would bond better to the clay than eye pins (since they are threaded and also thicker).  What do you think?

No, eye screws won't necessarily be better than eye pins--just larger and more expensive. 

The traditional way of embedding the shanks of eye pins into clay involves bending the shortened shank at least once and perhaps twice (into a zig-zag).  The portion of shank where the zig-zagged wire is (most of it), is then put into the hole (or a slit) that's been made in the clay, then the surrounding clay is snugged back around it.  That makes for an extremely secure connection because it creates a mechanical hold on the shank (not requiring an adhesive). 

The other common option is to put a bit of liquid clay in with a straight shank then bake, or to put the shank in but pull it out after baking and put it back in with a tad of superglue (and press in a few seconds).  Neither will be quite as strong as the first way, though should hold through most situations.

Also, as I mentioned, embedding the wrapped shank of a wrapped-loop that you make yourself from wire, in the same way as a zig-zagged wire above, would be similar to embedding the threads of an eye screw. 

One other option I didn't mention would be using certain kinds of wire (plastic-coated) for the connector pieces.  The plastic covering is very similar to polymer clay itself and will bond with it when they're baked (even if the shank or other bit of the wire is perfectly straight).


There's more info on all that on the page I suggested before too:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pendants_cording.htm
(...click on Full Loops...)


HTH,

Diane B.
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MichelleD
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2008 04:50:37 PM »

Thanks again, Diane. I checked out your link and found lots of great tips. I never thought about making my own threaded loop with wire, which I conveniently already have. I tried your site before I posted, but I just couldn't figure out the right word to search.

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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2008 05:18:27 PM »

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making my own threaded loop with wire, which I conveniently already have.


Great!  There are lots of other polymer jewelry-related things that can be made from wire and eye pins, etc., for clay too like jump rings and chains, clasps, ear wires, spirals, coils, wraps for cord loop fasteners, and more. 
There are lessons on making those things plus more ideas for using wire with clay on this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/wire.htm

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I tried your site before I posted, but I just couldn't figure out the right word to search.

Were you looking on the Table of Contents page?  If not, it can be hard (for several reasons) to search my entire site, so it's often a good idea to start on that page (which functions kind of like a very thorough site map):
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
You can even do a ctrl+f search right on that page if browsing down it's whole length doesn't suggest which page your topic might be found on.


Diane B.

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enchantedwhimsies
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2008 12:38:32 PM »

you just want to go to the jewelry section for findings in any craft store or wal-mart (etc) they are like a buck or 2 for a big pack. if the straight pin part of it is too long for what you are making just clip it with some wire cutters (or even nail clippers or strong scissors) You can alos take craft wire and needle-nose or chain-nose (round tips)  pliers and make your own little loops on the end.
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akaalan225
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2012 05:01:52 AM »

Hi. I don't know if this is still an item you're looking for, but I regularly use a micro screw eye in my production work, check out http://featherwoodworks.com. You'll see the earrings I make actual size and can gauge the size of screw eye I use, and they work great. If you'd like more information let me know!
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