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Topic: Jewellery from a newbie! (wire and metallic effect beads)  (Read 1754 times)
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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2006 08:15:49 AM »

Thanks so much! That's really helpful.

I had been making my own jumprings basically because the thicker ready-made ones I had looked odd with the wire I used. I think it might be best if I try to buy thicker ones or make thicker ones, use 20 guage wire as much as possible even when it hurts my fingers! Wink Hehe.

Anyway great advice, thanks!

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« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2006 09:26:08 PM »

I am just learning wire and jewellery work and love yours! I have learned the hard way about jump rings whether you buy them or make your own. Open and close them side ways instead of pullin gthem apart. Do you understand what I mean? When you open them using two pair of pliers don't pull them apart. Split them side ways ever so slightly. Then you just bend them back together. The angle of the cut make them fit together well. When you pull them apart it's very hard to keep the circle shape in the round. They kind of bend or become oval shape sort of. Hope that helps and not just confuses the heck out of you.

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