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Rachy
« on: January 09, 2006 02:11:11 PM »

I just started getting into jewellery making... my fiancé's mum got me a bead kit and suddenly i can't stop looking for jewellery supplies! So these are my very first attempts... I'd be extremely grateful for comments/advice (By the way any other UK Craftsters know of good places to get beads, findings etc?)



The jewellery ensemble... Wink



A close-up of the bracelet... although I'm having issues as the jump rings keep coming open and it falls apart! Argh...

Thanks for looking!

Rach xxx
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2006 03:53:00 PM »

wow, great job! I love the dangly wire heart earrings.
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2006 03:57:38 PM »

very cool. love the hearts
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2006 04:33:01 PM »

I LOVE THOSE HEART ONES!!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2006 12:19:59 AM »

I love the heart ones too!  Did you use a jig?
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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2006 03:17:51 AM »

Very pretty! I love the heart ones.  Wink

I'm from the UK and I buy most of my beads/findings online.
I find this place very reasonable :
http://jillybeads.co.uk/acatalog/
They're quick to send your orders and also give you free beads with every order too!  Wink

I also like :
www.julesgems.com
The beads are abit more expensive but they have some different ones you can't find in other places.

some more websites:
www.beadmaster.com
http://www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/welcome.htm
http://www.constellationbeads.co.uk/
www.firemountaingems.com <<it's an american website but they have reasonable shipping prices to send to the UK.

Ebay is always good too!
If you're not looking to buy online try your local craft shop for beads.  Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2006 03:43:30 AM »

Wow ok the heart ones are popular!  Cheesy

Sadly I didn't come up with the idea myself, they were based on an idea from a book, "Creating Wire and Beaded Jewelry" (Linda Jones) which has some *really* pretty stuff in by the way! I'm waiting for the day when I can actually think up some ideas myself...!

beadgirl - what's a jig?! So... I don't think I used one! I'm curious now, though...

bracelet_girl - thanks so much for those websites! You're a star!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2006 02:00:42 PM »

Hey there, great work.  I can't believe you are a beginner, that bracelet is gorgeous.

All of the sites bracelet_girl mentioned are brilliant.  My personal favourite at the moment is jilly beads.  I get the majority of my beads and findings there and think they are good value.

If you have a Hobbycraft nearby check there to see if they have Gutterman beads.  I love those.

Also take a look here  www.littlebeader.com.

beadgirl - what's a jig?! So... I don't think I used one! I'm curious now, though...

A jig is like a board with holes in.  You put little pegs in to help make shapes with wire.  Here is an example:

http://www.mailorder-beads.co.uk/wigjig-olympus.html

They have a few different types.

If you are still having problems with the jump rings give me a shout and I'll see if I can be of any help  =)

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Rachy
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2006 02:34:44 PM »

hey purplefluffycow (cool name!) i really appreciate the comments!

I was really pleased with how the bracelet turned out, though scared to wear it outside as the first time i put it on my wrist one of the links popped open! I would actually love to get advice on the jump rings... do people solder them or something? Maybe i should use thicker wire, but i find 0.8mm really difficult to work with so I was using 0.4 and i think maybe it's just a bit too pliable... hmm.

Any help would be great! Smiley

Oh and I do have a local Hobbycraft and will be popping in at some stage I'm sure Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2006 05:43:26 PM »

You could solder them shut if you wanted to.

Have you made your own jump rings?  I'm too lazy to do it myself  Cheesy I usually buy mine from Hobbycraft.  I started out with jump rings that had a diameter of 5mm but they are a little too delicate for bracelets.  I had a few of my earlier ones just come apart, even when I made sure that they were closed properly.  Now I use 7mm or 8mm because the wire is much thicker and isn't as pliable.
If you want to use 4mm try doubling up - so where you would just use one jumpring, use 2 instead.  That worked well for me.  None of my bracelets fell apart after that.
If you are making them yourself, maybe try using a thicker gauge of wire.  Even though it might be hard to work with at least it won't come apart.

If you go to Hobbycraft maybe try a small bag of 7mm jumprings and see if they are any better for you.
I hope that helped a little.  Let me know how you get on.
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