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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Tarnish free chain on: June 10, 2012 04:44:09 AM
Hi all,

I don't usually use chain in my projects but a very good friend has asked me to make a few necklaces for the teens in a program she runs and she's indicated that they would be more likely to wear a metal chain necklace than a fully beaded one (my normal choice).

I've been looking around online for possible suppliers and am a bit ovewhelmed with the choices and lack of description on some of the sites I use.

Here's where I need help.
I need chain that I can add custom clasps to with jump rings (unfinished chain).
It should also be a thin chain.im attaching custom charms that are high impact but tiny.
I'd like it to be as allergen free as possible and tarnish free.
I thought of using sterling silver but my friend wants to keep the cost down and possible have me teach the girls how to make their own later this summer, so sterling would be a bit high end for that.

I've had horrible experiences with chain from the retail stores in my area.

Where do you get your chain? What sort of chain would you recommend?

Thanks for any suggestions,
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Spray paint or Gesso to prime wood beads? on: April 07, 2012 11:05:56 PM
Hi All,

I'm thinking about painting a few wood beads for a project I'm starting. The beads I have are already stained or painted (they're the cheap, widely available brown wood beads you can get from any store's craft section) and have a thin clear coating.

I've only found two tutorials about repainting these beads and neither is about what I'm trying to to do really.

I'd like to paint them white to prime them for further painting. Should I gesso the beads (thus having to sand them before application) or do you think I could get away with spray painting them matte white?

In this tutorial http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2009/12/turorial-that-lime-green-necklace.html the crafter is using wood beads without the clear coating mine have  and just spray painting them. I think I could get a pretty good cover with the white spray paint, but I don't have a lot of time for a failed attempt (I'd like to make the piece for a friend by her looming birthday) so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Fabric for bead embroidery? on: January 09, 2012 08:59:30 PM
Hi Crafty Peeps,

I am trying to up my beading skills and really want to start beading around cabochons. I have a few tutorial links but have found myself in a quandary. The two tutorials call for either Stacy's Stiff Fabric or some other product with a similar name. Well, I went to my local craft megastore and they don't stock it.

Can you suggest an alternative fabric for cabochon backing?  I'd really like to buy it at a local craft store (we only have the big major retailers here - JoAnns, Michael's and Hobby Lobby) and not on the internet. I tried regular suede and felt and they both sucked. lol

Don't know what I'm looking to do? Here is a site with a lot of BEAUTIFUL (far beyond my skill level) bead embroidered pieces.  -- http://www.serafinibeadedjewelry.com/neck.php ... okay maybe I just included that link because the pieces are so delightful..

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions Needed- Bracelet to make in an hour with group? on: September 18, 2011 06:39:15 PM
Long time, no Craftser!

Hey Everybody,

I'm going on a Woman's retreat with a group of friends (15 folks) and have been charged to come up with a bracelet project that we can all do together in about an hour.

Only two or three other people are regular crafters. But quite a few of them would love to be. None are beaders, except me ocassionally. I normally do things with crochet and seed beads but that's much too complicated for the group of novices in such short time.  Initially I wanted to do a paper bead bracelet. They're eco-friendly and super fun to make. But the drying time is prohibitive.

So, I need your help/suggestions. Know of any good basic (but still challenging enough to be fun) bracelet projects?

I've been having a hard time thinking of something because while I love being the part of the group (women friends are wonderful), we're so diverse that it's hard to think of something everyone will like. We're women from diverse backgrounds aged from 29 to 63.

Ideally I'd like it to be something that even our most high cultured friend will wear (you know the woman who never wears anything handmade, but buys her gold from QVC (jokes) Smiley as well as that will go with the earthy gear of another woman who makes her own soaps and works at a co-op.

Any ideas of bracelets or tutes to look at will be super helpful because at this point I've got too many ideas and not enough of a vision. I've been scouring the net for hours and find most of the one strand stringing projects too simple.

Here are the only three parameters:
1. It has to be completable in about an hour (maybe an hour and a half)
2. The materials should cost less than $10 per person
3. We should be able to personalize it to our group, so that it will be a keepsake (something nice!)

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet Summer Scarf: Needs something, but what? on: April 28, 2011 08:43:52 PM
I was so excited to finish this super skinny summer scarf with a dollar skein of mixed fiber yarn I found at Big Lots. It's just a series of knot stitches and double crochets but the texture and effect is really intricate. BUT.. alas... It's incomplete. HELP! What does it need? Beads? Fringe? (I hate fringe, but maybe it needs it)

Any suggestions are appreciated!

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