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2951  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Beaded Earrings: My First Post! Yay! on: June 01, 2005 06:01:53 PM
Those earrings are really pretty! You have a good eye for design. You said you *just started* making earrings? Wow! Keep it up! Cheesy I like them all, but that first pair seriously ROCKS!

Years ago, back when dreamcatcher earrings were in style, I used to make my own wire hoops by shaping my brass wire around a thick wooden dowel or a medicine vial. That way I could keep the sizes of my hoops consistent, and it was really easy to do. I was selling them at the time, so I had to make lots!  I even used an old makeup bottle to make an oval-shaped hoop. It was a plastic bottle, and it worked great. I finished each end with a loop, too.

2952  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help identifying a blue stone/semi precious? bead. on: June 01, 2005 05:37:25 PM

I'm really glad I opened this thread, and read about chalcedony in your post! I  was thinking about buying some... glad I haven't done it yet. Thank you.

To stay on topic---yeah, that is definitely dyed howlite. I have learned the hard way to rub the beads between my fingers and check them for blue dye before I purchase the beads. I don't buy it online anymore. I have had dyed howlite bleed off, or fade to it's original white in strong sunlight. Most of the turquoise colored howlite i've bought over the years has been just fine, but I've learned to be careful, from a few bad/messy experiences with it (read: bright blue neck!).  Shocked

2953  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: PLEASE HELP on: June 01, 2005 04:40:47 PM
Is it a barrel clasp, like the one in this link, but without any loops?


Gads, I hated working with those things! What I used to do is string on the remaining end of the clasp, then do a "french knot" with my beading thread, go back though the clasp, then string back though  my necklace for added strength, and to pull up some of the remaining slack. Then I would add a dab of nailpolish ( on a toothpick) to each hidden knot and let it dry before screwing the ends together.

I wish I had a scanner, so I could draw a picture of what I'm talking about. Smiley

Here's a french knot:

The french knot is an embroidery stitch, but I modified it for knotting these godawful clasps. I dunno how many times I wrapped the thread around my needle before going back though the clasp, but it has to be done enough times to ensure that your knot will not slip through the hole.  Pull it taught before you  go all the way  back through the clasp, and your knot should slide down partway into the clasp. It's kind of a pain to do, and it's been about ten years since I last used those clasps, but I hope this helps.

  Personally, I would go with the suggestion given above, and use the eyepins.  Grin

2954  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: need help with stiffening seed bead ornaments on: June 01, 2005 03:48:49 PM
Whoops! I meant to put this tutorial link in the above post:


When I made mine, I used fire-polished czech glass beads, or Swarovski bicones instead of the pearls you see in her tut. They came out really nice, and were pretty quick to make.

Warning---making these can be seriously addictive!  Grin

2955  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: need help with stiffening seed bead ornaments on: June 01, 2005 03:36:55 PM

Those are lovely!

I have also tried using the floor polish to stiffen some beaded earrings, and was not happy with the results. I work with wire now, and use beads with slightly larger holes for the areas I need to make multiple passes. Matsuno #8 seed beads work well for this. I get them from Fire Mountain Gems. I wish I had a digital camera, so I could show you.

What you have been making reminds me of the "Perlensterne" (bead stars)  my German Grandma made years ago for her tree.  Hers were made on thin floral wire, and were very lacy and delicate.

 Last fall, I found a great link with pictures of perlensterne, and some patterns. It is in German, but the pictures are  pretty easy to understand, if youv'e beaded before.. I went kinda crazy and made TONS of them for gifts last Christmas!


And here's Babelfish:

Mabe you could try something like this?


2956  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: New Earrings on: March 31, 2005 12:39:05 PM
Hi, my first post here. Smiley

All three pair are lovely, but I especially like the pink ones. I love the rose quartz/crystal/silver combination. I'll bet you sell them quickly.

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