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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: button stud earring help... on: May 14, 2006 03:50:26 AM
You can get a shank cutter at most sewing stores.  Sometimes, depending on how strong the metal is, a pair of metal snips will take it off, flush cutters will do it, strong wire cutters, etc.

PLEASE make sure that you wear eye protection when cutting these off!!!

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: a tedious project with a tutorial lots of pictures on: May 14, 2006 03:47:31 AM
when i was little i had this little thing that had a stencil fo rcuttiong out the triangles and a little crank where you wind the paper on and then slid it off.  am i the only one that had this thing?  it came with origami-type paper.  i miss my little kid craft doo-dads.

I HAD THAT THING TOO!  so cool....now i want to go make one!  Wink nice job

Not only HAD it, HAVE it.  It sits in my studio, because every now and then, I do use a coupla paper beads or metal beads (made from soda cans) and this whips them up really easily.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: wired on: May 13, 2006 12:17:42 PM
No offense, but I really can't tell anything about it.

Is it twisted wire, knitted, crocheted, braided?

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Prom happens... and my pliers get going! on: May 11, 2006 05:57:43 AM
FABulous! Grin Grin Grin
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can some please help me- ink-jet shrink plastic for pendants, etc.Printer ve on: May 11, 2006 05:53:27 AM
I use the shrink from McGill Paper.  It is made especially for inkjet printers.

Additionally, since the ink from and inkjet never realllllllly dries on non-porous items, you should spray the pieces with an acrylic spray.  Bake them again for a minute after they have already shrunk, and in that second while the ink appears dry, you can spray them.

Also, I think McGill has a spray that works really well.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: See the necklace that I made (Moved from Discussions)..... on: May 11, 2006 05:45:56 AM
Very pretty.  You might want to make an adjustable knot, so that you can change the length of the necklace.

Here's the easiest way I've found:

i'm teaching 10 year olds this knot tomorrow.  A group of Girl Scouts is earning its Jeweler's Badge, so I am teaching them a bunch of techniques. Who knew?  When I was a girl scout, there was no Jeweler's Badge. 

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: My First Jewelry Class on: May 03, 2006 08:21:00 PM
Lots more info needed.
What are you teaching?  Techniques or project?
Is it an ongoing?  For instance, I teach 6 week, 2 hour workshops to learn specific techniques.  I get $60/hour on average, but I teach at a local arts center  But I have been teaching, designing and selling jewelry for a looooong time.  Privately, I charge $70/hour for up to 4 people.  That includes my travel time and the fact that I normally have to bring the tools and supplies.

Who are you teaching? Beginners, intermediates, advanced?

I don't teach stringing, so my guess is that it might be less.
I don't teach beadweaving (on or off loom) so that might be different also.

Where are you teaching?  Does it have the necessary supplies and tools, or are you supplying them?
Are you providing the ingredients or are the students supplying their own?

You need to charge for prep time and handout creation time and handout duplication costs and travel time.  This is all part of the time spent on the class and I charge for it.

Sooooo, lots more questions than answers, but....
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: God, please help me solder before I freak.... on: April 30, 2006 04:06:12 PM
I do clean it often - after nearly every pass.

I saw that tutorial before and I think that maybe my iron is too hot for what I'm doing?  Or am I pressing too hard with the tip??

you're only using a 40watt iron...it's not too hot...in fact, maybe it's not hot enough and you're pressing hard because you think that might help?

What type of solder are you using?
How often do you tin the tip?
What flux are you using?

I'm trying to think of anything that might be different from how I solder that might lead me to an answer.

I've been soldering for so long, that it's just second nature to me, so I can't even go through it in my head to see what else might be happening.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....Bueller? Bueller?

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: God, please help me solder before I freak.... on: April 29, 2006 03:43:41 PM
You poor thing Sad  I have soldered for years and have never had a tip break.  Have you tinned it?  Do you clean it off after every pass?
Here's a link to a tutorial for soldering...maybe it will help you.


10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: memory wire question on: April 28, 2006 04:02:10 PM

any of the techniques for making necklaces can be used for rings also
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