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« on: December 27, 2011 09:02:12 PM »

I bought some beads and clasps a while back to make little markers to put on crochet projects I put aside, so I can remember what hook I use, but they didn't turn out the greatest. I want to make more, along with some stitch markers and... whatever you call these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/KNIT-PURL-MORE-CHARM-KNITTING-MARKERS-/360191218738?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53dd11d432

What do I need to make these correctly? I have no idea what the hardware I need is, and since I'll be buying online it would help to know what to search for. Basically I need something to put the beads on, clasps for crochet, and... jumprings? for the knitting. Is that right? I have a basic jewellery tool set from Walmart, and a few bits of hardware I've played with but I can't figure out how to make something nice. Any tips would be appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2011 11:06:36 AM »

The stitch markers you linked to were handmade with one long piece of jewelry wire, and in a more complex way than they are usually made. (And this method didn't actually use any separate jump rings since the maker made her own loops instead).

At any rate, to make those particular (long) stitch markers you'd do these steps:
...cut a long piece of jewlery wire
...at about the halfway mark, pull the wire around a stiff rod (metal, wood, marker/pencil/etc) of the size you want the loop to be, to create a large round loop
...without removing the wire from the rod, twist the tails of the wire a couple of times
...cut one tail short (maybe to 1/2-3/4"), then wrap it around the other tail
...pass the remaining wire tail through the hole in a colored seed bead, then a letter bead, then a colored seed bead
...thread on 2 metal seed beads
...trim the remaining tail to about 3/4" in length, then curl it into a "loop" with round nose pliers**
...twist open the loop you made, and put the built-in loop of the metal charm/embellishment into it...then close the loop back together

There are various ways stitch markers can look and various ways of making them though:
They can be as long as you want, with as many or few beads as you want, etc. 
Some would use purchased metal findings like jump rings and head pins or eye pins, or those findings could be made separately from wire by you (or they could be incorporated into the one long wire as in the example above). 
Once you learn how to make the various loops, etc, yourself from wire**, you can then do any series of those things you want to create the particular markers you want.

Polymer clayers make stitch markers sometimes too:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/mixing_media.htm (click on Knitting & Crochet)
Also check out the Polymer Clay Completed Project sub-board (or do a search there) for various stitch markers clayers have made.

Various kinds of things would be similar to make though using the same techniques as stitch markers, like "fan or zipper pulls," dangle earrings, wineglass charms, etc, so places online that deal with the wire or assembly techniques for making those kinds of things would be very similar to making stitch markers--except that the stitch markers would have to have a large-enough, closed loop at the top end.
If you're interested, you can also find instructions for some of those things on these pages at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/beads.htm (click on Misc. Uses for Beads)

** for info on making loops, wrapped loops, etc, with wire, check out this page at my site:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/wire.htm (look especially at the subcategories under Basic Wire Shapes)
http://glassattic.com/polymer/jewelry.htm (look esp. at Earrings, the earwire-dangle type)

P.S.  Not sure what you mean by "clasps for crochet," or if you want to make more than one kind of thing...

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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2012 10:11:17 PM »

I agree with Diane B on how the stitch markers you linked to were made. But you can make stitch markers with different jewelry findings too.

I think for a knitting marker, you could just use a large jump ring (or a keychain ring) for the top and use a head pin or eye pin for the piece below for your beads. The head pin has a flat end, so the beads won't fall off and an eye pin has a loop on the end for the same purpose. With an eye pin, you could connect a charm at the end. (Sorry if I'm not that great at explaining this).

For a crochet marker, instead of a ring, you'd need a clasp of some sort. The most common would be the lobster clasp.

Here's pictures of what I'm talking about and what they're called.

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2012 11:48:50 PM »

Thank you both, that's exactly what I was looking for! I'm going to have to find a ride to the Big City and raid all their craft stores now. Cheesy
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