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« on: November 10, 2005 04:16:56 PM »

I can't imagine that this HASN'T been posted somewhere before, but I just can't find the answer to my question.
Where should I buy silver charm bracelets that I can add to? I've seen them at jewelry stores and stuff, but they're pretty expensive for one bracelet. Can I buy them wholesale? Where do you gals shop?
Also, I have the same question about earrling chains (the thin link chains to put on the earring hook that can be added to with jump rings). Where do you get those?
I'm looking for cheap options, as always!
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2005 06:37:38 PM »

you can buy the chain at bead shops or online, and make it into a bracelet.

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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2005 08:43:48 AM »

For little chains for earrings, I just buy bulk lenghts and cut them up.  I actually get a lot of my jewelery supplies off of e-bay.  It has been a LOT cheaper than the bead stores.
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2005 07:22:58 PM »

Hi professoruuc -- If you have no prblem with online ordering, you might take a look at some of the larger jewelrymaking & beading supply sources such as firemountaingems.com or shipwreckbeads.com
With most of the larger websites you can also phone in an order if you prefer. If you prefer print catalogs, I know for sure FMG has them (still free I think), and I 'believe' Shipwreck does too.

Re Fire Mountain Gems in particular : for bulk purchases &/or fairly large purchases of assortable items [FMG's "assortability" feature is explained in its catalogs & also at the website], you can often get reeeallly close to true wholesale prices without needing to 'be' in business; anyone can shop there.
For just one thing or a small amount of something, though, you'd probably do just as well at a local bead shop.
But then again, true-wholesale places do require tax ID number or business license or whatever, and they usually have a minimum purchase of at least $100 (some considerably higher).

Ebay's not a bad idea, although after having been around it since it began, eventually I got really bored with the auction thing, so I found the Buy-It-Now and 'storefront' features a genuine relief.  Usually, fairly-high-volume ebay sellers' prices are at least a little lower than those in brick & mortar bead&jewelrymaking shops, even taking into account the shipping charges; and I'd say the quality's better than what one generally finds at chain-type crafts stores or in discount store crafts sections & such.

I live in The Rural Wilds quite a drive away from the socalled-'nearest' bead shops/crafts stores/etc, so I don't find shipping charges for catalog or online shopping exorbitant. And maybe because I'm an -ahem!- "older person" the convenience alone is worth it.  But for just one of something or only a small amount, you (and even I) might consider shipping rather high.
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2005 04:22:28 AM »

If you're looking for cheap chain to make earrings try yardsales and flea markets.  A lot of the time you can find good quality chain with a few kinks or knots really cheap so you can cut them up and make pretty stuff.  You can buy bulk chain at craft/bead stores and hang charms off it.  I also get chain at the hardware store and make charm bracelets out of it.  Here's a pic of what the hardware store chain looks like in a bracelet.  Hope this helps.

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