Archive for the 'DIY Findings' Category

Tubes

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Tubes come in various widths, lengths, and metal composition. They can be curved to match the natural curvature of an arm (for a bracelet), or of the neck (for a necklace). You might typically see a silver tube as the single curved bead strung on a black cord necklace. Technorati : DIY Findings, tubes

Clamshell

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Clam Shells are used at the end of a strand and typically cover a knot or the crimp bead that holds the beaded strand together. A clam shell looks like it sounds, but has a loop on the outer edge of one of the “shell” sides, and has a hole at the back where the […]

Bead Spacers

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

Bead Spacers are self-explanatory in that they space beads apart from one another and can add a lot of interest along a length of string or wire. They come in an almost endless variety of metals (most typically silver or pewter), shapes and sizes and are sometimes referred to as Bali beads.

Earring Findings

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Earring findings come in a variety of types, but the three most common are wires and leverbacks. Wires are the least expensive option for a beginner and are easy to find at most craft stores. Helpful hint: All earring types are available in precious metal form but it will cost you, shop around for the […]

Bead Caps

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Bead Caps semi-cover the ends of beads to enhance the character of the design. Caps come in a variety of metals and are typically engraved or stamped with a pattern. Technorati : Bead Caps

Clasps

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Clasps come in all the familiar styles, such as lobster, spring, barrel (screw together) and toggles. In addition, there are magnetic clasps, which are nice for necklaces because they use very powerful magnets in each half of the clasp that attract each other to make the connection (very neat). It’s very easy to connect magnetic […]

Headpins and Eyepins

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Headpin Head Pins are stiff lengths of wire with a flat round head on one end which literally look like large pins. You can use them to make earrings, or to add dangle beads from a necklace, by sliding beads onto the wire. Once all beads are strung, you will create a loop on the […]

Crimp Beads

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Crimp Beads are used for terminating the end of a bead strand, generally onto a clasp for a necklace or bracelet. Using a pair of crimping pliers you squeeze this tiny bead and essentially smash it slightly to hold the stringing material together to form a loop at the end. You might typically string a […]

Jump Rings

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Split Rings/Jump Rings are used in connecting anything with loops together, such as the wire end of a necklace and it’s clasp. A jump ring is a singular loop, split in one place, so you can twist the ring open to slide in the loop. Helpful hint: Remember to TWIST the ring open rather than […]