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How to use crimp covers

crpCrimp covers come in various sizes from 3mm to 5mm. crp21/ Add a crimp bead to fit the desired cord/wire.

crp32/ Use crimp pliers to close up crimp bead in usual 2 step procedure

 (use inside jaws first,then fold crimp using front jaws to get crimp as compact as you can).

crp43/ Place crimp cover in front jaws of crimp pliers with the opening facing forwards.

crp54/ Place crimp cover over the folded crimp bead on your cord/wire and press gently with crimp pliers to close opening. 

crp65/ Your crimp covers should now be tidy and round with only a fine slit visible when close up (as shown on the right side of the pearl bead).

 Where to buy crimp covers online: 

UK

Crimp covers at eBay.co.uk

Palmer metals.co.uk Sterling Silver Crimp Covers

Princess Jewellery Findings UK               Sterling silver & gold filled

Silver Moon Beads.com UK                        Sterling silver & silver plated

crimp covers at CJ Beaders.co.ukGold plated, sterling silver ,silver plated, copper, fancy finish

Crimp Covers at Spellbound Beads UK    Gold plated, sterling silver & silver plated

EJR Beads.co.uk      Sterling silver & copper

thebeadstore.co.uk            Copper, G/p & s/p

Just Beads.co.uk     Sterling silver, gold filled, g/p & s/p

Spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk    Sterling silver, gold filled & S/P

The Bead Shop.co.uk          G/p, S/p, Copper plated, Black plated

Beadaddict.co.uk    Sterling silver, gold filled & copper

Beadsunlimited.co.uk         Sterling silver, s/p & g/p

Crimps Clasps – Beadsisters UK   G/p, s/p & copper

Bluestreak Beads       S/p

World of Beads                 G/p & S/p

AUS & NZ

Polymerclay.com.au Australia     Sterling silver, ant copper, ant gold, ant silver, black plated, copper plated, g/p, s/p, gold filled.

AJMS.co.nz    G/p, S/p

 USA

Crimp covers on eBay.com

Land of odds.com USA       ***All types of crimp cover

Crimp covers at TheFind.com  USA ***

Charmfactory.com USA     Sterling silver & gold filled

You’ve GOT to be Beading.com USA        G/f, Sterling silver & copper

Auntie’s Beads.com USA    Sterling silver & gold filled

Bluesage Beads.com USA  Sterling silver, gold filled & copper

Abeadstore.com USA Sterling silver & copper

Artbeads.com USA  Sterling silver, gold filled & copper

JewelrySupply.com USA    S/s, g/p, s/p, g/f, ant brass, ant copper, gunmetal

Inmcrystal.com USA          S/s, G/f, g/p

Brightlingsbeads.com USA            S/s & G/f

  

 

July 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

How to make viking knit chain

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 Good Viking Knit Tutorial Links

Check out the list of informative links below, 24 to 26 gauge soft wire seems to be the most popular type used. 

Viking knit chain/trichinopoly history

http://www.fineartbyrocio.com/vikingknitdirections.html

http://www.janra-jewelry-designs.com/viking-knitting.html

Viking Chain Knitting

Viking Chain Knitting Page 2

Viking Chain Knitting Page 3

Viking Chain Knitting Page 4

Viking Chain Knitting Page 5

Perfect Finish – Free Projects – Beading Daily

(You’ll need to register with Beading Daily) 

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 Viking Knit Chain Video’s

YouTube – Viking Knit Chain Making

http://www.diynetwork.com/cr/cda/playerex/1,1979,DIY_45263,00.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iS6Y8Uz-Uo

June 5, 2009 at 7:24 pm 8 comments

All about Argentium sterling silver

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argentium sheet

Argentium Sterling Silver is a modern sterling silver alloy which modifies the traditional alloy (92.5% silver + 7.5% copper) by replacing some of the copper with Germanium. As it retains the same 92.5% silver content, it is still sterling silver.

 Germanium is a crystalline semi-metallic element which is found naturally in small amounts in silver, copper and zinc ores, as well as in the mineral, germanite. The germanium forms an invisible film on the surface of silver alloy. This film prevents oxygen from reaching any tarnishable metals, such as copper, employed to harden the pure silver.

 Germanium was discovered to impart the following properties to sterling silver:

  1. High tarnish resistance(An excellent selling point for your silver jewellery)
  2. Firescale elimination
  3. Increased ductility
  4. Increased thermal and electrical resistance (making alloys suitable for welding and laser forming)
  5. Environmental advantages (associated with not having to remove or plate over firescale)

 The absence of firescale eliminates time-consuming steps required by the silversmith when working with sterling silver

Argentium Silver is the result of research begun in 1990 and perfected in 1996 by Peter Johns at the School of Art & Design, Middlesex University, England. The University owns the patent and licenses its production. Argentium Silver is patented and trademarked by Argentium Silver Company, UK..

As for working with Argentium Sterling, artisans who forge and weld sterling need to be aware of certain differences between Argentium and traditional sterling silver (e.g. lower melting point), but those who merely incorporate Argentium findings or wire into their jewelry will not find it any different to work with. 

 argentium wire

 

 

 

 Argentium wire it is a bit stiffer than sterling silver. So if you make wirework jewellery it is recommended you use dead soft Argentium wire.

 Links about Argentium silver:

Official website:

 Useful links:

May 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm 6 comments

How to price your handmade jewellery

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 Some tips on how to price your handmade jewellery:

April 27, 2009 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment

How to make copper clay

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Copper Clay Suppliers

Copper clay is very new and seems to be only available in US, Australia and New Zealand at the moment. Copper Clay comes in 100gm packs.

Both Copper and Bronze clay comes in powder form.

Metal Adventures, the company who brought you BronzClay, will be bringing out a copper clay version.

 Watch this video clip for more info: 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPER4UJvbmo

 

Here are the links where you can buy copper clay in powder form:

The Eclectic Studio – Australia

Hadar Jacobson – US http://www.artinsilver.com/blog)

http://www.silverclaycanada.com/ (soon to bring out copper clay in Canada)

 Check out these links for more info:

http://cs.artjewelrymag.com/artcs/blogs/artjewelry/2009/02/18/we-know-you-love-bronze-clay-but-have-you-tried-copper-clay-yet.aspx

http://dailyartmuse.com/?p=9720

http://gaillannum.blogspot.com/2009/02/did-someone-saycopper-metal-clay.html

http://gaillannum.blogspot.com/2009/02/more-on-copper-metal-clay.html

 

March 26, 2009 at 5:03 pm 1 comment

How to do Beadwork

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                                                                                                                                                                                        This weeks feature is on Beadwork: find all about beadwork weaves

and stitches from Emma Warrillow, an Australian living in England

and has been beading for many years; as well as beadwork she has

dabbled in wirework and bead stringing.

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ggb2Visit her Website/blog:   http://glitterglowbeading.com/

 Gallery: http://glitterglowbeading.com/?page_id=389

 

Learn how to do netted beadwork, peyote stitch, brick, herringbone as well as

right and left angled weaves, (scroll down the page to ‘Learn Beadwork Links’ )  

http://www.squidoo.com/learnbeadwork

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 Free Beading Tutorials          http://glitterglowbeading.com/?page_id=380

 netted-triangles-necklace

Beading Forums and Groups      

http://glitterglowbeading.com/?page_id=385

 Beading Book Authors and Their Books     

http://glitterglowbeading.com/?page_id=378

 

 

March 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm 2 comments

Bead pattern program

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ebp2The best little free bead program for patterns on the net by Michael Hemphill!

 http://www.easybeadpatterns.com/

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March 12, 2009 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment

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