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TierraCast beads and jewelry components are made with Britannia pewter alloy which is certified lead-free culinary grade pewter.
This is then electroplated with various metals to create the finished piece. Ordinary plated jewelry components are notorious for wearing or rubbing off, leaving the base below exposed, electroplated finishes are much thicker and more durable, and will easily withstand reasonable wear and tear.
TierraCast beads, findings and jewelry components have antiqued finishes to bring out the detail. Some pieces are not antiqued and have a brighter appearance.
Antique Gold and Bright Gold finishes are electroplated with 22k quality Gold Plate. This finish will not tarnish.
Antique Copper finish are plated with genuine copper, topped with a tarnish stopping metals. This finish will not tarnish (or make your skin turn green).
Antique Rhodium and Bright Rhodium finishes are electroplated with Rhodium. Rhodium is a metal in the platinum family, and is scratch resistant and does not tarnish. These finishes are a slightly darker grey than the Antique and Bright Silver finishes, but they blend well with sterling components.
Antique Silver and Bright Silver finishes are electroplated with pure silver (also called “fine silver” or “.999silver”). These finishes look exactly like sterling silver. These finishes, like sterling silver components, are susceptible to tarnish. However, they can be cleaned with a soft jewelry cloth or with a gentle liquid cleaner. TierraCast
Crimp covers come in various sizes from 3mm to 5mm. 1/ Add a crimp bead to fit the desired cord/wire.
2/ 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).
3/ Place crimp cover in front jaws of crimp pliers with the opening facing forwards.
4/ Place crimp cover over the folded crimp bead on your cord/wire and press gently with crimp pliers to close opening.
5/ 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:
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
Land of odds.com USA ***All types of crimp cover
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
The best little free bead program for patterns on the net by Michael Hemphill!
Here’s an excellent 5 part email course on wirework
from Christine Gierer of Wireworksecrets.com