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Tierracast beads and jewellery components

tc1TierraCast 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. tcTierraCast

TierraCast – Where To Buy largeholebeads


Spellbound Beads



Lytha Studios

Diva Beads


Beyond Beadery



Arrow Springs


September 4, 2009 at 3:36 pm 1 comment

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: 


Crimp covers at

Palmer Sterling Silver Crimp Covers

Princess Jewellery Findings UK               Sterling silver & gold filled

Silver Moon UK                        Sterling silver & silver plated

crimp covers at CJ plated, sterling silver ,silver plated, copper, fancy finish

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

EJR      Sterling silver & copper            Copper, G/p & s/p

Just     Sterling silver, gold filled, g/p & s/p    Sterling silver, gold filled & S/P

The Bead          G/p, S/p, Copper plated, Black plated    Sterling silver, gold filled & copper         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 Australia     Sterling silver, ant copper, ant gold, ant silver, black plated, copper plated, g/p, s/p, gold filled.    G/p, S/p


Crimp covers on

Land of USA       ***All types of crimp cover

Crimp covers at  USA *** USA     Sterling silver & gold filled

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

Auntie’s USA    Sterling silver & gold filled

Bluesage USA  Sterling silver, gold filled & copper USA Sterling silver & copper USA  Sterling silver, gold filled & copper USA    S/s, g/p, s/p, g/f, ant brass, ant copper, gunmetal USA          S/s, G/f, g/p USA            S/s & G/f



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

Precious Metal Clay findings suppliers


  Metal Clay Findings LLC was formed to provide .999 fine silver findings to the Metal Clay community including users of both PMC® and ArtClay®.Our entire product line is made in the U.S.A.


 Argentice has been supplying PMC and associated tools to metal clay artists since January 2005 and is one of the oldest Precious Metal Clay suppliers in the UK.

 International Distributors:

 Australia & New Zealand

The Eclectic Studio  

Belgium, Netherlands, & Luxembourg

Gardym Creatief  











March 16, 2009 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

Bead pattern program


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


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

beadspaceThis great social networking site includes a bead store directory, groups, quizzes, gallery, auctions, e-store and more: bsp

March 12, 2009 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

Wirework 5 part Email Course


Here’s an excellent 5 part email course on wirework

from Christine Gierer of

Wire Work Secrets 5 Part Video Email Course





December 9, 2008 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

JewelryGeeks: Social networking & learning for jewelry makers

Jewelrygeeks is a social portal created to give people who are interested in learning various techniques of jewelry making, a place to network with many artisans of all skill levels and backgrounds.
Jewelrygeeks – The Best Jewelry Community on the Internet!



November 6, 2008 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

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