by Sue Scott. I am hoping someone here has some tips for getting better lighting by which to bead. My house is old with few outlets. My craft room in particular is dark with one small window at far end and a light bulb over the stairs and not over where I work. I have some floor lamps near my work table but I don't think it is enough light. I have two small … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Lighting for Beading in a Dark Room?
Supplies & Resources
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by Sabine. (Ireland) Can anybody help me? I'm looking for the best possible wire to use with gemstones (making a necklace/bracelet with no wire exposed) good quality as the components I’m using are sterling silver. Looking forward to finding the answer. Thank you. Sabine Besina … [Read more...] about Best Wire for Stringing Gemstones Using Sterling Silver Components?
by Pat. (Tega Cay, SC) I have bags of crimps or spacer beads. The problem is that I now don’t know which is which. Any ideas on how I can tell them apart? The bags are not marked. Thanks! Pat … [Read more...] about Crimp Beads or Spacer Beads – How Can I Tell Which is Which?
by Thomas Edwin. What type of solder could I use that is 100% lead free and will remain bright and silvery after cleaning with citric acid? I plan on building a copper shotgun condenser for alcohol purification. After I solder the copper parts together I clean the entire piece in a concentrated solution of citric acid. It cleans the copper very good but the … [Read more...] about What Type of Solder is Lead Free and Remains Bright and Silvery after Cleaning?
by Angie Pinion Kelley. What are the best flush cutters that you recommend? My cheap pair that came in the set have just about had it. Looking for recommendations. Thank you. Angie Pinion Kelley … [Read more...] about Best Flush Cutter Brand?
by Margie Meehan. (Tipperary Fiber n Art Studio) My supplier for stainless steel chains isn't in business anymore. Can you suggest anywhere to go for ordering wholesale bulk jewelry chains? How do I know if they are legit? I design pendants and am out of luck selling if I don't have the chains! Thank you in advance for your help. Margie Meehan … [Read more...] about Wholesale Source for Bulk Jewelry Chains?
by Josie. (Georgetown) I was given a gift from Myrtle Beach that has a necklace and a pearl to get out of this clam. Mine was the only one that had a two-toned look but I'm not sure what color it technically is. One side looks like a milky white the other looks silver. It's not completely round and is more of a smooth oval/pill shape. Josie … [Read more...] about What Type of Pearl Is This, and How Much Might It Cost?
by Brie. I recently purchased some labradorite and black agate gemstones from a local individual; they were friendly and chatty. However, upon taking a closer look at the stones I had purchased, I have two questions. My first question is: The labradorite I purchased looks dull and gray, you can see a slight shine, but it's mostly dull. Is it a lower quality, … [Read more...] about Was I Sold Low Quality Gemstones?
by Joybelle Malcolm. (Atlanta, GA, USA) Please help! I cannot seem to find the correct gauge of wire to use for memory wire bracelets. I am looking for something that is not flimsy and that TRULY lives up to the claim that the wire does not loose its shape. I hope someone in our community will be able to help! Thanks so much! Joybelle … [Read more...] about Help! What Gauge of Wire to Use for Memory Wire Bracelets?
by Howard. (UK) Anyone discovered any tutorials on making an open necklace using memory wire and regular (silver, aluminium, etc) wire, so that softer wires can be shaped but around the neck will hold the arc alongside memory wire? Both ends of all wires can end in swirls. I guess having several tube beads or curved metal beads to grip all wires together may be … [Read more...] about Multi-Wire Open Necklace Tips?
by Melissa. Hi Rena, how are you? I am trying to find ideas and suggestions on different ways to make a "Beading Journal" that I can keep both photos of my work along with detailed info re the findings (& lengths, etc.) I use and other relevant info. As far as I'm concerned you are like the Queen of Everything to do with Jewelry Making so I thought, after searching … [Read more...] about How to Make a Beading Journal with Photos and Text to Keep Details of My Projects?
by Rena Klingenberg. When you want to get rid of some of your jewelry components - what do you do with the unwanted stash? (I'm assuming those components are good enough quality for making jewelry.) Ideas for De-Stashing Your Unwanted Jewelry Components: Keep the unwanted components to use when creating "rough drafts" or prototypes of your new jewelry design … [Read more...] about How to De-Stash Your Unwanted Jewelry Components