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Jewelry Findings

All the fun little bits and pieces that put together the beads to make jewelry are called jewelry findings. When handcrafting your own jewelry creations, it is important to remember that the quality of your beautiful handmade jewelry depends on using quality findings. Findings include such things as jump rings and split rings, head pins and eye pins, earwires and bead tips. Jewelry findings also include crimp beads, tiger wire, shepherd hooks, kidney wires, and more.

Metal work and working with wires is a great way to make your own findings if you can't find exactly what you want. Wirework basics including coiling, wrapping and spiraling allow you to get really creative with your jewelry projects. You can literally make your own jump rings, ear wires and other findings in only minutes.

Wire can be manipulated with amazing results. Truly stunning projects made up of a combination of weaving, coiling, wrapping, texturing and forging wires are possible when you know the basics. Beads, wire and stones can be combined and incorporated to produce beautiful, original bracelets, necklaces, pendants, cuffs and rings.

Wire work has so many possibilities, it would be impossible to run out of ideas. Larger gauge wires can be cut and curled, then smaller wires strung with beads can embellish every curve, producing an effect reminiscent of a moving current, flowing naturally over the rocks. It is simply beautiful.

For mixed media, try tightly wrapping silk thread around 18 gauge silver wire which has been shaped to the design of your choice. After securing the last end, use a dab of transparent glue to foin the end of the threads, so they are not visible. Affix gemstones or other eye-catching beads to focal points of your shape.

If forging is your forte, silver jewelry is fun to make and elegant to wear. It is important to remember a few tips: the silver can still be hot even after you have turned off the flame and moved the torch away. When trying out the curves for natural jewelry, try to mimic curves in nature. You can get ideas by going outside and studying the curves of plants.

You want to take care not to heat anneal the entire bracelet or project that you are working on, so it's good to work as quickly as you can to get only the solder to flow. When working with the acid called Pickle, remember to work in a well-ventilated area, with an open window and a fan. Don't even try breathing the fumes of an acid solution, as the fumes can enter your respiratory system and get into your lungs, causing burning. Protective copper tongs or forceps are recommended when reaching into a pickle solution.

The size of your beads dictates the size of the jewelry findings you will use in a project. A large bulky necklace with large beads warrants larger findings, such as the clasp at the back of the necklace. Your beautiful handmade jewelry is only as good as the findings you put it together with.


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