How To… Use Beading Chain

Swarovski Crystal Silver Chain Necklace

Using Beading Chain in your Designs from The Bead Scoop Vol. II  Issue 1, March 2008 You have probably seen some great designs using a thin beading chain with beads somehow secured right on the chain. Using beading chain is EASY! First, cut a desired length of chain and find beads …

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Did You Know? About Pearls

From The Bead Scoop Vol. I  Issue 3, Dec 2007 Where Do Freshwater pearls come from? Freshwater pearls are simply pearls formed by freshwater mussels rather than saltwater oysters. Both mollusks produce pearls in a similar way: an irritant (the proverbial “grain of sand”) enters a mollusk’s shell and cannot …

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Ask Us – About crystal

From The Bead Scoop Vol. I Issue 3, Dec 2007 Q. What exactly is a “crystal”? A. When customers ask, “Do you have crystals?” we have to narrow down the question more specifically because they could be asking for a number of different things. They could be looking for Quartz …

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How To… Finish leather cord

Use Crimp ends on leather cording to attach a clasp From The Bead Scoop Vol. I Issue 3, Dec 2007 In order to attach a clasp to leather cording, you need some finding that will create a secure loop at the end of the cord. There are several findings that …

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Did You Know? Beading is an ancient past-time

Beads have been a part of human life for 75,000 years From the Bead Scoop Vol. I Issue 2, Sept 2007 Joyce Diamanti writes in A Bead Timeline Volume I: Prehistory to 1200CE “Homo habilis crafted the first crude tools around 2.5 million years ago. [But] they showed few outward …

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Ask Us – Choosing a Beading Wire

From The Bead Scoop Vol. I Issue 2, Sept 2007 Q. How do I choose the right beading wire? A. Beading wire, sometimes generally called “tigertail”, is a flexible wire that consists of several strands of stainless steel wire coated in an acrylic sheath. Great developments in this “tigertail” have …

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How To… Use Wire Protectors

Use wire protectors with crimp beads and Soft Flex wire. Wire protectors (also called “wire guards”, “cable thimbles” etc.) are relatively new on the market. They offer a convenient way to protect your thread or beading wire (such as Soft Flex) where it attaches to the clasp, making a professional …

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How To… Use a cone in your jewelry

Use a cone to finish a multiple-strand necklace or bracelet. from The Bead Scoop Vol.I Issue 1 Jun 2007 Cones make a great finish to any piece, especially multiple-strand necklaces. And with basic stringing and wire skills, anyone can do it! 1. String all your strands to the desired length …

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Did You Know? The importance of blue beads

Great bead selection

Blue beads were among the most desirable throughout American history from The Bead Scoop Vol.I Issue 1 Jun 2007 Joan Mowat Erikson writes in The Universal Bead: “The value of beads differed according to their size, color, and decoration. What individual traders demanded for their beads we will, in all probability, …

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Ask Us – using a silver polishing cloth

Sunshine Polishing Cloth

Q. What is the best way to clean and keep my sterling silver jewelry and beads looking fresh and new? Does a silver polishing cloth work? A.  Silver darkens because of oxidization, which is caused by exposure to oxygen. So, the most effective way to keep your silver bright and shiny …

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