Findings is a group name for all the metal bits and pieces that you need to make your own jewelry
A typical self strung piece of jewelry needs the following items
- Beading wire
Additional items may include
Crimp covers and horseshoe wire ends.
Let us look at these one by one.
Beading wire is the wire that you use to string your beads on.
Here you can use
- Nylon cord(fishing line)
- Beading cable
This is personal preference.
If you want it to last longer you can use cable instead of nylon line. The downside to using cable is that cable can bend and hold a memory where it was bend. Nylon on the other hand may be cut with beads such as glass and gemstones. The heavier the beads the stronger the wire shouls be
Be creative and use whatever is at hand. Go to the hardware store and pick nuts and washers or drill holes in seeds or go to www.bronnrocks.co.za and buy affordable beads in our fast gemstone section Mix and match. Use pearls with gemstones or gemstones with glass beads. There are no rules. If they look great together, string them up. You can make your necklace in many strings or a single string. Sometimes adding an extra 3 strings can just take something out of the ordinary to the extraordinary level
Your line goes through the end of a clasp or a jumpring and is then passed through a crimp and the crimp is then flattened(crimped) to hold the beads together. A quick tip here is to allow a bit of slack in the line to avoid the string breaking when you beand the necklace around your neck. There are a lot of great videos on youtube on the use of crimps.
You should use a jumpring on the end of your line on both ends. A jumpring is opened and closed with 2 pairs of flatnose pliers. Ballance the right thickness of jumprings with your creation. If it too flimsy it will not look right. Sometimes they use a pair of jumprings to make the bond stronger or you can use a splitring but these do not look as profesional as a single jumpring. If you have the tools and equipment you can solder your jumpring close to make it more permanent
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