Q & A s
We are often asked for ideas and tips on projects, so we have listed below some of our most frequently asked questions along with our replies.
I have a broken necklace that needs a new clasp?
If the jump ring that the clasp is attached to is the sort that can be opened with pliers, the task is fairly simple. However, if the beads need to be re-strung, a whole array of supplies will be required, along with the tools for the job.
We have therefore devised a kit with full written and photographic instructions that includes enough wire and findings to repair 5 necklaces. You just need a pair of pliers!
Alternatively, we do offer a repair service (subject to sight) - costing approximately £5 per piece. Please call in the shop for more details.
How do I make Earrings?
Again this is a fairly simple project with a little know-how.
We do offer a kit, with full written and photographic details on how to make earrings. You just add your beads!
The trick is knowing how to open a jump ring and make a “teardrop” with the headpin.
How do I learn how to make jewellery?
We offer Beginner’s Workshops in a room above the shop.
These cost £10 per person for 2 1/2 hours and you will learn how to:
· Make a seed beaded pendant and use as a Bag Charm
· Make a “floating necklace” - using the correct techniques and findings to finish it off.
· Make a set of earrings for pierced or non-pierced
The hardest part is choosing the beads!
What are “findings”?
These are the metal components used to complete jewellery e.g. Clasp endings, ear wires, wire to string the beads etc.
What are the mediums used to string beads to make jewellery?
Many pieces of fashion jewellery are made in the Far East and while the beads are usually good quality, often cheap nylon is used to string them together and therefore breaks easily.
Jewellery findings have come a long way since fishing wire was used!
You will now have a choice of wires, which are several strands of steel, coated in steel, for added strength, in a variety of thicknesses, depending on the weight of the beads.
Monofilament is still available. This is the nylon that our stranded beads are temporarily strung on. It is very useful for making button jewellery as it looks almost invisible.
Waxed coated cotton cord is very useful for making lariats and stringing large holed beads. It is also used with thin organza ribbon and fixed into cord ends and a clasp.
A rubberised elastic is available in 3 widths and is great for children to make bracelets with. You do need to tie it in a reef knot (right over left and left over right) after pulling it very tight. It is very forgiving and extremely strong! Putting on a dab of superglue or nail varnish helps to secure the knot. If the beads are heavy it is a good idea to crimp it also.
What is a lariat?
This is a type of necklace that is worn around the back of the neck and tied in the front. A bit like a scarf. It generally does not have fastenings. Ideal for anyone allergic to metal!
If you have a query, or an idea you would like to share, please send us an e-mail or contact us and we will be happy to help.