www.zacoo.com teach you clean glass beads

2012-07-30

Cut the jewelry clasps off necklaces and bracelets with scissors or wire cutters and remove the beads from the stringing cord or wire. Save clasps and other reusable findings. Check the beads carefully and discard any that are chipped or cracked
Fill the bowl or pan with warm water, and stir in detergent.
Place beads in the bowl or pan; and swish to loosen dirt and body oils. Soak for about an hour.
Drain the jewelry beads in a colander, and rinse thoroughly under warm water. Rinse bowl or pan.
Refill bowl or pan with the second quart of warm water; add vinegar, and mix. Swish beads for a minute or two, then drain and rinse in colander as before.
Place a towel on a table or counter that won't be needed until the beads have dried overnight. Spread the beads on the towel, and blot them dry.
Check to see if all beads are clean. Use the toothbrush or cotton swabs to remove any remaining grime. Wash and rinse until you are satisfied with the result.
Spread the clean beads on a dry towel, and air dry them overnight. If beads are not dry next morning, blow dry with dryer set on lowest setting.

Wire working bracelet making tutorial

2012-07-24

This wire working bracelet is featured with glass pearls and pearlized acrylic beads in white and ivory colors. The pearls tender light makes us think about bright and clear moon hanging in the dark sky.
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Step 1 Cut two pieces 30cm 18 gauge jewelry wires and make two U-shape loops as shown in pictures. Please note that one of them is bigger than the other.

Step 2 Cut a piece of 50cm 28 gauge jewelry wire and wrap it around the U-shape wires.

Step 3 Wrap around the U-shape wires tight.

Step 4 Cut another two pieces of 18 gauge jewelry wires in 20cm and insert them between the U-shape wires as shown in the picture.

Step 5 Continue to use the thin jewelry wire to wrap all of the 18 gauge jewelry wires.
Tip: Use chain nose plier to better squeeze and fix the wires to make all the wires in the same surface.

Step 6 Wrap the wires to your desired length to ensure all the wires are fastened together. Then make an end of the cord.

Step 7 Cut the end of the wire on other side that closed to U-shape loops.

Step 8 String the beads with different sizes or colors through the wires.

Step 9 See the overview picture when you string all the pearlized acrylic beads. Make slight bent to the wires using chain nose plier.

Step 10 Make four free swirls using round nose plier to the wires with U-shape loops.

Step 11 Cut 28 gauge wire of 50cm and wrap around the wires as shown in the picture.

Step 12 Make the closure with the rest two jewelry wires by creating simple loops as shown in picture. Then use thin jewelry wire to wrap wires closed to the closure.

Step 13 Insert the closure to the U-shape loops! Congratulations, you have made an elegant bride wire working bracelet.

A brief history of jewelry making

2012-07-16

porcelain beads
Early jewelry was made of bones, rocks, bits of wood, and animal teeth. It is believed that the Egyptians introduced gold and silver jewelry, but there is no way to know for sure. The Egyptians were the first to use gemstones in their jewelry. As the dominant world power of their time, they passed their love of fine jewelry on to other ancient civilizations.
Skip ahead to the Renaissance of the late 15th and early 16th centuries. During this period jewelry adorned clothing as well as complemented it. With the rise of a new middle-class industrial elite in the city states of Italy, jewelry was no longer the exclusive purview of royalty or the nobility.
The 19th century Victorian era saw the introduction of more elaborate designs and keepsake pieces such a lockets and mourning brooches. In the 20th century, metals such as platinum began to be popular as well as the more traditional gold and silver. The idea of individuals crafting their own jewelry has evolved with the use of the ornamentation.
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Bead threader information

2012-07-02

A bead threader is a device that helps jewelry makers string beads onto thread or wire quickly and easily. One advantage of the bead threader is that it can save a person from the eyestrain of finding the tiny holes in beads. It also is much faster than stringing the beads onto the thread one at a time. If the spinning bowl is large enough, it can reduce hand strain. Some bead threaders have small spinning bowls and may force a person to hold her needle at an awkward angle and cause hand strain.
A disadvantage of the bead threader is that the beads are strung on in a random order. This does not matter if the beads are all the same color, but when the jewelry maker wants to string a planned arrangement of different colors, the threader is not the appropriate tool. Another disadvantage is that the beads should be rounded, similar to seed beads or pony beads, and the wholesale beads should be of the same size in order for the device to work properly.
With practice, most users learn the proper spinning speed and the proper amount of beads to place in the bowl. Generally, a person can fill the needle with beads and then push them onto the beading thread or wire attached to the beading needle. Many crafters who are not jewelry makers find a bead threader to be a useful beading tool. These include crochet and knit crafters, loom weavers, and other people who use strings of beads.
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