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23/06/2014

Exquisite Brass Jewelry - A Popular Choice Amongst Teenagers

The need to adorn the body dates back to pre historic times and is perhaps the second most essential indulgence ever made by man, the first being procreation. Through the ages, there have been many materials used to make jewelry.

The shells from the river beds and beaches, the seasonal flowers, colored stones and beads found naturally and the different metals found embedded in the womb of the planet have all been sued to make exquisite jewelry. Even as our concept of exquisite has changed in time, our need to decorate the body remains the same. The various metals that have been used and are still in use to make jewelry include gold, brass, silver etc.

Exquisite brass jewelry has been excavated a number of times from the ruins and remains of the ancient world. The malleability and versatility of the metal makes it an all time favorite within the industry. Brass is essentially an alloy. It is a mixture of copper and zinc and is in the proportion of two thirds portion of copper to one third portion of zinc.

However, this alloy is also associated with certain allergic reactions like rash and swelling in the areas exposed to the jewelry. Exquisite brass rings, earrings, chains, necklaces, bracelets and bangles are popular all over the world and now the new trend to sport bling has revived the sued of the metal in jewelry making because of the affordability associated with it.

There is a dedicated market that caters to the demand for exquisite brass jewelry and the maintenance of the same. The metal is much cheaper in comparison to gold and silver and hence it is a popular choice by youngsters all over the world who love to sport bling jewelry. The metal, with its near gold look, makes it a favorite within different cultures.

In case of an allergy to brass, it is advisable to take medical help. There are a number of transparent gels and creams that are now marketed that enable you to flaunt the jewelry inspite of the allergy. All you have to do is coat the area that will be exposed to the brass jewelry and then wear the pieces for as long as you want!

Looking after brass jewelry pieces is relatively very easy. There are a number of ready made and easy to use solutions available in the market. The popular polishes to make your brass jewelry shine basically coat the metal with a very thin layer of oil that not only adds to the luster, but also protects the brass jewelry from tarnish.






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11/06/2014

Making A Beaded Necklace Or Bracelet For Beginners

I make all my beaded jewelry by hand, on my website I give many genuine gemstone beads to choose from so people can customize their necklaces (also bracelets & earrings). Whatever beads you might use the technique is the same, I personally use only sterling silver parts & genuine beads such as black onyx, turquoise, red coral, aventurine, amazonite (very popular), rhondonite, mother-of-pearls, freshwater pearls, etc...

I personally use only Beadalon wire which is extremely solid, it comes in many colors & variety some ticker & more solid... Much more expensive then most other wires but this is worth it if you want to make a necklace or bracelet that will truly last. Beadalon can be found in most jewelry findings online stores, Ebay, etc...

Also, you need crimps (can be found in sterling silver, plated silver & other metals) and crimps covers (to hide the crimps & give it a nice professional look). There are special pliers sold to use with crimps & crimps covers which makes the job easier but I have done it before with regular pliers well.

Start by measuring the correct height of wire you want cut it with about 2-3 inches extra to what you need. The extra will be cut at the end but will make it easier to work with & do the tips. Always have a ruler with you, it will be helpful many times. So if you want a 16" necklace cut about 18-19" long of wire.

I always start in the middle, so if you have a pendant or a centerpiece for the necklace put it on now. Make sure the bail or loop is solid. Usually I put a sterling silver ball on each side of the pendant large enough to stop the pendant from moving. Look at the bail or loop, make sure the beads you add on each side are larger. Now is time to add all the beads you want, using the ruler make sure you stop at the desired height. Also don't forget that there will be a clasp at the end which will add some height.

For the clasps, there are many on the market. I usually use sterling silver lobster clasp or spring clasp. Also you need a jump ring soldered to fit with your clasps.

So once you are done adding all those beads start ending the tip on one side. insert a crimp, then the clasp loop, then fold your wire back into the crimp. Tighten the wire so there is no loose wire between the crimp & clasp. Then squeeze the crimp shut with some pliers. Once that is done it should be solid. I always pull a little on it to double check.

OK now you cut the extra wire on that side leaving about 4-5mm. Using the pliers you fold it over the crimp. Now grab a crimp cover open it wide enough using your finger & set it on top of the folded 4-5mm wire, covering it & the crimp. Close the crimp cover using your pliers delicately. Once that is all done one side is totally finished. Do the same on the other side using once again a crimp but of course a jumpring instead of a second clasp! Then a crimp cover again. Don't forget it must be tight at the end. You shouldn't see any of the wire. Then again don't make it too tight or the necklace will be stiff.

I hope this is easy to understand. It is quite easy to do but the first pieces you make might need a little work redone later when you get better at it.

Shop around before you buy any findings, some places are making way to much profit on people. Search for "jewelry findings" in search engines, and take a look on eBay also, compare before you buy!




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04/06/2014

Loose Beads For Jewelry Making



At times when you browse through the internet and come across earrings, bracelets, necklaces et cetera, most of the time you think that, "I guess I could make that one on my own". Loose beads for jewelry making will be the most useful one in such scenario. You can make your own personalized accessory according to your will and wish using these loose beads for jewelry making.

Loose beads are generally used for either making jewelries or any other decorative objects. These loose beads come in many varieties of shapes, sizes and colors. If you are worrying about the types of materials, then, you must be happy to know that it is available in many types of materials such as glass, quartz, sterling silver and the like.

Loose beads are most widely used for the purpose of making jewelry. Using these both, traditional jewelry items such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets chunky beads et cetera and also jewelry items with a modern touch can be made with one's own creativity and preferences. In order to use loose beads for jewelry making, you can use strings, wires and leather and the like to accomplish the thing that you wanted to achieve.

If you have already a plan and you want loose beads according to that particular need, then, you will find out that there are a lot of options that you will be getting in order to succeed yourself in your venture. But if you are still confused about what to make or which kind of jewelries you want to make and start up with, and then also don't worry, there are a wide range of varieties of these kinds of beads to ease your work and sort out your confusion.

And also there are a lot of DIY tutorials available on the net in order to go for loose beads for jewelry making. Hence, you want to make your own personalized jewelry, and then you can go through the simple steps mentioned in the tutorials or videos, which will eventually help you to make one for your own self.

The best thing about loose beads is that the price of these beads is very less. Hence, anyone can afford it and give it a try. It will not make a hole in your pocket and you will have a jewelry that will be of very few bucks price.

You will be able to make the most popular kind of bracelets such as Pandora, Troll, Biagi and Chamilia charm bracelet. You will also find out a little different kind of loose beads for jewelry making that is available in the market at present such as beads in the shapes of ducks, teddy bears, frogs et cetera.

Hence, these loose beads are one of the best options that can be used to make fashionable yet cheaper jewelries. You can even gift the jewelry that you make out of it to your near and dear ones who will be really happy to see your effort that you have made to present them with a gift in addition to which they will also appreciate the creative flair in you.