Do you have a collection of chain scraps in your bead stash? One of the easiest and most fun ways to use these scraps is to combine them to make a layered look in your next project! Don’t worry if you have a variety of metal finishes and chain styles; you can create some amazing designs by mixing and matching these scraps!
I was so inspired by all the metallic rivolis that we carry that I decided to make some earrings with them. These are so fast and easy that I think I’ll make at least two more pairs! You can see how to make them here.
You may not have known it, but round base metal crimp beads have a wonderful alternative use that any beader can use – they make awesome spacer beads, especially for large hole bead designs! The 2mm round crimp bead has an ample 1.5mm hole size, while the 3mm round crimp bead boasts a 2mm hole size. This gives the crimps a versatility in your designs that you will love; they can be strung onto leather, waxed cotton, hemp, satin, silk ribbon or string, knotting cord, and more! Our round base metal crimp beads don’t have a seam, but if you are trying this tip with crimps that you’ve obtained elsewhere, make sure that they don’t have a seam that will catch on your stringing material or let a thinner stringing material slip through.
There are all sorts of fun and innovative ways that you can use findings in your jewelry, but some of the most creative designs happen when you think outside the box. Take bead caps, for example. Open loops on the edges of bead caps don’t have to just be decorative; they can be utilized to turn a regular bead cap into a whole new finding! Check out a few of these unexpected uses for bead caps below!
You can use bead caps as chandelier components and dangle accent beads from the open loops for a pop of color! A length of ornate chain attached to an eye pin is threaded through the bead cap to connect with the ear wire, and there you go – you’ve got a playful earring design full of movement!
You can also utilize bead caps as a flat chandelier component! This works best with bead caps that are made out of pliable material or have a filigree design. Slowly straighten the sections of the bead cap until it lies flat; then, attach an ear wire and an accent bead for a simple yet striking design!
Flattened bead caps can also be used as links and connected to beads and other components with jump rings or wire loops! This delicate bracelet works up quickly and features colorful fire polished beads and flattened bead cap links connected with simple loops!
These are just a few ways that you can get creative with bead caps. Do you have a favorite way to use bead caps or other findings in fun and unexpected ways in your jewelry?
This week’s post is for all you chain maillers and beaders who work with a lot of jump rings!
If you drop a jump ring on a bare work surface, it can bounce with great distance off the table and go flying off to heaven knows where. As anyone who’s ever dropped one (or ten) knows, jump rings can be very hard to find on carpet.
To minimize your losses, always work on a padded surface, like a bead mat or bead board. A padded surface will absorb momentum from a dropped jump ring and can stop it from bouncing off the table or from going very far if it does manage to hit the floor.
Since there is always the risk of losing or culling a few rings along the way, consider buying extra jump rings when you are getting supplies for a project. Even if you don’t end up needing to use the extras, you can easily use them in other projects since jump rings are such an essential beading staple. Make sure to get all your jump rings for a project from a single source so your materials all have a consistent hardness, color, and size.
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