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 on: Today at 07:25:34 AM 
Started by flame n fuse - Last post by Enchanted Cobwebs
my necklaces have my beads at front then the back is fresh water pearls and Swarovski, cant get more than one wire through twice even after I ream the pearls. There must be a real neat way to do this, lets make it a mission!

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 on: February 20, 2018, 06:02:34 PM 
Started by flame n fuse - Last post by flame n fuse
I know exactly what you mean and don't have a miracle solution. I make quite heavy beads and use the 0.9 mm 49 strand beadalon. I had been thinking of trying something thinner and putting it twice through the bead, so one end had no sharp ends as you say above. But then the other end will have 3 thicknesses to deal with and 2 sharp ends, so maybe it's no better?
I always have a couple of beads at each end made on double-dipped mandrels so that they will thread over the crimps, but it's not perfect.
I use 2 crimps each end for safety. Something that I haven't tried and only just thought about is to fold the crimp nearest the jump ring, then trim the wire, then fold the second crimp so that the end of the wire is under the second crimp - I'll give that a try

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 on: February 19, 2018, 02:48:12 PM 
Started by tuffnell glass - Last post by tuffnell glass
Hi ,
     Sunday 25th February sees us exhibiting at The Essex Bead Fair. We'll be taking all the glass , new tools , kits , kilns and beads and will be demonstrating too and you can collect your orders too.

If you order or spend more than 70.00 with us at the show we will even pay for you to get in to the show and give your entry costs back which saves you up to 3.00, there is even a "collect from Essex Bead Fair" option on the website that will not charge you postage.

If you need more information about the show its a thttp://beadshows.co.uk/ doors open at 10.00am and we will need all your advance orders in by Friday 23rd please as we are traveling on Saturday to get their.

The postcode is CO1 1YH and the venue is The Charter Hall @ Colchester Leisure Hall, Colchester , this is a new venue so check your sat-nav and don't go to the old venue.

I look forward to seeing you all their .

Is anybody coming?

Best wishes ,
Martin
Tuffnell Glass

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 on: February 12, 2018, 07:46:43 AM 
Started by flame n fuse - Last post by Enchanted Cobwebs
I leave the ends long until after I have crimped as it's easier to keep the 2 pieces of wire parallel and not crossing over each other.

Any tips on cutting the wire after crimping? I prefer to cut that stuff with a shears made for stainless steel but it wont get close enough so I get a bit of scratchy wire. Up to now my method let me pull the end through a bead but that leaves me in a spot if the crimp doesn't behave which sadly is quite often probably because the wires are crossing. I might revert to squashing the crimp flat and adding a crimp cover but prefer the neat finish with the crimping pliers (when it works) I even bought the magic crimp pliers that makes a rounded bead of the 2mm crimp, same problem with the scratchy bit tho...I hate crimps but have not found an alternative that works easily! Also bought the magic finding tool and findings from international craft!....

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 on: February 11, 2018, 11:20:45 AM 
Started by flame n fuse - Last post by Rebecca Jane
I'm glad it's not just me who struggles with those little things. Thank you for the tip flame n fuse, that makes so much sense.

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 on: February 11, 2018, 03:29:02 AM 
Started by flame n fuse - Last post by flame n fuse
I leave the ends long until after I have crimped as it's easier to keep the 2 pieces of wire parallel and not crossing over each other.

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 on: February 08, 2018, 03:48:34 PM 
Started by raul24 - Last post by raul24
The BSSG is in desperate need of new members, the way things are going there won't be a society in a few years time. We need new glassblowers to join and be active members. All are welcome, student, artistic, retired and international.

http://www.bssg.co.uk/

Members get a journal every quarter, access to the society's large library and entry to the annual glassblowing competitions.

Any body interested.

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 on: February 07, 2018, 07:27:41 PM 
Started by flame n fuse - Last post by Enchanted Cobwebs
I hate crimps, the first one goes beautifully, I bead to the end, thread my wire through cut so I wont have a scratchy end and crimp carefully with my sterling silver good quality crimps and my special crimp tool I crimp and more often than not it doesnt work. I despair...I have tried knotting, no problem at the start but the end bit is problem usually. Glad its not just me but what to do?

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 on: February 07, 2018, 04:19:32 PM 
Started by flame n fuse - Last post by Moira HFG
I am amazed, I have always had this problem and thought I was just being clumsy!
I don't use crimps much, but will buy some silver ones to have in hand - they're cheap enough.
Thanks for the tip! Smiley

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 on: February 07, 2018, 01:38:09 PM 
Started by flame n fuse - Last post by flame n fuse
Jane, I agree with you about not using plate, I've only just discovered that there are solid silver ones!

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