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Bracelet Size Conversion Chart

How to Wire wrap a Briolette

How To Untangle Jewellery Chains

8 August - How To Make A Capped Tassel

Easy To Make Beading Tool Holder

Just make a triangle shape out of hard cardboard or old book covers and place your jewellery tools over the top.

Craft Fair Displays/Jewellery Displays

I've seen loads of ideas for jewellery and Craft Fair displays on Pinterest. Here are just a few.

Paint Rollers as bracelet displays.

Craft Fair Display Idea

Here's a great way to display your necklaces at up and coming craft fairs. Necklace hangers made from those manila luggage tags that you can get in most stationary shops.

Fold them in half and clip together at the top. You can stamp them with a nice picture, phrase, or the name of your business if you want to.

A Guide for Choosing Necklaces to go with Necklines

Cutting Chain

Cutting chain

To get two even pieces of chain from one longer one, fold the chain in half and string each of the end links onto a head pin. You'll have either one or two links hanging at the bottom. If you have one link, cut it. If you have two, cut both. You'll be left with equal lengths, without having to count the links.

–Taryn Yager-Sayles, Roseville, MN via Bead Style Magazine

Tool marks



First of all, stop worrying about tool marks. A lot of them will disappear with practice. Some marks are inevitable and add authenticity to a handmade piece. That said, you can minimize tool marks. Here are some tips.

Use a lighter grip on pliers. That "death grip" will eventually lessen of its own accord. As you become more experienced and at ease with your tools, you will learn to use the minimum force required to accomplish a task.

Use the correct tool for the job. It is sometimes tempting to use the closest at hand. For instance, after making a loop with roundnose pliers, straightening or opening the loop with the same pliers will almost certainly result in a mark. Use flatnose pliers instead.

Get rid of nicks and burs on your tools as soon as they appear. File and sand the surfaces smooth. In extreme cases, particularly if the jaws of pliers become misaligned, you may need to invest in a new tool.

Some pliers' sides can have a sharp edge that marks the wire every time. Don't hesitate to sand these edges until they are rounded; it's very common for jewelers to customize their tools.

If tool marks still bother you, wrap your pliers' jaws with tape or use a liquid silicone coating called Tool Magic to put a soft barrier between your pliers and the wire. These barriers have to be replaced frequently and you lose close contact with your wire, but they are effective at preventing marks.

via Beadstyle

A Handy Chart For Bead Sizing at a Glance

Using Elastic

You know that when you are making elasticated bracelets and you can’t get the knot to stay intact because it keeps slipping? The trick is to tie the knot two or even three times and the add a touch of glue to the knot.

Necklace Lengths

If someone asks you to make them a Choker, would you know what length to make it? Well, you might, but what if they were to ask you to make them a collar or a Matinee length necklace? A bit more difficult?

Well, here’s a handy little list that you can keep and refer to when needed:

Necklace Lengths

Choker … 16 to 18 inches

Collar … 14 to 17 inches

Princess … 17 to 19 inches

Matinee … 20 to 25 inches

Opera … 26 to 36 inches

Rope … 37 inches or longer