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liz15a
29-01-2006, 02:25 PM
I am interesting in making jewelry for myself as a new hobby - its something I've always fancied doing, but recent hunts round the web for heart shaped beads for a customer making cards has made me want to start!

Only problem - never done it before and so I'm looking for a 'starter kit' with some beads, wires, findings and most importantly instructions for about 20 max. Only kits I've found so far are about 60 which is a bit much to start. I want to make sophisticated adult jewelry so I dont want to end up with lots of bright coloured plastic beads.

Can anyone recommend any? If any of you guys sell anything that resembles a good starter kit, feel free to bombard me with your website details and I will have a look as I would like to buy off one of you (in a loyality type of way!)

Cheers! :D

lab
29-01-2006, 06:52 PM
i dont know where to get any starter kits but i would suggest getting some books from your local library, it is free after all. thats how i learned to make jewellery. there are loads of good websites with instructions too. this one is good http://jewelrymaking.about.com/c/ec/1.htm
also loads of sites sell kits of beads in different sizes . try here http://www.jillybeads.co.uk/
hth
Lois

destinyUK
01-02-2006, 10:43 PM
Hi, Maybe I can help, if you let me know what you want in your kits I can try and make one up for you at a good price. I dont have too much on the findings side of things but I have some pretty wicked beads!
If you cant find what you want on my website, please have a look in my ebay shop, screen name destiny-uk.
Cheers & good luck
Alison x

liz15a
01-02-2006, 11:10 PM
Hi

Thanks for your help guys.

Being too impatient and excited I spent several hours lookng around and reading up on it all so I now know what several of the main bits are called and what they are used for (clasps, crimps, jump rings etc etc). I even found some instructions with diagrams online which helped.

So.....since then I've actually already bought a load of findings and pliers and beads and have already made a lovely pair of earrings and matching neklace which I am modelling as we speak!!!!

I've stuck a picture of them on the web so any comments would be appreciated (dont forget this is 1st attempt):
http://www.eacardsandcrafts.co.uk/Jewelry/GreenPearls.htm

I think the earrings are nicer than necklace - I think I may want to mes with this more.....

I can see myself getting really into it :lol:

liz15a
01-02-2006, 11:12 PM
sorry link is supposed to be:
http://www.eacardsandcrafts.co.uk/Jewelry/GreenPearls.htm

Bea
01-02-2006, 11:15 PM
Hi Alison!

Just wanted to say, your website looks good, well done!

Bea x

destinyUK
01-02-2006, 11:19 PM
Cheers Bea, maybe I should post a pick of the blisters on my fingers LOL.
Hey, thanks for the support my friend, if it wasn't for people like you I dont think I would have survived the last few days!
Your a star and I wish you all the very best
Alison x

Bea
01-02-2006, 11:26 PM
Cheers Bea, maybe I should post a pick of the blisters on my fingers LOL.


Tell me about it! That's why it's taking me ages to put items on my website!! Might be ready for Spring!! hehe

Glad everything returned to normal! :D

Seahorse
02-02-2006, 09:20 AM
Your jewelery looks great, you clearly have a talent.

I can never make the loops at the end of a metal threading finding(no idea what its called)look neat.
How do you do it?Should I get some tiny nosed pliers?

lab
02-02-2006, 07:47 PM
yes definatley should get some long nosed pliers i got mine for 99p in a local diy shop
Lois

Bea
02-02-2006, 07:57 PM
Your jewelery looks great, you clearly have a talent.

I can never make the loops at the end of a metal threading finding(no idea what its called)look neat.
How do you do it?Should I get some tiny nosed pliers?

Hi

I have a pdf file explaining how to do them, if you PM me your email address, I'll send it to you. 8) It's actually to do a wire wrap loop but you can stop at the loop and cut the wire off. Using a bead of size 8mm is supposed to give the perfect loop (put the beads on the wire then cut the wire, then take bead off and make the loop), unless the chain you attach your loop to is thick then go for 10 or 12mm.

metal threading thingy :roll: = headpins or eyepins
round nose pliers is what you need

Bea

manwanis
20-12-2006, 09:04 AM
Hi, Maybe I can help, if you let me know what you want in your kits I can try and make one up for you at a good price. I dont have too much on the findings side of things but I have some pretty wicked beads!
If you cant find what you want on my website.
Cheers & good luck