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    Hi I bought some chain being very new to jewelry making I didn't know what to expect the chain I got is a very thin chain and looks nice but my split rings damage it and my jumprrings are too big to go through it should I just use it for earrings or is there another way I can join it up.

    Feeling a bit hopeless have made loads of mistakes in what I've bought anyone else been through this?
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    I can't help, but you are not alone! I have bought loads of stuff that I can't use, beads that are too big, pendants that are too dangly the list goes on.............
    Harriet

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    • #3
      Been there, done that and you know what I learned? . . . . size is very important.

      I'd put it down to experience and use them for earrings or something. If you're wanting to hang charms/beads from it then you should look for a link thats about 3mm in size so you have room to attach your wire or jumpring.
      Auntynet

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      • #4
        haha my rep is not high enough to life you very high rep auntynet.
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        • #5
          we've all done it Debs, I know I bought loads of stuff in the early stages of jewellery making ,especially beads then been really disappointed with the size when they got here.

          I blame men for trying to make us believe 3 inches is actually 7

          keep a tape measure handy when ordering is a good idea till you get used to the sizing
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          • #6
            Here's an idea - when you set you table up to sell things have a pretty little box filled with the "Arggghh why did I buy that" beads, chains etc
            because I just love rooting through such little boxes. What you don't want will be jusy what someone has been looking for for ages.

            And here's a little story. Once upon a time I was selling at a fair at the Tower of London and there were a couple of very bored beefeater's grandchildren hanging around. My friend (who was selling yarn) taught them how to make friendship bracelets. They saw me selling similar things and sat down beside me and sold theirs - to passing Japanese tourists - for 50p each. The older girl took the money and spent 10p on a bead (that another friend was selling from the above mentioned sort of pretty boxes) and 10p on more yarn and made another bracelet, sold that and by the end of the day had made £21!!!!!!!!
            The little one watched her and tried to copy her but didn't quite get it. Everytime she sold a bracelet she spent all the money on a bead and yarn. The poor little mite didn't make a bean that day. But she was very happy.......
            AnnieAnna

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            • #7
              I have loooads of unusable things.
              I think it pays to spend a bit of money shopping around and getting certain findings to see how they work with other things.

              What you could do is start a list of what you bought, where it was bought from and how much it was and have a little ample of the item sellotaped next to the description.

              It helps when you need to know which headpins are more solid than others and what chain link will take a 4mm jump ring.
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              • #8
                Hi! I agree with all the others and love the story about the two girls. Like everyone else, I've bought loads of beads/ findings that are not quite the right size, it's so hard to judge the sizes when you start out, despite accurate descriptions on websites. I just keep them in the hope that I'll find a use for them at some point. Over time I'm sure you will.

                I'm sure fine chain would look good on earrings, or maybe even as a kind of tassel on a necklace?
                Good luck!
                Helena xx

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                • #9
                  Print this of fand put it near your stash. http://www.snazzycat.com/oscommerce/...EAD_METRIC.php
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                  • #10
                    I made some earings for my daughter about 6 months ago with a pair of small cord ends and different lengths of fine chain. I soldered 1 end of the chains to a short length of wire, passed it through the end cap and turned a loop and attached an ear wire, repeat for the other 1. I used up some short bits of chain and a couple of bits of wire, made my daughters pressy out of my trimmings and a pair of ear wires

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