About Jewellery Findings
ALL ABOUT FINDINGS!
Jewellery findings are usually made of metal. 'Findings' is the collective name for all the bits and pieces that are used to create, connect, join and finish off jewellery. Just about every piece of jewellery you make will require some kind of finding so it's good to get to grips with what's what early on.
Calottes are a really neat way to finish off necklaces or bracelets. Post the wire or thread through the small hole, knot or crimp to keep the end inside. Close the calotte together like a clam shell and your knot or fixing is neatly covered! Turn the loop to close and use to attach to a clasp. You can find calottes in your findings kits.
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Cord ends are perfect for fixing thicker cords so you can add a clasp to the end. Place the cord in and fold the ends over using pliers. Squeeze tightly to secure then use the loops to add a jump ring and attach a clasp.
End caps can also be used to finish off a variety of thicker stringing materials and cords like leather, suede and ribbon. They come in all manner of different shapes and sizes. Choose one with an inside diameter that matches the diameter of your cord or place multiple strands into a larger end cap. A strong glue will be required for lasting jewellery.
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Crimps (Crimp Beads and Crimp Tubes)
Crimps are small beads made of soft metal. They can be bead or tube shaped. Crimps are used with Beadalon Flexible Jewellery Wire to secure it as it cannot be knotted. Thread your wire through a crimp, through the clasp or item you want to connect and then thread back through the crimp. Squash flat with flat nose pliers or use crimping pliers to form the crimp back into a rounded shape.
It is important to choose the right crimp for your wire and vice versa to ensure a secure fixing. To help, this reference table is a handy guide to crimp and wire sizes.
|Beadalon Beading Wire Size (Inches)||Beadalon Beading Wire Size (Millimeters)||Beadalon Crimp Bead Size||Beadalon Crimp Tube Size|
|0.010"||0.25mm||0 or 1||1|
|0.012"||0.30mm||0 or 1||1|
|0.013"||0.33mm||0 or 1||1 or 2|
|0.024"||0.61mm||2 or 3||2 or 3|
|0.026"||0.66mm||2 or 3||3 or 4|
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Eyepins are pieces of wire with a loop at one end. They are used to connect things together in a decorative way. Thread a bead or a group of beads on to the pin and make a loop at the opposite end using round nose pliers or the 1-step looper tool. Connect each loop to the next jewellery component in your design.
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Headpins are pieces of wire with a head to stop beads coming off. Sometimes the head can be decorative but often headpins just have a flat or round head. They are used to make bead dangles, particularly for earrings. Thread on the beads, making sure the head is big enough to stop the beads coming off. If it is not, try adding a extra small bead to the bottom. Make a loop at the opposite end using round nose pliers or the 1-step looper tool. Attach the loop to your jewellery design and let the beads dangle down.
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Jump rings are little rings used to connect items or attach a clasp or fastening. They can be opened and closed by twisting (don't pull them apart as this will cause them to lose their shape). Grip either side with flat nose pliers and twist each hand in the opposite direction. Connect on to your jewellery and twist again to close.
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Lobster Clasps (Trigger Clasps)
Lobster clasps have a small trigger that pulls back and opens the clasp. This should be hooked on to a ring to close a necklace or bracelet.
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Magnetic clasps are easy to open and close so they are great for jewellery items made for those who have trouble opening and closing fiddly clasps. They are especially good for bracelets as they can be tricky to put on and take off yourself. Many magnetic clasps simply have a glue-in hole which requires a strong glue like fevi kwik to secure as the jewellery will be pulled every time it is removed. It is advisable to separate the two parts of a magnetic clasp before gluing as glue can seep through and glue the clasp together!
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Multi-strand clasps and spacers have more than one loop to connect on to. Choose the right number of loops to suit your project and create a wide bracelet or necklace design.
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Toggle clasps are made of two parts, a bar and a toggle. The T-shaped bar turns on its side to slot in to the toggle and then sits across the opening to stay in place.
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It can be useful to have a selection of all the basic findings you will need in one kit. Not only does this make it easy to keep track of your findings, it means that everything is made from the same metal and will tone together perfectly.
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