Jewelry Junkie Link Love 08/31/08

Art Bead Scene

Thinking about selling your jewelry and craft items? Get the scoop on opening an Etsy Shop.

BeadStyle goes back to school

Check out BeadStyle’s new Beading Parties, free projects, and links to friends

Carmi’s Art/Life World

Carmi uses ribbon to really embellish resin pendants.

Jewelry & Beading

A spiraling peyote stitch tube using beads of different sizes creates a beautiful centerpiece.

Katie’s Beading Blog

Take a peek at the latest additions to Katie’s bead stash, including: “vegetable ivory,” Venetian glass, raku pottery and more!

Naughty Secretary Club

You could win one of the amazing door prizes being given away at Jen’s book release party without even walking through any doors!

Strands of Beads

Melissa finds Very Useful Items at American Science & Surplus

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Express Your Own Style With Individual Jewelry

Do you ever feel restricted by having to follow a corporate dress code? Sometimes we all do. One way to express yourself with fashion, even though wearing professional attire, is to go wild with the jewelry. In jewelry, the rules are so gray, the rights and wrongs are not very fixed at all. If you feel like a woman’s business suit kills your creativity sometimes, why don’t you take the opportunity to express your individuality with a necklace? Go out of your way to find unique necklaces that no-one else in your work place wears with their office outfits. Keep the suit and the blouse nice and sharp, but choose a jewelry set with thick layers of pearls and a beautiful shell as with this pink suit jacket; or big, chunky black beads as with this crisp white blouse; or a thick, red choker necklace as with Hillary Clinton’s brown pant suit.             Photo: Rubia Morua

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Different Types of Jewelry Pliers

There is an old saying, “Use the right tools for the right job” because it really does matter. Not only do the right tools make the job easier and less time consuming, but they make the end result look more professional. This saying can be applied to many areas of your life, even jewelry making.

Take pliers as an example. You may think that they are all alike, but as you take a closer look and as you begin to use them, you will see that each type is quite different. Each plier has its own characteristics and job that it is best suited for. Here is a brief description of each type of plier and the jobs that they are suited for when it comes to making jewelry.

Bent Nose: The end of these pliers is curved upwards, which gives them their unique shape. This shape allows the pliers to easily pick up and manipulate fine wires into loops or coils. The shape also allows the pliers to get into difficult to reach areas that straight nose pliers cannot get into it.

Chain Nose: Are used to close bead tips and they are able to crimp in tight spaces. You are able to both shape and bend wire when using these pliers. Since the edges of the jaw are beveled, this prevents wire from becoming marred.

Crimping: These pliers are first used to curl and then flatten crimp beads. They make a very smooth curve in the bead so that you can’t feel any sharp or rough edges. When choosing your crimp bead, keep in mind that there are two basic kinds. The first kind is either silver or gold filled tubes and the second kind is a round base metal. Both work well and choosing one over the other is a matter of personal preference.

Flat Nose: Are used to make right angles and sharp bends in wire. They can also be used to grip flat objects or to straighten out bent wire.

Precision Round Nose: They are used to form loops and curves in wire so that the wire can be used for beading or wire wrapping designs. Their main characteristic is that both jaws on the plier are long and conical in shape, which allows you to easily form curves.

Ring Shank or Ring Bending: These pliers have a solid build and are used to hold and reshape rings with the help of their specially shaped jaws. The bottom jaw has a concave shape and the top jaw has a convex shape. The edges of the jaws are usually rounded, so that the jewelry will not be scratched.

Side Cutter: These pliers allow you to cut wires and metal sheets, leaving the cut edges smooth and even. The rest spots on the plier for your thumb and finger are positioned close to the jaw, making it easy to do any fine manipulations on jewelry.

Split Ring: They are used to easily and quickly open split rings. To use, place the tooth jaw between the overlapping split ring. Then squeeze and the split ring will pop open, making it ready for the jewelry maker to place the ring on chains or wires.

Stone Setting: They come in a few different shapes, but in all models the bottom jaw is notched and the top jaw is smooth. This allows you to easily hold the stones in place without damaging them, while closing or opening the prongs that keep the stone securely attached to the piece of jewelry.

Wire Wrapping: There are so many different types of wire wrapping pliers, that these pliers should have their own page dedicated just to them. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The job of each one is the same – to bend or wrap wire. Since wire comes in many different strengths and diameters and it must be wrapped in different ways or shapes, there is a different wire wrapping plier for each possibility.

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Kate Moss à la gold

A sculptor in Britain by the name of Marc Quinn is ready to show off his latest work of art to the world, a nearly $2.8 million, 110-pound solid gold statue of supermodel Kate Moss, hyped as the largest such creation built since the times of the pharaohs.

Quinn has entitled his new golden creation Siren, and the British Museum has already asked to show it.

While the venerable London museum has so far only released a close-up photo of the statue’s face, the work allegedly shows Moss in a contorted yoga pose.

“I thought the next thing to do would be to make a sculpture of the person who’s the ideal beauty of the moment,” Quinn said of his opulent creation. “But even Kate Moss doesn’t live up to the image.”

The public will be able to see the work from Oct. 4 through Jan. 25. in the the same British Museum gallery that houses the institution’s ancient Greek sculpture collection.

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