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What is Borosilicate Glass?

Today we shine the spotlight on a lovely element: borosilicate glass. This special composite often found in lampwork designs is a type of glass which includes at least five percent boric oxide. This oxide allows the glass to resist extreme temperatures, ideal in lampworking. It is also resistant to chemical corrosion, although this glass is […]

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Working with Ring Shanks

Design professional jewelry with personal style with our collection of ring shanks! The ring shank is the term for the band part of a ring, and these flat ring shanks and hollow tubes are a quick and easy way to create one-of-a-kind ring designs. Each flat shank is made from pre-measured, textured, flat wire, with […]

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Lillypilly Metal Sheets

We love these new Lillypilly copper sheets decorated with a lovely patina finish, and we know you will, too! You may be wondering what patina means, so we’re here to explain it! The patination process for both copper and bronze is a natural progression over time. As copper ages it grows a colored layer to […]

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What is Britannium?

You may have heard some of your favorite jewelry components being made of britannium, or Britannia metal, but do you know what it is? Artbeads is here to inform you on what you may be wearing in your designs! Britannia metal is a pewter-type alloy that is popular for its rich silver color. This metal […]

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How Does Niobium Earwire Get Its Color?

Niobium is a hypo-allergenic material that is great to use in jewelry designs because it is safe for anyone to wear, especially those with metal allergies. With advancements in technology, we can create colorful earwires for fun elements instead of plain, grey components that need dressing up. How niobium earwires get painted with color is […]

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Seed Beads 101

Seed bead designs are intricate and detailed, and some can be considered wearable works of art! If you’re interested in seed beading but have been too afraid to take the plunge, you no longer need to fear. We will break down the basics and help get you started with seed beads. Seed Bead Terminology Seed […]

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Ask Bailey Beader: How is Jewelry Wire Measured?

For all of your jewelry making questions, Bailey Beader is here to help. We want you to be able to ask us anything, no matter if you’re a beginner or professional. We all get stuck sometimes when we’re being creative. Here’s a good question one of our customers asked a while back about jewelry wire: […]

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Questions for Bailey Beader

Bailey Beader is ready to answer your jewelry or craft making questions. You can direct any questions you have to [email protected] Describe your problem and Bailey will do her best to give you a solution. If it’s a general question that others can benefit from, it may even be posted on the blog.

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Standard Necklace Sizes

Q: This might seem really silly, but when i measure out wire, i always measure too much. Are there standard sizes for necklaces that with an extender could be used for everyone? Are there standard sizes as well if I wanted to use a clasp? How much wire do I actually cut to accommodate that […]

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Stringing Heavier Gemstones

Q: Hi Bailey I am starting to work with larger, heavier gemstones. However the last 2 necklaces I created fell apart! The stringing wire slipped out of the crimp! Is there a technique or material you could suggest to correct this? Paula A: Hi Paula, Thank you for your inquiry. When wire slips out of […]

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