*Clicking on the highlighted links through out this post
take you to other sites/videos with helpful information.
Plus, I will have a 'Link List' at the bottom of this post with websites and video links full of helpful information for you!
Okay, here we go - one question I received was:
“Can I liver of sulfur my finished wire work piece with my pearls, or do I have to oxidize my metal first and then create my piece?”
Here’s my answer: You should not place your pearls or other porous gemstones (such as turquoise, etc.) or fragile beads (painted, AB coated crystals, etc.) into a solution of Liver of Sulfur.
|Pearl, Turquoise and Sterling Silver Wire |
Wrapped Pendant "Freya"
Before and After an LOS Solution Dip
|It's a bit hard to see here in this photo, but the pearl on the right has lost |
a bit of it's beautiful luster. If I had a before and after pic, it would
probably be a lot easier to tell the difference.
*The highlighted link above takes you to
Rena Klingenberg's site and also has a video!*
If you're interested in further info on darkening your metals (silver copper, brass, etc.), hop on over to the Artisan Whimsy site and watch a little video by Cool Tools that Linda Younkman posted about their Patina Gel.
All of these products work fine with little to no stretch or color fading and it’s a personal preference and usually depends on the stones I’m working with and the flexibility or stiffness I need/want with each project.
Plus, Sandra's got a bunch of videos showing you how to create various designs using the Knotty Do It All Board that are just great, too.
He uses titanium drill bits (and yes, he goes through a lot of them – so diamond ones would be better I think), and goes very slowly, so as not to burn or chip my pearls, (my babies!!) and makes sure they are moistened with water while drilling.
He says it’s too hot in the garage (especially this time of year here in the AZ desert) and that it’s a slow and tedious process that takes patience and he only does it for me because he loves me and I pay him in Beer! LOL!!
So, sorry, unless I want to start drilling them all myself I probably won’t have any large hole pearls for sale in my Etsy shop.
Or, if I ever do, it will be in extremely limited quantities and possibly only once or twice a year.
I'll give you a 'heads-up' here on the blog and over on both of my Facebook pages should I ever have some listed.
(or, check out the link list below and browse through a few of those sites and you might spot some!)
Sorry to make you wait, but part of the blog hop is listing our suppliers and where we get our pearls so that afterwards we can all check out new shops and suppliers and shop for more great pearls!
For information on how to mix them with various materials in your jewelry designs, if that’s what you’re creating for the blog hop, (but remember, it doesn’t have to be jewelry) you can check out the February 2013 issue of Bead Trends Magazine. I have an article I did for them in their Jewel School Section on using pearls in your handcrafted jewelry designs.
Or you can check out my Pearls! Pearls! Pearls! Pinterest Board for some really cool ideas on using pearls in and on just about everything!
(Gotta love Pinterest!)
Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
The Pearl Guide
Connie Fox / Jatayu
The Knotty Do It All / Sandra Younger
Knotty Lessons (Videos)
Leather Cord USA
Rena Klingenber's Jewelry Making Journal
The Easy Knotter
Various Pearl and Bead Knotting Videos:
Beadaholique Pearl Knotting
Pearlescence (UK company) Pearl Knotting
Fire Mountain Gems - Pearl Knotting
Jewelry Supply.com - Pearl Knotting
The Easy Knotter / Knotting With Reenie
Knotty Lessons - Sandra Younger / The Knotty Do It All
Knotting with Beadalon's Knotter Tool
Nina Designs - How to Knot Pearls on Leather