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Jewellery Findings Guide (Eight)

Here is a tutorial of sharing you the functions of different kinds of jewelry findings. Hope you will like it and continue reading it from here.

80. Tiara Headbands

Tiara Headbands are decorative headpieces often incorporating openwork areas that can be wired with beads and other decorative components to create a unique design for weddings or party wear.

81. Tiara Stems & Tiara Picks

Jewellery Findings - Tiara Stems, Tiara Picks

82.HEAD PINS

Head Pins are short lengths of wire ending in a head designed to prevent beads falling off. A seed bead can be used to add a little extra diameter if needed. Generally head pins end in a tiny round of metal soldered on horizontal to the wire, but look out for decorative head pins with glass ends. Turn or wrap a loop to create dangles – see Eye Pins.

83. JUMP RINGS

Jump Rings are the small heroes of beading! They are generally small circles of wire, used for linking together components, but can also be found as ovals, triangles and square jump rings. They normally have a break in them at one point along their circumference and it is this join that is used to open the ring. Typically using two pairs of pliers the jump ring is held in one set with the wire opening pushed away with the other set. The two sides should never be pulled apart, like opening a book, as this will distort and weaken the ring. Closed jump rings have been sealed with a tiny amount of solder, so they won’t work their way open. Jump rings come in all manner of sizes so always choose the best size to suit your work. Chainmaille is chain made exclusively with jump rings, based on methods used historically to produce chain armour – the best is fabulously complicated to look at!

84. KEY RINGS & KEY CHAINS

Split Ring Key Chains and Trigger Clasp Key Rings are perfect for making embellished handbag charms, bag clips, key fobs or photo pendants. Both the split ring key chains and the trigger clasp key rings provide a sturdy and secure closure, with the trigger clasp key rings having the added benefit of swivel loop fastner.

Jewellery Findings - Key Ring Chains

84. KILT PINS

Kilt Pins are large metal pins with metal hanging loops across the bottom.

Jewellery Findings - Kilt Pins

85. KNOT CUPS

Also known as Bead Tips, Calottes, and Clam Shells

Knot Cups are used at the ends of necklaces or bracelets to cover a crushed crimp bead or to hide a knot in cord or stringing wire . They resemble a hollow metal bead, split in two and hinged at the bottom or the side. They have a metal hook or ring at their top for attaching to a clasp and, if hinged at the bottom, a small hole for feeding stringing wire, thread or cord through. Once placed in position they are squeezed gently with a pair of flat nosed pliers to close them. The knot cup can then be attached to the loop of a clasp or a jump ring. When used with cord or stringing wire the knot should be placed inside the knot cup with a little glue for added security. A seed bead can also be added to the knot for extra anchorage before closing the knot cup around both the knot and the bead.

Jewellery Findings - Calottes, Bead Tips, Clam Shells, Knot Cups


86. NECKLACE ENDS

Also called End Bars

Necklace Ends are findings used to attach a single strand clasp to a multi strand necklace. Typically one side of the bar will have a single loop with the opposite side have multiple loops depending on how many are required for the design.

Jewellery Findings - Necklace Ends

87. NECKLACE EXTENDERS

Also described as Chain Extensions and Chain Extenders

Necklace Extenders are short lengths of chain added at the ends of necklaces or bracelets to extend the length of the design to provide some adjustability for the wearer.

88. PENDANT BAILS

Pendant Bails or Jewellery Bails are used to hang pendants, charms, lockets and other focal pieces stylishly from a necklace chain or cord, whilst ensuring they lie flat against the wearer. A pendant bail is secured in place using the hole in a pendant, mounted to the pendant with glue, or attached to a ring through the pendant.

89. Pinch Bails

Pinch Bails are a style of pendant bail with an oval or ‘D’ shaped component which is used to connect the locket pendant to a chain. This component slides on to the chain rather than being attached to it. They are otherwise known as Clip on Bails*.

90. V Bails

V Bails are a style of pendant bail with two loops forming a ‘v’ shape above the pendant when looking from the front. They are also described as Rabbit Ear Bails.

Jewellery Findings - Jewellery Bails, Pendant Bails

91. RIBBON ENDS

Ribbon Ends can be used to finish the ends of ribbon, leather, suede or even chain. They are used at the ends of a design, having an integral end loop for attaching to a clasp or a jump ring. The width of the ribbon should fit neatly into the width of the ribbon end, it may be folded in half if necessary.Ribbon ends often have serrated teeth on one or both sides that help secure the ribbon in position but jewellery glue can be used for extra security. Suitable pliers should then be used to fully close the ribbon endsneatly and securely. Folding crimps may be used for narrower ribbon widths.

Jewellery Findings - Ribbon Ends