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Jewellery Findings Guide (One)

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.

1. BAILS

Also known as Pendant Bails

Bails are used to connect and position a pendant onto a necklace using clips, glue or a ring embedded in the pendant itself. It is meant to slide onto the chain rather than to be soldered to it so that the pendant is not permanently part of the chain.

2. BEAD CAPS

Also called Bell Caps

Bead Caps are used to accentuate and frame beads whilst ensuring a decorative professional finish. These versatile findings can be plain in design or ornamental, with surface decoration, fluting, as well as cutouts and filigree work, allowing more of the beads surface to show through. As a general rule more decorative bead caps should be paired with plainer beads. They can be used to cap both ends of a bead or just one, with the latter creating an acorn effect. On a functional level they can be used to reduce down larger bead holes to prevent head pins slipping through, or to cover damage around a bead hole. There are no rules when it comes to matching bead caps to beads by size, being a case of experimentation to achieve the desired look for any particular design.



3. BEAD CONES

Also described as Cone Ends

Bead Cones are metal cone shaped jewellery findings that are used to secure and cover the ends of several strands of beading.

4. BELL CAPS

Also known as Bead Caps

Bell Caps are used to accentuate and frame beads whilst ensuring a decorative professional finish. These versatile findings can be plain in design or ornamental, with surface decoration, fluting, as well as cutouts and filigree work, allowing more of the beads surface to show through. As a general rule more decorative bell caps should be paired with plainer beads. They can be used to cap both ends of a bead or just one, with the latter creating an acorn effect. On a functional level they can be used to reduce down larger bead holes to prevent head pins slipping through, or to cover damage around a bead hole. There are no rules when it comes to matching bell caps to beads by size, being a case of experimentation to achieve the desired look for any particular design.

Jewellery Findings - Bead Caps, Bell Caps

5. BEAD TIPS

Also called Calottes, Clam Shells and Knot Cups

Bead Tips 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 bead tip 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 bead tip with a little glue for added security. A seed bead can also be added to the knot for extra anchorage before closing the bead tip around both the knot and the bead.

6. BOOKMARKS

Bookmark findings are typically embellished with a combination of beads, chain, charms or ribbons, all dangling down from a single hanging loop to great decorative effect. They are usually made of metal and can be plain, inscribed with patterns, or moulded in the style of feathers, leaves and other long thin page keeping designs.

7. BRACELETS & BANGLES

Bracelet Frames, bangles and cuff bracelet blanks provide an ideal foundation for adding cabochons, charms, crystals and glass beads, as well as for wire work. These jewellery findings include bangles with cabochon settings, cuff bracelet frames, elasticated chain bracelets perfect for charms, decorative filigree bracelet frames and wire bracelet frames. Although the wrist band of these jewellery blanks are pre-formed they usually have a degree of malability within the metal to allow them to be better shaped or sized to fit individual wrists.

Jewellery Findings - Bracelets, Bangles, Cuffs, Wire Bracelet Frames

8. BROOCHES & BROOCH BACKS

Brooch Backs and Brooch Pins typically consist of a plate or wire sat directly above a safety style pin used for attaching these findings to clothes or hats. They can have decorative elements such as cabochon settings, filigree elements or bead hanging loops as found on kilt pin brooches. More functional brooch findings can be added directly to the back of jewellery designs using bars, brooch bases or sieve plates. They are a perfect base for wire work and artistic embellishment.