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Sneak Peek – Tools, Magazines & Msc

December 22nd, 2010 Posted in New Products Update by Steve | No Comments

Let’s take a peek at what we have just received from suppliers. However, we may only be able to provide you the price after back from holiday (take note we will be away from 28th Dec – 6th Jan, please place your order before 26th Dec noon so that we could ship your order on 27th Dec).

jump-ring-maker-4-6-7-8mm-beading-malaysia.jpgJump Ring Maker Size 4, 6, 7 & 8mm. Also available in size 10, 12, 14 & 18mm.

ring-manrel-superior-steel-ungrooved-size-us-1-15-beading-malaysia.jpgRing Mandrel US Size 1-15, made from superior steel, ungrooved.

large-ring-mandrel-us-size-16-24-beading-malaysia.jpgLarge Ring Mandrel US Size 16-24, made from superior steel, ungrooved.

wire-bender-beading-malaysia.jpgWire Bender.

tweezer-fibre-grip-beading-malaysia.jpgCross-Lock Tweezer with fiber grips – Heat-resistant fiber grips protect your hands from heat while soldering. Cross-lock mechanism opens when pressed to grip objects securely.

wood-ring-clamp-beading-malaysia.jpgHard Wood Ring Clamp – holds rings firmly without marring.

plier-forming-hollow-half-round-nose-beading-malaysia.jpgForming Concave/Half Round Pliers – to bend ring shanks, shape wires and construct intricate and precise fabrications from sheet and wire.

nylon-head-hammer-beading-malaysia.jpgNylon Head Hammer.

divider-beading-malaysia.jpgDivider – measures accurately with positive-positioning knurled top and side knobs.

copper-tong-curved-beading-malaysia.jpgHeavy Duty Bent Copper Tong – designed for safe and dependable use with pickling and acid solutions. This item is heavier-gauge copper for long life.

bench-pin-v-slot-with-clamp-beading-malaysia.jpgBench Pin with V Slot and Clamp.

prong-pusher-beading-malaysia.jpgProng Pusher.

bezel-pusher-beading-malaysia.jpgBezel Pusher.

bezel-roller-beading-malaysia.jpgBezel Roller.

burnisher-curved-beading-malaysia.jpgBurnisher Curved.

burnisher-straight-beading-malaysia.jpgBurnisher Straight.

The following products are available for sale at our store:

czech-fire-polished-blue-stones.jpg3mm Czech Fire Polished Mix – Blue Stones (RM10 for 100pcs strand).

czech-fire-polished-evergreen.jpg3mm Czech Fire Polished Mix – Evergreen (RM10 for 100pcs strand).

czech-fire-polished-honey-butter.jpg3mm Czech Fire Polished Mix – Honey Butter (RM10 for 100pcs strand).

czech-fire-polished-lilac.jpg3mm Czech Fire Polished Mix – Lilac (RM10 for 100pcs strand).

czech-fire-polished-strawberry-field.jpg3mm Czech Fire Polished Mix – Strawberry Field (RM10 for 100pcs strand).

Step by Step Magazines (only 5 copies available per issue):

BW1000.jpg Best of Step by Step Wire Jewelry 2010 (RM50).

BW0900.jpgBest of Step by Step Wire Jewelry 2009 (RM50).

SW0912.jpgStep by Step Wire Jewelry Winter 2010 (RM25).

SW1008.jpgStep by Step Wire Jewelry Aug/Sept 2010 (RM25).

SW1006.jpgStep by Step Wire Jewelry Jun/July 2010 (RM25).

SW1004.jpgStep by Step Wire Jewelry April/May 2010 (RM25).

SW1002.jpgStep by Step Wire Jewelry Feb/Mar 2010 (RM25).

FYI, our store will be opened in the coming weekend (25th & 26th Dec). See our store calender here: http://www.beading.my/visit-store

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How To Oxidize Your Jewelry Using Liver of Sulphur

December 13th, 2010 Posted in Earrings by Steve | 1 Comment

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Occasionally I did receive inquiry from beaders about the wire used by Emi to make above similar finishing earring. All the while I only know the theory behind until I have attended Silversmithing class conducted by Emi. Today I’m going to show you how to do it, though not a very detail step by step, but should be able to give you a good idea of how to use the Liver of Sulphur to oxidize Silver (or Copper or Brass).

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The above picture shown a pair of earrings crafted using sterling silver wires with Cubic Zirconia briolette.

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The detail – a weave technique taught in Step by Step Wire Jewelry Dec 2010/Jan 2011 issue.

Instruction:

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To oxidize silver, you will need Liver of Sulphur and hot water. Make sure you do it in a well ventilated area, as the fume can be toxic.

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Add a little bit of Liver of Sulphur to hot water until the water looks yellowish/brownish color.

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Let’s watch the magic…

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You will notice the color of your jewelry change slowly from white to blue/green/grey color.

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This is how it looks after 60 seconds…

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To achieve its darkest look, just immerse your jewelry in the solution in longer time, say approximate 3-5 minutes. Remove the piece from the solution and rinse with water. The result was a matte finish dark grey color (it’s not black).

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In my project, I would like to have the earring in shine finishing. I need to bind the Cubic Zirconia Briolette with copper wires before send it for tumbling.

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This was the result after tumbling….nice huh?

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In final step, use very fine steel wool (#0000) to partially remove the oxidized surface and you will achieve the following antiqued finishing:

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In case you are interested to make the above earring, feel free to do so.

Material Lists:
1) 16 gauge Sterling Silver Round Wire
2) 18 gauge Sterling Silver Round Wire
3) 20 gauge Sterling Silver Twisted Wire
4) 26 gauge Fine Silver Round Wire
5) 2.5mm Sterling Silver Beads
6) Cubic Zirconia, Tanzanite Color, Flat Briolette.

Credit: The construction of earring frame is inspired from Emi Kaz’s The Royal Chocolate Earrings ( http://emikaz.blogspot.com/2010/02/lil-l uxe-collection.html)

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Sneak Peek – New Products Arriving Soon

November 29th, 2010 Posted in New Products Update by Steve | 5 Comments

The following products will be arriving very soon (within this week). In stead of waiting for us to upload, we now offer a service to reserve/pre-book them and complete the transaction via email. You may then combine ship with your online purchase. Send your reservation request to booking@beading.my

1) Anti Tarnish Paper Tab by 3M

3M-anti-tarnish-tab-to-protect-silver-gold.jpgRM6 / pkg of 20 pcs

Protects metals from discoloration/tarnish. Last approximately 6 months in a jewelry case or other enclosed, depending on exposure to air. Protects silver, nickel, copper, bronze, brass, gold and pewter. These work great to protect jewelry, silverware, dinnerware, instruments or other metal items from tarnish. Use a 1″ paper tab for up to 30 cubic inches.

2) Bead Mat

bead-mats-by-beadsmith.jpgRM5.00 / pkg of 2 pcs

Create a comfortable work space on any table or tray and prevent your beads from rolling away! Super-soft, foam-like material is ideal when working with small beads Includes 2 washable bead mats. Mats measure 8″” x 8″”

3) Pop Out Ring Sizers

Pop-Out-Ring-Sizers.jpgRM3.00 / each

This economical plastic finger gauge is so practical. Each ring size is removable so that prospective customers can take them for easy reference. Each ring is clearly marked in half sizes from 2-1/2 to 14 (US Size).

4) Finger Sizes Plastic with mm Marking

finger-sizes-plastic-with-mm-marking.jpgRM10.00 / each

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Sneak Peek – Jewelry Making Magazines

November 26th, 2010 Posted in New Products Update by Steve | No Comments

Finally, we will bring in some jewelry making magazines from United States soon! As a start, we only bring in small quantities and would actually prefer to bring in those magazines on request/ore-order basis.

If you are interested with the following magazines, drop us an email -> booking@beading.my (by popular demand, a new email was set up especially to take care of reservation/pre-order requests).

Note: Price shown below is not inclusive delivery charge.

Magazines:

Step by Step Wire Jewelry:

step-by-step-wire-jewelry-december-2010-january-2011.jpg Step by Step Wire Jewelry, Dec 2010/Jan 2011, RM25.00

This must-have issue includes six pages of our 2011 Product Preview featuring over 100+ new products to add to your Christmas wish list. If you love chain maille, this issue has three fabulous projects for you to try, including chain maille snowflakes fit for the holiday season. And don’t miss Ronna Sarvas Weltman’s feature on Principles of Good Design with tips every designer can use!

step-by-step-wire-jewelry-october-november-2010.jpg Step by Step Wire Jewelry, Oct/Nov 2011, RM25.00

Just in time for the holidays, our annual crystal bling issue! Fifteen brand new sparkling designs, with plenty of time to whip them up before your party circuit. Projects from some of your favorite designers: Kerry Bogert, Cassie Donlen, Jodi Bombardier. They’ve all contributed fabulous designs that incorporate that delicious dazzle that only crystals can add.

Beadwork:

Beadwork-December-2010-January-2011.jpg Beadwork, Dec 2010/Jan 2011, RM25.00

The jewelry styles we present in the December 2010/January 2011 issue are more than just a sampling of the best modern styles our designers offer; many are a nod to classic jewelry designs. For example, an early-1900s design Jennifer VanBenschoten saw at an antique jewelry auction inspired her pearly, crystal-studded cuff. Randy Drobny’s use of materials in his quick-and-easy earrings, which were modeled off of a pair of antique earrings, truly captures costume jewelry’s classic combination of deep brassy shades and pearls. And Laura McCabe’s necklace is a tribute to her Great-Great-Aunt Aurelia’s fabulous 1950s style. Our special expanded Beadwork Challenge showcases seven designers-including beadwork from readers like you! Plus, learn to stitch simple edgings and embellishments in Jean Campbell’s department, Stitch Pro.

Beadwork-October-November-2010.jpg Beadwork, Oct/Nov 2010, RM25.00

The October/November 2010 issue of Beadwork focuses on contemporary jewelry with 18 fashionable and fun designs. Create Laura McCabe’s elegant tubular peyote-stitched Blue Rondo earrings or use herringbone and peyote stitches to make Nancy Cain’s bold crystal ring. Stitch a modern multistrand necklace by Jill Devon, using embellished right-angle weave. Try tips and techniques for making a spiral-stitched rope in Jean Campbell’s Stitch Pro department. Or, pull out your bead stash, flip to our Simply Seeds department, and use what you have to make the Golden Twist necklace by Ludmila Raitzin. Plus, learn about copyright laws and ethics for designing beaders from Editorial Director Marlene Blessing.

Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist:

Lapidary-Journal-Jewelry-Artist-December-2010.jpg Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Dec 2010, RM 28.00

New special series on how to solder jewelry starts by explaining what solder is. Silver jewelry making focus includes four artists who specialize in handmade silver jewelry, an exhibit of Mexican modernist silver jeweler Antonia Pineda, a silver and new Red Creek “jasper” pendant project, and a silver metal clay and diamond handmade earrings project. Carve a cabochon using a favorite jeweler’s tool: the flex shaft – start by cutting your own cabochon, or purchase a standard one and add your own designs. A look at the 10 most influential technological developments of the last decade, how to bring more customers to your online shop using search engine optimization, plus your design sketches and questions, with answers, tips and more!

Easy Wire:

easy-wire-2010.jpgEasy Wire 2010, RM 35.00

Now stunning jewelry can be simple to make and easy on your wallet. Create beautiful wire jewelry in less time and with less money with the new special issue Easy Wire 2010, presented by Beadwork magazine. Easy Wire is packed with 50 fun and affordable wire-jewelry projects and designs-plus more than 30 illustrated basics and tips. Order your copy of this must-have wire resource to:

– Tap into the fastest-growing segment of handcrafted jewelry with the trusted expertise of Step by Step Wire Jewelry editors.

– Master the 6 essential wireworking techniques with helpful diagrams, expert tips, and several projects that focus on each technique.

– Create the perfect piece the first time with easy-to-follow instructions and full-color photographs.

– Design on a dime with affordable projects using only 5 basic tools; some inexpensive copper, silver, or colored artisan wire; and a few beads or findings.

CD Collection:

2006-Lapidary-Journal-Jewelry-Artist-CD-Collection.jpg2006 Lapidary Jewelry Artist CD Collection, RM100.00

Explore 12 issues of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist exactly as they were printed-now in a new, convenient format.

With this amazing CD collection, you’ll get the entire 2006 season with full-color searchable pages, quick-print projects, and all the artists profiles, tips, and how-tos the jewelry world trusts from Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.

  • Discover the experts’ secrets from buying materials to building creations.
  • Find answers fast with searchable pages and quick-print projects.
  • Create stunning pieces with exciting metal and gem techniques.
  • Master jewelry-making skills and develop your own designs with artist demos, tips, and more!

2006-Beadwork-CD-Collection.jpg2006 Beadwork CD Collection, RM100.00

Explore 6 issues of Beadwork exactly as they were printed-now in a new, convenient format.

With this amazing CD collection, you’ll get the entire 2006 season with full-color searchable pages, quick-print projects, and all the tips and how-tos the jewelry world trusts from Beadwork.

  • Discover the secrets of expert beadwork artists from buying materials to building creations.
  • Find answers fast with searchable pages and quick-print projects.
  • Create stunning pieces with intricate bead stitches made easy.
  • Master beadwork step by step with fun projects for rings, bracelets, necklaces, and more!

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Sneak Peek – New Arrivals

November 11th, 2010 Posted in New Products Update by Steve | 2 Comments

We have received 2 new shipments and below are sneak peek of the new arrivals. Hope you like them!

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Picture above: New blister packing for MonsterKraft Pliers. Does it look nice?

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Picture above: Single Nylon Jaw Pliers – one round and one flat nylon. This is a large size pliers (same size as the double nylon jaw pliers), overall lenght 5-1/2 inches, stainless steel, strong one side round tapered jaw for dealing with wire from small to large size. It will not mar or scratch your work when making a loop. A must have tool for wire jewelers.

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Picture above: Full Flush cutter by MTC Japan, size 125mm. The full flush result is quite close to the best cutter int he world, SWAMSTRON (~RM200) but only at a quarter of the price. Please use it to cut copper wire (max cut 2mm) or brass wire (max cut 1.2mm) only.

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Picture above: Full Flush cutter by Keiba Japan, size 125mm & 150mm (best for cutting brass wire > 1.2mm).

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Picture above: Acrylic Beads

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