FTC New Rules for Jewelry – What You Need to Know

Gold,Gold Bar,24kt Gold Foil,Precious Metals

As a designer, artist and jewelry maker, it is unlikely you spend a lot of time contemplating the rules laid our by the FTC, Federal Trade Commission, but as persons, partnerships, corporations at every level of the trade who are engages in manufacturing, distributing and the sale of products, you too are subject to these requirements. For…

Quantity is really how hard you work – NOT a definition of “Art”.

Chevron Beads,Murano Glass Beads,History of Venetian Beads,Murano Glass Beads History

I have been a member of ISGB (International Society of Glass Beads) for about 15 years and GAS (Glass Art Society) equally as long. So I was a little taken back when I received a pamphlet at the GAS conference here in San Jose, CA (where I spent 3 days volunteering) called “How to Buy Glass…

To Anneal or Not to Anneal – a very good question?

Flash Annealing Venetian Glass Beads

This is a question we get often, especially from new beaders who have just been their first bead show. Are all Venetian Beads are annealed. She had heard that annealing makes the beads stronger. What is annealing? The word comes from the metallurgy and materials science where it has long been recognized it increases the metals ductility…

What Sizes are the Holes in Murano Glass Beads?

Venetian Bead Shop Beads on Mandrel

This is a question every new beader asks when they first encounter Venetian Beads. And then they ask, “What size wire should I use?” Venetian Beads, Murano Beads The most common size of holes of Murano Glass Beads is approximately 1mm. Approximate because they are most often made on 1mm diameter copper rods, which heats…

Make an Adjustable Charm Bangle with Beadalon Bracelet Jig

VenetianBeadShop Adjustable Bangle Bracelet Free Design

We love this Beadalon Bracelet Jig to make an adjustable charm bangle. It was voted “Hot” Product of CHA in 2015 (CHA is the Craft Hobby Association). It is simple and so very popular this year thanks to Alex and Ani. You’ll want to make dozens. Wear them in stacks. You don’t have to have…

Gold, Gold Fill, Gold Plate and Vermeil – What You Need to Know

Gold Plating, Gold Fill Jewelry Components

Gold (24kt) is really too soft for daily wear (and expensive) so Gold jewelry is generally alloyed with another metal to maker it stronger. It bears the mark of the karat weight. So 14/24kt Gold is 58.3% Gold, divide the karat weight by 24 (pure gold) to get the actual gold in a piece. Gold…

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