Jewelry Making Q&A

Can you tell me what to use to cut jump rings, the wire cutter I bought is not working well?

If you are making single jump rings, a flush cutter should work nicely. If you are making a series of jump rings, there is a special cutter for that.

Sometimes when I make a necklace and attach a charm to the chain with a jumpring, it always flips over when I wear it… why does this keep happening?

Be sure you are attaching the jump ring to the bottom half of a ring of the chain that lies flat against your skin so that the ring of chain and the small ring on the charm are parallel.

(African Helix video question)
If wanted to use more beads at the beggining i.e 24 instead of the 16 you used. How many beads would I need to pick up? Would it still be 3 main 2 accent or would it be more?

Since African Helix is done in sets of 4,  and you are doing 6 sets of 4 beads for your 24 beads, then it would still be 3 main and 2 accent, 6 times.
(Wire Wrapped Wine Glass video question)
Hello….can you wash your wine glasses with the wire wrapped beads on them????
Yes, water will only hurt a metal that will rust and most beads are washable. Do a test with one to make sure your beads are not going to fade from detergent. 

I was wondering what is the best thing to use when making a photo charm bracelet, diamond glaze, art gel or adhesive. I don’t want my photo of my kids to run & get all messed up.

I recommend not using an original picture but a copy done on photo paper designed especially not to bleed. Use adhesive to adhere the picture to the frame. Neither Art Gel or Diamond Glaze become completely hardened as a resin would so be careful when putting your finished product away that there is not anything laying on top of it.  Or, I recommend using 3d lacquer instead because it does cure completely.  Do a small test to see which product you prefer. 3D Lacquer

More questions?  Leave a comment below or submit a ticket to Auntie’s Beads customer service.

Karla Schafer

Karla Schafer began beading at age 5 after her Grandmother taught her how to bead crochet. She graduated the University of North Texas in '93 with her BBA in Fashion Marketing. Now she is a Lead Designer for Auntie's Beads and star of the innovative video series, Karla Kam!


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