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Old 07-03-2019, 07:46 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone, This is my very first post. Phew! I have been using this site to get ideas for some time, but never participated until now. I am not sure if this is the right place for my post, so I am sorry if I am not doing this correctly. I need help in figuring out how to fix some shrink plastic necklaces I have made. Since shrink plastic is so light, the pendants tend to flip. So when I wear one, the back side of the pendant tends to flip to the front. I need to come up with something to weight them down a bit. Maybe a small piece of metal on the backside???? I am at a loss. Does anyone have an idea? I don't know how to post a photo here to show you what I am talking about. The pendants are about 1" to 1 1/2" wide and
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What sort of jewellery fitting are you using on the pieces? ( You won't be able to add a photo until you've made several posts).
I'm not sure that it's just the lightness of the shrink plastic, I have some necklaces, even quite heavy pendants, that also tend to flip over, and I think what makes the biggest difference is the way they hang on the chain or cord, not the weight.
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Old 07-03-2019, 11:18 PM   #3
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Not sure what you mean by "fitting". Could be a terminology difference between our countries. I have the pendants strung on Beadsmith Flex-rite wire 24.6# 49 Strand. The opening on the pendants are much larger in diameter, but I wanted to string beads of various sizes in-between the various pendants (multi pendants on one necklace). What do you advise?
(I do not have tons of experience with beading.)
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Hello, welcome to Splitcoast as a joiner-inner rather than a lurker!

I think Sabrina is asking about what you might call "findings" or maybe "bails". Unless you have a hole in your pendant piece that the wire is going straight through, you presumably have some kind of loop or eye stuck to the plastic somehow?


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Old 07-04-2019, 09:23 AM   #5
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Thanks Joanne. Will do.
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Here is one of my necklaces.
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Hi Catie, love your necklace. Nice design with the bird charms between each pendant. I presume the pendants are flipping up. Is it a tight fit between the beads and pendants? That could be causing the problem. If it's that and you're not willing to restring, you could try adhering a metal washer on the back of each pendant. They're thin and of multiple weights. Maybe try with some double stick tape so you can remove them if they don't work.
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Thanks Carla. No, it is not strung tightly. I like your idea of washers. Last night I thought about using flat metal disc beads. I guess I never realized washers come in different sizes. Where would I buy the washers? (Home Depot type washers?)
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Thanks Carla. No, it is not strung tightly. I like your idea of washers. Last night I thought about using flat metal disc beads. Where would I buy the washers? (Home Depot type washers?)


Just bought some metal heishi beads on etsy. Hope they will work.
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Yes, I was thinking hardware style washers. The metal heishi beads are intriguing. I've got a stash of jewelry supplies that hasn't been touched in at least two years. I don't dare buy anything new


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Oh, that’s lovely! Do you shape the top of the pendant pieces round a skewer or something while warm so you form a sort of channel at the top?

On to the problem you have - I like Carla’s idea of the metal washers, ones from the hardware store should be pretty inexpensive and trying a temporary stick-on first is a great idea.

I wonder whether a further “dangle” might help. If you were to punch a hole at the lowest point of the piece before shrinking and then add a bead (I’d thread it onto a head pin then form a loop to go through the hole in the pendant). It wouldn’t help with ones you’ve already made as it’s very difficult to make a hole in the plastic once it’s shrunk but it might be worth playing with the idea if you’re making more.
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That's beautiful! I love those bird pieces.
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Yes Joanne, I shape them around a skewer. I like the idea about dangles, but don't want them to dangle too far down. Thanks for the tip!
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Thanks Carla for the tip on where to post my necklace. I was so pleased in how they turned out (except for the flipping), I thought perhaps I could sell them. But I am new to selling. I create all sorts of art for my own pleasure and gifts for friends. Since I am retired now, I thought if I could sell my art, it would help pay for art supplies. But I have so much to learn on the business side.

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Thanks everyone for your kind words and sound advice.

(Hmmm...how did I become a "glitter queen"?)
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You’ll find various discussions here on SCS about selling - there’s a big thread here in the Techniques forum: Craft Sale Best Sellers - Ideas and Discussion - Splitcoaststampers I haven’t read it for quite some time but you might find some helpful information there. Etsy is a popular place to sell handmade items online if you’re thinking of that route rather than turning up at fairs. I don’t think any of us are likely to get rich by selling our art but if your aim is to make a bit to buy new toys you might get lucky!
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Thanks Joanne for all your words of wisdom.
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We’d love to know how you get on, both with solving the issue of flipping and selling if you decide to give it a go!
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Hi Joanne,

Waiting for the beads to arrive. But I will let you know how it turns out.

Selling is another matter. I need to learn many steps before I can sell.

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