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    Starting out with PMC

    Hello Everyone It's my birthday this week, so my parents gave me a contribution towards a PMC starter kit. I need to get a firing block (already ordered) then I'll be giving it a spin! If anyone who uses PMC wuld like to give me some advice it would be very much appreciated. First Question - I've seen projects using slip on leaves - do they always need to be fired in a kiln or can I do that with my torch? Thanks !
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    Wanted! Beading questions for Make Jewellery

    I'd really like to know how to make some of the perfectly round coiled wire beads I've seen one jewellery in the shops like this one. http://tinyurl.com/66ht43m Thanks
  3. Hello All Since I started making jewellery last year I've slowly been filling an old bird food tub with silver-plated copper wire scraps from my various projects. I'd really like to find somewhere I can send these bits and bobs to be recycled but I'm having trouble finding any. If anyone has any suggestions I'd be very grateful. Thanks! Gaina
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    Where can I recycle silver-plated copper wire?

    Doh! I'm so daft I hadn't thought of asking my Dad to check when he does his Sunday Morning run to the tip! I'll find out. Thank you
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    Where can I recycle silver-plated copper wire?

    Hi Debbie Unfortunately none of the bits of scrap are any good to anyone else for making things with, so they are really only suitable for the recycle bin....I just need to find the bin! Haha Thanks for your help, Gaina x
  6. Hello All An on-line friend of mine has had a lovely idea to get people making Christmas tree ornaments and sending them to each other. I have put my name down to participate but now I'm having trouble finding designs I like complete with instructions. It's got to go through the post so I'm thinking something light and flat will be perfect. If you have any beaded ornament designs you can link me to or would be willing to share that would be lovely. I have wire in all gauges and colours and a very healthy bead stash! Thank you Gaina
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    Making beaded christmas tree ornamets.

    That's brilliant, thank you Caroline . It's amazing what the right set of search keywords can turn up, isn't it? Gaina xxx
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    Making beaded christmas tree ornamets.

    Haha, they're cute, thank you
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    A tip for Beadalon Spiral Makers

    Hello All I had a 'Eureka' moment a few days ago and wanted to share it with you. Whilst trying out my new Beadalon Spiral Maker I ran into a problem with the spiral coiling up on itself because of the twisted wire around the pegs making the 'lid' uneven....then inspiration struck. Instead of wrapping an off-cut of wire around each peg, I put a jump ring over each peg made of the same gauge wire as the one I wanted to make the spiral from. This keeps the top plate even and prevents the spiral ‘bunching up’ as you turn the handle. I've added a photo to show you exactly what I mean - I hope this helps .
  10. I received a letter today telling me that I have four issues left on my subscription of Make Jewellery Magazine and if I renew my subscription today I'd only pay £9.99 every quarter, saving 33% on the cover price over the year. I went to the website and added the promotional code but it's still trying to charge me £42 for the next year's subscription. If anyone can help me with this problem I'd be very grateful . Gaina
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    MJ subscription Renewal voucher code doesnt' work

    Thank you Maggie I've got the email address and I'll contact them now. Gaina x
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    Longtime no post...

    Hi Susie It's funny you should post today because I was reading my MJ magazine last night an noticed you'd won the Forum Challenge! Congratulations, it's beautiful I tend to work in themes and get materials together in one colour pallet before I start (the fact I have 'ranges' in my etsy shop helps focus my mind too). I find it an efficient way to use up odd beads - 'stragglers' as I call them - too
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    A tip for Beadalon Spiral Makers

    Thanks . I love sharing these little tips that are born of frustration so I can hopefully save someone else the stress (did you know that the spiral maker also flies? ROFL).
  14. Hello All I was cutting the projects out of my MJ magazines ready for the rest to be recycled and found that they don't fit into the plastic sleeves I had reserved for them without trimming off important instructions! Does anyone else have this problem and would you like to see them laid out in such a way that they can be cut out and fit into an A4 plastic wallet? I liked the small booklet that came with the first magazine I bought so I wonder if that would be an option for the projects?
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    PMC and glass

    Evening All I have another PMC3 question: Can I melt glass into the recesses of a fired piece using my hand torch? I am 99% certain I remember a beginners kit being demonstrated onTV and the lady put tiny coloured glass balls into the recess of a fired piece then melted them using her torch to create an enameled effect. What I can't remember is weather these were any special type of glass or weather I can use something like this: http://rista.co.uk Any advice gratefully received, thanks! Gaina
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    Starting out with PMC

    Thx Charming Stoat Next time I'm over at Festival City I'll take a look... there are no guarantees though as it refers to 2009 and the one thing you can deifinitely say about the Middle East is to expect the unexpected. Things rarely stay the same even basic items like bleach can be out of stock everywhere for several weeks then suddenly its back on the shelves fo every supermarket! I know the Expat Woman forum well :-) its a lifeline for "where do I find" type questions. I suspected you might now the forum but thought I'd include it just in case . My real name is Gaina
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    Starting out with PMC

    I found some here: http://www.cakescookiesandcraftsshop.co.uk I also stumbled on this thread on a Forum for expats in Dubai. http://expatwoman.com/forum/messages.aspx?TopicID=101283 Hope that helps
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    Starting out with PMC

    Thank you susie, that was really helpful I am going to try the lovely silver egg featured in the MJ magazine once I've tried a few simple flat pieces so I'll bear in mind everything you've said about wood clay. Salsatigeres - If I post my first efforts here will you have a go? Deal?
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    Starting out with PMC

    Thank you, Purple Cobwebs . I'm a bit nervous of the torch at the moment (hot things have always made me nervous) but I'll get used to it. sdickson - I got my eye on a book called 'Metal Clay in a Day' by Tammy Garner which got brilliant reviews for beginners so that one might suite you . I found it cheapest at play.com
  20. Hello All!! I got a small number of beads last year that I really like the style of but didn't think to look at my receipt to make a note of the style. I did find it again on google but I can't find it again. I'm posting a photo in the hopes you can give me some ideas - thanks!! It's about 8mm, round with three 'panels' cut out of it.
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    Another illusive bead - what style?

    Thanks, that's a great help!! I'll have a mooch on their site now (love Beads Direct - especially for the vouchers! haha)
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    Another illusive bead - what style?

    Thank you, Caroline .
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    Another illusive bead - what style?

    Quick update. Well I haven't found the exact bead I'm looking for but something extremely similar called a 'Stardust Faceted Bead' so I know at a push I can use this type if I want to .
  24. Yes I knew I couldn't be the only person with the same problem! . I am sure if enough people mention it, they'll do something .
  25. I thought the web master might want to know that the Fan Necklace and Turquoise Necklace project instructions are back-to-front! http://www.makejewellerymagazine.com/index.php/projects :-)
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