Help!! charms to lay right, glue on jump ring, good digital camera

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Hi Y'all ~

I need help (help!).  EVERYTIME I make a necklace with charms the
charms go every which way depending on how the wind blows.  The only
way I can get them to lay flat is to make them 'stiff' by using a
tighter jump ring on a beaded that is larger or similar in size to the
bead to make them lay flat.  I don't like this, kind of boring to me.
I want to make dangly, loose necklaces with alphabet charms.  In this
particular case, I have a large (20mm) bead with a large hole.  I am
an eyepin and dangling the charm from the eyepin.  At the top of the
bead I am dooing a simple wire loop, then adding another jump ring
with another tiny nead for flourish, then the additional jump ring to
make it the letter 'face out'.  But if I have a necklace that says
SPURS the letters often flip around. I always take care to attach
everything like the others so they are in sync.  The don't look in
sync!

1.  I read somewhere about filling large holes in beads with a gel or
glue.  would doing that after adding the eyepin/charm work?

2.  I get SUPER nervous and jump rings coming open.  I am probably the
only person who I know who has used a tad a of glue to the closure as
an extra measure of security.  However, often it's sticky, leaving the
sterling jump ring rough.  Does anyone else use a speck of glue?  If
so, is there a suggested method?  Or should I just drop it (is it
unprofessional?).  I used those horeshoe wire protectors at claps ends
which I love, but when just attaching something I get all panicky -
especially when I use dainty chain and need a dainty jump ring.  I
cannot seem to do a halfway decent looped wrap onto a chain.  I can
only do it stand alone, but then I need a jumpring to attach it!
Arrgh!

3.  I have a simple digital camera which is fine for the house and
family.  I am looking for a budget friendly digital camera where I can
take good close-ups of my jewelry.  Can anyone recommend one?  Or does
someone have one to sell?

Thanks so much!

beadjunky


Re: Help!! charms to lay right, glue on jump ring, good digital camera
On May 7, 8:53 am, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:
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if anyone knows how to add a photo to my post, please reply so I can
show you a picture of my waayyy to lose charm necklace.

Re: Help!! charms to lay right, glue on jump ring, good digital camera
Don't have any tips about charms, but you could try split rings instead of  
jump rings.
http://www.firemountaingems.com/search.asp?skw=split+rings

You can't add pics to the NG, but you can post them on a web page and give  
us a link!

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Karleen Page
Member International Jewelry Designers Guild (IJDG)
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Re: Help!! charms to lay right, glue on jump ring, good digital camera
here's is a link that might be more help.  the split rings idea is a
very good once, but i simply LIKE the look of the jump ring.  argh.
anyway, here's my REAL problem...  http://flickr.com/photos/twangganger/sets/72157604937911116/
thanks for any help
please feel free to email me directly if you wish snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com

Re: Help!! charms to lay right, glue on jump ring, good digital camera
Hmmmmmmmmm, what about a lacy little chain connecting the top of each letter  
to the next one?  I'm sort of picturing the chain going from one to another,  
kind of like a child would draw waves.

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Jerri
www.beadbimbo.com
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Re: Help!! charms to lay right, glue on jump ring, good digital camera
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That's a great idea and I may use that next time, but the client wants
the basketball beads and the charms hanging from them....other ideas
appreciated!  Thank you!

Libbi

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