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

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
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beadjunky
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.
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beadjunky
Don't have any tips about charms, but you could try split rings instead of jump rings.
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Vibrant Jewels
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...
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thanks for any help please feel free to email me directly if you wish snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com
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beadjunky
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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Beadbimbo
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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beadjunky

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