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in response to ?? about scales

Description: we have a little scale that switches from oz, ct, gr so there is no conversion necessary. I weigh my gemstone in ct, then switch the mode to oz - when I'm finished wire wrapping, I weigh again - subtract the stone weight in ounces which gives me the weight of silver wire that I used. Really helps when pricing.
18 Sep 2014

Thanks that's a great tip!

Weighing a gemstone for a ring or pendant is very important since your customer really want's to know what they are paying for. No matter if they tell you this or not they do want to know. And by telling them the ct. weight of the stone it is much more professional and your customer is way likely to trust you a a professional.

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Can I use wire glue to glue my jump rings together. My projects seem to come apart when using jump rings.
17 Sep 2014

I don't think there is such a thing as wire glue, or at least I have never heard of it. But don't use the glue. When making jump rings use half hard wire, tumble them to make them hard in a tumbler and you should not have a problem.

You can use a rice strainer to desperate the shot from the jump rings but be careful look at your rice strainer holes closely.

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I need to make a mother's ring for a customer. I was able to get a natural untreated sapphire for a reasonable price but when it came to the ruby, it was very difficult. The ruby I did find that was natural was heat treated and glass filled. Do you know if there is any special care for this ruby? Will it break down over time? Is it a bad idea to use in a solid gold ring that has so many other expensive stones in it like opal. If you don't think this is unwise, where do I find a natural 5mm round ruby under $50?
16 Sep 2014

Getting a natural ruby for the ring is a great idea but natural rubies in AAA grade can run from a few hundred up to thousands of dollars in the natural form. So there is nothing wrong with getting a heat treated ruby. They look great and the cost is minium.

It's all what you can afford really.

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On tip of the day today you said the best selling size on pendants is 18x13 mm. I've been a member for years and never knew this. I thought it was 30 x 40. I would love more info and would love to see pictures and an idea of prices on finished pendants. Thank you for a wonderful site.
15 Sep 2014

I don't remember saying this because normally it is 18x25 mm.

18x13 is more popular with rings and earrings

But most things are going small so 18x13 pendants and cameos are selling well right now.

But for the most part it is what kind of work you create and where you sell it at. That will pretty much determine the size stones you use.

I use very big stones and cameos. Why? Because you can do the same work and get paid 3 times the price.

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I don't have a question but,Reet asked about protecta clear and I use this product on brass and copper (never on Sterling silver or gold) Copper and brass can tarnish quickly right on a persons body turning their skin green (not dangerous). I dip the items at least twice and use it as a selling point letting my customers know that the item is coated to prevent tarnishing and to treat the jewelry gently to prolong the life of the coating.
14 Sep 2014

Thanks for the tip! Keeping things bright and shiney is an on going challenge.

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I have trouble selling pendants also. Even at lower prices and my work is good and the pieces look nice. This is true of both gemstones, semi precious and Fine Silver PMC pieces. Earring sell ok, but bracelets are my best seller.
13 Sep 2014

Without seeing your work i don't have a clue but here is a few suggestions:

GO UP WITH YOUR PRICE

GO DOWN WITH YOUR PRICE

PUT A CHEAP CHAIN ON YOUR PENDANT AND MAKE IT A NECKLACE

CHECK YOUR DISPLAYS

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