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[Source] Round bead ear nuts


#1

On page 835 of the current Rio Gems & Findings catalog, at the top
of the page… are some earrings that are using round sterling beads
"lined with rubber and function as ear nuts."

I would like some of those, as ear nuts are usually unattractive.
Rio only sells them as part of the earrings. I make my own earrings.

So does anyone know a source for just the rubber filled beads, or
the kind of rubber to fill the beads (and is there an easy way to do
this?)

Stick pins are great, but I never make them as I don’t like
commercial ends for them. So knowing what and how the rubber gets in
the bead would be great. But I can just get the rubber filled beads
too.

Ideas, sources, thoughts!?

As always thank you.

Carla
www.carlamfox.com


#2

Alan Revere’s “101 Bench Tips For Jewelers” covers this in tip #97,
page 102, on making a gold stopper for a stickpin. You anneal an
appropriate piece of tubing, burnish (in your flex shaft) one end
over so it has a lip intruding into the inside diameter, and punch
it into a pencil eraser.( Sharpen the working punch end first.) Then
burnish over the second end, and you have a stickpin clutch. These
could be even fancier if engraved or stamped with textures or
designs before filling.

Revere’s book is full of this clever stuff; lots of fun!

http://www.ganoksin.com/jewelry-books/us/product/0971349533.htm

M’lou Brubaker
Minnesota, USA
http://www.craftswomen.com/M’louBrubaker


#3

If we’re talking about the same thing, I get mine from Bella
Findings in Los Angeles.

www.bellafindings.com

I’ve never ordered from their site so I don’t know how user friendly
it is.

Amery