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About Jewellery Findings – (hardware)

Stockists of a large range of jewellery findings from brass to surgical steel.

(FINDINGS is the general term given to the components or hardware that are necessary to complete your jewellery such as necklace clasps and earring hooks.)

We can guarantee our modern metal products are nickel and lead free.

“Our goal is to make you a better maker and better designer.”
Chris x

Crimps

  • French Crimps: Used for securing a clasp to a necklace threaded on tiger tail. When compressed (or crimped), crimp beads hold tightly onto what’s inside. They are available in different sizes.
  • Carlottes: Used for securing thread to a clasp. Hides the knot used to secure the necklace or the crimp when using wire.
  • Box Carlottes: Used for securing leather to a clasp. When the flaps are compressed the carlotte holds tightly onto what’s inside. They are available in different sizes to suit the thickness of the cord or leather.

Clasps allow you to open & close a necklace or bracelet.

  • Parrot: Use when a clasp is needed. Operates by a small trigger, which opens the clasp.
  • Toggle: Ideal for bracelets or a feature clasp on a necklace. They are a two part clasp featuring a large ring as one side of the clasp & a bar at the other end. Secure by inserting the bar through the circle & pull tight so the bar makes a strong horizontal connection across the top of the circle.
  • Multi Strand Clasp: Use for multi strand bracelets and chokers.
  • End Bars: Use for multi stranded earrings, bracelets & chokers. Attach a clasp or ear part to the single looped end. You can also have a single strand of beads strung or linked at the single end then attach your clasp after the last bead.
  • Spacers: Keep multi strands untangled & flat. Insert them at intervals whilst you are stringing.

Jump Rings (wire rings) are metal connectors. An all purpose gadget.

  • Round: 4mm, 5mm, 7mm & 13mm. To open a jump ring, twist one end to the side. Do not pry both ends apart, since you will misshapen the ring & weaken the metal.
  • Oval: 4x6mm and 6x8mm are more secure than round jump rings as they close on the side of your work.
  • Tips: Oval Rings
    For extra security when a project calls for an unsoldered ring, substitute oval rings;
    A clasp, pendant, or charm will safely hang away from the rings opening, making it less likely o detach accidently.
  • Triangular: Used for drops with the hole across the top & pendants.. Use your hands to secure the ring into the hole by pinching together. You may also want to use a dab of glue.

Pins are pre cut lengths of wire for hanging and linking.

They can have a head i.e. headpin (stopper) or eye i.e. eye pin (loop) and are of great quality.
Our headpins will not chip when working with them and the pin head is centred, for example.

  • Eye pins: Used for linking. Avail in several lengths from ¾” to 2”.
  • Head pins: Use to suspend a drop. Also avail in a 3” length.

Earring Findings: there are endless ways to attach beads to ears.

  • Earpost with 3mm ball & loop. Is ideal for those wanting a small drop earring.
  • Fishhook: Use for pierced ears. Wire hooks pass through the earlobe, with a loop at the bottom end for attaching a decorative bead. Avail plated, surgical steel & sterling silver.
  • Ear pads: Ideal for glueing a button or gem on to. Also avail with a loop.
  • Clip on: Use for non-pierced ears. Styles incorporate a loop from which the beaded drop hangs.
  • Gypsy Hooks: Circular hoops which come in various sizes from 25mm -40mm. Simply secure the hoop by threading the hoop through the small channel. Once it is through and sticking out approx 4mm bend the excess at right angles to the channel to secure.

Bead Caps & End Caps

  • Bead Caps. Use either side of a bead. These caps enhance the appearance of your jewellery by drawing attention to the special beads. Also used to stop head pins or small beads pulling through larger holed beads and the top of tassles.
  • Bell Caps. Use to connect beads to an ear finding or as a pendant mount. Have a loop.
  • End Caps. Use in multi strand necklaces to provide a neat finish.

Plating Glossary

Plating Description
Brass A dark yellow alloy of Copper & Zinc. Nickel free.
Gold Plated A dark yellow alloy of Copper & Zinc. Metal Alloys are the Base Metals with a layer of Precious Metal Coating to achieve the appearance of Gold.
Silver Plated Metal Alloys Copper, Zinc & Nickel are the Base Metals with a layer of Precious Metal Coating to achieve the appearance of Silver.
Nickel A Silver White Metallic Alloy of Nickel, Zinc & Copper or Nickel with Steel. Nickel meets the European Nickel Directive. Antique Silver or Gold Antique Silver or GoldAn Antique Patina gives the appearance of age to a Bead or Finding by immersing them in a solution of Potassium Polysulphide.
Surgical Steel Steel is Iron which is hardened with Carbon & is available in Surgical Steel for Skin Sensitivity.
Stainless Steel Steel is Iron which is hardened with Carbon & made Stainless by the addition of Chromium. Rust Resistant.
Sterling Silver Silver is a Precious Metal & is White in appearance. Stamped 925 ie 92.5% Silver content alloyed with Copper which makes it hard enough to work with. The Silver content is regulated by law.
Gold Gold is a Precious Metal. Alloyed with Copper, Silver, Palladium & Nickel. 22 Carat is 91.6% Gold whilst 9 Carat is 37.5% Gold. The Gold content is regulated by law.
Rolled Gold Is fused Copper or Silver between two sheets of Gold.

“Alloy” is a mixture of metals.

Etelage sources most of their modern brass stampings, hardware & beads from Europe which is governed by the European Directive 94/27/EC and specifies the upper limit for nickel release in articles which have direct and prolonged contact with the skin – such as jewellery & components. Anything not made under this directive outside of the EC as it is not regulated under law. ie Asia

We can guarantee our modern metal products are nickel and lead free.

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