Summer Project Ideas to Spend Time with your Kids – Make your Own Jewelry!

Already sweating summer boredom? Whether you are a parent or activities instructor, summer break is the perfect time to try a few fun jewelry making projects with your kids. Easy and inexpensive, jewelry projects help kids develop their fine motor skills and creativity and leave them with a unique memento of the summer season.

Inspire Your Child’s Creativity with these Kids Jewelry-Making Favorites:

We offer a variety of colorful and unique beads that children love for making necklaces and bracelets. Choose from some of the kid-friendly favorites below, complementing them with our wide assortment of gold-filled and sterling silver beads and findings…

•    Alphabet Beads

It’s easy for kids to get creative with a mix of alphabet beads and colorful spacers. We offer a wide assortment of alphabet bead options, sold by the letter.
  1.  A-Z alphabet bracelet or necklace for younger kids, placing colorful round beads between each letter.
  2.  Name bracelet.
  3.  Friendship bracelets: “BFFS FOREVER.” Or “X O X O.”
  4. ‘Positive message’ bracelets, such as, “BE HAPPY,” “DREAM BIG,” “THANKFUL,” “SMILE,” AND “U R AWESOME.”
•    Semi-Precious Stone Beads

Alternate colorful semi precious stones in a vibrant pattern of each child’s favorite colors, stringing on a stretch cord for an easy fit. Add in fun accent pieces such as Bali beads or gold-filled and silver charms with a jump ring to make a statement.

•    Cloisonné Beads

Colorful yet sophisticated, Cloisonné are favored by older girls, adorned with beautifully painted imagery with metallic accents perfect for pairing with gold and silver beads and findings.

The perfect way to add both color and texture to a jewelry design, smooth, shimmery cat’s eye beads make kids of all ages ‘ooh’ and ‘ahhh.’ Alternate bold colors of stones of the same shape, or mix shapes to stunning effect.

Don’t Miss Out on these Other Fun Bead Styles

Providing an assortment of beads allows each child to showcase their own unique personality through their jewelry making creativity.

•    Dice Beads
Dice beads add a touch of fun to any young child’s jewelry design.

•    Shamballa Beads
These shimmering, disco-ball like beads are always a hit with the girls!

•    Lamp Beads
These bright, colorful, luminous glass beads are like miniature works of art.

•    Star Beads
For those in your life inspired by the celestial.

•    Floral Beads
For the ‘flower child’ in your life.

•    Squaredelles
Add just a touch of sparkle with these rhinestone-studded spacer beads.

•    Bali Beads
A great way to add texture and visual interest to any jewelry design.
From simple shapes to flashy designs to liven up any creation.

While the day away, creating a new tradition. Discover the fun of jewelry making with your kids. Shop the wide selection of inspiring options at Crystal Findings today.

4 Facts about Gold-Filled Beads You Need to Know

A lot of people are making the wrong assumptions about many jewelry supplies, especially gold filled beads. If you choose to get them for your jewelry making, you need to know what they truly are so you can properly market them to the right people in the right way. If you are into jewelry making, it is also crucial that you get educated about other beads and jewelry making supplies so that you can craft the best jewelry and market it the right way

 

Before we dive into the list of misconceptions, let us talk a little about some basic facts first. Legally, gold-filled items should have at least 5% of gold. This percentage will be identified using the gold alloy’s karat-age. Many gold-filled items in the market today are either 12kt or 14kt.

#1 – Inability to Cast

There are a lot of people who are getting confused about the ability of a gold-filled item to be cast. To be clear, remember that gold-filled items do not have the ability to be cast. This is a limitation that many people who are using gold filled items for jewelry making have to deal with. The products that are attached to it should be manufactured from the tube, sheet, or gold filled wire.

#2 – Gold-Filled Solder

There is no exact reason why the term “gold-filled solder” came to be. In actuality, this does not really exist. Normally, to get the illusion that a solder is gold-filled, color matching is done. The solder joint and the surface metal are color-matched by a 14kt gold solder.

Moreover, soldering a gold-filled item should not be done without a special tool operated by a person who underwent a special training. In most cases, gold-filled soldering needs a laser welder to make the joints as precise as possible.

#3 – Gold-Filled vs. Gold

A lot of jewelry makers who are creating jewelry using gold filled beads call them “gold”. This should not really be done and is illegal. If something is called gold, it means that the item is a very solid alloy that contains a high gold content. Gold-filled items are not like this.

As much as possible, do not use the term “gold” for pieces that are actually made with gold-filled items. If you make this a habit, you could get yourself into legal issues.

#4 – Gold-Filled vs. Gold Plate

Gold-filled items should not be confused with gold plating. A gold plate is a very thin layer of gold spread on a base made of brass. Because it is so thin, it does not really contribute to the weight of the whole item. Compared to gold filled items, gold plates wear off easier and quicker. Gold plates also cannot withstand extreme heat or temperature.

On the other hand, gold-filled items have 5% gold in it. Because it has more amount of gold, it adds up to the total weight of the product. Additionally, gold-filled items and findings can be more durable and reliable, providing protection from tarnishing and wearing of the main product.

If you are looking for a more affordable but acceptable quality alternative for solid gold, gold filled beads and items can be your best bet. They offer the best features that make up the characteristics of solid gold while maintaining the price at mid-level.

This blog was originally posted on https://www.crystalfindings.com/4-facts-about-gold-filled-beads-you-need-to-know/

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