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Old 01-21-2011, 06:18 PM   #11
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Chris and Moku...The terms are used interchangeably regardless of what is "correct." It doesn't really matter.

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Old 01-21-2011, 06:44 PM   #12
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'Split rings' are jump rings with a split opening, as opposed to 'closed jumprings' which are soldered shut, no opening. I use sterling silver 'closed jumprings' to make my own stitch markers because they don't snag my yarn, ever.

I never use split (open) jumprings for stitch markers, but I will for this project. But I'll stick with sterling silver. I've had real good luck with SS. No tarnishing. Stays satiny smooth, shiny and bright.

I checked on Amazon. They sell sterling silver jump rings, open or closed style. They're not expensive. I didn't realizethat Amazon had jump rings of any kind! That's cool!
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:35 PM   #13
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How do you connect them if they aren't open, Dollyce?

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Old 01-21-2011, 11:20 PM   #14
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For stitch markers they don't need to be open/split.

After you've loaded your beads, etc. onto the SS headpin, the naked end of the headpin goes through the closed jumpring, bent down like a u-turn, then it's coiled around itself, and excess snipped off.

Can you find that stitch marker photo tutorial I did here at KH a few years ago?
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Originally Posted by ArtLady1981 View Post

Can you find that stitch marker photo tutorial I did here at KH a few years ago?
Found it!
http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/sh...stitch+markers

I tried this, but I couldn't get it twisted as tightly and neatly like this.
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You are a genius and your timing is impeccable! I'm trying a new pattern with a new technique both of which should be simple but for some reason I keep losing my place in a very, very simple cable pattern. This will help me keep track. Thanks!
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I tried this, but I couldn't get it twisted as tightly and neatly like this.
The key to good tight wraps is twofold: use 3" headpins only, and use SS only.

SS is softer and more malleable, and 3" headpins give you an extra inch to hold on to while working the wrap. These two tips make all the difference when you're not a pro jewelry maker, which I'm definitely not!

So, I'd say I work best with better materials, and in the end it saves money cuz I don't trash mis-wrapped stitch markers. I never blow a wrap when I use 3" (SS) headpins. I guess if I made stitch markers every day, or even once a week, I'd have better skills at using 2" headpins. But I'd always use SS! It's so bright and beautiful, and retains it's good looks, never discoloring my knitting or hands. It's worth the extra pennies. But I'm not making stitch markers for profit. Just for me, or as gifts for close friends who are knitters, avid knitters.
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I love this idea!!! Would've never thought of it on my own!! Thanks!
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Originally Posted by ArtLady1981 View Post
'Split rings' are jump rings with a split opening, as opposed to 'closed jumprings' which are soldered shut, no opening. I use sterling silver 'closed jumprings' to make my own stitch markers because they don't snag my yarn, ever.

I never use split (open) jumprings for stitch markers, but I will for this project. But I'll stick with sterling silver. I've had real good luck with SS. No tarnishing. Stays satiny smooth, shiny and bright.

I checked on Amazon. They sell sterling silver jump rings, open or closed style. They're not expensive. I didn't realizethat Amazon had jump rings of any kind! That's cool!
Get either half hard or whole hard sterling. It's nice and strong... doesn't bend as easily but still easily enough to open and close when you want to. If you're going to be opening/closing them a lot, I'd suggest half hard. Dead soft is just that... really soft and easy to bend.
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Chris and Moku...The terms are used interchangeably regardless of what is "correct." It doesn't really matter.

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I wasn't trying to flame or anything... was just really confused because of the training I received at an accredited art college... sorry... maybe I should just not post... :s
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