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Old 07-28-2007, 02:07 PM   #31
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What size jump rings fit the 0-10 needles?
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Old 07-28-2007, 04:36 PM   #32
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Welcome to the addiction that is stitch markers... I've made about 20 sets, most of which have sold to friends for swaps or for their own use. I'm thinking of starting a line and selling them through Etsy and my LYS.

I'm glad that you enjoy making stitch markers- it would be interesting to know if you ever got around to trying out the free set of Countonknit stitch markers I sent you - the ones you received 12 months ago from me, on the understanding that you would review them and get back to me.
Huh? You sent ME a set of free Countonknit stitch markers 12 months ago??? Are you sure it was ME that you sent these to?

I don't remember giving my address to anyone this past year except to one girl who sent me a bit of yarn sample she was using. It was a bit of merino wool...and she wanted me to feel the quality of it because I had posted a grumble about the "merino style" wool that I had the misfortune of ordering from KnitPicks...not realizing that "100% merino style" wool is NOT THE SAME as the real deal.

I can tell you...if anyone were gracious enough to send me a sample of stitch markers...I would definitely show my appreciation by USING THEM and posting a nice review of them as well!!

I am very organized...being in business for myself for 27 years....a free set of stitch markers would NOT go through the cracks!

I don't think it was me you sent them to but wish I had been!!
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Old 07-28-2007, 04:46 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by robynbird View Post
What size jump rings fit the 0-10 needles?
You need two sizes of jumprings. One size fits 0-6 nicely...and the size bigger fits 7-10.5 nicely. Of course, the larger size would work for all...but...I don't like my rings to engulf the stitches on the left or right of it...so a smaller jumpring is best for use on the little needles like 0-5 especially.

The jumpring that fits up to a size US10.5 is the 10mm.
The jumpring that fits 0-6 nicely is 8mm.

The 10mm jumpring WILL NOT slide onto a US11 at all.
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Old 07-28-2007, 04:58 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by chrislt8 View Post
Oh my goodness, those are just lovely

I've thought about making some stitch markers and have actually gone to the craft store and looked at the supplies - but I am just lost, can't figure out the "how to" or what supplies/tools I need

This may just be the inspiration I need to seriously give it a go!
Hi Chris! Thanks for your compliments.

I was thinking about using my digital camera (which can be set on "timer" photo shots) to take photos of the step-by-step process of making the stitch markers. I think I can get it down to where it would make sense. Also, there are just 3 tools which are a must: I call them:
1) the bender
2) the holder
3) the snipper

Other than that, for the makings of the stitch markers themselves you need:
1) the jumpring
2) the headpin
3) the beads

It is 2 pm Pacific Time. Maybe I will give some of this photography a try now. I have to get my portfolio ready for a show tomorrow afternoon, but it is halfway there.
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Old 07-28-2007, 05:38 PM   #35
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Hi'ya LibraryLady!

Oh, I know all about Shipwreck Beads, although I have managed to stay out of there so far! My DD is pestering me to take a trip with her down there! She lives in Tacoma. She wants to take jewelry classes! I saw it from the off-ramp two Saturdays ago. I had to do an art show down in Olympia...and that was me exit...only I turned Right onto Marvin instead of Left...which is the direction of Shipwreck! Soooo close. Phew!

I have this Saturday off...no art shows booked....and I tried to call her today to see if she wants to go there with me tomorrow. Her DH can watch the two little girls for us!

Oh yikes. If she can....I may be in trouble!

As it is...Blue Iris Beads is located about 4 blocks from my house. Now THAT IS DANGEROUS!
Well, I'm soooo glad I didn't tell you then!

See how nice I am? I gave ya the website so you can plan your assault on the Shipwreck!

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Old 07-28-2007, 06:40 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by ArtLady1981 View Post
Hi Chris! Thanks for your compliments.

I was thinking about using my digital camera (which can be set on "timer" photo shots) to take photos of the step-by-step process of making the stitch markers. I think I can get it down to where it would make sense. Also, there are just 3 tools which are a must: I call them:
1) the bender
2) the holder
3) the snipper

Other than that, for the makings of the stitch markers themselves you need:
1) the jumpring
2) the headpin
3) the beads

It is 2 pm Pacific Time. Maybe I will give some of this photography a try now. I have to get my portfolio ready for a show tomorrow afternoon, but it is halfway there.
Oh my Artlady!! If you did that I, for one, would be so appreciative - I am seeing green at all these wonderful stitch markers and would love to try to make some...all the books, etc., I have seen re doing this are focused on jewelry and it is just so much to try to wade through for this one specific purposes.So, if you do decide to do this (and I am sure it would require quite a bit of time and effort on your part!) I promise to post pics of anything I do
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I've just expanded my beading (my first love) to making stitch markers, which are hopefully going to be stocked by one of my LYSs, so here's hoping.... going to be selling some online as well - we have lots of ideas for themed ones ;-) Will keep you all updated ...
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Hi'ya!

Some of our fellow KH-ers have asked: what tools do I need to make a stitch marker....and how do I use these tools to make the stitch marker.

I made a stitch marker today, taking photos along the way.
Making the stitch marker is really a 4 step process:

1) load the headpin with your elements
2) create the "eye" in which to insert the jumpring
3) create a "neck coil/wrap" under the jumpring
4) snip off the excess headpin

As said earlier, 3 tools are A MUST. Don't sidestep any of these "beading tools" and use something in your husband's toolbox. They are not the same. They make look similar, but they aren't. Get your tools through a bead shop, or online through a bead shop.

The "elements" you need are whatever you want to load onto the headpin. If the head of the headpin is smaller than the hole of your first bead...slip a collar or small bead onto the headpin first...then your first "show bead" won't fall off the end of the headpin.

I like to use Sterling Silver "finest gauge" (as for pearls they call it) because this material is so malleable...and wrapping the "neck coil/wrap" is like working with butter. The "neck coil/wrap" is the trickiest part to get right. I made alot of duds before I got my groove going...if you look at some of my beads, you will see some that are not as nicely wrapped...but they will do!

So here are some photos. A couple of them are blurry, my apologies. I was trying to work with the stitch marker and take photos at the same time.

1) Your all important "Bender" Tool!


2) Your Bender Tool, view 2


3) Your Gripper Tool, especially designed for jewelry bead work! (Not needle-nose pliers from DH toolbox!)


4) Your Snipper Tool


5) The is the side view of your Snipper Tool. The "angle" is what enables you to snip off that excess headpin wire REAL CLOSE to the coil...thereby preventing a pokey-snaggy "tips" that will snag your yarn TO DEATH!


6) I prefer using 3" sterling silver headpins, using the finest gauge. Don't skimp and use shorter headpins. It will make "wrapping" the neck coil much much harder. You won't have anything to hang onto!


7) The headpin and 10mm jumpring are ready! (edited 8/7/07)


8) Two sizes of jumprings: the 10mm fits up to size US10.5 needles...the 8mm fits US0-6 nicely. The gauge of the jumpring is 16 gauge. (edited 8/7/07)


9) Here is the metal "collar" that will slide onto the headpin first, forming a foundation for the "show beads".


10) The little metal "collar", they call it a spacer, will prevent the first bead from falling off the small "head" of the headpin. This is because this wood bead was intended for something else. The hole is larger than the headpin. I could have used a "seed bead" just as well.


11) The elements are loading...


12) The elements are now loaded and ready for the jumpring attachment!


13) FIRMLY grasp the headpin with the Bender Tool, close to the elements, but not too close...I'd say about 3-4mm space.


14) Bend/roll the headpin over the Bender Tool, creating a U shape first.


15) Swoop the headpin around the Bender Tool, creating as round of an "eye" as you can muster.


16) The Bender Tool removed, the "round eye" is now ready...it is not quite closed...it will still receive the jumpring. (sorry that this photo is blurry)

17) Slide the jumpring into the not-quite-closed "round eye".

18) The jumpring is inside the "round eye", awaiting the next step.



19) FIRMLY grasp the top of the "round eye" with your Gripper Tool, do not grasp the jumpring...let it lay loose


20) With the "round eye" firmly gripped (using the Gripper Tool) in your right hand, use your left hand to begin a continuous "wrapping" around the neck. Wrap, wrap, wrap, wrap! This is when you will love the malleable qualities of silver VS the stubborness of the other hard metals! (sorry this photo is blurry)



21) The "neck coil/wrap" done!


22) Snip off the excess as closely as possible. Pinch down any sharp edges with your "Gripper" tool.


23) VOILA! DONE!
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Oh thank you Artlady, thank you, thank you, thank you! I have your instructions printed out and a trip to my local craft shop is definitely on the agenda for tomorrow.

This time I expect to actually come home with the "fixings"!
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