Findings "Finding" is a word used to describe any non-bead fastener or other jewelry component used to create jewelry

. It is hard to find a piece of jewelry that does not incorporate some kind of finding - we give a run-down on some of the most typically used types here. Although we don't present an exhaustive list, we do show some of the findings that have been specified in our patterns. Findings

Head Pins: Head pins are used to create dangles or earrings. They are lengths of wire with a pin head on one end. Once you stack beads onto the head pin, you can make a loop at the tail end to complete the component. Head pins come in various lengths, usually expressed in inches.

Eye Pins: Eye pins are used to create beaded components that link to other components at each end. They are lengths of wire with a loop on one end. Once you stack beads onto the head pin, you can make a loop at the tail end to complete the component. Head pins come in various lengths, usually expressed in inches.

Jump Rings: A jump ring is a metal ring that is not soldered shut so that it can link jewelry components together. Use 2 pairs of pliers to open the jump ring and to press it shut. Jump rings come in various sizes, often expressed in millimeters.

Earring Findings: Earring findings are any component meant to go through the ear for earrings. This includes hoops, ear hooks and posts. When choosing a finding that goes through the ear, pay particular attention to the metal type as many people are sensitive to nickel and nickelbased metals. Many people prefer hypo-allergenic metals such as niobium, gold or sterling silver. For many earring designs, you can substitute one kind of finding for another based on your personal preferences. Clasps: Clasps are used for closures on bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry. They come in an almost unlimited array of sizes, types and colors.

For many jewelry designs, you can substitute one kind of finding for another based on your personal preferences.

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