Measuring for Jump Rings, Sterling Chain and Bails for Sea Glass Jewelry

One of the hardest things I had to learn when I started creating sea glass jewelry was how to measure to make sure that the findings I was purchasing were the right size, especially when ordering on line and especially when purchasing items like sterling silver chains and bails. I have to admit that I made a few boo-boo’s at first.

The worst was some pinch bails I ordered online that ended up being so small that not only would they never work with any of my sea glass, they were so small that I could not have worked with them at all. I think they are supposed to be used to create earrings. Ok, lesson learned.

Luckily things did get much better after that. If I wanted to order something online I would go to Michael’s or to A.C. Moore and get an approximate idea about sizing, which was really important, especially with purchases like the sterling silver chain. I have also become very comfortable with mm. and cm. measurements.

I keep a scratch pad near my work bench in case I want to make notes, but especially so I can keep a shopping list. When I’m not sure of a size I take one of the actual findings I need with me just so I can be sure I’m getting what I need. As you can see, I also draw doodles of shapes when needed. The picture is of my last shopping list.

Author: Cathy

Hi, my name is Cathy Kelly! When I was introduced to sea glass I didn't know that it would become such a passion for me. Whether it's walking on a beach or wading in a river searching for sea glass and pottery, creating jewelry and crafts, searching out the history of a piece of glass or pottery, or marketing and selling online and at craft fairs, I enjoy every aspect to it's fullest.

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