Design and application tips from Doc GRIFFIN

This is how to select the correct Stainless Steel Wire:
49 Strands

Stainless Steel Wire, 49 Strands

This Stainless Steel Wire is preferred by professional jewelry designers because of its high flexibility. Unsurpassed in strength, softness and flexibility. It has no tension and therefore will not produce an unsightly "corkscrew effect".
19 Strands

Stainless Steel Wire, 19 Strands

This ideal all-round Stainless Steel Wire combines excellent strength and flexibility and is good value for money. It has no tension and therefore will not produce an unsightly "corkscrew effect".

7 Strands

Stainless Steel Wire, 7 Strands

Good flexibility and strength are the characteristics of this Stainless Steel Wire. Unsurpassed in its wide range of colours, it is economically priced.

A necklace - knotted or not?
Example: Necklace - knotted or not

There are many reasons to support the continuous knotting of a necklace:

Grater safety
When a pearl necklace breaks, not all the individual pearls fall out.

Increased flexibility
knotted necklaces lie much more beautifully against the contours of the body and accentuate the individual pearl much better.

Longer wear
even over longer periods there will be no significant visible gaps between the individual pearls and stones.

Better protection
pearls, stones and accessories don't rub against each other.

When using a Bouillon (French Wire)?
Example: When using a Bouillon

To give your necklace a neat and professional finish: pass the thread through the Bouillon, also known as French Wire or gimp, at the ends of the silk thread.
This protects your jewelry against breaking at the clasp.

How do I use Beading Needles?

To prevent the thread from breaking in the eye of the needle during threading
the following points should be kept in mind:

  • Always choose the size of the needle according to the thickness of the thread. Therefore GRIFFIN offers three different needle sizes.
  • Always use a needle made of twisted wire as other needles can damage the thread.
  • After threading, carefully close up the eye of the needle with small pliers (e.g. GRIFFIN Flat Nose Pliers), to enable the needle and double strand beading cord to pass easily through the holes in the pearls.
Beading Needles
How do I knot Illusion Cord or Jewelry Elastic Cord?
Illusion or Jewelry Elastic Cord can be knotted at the ends. In order to let the knot disappear, in a pearl for example, a somewhat larger hole has to be drilled in one of the pearls.
Alternatively, a hollow bead can be used. Make three half-knots and pull them tight. It is important that you make these knots with cord under slight tension to prevent unwanted gaps between the pearls/stones.
How to work with Crimp Tubes?
How to work with Crimp Tubes, Crimping stage one
Crimping stage one:
Position the Crimp Tube and pulled through wire in the second oval of the Crimper (the one with the dip), and close the pliers firmly around the crimp You will see it curl.
with Crimp Tubes, Crimping stage 2
Crimping stage 2:
Turn the Crimp Tube to ist side, position it in the first oval, and close the Crimper around the Crimp Tube again, so that you are compressing the curled Crimp into a rounded shape. Now the Crimp Tube is secured on the Stainless Steel Wire.
How do I fix Wire Ends?
Example: How do I fix Wire Ends?
1. Position the thread in the hole of the Wire End 2. Close first oval of the pliers firmly 3. Finished ending


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