New DIY Supplies – Wire Guards

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I’m always on the look out for new craft and jewelry supplies to add to my repertoire. Ha! I love combining craft and repertoire in the same sentence. Anyhow, a few weeks back I was talking to my local jewelry supply guy and telling him that sometimes, my wire slipped through the opening of my jump rings when making necklaces like this, if my jump ring wasn’t closed just so. Jump rings can be persnickety little things, especially if they’re sorta cheap, which I am at times.

So he recommended these wire guards to replace jump rings when stringing beads. They’re basically look like little horse shoes with a channel in the middle that you fee your wire through. Because it’s one straight line there’s no way for the wire to slip through it, therefore securing your wire firmly in place. I used them to make my first piece for Making It Lovely over the weekend and I was really pleased with the results! They were easy to manipulate and the results were flawless.

I’ve yet to come across these cool little guards at places like Michael’s or Joann’s, but you can find them I’m sure at any specialty jewelry supply store, or tons of places online.  I see they even come in copper and hematite colors in addition to gold and silver.

So have you found any fun new crafting supplies that you can’t live without?  I’d love to hear!



Andrea Howe

Andrea is the founder of For The Love Of, a lifestyle blog dedicated to approachable, modern living. She writes about style, her love of DIY, and living a healthier life through wholesome, nutritious cooking. She is also a regular contributor at Babble. Get in touch: Facebook, Twitter You can find Andrea on Instagram @andreavhowe and @gwynethmademedoit

  • Avatar Erica says:

    Hi! I saw this post over at Making It Lovely and just wanted to stop by and say ‘hello’.

    I really enjoyed the post. It makes me want to try my hand at jewelry making.

    As for new crafting supplies, I’ve been experimenting with Modge Podge lately. (Well, it’s new to me anyways… lol.) I’m also working on a some projects involving books. I’ve got my fingers crossed that they turn out the way I hope they will…

    🙂

  • Avatar Erica says:

    Whoops, sorry, one more question. I’m trying to add your blog to my google reader, but I’m having trouble. Is there a way to subscribe to your blog through google reader?

    I went ahead and added your blog to bloglovin’, but I check my google reader more often so I’d like to add it there if I can.

    Thanks!

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