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Beads and Findings

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Beads & Findings

Beads & Findings categories of this site are an assortment of the different beads we offer to the jewelry makers and beaders. Many different styles of beads and a large variety of jewelry components which are also called findings. An assortment of semi and precious metals including Yellow Gold-Filled, Sterling Silver, Rose Gold-filled, and Copper. All items are made in the USA by skilled metalsmiths who have combined expertise in the 100s of years. In the following sections, you will find several how-to tips along with reference and links to tools.  I have also included several design ideas you might like to create. These designs were created by the company that manufacturers these beads & findings. Please feel free to make these yourself or use them as inspiration for your designs. 

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We offer a wide choice of size and styles, your selection of simple round accents beads to elaborate multi-side facets & disco beads. For something more elaborate, we offer rondelle-saucer beads, corrugated beads in several styles, oval beads in both seamless and seamless look designs. You will find a large selection of tube beads in various sizes from the 1x2mm commonly used for liquid silver necklaces up 1x12mm. All tube beads a seamed, there is a good selection of 2mm tube beads, including a popular curved 2x24mm Beads offered in four different metals.

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What are findings or bead findings?? They are the components used to connect jewelry. The number of different findings is impressive. I have limit this site to some of the more popular designs. Headpins, eye pins, bead caps, clasps-toggle claps, and jump rings are more prominent members of our collection. Crimps, crimp covers, and high-quality ear wires are also available—findings offered in all the metals mentioned.

                                      Your Choice of Metals

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                       Yellow Gold-filled

We are proud to handle one of the very best gold-filled products on the market. Using a proprietary process that bonds a gold layer to a base metal of jewelers brass, this manufacturer creates an item that will not chip, peel or fade. 

You can count on many years of service from these beautiful beads and findings.   Also, the raw product is fire assayed to ensure the karat of the metal is accurate.  Unlike plated items sold as gold fill, you will never have an issue with the metal rubbing off, chipping, or fading.  Here is what our customers say about these products.       "The seller is right. Not all gold filled beads are created equal. These are beautiful - I also bought some from another seller. They were much cheaper, but the gold did not cover the beads completely, and the acrylic underneath was visible. Not so with these, they are completely gold, and the quality is terrific." Another says "This seller ships your items at the speed of light...always has what you need & reasonable prices for such amazing quality! These gold-filled beads look much brighter than those I've been buying elsewhere and even better than they are seamless! Excellent seller."

silver-bead-metal-exampleSterling Silver

-Pure silver is a soft metal. When made into jewelry is prone to chipping and breaking. There are no records of who created sterling silver. Ancient sites from 4,000 years ago indicate silver smelting. Combining pure silver with a base metal of nickel, copper, or another base metal creates a harder metal more suitable for jewelry manufacture. 

1300 AD, King Edward 1 declared that silver must be 92.5% silver to be called sterling silver. That declaration is the standard used till today.  We guarantee that all of our Sterling Silver beads and finding meet or exceed the standard set forth by King Edward. Raw stock periodically fired assayed to issue the supplies you purchase are Sterling Silver. Current law in the U.S. requires copper as the base metal for making sterling silver. Never a concern that nickel is in these products. 

rose-gold-metal-sampleRose Gold Filled

-Made by the same proprietary process as the Yellow Gold Filled. The only difference is the higher percentage of copper added for the color. You have the same quality assurance as the yellow gold filled.

Copper

-The Beads and finding we handle are all made of solid copper. That is not to say the beads are solid, but the metal is pure copper. Many people say they are selling copper when they are copper plated. Not so with us. A light coating of a water-based lacquer applied to our finished products to retard tarnishing but these products with tarnish over time. You cannot antique these beads with this lacquer applied. 

Plated Beads & Findings

I get a lot of correspondence if these items are the metal represented or plated.  I want to clear any questions you might have about that issue by assuring you that we sell the exact item I am promoting. Have you bought beads or jewelry you believe to be fake? Here is a link to assist you in determining if those items are authentic.

Far Fetched Hand Crafted Pins and Hair Jewelry

Far Fetched Hand Crafted Pins and Hair Jewelry ( 3 )

Far Fetched Hand Crafted Pins and Hair Jewelry

The category has a large variety of Hair Jewelry and Pins or brooches from Far Fetched Imports far-fetched-pin-hair-jewerly-photo.jpg

Not familiar with Far Fetched Jewelry??

Far Fetched Imports is a company making uniques designs of hand made Sterling Silver and Mixed Metal Jewelry. They are creating a vast selection of brooches, lapel pins, and hair jewelry. Starting in the late '70s, focusing on handcrafted jewelry, they have made many unique collections of mixed metal and sterling silver jewelry designs. This category offers both vintage and recent designs. Some of the older collections include the Tex-Mex collection, the first items designed by this company. The Milagro, Elements, and the Mooseum Collections from the 1980s, to the Whimsy, Metal Mosaics, and finally into the more recent items from the Mima & Oly Collection.

Unique Skill & Workmanship Jewelry

These designs feature more complicated methods of crafting jewelry. The merging of Sterling Silver, Brass & Copper into something as unique as these designs is challenging. Imagine trying soldering three metals that melt at different temperatures together. I think that should be considered art. Designed by Far Fetched, these are some of the most fun, artful & unique designs you will find. If you are a collector, a fan of Far Fetched looking to replace a piece you lost or miss out on, or someone not familiar with this jewelry. I am sure you will enjoy viewing the different designs available.

Made with the "hand head & heart"

All Far Fetched jewelry is of the highest quality and durability. Designs are retired or discontinued items for sales samples or excess inventory. As always, each design is "just a little different like you."

Far Fetched Imports Vintage & Retired Jewelry Designs

Far Fetched Imports Vintage & Retired Jewelry Designs ( 19 )

Not familiar with Far Fetched jewelry?? Here is a story worth telling!! Travel far and fetch the unusual & upbeat was the goal of Richard Wolf when he started traveling and selling jewelry in the late '70s as a young university student at Sonoma State. After several trips, he concentrated his efforts on the villages outside of Taxco. Full of traditional artisans who lived a humble life and required work. For a young person, the rewards of making a living while also providing work for families in need was compelling. These artisans lived in small, one or two-room houses, often with no running water and a dirt floor. It took 45 to an hour on the local bus and then hiking up dirt roads and walking trails to reach these artisan's homes. Abalone jewelry was their specialty, and was it a natural for wholesaling to small independent stores along the west coast. The only way to take the jewelry out of the country was via hand luggage. Rich would bring suitcases from the States full of used clothing donated from churches to give to the artisan families and return with them full of artisan jewelry. Traveling up and down the coast of California in a little camper pick up truck Rich would sell his wares at craft fairs, flea markets, and wholesale to small retailers. After his first California gift show, where Disneyland became his first large customer, Rich decided to settle down and rent the basement from his Dad. Shortly afterward, he registered his enterprise Far Fetched Imports Inc. In the mid-'80s, raw silver dropped in price and launched silver jewelry into the mainstream fashion market. Far Fetched integrated silver into the product line and rode a wave of success selling bold silver pieces, particularly neck collars, which quickly expanded to all the west coast department stores. The Far Fetched team and its artisans had reached capacity, and when faced with the Broadway Stores request to sell to all the federated stores, they declined for lack of the ability to meet their demand. At that point, it was clear that Far Fetched would need to evolve and looked to hire an in house designer to integrate my ideas and the artisan's skills into new and unusual designs. Evan David was a college friend, designing for a subsidiary of Crown Corning housewares and ready for a change. He joined Richard in Laguna Beach, and together Rich & Evan introduced their first Far Fetched Collection called Mex/ West. Playful and cheerful, the collection blended the commonalities of Mexico and west coast culture. Rich introduced the exhibition at The New York Boutique Show. For the next 30 years, the Far Fetched team worked with Taxco artisans to design and introduce two new product collections every year! The Far Fetched mission evolved from the original concept of "fetching treasures" to creating whimsical, heartfelt jewelry, with the positive message of " created by hand, head & heart " Here's a summary of just a few of the Far Fetched Collections Milagro: Milagro, meaning miracle, is the original collection of charmed jewelry. The Whimsy Collection: represents the collection(s) of playful characters, dogs, cats, and themes that we loved. Biscuits Collection: little thick chunks of silver with stars, moons, hearts, with adornments of colorful semi-precious beads Nica: silver stamped and bent formed in geometric shapes with semi-precious beads of color. Europa: Contemporary designs of sterling silver & .999 silver. Hand-brushed earrings & pendants, the look of platinum at a fraction of the cost. Elements: symbolic layers of silver using black oxidize to high light the design and patterns. Mooseum: art classics recreated in hand fabricated silver. Unearthed: a patina collection of reds, blues, and green patinas, mixed with beads and whimsy silver pieces. Mima & Oly: handcrafted artisan jewelry without the high cost of sterling silver. Includes an array of old and new designs Amulets: thick rounded pieces of hand-cut silver to protect and adorn. Medallions: inspired by nature's beauty using ancient metalsmith techniques. Authentic and meticulously crafted. Talk-Talk: Pioneers of jewelry with words and phrases, an extensive collection that spans from 2000 till now Mosaic: the layering of mixed metals to create mosaic pieces of art Classicos: A hand hammer line of mixed metal earrings & pendants Far Fetched continues to create upbeat designs, working with the same artisan community for generations, offering jewelry created by "hand, head & heart" that you can continue to enjoy! · · · ·