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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Most questions regarding ordering, paying, shipping, etc. are answered elsewhere.
As questions arise, common questions will be answered on this page.
Please feel free to email me at: info@uniquebeadwork.com with your question.


TIPS

PRECIOUS METAL, STORAGE
Proper storage is an important part of maintaining the appearance of your jewelry.
Items made with Sterling Silver, Silver Plate, or Gold Plate should be loosely stored in a sealed
ziploc-type bag with the air squeezed out, especially if you aren't likely to wear the item again soon.
Many of the items are shipped with their own bags for storage when not in use.
Simply keeping the air off of precious metal will greatly slow tarnishing.

REMOVING TARNISH
Silver takes on a golden patina as it begins to tarnish, which will darken to brown, then black.
An easy, safe way to clean Sterling Silver, Silver Plate, and Gold Plate is to take
any brand of ordinary toothpaste (paste, not gel), squeeze a bit onto a damp soft rag or
damp paper towel, then rub the item clean, rinse, and there is your newly shined item!
Toothpaste is much safer to use than cleaners, as most chemical jewelry cleaners will ruin plated metal.
It's readily available in your home, and, you aren't exposing yourself to any harmful chemicals or fumes!

MEASURING YOUR WRIST FOR BRACELETS
Lightly circle your wrist with a seamstress tape -- don't pull it tight against the skin,
but also don't let it gap. That gives you your actual wrist size.
Keeping the end of the tape on top of your wrist, allow it to begin to loosen underneath,
until you see the amount of drape that you like in a bracelet, bring the tape up against
the end and check the numbers; that gives you your bracelet size. Check the info below
regarding fastening bracelets to help you decide how much drape works best with which clasp.

It can also be helpful to measure a bracelet or two that you have already and really like,
for the length and type of clasp you'd like in your Unique Beadwork bracelet.
TYPE OF CLASP is an important consideration for bracelet size.
If its magnetic, a close-fitting bracelet is less likely to snag.
But if it's any other type of clasp, allow an extra 3/4"-1.0" more than
actual wrist size, so that you have length to manipulate the clasp open or closed.

FASTENING BRACELET CLASPS
It's best to put on jewelry while sitting or at a table, not while standing over a hard floor,
where the bracelet could fall and break against the floor.

Bracelets are often very difficult to fasten one-handed ... it's sometimes impossible with stiff fingers.
A Magnetic Clasp makes fastening easy with one hand, with the bracelet length approximately
3/8"-1/2" longer than actual wrist-size, so that the clasp isn't hanging down too far below the wrist,
to be easily caught or snagged on something, causing it to open. Magnetic Clasps can be strong
enough to cause the clasp--and bracelet--to cling to unexpected metal sources. This can cause the
bracelet to actually come off the wrist, and cling to a metal safety belt snap, for example.
So, a little extra care and caution should be exercised while wearing magnetic clasp jewelry.
1.5"-2.0" Sterling Silver safety chains are availble for some bracelets with magnetic clasps.

For bracelets with Lobster Claw Clasps, the closed bracelet length should be at least an inch longer
than your wrist-size. They can be difficult to fasten; you will need that extra length to fasten the clasp.
Lay the bracelet on the wrist with the jump ring closest towards you, bring the lobster claw clasp
up to the jump ring, hold clasp open with thumbnail and middle finger, while steadying the jump ring
with the index finger. Or, easier yet, have someone help you fasten it!
The lobster claw clasp is a very secure clasp for jewelry items.

Bracelets with Button Clasps don't require extra length like those with Lobster Claw Clasps.
Rest your wrist against yourself with the underside of your wrist facing you.
Bring the ball portion of the bracelet up over the outside of wrist, so that the ball portion is at top.
Lift up the donut-hole section of the clasp and press it over the ball, so that it snaps.
Press the two pieces between your fingers, until the two pieces snap securely flush agains one another.
To open, just slip a fingernail in-between the pieces and lift.

Toggle Clasps are an O and T shaped clasp. Lie the T-bar so that the longest part is parallel
to the bracelet and against it, then slide it through the O, pull back ... allowing the crossbar
to catch against the O to fasten. They can be easier to fasten one-handed for a lot of women
instead of the lobster claw clasp, and are often decorative to add a little flair.
They do lack the completely secure fastening of the lobster claw clasp, however.

QUICK SIZE REFERENCE:
1-1/8" = 1.125" = 2.7cm
1-1/4" = 1.25" = 3.1cm
1-3/8" = 1.375" = 3.4cm
1-1/2" = 1.5" = 3.7cm
1-5/8" = 1.625" = 4.1cm
1-3/4" = 1.75" = 4.4cm
1-7/8" = 1.875" = 4.7cm

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