Making bead jewellery

Hi Guys,  Ive just joined this site. I was wondering if there are any other jewellery making people here, I love making bead jewellery, bracelets and necklaces etc and am always on the lookout for good places to find items and instructions etc, and just chatting to people about their hobbies.

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Is there an amateur way to fuse silver and organic objects to make jewellery? Something interesting?

I would like to make rings and pendants/charms - I want to use silver and organic objects. I didn't study jewellery so I am looking for some way that isn't to technical and that is mildly cost effective. Anyone? Would be much appreciated! ;)

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How to test jewellery for cadmium?

These days a lot of jewellery is testing as containing dangerous levels of lead and cadmium, mostly Chinese imports.  How could a consumer test jewellery for cadmium, easily and cheaply at home, please?  I can't find anything online about how to test for cadmium.

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Ideas for Men's beaded jewellery. Answered

Anyone got ideas for Men's jewellery. For example, what kind of beads, style, etc. I am kinda of bored making just plain cord necklaces. Thank you

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Melting silver to repair jewellery

Hello everyone, Iam a disabled pensioner living in Australia. I have a few pieces of silver jewellery where links have opened, and require "soldering". A jeweller has quoted me $40 each repair. I have a 3 inch square of silver sheet left over from a jewellery course I took years ago, and want my husband to melt it on the links for me. He has tried a hand held soldering iron and also a blow torch, neither worked. Please can someone advise us what else to try ? They are only minor melts required, but we cant make the silver molten in our garage. Many thanks

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Beginner Jewellery maker. Question about gold/silver plating

Hi there, I'm starting jewellery making as a complete beginner and want to use Metal Clays to do this as it seems one of the easier and cheaper ways to make jewellery at home. I looked into lost wax casting, but there are no studios or workshops near where I live to do this. I really love gold jewellery, and was wondering that if I used bronze, copper, or silver clay, am I able to plate it too? I've seen those electroplating kits online, but I was wondering if it would work after I've finished making my jewellery piece with the clay.  I've also seen videos about 'silver accenting' copper clay... Is this just basically like coloured base metal (costume jewellery), or is it real sterling silver (i.e high end costume jewellery). Any insight anyone can provide is very much appreciated! :) Erika

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Rope/Cord Bracelet

I recently saw this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/gallery/2011/nov/18/christmas-gift-ideas-jewellery-over-20-pounds#/?picture=381571697&index;=4 ... and thought that someone could whip it up in next to no time, saving a fair few pennies. I'm not so hot on jewellery making though - does anyone know what the finding on the right hand side of the bracelet, the cylindrical one, is called?

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How can I permanently soundproof a Jewellery studio?

One day I plan on making my own home studio including Painting, Sewing and most importantly Jewellery making. How can I soundproof a studio where there is sawing, filing, drilling, etc. from escaping a room or basement in a house, without causing a fire hazard (ie. blankets)?

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Lost wax casting to order. Answered

My kiln is on the fritz, I need to cast a piece but I don't have time to wait for the new kiln to arrive. Does anybody know of any UK companies to whom I can send a carved wax piece and have it cast in precious metal? Thanks in advance.

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Can a Samsung netbook be used to edit DSLR shots while travelling? Answered

I'm a jeweller about to embark on a trip around the world with no end date.  I want to be able to take great shots of my work as I travel but would prefer to keep a small Samsung netbook in my pack rather than a large Macbook.  With an external hard drive is the Samsung netbook a usable system to work on and publish DSLR shots?

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Where do I find a base to make my own stud earrings?

I want to glue (or whatever you recommend) buttons and other small knick-knacks onto some type of stud earring base.I'm not sure if this is it (the 2nd from the left): http://www.silverenchantments.com/bezel-cups-sterling-silver.htmlbecause it's a "cup", possibly designed for a gemstone or something? I was looking for a sort of flat surface w/ a post coming out (and a backing of course) to glue vintage buttons on. Seems pretty easy to me, any precaution? I don't have a glue gun... will superglue work, or is there some sticky crafty substance I don't know about that would stand the test of time?

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Is that your ring phoning?

Here's half an idea - a ring that displays text messages. It might look like nothing more than a ring at first glance, but this finger-worn device can sync with your mobile phone. It has a vibratory alert and a tiny screen that shows caller ID, text messages, and meeting reminders from your mobile. Flip it open and it converts into a headset. In the image, the screen looks glued on, but I guess that it could easily be a small piece of epaper.  As for being an ear-piece, I can't see how it would end up large enough to be comfortable or practical, yet still start off small enough to wear as a ring. Now, if the some idea was expanded to a bangle, then an entire phone could be built into a bracelet small and slim enough to be discrete. Now the embarrassing bit: I got this story off MSN...

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Jewellery made from both silver and gold.? Answered

I plan to make (ideally through lost wax casting) a (fine) silver necklace pendant with (fine) gold lettering. I have made items using this process out of both metals, but have never combined both metals in the same piece. How would I go about doing this? Thanks in advance.

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YiWu QQ Jewelry Accessories

Hello! I was wondering if anybody did any business with YiWu QQ and so on and if there's some place where I can get their stuff or stuff similar to it that doesn't come in a package of 100 pieces, because that's a tad too many for me :) Thanks for the help!

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The Sting Behind the Bling - what is the true cost of a little style?

The mining of jewels is often inhumane, illegal and highly toxic. So think before you sparkle.Whether future heirloom or fun trinket, jewellery is one of life's luxurious pleasures. Even if you aren't decked out in multiple carats, a bit of bling can make you feel a million dollars. But the path your jewellery takes to reach your earlobe, neck, wrist or finger can be harrowing.Worldwide, the people - including about a million children - employed on minimal wages to mine and process supposedly legitimate diamonds, gemstones and precious metals often endure some of the worst working conditions imaginable. Toiling in Asian and African countries with little or no union support means health and safety precautions are slender at best. There's a serious risk of work-related death, injury or chronic illness as workers scratch out a living in remote mines extracting precious and semi-precious stones.This is just one article from the BBC's online magazine Thread, which I have not read before, mainly because "fashion" is not something I generally think about.Thread is the online fashion magazine dedicated to bringing you the latest in eco-fabulous style.Ethical fashion is fashion that has been made, worn and passed on in a way that looks after people, animals and the environment. The clothes we feature in Thread support this approach, making us essential viewing for fashion-conscious people who care about where their clothes come from. All clothes tick off at least one of these principles:Made and traded sustainablyMade of sustainable materialsRecycled or vintageThread shows you how to get the look you want in an eco-glam way through our unique mix of affordable fashion, exclusive videos, photo galleries and thought-provoking features.Link to full articleMagazine homepage.

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I'm looking for how to make a basic LED light with a on off switch for a jewellery box. Ideas?

Well i'm making so jewellery boxes... I want to be able to make an LED light that can be switched in using a small physical switch, which i'll then attach to the underside of a piece of wood in the jewellery box. (There'll be a little removable box hiding that and a clock movement) Any ideas on the simpliest and cheapest way to achieve this?

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Best to polish clear cast resin? Answered

My mum's in the process of making a lot of clear cast jewellery and is having trouble sanding imperfections down and then getting them back up to a good shine, as they're transparent it does need to be a good clear finish...

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JEWELLERS ROLAND JWX 10 Milling Machine FOR SALE CAD CAM Technology

Hi, I have a little used ROLAND JWX 10 for sale including running software, reason for sale were doing a major upgrade, i love this machine!

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Maker Festival Twente 28th & 29th of May

Next weekend, the 28th and 29th of May, this year's edition of the Maker Festival Twente will be held in Enschede. There will be quite a variety of makers, I'll be giving jewellery workshops myself. For more information, be sure to check out the official site: http://makerfestivaltwente.nl

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Where can I buy solid wood to make a jewellery box? Specifically walnut and cherry

I want to make a jewellery box and have an idea in mind but I need two different colours to pull it off. I want to make it out of walnut and cherry as they are dark and light respecitively and I think could work quite well together. I have literally no idea where to get it from. I need it in roughly 1/2". I live in England, in Essex, but I just need to know what to look for. all I can find is places that do veneered MDF. I'm only going on the assumption that 'those really nice ones' are actually made from solid wood. To be frank, I don't even know exactly what veneered wood is. Can someone help point me in the right direction?

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Casting pewter in RTV Silicone

I want to reproduce a bit of jewellery I have designed in pewter by using a 2-part RTV silicone mould. By all accounts it is possible but I've run into some problems when sourcing materials. Most high temperature silicones I have come across state a maximum temperature of 250°C, But pewter has a melting point of around 280°C. My feeling is that the mould itself will most likely never actually reach 280°C and will probably only be above 250°C for a short period of time. But I'm wondering if anyone has actually done this and could verify for me. Also as I'm new to the whole process, any other tips are welcomed. This is the high temp silicone I'm currently looking at. Thanks,                -Tom

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Ceramic coated stainless steel

Hi all, I just came across this jewellery and the hardware intrigues me. What is involved in this process, and is it something that can be done on a small scale? And is it only appropriate for steel? Cheers! http://www.cha-o-ha.com/collections/frontpage/products/ceramic-coated-forged-d-shackle-dark-earth

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Can a silver necklace be used like Colloidal Silver ? Answered

Collodial Silver (silver ions in suspension - usually water) is supposed to have antiseptic properties. Do you think it would be enough to simply place a piece of solid silver jewellery into water to get more or less the same effect - even if the item was left in solution for, say, a week or so? Thanks.

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What is this plastic tubing called? Answered

Hi all, I came across these woven plastic tubing which when squeezed on either end turn into toy rockets in a science and technology museum and I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of where I could source more of these things. I recall they were named 'boone rockets' but that's been a fruitless internet search. I would love to apply this product to jewellery/sculpture so it would be good to know what the process/technology is called. Cheers!

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How can I make a fume cupboard/ fume hood?

Hi all! I am trying to make my own fume cupboard/ fume hood to keep my acids in for my jewellery workshop, I am unsure what type of fan I need to suck the air out? The fume box will sit bellow a window so should I attatch a pipe from the back of the box to the window? If so, how does the air get sucked out? Regards Christy

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Kiteman can be bought!

Remember I "mentioned" my CafePress shop? Following comments on that announcement, and thanks to the personal generosity of Gmjhowe (who created the latest incarnation of my usual avatar), you can now buy me! There is a ridiculously wide range of items, from jewellery to Christmas stockings, as well as the usual range of tee shirts, stickers, pin badges etc, all featuring yours truly. OK, so it's a vanity thing, but I've got to say they look quite good... (As ever, if there's a product you would like to see, even if it's just a tweak of an existing product, then let me know by a comment here or by PM.)

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Foux De Fu-Fu Art Design and Craft Show

Cambrian Hall, 17th& Main, Vancouver Saturday 18th April 2009 12 - 5pm Admission: 25 cent or your favourite joke After Party feat local artists The Green Hour Band and Pretty Vanilla Doors 8.30/ $8 in advance from The Wallflower, Main St Foux de Fu-Fu is an art/design/craft extravaganza showcasing original clothing, jewellery and illustration from some of the cities freshest new artisans. With fantastic one-of-a-kind designs, juggling lessons from Jmac, bodypainting and an after party with live painting, supporting local artists has never been this much fun!

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How to cut wax master out of silicone mold without damaging it?

I am planning to cast jewellery by generally sand casting with wax models, though I would like to make more permanent silicone mold backups if something happens to the original wax master. My plan would be to pour or press silicone onto the wax master and get it out after the silicone has set. The only easy way I know of doing this is to cut a line all around the silicone mold to retrieve the wax master. I know other people seem to do this. I can't see how you could do this though without accidentally scratching the wax master inside?

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ONGOING CONTEST: Name the bracelet and WIN THE TUTORIAL FROM XQDESIGNS

Hey there friends! Happy to announce that there's an ongoing contest for a free tutorial for a wire bracelet design. All you have to do is visit  Handmade Jewelry (Jewellery) Club Facebook Fan Page  where you can see the wire bracelet I've made. Suggest a name for the bracelet by leaving a comment and who's suggestion gets picked will win the tutorial for the said bracelet. You can also visit my  blog  and read the article,  Name the bracelet and Win the tutorial from XQDesigns  where you can find links to the contest.  I've uploaded the wire bracelet here. Hope to see you everyone at the fan page! Cheers! Jane XQDesigns 

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help wanted developing cool fidget jewelry

I have had an idea for creating cool non childish fidget toys as jewelry. My real idea is to create something which could use an ir sensor to pick up someones pulse and then play it back to them through a vibration motor.. (its similar to baby's reacting to there mothers heart beats in the womb an has a massively calming effect on most people,,, to the point where build a bare workshops has the option to include a beating heart)   I submitted the idea to Quirky but it wasn't taken on for one of there projects.. I think it still has legs an could be a commercial success. being there's already a bit of interest from educators who has seen research pointing to fiddle toys as being the best thing since the carbon atom arranged itself into cool new shapes. There are a few other alternatives which could be developed.. an i think it would be awesome to develop a whole range of these things an see them in jewelry shops looking like ailion artifacts with documents about how they can help you..  I think everything about it should be play with able , so magnets textures ect ect  Here is the initial idea  ____________________________________________________ People fidget,, A lot of people fidget. A lot of the time.. They fidget during presentations, on commutes, whilst thinking of ideas and whilst being productive on the internet. And that’s not a bad thing. Fidgeting helps people to be who they are. They wouldn’t do it if there wasn’t a good reason for it. From what I understand different parts of the brain are responsible for different things. And some of them are associated with each other. Interestingly for most people learning is enhanced when there doing something. Much more of the brain becomes active when any movement is involved. Retention of information becomes greater and creativity is increased as the parts of the brain associated with these things become active. I did some independent research on the strength of the book (Fidget to focus) when I did my teacher training, And found that though I didn't have a class full of what some would deem the unteachable I did have a class full of tappers, twiddles and shakers. When I gave them all the option to utilise just a simple shaped piece of wood, and the permit ion to fiddle with it during session they loved it. The feedback I got from the use of the wooden shapes was terrific. With 8 of the 15 students “forgetting” to give the shapes back at the end of the session. And the class being more engaged during the session. The Solution I aim to develop a range of warble fiddle toys primarily as jewellery. Jewellery is now gender neutral, A fiddle toy worn around the neck would allow for an easy accessibility in comparison to being fixed to an item of clothing. Jewellery can allow for a range of shapes to suet different people and allow for a shape or shapes ideal for those wanting to play. So far I have made a shape and seen that people like to play with it. I think the minimum next step would be to make this shape in different materials to give different textures weights and looks. But what I would really love to do would be to introduce all sorts of awesome new functions into the fiddle toy jewellery. I would love to include a number of different haptic responses potentially echoing the users pulse. This has been shown to calm infants simulating a factor present in the womb I know the sound of a heart beat is known to relax most people and has been included into calming music I suspect the same as a tactile would be just as calming helping someone to come from an elevated heart rate to a calmer one in a sympathetic match. Or starting off strong and diminishing from its trigger. Iterations could include a variable trigger like an old school stress relief toy. Magnets with a ruggedized coating to avoid clicking, tracking a whole host of things which could be useful in giving the user the best tools for understanding when they fiddle and why. __________________________ For the Quirky proposal which is pretty much exactly what is above https://www.quirky.com/invent/1603684/action/vote/query/view=trending&categories;=all

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Wire bending machine or jig for small scale / jewelry findings

So the DIwire looks exciting, but the more I examples I see, I notice it's a bit "low res". I'm wondering if there's a smaller scale solution either electronic or mechanical for jewellery production purposes. I would like to find a way to produce non-standard, custom jewelry findings. Is there a high quality, customisable jig on the market? I want to avoid the inaccuracy of hand bending findings... Also, has anyone come across a concise book on the topic of well designed, innovative or commercial jewelry findings? All I can seem to find is a bunch of ugly "craft" or DIY style books. I'm more interested in having a large collection of finding examples at hand than a book of just 12 DIY walkthroughs. Thanks!

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Call to Makers - Brighton Mini Maker Faire

Hello fellow Instructable-ers! The call to makers for Brighton Mini Maker Faire is currently open: http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/call-to-makers-2014/ This year's Faire is taking place at the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange in Brighton, UK on Saturday 6th September. We're the biggest Mini Maker Faire in the South East of England and always see huge numbers of attendees - last year we had over 3,000 visitors who came to see over 50 Makers with projects ranging from knitting robots and life-sized Daleks to hand-crafted jewellery and home-brewed cider. There's a great video from last year's event on our homepage at http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/ which can give you a better idea of what the Faire's like, and applications from Makers who're interested in exhibiting their projects or running a workshop are currently open at http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/call-to-makers-2014/ (applications are open until Monday 9th June). For more info, get in touch at info@makerfairebrighton.com

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What advantages/disadvantages do gas soldering irons have over conventional (i.e. electric) models?

I was thinking about getting one of those SolderPro irons, they're cheap, have lots of funky tips and seem to be dual use - i.e. i could use it as a hot air blower and a portable soldering iron.  The '70 looks nice, especially with 100 minutes of use on a full tank. I've got a cheap temperature controlled (i assume, it's got a dial so you can vary the temp, but stupidly no actual numbers so i can have yellow or dark red heat =P) station at the moment which works but takes an age to heat up.  We've got Weller units in the physics labs at uni and they heat up within 30 seconds which is amazing by comparison. Would it be worth getting a gas iron?  I was considering getting one to try some surface mount soldering, but will the temperature control - or lack of it - be an issue?  And finally, what tip would you recommend getting for SM work?  It comes with a conical tip, hot air, knife and a flame tip.  I was going to get a 3mm chisel if i ended up buying one. Oh and this will be for PCB/stripboard/general electronics soldering rather than jewellery or anything else. http://www.nimrodeuropedirect.com/?opt=item&id;=90   Good variety of tips too: http://www.nimrodeuropedirect.com/?opt=cat&id;=Tips Cheers guys, Josh

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Brighton Mini Maker Faire (UK)

Brighton Mini Maker Faire is on again: Saturday 8th September, at the Corn Exchange, Brighton After a hectic, noisy, debut in 2011, we're back for more, in just a few weeks. We've got more makers, more workshops, more space, and possibly even more noise than last year. This year we're taking over the Corn Exchange, in the centre of Brighton, for a day of making, hacking, crafting, music-making, and more. There'll be flying quadcopters and fighting robots, 3D-printed dolls and interactive teapots, bizarre music machines, and – maybe inspired by the Olympic spirit – a fair few novel sports, from musical ping pong, to pedal-powered Scalextric. And you'll be able to take part in workshops from the Science Museum (for kids) and Technology Will Save Us (for everyone), as well as learning new skills from makers and crafters like soldering, felting, copper-etching, jewellery-making, Kanzashi and mosaic-making. We'll even teach you how to weld in 5 minutes! We've also got some special speakers lined up for the afternoon, so you can hear from some of the UK's most renowned makers about their work. And in the evening, we're hosting a Maker Faire After Dark party in the Dome Bar, which promises to be a great way to unwind after the day, meet other makers, and share what you've seen and learned. Brighton Mini Maker Faire is free to get in, and a great way to spend a day out with your family. Still not quite sure what to expect? Here's a short video from last year. And some photos: photo one and photo two by Adactio, and photo three by Rain Rabbit For more information, including details on how to book a workshop, and more on the After Dark party, go to: http://www.makerfairebrighton.com See you there!

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Tips and tricks for UV curing glue, resin and coatings

Only a few years ago your only option to repair certain plastics, glass or even a broken crystal was epoxy based resin or the good old superglue.You might have already tried one of the 5-seconds-repair pens or tried your own UV curing nail polish art at home.For the later you might be lucky as the resins used here are optimised for the purpose and lights you get with them.Sadly even the best nail polish is no substitude for a glue as the material properties need to be different.One of the most common complaints when it comes to using some UV glue, like Kafuter or similar is that it never comes with instructions.Sould be straight forward but it is not free of problems.For example almost all commercail UV curing glues that you can buy require quite stirct procedures and for the light the right wavelenth(s).Resins and coatings can be even more painful here as they might also require you to stick to the correct temperature.Let's start with one thing you might have encountered already...The glue is definately cured and rock hard but the surface tacky and smeary.Quite annoying if you want to fix a piece of jewellery and can't prevent it from collecting dirt and dust...The next thing you might have encountered is that despite having transparent materials it seems to be impossible to cure the clue.Both problems come down to wavelenght and exposure.UV curing glue is prevented from curing in the presence of oxygen - a factor utilised for example in resin based 3D printers.Uncovered glue is exposed to the oxygen in the air and won't cure easy.The glue or resin below this layer however with fully cure with ease in the absence of oxygen.For the second problem consider that not all materials that you can see through will let UVC light pass through ;)Bonding strenght is another complaint I hear a lot...Be aware that certain things just are no good for UV curing glues or resins.Take the molds you get for that purpose: on the material the glue won't bond!Teflon is another prime candidate here.But in a lot of cases it comes down to surface preparation.Don't be afriad to sand the surface!Not only will the surface area increase but the scratch marks will be invisible once filled anyways.Use sandpaper on your fingernails, then go over with clear nail polish -mirror finish ;)With curing often a problem consider to fully cover the glue.A bit of clear sticky tape, food wrapping foil....If that is not an option then eliminate the oxygen.You can use a container filled with inert (for the glue) gas like CO2 or just place a burning candle in it until it goes out....Either way the amount of oxygen should then be low enough to cure the surface of your glue.Not always is any of the above an option.Then you can still try more power and a lover wavelength.Mercury based lamps for example provide a very broad and powerful light that in most cases will cure within seconds.For a proper surface cure you need a wavelength of 265nm or lower.LED's offering this exist but at prices well out of range for the hobby user.A mercury lamp under high pressure is nothing for short term use and the limited lifespan does not always justify the costs of buying them.Like with most things in life certain inventions can have a dual purpose.Quality germicidal lamp systems for examples often state to go as low or even lower than 265nm.And they come at a fraction of the cost you have with a broadband mercury lamp.Even cheaper is the fre weather forecast.If the sun is siad to be strong enough so you need protection than even the worst glue will fully cure in seconds outside in the sun - tackfree!Don't be fooled and protect yourself!!These tiny LED lamps for your glue stick, the curing thingies for your nailpolish and everything else using UV light comes with warnings.For very good reasons!It might be hidden in the fineprint but you can not really see UV light.The blueish-purple glow you see is on the high end of what comes out and by that in the visible range of your eye.Just because a LED only gives a faint glow you see does not mean the UV light wouldn blind you if you could see it!Even worse for fluoroscent lamps or open cruning systems like those for your nailpolish.Reflected UV light is still UV light and you can still NOT see it!Stories of people getting sunburnt from germicidal lamps in a butcher shop or other people going blind from checking money as their living have a true base...In most cases lamps used well past their lifespan or simply the wrong type of lamp but still: the damage came from UVC light...If you just love creating your own artwork or jewellery with UV curing resins and glues than protect yourself.Proper sunglasses with a stated UV protection for example or just black nitrile gloves for your hands...

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