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Songmics Mirror Armoire Review

Product: Mirror Armoire Review

Price: 161.99

The Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

Size: 14 7/8”L x 15 3/4”W x 61 3/8”H (38 x 40 x 156cm)

Weight: 42.3 Lbs (19.2kg)

Colors: Brown Or White

Contents: Mirror Armoire, 2 Keys, Instructions, Accessories

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Full Length Mirror Armoire – Product Overview

This armoire is lighted with 8 led lights that conveniently turn on upon opening the door. In addition to having a unique space to beautifully hold your jewelry it doubles as a full length mirror which is beveled around the edges. There are 6 drawers, an acrylic board, 40 earring hole slants, 4 earring wires, 18 necklace hooks, scarf rod, 48 ring slots and 13 compartments assist with organizing all your jewelry in one beautiful place. Conveniently the armoire frame is Assembled making it a stress free quick setup. You only need to worry about assembling the legs which come with tools to do so. This contemporary design allows for enhanced stability. The high quality material is durable for long time use. Making this a priceless piece of furniture you can pass down in the family.

Pros and Cons

The internal dimensions of each drawer are 5 7/8″ x 2 3/4″ x 1 7/8″. I really love how beautiful and spacious this cabinet is. The construction is very solid and the finish is just wonderful. Screwing everything together was easy enough to do on my own however mounting the armoire on the stand was something i needed an extra set of hands to do. Overall it was really easy to assemble. I did notice in a few customers reviews were they had issues with their led lights not working. However, customer service was very willing to replace their armoire if they returned the damaged one. I would recommend after opening you’re package to check your lights before discarding the box. I fortunately didn’t have any issues with my lights though. I was so grateful! I’ve been looking for an armoire for a while now that would accommodate my longer necklaces. One thing i really appreciated about this armoire was i had plenty of room to hang my necklaces in it. There’s even little pouches at the bottom of the door to tuck the longer necklaces into if there to long! I really fell in love with this armoire because its so functional and well-designed. It doubles as a mirror and jewelry storage by consolidating too much-needed pieces of furniture.

Final Conclusion

This mirror armoire is perfect for displaying and organizing all your jewelry making it easy to find the exact item you’re looking for. The led light turns on automatically every time you open the door. These lights make your jewelry look luxurious. This armoire has a classy look with retro thick hook sturdy enough to hold a lot of necklaces. Whatever type of jewelry you have there is a place to accommodate all your collection. Never again do you have to worry about searching to find the second pair to you’re favorite earrings or untangle necklaces just to wear one when you’re running late. The clear partitions allow you to see all your items at a glance making daily dressing up a quick process on a busy morning. In addition, you can use the beveled mirror to check out how stylish you look or if you need to change something up. Chic in design and delicate in detail, this armoire is a perfect gift for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and even Thanksgiving or Christmas!

I hope you were able to get something out of my post. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to get back to you!

Different Types of Pearls – What Are They and Where Do They Come From

I’ve created this post so you can educate yourself on what the different types of commonly known pearls are, how they are formed, where they come from and how to tell real pearls from fake pearls.  

What’s the difference between Natural and Cultured Pearls?

Natural pearls are formed in the soft tissue mussel of oysters from something irritating making its way inside. Just like many life forms on earth have defense mechanisms, to keep them save from harm, so does the oyster. This animal starts to produce secretions, Nacre, to coat the irritation to make it smooth and more comfortable.

Cultured pearl are formed from human intervention. It’s really the same process for the oyster to produce a pearl this way. However there are a few key differences that occur to get a pearl from an oyster this way. The process begins by taking a shell bead nucleus, usually composed of concentric organic layers and calcium carbonate, then inserting it inside the oyster. The oyster then starts to produce secretion, nacre, to smooth out the bead.

Something I found interesting, natural pearls are very rare because it takes over 100,000 oysters to have enough pearls to make just one pearl necklace. Then trying to match like pearls together to string is ever so difficult because most pearls are not round or uniformed in size or color.

What’s the difference between Freshwater Pearls and Saltwater Pearls?

Freshwater pearls are usually found in the china lakes and rivers. These pearls are cleaner, rounder, more lustrous and are more affordable. They usually range from 5mm – 10mm however they can be as large as 13mm. 

The secretion, nacre, that freshwater oysters produce is thicker and different in composition than saltwater oysters, freshwater pearls are less glossy and lustrous.  

Saltwater pearls are created by oysters found in oceans such as Thailand, Australia, Indonesia and Tahiti. 

Japanese Akoya Pearls 

Akoya pearls are very spherical in shape and known for the luster. These pearls are produced from a small oyster called Pinctada Fucata off the shores of China and Japan. They usually range from 2mm – 10mm in size. Akoya pearls are most commonly worn by brides on their wedding day.

Tahitian Pearls

Tahitian pearls are also known as black south sea pearls and are marveled over their exotic colors and mirror like luster. Tahitian pearls come in hundreds of amazing exotic colors such as peacock green, silver green, blue and eggplant. These pearls are produced by the Pinctada Margaritifera Oyster which are only found in Tahiti and a few French Polynesian Island. 

Are They Real Pearls or Fake?

Real pearls are worth every penny because of their natural display of beauty unlike costume or imitation pearls. Fake pearls are usually made from glass, plastic or even fish scale imitations. Below are 5 pointers so you can tell if your holding natural or imitation pearls.

1. A natural pearl has finger print surface ridges where as fake pearls have bubble patterns surfaces when viewed under a microscope.  

2. A natural pearl has enriched, overtone color where as fake pearls are only one color and lack depth.

3. A natural pearl feels cold to the touch where as fake pearls do not.

4. When you rub a natural pearl across your teeth it feels gritty and rough where fake pearls feel smooth.

5. A natural pearl feels quite heavy in weight where as fake pearls feel very light. 

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. Thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Differences Between Gems, Crystals, Rocks And Minerals

Difference Between Gemstones and Crystals

Gems

Gems are rare minerals that are usually sold for a higher price then crystals. To accurately price out a gem a few things you need to take in mind are the rarity, color, composition, hardness and cut. Gems are also nicknamed gemstones that will be either a precious or semi precious stone cut and polished to be used to make jewelry.

Examples of precious gems are diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds, amber, jet, coral, turquoise and pearls. Gems come in a variety of colors such as reds, greens, and blues. There are classified by their color, translucency and hardness.

Crystals

Crystals are a pure substance that are made of molecules formed from geometric patterns. Another way to describe crystals is they are a solid substance made from atoms, ions and molecules which grow outwards in 3 geometric shapes. These shapes could be either cubic, hexagonal, tetragonal, orthorhombic, monoclinic, or rhombohedral.

Crystals do not come in colors like gems instead the color is determined by the way light passes through them by being more translucent. Examples of crystals are quartz, amethyst, citrine, agate and tigers eye. Interestingly enough the word crystal came from the Greek word “kyrstallos”. They thought that clear quartz was ice frozen eternally by the Gods!

Difference Between Minerals and Rocks

Minerals

A mineral is a natural occurring inorganic substance that has physical properties and chemical composition. There’s at least 5 thousand types of minerals, distinguished by differences in physical properties, crystal structure and chemical composition. They are decided by major chemical groups, from Sulfides, Halides, Oxides, Carbonates and Elements to Nitrates, Tungstates, Silicates, Phosphates and Chromates. Some examples of minerals are calcite. Calcite forms from seal shells, hot springs or in caves. Minerals are solid and form naturally with the earth.

Rocks

Rocks are composed from one or more minerals and are solid, natural occurring substances. Rocks are the foundation of our world. A rounded and smooth piece of rock is called a stone. Marble for example is formed from limestone by heat and pressure inside the earth. Marble is composed from calcite or dolomite minerals. Rocks are commonly formed from a combination of six minerals: amphibole, feldspar, mica, olivine, pyroxene and quartz. Granite is mostly composed of three minerals; quarts, feldspar and mica. Of course these minerals are found separate in nature however they also can be found it rocks.

Why Crystals

Crystals have been used for healing and to provide good vibes for ages. There are a variety of things you can use crystals for like treating insomnia or treating pain. Some believe that crystals or some stones can help realign us with our Chakras. You could wear crystals depending on what you need to help your body harness their healing powers.

Proponents of this technique believe that crystals allow positive, healing energy to flow into ones self while letting the negative or disease causing energy to flow out of them. Some believe wearing stones or putting them under your pillow will ward of sickness, shed negative energy or absorb positive energy.

Gemstones and Crystals – Names and Healing Benifits

Clear Quartz: Energizing

Healing: Clear Quartz are the Master Healer, a powerful healing stone for any condition. It stimulates the immune system and is excellent for soothing and healing burns, balancing the emotions, activating the pineal and pituitary glands.

Rose Quartz: Love and Peace

Healing: Strengthens the heart and circulatory system, releases impurities, aids in healing chest and respiratory problems, increases fertility.

Blue Quartz: Calming and Harmonious

Healing: Helps relieve stress or negative thoughts, frustration and eases anxiety. Heals the throat and purifies the blood.

Amethyst: Calming & Intuition

Healing: Assists in calming the mind, reduces insomnia and allows restful sleep, promotes good dreams. reduces stress, eases headaches, helps with hormone production, strengthens the immune system, cleanses organs and respiratory system, reduces bruising and swelling. Assists in the function of the pineal and pituitary glands. Alleviates fatigue, promotes healthier looking skin and supports joints and bones.

Calcite: Amplifying & Cleansing

Healing: Strengthens the teeth, bones and joints, heals organs to detoxify, helps with skin conditions, blood clotting, heals tissue, fortifies the immune system, reduces fear and stress.

Celestitie: Positive and Uplifting

Healing: Dissolves pain, treats disorders in the eyes and ears, eliminates toxins, helps with fainting, release chronic tension and hardening in bones, tissue and organs.

Citrine: Revitalizing and Cleansing

Healing: Helps the digestive organs and the heart, reduces infection, aids tissue regeneration, circulation and detoxifies the physical, emotional & mental bodies. It is also helpful for menstrual and menopausal symptoms, balancing hormones and alleviating fatigue. Used to boost concentration, boost memory and spark creativity.

Aquamarine: Clarity & Purification

Healing: Calms the nerves and reduces fluid retention. Good for soar throats, Aids with acid reflux and gastrointestinal disorders.

Green Jade: Emotional Balancer

Healing: Strengthens the heart, kidneys and immune system, it cleanses and filters toxins from the organs and blood, heals stitches, assists fertility and childbirth, helps relieve menstrual and menopausal symptoms, promotes longevity. Supports the adrenal glands and relieves headaches.

Agate: Strength & Courage

Healing: Strengthens the body, heals emotional tension related diseases, stimulates the digestive system and heals skin disorders. Detoxifies and eases anxiety.

A Few More

Lapis Lazuli: A touted ancient migraine remedy and supports the immune system.

Opal: Increase inspiration, creativity, helps with PMS and headaches.

Topaz: Works to balance hormones and combat aging.

Onyx: Cleanses the air and rids your home of negative energy.

There are many, many more stones I could go into detail about. However, I hope that with the information I’ve provided you, you can start designing jewelry that fits your customer’s interests. At least you know what stones to use and how you or your customers can benefit from them.

How To Wire Wrap – Beginners

It’s important to gather all the items you’ll need before starting your priceless project. For example you’ll need a ruler or tape measure, pliers, wire, and some stones. After wrapping for a while you’ll have tons of inventory and lots of ideas. I personally used Pinterest and YouTube to get my fresh ideas. YouTube helped me mostly to better understand how wire wrapping works. To help you I below also have a how to video to get you started. So shall we get started!?

Ruler or Tape Measure 

Tape measure

These items are so helpful because if your wrapping similar stone sizes then you can reduce waste of your wire. You’ll know exactly how many inches you’ll need. I remember before I got the idea to measure my wire out I used to cut my wire to short. That became very frustrating to me when I came very close to being finished and ran out of wire.

What wire should you use?

Depending on what you’re designing you’ll want different size wire. I’ve read in other post were people are suggesting to use copper wire to start out rather than sterling silver. Copper you can buy in large quantities for much less than other wire. As a beginner you might consider this route first till you get the hang of wrapping. This way your not wasting your money. I remember when I first started wrapping I would put crimps in my wire and I didn’t like how cheap it made the finish product look. Below I have a list of different gauges listed for the different tasks they are used for. This way you know exactly what you need.

28 & 30 Gauge 

This size is a thread like wire. It can easily become kinked and break. So you would need to work slowly with these small wires. The hardness of this wire doesn’t really mean much because it’s so fine that it’s easily pliable. These small wires are not suitable as structure wires to wrap other wire around, nor should they be used for open loop links. You’ll want to use regular or fine tipped pliers to shape and cut.

This wire is used for:
• coiling
• weaving
• knitting / crocheting / viking knitting
• wire wrapping very small light beads, though the finished wraps will be very delicate and could bend and break quite easily.

26 Gauge 

this wire is still quite fine but is relatively strong. This wire can be shaped with the use of regular or fine tipped pliers. It should not be used as structure wire or open loop links.

This wire is used for:
• coiling
• weaving
• knitting / crocheting
• wire wrapping (wrapped loops) small beads and briolettes
• wrapping around stones
• balled headpins

24 Gauge 

This wire is a very versatile however it’s not recommended for open link chains. It can however be used as a frame to wrap smaller wire around like earrings, when the finished piece is not structural. It can be shaped by hand or with the use of regular pliers. 

What this wire can be used for:
• coiling
• weaving
• binding
• spirals
• headpins
• wire wrapped links, wrapping briolettes and other stones
• framing 
• small jump rings
• head pins
• wire settings for small stones 

22 & 21 Gauge

21 gauge is preferred by many for prong settings and earwires. This wire can be shaped by hand and with the use of regular pliers.

What this wire can be used for:
• wire wrapped links
• open link chains (for light or small stones)
• earwires
• headpins, eyepins
• jump rings
• spirals
• frames
• small clasps
• wire settings for small to medium stones

20 Gauge 

This wire is also good for a variety of other delicate handcrafted findings, like links or looped chandelier earring components. It can be shaped by hand with a regular set of pliers. 

What this wire can be used for:
• earwires
• hoop earrings
• frames
• spirals
• headpins, eyepins
• open link chains
• delicate clasps, double wrapped hooks
• jump rings, split rings
• rings
• wire settings for medium stones
• bails for light stones

18 Gauge

This wire can be shaped by hand and with the use of regular set of pliers also for shaping and cutting.

This wire is used for:
• bails
• large jump rings, chainmaille jewelry
• frames / structure wire
• bracelets
• rings
• delicate clasps
• neck collars
• other handmade components

12, 14 & 16 Gauge 

This wire may be available in either dead soft of half hard temper in some materials. It can require heavy duty pliers for shaping and cutting.

This wire is used for:
• frames / structure wire
• clasps
• thick jump rings, chainmaille jewelry
• rings
• bracelets, cuffs, bangles
• neck collars

Which pliers should you use? 

Depending on what you’re designing, you’ll want different tools for different steps of the process. I’ve gathered descriptions of the different types of pliers to further explain what I mean. 

Flat Nose Pliers

These pliers you would use to bend angles in wire, hold small beads, and open and close jump rings. They offer a perfectly flat edge with a rectangular cross-section.

Round Nose Pliers

These pliers are used for bending jump rings, making chain, and wire wrapping. These jaws are round and taper to a fine point, making them great to get into tight spaces.

Chain Nose Pliers

Useful for opening small jump rings, bending thin gauge wire, and holding small beads. These jaws are flat, round on the outside and taper to fine point.

Bent Nose Pliers

Preferred by some people over chain nose pliers because the bent jaws provide better access to tight areas. Especially useful for “tucking in” wire ends in beads. Cross section and taper is the same as chain nose pliers, but the jaws bend to one side.

Concave & Convex Pliers

This is a forming plier used for bending gentle curves in wire and sheet. The cross section of the concave jaw is closely matched by the curve of the convex jaw. Both jaws have a consistent width.

Flat & Half Round Pliers

The half round jaw has a gentle curve, making it suitable for bending ring shank stock and for making large diameter loops. The upper jaw is rectangular and is preferred by some over concave because it is less likely to dent the material being bent.

Flat & Round Pliers

This forming plier is used for making small loops and jump rings and for bending tight curves in sheet stock. The lower jaw is round and tapered like a round nose plier, while the upper jaw is like a flat nose plier.

Concave & Round Pliers

Similar to the concave/convex forming plier, but more useful for making smaller diameter loops and jump rings. The tapered lower jaw provides a range of diameters for wrapping wire and sheet.

Wire Wrapping Pliers

This specialized plier is perfectly suited for making small quantities of jump rings and for wire wrap artists. Unlike other concave/round pliers, the lower jaw of this plier is stepped instead of tapered, providing three or four constant diameters.

Rosary Pliers

Typically used by beading artists, the rosary plier is a combination of round nose plier and side cutter. The round jaws are great for wrapping wire and holding beading cord, while the integrated cutter means you don’t have to switch tools as often.

Compound Parallel Jaw Pliers

A compound joint ensures that the jaws of these pliers remain parallel throughout their range of movement. This action makes them perfect for working with difficult to hold items such as round beads. Available in flat nose and chain nose styles.

Bow Opening Pliers

Designed to easily open bows, loops and rings. The small grooves on the outer surface of the jaws “grab” wire, holding it securely. The specially designed joint opens the jaws when the handles are squeezed and a spring returns them to the closed position.

Diagonal Cutters

For cutting wire or small pieces of sheetstock. This is the most commonly used cutter and is available in standard bevel cut, flush cut and super flush cut. The tapered ends allow it to get into tight areas.

End Cutters

The cutting edges of these cutters are set at right angles to provide easier access to tight areas. Better suited to cutting protruding wire ends than diagonal cutters.

Oblique Cutters

Similar in design to end cutters, but with jaws that are slightly offset to one side. The offset provides increased clearance. Available in flush cut and super flush cut versions.

Sprue Cutters

Designed specifically for cutting casting sprues. The compound joint and spring action provide maximum leverage with minimum effort. Also useful for cutting thick stock and hard materials.

Cutter Styles and Wire Ends

Bevel Cutters require more cutting force and leave a large pinch on wire ends, but are very durable.

Flush Cutters require less force and leave a small pinch, but are not as strong and wear faster.

Super Flush Cutters require minimal cutting force and leave almost no pinch.

Double Flush Cutters require the least amount of force and leave no pinch on wire ends.

Now You Know

Everyone has their preference and some of these tools you can use for the same steps in wire wrapping. I personally would start out with a starter kit or just a few different types of pliers that fit comfortably in your hand until you get the hang of wrapping. Then as you become more of an expert you might want to gathering more tools for different tasks.

I hope you were able to get something out of my post for how to begin wire wrapping. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to get back to you!

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History Behind Jewelry Making

History of Wire Wrapping 

Beaded work and wire wrapped jewelry still exist around the world today that is thousands of years old. The British Museum have samples of spiral wire components from the Sumerian Dynasty that is dated approximately 2,000 years BC. Other samples of jewelry from Ancient Rome show wire wrapped loops also dated approximately 2,000 years BC. Which is one of the most important techniques used in making wire wrapped jewelry. When crafting jewelry began the techniques for soldering did not exist. Later, as the technique for soldering developed, the wire wrapping approach continued because it was economical and a quick way to make jewelry components out of wire. At this time, the wire wrapping approach to making jewelry is primarily inspired by individual craftspeople.

What is Wire Wrapping?

Wire wrapping is an ancient technique used for handmade jewelry. This technique is done with jewelry wire and findings to make components. Wire components are then connected to one another using mechanical techniques without soldering or warming up the wire. The wire is bent into a loop or beautiful, decorative shape to wrap around itself and make that loop or decorative shape permanent. 

Characteristics

Wire wrapped jewelry is handmade with wire that is mechanical connected instead of soldered connections. A mechanical connection is connecting a loop to another loop by interlocking them. Wire wrapped jewelry is made of wire and sometimes findings similar to wire (head-pins, jump rings, etc.) A key element in wire wrapped jewelry is a loop made out of wire. Loops are used in wire wrapping to mechanically connect components to one another. 

In their basic form, P loops and eye loops are “open” loops. This means that the loop can be opened mechanically to allow it to connect to another component. The opposite of an open loop is a closed loop. In a closed loop, the end of the wire is wrapped around the stem of the loop so that the loop is permanent and can’t be opened. A closed loop is also called a wrapped loop. It is because of this technique or approach that you and I came to know it as wire wrapping. 

When making a wire wrapped bracelet or necklace, you would use wrapped loops to connect the components into a chain. For bracelets and necklaces, wrapped loops are recommended because open loops could be pulled apart if the chain were to snag.

In the simplest example of handmade wire wrapped jewelry, a bead is threaded onto a jewelry finding called a head–pin. The bead is held in place by the “head” on the head pin. The portion of the head pin coming out of the opposite side of the bead is essentially wire. This wire is bent into a loop using hand tools and the excess wire is cut off. The resulting bead hanging from a loop is called a “bead dangle”. To complete a simple earring, the loop in the bead dangle is connected to the loop at the end of an ear wire finding resulting in a completed earring.

I hope you were able to get something out of my post. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to get back to you!