Stitch marker makers

i need some help on making stitch markers. i couldn’t find any rings big enough…so i just used beading wire. i don’t like this look. so could anyone point me in the direction of where to find bigger rings? and how do you connect the wire to the ring and it looks neat?

I had a hard time finding any jump rings bigger than 10mm, but I know they exist.

On mine, I use round nose pliers to roll the head pin into a loop. Some people use crimp beads to secure a nice loop. I think it might just depend on what materials you’re using. But I’m no expert on this, I just kind of made it up as I went along.

They have special pliers that are made for beading/jewelry making that have a much narrower, rounded point to them, and help to make your wire bend more evenly…you can make your own rings out of beading wire easily if you have these pliers, as well… when I use my regular pliers, my rings always turn out lopsided :frowning:

what I use is the round half of a toggle!
I still need to find out what to do with the other half as I cannot bear to toss them out! but most toggles I have found only go up to a size 10.5 needle, so for larger needles I have used pre-made wire rings that folks use to make wine glass charms.

there…I have told all my secrets! :wink:

I almost used one of DH’s old earrings last night (he no longer wears them :verysad: said something about having to appear ‘respectable’ :rollseyes: LOL) but just couldn’t quite see using 14k gold as a stitch marker :roflhard: :roflhard:

FiberGirl~ i know i can’t find any either. maybe i’ll have to check out a bead store… :thinking: but i do have the rounded pilers. i love them! i’ll have to look for the beads next time i go to the craft store. thanks!

Carol~ whats a toggle?

PH~ my husband stop wearing his earings for that same reason! :rollseyes:

LOL Carmell - he also stopped dyeing his hair green, but that I could understand… :roflhard: :roflhard:

Glad to see this thread. I couldn’t find any this morning when I went either. There were some (Micheal’s) but all of the larger ones weren’t a smooth unbroken circle. Looked like they’d snag on the needle. :frowning:

I’ll keep looking…

err, my husband stopped wearing jewelry in his piercings too, but ummm he doesn’t have pierced ears!


TMI? I think so! :roflhard:

here’s a fancy dancy one - I got really simple ones at Michaels or WalMart or someplace.

Speaking of piercings :stuck_out_tongue: …It pains me to think I’ll have to give up my piercings someday. I stopped wearing most of my earrings because my employer says two per ear and TINY. :rollseyes: I walked in to visit one day with my nose stud still in and saw some jaws drop. :smiley:

I always thought I’d look good with my nose pierced, but my job(s) wouldn’t really allow that sort of decoration :wink:
At one place I worked, I went in and had just got the top of my ear pierced… they told me to take it out… I put up a little fight, but I took it out, and then put it back in after work… It got SOOOOO infected, I was in tears from the painand I had to let it close and heal… :evil: :mad: :evil: :mad: :evil: :mad: :evil:

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I use halves of toggles, too.

PHM - I got two new holes in the tops of mine about a month before I had to have an MRI. :evil: I took them out and put them back in and one survived! I’ve got something like 17 holes in my ears now, but really only wear two earrings in one and one in the other. I got my nose done last year, so it was plenty healed enough to take it out for work over the summer. I took it out in the car on the way there and put it back in on my way out and it was fine.
I saw one of the OR nurses wandering around with a nose piercing, though, and I was very ticked off. :evil:
I’m going to stop hijacking this thread now. :oops:

What’s the big deal bout the OR nurse having a nose peircing?

No one working at the hospital is allowed to wear them while working.

That’s just silly…unless she sticks her finger in her nose, or some prude makes a complaint I don’t understand why.

Well, it bothered me because one of my coworkers was reprimanded because her pants ended a couple of inches above the tops of shoes but they don’t bother enforcing the rules on everyone. If you’re going to have a dress code, it should be equally enforced.
And the reason for not having piercings has something to do with “cultural sensitivity.” Basically, we’re not to wear anything that anyone could find offensive and apparently some people are offended by looking at metal in faces. :shock: Besides, with things like large earrings, bracelets, and necklaces (which we are also not to wear), there’s the safety issue of a patient grabbing them, etc.

Where I work, it’s ok to have a nose piercing so long as you are not out in the manufacturing areas. There, you’re not even allowed to wear makeup in some parts and earings have to be covered. But that’s more of an issue with the potential for something to fall into the final product which would be very very bad.

But geesh, an OR nurse? wouldn’t she have a face mask on anyway to cover it up?

I used to have my eyebrow pierced in college and grad school. DH was kinda sad when I finally had to take it out. :frowning:

I’ve heard of plastic retainers that you can put in facial piercings so they won’t close up. They’re really hard to see too.

I’ve wanted to get my nose pierced for a while now, but I’m allergic to a few kinds of metals, so it probably wouldn’t work out well.