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  • What guarantee do we offer for our products?
    We offer a 100% money back guarantee. Order with confidence. We will resize, repair or replace for free. Note: because all our products are handmade to order, we charge a 20% restocking fee for products returned not based on defects.


  • What if my watch stops working?
    In most cases the battery needs to be replaced. Mail it to our mailing address above and we will replace the battery for free and mail it back to you.


  • What is Orange County Creations Mailing Address
    Orange County Creations 821 Ziegler Way Placentia, CA 92870


  • What is the best way to contact Orange County Creations?
    The best way to contact us with your questions is via email. It is the least costly and in most cases you will recieve an immediate answer. Our email address is: occreations@sbcglobal.net


  • What if my watch band or bracelet breaks?
    If you have the watch band or bracelet pieces, send them to our mailing address above with a note and we will repair it free and mail it back to you.


  • How do I measure for Bracelets or Watches?
    You can measure for Bracelets or Watches using a tailor's tape measure. Wrap the tape measure around your wrist where you normally wear your bracelet or watch. If you do not have a tailor's tape measure, you can cut a strip of paper or use string and wrap it around your wrist. Either mark or cut the strip of paper or string to your wrist size. Then measure the strip of paper or string using a ruler. This is the size (in inches) you will use to order your bracelet or watch.


  • How do I measure for my Medical Alert ID Bracelet?
    You can measure for Medical Alert ID Bracelets using a tailor's tape measure. Wrap the tape measure around your wrist where you normally wear your Medical Alert ID bracelet. If you do not have a tailor's tape measure, you can cut a strip of paper or piece of string and wrap it around your wrist. Either mark or cut the strip of paper or piece of string to your wrist size. Then measure the strip of paper or piece of string using a ruler. This is the size (in inches) you will use to order your bracelet. At checkout time you should let us know the length of your Medical Alert ID plaque. Add this to the comments section at checkout.


  • What do I do if my watch or bracelet does not fit?
    All resizing is done free of charge. Just mail the watch or bracelet to the following address and we will resize it and mail it back to you within 24 hour. Orange County Creations 821 Ziegler Way Placentia, CA 92870


  • What do we use to string our Bead Watches, Bracelets and Necklaces?
    We use the highest quality products to string our bead watches,bracelets and necklaces. Our bead watches and bracelets are strung on 0.8mm elastic or 49 strand flexible wire. Our Necklaces are strung on 49 strand flexible wire. All products are guaranteed against breakage.


  • What are Build-A-Watch Watches (Interchangeable watch bands)?
    Build-A-Watch Watches are watches with detachable or interchangeable watch bands. Detachable bands allow you to own one or just a few watch faces and many watch bands. That way you can change the look of the watch to match your outfit or mood. See our Interchangeable Watch Faces link for our selection of watch faces.


  • How are Furnace Cane Beads Created?
    Furnace glass uses large decorated canes built up out of smaller canes, encased in clear glass and then extruded to form the beads with liner and twisting stripe patterns. No air is blown into the glass. These beads require a large scale glass furnace and annealing kiln for manufacture.


  • How are Lampwork Beads Created?
    Lampwork beads are made by using a gas torch to heat a rod of glass and spinning the resulting thread around a metal rod covered in bead release. When the base bead has been formed, other colors of glass can be added to the surface to create many designs. After this initial stage of the beadmaking process, the beads are further fired in a kiln to make them more durable.


  • How are Dichroic Glass Beads Created?
    Dichroic glass has a thin film of metal fused to the surface of the glass, resulting in a surface that has a metallic sheen that changes between two colors when viewed at different angles. Dichroic glass was created by NASA to be used in their space explorations.


  • How are Murano Glass Beads Created?
    The process of making Murano glass is rather complex. Most Murano glass art is made using the lampworking technique and is created in Italy. The glass is made from silica which becomes liquid at high temperatures. As the glass passes from a liquid to a solid state, there is an interval when the glass is soft before it hardens completely. This is when the glass-master can shape the material.


  • What are Czechen Glass Beads?
    These beads are made in the Czech republic, in what was once called Bohemia. Thick rods are heated to molten and fed into a rube goldbergian contraption that stamps the glass, including a needle that pierces a hole. The beads again are rolled in hot sand to remove flashing and soften seam lines. By making canes (the glass rods fed into the machine) striped or otherwise patterned, the resulting beads can be more elaborately colored than seed beads.


  • How are Millefiori Beads Created?
    The millefiori technique involves the production of glass canes or rods, known as murrine, with multicolored patterns which are viewable only from the cut ends of the cane. Millefiori beads are made of plain wound glass bead cores. Thin slices of cut cane (murrine) are being pressed into the bead surface, forming mosaic-like patterns, while the glass is still hot. Millefiori is Italian for a Hundred Flowers.


  • How are Cloisonne Beads Created?
    Cloisonne manufacture is comprehensive and sophisticated, combining the techniques of making bronze and porcelain ware, as well as those of traditional painting and sculpture: Model hammering: The process is to form copper pieces into various shapes with a hammer according to a design, joining them under high temperature. Filigree welding: In filigree welding the artist pinches and curves copper filigree into delicate flower patterns, pasting them onto the copper molds. Possibly the most challenging step of the procedure, heating to 900 degrees Celsius, firms the metal. Enamel filling: Through this interesting procedure, the cloisonne wears a colored wrap. Handicrafts specialists fill enamel glaze into lattices formed by fine-spun filigrees. Just one filling is not enough - the filigrees extrude, and the surface is dull. They have to fuse powdery glaze in the smelter at 800 degrees Celsius, then take the object out and repeat the process three or four times until its surface becomes smooth.


  • Where do we get our Lava Beads?
    Lava beads from the Llaima Volcano located in Conguillio National Park. A small family living directly outside the Conguillio National Park are the only people sanctioned by the Chilean Government to collect, process and export the lava rock. This black lava rock has been cut, drilled and polished into a smooth surface that still shows the pits and craters of the natural rock.


  • Swarovski® - How to ensure you are getting the real thing
    Swarovski® (Swore-off-ski) crystal components are regarded as the highest quality machine cut and polished crystal beads in the world. The demand for luxury products unfortunately can create a host of imitators. The Swarovski® company creates its glass with a special compound that imitators cannot duplicate. This special compound creates the incredible brilliance of their product. The delicate color palette is another quality that sets Swarovski® crystal components apart from others. With so many crystal beads and components out there, how can you tell if the crystal you are purchasing is actually a Swarovski® crystal component....or an imitation? Here are some tips that can help you determine which crystals are genuine: Swarovski® crystals are perfectly uniform. Since they are machine cut, each crystal is the same. This means that the height, width and slope are consistent. A hand polished imitator bead will not have as uniform a cut. You may also notice different dimensions from bead to bead. Swarovski® uses machinery that precisely cuts each crystal. According to Swarovski®, "cutting hard materials such as crystal and gems, in such a way that they have a hundred identical facets in several directions, is a very complicated task; each direction of the reflected light must first be calculated by computer, then this has to be simulated in 3D, optimized and finally converted into control programs for complex machinery." This is just part of the technology that gives Swarovski® crystals their unbelievable flash. The precision cutting of Swarovski® machinery allows each crystal to have its facet juncture "pointing up". This means the facet junctures all meet at precisely the same point. This is a similar aspect of diamond faceting. See the illustration above. AB finish Swarovski® crystals have a uniform surface luster. There are no swirling marks from the vacuum process that produces the AB finish, and generally there are no scratches. The "imitations" often have scratches, swirl marks ("oily" looking surface). Some of these imperfections, in the "imposters", have to do with the lower quality of the finish. See the illustration above. When you look inside the crystal, you will see no bubbles. If you see any bubbles, you know immediately that it is a fake. Because of its special glass compounds, Swarovski® crystal will out-sparkle a bead of lesser quality when placed in a side-by-side comparison.


  • What is Sea Glass?
    Sea Glass is glass that is reclaimed from the ocean, drilled and used as beads in our jewelry. Our Sea Glass is from the Pacific Ocean and is collected on the weekend, cleaned and drilled. This makes beautiful and unique jewelry.


  • Why is our Jewelry Special?
    We use only the finest quality materials. In addition, we take the extra step to ensure our finished products are made with the extra care you deserve. For example, you will never see a crimp bead on our products. Unlike other handmade jewelry, we cover all our crimp beads, so they look like just another round bead in your design. Otherwise, you have the unfinished look of where the crimp bead attaches your watch, bracelet or necklace to the clasp. Check out other handmade jewelry and you will see the difference.


  • How do I measure for an Anklet? How do I know it fits properly?
    If you are wearing thongs or backless sandals you can wear it below the bone. If you are wearing sandals that have straps below your bone your beaded anklet will need to be above the bone. Anklet Bracelets Above the Bone: Measure with a string or tape measure above your ankle bone and add ¼". For example; if your ankle measures 9", you will need a 9¼ - 9¾" anklet. This will give you some room to loosen or tighten the anklet to fit just right. *Note* If there is no graduation above your bone you may be better off wearing your anklet below the bone. Ankle Bracelets Below the Bone: Measure with a string or tape measure below your ankle bone and add ¼ to ½" depending on how loose you want your anklet to be. For example, if your ankle measures 10", you will need a 10¼ - 10¾" or a 10½ - 11" anklet. Getting Your Anklet Right Trying on anklets is very much like trying on shoes. When you receive your new sparkling trinket try it on and walk around the house. If you feel the anklet is too loose or feels too tight, try to tighten or loosen it a notch or two. If you are unable to do this, then figure out approximately how much less or extra you need and exchange your anklet for one in the correct size. Small Ankle Bracelets If you feel the ankle bracelet tightening or pinching while walking it may be too tight. If the anklet is too tight and drops onto your bone while walking, your ankle bone could cause enough stress to snap the anklet. If your anklet is fastened at the last notch you may want to exchange it for a slightly larger size.


  • Bead Watch Kit wth Elastic Band Instructions
    Building a Bead Watch with Elastic Band Step 1: Add a crimp bead to the elastic band. Step 2: String the elastic band through one loop in the watch face. Step 3: Fold the elastic band and run the end through the crimp bead. Step 4: Crimp the bead using crimping tool, all purpose tool or flat nose pliers. To use the crimping tool, place the crimp bead in the groove closest to the handle and squeeze gently. This will make an indentation in the crimp bead. Reposition the tool and fold the crimp bead in half. If you are using the all purpose tool or flat nose pliers, carefully flatten the crimp bead. Step 5: String beads and spacers in the order you want. Step 6: Wrap the watch around your wrist to check for sizing. Step 7: Once the sizing is correct, add a crimp bead to the elastic band. Step 8: Repeat Steps 2 thru 4 Step 9: If you are using a crimping tool, you can add crimp bead covers to your watch. To do this, place the crimp bead cover over the closed crimp bead. Using the crimping tool, place the crimp bead cover in the first groove of the tool (the furthest from the handle) and carefully squeeze. This will close the crimp bead cover over the crimp bead. The end result is a closed bead that looks like the other round metal beads. Enjoy!


  • Bead Watch Kit with Toggle Clasp
    Building a Bead Watch with Elastic or Beading Wire Band and Toggle Clasp Step 1: Add a crimp bead to the elastic band (or beading wire). Note, we include both materials so you can choose which one works best for you. Step 2: String the elastic band (or beading wire) through one loop in the watch face. Step 3: Fold the elastic band (or beading wire) and run the end through the crimp bead. Step 4: Crimp the bead using crimping tool, all purpose tool or flat nose pliers. To use the crimping tool, place the crimp bead in the groove closest to the handle and squeeze gently. This will make an indentation in the crimp bead. Reposition the tool and fold the crimp bead in half. If you are using the all purpose tool or flat nose pliers, carefully flatten the crimp bead. Step 5: String beads and spacers in the order you want. Step 6: Wrap the watch half way around your wrist to check for sizing. Step 7: Once the sizing is correct, add a crimp bead to the elastic band (or beading wire). Step 8: Repeat Steps 2 thru 7 Step 9: If you are using a crimping tool, you can add crimp bead covers to your watch. To do this, place the crimp bead cover over the closed crimp bead. Using the crimping tool, place the crimp bead cover in the first groove of the tool (the furthest from the handle) and carefully squeeze. This will close the crimp bead cover over the crimp bead. The end result is a closed bead that looks like the other round metal beads. You will have extra pieces when you are done. We always include more than you need. Note: we offer a wide range of beading tools if you don't have your own. Please visit our website to see our selection. Enjoy!



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