Beading Tips 101

  1. Soldered closed rings can be quite expensive especially in gold filled or sterling silver. By accident I discovered the perfect closed rings. Chain links.  Buy chain links by the foot. Cut off rings as needed. Much cheaper and you can buy different shapes and different sizes. You are not limited to the small round ones sold at craft stores.
  2. Next time you are holding up a finished necklace or bracelet to admire, don’t panic if you see wire!!  And don’t remove the crimp and start over.  Look for the least inconspicuous space and add a crimp bead as a fill-in. 
  3. The cost of buying spacer beads adds up. If you are like me, you like to have handy every possible metal in gold plated, gold filled, antique gold, silver plated, sterling silver and copper.  I was making weekly trips to the craft stores replenishing my supply UNTIL I discovered seed beads.  Use tiny seed beads as spacers and fill-in beads. They come in various sizes and colors.  Add seed beads to your beading design or bead as a separate string.
  4. When braiding multi-strand necklaces and bracelets, tape all strands, at the end of braiding, with masking tape.  The tape will hold all strands together as you add the clasp.
  5. Crimp but don’t crimp!! Add the crimp BUT don’t crimp it yet. Make sure beads are facing the right direction, no wire is showing, clasp is on the right side, multi-strands are positioned correctly by length. Do all these things before you crimp. I usually set aside a piece for several hours before crimping. I use alligator clips to hold the wire until I am positively sure I am truly finished and ready to crimp.
  6. As you are stringing, sometimes a damaged or imperfect bead will make it past your quality check. If you are well into the design, use flat-nose pliers to crush the bead, being careful not to damage surrounding beads. No need to restring.

11 comments on “Beading Tips 101

  1. Excellent tips, Donna! Espeically the Crimp, but don’t Crimp! LOL!

    Me LOVE seed beadies!

  2. don_mae says:

    I could kick myself for not buying all those you were selling. Such a deal!!

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