I have a two-part question on Softflex and/or Beadalon.
I make intricate, beadwoven pendants and string them (along with
many accent beads) on Beadalon. On the last few pieces, and on a
couple bracelets, I have used crimp beads and covered them with crimp
bead covers (those things that are like little clam shells that close
up to cover a crimp bead). It looks professional, but the crimp on
the bracelet let go. Now, I am worried about the necklaces. I have
started using relatively expensive beads and I don’t want to damage
my business rep.
Has anyone had a similar problem and, if so, what did you do about
it? I am considering using bead tips only as an alternative or
packing the crimp cover with epoxy before I close it over the crimp.
I use only sterling or gold-fill crimps, so that’s not the problem.
My necklaces are selling for 150-225 so they have to stay together
for a long time. If crimps consistently fail, I just can’t use them.
Also, I need to be able to store my necklaces to be ready for
show/sale. I have them in a jeweler’s carrying case and they are
pinned down individually, but they can move around within the case
and I don’t want them to get scratched up. I sell a lot by word of
mouth so I need to have a way to have my stuff with me. Part of the
problem is that the beadalon tends to get bends in it if it is kept
in a box. Any suggestions?
Sorry for the length, but this is really worrying me.
Thanks in advance