I hope that one of you kind Orchidians will help me with a problems
has been plaguing for so long that I have stopped making this
I have been using beadalon and crimp beads to string large stones.
Usually they are round and heavy – often they are 8mm or bigger.
Unfortunately, the necklaces often wind up breaking. They would
usually break around the area where I had made the crimp. I either
crimped with beading pliers or crimping pliers. Also, no matter how
tightly I would string the necklace, there would still be a little gap
of beadalon showing once I was done. To make the ends of the necklace
look nice, I would try cover the part of the beadalon exposed over
the class with those hollow tube thingamajigs – they might be called
cord coils, I am not sure – that are either silver or gold colored
wire and that you slip over the portion of the beadalon that forms
the loop at the end of the crimp bead. I do not know if this item was
affecting the breakage or not.
I refuse to sell these necklaces until I fix this problem.
Does anyone know what I am doing wrong? I have done everything,
including taking a class on this topic and reading a ton of beading
books, so any advice that you have would be much appreciated.
I was for a while stringing necklaces using silk thread but that
poses production problems as well. The brand of thread that I use
only comes in small sizes and it is not large enough for the holes of
these beads. Often some of the larger beads are not reamed uniformly
or smoothly inside and they would actually break the necklaces. Also
silk gets frayed and dirty after a while and the necklaces need to be
restrung. It also take more of my labor to knot the jewelry, so I then
have to pass that price on to the customers.
Any advice that you would have about stringing and crimping with
beadalon – or any other material that you might suggest which is
more durable – would be greatly appreciated.