Hello Elaine, Beadalon is quite strong - but it can be weakened. In
repairing many necklaces and bracelets (strung on tiger tail and
beadalon) that have "come apart," I've observed that the cable
breaks at the crimp bead. The jewelry has not simply come apart. I
suspect the cable is weakened when the crimp bead is "chrunched",
thereby crimping the cable as well as the bead. Another problem is
that the cable is subject to frequent bending at those two spots,
which would weaken it.
Have you tried knotting the Beadalon and concealing a length of the
extra cable by inserting it back through a couple of the beads? No
crimping at all. Treat it just like silk cord - it's just a little
stiffer. An extra measure for security would be a drop of super
glue on the knot.
Getting the special pliers for crimp beads does lessen the
squashing that weakens the cable, but you still have to use the
crimp beads. I prefer the look of a knot to attach findings.
I get sterling wire from Indian Jewelry Supply, Stullers, and Rio.
All will supply it dead soft if you specifically ask for it.
Hope this helps and best of luck on your efforts! Judy in Kansas -
where I just did a small show to start the season, and left a large
case with display props at home! Next week, I'll remember, you
Judy M. Willingham, R.S.
Biological and Agricultural Engineering
237 Seaton Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506