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Chain Loops (Was: More questions)


In a message dated 96-12-19 13:15:38 EST, you write:

I also have some questions. I don’t know if anyone does any work
with with beads (or are you guys past that?) but, I am making
alot of Y chains right now. Because I am using alot of small
faceted crystal, I am spending to much time makeing the loops on
each end of my pins. I have to make them very small and I keep
dropping them. I can’t seem to get a good hold of them. I use
round plyers (?) and a flat plyer to hold with. Even though I
use small tipped plyers, I also have problems getting the loop
close enough to the bead and nice and round. It has become really
tedious work.

Y chains are fun, albeit tedious to make. I make wrapped
loops so that I can guarantee that it won’t fall apart.
Another plus to using wrapped loops is that you can “cheat” a
little - scoot some of the wrapped wire closer to the
crystal. If you find that you’re chipping the crystals, put a
tiny (size 14) seed bead on each end - they will protect the
expensive crystals from chipping. Size14 Japanese seed beads
will fit on 22 gauge silver. Hope this helps!