I'm not sure how heavy a necklace you strung, but anything you think
is heavy should be strung on Softflex (not beadalon) .019, or .024
if the beads are really heavy and have large enough holes. I would
recommend Softflex for all of your beading, not beadalon. You should
use the smallest mm crimp that your wire will fit through double --
this prevents slipping. Always make sure you double check your crimp
with a pair of needle nose pliers and light pressure. I also always
tug hard on each end before I snip of my tail of softflex. If you
crimp bead doesn't set a good crimp, the best thing to do is
restring. Selling a piece that breaks the first few times a customer
wears it is much worse than the time spent restringing before you
I used beads between the crimps, but was not able to use a long
piece of wire to string through additional beads in the necklace,
because the beads were too small.
I'm not sure I understand: did you string your necklace, string on a
crimp, string more beads and string a clasp? And you wanted to run
your wire back through the first few beads instead of cutting the
wire off at the crimp?
That's definitley a good security measure, but isn't always
neccessary. Then again, if you have a heavy necklace that you are
unsure about, you might need to redesign it so that the beads by the
clasp have large enough holes for the tail of the wire to run back
-usual disclaimer on softflex vs. beadalon. Just personal preference
and the way I was taught.