Beadworks offers a ton of great beading classes, however it’s great to get back to basics sometimes too. It’s very easy to get so caught up with learning new things in our beading classes that we forget about our favorite beading tips and tricks.
Don’t use clear nail polish…ever!
When making a stretch bracelet or finishing off your prayer beads it’s very easy to reach for your bottle of clear nail polish to secure your ends. But use Hypo Cement instead. It’s a great product to alwasy have with your beading supplies. Nail Polish and other glues dry hard and can break down your fibers. Hypo Cement dries with nice rubbery finish that will give you fibers good movement when dry and a strong hold.
Don’t use fishing line…EVER!
Use Beadalon- a nylon coated beading wire instead. We have a post coming soon about our favorite string materials and we will go more in depth on Beadalon.
Don’t crimp onto an open jump ring. Always crimp onto a closed/soldered jump ring
Crimping onto an open jump ring will allow your Beadalon to slip right through the opening. We don’t want that! Make sure you crimp onto a closed jump ring. Then attach your clasp with an open jump ring to the soldered one. Much stronger hold and it will also give your beaded necklace or bracelet better movement and wear.
Do leave some “wiggle room when you crimp your ends. It will make your piece nice and flowy
It’s very easy to pull your Beadalon tight when crimping your piece- but don’t. Leave a decent size loop around your closed jump ring- this will allow your beaded necklace or bracelet to move with you while wearing it. Another thing to be careful of is not to crimp so tight that your beads or gemstones aren’t flexible on your Beadalon. It’s ok if there is a very small space between your crimp and your last bead- this will also help with movement while wearing your beaded jewelry.
Do spring for precious metal beads and findings.
Usuing Sterling Silver and Gold Filled metal in your jewelry will cost a little more, however, it will be worth every penny. If it tarnishes you can just polish it to make it look like new again instead of having to remake it. Plated metals are usually copper base and over time, the silver or gold plating will wear off and you will be stuck with copper beads. Copper is great but it may not be what you had in mind your you particular design at the time.
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