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« on: July 26, 2006 01:01:44 PM »

I've been seeing a lot of jewelry like this.  How do I make the loop?  I string on some beads, and go back through the first beads to secure and make it a round loop shape.  How would you go about securing it?  Do I just continue to thread round and round the loop?  What else can I do to secure before breaking the thread?

« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2006 05:20:32 AM »

I'm not all that experienced with beading yet, but I'll give this one a try. After looking at the picture 5 or 6 times yesterday and this morning (I was curious as to how this should be done), I am convinced these are separate circles of beads. I really can't see any point in the loops that leads into the next loop.

Thanks for posting the picture. It is very nice and has given me ideas for some variations.

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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2006 05:36:46 AM »

Yes - they are separate circles.  I just don't know how to end each "circle" . . .  Anyone??
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2006 08:00:42 AM »

I don't have much experience with beading but I'd say go back round the circle several times. The more you do this the stronger your circle will be as well.
If you want to tie a knot to finish it then put a drop of clear nail varnish on the knot to harden it.


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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2006 11:12:57 AM »

I've been seeing a lot of jewelry like this.  How do I make the loop?  I string on some beads, and go back through the first beads to secure and make it a round loop shape.  How would you go about securing it?  Do I just continue to thread round and round the loop?  What else can I do to secure before breaking the thread?


actually, I've found the strongest loops are when you put a needle on both ends of your thread - then you cross the threads over.  Stich into one single bead in the opposite directions - left thread goes left right thread goes right (I need a drawing of this!)

but then when you pull in opposite directions you get a good tight ring which you can then tie off with surgeon's knots.
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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2006 03:16:32 PM »

there was a necklace with links like that in a beadstyle issue... the key is using a crimp bead the same colour as the beads you are using. you string a number of beads on your stringing material, and then a crimp bead/tube on one end. Then you pull the other end of the string  through the crimp bead/tube and through 3-4 beads on that side of the crimp to make a circle shape. Go through 3-4 beads on the other side too and pull tight. Crimp the crimp bead/tube and trim the excess wire or whatever. String a second piece of stringing material through the circle shape you just made and repeat. The only problem is that it seems to me that it'd be difficult finding crimps in matching colours... i've only seen silver and gold ones. The necklace in the mag used black crimps, but i don't know what you'd use if you were doing a more colourful linked necklace/bracelet.
 hope this helps.
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2006 11:10:51 AM »

Can't tell for sure, but those pearls look knotted.  If they're knotted between each pearl, then hiding a closure-knot would be easy.

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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2006 01:23:44 PM »

Yes, they appear to be knotted to me.

That is an interesting necklace, and I think I'd like to try it, too. There is someone on my Xmas list that a necklace like that would be perfect for. I hate knotting pearls, though. If I try it, at first I will see what it looks like without knotting between each pearl. If I try to make one, and it works out, I'll come back to this thread and post it here. I have a bunch of cream-colored pearls... Cheesy


« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2006 05:03:41 PM »

I found a beading magazine I purchused last tear that had a three strand necklace that fell at different lengths. One strand looks like what you posted her.  It says that to finish a link you stringe a crimp bead, then go through  one or more beads on either side of the crimp bead then tightn the access wire and crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.

so from what I've read it seems like you use wire and not string persay.

« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2006 06:39:48 PM »

Thread will work just fine. Make a loop of beads, then go through at least 3 of them again, tie a knot and put glues/nail varnish.

You can try the wire method, but you'd then have to incorporate the crimps into your design.
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