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Zia
« on: March 14, 2007 12:57:03 AM »

Hi everyone,

My mother has a beautiful necklace made out of real crystal beads which is very old.  She hasn't worn it for a long time because the thread broke and she didn't know what to use to fix it.

My question is what is the best and strongest thread available for fixing this.  I suggested fixing it with thin fishing line, but she's really frightened of it breaking again.

Any ideas, suggestions or advice would be appreciated!

cheers!
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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2007 06:49:36 AM »

HOw about beading wire?
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2007 07:16:09 AM »

Tigertail is almost unbreakable, but it may show through the crystal a bit if it's clear crystals.
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2007 07:22:15 AM »

Beading wire (or tigertail wire as some people call it) is the way to go. If you're not familiar with how to use crimps, practice making some necklaces with less precious materials (generic glass beads should do the trick) and wear those practice necklaces for a few days to make sure your crimp stays. Another tricky part about wire is getting the crimp close to the beads and cutting the wire just right so it doesn't poke the wearer. It took me a few necklaces to figure out the right balance, but now I swear by beading wire.

Good selection of wire here http://www.firemountaingems.com/accuflex.asp
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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2007 10:48:36 AM »

There is a huge difference in stringing wire.  If the necklace was originally on a thread type stringing material it wont have the same look and drape if you use generic tigertail.  I would recommend using 2 strands of .010 Beadalon 19 or 49 strand beading wire (7 stand is too stiff) or 1 stand of either .012 or .015 but no heavier.  Soft Flex or Soft Touch is also a good choice.  Again, either 2 strands of .010 or 1 strand in .014.  If you go to a thicker wire it wont even come close to draping like it did originally.

If you need additional technical help just come back and ask, this is a great place for help.   
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2007 12:57:06 PM »

If you bat your eyelashes JUST RIGHT at SoftFlex guy, he'll send you a sample!

( just a tip)

he may have something just perfect for you!

Karen <----batted her eyelashes at the Softflex Guy last year.

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Zia
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2007 02:49:20 AM »

Thanks so much for everyone's help on this. 
The beads are clear, so anything coloured would show through.

cicisunflower:  thanks for that site, it's very helpful to me. Smiley

TickleTickle: (hehe) I live in Australia, and if he's in America, I doubt there would be much of a chance of him sending me anything? - let alone free!

Sophisticated Hippie: Is the beading wire you are speaking of metal?  I'm guessing it is, otherwise why would it be called 'stringing wire' - lol.

Cheers!  Wink

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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2007 10:45:17 AM »

Hi Zia,
Yes the brands I mentioned are wire.  They are coated with a clear nylon coating.  Even though the crystals are clear you probably wouldnt notice any color show through if you use the silver color.

I always forget that Softflex does send samples.  It's worth asking even though you are in AU.  The worst he can say is no.

I know there are a lot of people from AU that visit craftster but if you want to get some info from people in your area try visiting the site below.  They are wonderful help for anyone that is starting out and may be able to offer you some local places to get the materials you need.

http://www.beadingforum.com.au/forums/index.php

Good Luck!
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eljbabette
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2007 02:07:23 AM »

Hi everyone,

"...My question is what is the best and strongest thread available for fixing this.  I suggested fixing it with thin fishing line, but she's really frightened of it breaking again.

Any ideas, suggestions or advice would be appreciated!..."

cheers!

I'd really recommend Nemo thread, Zia...Here's a coupla links:

http://www.firemountaingems.com/shopping.asp?skw=KWCORDNYMOBOBBIN]http://www.firemountaingems.com/shopping.asp?skw=KWCORDNYMOBOBBIN]http://www.firemountaingems.com/shopping.asp?skw=KWCORDNYMOBOBBIN

http://www.landofodds.com/store/find2l.htm][url]http://www.landofodds.com/store/find2l.htm[/url]

Happy beading! 

elly
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2007 02:08:17 PM »

Nymo thread is great stuff, but is best used in beadwork when you're attaching lots of beads to each other and so will be threading the nymo thread thru a few times (think brick stitch, peyote, and so on).
Don't use it for just stringing (especially the thinner sizes) as it will break over time (like my tourmaline faceted necklace did as I was showing it off just before class at my new favorite bead store).

SoftTouch is great 'cause it's really flexible and even knottable and has a really good drape to it.  And you won't even notice it, even in clear beads.
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