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« on: March 02, 2008 08:25:31 PM »

Our NAHS (National Art Honors Society) chapter at school is doing a bunch of fundraising things soon (we want to visit New York City  Wink), and some of our items will be simple bracelets. I figure elastic is cheaper than cord and clasps and easier for beginners so I plan to go buy a bunch of .5mm clear elastic and silver tone bracelet memory wire. Many of the beads I'm donating (I don't know what else other people are donating) have fairly small holes and I donated a ton of seed beads, which I don't think will work well for elastic so I'm getting memory wire.

Before I end up babbling for a few more paragraphs, what is the best knot to finish elastic with? I don't want to get into crimp beads or glue or anything, just knots. I dont know what the knot I would use is called, but its like takes both ends at once to tie a single knot and then I tie the tails together with an overhand if that makes any sense.

And what is the best way to finish memory wire without end caps and glue? Like just looping the ends, what's the best technique. I always manage to make my loops lopsided and the end kind of scratched, which would be bad. I'm only going to be able to supply needlenose pliers, so I can't do anything with roundnose or whatever.

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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2008 11:36:55 AM »


I can't help with finishing elastic as the knots I use always slide out and the beads go everywhere, so I will be interested to see what other people say, as I have some lovely beads that I would like to use with elastic.

I make most of my bracelets with memory wire and I have found that to get neat little loops the best pliers to use are long nose internal pliers - they dont have a serrated edge and therefore dont leave a ough finish, it also means you can add little beads on jump rings to finish off the ends.

They look like this:

I have found a lovely simple but effective bracelet to make is using 4 or 5 continuous loops of memory wire and threading seed beads and occasionally bigger beads - looks lovely and really cheap and simple to make - mine looked like this:

Hope that helps

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