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dhouselife
« on: January 18, 2013 08:37:23 AM »

Ok, another question. I am big into jewelry crafting lately, but this is my first project using stretch cord (stretch magic). It seems like when I go to finish bracelets the cord breaks, sending beads flying everywhere. At first I thought it was crimp beads (even tho I've seen a few projects calling for them), so I stopped using them. Then I thought maybe it was the knots breaking, but I realized it's breaking in the middle. Could I just be pulling it too tight? It just seems so fragile, if I go to put a finished bracelet on and it breaks. I also read in the instructions that you should stretch the cord before using it. I didn't really do that, but would that cause it to break so easily?
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013 11:40:15 PM »

What type of beads are you using?  Are the holes abrasive? 
You might be able to use a bead reamer to sand the inside of the holes to help smooth them.

Strechie stuff can abrade on rough surfaces and end up snapping fairly fast.  It isn't super tough stuff.  Or you could have gotten an old roll of it that keeps snapping.
Try stretching it really well before stringing next time, that way you will be able to tell if it hits critical failure on its own or if it IS something caused by the beads themselves. 

If cleaning up the holes with a reamer doesn't help, and it's not the material- you might be better off using something else (like that fireline stuff) and a clasp to string this particular bracelet. Sad  It won't be stretchy, but it won't be as likely to snap. 
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dhouselife
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2013 05:37:02 PM »

Thanks for the advice. I tried switching to a slightly thicker version and that has helped so far. I will try reaming the beads as well. Thanks so much!
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catdaddytn
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2013 04:30:28 PM »

in my experience the stretchy cord might work great and maybe, not.  I returned some once and tried out another spool before I bought it.  The store folks knew i would not buy it when the one i tested broke!  I like to use stretchy.  My mother uses stretchy most of hte time and for some really pretty bracelets.  She has never mentioned a problem.
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2013 11:36:41 PM »

I've found you really have to stretch it.  Not like stretch it to break it, but just give it a few good yanks to stretch it out.  Like others said, if you are using beads that are not totally smooth inside, it can snag and break.  I have successfully crimps on stretch magic, so it can be done, but everything must be smooth!  Get a small container of water, wet the reamer, and go back frequently to wet the reamer.  This works really well for me.  But forget doing semi-precious chips.  NIGHTMARE! Shocked
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