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« on: September 26, 2005 01:50:27 PM »

hi there, this is my first time visiting this section of craftster, since I am such a beading idjit.

I'm hoping one of you crafty gals will take pity on me and help with this problem.  I made this beautiful satin purse for my cousin to use on her wedding day:



I decided to add a beaded strap so she could hold the clutch easily, as shown below.



So today as I am getting it ready to ship off, the bracelet snaps and off fly the beads everywhere.  This ALWAYS happens to me when I made a necklace.  Can someone point me to a resource (or just tell me iffin you know) the right way to connect the "string" to a clasp?  They always come untied...is it the string I am using?  Or am I knotting wrong? Am I missing some essential finding?

I just don't want it to break on her wedding day, I would never forgive myself.  My cousin and I thank all of you in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2005 02:21:55 PM »

It's a beautiful bag.  And the beads add a lovely detail

What kind of string are you using?  If it happens often, maybe you are pulling it too tight? 

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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2005 02:49:35 PM »

Are you tying it to the clasp, or using a crimp bead? I definitely recommend the crimp bead, if you arent using one...they can come undone, but not nearly as easily.
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2005 05:33:56 PM »

Hmm, well I am possibly tying too tight.  I am using some nylon beading thread I bought at AC Moore, anchoring it with a bead, and then tying that to the clasp.

I was thinking a crimping bead might be what I needed, although I have never used one I think I know what they are.  Do you crimp and then tie a knot?  And are there special knots to be used for this purpose?  I was just doing a standard double knot.

(And thanks for the bag compliments!!)
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2005 06:58:37 PM »

Hmm, well I am possibly tying too tight.  I am using some nylon beading thread I bought at AC Moore, anchoring it with a bead, and then tying that to the clasp.

I was thinking a crimping bead might be what I needed, although I have never used one I think I know what they are.  Do you crimp and then tie a knot?  And are there special knots to be used for this purpose?  I was just doing a standard double knot.

(And thanks for the bag compliments!!)

You dont need to use a knot at all with the bead...you just string it on, string it thru the clasp, and then string it back thru the bead and smoosh it with some pliers.

I do love the bag...were you going off a pattern or did you just wing it?
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2005 07:38:26 PM »

Awesome-o.  I will have to go to AC Moore at lunch and grab some of those crimping beads. 

Oh and the purse, well I made it from a tutorial on craftster of course!  The Laurasaurus clutch--> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=24610.0

It's modified, but her design was definitely the basis of my pattern.  It was easy for the most part (her pattern) but the added details like the invisble zipper and double linings and interfacing..and then the satin & pleats and oh lordy they made it harder!  Anyway,  thanks so much for the positive feedback.  I love craftster. 
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2005 10:07:55 AM »

A little dab of glue inside the crimp bead might make it work even better.
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2005 10:20:25 AM »

Good to know, any particular kind of glue you reccomend Ezrainiel? (And thanks for your help!)
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2005 02:56:47 PM »

Good to know, any particular kind of glue you reccomend Ezrainiel? (And thanks for your help!)

Just some kind of quick-setting super glue, I guess.  I just bought Vigor super glue from Fire Mountain and it's working well for me.
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