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JEWELRY AND TRINKETS => Beads: Discussion and Questions => Topic started by: terp4u2 on July 16, 2007 10:47:47 AM



Title: Beading Thread Question
Post by: terp4u2 on July 16, 2007 10:47:47 AM
Okay Craftsters....
I have a delima. I made a few of the coral branch bracelets found in this thread (thank you for the tutorial!) https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=148371.0

They look fabulous; however, two of the 6 or so I've made have broken from excessive wear (the recipients just LOVE them). I'm using generic beading thread with bead heaven wax. Is there some other stringing supply I should be using? I tried a fine monofilament (fishing line type but sold in bead supplies) and I've tried Beadalon extra fine.... both seem stiff compared to the thread. What do you fine folks suggest?

terp4u


Title: Re: Beading Thread Question
Post by: Feast Your Eyes on July 16, 2007 01:47:58 PM
How many strands of thread are you using? Is there enough room in the beads to add another strand?


Title: Re: Beading Thread Question
Post by: terp4u2 on July 17, 2007 10:21:25 AM
This design has one thread running down the e bead "base" and then weaving back through to form the branches with seed beads. There probably is enough room for a second strand (knotting would be a nightmare though). They all seem to be breaking where the toggle is attached. I guess there is just too much friction at that point even though I wrap the thread around the clasp 4-5 times to lessen the stress on the thread.


Title: Re: Beading Thread Question
Post by: Feast Your Eyes on July 17, 2007 12:07:13 PM
Could you reinforce the ends a little more and add some glue, then hide them in some cones? Or could you use tigertail through the e beads and use thread for the branches?


Title: Re: Beading Thread Question
Post by: terp4u2 on July 22, 2007 09:12:46 AM
Thank you for the suggestions. I'll give them a try and see how it goes.  Thanks again.