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« on: July 23, 2006 12:31:36 PM »

hello there-

im no jewelry making expert, so im coming to you guys- i want to make simple necklaces for my bridesmaids since our wedding is very DIY oriented. i like this necklace and i want to make 3 of them with agate beads. my question is, besides the beads, what else do i need? i dont really know technical terms for anything, and i dont know what kind of material to use to thread the beads. any help would be appreciated, i know that i could probably figure it out on my own with some trial and error but im hoping to bypass that and just get it right from the start. im ordering from fire mountain gems but im holding off until i know everything i will need. i have my beads picked out but i just need to know what you would recomend as far as clasps, etc.

thanks a ton, i feel like an idiot asking for help with something that looks so simple but like i said, i dont have time to mess with trial and error! i need to make these things asap.

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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2006 12:50:13 PM »

well from what i cann tell you need some crimp beads, fishing thread, and a closure.

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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2006 01:45:04 PM »

I would suggest instead of ordering online, take this picture into your local bead store and ask. They'll tell you exactly what you need and will also give you some great advice/tips to make it on your own. Some stores even have space for you to work there, so you can use their tools and ask for help when you need it.

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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2006 01:47:39 PM »

the closest bead store cloed does about 3 months ago...the next closest one is about 30 minutes away and i really dont want to make the drive, so i am probably going to order online. although that makes it sound a lot easier- just taking in a picture, i mean!

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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2006 04:11:23 AM »

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

You have picked a very simple design so that should make it much easier.  I do agree that if you were able to go into a bead store you might be able to get some additional advice but you can also get some great information online.  Firemountain is a great resource for information and beads.

After you determine how long you want the longest strand add 2-3 inches to that and them multiply by the number of strands you want in each necklace.  This will help you determine how much stringing material you will need for each necklace.  There are 2 types of stringing material that would be easy to use (information below).  Once you decide how many beads you want on each strand you will need two crimp beads for each bead plus 2 crimps for each end to apply your closure.  I would suggest you get some extra crimps so you can practice a few times and also allow for any you might drop on the floor.  You may need to get 2 sizes of crimps depending on the thickness of your stringing material.  You can also get clam shell crimps for the end pieces.  I found 2 links with some information that might be helpful for your illusion necklaces.  There may be some tutorials here also but I havent searched here yet.

You will also need a closure for each necklace, you can use a lobster claw clasp and ring, or toggle clasp.  There are other choices too but these are probably the easiest to use and if your attendants are having their nails done it would also be the easiest to clasp.  You may be able to find the items you need at Walmart but Firemountain does have excellent customer service.  If you look at the bottom of firemountains home page you find the beading resources which has step by step instructions for applying clasps and crimping beads.

If you use a nylon or coated wire you wont need any beading needles but you will need a pair of round nose or needle nose pliers.  People that do a lot of beading end up getting several types of pliers for each use but to keep it simple round nose or needle nose pliers will work for your project.  You may even have some in your home already.  Ask your dad or fiance if you dont have any, most tool boxes have at least one pair.  Avoid using pliers with teeth so you dont have rough edges on your crimps.

The crimps you place on each side of the floating beads only needs to be closed enough to keep the bead in place.  You may see instructions on closing crimps that involves 2 steps but its not necessary for securing the beads.

If you need any additional help feel free to email me directly.  The links and infomation below are either from firemountain or google by doing a search for illusion necklace.  Hope these help.

Invisible Beading Cord is clear and nearly undetectable to the naked eye. Perfect for illusion-style necklaces.

Beading Wire (Accu-Flex and Acculon™) is a twisted stainless steel wire with a plastic coating. Accu-Flex wire is an excellent choice for abrasive beads and gives an appealing drape to lightweight beads such as gemstone heishe, liquid gold or liquid silver and bugle or seed beads. It is also sold in thicker weights to accommodate larger, heavier bead strands. Begin and end strands by using crimp beads or crimp clasps. Acculon™ is great for beads with sharpened holes. No beading needle required.



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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2006 09:18:32 AM »

so you say the closest beading shop closed down...does that include places like Michaels and Joann's?

they both have bead selections and you can get the closures, chording you need.

and michaels.com has some basic tutorials in the beading sections for crimping, etc.
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