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« on: May 09, 2007 09:09:21 AM »

I've been wanting to try this for a while and I finally got around to it today. I wish I had some gold wire because this mix of beads would have looked better with that than silver. I also was kind of at a loss on how to finish the necklace. The long silver beads hide where I connected the twisting wire to the flexible wire.
Any tips on how to make this better would be greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2007 09:33:52 AM »

wow, i never thought of doing something like this... i really like it  Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2007 01:01:03 PM »

That's fantastic, I'm in love wih it!!! I think I'll make one for myself Wink, but does it weigh a lot? Because it's made with glass beads, isn't it? And what kind of wire did you use?
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2007 01:07:36 PM »

I'm glad y'all like it! Actually about an hour after I posted it I dismantled it and turned it into a bracelet, lol. I just took the twisted part and added a toggle clasp, it's the right size for my wrist without having to add or take off any beads.
I used a 26 gauge wire. No, it's not heavy at all because most of the beads are plastic. There are a few glass beads mixed in, but not many.
The trick I think to making these is to string on about 1.5-2 feet of beads, keep your wire on the roll, and then start pinching and twisting about 1 foot away from the beads. I hope that makes sense, lol. 
I got the idea from a Simply Beads magazine. If you order their mag you can cancel it after you get your first issue. This project was in their June issue, which is out now. Or you could buy it from a craft store.
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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2007 04:47:21 AM »

I really love this, but I am not quite sure I understand how you did it. You should do a tut or scan the directions <3 Smiley pllllleasssssse
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2007 04:24:39 PM »

My scanner is down, so I'll try to tell you how I did it an hopefully it will make sense!

String your beads onto 26 gauge wire. String on about 1-1.5 feet of beads, be as random as you want. Don't cut the wire, leave it attached to the roll. Put a clamp or wrap a bead on about 8 inches from the end of the wire. Slide up the first bead. Fold the wire in half around the bead, and pinch the wire together right below the bead. (You can pull all the beads up to the same length when doing this or you can make them in varying heights.)Gently twist the bead with one hand while holding onto the main wire. Don't twist too hard or too tight or the wire might break. Continue this until all your beads are pinched and twisted . You can finish it off however you like.
The more beads you string on in the beginning the longer your piece will be. It also depends on how close you pinch them together. I used 1 foot of beads roughly to start with and I ended up with a 6 inch piece. The directions suggested wrapping the core of the wire with a thicker wire to give it more stability. I used a 22 ga. for that and I strung on some beads to that as I went.

If anything is unclear let me know! I couldn't find anything online to help as a tutorial, so if I make another one of these I'll take pics along the way.

« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2007 08:21:09 PM »

I really like it! I've used this technique on other things good idea!

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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2007 09:08:02 PM »

Mmm. That's beautiful and gypsy-esque.

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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2007 02:45:00 PM »

I really love this, but I am not quite sure I understand how you did it. You should do a tut or scan the directions <3 Smiley pllllleasssssse

She should NOT scan the directions, that is a copyright violation.  You could actually BUY the magazine and get the instructions.


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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2007 06:40:36 PM »

funkyjunkdesigns, yeah I realized that too so that's why I just gave my version of how I did it. I don't know if that's still considered a copyright violation, but I'm sure the people at Simply Beads weren't the first to do this technique.
Thanks again everyone for the compliments!
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