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« 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?

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« Reply #1 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?
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« Reply #2 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.
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« Reply #3 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?
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« Reply #4 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.
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