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Topic: Beads in mid-air - how do they do that???  (Read 1596 times)
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« on: December 22, 2005 02:42:03 AM »

I'd like to make a tiara like this:

How would I make the beads stay where they are, and not just fall down the spirals to the bottom?  Huh


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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2005 04:43:02 AM »

Do you see how each wire is curved just a bit under the bead?  That will prevent the bead from sliding.  Also if you match the wire size closely to the bead hole size, that helps the bead stay.  Take a piece of practice wire and a bead.  Coil the wire loosely around a pencil or a knitting needle or the like, put on the bead and see where it falls.  It won't.

Don't forget to loop or spiral the top of the wire so the ends don't poke anyone and so the beads don't fall off the top.


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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2005 05:51:24 AM »

Maybe you could use that jewelry glue that comes with the needle-nose applicator tip? 
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2005 05:59:33 AM »

You can use... eh, I don't know what they are called in English... those little metal rings that you close with pliers round the wire, on top of and under the beads to keep them in place. They are sold in different sizes and metalcolors.

Edit: I found it: crimp beads!
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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2005 10:29:08 AM »

Crimp beads work wonders in suspending beads. Illusion necklaces, etc.

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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2006 12:08:21 PM »

Yes, I've heard that super glue works just fine.  Just put a tiny amount to hold the bead and it dries clear so this gives the illusion of floating.
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2006 12:11:54 PM »

You can buy half drilled pearls that glue (or screw) into place on the wire as well, but gluing a full drilled hole should cut it:)

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