Sunday, December 17, 2006

More beading!

So I started off beading by making stitch markers. Then I made earrings. Most recently I made many necklaces as teacher gifts for my kids' teachers:



But when I was doing some spring (winter) cleaning, I found a working watch face that I bought at Michael's so yesterday and today (I had to keep remaking it to make it fit) I made this:





The only problem is that tonight it broke! I got a bit worried when I was buying new beading wire and it suggested #2 crimp beads or #1 crimp tubes or something like that, and I thought maybe my crimp tubes were too small, so I bought new ones. I don't know if I'm using the wrong sized crimp tubes or if I'm not crimping them right. So far (knock on wood) my necklaces haven't broken, just the watch. Any suggestions?

3 Comments:

At 6:27 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

I'd use two crimp beads. One at the clasp, and one on the other side of the last bead. Also make sure that the beading wire goes back through several beads after the crimps. This is a good rule of thumb for any project.

 
At 8:45 AM, Blogger Elspeth said...

Sounds good. I've only used one crimp bead, but I'll try two and hopefully it won't fall this time!

 
At 6:59 PM, Blogger Miss Lissa said...

I always use #3 crimp beads; they're easier to squish with the crimping tool.

And using two crimps is also a good idea like Jennifer said.

 

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