Our Readers Don't Fool Around: Best Tips From Our Readers

Apr 1, 2011

Beaders are a generous group. They share beads, tips, even their chocolate on occasion. One of the most enjoyable aspects of Beading Daily is the community. There are fun beaders, serious beaders (who don't fool around) and everything in between. Here are some of the best tips from the Beading Daily beaders. Enjoy! 

Flat Spiral Stitch

untmom2003 asks: For all you seasoned beaders out there, if I make a flat spiral stitch necklace, will it lay flat? Or will it "curl" in the middle? Am I better off just making a bracelet length and attaching it on the ends to some chain to make it a necklace length? Thanks for the info!

Tips: I've only tried it once for a bracelet and I didn't have any problems with it curling either.  The only issue you might have with curling (so far as I know) is if you were using heavier beads on the outside of the spiral stitch... JSmaz

Here's a great picture posted on the Beading Daily Forum by rosyjazz of her first flat spiral stitched bracelet.

What to do with Bead Soup?

ninacolors asks: OK guys, I admit that I am easily bored, and have many projects going at once..... on different pads. But I end up w/ anywhere from 7-30 seed beads of at least 20 colors at the end.  Going thru and putting them all back where they belong is quite tedious, but I don't have any better solution.

Tips: When I have lots of odd beads left over I love to sort them by color and make projects that don't require any sort of pattern-dangly earrings, a simple strung bracelet, book thongs, cell phone/purse charms, etc. That cuts down on the amount of sorting/putting away but you can still get something pretty from it. Jsmaz

I like to sort them by size, and sometimes color. Then I make vertical netting bracelets in rainbow, they look really neat and hang properly, without the need for pattern. It takes a bit of getting used to what colors to pick for your 'rainbow,' but if you group them by shades you shouldn't have much problem. Of course, my style is rather bohemian.....don't forget about freeform peyote. withsharpclaws

Another thing you can do is use them to mosaic sections of a flat surface. For example, you could fill an empty pendant setting with glue and pour them on... very cool look! appatite

Wire Crochet Anyone?

sameyers asks: I have recently started making necklaces by crocheting the wire and adding beads.  Are there any other wire crocheters out there?  What weight wire do you use?

Tips: Hi Susan, I love wire crochet and enjoy working with 28 gauge wire the most.  I've tried 30 (too flimsy for me) and 26 (just a bit too hard on my hands) gauges, but find that for me, 28 is the best.  I primarily make bracelets, although lately I've started to play around with making pendants and earrings.  The bead/crochet possibilities are endless . . . if only I had more time!  ~ LolaB

For me, it depends on the type of beads I am going to use, and the size I want the finished piece to be. For chunky necklaces with either medium-large glass beads or wooden beads I use 26 gauge. For a necklace with seed beads or pearl beads I use 28 gauge. I also use 28 gauge for all my bracelets, even with the different types of beads, because a bracelet with thick wire and huge beads can look a bit out of control! Happy beading! Elizabeth

 Labup posted one of her wire crochet bracelets on the Beading Daily Forum.

 

Crimp Cramps-How to End Beading Wire

americashorse asks: I have a bracelet I have been working on for weeks. Below are the end crimp beads I am using that came with a set that has all I need. All I had to do was add the beads. But when I crimp them, I crimp them flat, and then fold them over, according to what I was told to do. But when I do that, the crimp beads just crumble and everything falls apart.

Tips: Hopefully your crimp beads are sterling, if not that is the first problem.  Second, when crimping - if you are using a standard crimper you do the following:

1 - Use the front part of the crimper to lightly crimp it into an oval.

2 - Use the back part of the crimper to crimp the crimp bead.

3 -Then turn the project 90 degrees and use the front part of the crimper to finish the crimp. (90 degrees is a quarter turn) think of it as turning the piece from 12 oclock to 9 oclock.

4 - Stop, should be done. This is one way to crimp. CryssT

Also make sure that your wires are parallel in the crimp and not crossed. That will cause a failure in a hurry, but not by a broken crimp, the wire itself breaks or slips out. I also agree that solid sterling is the way to go. I have used sterling plated and gold plated without a lot of issues, but it's better not to take the chance, ya know. Pot metal or base metal crimps are plain junk, period. You can trust me on this one. They may hold tight to start with, but they tend to work loose after awhile and the wires will slip out. I had this problem a lot when I first started. Trust me, the extra few cents is worth the final result. BillyZ

 

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eskanos wrote
on Apr 1, 2011 8:38 AM

For a flat spiral necklace, you can use a slightly smaller crystal on one edge of the necklace, watch your tension, and that will encourage a slight curve toward that edge.

on Apr 1, 2011 9:03 AM

For all the wire crocheters out there, there's an amazing collection of artists involved in the jewelrylessons.com blog site.  Their gallery, articles, and tutorials are populated frequently with some gorgeous projects and they are mostly very generous with information.  Samemyers, hope this helps... Marian

AliceD@21 wrote
on Apr 1, 2011 9:47 PM

If, on one side of the core beads, you use small beads and on the other side you use larger beads, the flat spiral will curve for a necklace.  Or you can just add more beads on one side.  I have seen a lovely flat spiral with 4 mm fire polished  as the core, 6 11s on one side and 8 to 10 11s on the other side with a dagger in the middle of those 11s.

Nina Staller wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 6:04 AM

One of the best wire tools I have are coffee stirrers (the small straw kind).  They can be cut to the size you want, and wire can be strung through to be marked, cut, whatever!  You always have consistent lengths and very quickly too!

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