I sometimes mix flat oval or square beads with round ones on beading wire for a necklace, but when the finished necklace is worn against bare skin, the flat beads tend to flip on their edges when the wearer moves. Has anyone else had this problem, and does anyone have a solution that will keep the beads from flipping? Thanks in advance for your expertise!
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Well, I am not sure how you are doing your stringing. Do you use a spacer bead (something much smaller then the problem beads) in between? When you use large flat beads you need to leave a little extra room for movement. I find that when I use a small spacer bead in between they have more room to move freely. Hope I am making myself understood.
I have that problem too sometimes. What Sue said works sometimes, and other times I love what I designed and I am resigned to the fact that it's just going to happen. It doesn't stop me from being annoyed though.
Yes, I would always use spacers in this situation. I'll remember your tip though, and will make sure that I am not stringing too tightly and will see if that helps. Thanks!!
I'll take any other suggestions people might have as well!
It seems that round and oval beads tend to flip. This is how I remedy that problem. I gather alll my possible spacers from my stash. I keep handy what I call "my trial wire" and then I decide which one syops the flipping. There are a few things that must be considered, size or diameter of the beads. Your anchoring spacer may need addional support on both sides. Rondells, ebeads or smaller (square, ovals, rounds, etc.) beads. Good luck and I hope this helps somewhat. Happy beading!!!
Thanks for your reply. I'm not sure I know what you mean by "trial wire" and deciding which will stop the flipping. Will you please try to explain it a bit differently?
I was understanding Miss G to say that she keeps scrap pieces of beading wire so she can string things temporarily to see how it looks. I have a whole bunch of different size scrap bits that are useful for that purpose. If I take something apart I usually save the wire that is still somewhat usable for experimentation, so I'm not wasting my good wire for something that might not work.
If that's not what you meant, Miss G, please elaborate.
I have had this problem, too and found that the larger the "flat" bead, the more space you need betweent them. But, sometimes, they just don't want to lay flat regardless what you do.
if you want your flat beads really stop moving around, i think you could loop your wire once outside the bead and continue; instead of just stacking them. you can do this loop on both sides if the hole in your beads are big enough for the wire/string. you can try adding some seed beads on the loop to purdify your flat bead if you think the string alone would look bad on it.
just my 2 cents :)
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