I made 2 bracelets today and had the hardest time finshing off the last end. I am using Beadalon wire and crimps. I can not seem to get the second end finished without having a large loop or extra space between the strung beads. Any tips would be greatly appreciated as this is driving me nuts!
You might try using about a size 10 needle to assist you. When you are sending the stringing wire back down through the finding and the crimp, put a needle in the loop. Pull the bead up as close to the finding as you can and with the needle inserted in the loop pull down on the wire going through the crimp. This gives the beading wire something to slide over other than the finding, when fairly tight pull the needle out. sometimes you can get the last little slack out with a tug on the beading wire. Hope this is clear enough. You might practice a little before doing something as a finished product.
For the other end of bracelet or necklace: place crimp bead on after last bead placed, then finding (lobster clasp or soldered ring) go back through crimp bead and down through two beads. Pull the wire, slide the crimp bead down, pull wire, slide crimp bead down. Repeat this until you have a small space between your crimp bead and the finding. Then smash crimp bead. Cut wire tail off. As you are pulling on the tail of wire you are tightening up the beads that are strung.
You have the final bead on, then crimp bead and the jumpring on the finding (clasp.)
photo from The Basics of Bead Stringing
Amy at www.AmysHandmadeSilverJewelry.com
Very nicely illustrated and explained. Thanks for your input.
Great idea Sue! This looks like it will really help. It reminds me of the "boats" my youngest brother used to make to pull along in the ditch. : )
Thank you so much for the idea with the board. I put one together and it worked like a charm.
Since I'm a total train wreck when trying to finish a piece off, this is a post I'm keeping as a favorite.
I'm glad I could help, and tickled with the positive feedback as that was my first forum post.