About the Kit...
beads on cable wire, thread or cord is not
difficult, but it does require a thorough
understanding of the pros and cons of the
various parts and stringing materials that
you will use.
bead stringer has several goals to achieve:
You want your piece to
a. Look good and be appealing
b. Last, not break and be durable
c. Move well as it is worn
d. Feel good and drape good as it is worn
e. Withstand all the forces and pressures
that result, when your jewelry moves, as it
f. Fit the context within which it is worn
our Crystal Excitement Bracelet,
we will be using flexible, nylon coated cable
wire. The quality of cable wire we will be
using is called Flex Wire, which
is the middle-range or Designer grade in this
product line. [The low-end of the cable
wire line is called Tiger Tail].
will be attaching the wire, using crimp beads,
to a Toggle Clasp -- basically a ring on one
end and a bar on the other. From a functional
standpoint, the Toggle Clasp is considered
the best clasp. It is considered the easiest
to get on and off, and the most secure. It
has no moving parts. It has great "jointedness"
or support. Toggle Clasps should always be
bought and used as a set. You never mix and
match rings and bars, because they are tightly
engineered to work as a set and you don't
want your necklaces and bracelets to fall
off, when worn.
We will be stringing
on Austrian crystal beads of different sizes,
shapes and colors as well as some pewter beads.
In the Crystal Excitement Bracelet
- Selecting Cable
Wire, Crimp Bead, Crimp Cover, and Horseshoe
- The four steps of crimping
- Selecting a clasp and fashioning a "clasp
- Creating a "support system" with
- Using a bead board and sizing cone
- Relationship of cable wire method to needle/thread
Orientation To Beads & Jewelry Findings