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Beading Q And A: Bead Stringing (4/25/2011)

2011 April 25

Laura asks…

Bead stringing on memory wire?

Do you string tightly on memory wire or let a little play in the beads?

BeadGal answers:

I would leave a little play, especially if you’re using glass beads at all, since they could break under too much stress.

Lizzie asks…

What is the bead store in Toronto that you pick the Beads and they string it for you?

Hopefully this place still exists. I’m looking for for the Bead Store in Toronto that you choose the beads and they will string it for you? I want to make myself a necklace, but I don’t want to purchase all the fittings, wire/string, and go through the trouble of stringing it myself. I remember there used to be a store that would do it for you, but I can’t remember what it was called or where in Toronto it was. Help please!

BeadGal answers:

You might be able to find a store near you in this list:,cat_id,63-ontario-bead-stores.php

Sharon asks…

Has anyone used wire lace in their beading?

I made a necklace with swarowski and lampwork beads. I added wire lace when stringing….visualized it as being really nice. It was awful! How do you use wire lace?

BeadGal answers:

Try using the lace as your base design, then adding beads on as accents. Also, most lace designs work best as chokers, so you can get the full effect of the lace without it getting all scrunched up. Also, keep in mind (and this is a good rule of thumb for all beading, not just with lace) a little goes a long way. Sometimes simplifying a design can strengthen it.

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