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8/24/11 10:43 P

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I had one wired bead necklace break on me but it was a necklace that I wore almost constantly and it finally failed due to metal fatigue. The wire frayed before it broke so I could have easily restrung it then if I'd be a little more on top of things. It was hematite so it was pretty heavy. If you're worried I'd use a thick gauge wire.



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7/28/11 11:44 P

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I've had my times where I had a piece of jewelry that I was wearing or working on and it broke and the beads went everywhere. That was a pain in the back picking up all those beads. emoticon emoticon

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7/7/11 4:51 P

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I have had things that were strung on beading elastic come undone. These are usually knotted and the knot comes out. Or the glue was wrong and dissolved the glue. When I first began beading I made a 3 strand necklace with this stretchy stuff. What a mistake. I didn't come undone but because of the stretchiness of the medium, it never hang right. Live and learn.
I had a bracelet break once when the wearer fell and slammed it into the concrete. Everything was ok, except the jump rings were just open enough to lose the clasp.

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7/4/11 11:05 P

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I also believe beading wire is extremely strong; a break would most likely be near a finding and closure device. Some of the heavier necklaces on waxed thread are knotted between each bead (the old fashioned way) which reduces the pull of the total weight and adds a very attractive touch.

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6/16/11 10:36 A

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If I'm making something on tigertail that's particularly heavy, I'll use two crimps on either end, just to be extra careful. I've never had something on tigertail (ie. flexible beading wire) break but I suppose it would be possible. I've had items on beading thread break, which is why I avoid it and use wire instead. I just don't trust thread.

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6/16/11 9:57 A

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Hi all! I had taken a small time off from beading. today I was at the book store and I saw a few jewelry making books that really inspired me. When I got home I made a simple necklace simply of beads on a long strand of beading wire.
After i was finished the necklace was kind of heavy. I was worried that it would break while I was wearing it. Has anyone ever had this happen to them? How do you prevent it?

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