Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ask the Design Team


Question: I am using 49-strand wire to make bracelets - they are breaking by the clasp. Why is this? Help!

Answer: Bracelets can be tricky; they get so much wear and tear. The first thing to do is to make sure that the bracelet can bend freely. It should be flexible, even if this means that a little bit of wire shows at the end when the bracelet is lying straight. Try bending it in a slight U shape before attaching the clasp. You should also use the largest diameter of beading wire that will pass through the clasp.

Do you have a burning beading question? You can email the Beadalon design experts anytime at
designteam@beadalon.com. We also have an extensive archive of past questions on the site, including these Top 15 FAQ's and more:
• All About Crimping
• Does Beading Wire Stretch?
• Silver Beadalon Wire Explained
• Preventing Wire Breakage
• Using Scrimp® and Wire Guardian™ Findings
• Finishing Memory Wire
• Knotting Elasticity
• Using Wire Looping Pliers
• Wire Wrapping Suggestions
• Cutting Dandyline™ Thread
• The Advantages of WildFire™
• Using a Spin-N-Bead™
• French Wire Explained
• Making ID Badge Lanyards
• Designing Illusion Necklaces

Monday, April 27, 2009

Welcome to the Beadalon Blog!

We're excited to add a blog to our online resources for avid beaders like you! Join us every Monday and Thursday for beading tips, design ideas, trend information, product spotlights, Beadalon events, and more. Check back or subscribe in a reader so you don't miss any of the great ideas and information we're going to share with you! 

Contributors to our blog include Design Team Members Katie Hacker, Margot Potter and Fernando DaSilva; Event Manager Yvette Rodriguez; and Sales Executive Meredith Roddy.