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Back to the Basics of Bead Stringing

Happy New Year! The new year is a good time to revisit good habits, which means it's time for a refresher on proper stringing techniques. No matter where you are in your beading journey, it's always a good idea to go back to the basics and review the "Magical Equation of Excellent Beading": {beading wire} + {calibrated crimp bead/tube} + {corresponding size crimp tool} + {proper crimp technique} = {professional, lasting, well made, durable jewelry}. First things first, the spool of beading wire will tell you all of the information that you need. { beading wire }: The first important number is the strand count. 7, 19, and 49 strand refers to the number of stainless steel wires that are twisted together and coated with nylon. The next important number is the diameter. The thinnest Beadalon Wire is .010, and the thickest is .036. We recommend choosing the highest strand count that you can afford, and the diameter that will fill the the holes of your beads as much as poss
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