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Description from KarenDe-Challenge Chick: I love how big pillows, rounds, and other flat beads really show off the colors of the stones, but I can't get them to lay flat when they're on the neck. Sometimes spacer beads help, but I don't always like the look of spacers. Help!!!!


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  1. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    I usually use the big ones for Pendants, & the smaller ones usually lay pretty flat!?! I know that’s not much help!! But, I love this Pick, It’s very COOL!!!

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    I have also run into this?????

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    KarenDe-Challenge Chick says:

    Here’s an example of a necklace that I like on the bust, but the beads just won’t lay flat on a moving human neck. Any suggestions?


  4. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    Pretty necklace, I would’nt worry, the movement is part of the beauty!!!

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    KarenDe-Challenge Chick says:

    Thanks! I guess I’m just paranoid now that I have started selling my jewelry that it won’t look professional enough.

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Gorgeous!! I love it!

  7. Alice P
    Alice P says:

    Do you mean the flat beads twist around on the beading wire, or they bunch up from being too close together?

    I use tiny 2mm sterling round beads between those beads that don’t lay flat because they are too big to make the arc curve properly without bunchin up.

    Flat beads will twist on the wire also, but I don’t know how you could stop that other than maybe a dot of glue, something I’ve never tried.

    Mostly I use flat beads for bracelets or necklaces that fit close to the throat so there is no ‘swing factor’.

    Lovely piece!

  8. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Karen, that necklace is absolutely gorgeous and I agree about the shapes – the shapes and colors you have are wonderful, and a long necklace like that will definitely move as we humans wear them – unlike those stationary busts that we sometimes display jewelry on!!!

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Hi Karen, I love your necklace!!!! If you are having some of the flat beads twist sideways & stay that way (which sometimes happens on the narrow ones like the rectangle) try not crimping the strand so the beads are really tight. Maybe leave a little extra room @ the end, like a 16th of an inch, to give them some flex room. Otherwise I agree with the others that some movement is normal, and the beads will flip around from time to time.

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Ok, I just looked again at the necklace. Could you be talking about the amethyst pillow shape beads turning sideways between the large hypersthene pillows?

    It’s a little hard to tell, but it looks like the thickness of the beads could be the culprit. If you have something with a narrow vertical depth (such as a 10mm puff square that is only 4-5mm thick) between something that is deeper top to bottom (say two 8mm rounds), then the thinner bead will twist sideways, and stay that way because there’s nothing to push it down again. If there were some space between the thick & thin beads it might take care of the problem.

    Or I could be WAY off base!!! :D

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Beautiful necklace, Karen! I sometimes have the same “dilema” and have had to adjust either the length or the tension. Some of the large ovals don’t lay nicely around the curve if the necklace is too long. Or else I try to not have the squares directly in the center of the piece. also try changing the size of the spacers or beads in between.
    Sorry I rambled so early in the morning. Hope it’s clear. :)

  12. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    I have dealt with this, too. The advice about using the large round amethyst as a pendant is a good idea.
    Movement on the necklace is natural, because the wearer moves, and the situation is not static. Face it, we are not mannequins. :-)
    The other advice about tension and positioning of bead types is very good.
    As Alice said, some beads are so big and flat, they just need to go where they will lay flat next to the neck. Remember the big bronzite pendant from the EE Hunt? Definitely a case in point. The only way I have found to use it flat is quite a bit higher up on the neck that I usuall prefer (if I string it side to side).
    The other obvious solution is to make it a great honking big, dynamite pendant, maybe with a bronze or gold decorative dangle finding in the front. Still working on that idea. Are we helping or confusing the issue? ;)

  13. WireWrangler
    WireWrangler says:

    Hi Karen,
    Love the flat beads for the same reason. You are getting very good help. I am sending you more via a message in “garden”.

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