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How to use Katiedid components

These components act as a bezel by providing a variety of channels for designing. Get your creativity caps on– there’s so many ways to use these, here’s a few tips to springboard your imagination.

Beading wire: stringing through Katiedids

Insert added dimensions to your jewelry by fitting beads into the Katiedids channels. Using stringing wire, you can fill the channel with beads and continue your piece. The Katiedid serves as an accent. The surrounding metal can really tie a piece together.

This earring would look perfectly nice without the half-circle Katiedid, but with the Katiedid we’re getting a contained drop pendant. The metal border ties it all together and gives it a totally different look and feel. Stringing is easy and straight forward. Just be sure your wire will fit through your beads’ drill holes and the Katiedid drill hole (18 gauge wire and thinner should work just fine with Katiedids).

Wire Wrapping

Get your wrap on by using these channels as a base and wrapping craft wire through your beads and tightly around the Katiedid. This technique really adds depth to your design with the different textures between beads, wire and channel. Start by selecting your wire and beads. With the wide variety of colors available in craft wire, you can make some really funky pieces using this technique. Since you’re already in the wire wrapping mode, besides securing the beads to the channel, you can alter the channel itself by creating more loops, turning what could have been a drop pendant into a link or visa versa.

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    P amoroso says:

    These look very dressy but yet look like you could wear with anything.

  2. Linny May
    Linny May says:

    I love this , all the Ideas useing the Katiedid components , i just picked up a few of them at my craft store because they happend to be on clearance , I hope that they arnt gonna stop selling them there because it’s the only place i’ve seen them , and now that i have them and ive seen them used wiith polymer clay and other ways … i can’t wait to play with them more , right now I’m trying to orgaize my beads right now so my acctual beading has been put on hold but i’m itching to try a few projects out :)

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    D GILMORE says:

    looks easy, right? but what stops the beads/crystals from popping out?
    and with the holes, don’t even think about using resin
    and what if you wanted to use non-beads like mixed media
    sorry, not impressed with katiedids

  4. Kate
    Kate says:

    @DGILMORE: the Katiedids are channels that can add interest to your bracelets or necklaces, so you actually string the beads through the katiedid. As long as you keep the stringing material taught, that should keep them in place just fine.
    These aren’t really made for chatons.. though I bet if you used some crystal clay, you could set the chatons in these channels and then use a wire wrap at the ends to connect the katiedid to the rest of your piece.

    Just a thought!

  5. FrancesP O
    FrancesP O says:

    Interesting tool

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