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~ For Mary ~

About this design:

Thank you everyone for the all the tips and suggestions from my original post.

I completed the bracelet and am happy with it.

I think the picture I natural light shows off the colors of the beads better.

I am having a problem with the 2nd crimp. The beads are not taut. I can work on that.
So, any suggestions for covering a crimp? I tried a clamshell ; I'm not crazy about it (cant find the SS).
Would it look unfinished with just the crimp bead?

I'm feeling a bit pressured since my sis asked me to make it for her good friend who was promoted in law enforcement.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :)

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  1. Laud
    Laud says:

    Crimp covers! LB has them, and they work much better than clamshells.

  2. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Thanks Laud. I have them but in silver plated. *sigh.

    The clasp is SS so I was trying to match. Crimps alone no good right?

  3. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    and of course I have time constraints (so no online order) because I am a procrastinator ha ha

  4. Laud
    Laud says:

    Maybe you’re being too hard on yourself. Would the gift recipient even notice? I mean beaders see these things, but most people don’t.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Peggy, I seldom cover my crimps because I don’t mind them. Other designers think it’s a must. So I think it comes down to personal preference.
    If you are referring to taking up slack between the crimp and the beads (leaving exposed wire within the design)it might be a good idea to add a crimp cover. Just make sure it’s not too tight so the bracelet still has nice fluid movement.
    BTW,I like this one as it is! Very elegant!

    I have another question and would love to hear input on it. I see that your beading wire that is looped around the clasp end is very close/tight around the jump ring. I see many designs like this.
    I was taught to NOT make the loop tight as it reduces the wear and possible breakage of the wire over time. I now use wire guards most of the time so it’s usually a non issue. But occasionally I still have a design where wire guards don’t work. What are your thoughts on tight loops chickies?

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Mary S…..I never use tight loops either, dont want to chance breakage after all that hard work!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Peggy…I like this piece! I wouldnt worry about the crimp cover NOT being SS….I always use silver-plated and no one knows the difference!

  8. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Great piece Peggy!

  9. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Lovely design, Peggy!
    I agree with the others. I don’t usually cover crimps. If you want to cover them, I would use the ones you have. No one will know that you have mixed sterling with plated.
    I don’t make really tight loops either. I also string a seed bead between the crimp and clasp/ring to further reduce wear on the wire.

  10. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Crimp covers are definitely a matter of preference – - I always use them, but probably because I’m a little OCD ! Just looks more “finished” to me and I always seem to focus on details. But not even I would know the difference between Sterling and plated covers (think plated would be easier to work with because the metal is not so soft). Agree with everyone else that you don’t want your wire too tight around the clasp.
    But it’s a lovely design and the person receiving it has most likely never received a hand-made bracelet and will be thrilled !

  11. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Peggy, It’s such a pretty design! I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE the little meadow heishi beads you’ve used. I have never thought to use crystals with them, but they really look delicate!!! :)

    Use whatever covers you have! The sterling clasp will be the focus and the plated covers will be little details. If you need to, cut (then file) the loop off the clamshell and then use it like a crimp cover.
    Also, I see MANY pieces from the department stores that are simply crimped and sold. I agree with others that it is a preference and does not imply “quality” or lack thereof.

  12. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Thank you . Thank you . Thank you. Wanda N4B, CB, and Julie , Mary and Foxhole.

    I truly appreciate everyone’s comments.
    I will stick with leaving the crimp beads uncovered and close up the gaps on the wire.

    @Mary – you are right the loops should not be tight. I love the idea of wire guards. I have some, but yet to open the package.

    @ Foxhole I might try a seed bead between the crimp and clasp. I would have never thought of that.

    @ Julie – I love the meadow heishi too. Tierra Cast has great findings. I want them all. Ha :)

  13. Asia
    Asia says:

    This is very pretty, I use the covers sometime, you can also use a bigger hole bead on top or a bunch of jump rings, I have to try the seed bead :D

  14. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Hi Peggy~~~~~~I have’t graduated to this type of work yet,but the bracelet is very pretty.It looks fine to me. I know how you feel about wanting sterling though. What looks “iffy” to you would never be noticed by the wearer.
    We’re all critical of our own work,I think.
    I’ve had my “moments” with the earring wire measuring,and trying to find stone rondelles the EXACT same size. LOL ;)

  15. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Peggy, I personally started to use plated findings, nothing wrong with it and as was mention before nobody will know with the covers;) I personally always use crimp covers and also wire guards or french wire :) I agree completely on the loops : it was my downfall for long time, he-he…

    Your bracelet is an elegant piece :)

  16. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Thank you Nancy and Julia. I def want to try the wire guards. It really adds a finishing touch.



  17. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    Hi Peggy, I have had this problem a few times too, when just an ordinary crimp cover is not good enough for the job ~ I have used larger seed beads, they can fit tight and also, if you have some the same or similar colour to the main beads you have used you may not even notice it ! This has worked for me a few times! Hope you can try this ! ;)

  18. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    To be certain there is no slack, squish the 2nd crimp with the bracelet in a straight line, not curved. HOWEVER, curve it first so you have allowed for it to form a graceful circle. If it is too tight, the bracelet will be too stiff, or may not even be able to curve enough to close. This is more of an issue w/ bigger beads. You may see ‘extra’ beading wire when the bracelet is linear, but it disappears when the bracelet is curved/worn.

    Tight loops: besides the wear problem, too tight a loop will make it difficult for the finding to move freely, making it difficult to clasp. This turns people off.

    Don’t crimp when you are tired. Less chance off messing up!

  19. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Interesting! I was taught to do a rather tight loop with enough play so the finding is movable but close enough so that the wire is not noticeable. Of course, no mention was made of the wire breaking but I haven’t had any problems that I know of. I guess it could be said that rubbing of the wire when it’s a larger loop could cause wear too. Thoughts?

  20. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oops, forgot to say that I think jewelry makers are the only ones that notice crimps. Especially if you round them out nicely. The bracelet is stunning whichever way you choose.

  21. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Thank you Michelle, EM and Gail for the tips!

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