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praisiolite on parade

About this design:

praisiolite facetted nugget (out of stock for a long time) featured in a delicate necklace with pearls and peridot chips. Very green N' white


Prasiolite, Peridot, pearls, goldfilled beads and findings

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  1. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Very pretty, light, and delicate necklace, Regina! :D

  2. martham
    martham says:

    Regina, these are all very nice, I love the combination of peridot and pearl. What are you using for cord for stringing? Silk? How thick is it? I just got some silk cord for stringing, I have never done it before. I am still not sure on how to get the knots in exactly the right place. :)

  3. Regina v
    Regina v says:

    Hi Martham;
    I break silk and I’m too clumsy (lazy) to fuss with knots. Beading should be fun, right?

    These are strung on softflex gold and silverplated stainless steel cord. It’s a kind of steel cable or rope made from wound filaments of steel (you can also get pure sterling silver, which is more fragile).

    It can be crimped. You can even get crimp ends with the loop built in so you don’t have to fuss with finishing (string on the end, squeeze, open a jumpring, attach the clasp. Done.) Most of the varieties also have a thin coating of clear plastic resin over the wire, to prevent the color from wearing. The plastic layer helps the crimps grab and prevents direct wearing on the wire as well.

    There are a couple of different brands, and a number of different finishes, thicknesses, and stiffnesses are available. The smallest diameters go through all my beads except the very tiny 1 mm seed beads. The largest diameters would probably hold big chunks of pure tungsten or lead without breaking.

  4. martham
    martham says:

    So do you use a tiny crimp to hold the beads in place along the wire?

  5. Regina v
    Regina v says:

    Yep. Sometimes I cover them with crimp covers, but they’re almost invisible. The covers just create a silver bead effect – they’re not needed to hide the crimps. The crimps are much easier to position than a knot.

  6. martham
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  7. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Lovely work and great info! Thanks for sharing. :D

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