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I love the subtle color of these beads and how they seem to glow red when the light strikes them. I like the delicacy of this piece as I have thin bones and much jewelry looks too clunky on me, but I am concerned about the links slipping apart. Any suggestions in this regard would be much appreciated -- thanks! :)


Siam Ruby Picasso SuperDuo Seed Beads, Parawire Hematite 22-gauge

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  1. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love how you used the Superduo beads here, Erin! Your links are wonderful and the colors are gorgeous! I’m always concerned about that too, and I have no helpful tips for you, sorry :(

  2. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    I like your use of the superduos here and your links are very cool. My only suggestion is if you could use 20g wire and work harden the links unless the holes in the superduos are too small for that.

  3. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    I guess I’m a dunce, but – why would the links slip apart? They look perfectly good to me; and it is very pretty

  4. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Erin, This is super pretty. I like the combo of shapes in your wire work.
    When I work with wire I either work-harden it a few times with my plastic tipped pliers or I harden it with a chasing hammer. It’s usually enough to keep it in place under everyday use.

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    The other thing you could try is a razor edged cutter. The edges of the wire are straight and they seem to be able to close closer together. Julie’s idea works great. or you could try double loops if the holes are big enough. I love how thi looks! :)

  6. Asia
    Asia says:

    Fantastic, harden them well and then close them till you her them snap, I do not recommend 22 gauge wire for that, at least 20, I personally would not go for anything less then 18 :D

  7. ErinM31
    ErinM31 says:

    @Wanda, thank you!
    @Angela, that would probably have been better — I only had 18 and 22 gauge and the 18 was just too big. I should at least work harden the wire though.
    @Sydney, the wire is thin and I didn’t have the tools to harden it so it has come apart a few times.
    @Julie, thank you for the tip — I need to get tools that won’t nick the Parawire.
    @Becky, thank you — good tips!
    @Asia, 18 gauge would not fit, but 20 would have probably been better if I’d had it.

    Thank you all for the kind words and the suggestions! I shall get a hammer that won’t damage the Parawire and harden the links. :)

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