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Just thought I'd share some failures - so you don't make my mistakes. The pumpkin one I really liked until I put it on. The flower beads on the side made it just heavy enough to pull and cause twisting. Added the flower to the bottom to try to correct my mistake but it didn't work. Used wire on the side flowers to make them stand up (some kind of stranded wire from my husband's shop) - so hard to do. The green and yellow one I also liked but I hated the clasp and it was just too light weight. I think the green and yellow can still be made into something. Back to the drawing board.


11/0 Seed beads - green, cream, pumpkin, Yellow 15/0 seed beads - green Czech glass purple spacer flowers

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  1. BevB
    BevB says:

    Thanks for sharing with us. You will figure something out for the green and yellow one. I don’t create the masterpieces you do with beads, but I might have a suggestion for it…how about a button for the clasp and attach a focal to give it more weight…just a suggestion.

  2. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    I love that pumpkin color. Could you not weave like vine on top of the side that doesn’t have the flower ( with little purple buds)? Just a thought- you’ll be able to do something wonderful with it. I’m anxious to see you do your magic!

  3. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Remember when plan A doesn’t work there are 25 more letters…..

    Thanks for sharing your “failures.” I’m sure we have all had plenty of them. Do you see them as examples of promising work with questionable results? This is an excellent case for putting them out of sight (in the closet) for a week or two then reevaluating them. That way you can really see what you have and decide if it is something you can rework or just take apart and use the beds on something else.

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    Melody F says:

    I was just looking at one of my failures. I thouught it just needed a clasp and I was going to give it as a gift. Good thing I examined it because some of the seed beads had pulled right into the holes of the polymer clay tube beads. I quickly made a chain and pendant necklace for the gift. Now I’m thinking to restring the failure with some glass disk beads between the seed beads and the tubes. First I’ll have to find a pokey thing to get those recalcitrant seed beads out of the stretchy (?) tubes.

  5. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Hmmm…25 more letters. Hope I don’t have to use them all. Yes – promising work- absolutely. I finally found colors that I think compliment the pumpkin beads. It might work if it was wider. Also – the wire was thin enough to go thru the 15/0 beads but it breaks easily.
    Any suggestions? I know nothing about wire.

  6. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Melody – Are you going to use O beads to stop the seed bead from being so unruly?

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    Melody F says:

    Beady Lucinda, I will probably use small Czech glass disks if I have enough of a good color. O beads seem fragile. Unless you mean the rubber ones.


  8. BevB
    BevB says:

    Melody – reamers are used to make bead holes larger. I don’t know if you can use it to get the seed beads out.
    Beady – I think Stringray or Khristen would be able to answer your question.

  9. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Melody – I see what you mean about the O rings – too fragile for your piece. I love the bold colors and design in your necklace – very pretty.
    BevB – I saw Artistic wire here at LB – perhaps that would work but I don’t know what size to use for 15/0 seed beads.

  10. Stingray
    Stingray says:

    So, the 15-0 seedbeads that I have fit on 24g with just a bit of wiggle room and it should be stiff enough. Personally, I’m partial to Parawire for its smooth consistency(AW can get a bit kinky if you’re not use to it). Stranded, break-y wire from a hardware store sounds like maybe thin gauge(28-32) aluminum(?).
    You’ve got patience, I usually tweak my failures enough to be wearable and throw them in a ‘broken bin’ for dirt cheap(when I did shows); for spare change people could a get a few dozen wears, at least. That, or reclaim the beads.

  11. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thanks Stingray for the information. I think I’ll reclaim the beads and go in a different direction (I love the color).

  12. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Beady, with your creative ability, you will have no problem finding solutions! Balancing weight on both sides often works. Years ago I had the problem of my asymmetrical necklaces swinging around as the heavy beads would pull toward the bottom. Remedy: equal weight distribution. I now have a small scale & cup that I put the beads in for each side & add or remove pieces until each side weights approximately the same. This method has worked wonders and has stopped the ‘migrating’ of the necklaces. Can’t wait to see what you choose to do with these pieces.

  13. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thanks CC. I never thought of weighing my beads. I have a nice digital scale that weighs pounds, ounces and grams. I’ll have to think of something because I love the pumpkin, green and grape colors together. Right now it’s banished to the holding bin. Just weighed it – 9 gm including the clasp 8 gm without – what a lightweight.

    All of you have given me food for thought. Thanks.

  14. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    MH, have you tried the spacer flatbeads? They are with the heishi beads. They are not delicate like o beads.

  15. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    BLE both necks are beautiful. Have you tried a little smaller group of flowers higher up on the other side? That should help even the weight just enough to keep it balanced. Also make the stems a little shorter.

  16. kye
    kye says:

    This has been such an interesting discussion. I learn so much from this site. Both necklaces are so beautiful. I can see why you want to fix them.

  17. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thanks Pam and kye. And thanks for the suggestion Pam. Yes, it’s amazing what we can learn from each other.

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    bluedog says:

    Ladies! So nice to see everyone pull together for a friend:) Love it and needed it amongst all the bad things going on right now.
    Such a nice little community we have here -

  19. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    You’re right bluedog – what a nice, sharing community. Everyone jumps in to help. Love it.

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