Trouble with Finishing Off Jewelry

by Kim Orton.

Trouble with Finishing Off Jewelry  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Memory Wire Trouble:

I make a lot of memory wire jewelry and do my best to make my loops just right so they won’t poke but it still happens sometimes.

Those end caps you glue don’t stay on. I may not be using the right size.

Beading Wire Trouble:

Another problem I have is when I am finishing a necklace the beading wire will break and I could lose a whole necklace.

I’m thinking right now that maybe I need a different size or strength of beading wire.

Any suggestions?

Thank you!

Kim Orton

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  1. Hi .Kim,

    If your Beading wire is breaking, you either aren’t using the appropriate size or the quality is poor. Also, make sure that your crimps are the right size for the wire. Sometimes the package tells you what size you need. Heavier necklaces need heavier wire, i.e., 49 strands. Good luck.

  2. I have never had beading wire break. I use SoftFlex and I like the flexibility of it and it is very strong. I only use sterling silver crimps and sometimes i double crimp a necklace or bracelet to give it extra strength.

  3. JoAnne Lipsy says:

    Hi Kim. I’ve never had my wire break but my necklaces have reportedly broken at the point of the crimps beads after several years. I now use thick copper crimp beads and a dab of jeweler’s glue or cement. No complaints since.

  4. Catherine says:

    Kim, It took me forever to learn what wire to use. For heavier beads, I use 49 strand. The crimp beads or tube need to be put on the right way….also took me a while to learn that. Before stringing beads on wire I test it by pulling one end with my pliers while holding crimp bead or tube just to make sure it’s tight.

  5. Leslie hirschberg says:

    Not sure where wire is breaking. I have had one broken mid-necklace by the sharp inside of a ceramic bead.

  6. Beading wire:
    I agree with others here….the more actual strands in the beading wire, the less likely it will break, regardless of what weight wire you are using. Also, you must use *crimping* pliers when closing your crimp beads (and do that double squeeze technique). If you are using ordinary pliers, then, yes, you may be clamping down on the beading wire and causing weakness or breakage.
    Memory wire:
    I think this is a tricky one. I used to use Memory wire a lot, but stopped precisely because of the problem you are talking about. Now I am thinking about getting back into it for some techniques. . . anyway, one thing I used to do was to finish off my beading with a larger holed bead(s), so that I could try to snuggle it around the sharp end of that wire (after making my loop), then glue it in place.
    The “end caps” that you are using–not sure how they could be a wrong size if they are made by the memory wire folks. I wonder if you need to re-examine your supply source?
    Also I wonder if switching adhesives would help you at all? There are so many different glues out there, and some are definitely better than others. Metal to metal, or metal to glass applications are notoriously difficult to adhere. Have you experimented with different glues?

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