Size of wire for size of bead ...

Size of wire for size of bead ...

Post by Leigh-anne Thoma » Fri, 22 Dec 2000 08:25:53



I'm a beginner beader, so please excuse me if this question has been
asked and answered a hundred times before.   I was wondering if there is
an easy way to figure out what size stringing material (namely beadalon
wire) you should use for the different bead sizes ... ?

thanx so much
Leigh-anne

--

http://www.cs.rose-hulman.edu/~thomass/annie/index.htm

 
 
 

Size of wire for size of bead ...

Post by Kayt » Mon, 25 Dec 2000 06:49:27


Quote:
>I was wondering if there is
>an easy way to figure out what size stringing material (namely beadalon
>wire) you should use for the different bead sizes ... ?<

Take short lengths of the wires with you when you go bead shopping: if the wire
fits through the holes, you can use it.....

Generally, the heavier wires are for heavy beads, the smaller gauge wires for
lighter beads....If you're combining beads, go by the overall weight of the
piece-- too large a gauge may be too stiff &/or "springy" rather than drape the
way you want it.

Kaytee

 
 
 

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Post by Aeseke » Sun, 31 Dec 2000 04:02:04


Quote:

> Take short lengths of the wires with you when you go bead shopping: if the
wire
> fits through the holes, you can use it.....

DOH, why didn't I think of that!  You could probably do this same with Nymo etc
if you used some kind of stiffiner on the thread (though that may change the
size).  Thanks for the great tip!.

Cynthia

Quote:
> Generally, the heavier wires are for heavy beads, the smaller gauge wires for
> lighter beads....If you're combining beads, go by the overall weight of the
> piece-- too large a gauge may be too stiff &/or "springy" rather than drape
the
> way you want it.

> Kaytee

 
 
 

Size of wire for size of bead ...

Post by Kate Drew-Wilkins » Tue, 02 Jan 2001 05:08:54


Don't want to be pushy, and the book I'm going to refer to does not
talk about softflex, but I've written one called "Basic Wirework For
Bead Jewelry Making" and judging by how many have gone out as a result
of the article about me in the December issue of the Lapidary Journal.
along with  the orders about my videos, there may be some readers here
who can tell you how they feel about this book.. I really  did my best
to explain many things before starting on actual jewelry making.. a
chapter all about the different wires, sizes, strengths, about
findings and how to make them fit with different bead hole sizes, the
merits of wire or threads, tools, what you need and how to use them  "
the video is useful because it shows you the "body language" of your
hands.. if you get into the wrong habits initially, in the way you
handle your tools, you can be working towards repetive stress or
carpel tunnel but if you hold them correctly you are working with the
God-given mechanics of these divine tools! Um...yes...of course I
recomment the book! I also have a rather sweet tool that you take
shopping for the express purpose of choosing beads that will go onto
you wire when you get home... many of you will have already
experienced that frustration...now I have a little electric drill to
help you with pearls etc in my free little catalogue...just send a

the coming year!   Kate.... On Fri, 29 Dec 2000 12:02:04 -0700,

Quote:


>> Take short lengths of the wires with you when you go bead shopping: if the
>wire
>> fits through the holes, you can use it.....

>DOH, why didn't I think of that!  You could probably do this same with Nymo etc
>if you used some kind of stiffiner on the thread (though that may change the
>size).  Thanks for the great tip!.

>Cynthia

>> Generally, the heavier wires are for heavy beads, the smaller gauge wires for
>> lighter beads....If you're combining beads, go by the overall weight of the
>> piece-- too large a gauge may be too stiff &/or "springy" rather than drape
>the
>> way you want it.

>> Kaytee

--Kate Drew-Wilkinson
Jewelry Designer, Glass Bead Maker, Author, Lecturer, Teacher.
   Latest Auctions, www.ebay.com homepage Search for KD-W
       Webpage: www.personal.riverusers.com/~beads
 
 
 

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Post by Marilee J. Layma » Tue, 02 Jan 2001 11:22:04



Quote:

>Don't want to be pushy

Kate, you never post other than to push your stuff. :)

--
Marilee J. Layman
Bali Sterling Beads at Wholesale
http://www.basicbali.com

 
 
 

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Post by Kate Drew-Wilkins » Tue, 02 Jan 2001 14:01:18


Meanie...! I spend my life trying to pass what I have learned on to
others.. if that means telling someone about some piece of work I have
done for just that purpose, so be it...my work sells really well with
or without this really wonderful bulletin board...but I want to
help... so Peace and a kind heart be with you...Kate.On Sun, 31 Dec

Quote:


>>Don't want to be pushy

>Kate, you never post other than to push your stuff. :)

>--
>Marilee J. Layman
>Bali Sterling Beads at Wholesale
>http://www.basicbali.com

--Kate Drew-Wilkinson
Jewelry Designer, Glass Bead Maker, Author, Lecturer, Teacher.
   Latest Auctions, www.ebay.com homepage Search for KD-W
       Webpage: www.personal.riverusers.com/~beads
 
 
 

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Post by Kate Drew-Wilkins » Tue, 02 Jan 2001 14:10:35


Oh and I do want to add that ever since I have seen your name
up...even back in the aol days, you have always gone out of your way
to take lots of care in informing bead lovers about all kinds of
matters, several that I have seen on quite complicated issues and I
want to tell you how much you are appreciated and respected by Kate
the Humble!! Onward and Upward...:) On Mon, 01 Jan 2001 05:01:18 GMT,

Quote:

>Meanie...! I spend my life trying to pass what I have learned on to
>others.. if that means telling someone about some piece of work I have
>done for just that purpose, so be it...my work sells really well with
>or without this really wonderful bulletin board...but I want to
>help... so Peace and a kind heart be with you...Kate.On Sun, 31 Dec



>>>Don't want to be pushy

>>Kate, you never post other than to push your stuff. :)

>>--
>>Marilee J. Layman
>>Bali Sterling Beads at Wholesale
>>http://www.basicbali.com

>--Kate Drew-Wilkinson
>Jewelry Designer, Glass Bead Maker, Author, Lecturer, Teacher.
>   Latest Auctions, www.ebay.com homepage Search for KD-W
>       Webpage: www.personal.riverusers.com/~beads

--Kate Drew-Wilkinson
Jewelry Designer, Glass Bead Maker, Author, Lecturer, Teacher.
   Latest Auctions, www.ebay.com homepage Search for KD-W
       Webpage: www.personal.riverusers.com/~beads
 
 
 

Size of wire for size of bead ...

Post by BeckiBe » Tue, 02 Jan 2001 16:57:13


Kate -- I learned wire-work from you a LONG time ago from an article in
Lapidary Journal.  So clear and easy to understand, and I would bet your books
and videos are the same way.

Becki

 
 
 

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Post by Cynthi » Wed, 03 Jan 2001 02:50:20


Thanks Kate,

I will check it out!  I recently purchased your video on ebay and can't wait to
see it.  Better make sure I have lots of "free time" when I do.

Cynthia