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,
>> Take short lengths of the wires with you when you go bead shopping: if the
>> 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!.
>> 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
>> way you want it.
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