The 'floating bead' effect is used in many projects for beaded jewelry. This effect creates a floating illusion for the piece of jewelry, making it a little more interesting. Although this type of effect may seem difficult to create, the 'floating bead' effect is relatively easy to achieve. In fact, many expert thinks that the effect makes for a great first project for beadwork beginners.
The primary material used in beaded jewelry with floating beads is a commonly used material in beadwork. The difference is that beaded jewelry with floating beads use a thinner type of thread to create the floating effect. A thin bead cord or fish line is often used to make these pieces of beaded jewelry. To secure the beads to the preferred location on the thread, a small crimp is used at both ends of the beads. The best type of crimp to use is the smallest crimp available, which is only one millimeter in size.
There are a lot of tips on how to easily hook each bead onto the nylon thread. Here are some helpful tips on creating the 'floating bead' effect on beaded jewelry.
Perfecting floating bead designs
The most common problem encountered when creating the 'floating bead' effect is ensuring that there is even spacing between each bead. Placing the beads at a uniform distance from each other enhances jewelry's style and design.
A simple technique that can help space beads evenely is to use a piece of straw. Cut a section of straw in the desired length to serve as a guide for creating the spaces between the beads. To begin, cut a slit on one side of the straw to make it easier to place the straw onto the string by sliding it on and off. After placing the first bead, place the straw next to the bead and add the crimp, then the bead, and the crimp again. With the use of a pair of pliers, lock the crimp in place, remove the straw and proceed to the next bead, repeating the whole process all over again.
Different lengths of straw can be used depending on the beading design. Another interesting variation of bead combinations is placing a large bead between two smaller beads and then securing the beads with the use of a crimp.
On the other hand, a fish line thread is not the only ideal type of thread for use in creating beaded jewelry. A flexible nylon wire is best for heavier beads. This is ideal for beading metal beads, which can be gold-plated and are heavier compared to plastic beads. Using a clasp that has a multi-strand feature would further improve the overall design. It creates a complicated-looking style that is still easy to create.
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