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    I've made long necklaces quite a bit, but have used various different stringing materials. For ones with seed beads/bugles interspersed with beads of up to 10mm I've used Nymo (on a bobbin) thread or the clear nylon fishing type. The clear one was too thick to knot easily though I glued the knot to be on the safe side; the Nymo I really wasn't sure if it wouldn't fray - I had a disaster at a fete stall where it snapped when I got it caught on a metal hook and the beads went everywhere. I use Tigertail for shorter necklaces but didn't like the way it hung on longer ones. I've seen Beadsmith illusion cord which is apparently strong and easily knottable, but I'm not sure if it's suitable.
    Please can someone give me some advice?
    Jane
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  • #2
    Hiya,

    I have been making some long lariat style necklaces and have been addicted to using a flat crimp chain that is very easy to crimp to as well as hangs very well and has that "swish" effect have a picture of one here for you to see,

    I find tiger tail hangs wrong and kinks to easy and have also used a good high strand count accuflex with good effect as well ( it comes in some nice colours as well ) for an alternative as well

    have fun
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    • #3
      Try Fireline as an alternative to Nymo. I didn't know how good it was until I tried it. It's worth the money and if you are used to Nymo, I can bet you'll be tempted to make the switch.
      I stock the Illusion cord from Griffin because you get more sizes than the Beadsmith's own.
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      • #4
        It's always worth knotting between beads if you're using any sort of cord or silk - if it does break, at least you don't lose the beads!
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        • #5
          Thanks for your replies!
          Francesca, that's a really pretty necklace - unusual chain I haven't seen before.
          Bea, when I've finished the charm bracelets I'm working on I'll have a look at the cords you've suggested.
          Jane
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          • #6
            iHiya,

            The chain is a 0.8mm crimp chain or sometimes known as foxtail - its very unusual and lays very nicely as a necklace, its not to good for bracelets but is good for anklets though for some reason !

            Let me know if you want to try some - I can PM you the supplier details

            Thanks for your comments about the necklace too - its a new one this summer
            Last edited by Silverthistle; 15-09-2010, 05:53 PM. Reason: been a numpty ! change of crimp chain size

            Francesca
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