Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Using Large-Hole Beads and Soft Flex Wire

Laura from Antelope Beads sent me a beautiful selection of Kazuri and Tagua Nut Beads to play with, along with a request: what is a good way to use Soft Flex Wire with Kazuri beads, taking into account their large holes and the fact that they seem to always want to flip around? Lots of ideas came to mind and this bracelet is the first thing I tried.

I used Tagua Nut Flower Connectors in orange, Tagua Nut Open Connectors in dark brown, and Kazuri Shale beads in shimmering green, along with Soft Flex .019 Beading Wire in Chrysoprase and Red Jasper and Soft Flex Extreme wire in 925 Sterling Silver, and finished it off with a sterling silver magnetic clasp. The bracelet came together quickly and I just love the look of it. 
 
The tension of the four strands of wire split in half to pass through the connectors keeps the Kazuri beads from flipping around. The four wires cross back and forth between the connectors and add a great design element to the piece. What tips do you have for using Soft Flex wire with large-hole beads?

 
Guest blogger Jamie Hogsett is the Education Coordinator for Soft Flex Company. Contact her at Jamie@SoftFlexCompany.com.

3 comments:

Createology said...

You are genius. What a great bracelet and you addressed the issues of large holes and moving beads. Brilliant. Keep creating...

Lisa Crone said...

I so agree, you need a sign, "genius at work"!! Excellent!

Softflexgirl said...

Jamie is brilliant!

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