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Daily Wire Tip June 13: Attaching Beads to Tablecloths
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
June 13, 2010
I bought from Wire-Sculpture 1 kilo bag of diverse beads. Got these because I needed heavy beads to make some table cloth weights to attach so winds won’t blow it away. To my surprise, holes on these beads are very large. My question is: how do I attach these to small rings? Are there head pins to use in this case? I am just starting to bead and wondered if you can help me… or if you have any suggestions. Thanks for your time. You have a wonderful website full of goodies!
Your crafting project sounds very interesting. I am thinking that you are asking how to hang these large holed beads from rings that are already attached to the tablecloth, or that you will be sewing on? If so, then my advice would be to sew the rings to the tablecloth first, as the weight of the added beads will make that part cumbersome, if done after attaching them to the rings. To attach the beads, I suggest using a heavy-gauged round wire, maybe even a base metal such as brass, or even copper, in a 14-gauge round. You can find a millimeter-to-gauge size chart here to find what gauge will fit your beads’ holes.
For the bead dangles, I would use the length of the bead plus 3 or 4 inches of your chosen wire (depending on how big you want a spiral at the bottom on the bead to hold it on the wire). After cutting the wire length, follow the video tutorial found here, to make a spiral (use about 1″ of wire for the spiral) at one end of the wire. Then thread on the bead and follow this video to make a wrapped loop at the top of the wire, after inserting the first loop into the ring attached to the tablecloth.
Hope it comes out pretty!
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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