Additional Craft Information:
Crystal thread beading is a clear, flexible thread – similar to beading wire, but entirely transparent and made of nylon monofilament. It's used in a wide variety of beading projects and jewelry designs, and it is often lauded for its versatility and transparency. Read on for a few ideas for using crystal thread beading in your own work.
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1. Illusion bracelets and necklaces.
These pieces seem, from a distance, to cause the beads to 'float' around the wearer's neck or wrist without support or stringing. This means that crystal thread beading is the perfect thing to use to make them – it's entirely see-through, meaning that it is as close to invisible as it could be possible for a beading thread to get. Choose large beads and secure them with crimps to create a piece of jewelry that is both fashionable, popular and simple to construct.
2. Loose-woven pendants, earring drops or bracelet charms.
Crystal thread beading isn't ideal for some kinds of beadweaving, as it tends to be a little thicker and less flexible than might be ideal. That said, for things that are loose-woven by design – like brick stitch, for example – it's a great choice, as it's easy to work with and it holds a shape very well indeed. You'll need a beading needle with a large eye, but it's not difficult to master and you'll quickly be making dangles that look extremely effective.
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3. Flexible 'waterfall'-style earrings and pendants.
The idea behind these is that they have the movement and flow of a waterfall – and that means they need to bend, sway and swing as the wearer moves. Eyepins and headpins can nearly replicate the desired effect, but really what you want is something that's just as easy to work with but that isn't stiff at all – making crystal thread beading the ideal choice. Attach them to a jump ring rather than directly to the earring hook or pendant setting for even more sway.
4. Ladder-beaded bracelets or choker-style necklaces.
Some styles of beadweaving are simple enough to be suitable for much large beads – such as glass beads. In these cases, though, it can be difficult to know what to use as a base; ordinary beading thread is too delicate, but beading wire kinks too easily and won't hold the shape. For these designs, crystal thread beading is a perfect compromise – and it's easy to attach to a closure, as well. Just make sure you choose one that's wide enough.
5. Multi-strand necklaces and bracelets.
There are all kinds of stringing materials you could use to make multi-strand jewelry, and all of them have their advantages and disadvantages. Crystal thread beading is a good choice because its subtle, its strong, it doesn't interfere with the colors you might be using for the piece itself, it doesn't kink easily, it won't get tangled while you're working, and it's easy to secure to a clasp.