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Topics: Cording, Illusion, Knotting

Q.
I am looking to make a necklace where the beads are on the thread but not connected to other beads or spacers. Do I just need to knot around the bead or do I need to do something different to hold it in place?
- Christine
A.
When using C-Thru thread or invisible cord, knotting and/or gluing beads in place is your best option as crimp beads can damage the cord; this is called Illusion style stringing. E6000® Jewelry and Craft Adhesive is a great glue to use when working with elastic cording. It is a strong holding, clear glue that remains flexible after curing.

When using Accu-Flex® beading wire, crimping and/or gluing work well. A cyanoacrylate adhesive, or super glue is the best choice for this type of design as they are quick drying and suitable for using with a variety of surfaces. Loctite® 409 gel might be the best choice overall as it has gap filling properties as well as will not drip.

Another option is Bead Hugger's™. These are used in place of knots to separate lightweight beads as they stay snug against beading wire and act as a buffer or placeholder to keep beads in the position you want; this is called the intermittent stringing technique.

- Michelle Wood, Jewelry-Making Expert

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