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Q.
Sometimes my necklaces made using beading wire break in the middle of a necklace. What causes this and how can I keep it from happening?

- Kathryn

A.
There are a couple of factors to consider when having difficulties with your beading wire breaking. The first is to consider the strand count, brand and size of wire being used. Believe it or not, all three have an impact. The stronger, more durable wires have a higher strand count and are larger in size/diameter. Many of our customers find that the 49-strand 0.019-inch Accu-Flex® beading wire is a great addition to their beading supplies. It can withstand nearly 25 pounds of pressure and is kink resistant.

Another factor that effects beading wire and causes it to break is rubbing. When your wire rubs constantly on a clasp, it will eventually wear through and break. Some customers use French wire to avoid this and others utilize our Accu-Guard™ wire protectors. These are a horseshoe shaped finding that protects the wire very well.

The last factor that can be causing your wire to break is your crimping technique. When a crimp bead is crimped improperly, the edges of the bead can pinch the wire and create a stress point that is prone to breakage. Remember that proper crimping technique is everything and not only adds to the integrity of your design but also gives your piece a cleaner professional look.

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