Topics: Beading, Crimping

Q.
I'm just starting out in beading. My interest is in beaded bracelets and necklaces. I'm starting with bracelets first. To prevent waste, how long do I need to make the beading wire before I cut it? How much extra do I leave? 1- 2 inches? Thank you
- Frances
A.
As a general rule, I tend to cut my wire 4 inches longer than the finished length of the piece. If the Accu-Flex® beading wire is shorter than that, it can be difficult to manipulate the wire to finish the ends. The biggest problem with having a piece of wire that is too short is that it can be difficult to manipulate the wire to finish the end. Ultimately, how much beading wire you leave is a personal preference.

- Maura Buckner, Jewelry-Making Expert

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