Topics: Beading, Stringing, Magnetic Beads

How do you put metal spacers between magnetic beads and not have the magnetic beads jump together? If you make a necklace do you have to use especially heavy wire to keep them apart?
- Linda
Single metal spacers may not be thick or wide enough to provide enough space between strong magnetic beads to prevent them from attracting. Stringing non-magnetic beads and other non-magnetic materials between magnetic ones would be your best bet.

String magnetic beads and non-magnetic beads and spacers on Accu-Flex® beading wire, choosing the thickest diameter that fits through the bead hole.

The general idea behind using magnetic beads is to create designs by allowing the beads to connect to each other. One design idea: string a long lariat-style strand of beads and spacers then finish the design with a few magnetic beads, one after another, close to the ends of the strand. Finish the ends with crimp beads and crimp covers. With the magnetic beads, this design will hold itself closed by placing the magnets close to each other and it offers you great flexibility in wearing the strand of beads--from chocker to lariat.

- Sandra Lupo, Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist and Instructor

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