Saturday, September 21, 2013
bugle bead scaffolds
The hardest part was dealing with the sharpness of the glass beads. I used fireline, and learned to push the new beads tight up against the old ones before I started pulling on the thread. Even so the thread would be somewhat frayed looking by the time I got to the end of it. That was partly because I used very long lengths of thread (around 7') because, as you can imagine, making structures out of beads that are over 1" long uses up thread in a heartbeat. On the bottom necklace, which was the first one I made, I went back again after I had made the whole thing and ran several threads along the whole length of the nceklace ( at top, bottom and middle) and put #11 beads between the bugles to ease the sharp angle. I think they were too small to help much, but the extra threads should strengthen it enough. On the 2nd (top) one I used #8 blue beads and put them between every bugle bead in each triangle. They were almost too big, because when I got lots of triangles coming together at a point, I started to not quitehave room for the last ones, and things distorted just a bit. The ideal bead would be as long as a #8, but with a smaller diameter. Possibly a delica would do that, but I needed to do this quickly and didn't have any at hand. Or 2 #11s, but I don't think I like that idea as well. Another possibility would be to use a bead reamer to round off the inside edges just a bit. I only have around 150 bugles in each piece, so that wouldn't be impossible.
Anyway, I had great fun making these, and I think they'll improve my applications ( I used the top necklace in the one I just sent in). So cross your fingers for me!