They are usually used when the design demands knotting between the beads or elements. The ends of the silk cord can be connected with the help of clasps set having crimping end. Silk cords are no good for heavy beady as they might break. They are generally used along with light weighted beads.
To properly thread your bead with a silk cord you need to check the following things. You should have a needle of correct size. The eyes of the needle should be wide enough to accommodate the cord. Calculate the bead weight and determine the corresponding thread weight needed to support the beads. Now we will go through the beading process.
Take enough silk cord according to your need. Wax the cord to avoid fraying. Now you have to thread the silk cord through the eyes of the needle. Thread the eye in such a manner there is a long tail available. The longer part is your working cord. Now you have to make a surgeon knot at the end leaving enough space before the knot to attach the clasps. A surgeon knot is made by passing the other end of the cord twice through the loop made at the desired end. Tighten the knot as close to the desired point.
Now thread the first bead over the needle to the knot we just made. Above the bead, make a loop around the middle and index finger while holding the bead with the thump and middle finger. It might be tough for the first time. You will get use to it gradually. Pull the working cord through the loop. You have to place beading tweezers through the loop to fasten the cord at the top securely. The bead and tweezers should be tightly packed. Tighten the knot in such manner; the knot should rest against the tweezers. Push the knot down by releasing the tweezers. Now you will get a new knot tightly placed above the bead. Place the next bead and repeat the steps till all the beads are finished.
Once all the beads are finished you have to close the loop by attaching clasps. To do that, you have to cut the two end of the cord at a slanting angle. This will make the ends of the cord pointed. Apply some glue inside the sleeves of the clasps you are planning to use. Place the cord into the sleeves. Remember to keep the cord away from the clasps assembly.
Now thread it through the first and second sleeve through any gap available. Now all that left to do is to tighten the crimp with the cord by applying pressure. Don't overdo it as it might break the metal. This will provide a better grip between the cord and the crimp. Repeat the process for the other end. Now you can attach the clasps at the both end to join the ends.
Let's Recap What We've Learned in this Article:
1) Most of the beaded jewelries make use of silk string. Silk strings are strong in nature. They are usually used when the design demands knotting between the beads or elements. Start making your own jewelry, get a Silk Cord!
2) Silk cords are no good for heavy beady as they might break. They are generally used along with light weighted beads. Build your own Silk Necklaces from scratch!
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