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DESIGN NOTES! WATCH THE GAPS...

Kate Drew-Wilkinson

Posted on April 19 2018

I cannot over-emphasize the importance the designer should give to the place where one bead touches another. You must allow the beads to move correctly against each other, protecting them from their neighbors, yet giving them “room to breathe”.
it is at the places where beads come together that you can assess the quality of the design and workmanship.  for example, when the bead has to turn a curve, it must not jam up against its neighbor. If it does the side of the bead may be ground down or chipped in time and the strain on the threading will spoil the smooth flow of the necklace and the  way it hangs Eventually - perhaps not very long - the thread will break from the stress and abrasion.

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