STRING IS THE THING
Such a pretty strand of gemstone beads, but they're broken, what to do?
Q: I've had my grandmother's strand of hand cut
crystal beads restrung so many times, last time I had it done they
didn't last a day! Whats' wrong?
A: Not all beads are created equal nor are all beads drilled in
a standard manner. The beads can have a smooth drill hole, or not so
much, depending on both what they are and how they were drilled.
Crystal and glass can cut through silk, cotton or poly blend stringing
thread just rattling around in a drawer! Even beads that don't normally
cut through thread will do so if the drill hole is all raggedy. The
only solution is to string the beads on a specialty wire thread made for
stringing. My favorite is Accuron, a stainless steel and nylon coated
thread. You don't get the "look" of knotting between beads, but then
again, your strand will stay intact!