Stopper beads and slider clasps will stay in place on your handmade jewelry creations thanks to their silicone lining. But, have you ever used one to create a lariat necklace or a slider tassel bracelet? We strung them onto chain to find out just how well they would hold up and we love them! The small stopper beads look dainty, they're super lightweight and they make it a quick and easy way to create trendy, adjustable jewelry styles this spring. The larger slider clasps look amazing as bolo lariat necklaces.
What are Silicone Lined beads?
Choosing the Right Chain Diameter
When choosing your jewelry footage chain, pay special attention to the chain diameter. See the image above for a few chains that work well with the SM5L. Or, select alternatives with the proper diameter and uniform links for the best results. Since the inside of a stopper bead is made of silicone, it can shred if a chain that is too large is passed through the bead.
If you have a bead hole size of 3mm on your stopper bead or slider clasp and you want to put a single chain strand through it, you would need a 3mm or slightly smaller chain diameter. If you are creating a tassel or lariat, and you only have a single hole on your stopper bead, you would run two strands through it and they would both need to be 1.5mm or slightly smaller. You want a perfect balance where the bead easily slides up and down on the chain and is neither too loose nor too tight.
Note: When designing your jewelry, try to limit the length the silicone lined bead will need to travel for adjustments. These bead are fairly durable but the silicone lining will wear out over time, especially if they are used heavily.
Threading the Chain
Finishing a Tassel Chain
Watch stopper Beads in Action! View the video below to see how they work.
For soldering small chain ends, check out our blog: Tips for Chain End Finishing. It has step-by-step instructions on soldering a jump ring to the end of a small linked chain. Whether you solder or not, this opens you up to finishing your tassel ends using all types of fun findings.
Have you used silicon lined beads in your jewelry creations? We'd love to see your designs! Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram: #HalsteadMakers.
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