Fishing and beading are hobbies not normally put in the same sentence. But fishing line is a great way to string beads. Because the line is clear, beads appear to float along your neck. Fishing lines drape and knot very well, and they are cheap. With few supplies needed, beading can be a fun, inexpensive hobby.
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Things you need
- Fishing line, 21.8kg. weight
- Permanent adhesive
- Magnetic clasp
- Crimp beads (optional)
- Pen, liquid correction fluid or permanent marker
- Semi-precious stones
Cut the fishing line between 18 to 26 inches, depending on the way you plan to keep the beads in place. If you are using craft adhesive, add 2 inches of length to your fishing line. If you will knot the line on either side, add about half the length of your necklace, plus two inches. For example, if you want an 18-inch necklace, you will cut 27 inches plus 2 inches of fishing line.
Attach one end of the clasp. If you are using craft adhesive and a thinner fishing line, tie a knot and snug it up to the end of your clasp. Glue the knot and let dry. If you are using crimp beads -- thin-walled, metal beads that are crushable -- attach a bead and crimp it in place. For extra strength, glue the crimp bead.
Mark the spacing of your bead placement using a pen, liquid correction fluid or permanent marker. Decide if you want an inch or more space between each bead, and mark the placement on your line.
Place beads and semi-precious stones at each mark. Use either crimp beads or adhesive to keep each bead at the location you have chosen. If using an adhesive, make sure the beads fit snug around the fishing line. Allow each bead to dry before moving on.
Attach the other end of the clasp using the same method to attach the first half of the clasp. Although this guide suggests a magnetic clasp for ease of use, you may use a lobster-claw clasp, a barrel clasp, or any clasp you prefer.
Tips and warnings
- Pearls will work as well as semi-precious stones. Pearls typically have smaller holes, allowing the glue to adhere better.
- If you use a lower-weight fishing line, do not use crimp beads, as over time the beads could cut your fishing line in half.
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