Debbie E
Debbie E
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Asked on Jun 27, 2012

Any help in restringing beads

KayDenise MayBarbara Valenti
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I was given a gift of beads 20 years, I think came from a large chandelier. Always wanted to do something with them when I had time, well good time as any ). About 60" in length. Need to redo because of weak thread.
Beads from old lamp
Beads from old lamp
q any help in restringing beads, crafts
q any help in restringing beads, crafts
9 answers
  • Susan S
    on Jun 27, 2012

    I would think if you have a store near by that specializes in beads, they could tell you what kind of thread to use. What is this - it's hard to tell from the pics but it looks really pretty. Barring not having a speciality store, Walmart has a beading section - of course you WILL NOT find anyone there who actually knows anything. If all else fails, could you use a fine guage of monofilament (fishing line)? There are also very fine metal wires as well, A lot will depend on the diameter of the opening of your beads and also finding the appropriate size needle - or whatever the tool is called you use use to string the wire through the beads. Good Luck w/this!! ;~)

  • Debbie E
    on Jun 27, 2012

    They are all glass beads, every time I pick the piece up another strand falls apart so I am very careful, that is why I had it lying down, I will have my daughter come over and help with a better picture this week, sorry.

  • Susan S
    on Jun 28, 2012

    You know, if it's THAT fragile I think the less it's handled . . . . also, I would think keeping track of the exact order of how the beads are strung would be a total nightmare. Your first 2 pictures look like there is some sort of banding that the beads were stitched on to. Why don't you get a pretty shadow box and display them just as they are. I'd be really petrified to tackle this but this's just me!!!

  • Terri C
    on Jun 28, 2012

    I know this is going to be a project! But it sounds like the whole thing needs rebeading. To save it from falling apart further . .try laying it on contact paper or tape and then purchase a beading thread and a very thin beading needle for re-beading it - sew it on the edge of some ribbon. This is really a nice find and you could do something very nice with it . . .like adding it as a edgeing around a lamp shade or on a window shade or even on curtains ! or as curtain tie backs if you are willing to make it 2 separate pieces. . . . good luck with it! <3

  • Leah M
    on Feb 3, 2015

    I suggest nymo or fireline thread. I hope after all these years you have successfully fixed your problem.

  • Pocket Acquisitions
    on Feb 23, 2015

    Love your beads. I used to sting them on a hand loom that I made from a shoe box when I was a child. It sounds like the string is dryrotting. Since you did not mention a budget, I will let it rip! I would first research the bead patterns to see if they are a part of any tribes/groups of indigenous people and if I could I would steer the underlying art in that direction. I see this strip of bead work being positioned with archival tacky (sticky) glue spray and strategically sewn to an underlying white on white image of the well chiseled defined back of a rain dancing Brave (well muscled). The longest stretch of beads would be across his back from cuff to cuff. Save some of the beads for bands that are just under his knees. Oh yell he would be dancing around a big fire. Did I mention his athletic physiq? I see that underlying image in shades of white and soft gray and created out of airbrush on fabric or maybe rendered by some awesome origami artist in white fabric. Finally press and seal the whole thing under sheets of archival acrylic. and frame it all around. Using fabric for the underlying dancing man makes it easier to anchor the fringe and freeze it in time. You may want to consult with a musuem or other authority that could tell you how to conserve the fringe while preserving it's (I assume) antique/historical value. Thats my 2 cents. p.s. Elvis fringe is nice too (see photo)

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    • Grandmasue10
      on Jan 23, 2016

      @Pocket Acquisitions Wow! You certainly have a wonderful imagination. What you suggest sounds like it would be beautiful. I like the advice about checking with a museum. She could donate it to the museum or maybe make a little money from it.

  • Barbara Valenti
    on Jun 15, 2015

    I used dental floss to restring my pearls. I was in a hurry and it worked just fine!

    • Barbara Valenti
      on Jan 23, 2016

      Yes there is a knot between each bead. This is to prevent losing all the beads, should the strand break. You did not mention the size of your beads. I just was quick thinking about my dilemma with the pearls. Surely there is some kind of string to use for such beads. I have also used a fine metallic thread. This is a tedious process as the metallic thread tends to unravel easily. Maybe some type of lubricant on the string would help with threading through each bead. I am kinda thinking something like coconut oil. Something that won't make a mess and aide in the beading process. Good luck and let me know how it turns out!

  • Denise May
    on Oct 16, 2016

    There is a product called Thread Heaven that will lubricate the thread and make it easier to get the thread through. I would use OneG or C-Lon thread and a long beading needle, maybe even a Big-Eye needle. Leave the beads strung if possible and just take the new thread through them as they lie. Then pull the old thread out as you go.

  • Kay
    on Oct 31, 2016

    Use a beading needle. They are about like a hair. Also a fine beading thread. They come in different size thickness. Go to a good beading store. They will help. Work 1 strand at a time. Also try to work on a contrasting surface as you will be able to see the beads and they won't get lost in the background. what size beads? Good luck. Kay

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