Design Swarovski Crystal

Design Swarovski Crystal
Stiffening agent good for Swarovski crystals?

I’m making a pair of earings with size 11 beads, Japanese and Czech, 4mm fire-polished beads, and Swarovski crystals. The earnings are kind of flimsy and collapse in on themselves. I’ve heard that soaking in floor polsh can help stiffen the design, but would polish damage the Swarovski crystals? What could stiffen the strands? I’ve tried both Nymo and Fireline, but neither work. Any advice? Thanks.

Not knowing what type of pattern you’re using, I’m going to make a few assumptions.

Are you using an appropriate size of Nymo or Fireline? If so, it could be a tension issue. If you’re not holding your tension tightly enough it may prevent the pattern stabilizing. Conversely, if your tension is too tight, your work will curl on itself…the tension follows the thread despite the beads.

If tension is not the issue, are you using conditioned thread? The use of either beeswax or Bead Heaven on your thread before you work could solve your problem as it would give a little more stability to your thread.

Otherwise, yes, floor polish, such as Future, will work. Dip the piece, wipe off as much of the excess as possible and shape to dry.

Design Swarovski Crystal
Design Swarovski Crystal
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