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I would like to admit that I've never lost a strand of beads while beading but thats is in no way true.  I kept meaning to get a stop or end for beads while at the store but always seemed to forget.  I got into my boyfriend's springs and there they were.  A spring with loops on the end.  I figured why not make my own.
 
Supplies:

Spring**
Plastic Dip, Sugru, or Clay

**You can get the springs at the hardware store. We happened to have a box that contained a bunch of different sizes. 


 

Step 1: Add Mini Handles to Spring

Take a small piece of your plastic dip, sugru, or clay and roll it into a ball.  Then place it on the end of the spring and mold it around the loops.  Let it Dry.

Step 2: Save Yourself From "OHHH NOOO!"

Fold your spring back, insert your wire or string and get beading! This is a very simple way to keep your headaches down!.
Very smart. Good reuse. :)
Very cool! I have this problem all the time. I don't like using the bead stoppers on some of my projects because it crimps my wire or string too much! Thank you!
Thank You! I kept wondering to myself how bad these would eat string but really haven't had a chance to try them out yet. The only thing I can say is that it didn't seem to mar the string right away :) Now I am curious if the spring stoppers at the store have a different tension. Did you notice it on just certain types of strings or all of them?
The springs inside old pens can be used on thicker strings or wires... you do have to crimp em together before using them to make it tighter... Another thing I have used to stop them from slipping is beads of wax melted to the end... Not is fail proof if you are rough with your work though.... On fine strings I use a knot and a safety pin..... I would think the stronger the spring the more crimp it leaves.... I have been fiddling with something recently... When I think I have it down I will post it... :)
Looking forward to your post! I had never even thought about the old pen springs. Anything to make beading a little less frustrating at times is awesome!!!!
Very clever!
Thank You :)

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