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Beading - Visual Quick Tips

Expert tips and tricks for making beaded jewelry. by Chris Franchetti Michaels - Spiral-bound - Published 2009


200 Tips for Jewelry Making

Tips,Techniques and Trade Secrets by Xuella Arnold , Sara Withers - Hardcover - Published 2013


Do you like to bead on the go? A beading lap tray is the perfect solution. Fire Mountain Gems


When stringing beads onto Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire, place a rubber earring-stopper or Bead Stopper™ on one end to keep your beads from falling off while you're designing. Fire Mountain Gems


Use a damp q-tip to pick up small beads. They stick to the q-tip and make loading a needle much easier. i-crafts


Use inexpensive ribbed cotton placemats to do beadwork on to keep beads from rolling onto the floor and use the ribs to line up designs. The Bead Fairies


Beading wire can scratch the wearer if not finished properly. A good technique to finish a necklace so that the wire is hidden is to make sure your last bead or two are large enough for the remainder of beading wire to be threaded back through and clipped. Fire Mountain Gems


A flexible curved ruler is actually a sewing tool. Since it follows your natural neckline, it can be very handy when designing a necklace for which the exact position of a specific bead on your neckline counts. Fire Mountain Gems


Bent tweezers help in the placement of a knot; straight, pointy tweezers help with undoing a knot; surgical tweezers that clamp keep the last bead of a necklace from falling off before the piece is finished. The Bead Fairies


Always make sure that the thread size is appropriate to the needle size. Don’t try to thread a 20lb test of gel spun thread through a size 13 beading needle. It won’t happen. About.com Beadwork


To bead in comfort, use a specially designed Lap Tray, such as the Lapp Topper Tray with its custom-fitted Vellux brand beading pad to keep the beads from rolling around. Plenty of room for all the supplies you'll need. About.com Beadwork


Theading Bead with Ribbon

This tip will show you an easy way to get ribbon through a small bead hole. Just take a tapestry needle and thread the ribbon through the eye; then thread it though the hole of the bead. Needlepointers.com

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