How to String Tiny Beads

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Tiny beads, usually called seed beads, come in a wide range of colors. Some are opaque while others are translucent in color. Tiny beads are used to embellish clothing and make a wide range of jewelry. But these beads are tiny and have very small holes that are often difficult to see or find with your beading needle. But once you discover the joys of stringing those tiny beads, it will become a relaxing experience. You can make items to sell or to give away as gifts.

  • Cut a 1-yard to 2-yard strand of string. Depending on the type of project you are doing, the length of string will vary. Thread on a beading needle on one end of the string.

  • Sit in a comfortable chair. You can sit at a table or anywhere you choose, but if you choose to sit on a davenport, you need a tray in which to place your beads. Also, make sure your beading area has plenty of light to reduce eye strain.

  • Pour the beads into a flat dish, tray or onto a piece of cloth like the material of an old T-shirt. If you have a hank of beads, beads that are temporarily strung, simply pull off one strand of breads on one end. If you pull out both ends of the string from the knot, your beads can spill and become lost.

  • Place the tip of your beading needle into the beads and find the hole. Pick the bead up onto the needle and push it down onto the string. To keep the beads from falling off the other end, attach a bead stop. This can either be a bigger bead that you loosely tie onto the end of your string or you can use a bead stop that resembles a little spring. If your beads are on a hank, simply pick up the string that the beads are on and run the tip of your needle into the bead holes. Keep count of the number of beads you are putting on the needle if you are following a pattern.

  • Repeat Step 4 until all the beads you need have been threaded onto the string or, if you are following a pattern, you have the project completed. To tie off, skip the last bead that the needle picked up and go through the next bead. Continue to weave the string through the beads to keep them from unraveling.

Tips & Warnings

  • Seed beads range in many sizes. The bigger the number the smaller the bead and hole. An 11/0 bead is larger than 15/0 bead.

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References

  • "Getting Started With Seed Beads;" Dustin Wedekind; 2007
  • "Mastering Beadwork: A Comprehensive Guide to Off-Loom Techniques;" Carol Huber Cypher; 2007
  • "Art of Seed Beading;" Elizabeth Gourley, Jane Davis, Ellen Talbott
  • Photo Credit beads image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com
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