If you are looking for beading tips, an experienced beader can provide you with many excellent ideas. Read on for tips on threading, jewelry making, bead selection, and more.
- When making a bracelet or necklace, always cut beading wire with an additional six inches to your ideal finished length. The extra six inches allows room to maneuver the wire and add more beads if necessary for your jewelry making.
- When stringing beads onto beading wire, add a rubber earring-stopper or bead stopper to one end to keep your beads from falling off. The last thing you want is your hard work to end up on the floor!
- Organize your beads and jewelry making supplies in a clear box with different compartments. This makes it easy to see what is inside each box, and allowing you to separate your beads by color or by type.
- When threading needles, you may find it helpful to hold the very tip of the thread between your thumb and forefinger and lower the needle to the thread, as opposed to bring the thread to the needle.
- When threading a small needle for beading seed beads, use a small dab of clear nail polish and dab it on the thread. Use your fingers to remove excess polish and make a fine point tip on the end.
- When designing a necklace, hold a few beads aside to make matching or coordinating earrings. It’s always great to have the option of making a matching set, and this keeps you from accidentally using all your beads up.
- Never use rubber bands or any other rubber near silver or silver plating. The chemicals in the rubber will leave black parks on the silver, permanently damaging the piece.
- Bracelets are often difficult to measure because the size of the beads alters the diameter of the bracelet. To measure, slip the bracelet over an upside-down paper or plastic cup, and draw a line with a permanent market on the cup around the bracelet. Use this cup for easy future measurements on your beading projects.
Hopefully these tips can help you become a more successful beader. If you ever get stuck, remember to keep practicing your beading! The more you bead, the better your jewelry making will become.