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Not Too Bright: Are You Using the Wrong Light Bulb for That Lamp?

 

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As any experienced beader knows, having proper lighting is extremely important. It is often, unfortunately, forgotten. You might think you have enough light to create your beading project, but after a few hours, your eyes can feel tired and you might develop a headache. You might spend money on having the best supplies, but you cheat yourself of the resources you need to use those supplies accurately and beautifully. That’s why you need to invest in the right magnifiers, lamps, and light bulbs to let your creativity shine.

For centuries, artists have had to rely on daylight to create their paintings, jewelry, or drawings. In the modern world, we have the luxury of creating art at any time of day! Or, our busy lifestyles mean we can only create jewelry late at night. Either way, relying on lamps can cause problems. Poor light can add to eye strain, overly harsh lighting can create painful glare and accurate color-matching is difficult without daylight.

Different colors and intensities of light affect the eye’s ability to stay on task. Proper neutral lighting offers greater accuracy when using color. Avoiding glare means avoiding damage to the powerful, yet delicate, retina. Using sufficient light means preventing squinting, as well as the eye strain and headache that can accompany it.

Proper lighting allows you to see the true colors of the seed beads and Czech beads. Some jewelers even go outside to use daylight to see their beads in their most natural forms. The wrong lighting can make what seems like a beautiful beaded project, a disaster when true lighting is revealed.

The best lamp to use with wholesale seed beads is one with a daylight setting. This provides proper light for your eyes to  work their best, and for you to see the colors in their most pure state. An adjustable lamp lets you eliminate glare, and focus on the areas you need to see most.

If you already have a lamp, make sure you have a very bright bulb. Even if you don’t have a daylight lamp, bright light will still help see the beads better. Try searching for a daylight light bulb you can install in your existing lamp!

If you work with seed beads, you might want to consider also purchasing a magnifier. There are many types, and you’ll have to try a few to determine what works best for your beading style. They can make it much easier to focus on the tiny seed beads.

You can order these online, or at your favorite craft store. Your eyes, and your jewelry, will thank you.

When Beading Jewelry Is Just A Starting Point

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Crafting is a common activity for children, but some kids make like it more than others. If you have a child who loves crafting, support them! Crafts and beading is a great way to stimulate creativity and keep them busy with a positive, productive hobby. Kids can only benefit from these artistic pursuits, no matter what type! Beading is a particularly great option for kids of all ages and skill levels.

For young children, supplying them with yarn or pipe cleaners and large plastic or wood beads will improve their fine motor skills. Kids will love picking beads in their favorite colors and creating a bracelet or necklace! Beading is a safe, individual activity that does not require much supervision. It is not as messy as paint or glue, and can be cleaned up very quickly. Beading is a great activity for kids in a daycare or school setting, or just at home with a parent or sibling. Beads come in a variety of different colors and shapes, and kids have a great time making patterns and designs.  Small seed beads should not be given to kids under 6, as it can cause a choking hazard. Young children should focus on making simple strands of beads, but as they get older, they can create more complex pieces.

 

As kids get older and their fine motor skills improve, they have more options when it comes to beading. They can use Czech glass beads and seed beads to create delicate jewelry. Older kids and teens will love making jewelry to give as gifts or to wear themselves. Beading allows them to express their creativity and individual sense of style. They’ll feel a sense of accomplishment of making something themselves that’s as beautiful as jewelry found in a store!

Once children have mastered beading jewelry, they can turn to even more complicated beading projects. This can be embroidering clothing, creating appliques, beaded hairpieces, and more! Beads can even be used to embellish home décor items. Purchase a young beader a collection of wholesale seed beads and they’ll be content for days. This is a perfect activity for weekends or after school. As they improve their skills, they can even begin selling their beaded creations! Jewelry and other crafts can be sold online or at local craft fairs. Creating their own jewelry business will give a teen responsibility and a source of money! If you have a child who has expressed an interest in beading, consider yourself lucky.

 

 

Questions that are Constantly Asked

Being able to craft your own custom jewelry or decorate items in your home is a great skill. Beading is one of the most popular methods to make unique designs and in a way, personalize your everyday life.

Before starting to craft with glass beads, people often have tons of questions in their minds. So, in order to address some of those concerns, we have created a list of the most common doubts beaders have. If you found yourself wondering about anything related to beading in recent times, keep reading this article.

  1. How do I select the size of a clasp?beading_board

The size of the clasp should always be in proportion to the size and weight of the pieces used to create the item (necklace or bracelet). For instance, a massive necklace will look ridiculous with a small clasp. Moreover, the clasp might even not be strong enough to hold the beads and will eventually fall apart. Also, if you put a heavy clasp on a small piece, it will have a tendency to fall to the front of the necklace. You don’t want to wear a necklace that will need to be ‘fixed’ constantly, do you?

  1. I can’t get the wire through some of the stones I just bought.

Stone beads can sometimes have a hole that is slightly off its center. Try to enlarge the hole with a bead reamer, if possible. If the wire can go through it now, great. If not, try using a thinner wire.

  1. Do I need a bead board to be successful in beading?

A bead board is one of the wide range of tools you can use for crafting beautiful items out of beads. These tools can come in different shapes and sizes (but usually plastic) and may help you in making your designs and measure the length of your pieces.

  1. How to buy wholesale beads online?

Whether you are after a bulk of Czech crystal beads or any other type of gems, you have to know couple of rules for shopping wholesale stones.

  • read the product descriptions – if the wording is uncertain, you’re probably looking at cheap, low-end czech beads
  • expensive doesn’t necessarily mean quality
  • determine the exact size of beads you need, and make sure you order it right. Don’t trust online images – stones might look bigger in pictures, but be small in reality, and vice versa
  • stay away from purchases based on blurry images – low-quality images often offer low-end products
  • place small orders to ensure of the quality that a new store sells – don’t rush in purchasing tons of beads from a new place

We hope this list managed to give answers to some of your questions regarding your beading adventures. Remember – take your time in learning few skills, choose carefully when buying and let your creative skills come to the surface.

Trends: Animal Beads

crystal beadsEnvironmentalism seems to be en vogue right now. People are eating organic food, driving hybrid cars and wearing faux-fur. The trend extends to jewelry making, too. This summer, expect to see people rocking a lot of animal themed jewelry. That means everything from crystal beads shaped like animals to using faux-rabbit’s feet and shark’s teeth in their jewelry creations.

Getting on trend is easy with the right tools. One simple thing you can do is get some animal shaped beads and weave them into your work. Many such beads are small and discrete so you can work them into traditional designs without much hassle. You can also opt for a necklace made of seed beads with a natural pendant. This pendant can be anything from an animal’s bone to a feather. Anything that symbolizes nature will play well.

If you set beads in enamel for pendants you can just easily the beads to crate animal designs. All you need for that is your typical enameling supplies and some brightly colored beads. You can find information online about how to create convincing animal shapes. Don’t be afraid to make use of more natural looking, less polished stones to exude that rustic beauty because that is what is in this summer!