Some jewelry enthusiasts’ start beading the easy way, they just go to the store, buy whatever looks good for them, go home and start with it. But, others have so many questions before even buying the beads, and many more after they start beading and stuck in the middle of it. The Internet is a proof that these questions exist and people would like to know the answers and be well prepared.
Plastic or Glass?
First thing everyone has doubts about is the shape of the beads and what type of beads should they be working with – whether plastic beads or glass beads. There are no rules for this whatsoever, it is just a matter of personal preference. If you are going for the ‘glamorous look’, we suggest that you use glass beads, as they have shiny brilliance and will give your finished product an expensive touch. Plastic beads can also do the job, but are more suitable for the ‘casual look’.
Shape and Size?
As for the shape, anything you can imagine as a shape can be found as beads shape. Some of the most popular are: square beads, rocaille beads, long beads, flowers, ovals, buttons, celestials, squares, faces, drops etc. However, shape is not that big of an issue for most beading lovers. But, the fit of the beads on the yarn or the material you are using for threading the beads can be a bit delicate. It’s a tricky thing to choose the right bead size and have the beads stay put but also to move lightly along the material or the yarn so that a bead does not travel quickly and move to an unwanted position. It is not that big of a deal if you try hard to learn it – after beading several items, it will eventually become an easy task for you.
How to Choose the Right Clasp?
When all is done, clasps are another thing that confuses people how to choose the right size. Remember, the clasp is supposed to be proportionate to the weight and the size of the beads used for that project. Take as an example, one big, chunky necklace – this necklace will definitely need a bigger clasp, since small ones won’t hold the weight. It goes the opposite way as well, you can’t have a big clasp for a piece of jewelry that is small and light.
Should I use a Beading Board?
The bead board is yet another thing some get confused about and wonder do they really need it or not. This is a tool that you need in your collection of beading tools for getting great results. The bead board is actually a plastic tray which comes in various colors and sizes and you use it as a tool for creating your design, taking measures, lengths before any of the real work is done so that you can have all the exact measurements and designs. So, yes, using a beading board is a pretty smart move.
When working on a necklace and beading the beads on a cord, many have said that they can’t find the right bead that have a large hole that will fit right with their string. There are not beads that can fit right with a cord that is 1mm or even larger than that, but there are plenty of options that can be used. That’s where the glass beads come in, they can accommodate with different types and sizes of cords.
We hope this helps! Happy beading, everyone!