Beading is a fantastic way to show your creativity. And some beading techniques are not difficult at all. You can easily create your own beaded necklace, bracelet or earrings. Here are several beading tips and instructions for beginner beaders that help you plan your project properly and allow you to enjoy your completed beaded project.
1 Put space between your beads
Majority of beading projects that include small beads especially semi-precious, Swarovski, glass and pearl beads need a special spacer between the main beads. You can do it in two ways – make a simple knot between your beads, or insert a decorative spacer. I prefer spacers, because they make the design more interesting. It is best to use silver or gold spacers with expensive beads – they won’t loose the shine as they age.
2 Beading board helps you organize your project
Before starting your project lay the beads you are planning to use out on a jewelry layout board. You can buy these boards in any shop that sells, craft supplies, beads and beading tools. The board lets you see, how your design will work before you connect everything. If you don’t have a board, use a plain light bath towel, so your beads don’t scatter.
3 The simpliest way to prevent your beads from rolling
Even if you use a beading board, it is a good idea to cover the table you work on with a towel. Beads rolling all over the table can drive you crazy, but put a towel under your beads and they can’t escape. Also, if you have a cat, cover your work with another towel, if you leave even for a few minutes. My cat can destroy hours of work in less then 30 seconds.
4 Cut enough string
If you are going to use knots, then cut the string 4 times longer than finished project plus a few extra inches, otherwise 2 times longer. Also you can fold your string twice or even four times, to make it stronger. This is particularly true if you use heavy glass beads and large beads.
5 Match string color to the colors of your beading project
Your don’t always have to use white string, buy a string that matches the color of your beads for this project. If you can’t find a string in that particular shade, take a white one and dye it, you don’t need to use an expensive special die – use kids markers instead.
6 Remember, that your string will probably strech under beads weight
In my first beaded necklaces I always had this problem – you finish a necklace, than after a day of wearing it the string stretches and beads are no longer tight together, looks awful. To avoid this, after all the beads are on, hang your necklace for a day or so, than do the final knotting or attach clasps.
7 Secure the ends
Final knots are important, it is best to use square knots and tighten them firmly. Then apply some jewelers glue to your knots and only after that cut the loose ends.
8 Be kind to your eyes
Beading for several hours can give you a bad eye strain, especially if you are working with seed beads. So always have a good light on, a desk lamp is best. Another useful tool would be a magnifying glass for beading. It will also help keep your project neat and saves you time.
Tatiana Turner is a publisher of Beading Patterns.org where you can find beading patterns and everything you need to know about beading.