In the past month or so, I’ve fallen head-over-heels in love with beading, and I don’t see that love fading anytime soon. But like any passionate relationship, there have been times when my beads and I haven’t gotten along so well. I find myself occasionally throwing a nipper tool across the room or yelling curse words at innocent little seed beads. Still, slowly but surely, I have learned tidbit after tidbit that has made my bead blunders fewer and farer between. I thought I would list a few beginner beading tips here and maybe save some poor ring mandrel out there from bead-abuse.
3. When you’re working with wire, run it through your hands a few times first. This is supposed to warm the wire and make it more flexible. I don’t know about that, but it’s important to show it who’s boss.
4. On that note, wire wrapping is difficult. Be patient with yourself and remember that it will take practice. Be ready to end up throwing away a little bit of weird looking, kinked wire. You might want to use the cheaper stuff when you’re first learning.
6. Ever wondered how you tie off a piece of elastic so it won’t come apart? Well I did. Turns out you just tie a regular knot, but you put a few drops of strong glue (like hypo cement) on top to secure it.
7. Be an organized beader. It will relieve your stress. You can get little plastic bead organizers all over the place (I got a few from Wal-Mart for around 4 dollars). Put your gold jump/split rings in one compartment, your silver in another, separate your crimp beads and your crimp covers by color. Put your Swarovski Crystal in one compartment and your Czech glass in another… you get the picture.
Good luck and happy beading.
Kelly McCoy, Auntie’s Beads Designer