New to the world of beading?
Whether you’re already an experienced beader or a newbie, it’s always a good idea to have the essential supplies in your toolkit. You may be overwhelmed with the selection but there are only a few necessary tools to begin with.
Enjoy your beading projects with a solid foundation of the items below.
Beading Thread. Unlike regular sewing threads, beading threads are stronger and can easily pass through small bead holes without fraying. You can choose from two of the most used beading threads like polyethylene (or fishing line) and nylon beading thread. But do take note that nylon is not that sturdy like polyethylene and is likely to stretch in the long run. On the flip side, it is easier to cut and is available in a range of colors and more economical.
Bead Dishes. Bead dishes and trays are pretty much metal. Some are ceramic shallow dishes that let you easily pick up the color and the number of beads straight from the dish. Bead dishes are optional as you can place your beads directly on your bead mat. But then, if you want to pick up beads faster and easier, don’t hesitate to include this on your list.
Task Light. A bright, full-spectrum work light is just what you need for a smooth and convenient beadwork. There are materials that are tiny like seed beads, so you definitely need enough light in the room to make beading hassle-free. You don’t need a large fixture, just make sure the light directs down to your own bead mat.
Beading Needles. Narrower and thinner, beading needles can easily pass through tiny bead holes. They come in a range of styles, sizes, and brands. When it comes to the size, the larger the number, the narrower the needle. When choosing the needle, try to pick the right size for the types of beads you’re using. The most used sizes are size 10, 11, and 12. Size 13 and size 15 are used for extra small beads that will help in avoiding broken beads, split threads, and other beading problems.
Bead Mat. Bead mats eliminate glare from your work light and offer friction that prevents some beads from rolling away. A helpful tip would be to roll up the bead mat after using and secure it with rubber bands to store the unfinished project. Purchase at least one light colored mat for working with dark beads and one dark colored mat for working with light beads.
Beading Scissors. You won’t be able to make precise cuts on your jewelry designs if not for a pair of beading scissors. These small, sharp scissors help make straight, clean cuts which lets you thread your needle easily. With embroidery scissors, they get dull pretty quickly when used on fishing line style of thread.
If you have just started beading, you need not break the bank with pricey beading supplies. Choose the more affordable options that will make your work easier and smoother. Stay tuned for part 2 as we give you more ideas on other basic beading supplies.