You will need:
1. A strong desire and enormous patience to start beading;
2. Materials and instruments to work with;
3. A project to work on.
Let’s have a closer look at the starter set for basic beading.
Well, you’ve got to be patient, because beads can be really tiny and at first it’ll seem to take you ages to master basic techniques even with beading techniques videos and beading step-by-step lessons. But believe me, it’s worth the effort: just look at the picture isn’t it great to be able to make such things?
Once you’ve worked with your state of mind, prepare all the tools to begin mastering beading basic
A comfortably arranged
with a suitable beading surface (a piece of Vellux blanket will do) and a good lamp. It is vitally important, for you have to see the smallest parts of the work and also recognize the colors.
You will need
English needle is good to start with, because it’s thin and flexible. Later you’ll get to using Big Eye Needles, twisted beading Needles, Milliners needles, etc.
English beading needles can be found at any bead shop. There are special kits containing needles of various sizes. The size should correlate with the size of the beads (see lower). For beginners, sizes 10 and 12 are the perfect choice when they work with the most common 11/0 beads.
There is a special beading thread, usually nylon. You can also work well with fishing line and gel-spun types. Again, mind the size of the thread. It should be thin enough to make several passes through the bead.
- Pliers and scissors
There are special sets of pliers and other tools for beading at any craft shop. They usually include:
Chain/flat nose pliers
Round nose pliers
There are also a few more kinds of pliers, but you’ll need them a bit later, when you polish your basic beading techniques .
It is a good idea to have a toolbag for your beading instruments not to look for them around the room.
It is used mostly for wire beading techniques. Of course it should be of the appropriate size to pass through the beads’ holes. It’s good to use silver or stainless steel wire.
Oh, there are hundreds of kinds, each better than others. But don’t buy everything you see in the store that’s irresistible but stupid. First, take into consideration the following:
Size and weight.
You’re a novice, so it’s wise to start with either large or medium-sized beads. Most beads basic introductions state that 11/0 size or larger is ideal. Remember: the smaller the number is, the larger the bead is. That is, 8/0 is bigger than 10/0 beads.
The weight depends both on the size and the material used for seed beads. This may be glass, wood, crystals, bone, gemstones, metal and so on. It is entirely to your taste what to choose, but it is recommended to master basic techniques with glass beads, as they are easy to work with. Czech glass beads are an interesting option.
Traditional forms of seed beads are cylinder, used for flat stitches. But nowadays you’ll find all shapes imaginable among a great variety of beads for jewelry making. Actually, when you’ve chosen a project to work at, it is supposed to mention what type beads you have to use. A thing to remember: beads with rough edges can hurt your skin.
A skim ofbeading basic techniques
- Wire Beading, or Wire Wrapping
is used to create dimensional projects using wire as a frame or ground rings, ear-rings, sculptures, etc. There are manageable designs for beginners.
- Peyote stitchis used to weave flat strips or flat round shapes, or even tubes. In the end you have a sort of “cloth” made of beads. This is one of the most popular basic techniques.
There are also a number of similar basic stitches that give a chance to create breath-taking beaded jewelry.
If you know exactly what chef-d’oeuvre you’d like, go ahead with our tips under your belt!