A bead spill is one of the worst calamities to have happen during a project. Not only can this mean losing your precious supplies, but if multiple beads are spilled together a beader faces the daunting task of separating hundreds or even thousands of tiny beads. Tools like an aluminum triangle or a metal scoop will help you sort and separate a muddle of beads, but why not turn your disaster into an opportunity to create your very own bead mix!
Bead mixes, sometimes called bead soups, can add a fresh and spontaneous feeling to a design. And some of my best mixes have been the result of accidents that combined beads I never would have intentionally put together! Whether you are mixing from scratch or salvaging a spill, first think about what type of project you want to make with this collection of beads. If you want to use it with a bead weaving stitch that requires uniformity, mix beads together that are all the same size, but have different cuts, colors and finishes. If you’re planning to string your mix or make wire wrapped links with it, then consistent size and shape aren’t as important and you can go completely wild!
Happy Tuesday! -Gretchen