Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

Round seed beads aren’t always the exact same size and shape. Czech seed beads are known for being irregular, but even bags of Japanese seed beads will have a few odd beads in the bunch. Most bead weaving stitches require all the beads to have the same measurement from hole to hole for the pattern to look right. One irregular bead in a woven piece can throw your whole project off. Today’s tip will show you how to avoid this problem entirely by culling your beads before you start stitching!
Make sure your workspace is well-lit and that your surface is covered with something that will keep your beads from rolling and allow you to see the beads. For example, don’t look at black seed beads on a black velvet board! Pour your beads out and turn them so that all the holes are facing up. I do this by smoothing my open hand over the beads until they’re all facing the same direction and not stacked on top of each other. Look at your beads and see if any pop out as being different. Get a new perspective by coming to the side of your table, keeping the beads at eye level, to see how high they stand next to each other.

Sort the beads into groups based on their height and shape. I like using my triangle or a bead scoop to move the beads around.

Once you’ve finished culling out the weird beads set them aside, but don’t throw them away! You never know when a single, strangely shaped seed bead will be just what you need.
Happy Tuesday!! – Gretchen

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