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Video:Beading Tips for Beginners

with Angela Dawn

Beading is a wonderful hobby that anyone with a creative spirit can jump into. In this hobbies video from About.com get some helpful tips for beginning beaders.See Transcript

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Transcript:Beading Tips for Beginners

Hi, this is Angela Dawn with About.com, coming to you from Beads by Design in Atlanta, Georgia and today I am going to be giving you some tips for beginning beaders.

Things to Know Before You Start Beading

Before you get started beading there are a few things you will need to know like, types of thread, beads, different patterns, and a few beginning tricks. You also want to pick a project to do. Try to keep your first projects simple, fun and easy. I would recommend a necklace a  using medium to large bead.

Before you start, make sure you purchase a good set of beading tools. You will need a pair of chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, wire cutters, and either a bead board or a towel to act as your work surface.

How to Pick Beading Thread

When you pick your beading thread, keep in mind what beads you will be using. There are several types of thread you can use for the corresponding project.

If you are working with beads that have small drill holes, then silk, nylon, or polyester are the best choices.  Polyester, or nylon are great for beads with abrasive drill holes. 

Use silk thread if you are working with pearls, and nylon if you are doing ropes or woven necklaces. Fireline thread is another choice. 

How to Choose a Beginner's Beading Pattern

There are many fun patterns you can choose from. A pattern looks like this. You can go online and find a beginner pattern or purchase a beginner pattern book.

Have Good Lighting for Beading Projects

Once you begin, beading can be hard on your eyes, so make sure you have good lighting. A small desk light might be helpful. You can also use a magnifying glass over your workspace to help avoid mistakes and to keep your project neat.

As your skills increase you can move on to more intricate designs and patterns.

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