Video:Setting Up a Place to Beadwith Katie Van Doren
Setting up a place to bead will make your craft a lot easier to accomplish and way more fun. Watch this how-to video from About.com to learn how to set up an organized space for beading.See Transcript
Transcript:Setting Up a Place to Bead
Hi My name is Katie and I am the owner of Kate Van Doren Studios. I am here for About.com to show you how to set up a place to bead.
Use a Flat Clean Area for Beading
Find a clean flat surface in your house or studio. I work in my studio at my work bench. You do not need a studio to have an adequate space to bead. You can easily clear a place in your home on a desk of even the kitchen table. Make sure you work in a well lit area.
Organize Your Beads
Place your beading tools near you so that they are handy when beading. Organize your beads according to shape, color and size using a plastic bead box with separate compartments. You can also use a fish tackling box.
Items Needed for Beading
You'll need needle nose rosary steel pliers with a round tip for looping your wire. You'll also need flat nose steel pliers for gripping the wire. Side cutting steel flush cutters are pliers that cut wire at an even angle. You'll also need bent nose pliers that are great for reaching difficult to reach beading areas. It's also nice to have nylon jaw pliers which are great for smoothing out the metal, and for preventing nick and chips in the wire. You'll also want SoftFlex, if you want to make a bracelet, this is material that is soft and pliable to make a necklace. Also you will want wire, if you are wanting to wire wrap beads or make rings. You might want another type of cord, called silk bead cord for necklaces or bracelets. You can also get pre-made ear wire to make earrings, or you can make it out of the wire you have.
Now you are ready to begin! Thanks for watching. For more information, visit About.com