4 Tips For Making Beaded Beads
Beaded beads are one of my favorite things to make when I have a few free moments and a pile of beads on my mat. Whether I just feel like noodling around with a quick peyote stitch tube, or if I’m in the mood for something a little more complex like a beaded dodecahedron bead, beaded beads are a great way to get my fingers working and my mind relaxed at the end of a busy day.
Haven’t made your first beaded bead yet? Here are 5 tips to get you going:
1. Start small. And by “small”, I also mean “easy”. Don’t jump right in with complex geometric shapes – try something simple like a peyote stitch tube. All you have to do is weave a piece of flat peyote, zip it up, and string it with some other accent beads! Peyote stitch tubes are also great places to experiment with beaded embellishment – try adding peyote stitch ruffles on the edges, wrap strands of beads around your peyote stitch core bead, or add all kinds of different beaded fringe to your beaded bead.
2. Use a beading stitch you know. If this is your first foray into stitching up beaded beads, stick with a beading stitch you already know, and preferably one that you know well. If you love right-angle weave, you can try covering wood beads or lightweight ceramic beads with that stitch. Peyote stitch can always be used to make basic tubes or to cover wood beads. Or try one of the many variations of beaded netting to make your first beaded beads.
3. Use your bigger beads. Just like when you’re learning a new off-loom bead-weaving stitch, using a size 8/0 bead instead of an 11/0 might make for a clunkier finished bead, but it will most certainly allow you to learn the thread path of each beadmaking technique until you can do it in your sleep!
4. Play with your thread tension. Being able to manipulate your beading thread tension is key to making great beaded beads, particularly if you want to create beaded beads that are self-supporting and don’t need a core bead or underlying support. Play with your favorite beading stitches, learning how tight and loose tension affects each one, and then take that knowledge and apply it to your creation of beaded beads.
Beaded beads can be made with just about any kind of bead you’d like, including gemstones, pressed glass, and even all the great 2-hole beads available from your local bead shop. If you’re ready to start learning more about how to make beaded beads, you won’t want to miss Cindy Holsclaw’s new video, Weaving Beaded Beads with Two-Hole Beads.
Working with 2-hole beads can be tricky, but Cindy has plenty of expert tips and techniques to help you master using these innovative shaped glass beads. You’ll learn how to use 2-hole triangles, half Tilas, seed beads, and glass pearls to create stunning beaded beads that can be used in beaded jewelry designs for bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Whether you want to download your copy of Weaving Beaded Beads with Two-Hole Beads directly onto your favorite laptop computer or get it as a DVD, you’ll love learning these fun bead-weaving techniques from bead artist Cindy Holsclaw!