Amazing "New" Beading Tool!

Though not technically a "beading tool," my photocopier has quickly become my new best friend. Who would have ever thought that this dusty old thing would be able to save me hours of design time and up to weeks of beading?

When working up the initial sketches for my Happy-Go-Lucky Links necklace for my new book, Mastering Peyote Stitch, I knew I wanted the necklace to be long. So long that I wouldn't need a clasp. However, because each oval link can take over 30 minutes to make, I wanted to be sure I was happy with the design before committing to beading that many ovals. Plus, I was grateful to have a friend help me with the beading, and by nailing down the design in advance, I was able to ask (ok, beg) for just the right number of ovals.

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 For my first step, I beaded 1 oval and photocopied it many times.
After cutting out the ovals, I began to play around with the design, taping them in different arrangements-Did I want a symmetrical design? How did asymmetrical look? How long should it be? Because I knew I wanted the center links to incorporate the lampwork beads from Zbeads, I left larger spaces between some of the ovals.
Once I was happy with my layout, my friend and I were ready to bead! And here's the result!
My photocopier also came to the rescue when beading this necklace I call Seeds & Stones. (It was featured in Beadwork's Challenge department several years ago.) After beading just one of the scalloped segments, I photocopied several more and was able to determine their exact connection points, and how many scallops were needed.

I've heard of other beaders who design in this same manner using Photoshop, or other photo-editing software, but I'm more of a cut-and-paste type of gal.

Give it a try and let us know your results!
Have fun,
Melinda Barta
Editor, Beadwork

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