Terrifically Tacky Seed Bead Tins

Dustin and Michelle work on their tins at Bead Expo.



Are you ready for a seriously addictive beading technique? Dustin Wedekind, author of Getting Started with Seed Beads, showed Sandi Wiseheart and I how to create "Terrifically Tacky Tins" using seed beads, metal tins, Terrifically Tacky Tape, a needle, and thread. I promise that once you learn this technique, you'll start seeing potential beading projects everywhere from restaurant salt shakers to office filing cabinets!



We both found it challenging to work with the color palettes that Dustin chose for us. (If you're ever in a creative rut, having someone else choose your bead colors will snap you out of it!) The gecko on my tin is a button with the shank cut off. I also painted my tin with an acrylic paint. Sandi managed to sneak some purple glass butterfly

Sandi's ByzanTin (left) and Michelle's Southwest Cupcake.

beads and tiny bronze glass hearts into her design.

Before we were halfway finished, we were both saying, "And next time. . ." Here's a few tips we learned:

  • For a symmetrical design, lay the thread in a spoke pattern on the tape before beading to divide the space evenly into sectors. This also makes it easier to find the center.
  • Filling the tin with beads gives it enough weight so that it's not easily dropped while you work.
  • If you use the same size beads in a single row, you won't be aggravated by weird gaps in between rows.
  • Do your best not to drop the exposed tape on the cat. Enough said.

You can find more tips and the full instructions for these beaded tins in Getting Started with Seed Beads by Dustin Wedekind.

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