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Q.
I've made a scarf that I'd like to add fringe to the edge, is there any way to know how many beads I will need to order for this project? And what types of seed beads are best for fringe?
- Carol
A.
The amount of beads you will need is determined by the size bead you choose and the length of your fringe. Seed beads make nice fringe. Because they range in size and come in many different colors and finishes, it's easy to find the right bead for the project. The size seed bead that you should use is dependent on the size of thread, cord or yarn that you would like to use on the scarf, as well as if you want a delicate fringe or a more sizable full fringe. For a finer thread or cording and a more delicate styled fringe, you could use a size 11/0 seed bead. A size 6/0 seed bead would work well with a heavier gauge cording or fine yarn and will make a fuller fringe. The "Wire Gauge to Inches and Millimeters Conversion Chart" converts to inches or millimeters and will help you to determine the size beads that will fit onto your thread.

Once you have these parameters figured out, determine the size of the seed bead based on the "Seed Bead Sizes and Holes Sizes” chart. Lay your scarf on a plain piece of paper then sketch how long you want the fringe to be. Sketch in the seed beads as close to their true size as possible to then determine how many beads you will need for each fringe. Then sketch in the fringe across the end of the scarf to determine how many fringes are needed for one end. The final formula will look like this: # of seed beads x # of fringe x 2 = seed beads needed.

- Maura Buckner Jewelry-Making Expert

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