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If your eyesight is not great, and you love to bead, use artificial sinew and large-hole beads and freeform slabs for a bolder look.

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A foam mouse pad with a gel wrist rest makes long-term beading more comfortable. Plus, the beads and needles stay where you put them.

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At the end of each small project, close your eyes for a few seconds, do simple stretching exercises, get up and place your design on display. It will make a positive difference at the end of a long beading session.

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When brass or copper wire is used to make jewelry that is worn on a part of the body that has a lot of natural oils, such as around the neck, ears or chest, the wire can become coated with corrosion. This corrosion can look unsightly if the wire is used with light colored transparent beads. To keep your jewelry looking clean, choose a high quality metal wire that will resist corrosion, or plan your designs around beads that won't easily show the dark build up. Periodically cleaning the jewelry in a gentle, soapy water solution can help. If your jewelry contains coated beads or natural gemstones that are sensitive to cleaners or scrubbing, test a small area before cleaning the entire piece.

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For making necklaces for hand mobility-impaired folks, the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads is great for lightweight necklaces. Simply knot the ends and it is ready to pull over the head--no clasp needed.

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To cut loops of memory wire, use shears that are made specifically for hardened wire. Memory wire will cut into regular wire-cutter blades, ruining them. When placing beads onto the wire, it's important to keep the wire in its natural shape. Avoid pulling the wire straight or the ends may bounce back, causing the beads to fly off.

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Another bead board tip: A quick and simple way to stabilize that bending bead board is to cut a piece of coreboard (available at any craft store) and use thumbtacks to secure. Place bead board on top of coreboard, trace outline, and using a razor knife, carefully (and easily) cut through the coreboard (use scissors if you need to trim). Using thumbtacks, you may need to punch a hole in edge of plastic bead board first to secure to the coreboard. Works for me!

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It is easier to make a symmetrical necklace if you mark the center of the thread or wire first. Then do short sections to match alternating on each side. It is easier to catch and correct a mistake.

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The Bead Buddies® with the plastic grips--I found that the slick plastic was hard to hold onto even with the little bumps on them. So I used a nail file and filed off the bumps and glued on VELCRO®, cut to size.

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Sometimes the hardest part of stringing a necklace or bracelet is keeping the beads snug at both ends while crimping the second crimp bead. To keep the beads in place, use this technique:

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If the extension for your vacuum tweezers vanishes, or you need a penny-pincher way to handle tiny crystals, try using the dampened end of a spaghetti noodle. It will easily pick up, move and ease the chaton and flat backs into place on Apoxie® Sculpt and clay projects. Use the dry end to press down and press the crystal into place. This technique makes a group pavé project so easy! Keep up the great job, FMG. I've been a fan/customer for five years!

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Dropped some beads on the floor? Here's a quick way to pick them up--just take a piece of tape (duct tape works best) and turn it inside out and make a loop of it then pick up the beads! Also works for picking up small bits of thread or paper from your work area! Here's a tip to store your hook-style earrings: Make a "box" out of plastic canvas any size you want. Just take 2 pieces of the same size for the front and back, then cut strips about 1 1/2" for the sides. Then sew or hot glue the edges together to make the "box." If you use the piece of the canvas that has the hanging tab on the top-you can use it for the back piece--just center the tab in the middle on the top for hanging. Otherwise you can just hang it on a nail. I have one hanging in my bathroom and can see my earrings at a glance and they stay organized! You could also use one to hang your earrings on when making several pairs (a place to park them)!

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When finishing the ends, use either a basic loop or ball ends. For loops, bend the wire against the natural curve. This is easier than forcing the wire to bend into the curve. If using to finish, adhere with or similar glue to hold the balls in place.

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If you're out of beading needles, use a threader dental flosser instead! Make a knot in the loop and voila! :)

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A black fireplace screen serves as a great storage and display unit for your earring collection. It is also portable for quick set-up at bazaars. Colored, framed window screens are lightweight and portable as well.

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I use a pair of magnets to hold the ends of projects. It works great, and is portable too!

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Feathers can easily be used in necklace and earring designs with small . Place the tip of the feather in the crimp. With your chain-nose pliers, bend the sides of the crimp down so they are flat against the back of the feather. The crimp has a loop at the top and can be attached to an earwire or strung on a necklace with a split ring.

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I try to use all the boxes and bags that come in my orders. I work in a pharmacy and take in the medium sized Ziploc® bags for the many types of drugs that are individually wrapped and won't fit in a bottle. They are great!

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I made a bean bag tray to use while beading in bed or watching TV. It sits nicely on your lap or whatever as the beans help to form a cushion that fits anything. It has helped a lot for not spilling, which is everyone's dread.

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I made an inexpensive bail using a 3" eyepin. I uncurled and straightened the end, measured the length and folded the wire in half using my round-nosed pliers. At this point I added a jumpring to the bend. Holding the assembly by the jumpring I measured up about 1/3" from the jumpring and used the round-nosed pliers to bend the two wires forward 45 degrees. Then I bent both wires into a large curve backwards with the round-nosed pliers until the wires met the jumpring. I draped the wires over my necklace after I spread the wires apart in a "V" so that each wire lay on either side of my center bead on the necklace. I grasped the necklace at the center bead and used my flat-nosed pliers to wrap one of the wires around the bail above the jumpring in a downward wrap. This traps the second wire. I then wrapped the second wire in a upward motion over the previous wrap. Clip both ends if needed. The bail looks good from front and back.
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