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Make Your own Beading Needle

I have just started beading, and was getting frustrated trying to get stringing material on the needle. By the time the thread went through the needle, the bead wouldn't slide on because the thread was too thick where it overlapped through the eye...

A Corky Break

When beading with a needle or Tigertail™ and need to store it for a day or two, cut a small piece of flat cork and press needle or Tigertail™ end into the cork. The beads won't slip off.

Needle Threading

If you are having difficulty threading your needle, try turning the needle upside down, so you are threading from the other side of the hole. Most needle holes are punched, so one side of the hole will always be smoother than the other!

Non-flame Wax Melting

An easy way to melt your wax when using to coat thread is to hold the corner for a few seconds against the openings in a metal lampshade (you don't want to actually touch the hot bulb). The heat from the light bulb does a great job of melting the...

Thread Tip

Cut thread on an angle for easier threading. This will make it easier to thread through small needle eyes, as well as prevent it from fraying.

Threading Crimp Beads onto Powercord®

Take a foot of 20# Fireline®, loop in middle, go through crimp bead, put Powercord® through the loop, then pull back through the crimp bead. Take out Fireline®. Crimp bead.

If You Wax Your Thread

If you wax your thread with beeswax, melt a corner of the wax just to soften it up. This way when you run your thread through it the wax won't cake up and your thread will stick together nicely.

Adding Thread to a Project

When you feel like your thread can go no further and you only have about 3 to 4 inches left, stop making fringe. Thread a new length of thread onto a new needle. Bring the needle through the next bead in the core. Pull the thread through until you...

When threading needles, instead of bringing the thread to the needle, hold the very tip of the thread between thumb and forefinger and lower the eye...

When threading needles, instead of bringing the thread to the needle, hold the very tip of the thread between thumb and forefinger and lower the eye of the needle onto the thread. I find this technique much less frustrating.

To get a closer cut when finishing a project and cutting the string, I like to use nail clippers rather than scissors. They cut closer and more...

To get a closer cut when finishing a project and cutting the string, I like to use nail clippers rather than scissors. They cut closer and more easily than scissors without leaving any excess thread showing.

Instead of a knotting tool I use a bead-tipped straight pin. After inserting the pin through the knot I push the end into a small piece of soft wood,...

Instead of a knotting tool I use a bead-tipped straight pin. After inserting the pin through the knot I push the end into a small piece of soft wood, gives great control and tight knots.

When making a necklace using wire/coated thread, use a plastic earnut as a temporary end (as a placeholder). I found this great when seed...

When making a necklace using wire/coated thread, use a plastic earnut as a temporary end (as a placeholder). I found this great when seed beading--for the beginning tail and then when you put down/pick up your project again.

When threading a small needle for beading seed beads, the one thing that I find works is to take a small drop of clear fingernail polish and dab it...

When threading a small needle for beading seed beads, the one thing that I find works is to take a small drop of clear fingernail polish and dab it on the end of the thread. Then take your forefinger and thumb removing the excess polish and making a...

To store Nymo® thread I use stitch holders meant for knitting. I just open the safety pin like device and drop on my thread and then close. I can...

To store Nymo® thread I use stitch holders meant for knitting. I just open the safety pin like device and drop on my thread and then close. I can just pull the thread as needed without any problem.

I use a lot of translucent line to string with. I don't know if this is new but I take a bright colored fingernail polish and dip the end of the line...

I use a lot of translucent line to string with. I don't know if this is new but I take a bright colored fingernail polish and dip the end of the line into it and allow it to dry and then when I am stringing I can see the end of my line better. Paint...

This tip is in response to the question of the day about knots getting pulled into beads while disassembling a necklace. Another method of avoiding...

This tip is in response to the question of the day about knots getting pulled into beads while disassembling a necklace. Another method of avoiding pulling the knots into the bead is to use a craft knife or utility knife to cut the knots away rather...

If you don't have a big eye beading needle, then just use a length of soft wire. Put your thread through one end then squeeze together, put a dab of...

If you don't have a big eye beading needle, then just use a length of soft wire. Put your thread through one end then squeeze together, put a dab of super glue to the tip of the other end to hold the two pieces. It works perfectly for me. Thanks.

I keep a chunk of regular wax around not just for keeping my thread from fraying, but heat it up just right, thread the wax like a bead, and it's a...

I keep a chunk of regular wax around not just for keeping my thread from fraying, but heat it up just right, thread the wax like a bead, and it's a great bead-stopper! Just make sure it's cooled off enough not to melt to your needle!

A new letter opener, usually rectangular or square, is a great bead thread cutter, as well as being useful for other threads. Scissors are great, but...

A new letter opener, usually rectangular or square, is a great bead thread cutter, as well as being useful for other threads. Scissors are great, but using this style of letter opener lets you get close to the work, and when I embroider, I often use...
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