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Being "over" 70 years of age and having arthritis, I very frequently drop/spill beads. Sometimes an entire container. I have a manual lightweight carpet sweeper. I keep the retaining compartment clean and use it for nothing else but getting up my...

Bead Board Support

Bead boards are a great tool, but they are a little weak. There have been several occasions where I have picked up my bead board with one hand and the board buckles because of the weight and how I picked it up. To correct this, I purchased some...

Clip for Cash

Best tip I can think of to save money is to use ToeNail Clippers in place of cutters to trim your ends, on your beading wires and threads. Saves more money for beads!

Dawn Clean

To safely clean jewelry, put a small amount of Dawn Foam soap in the palm of your hand, sprinkle baking soda on that and rub your jewelry in this mix. Then, rinse off with warm to hot water and dry with a soft cloth. This will take tarnish off of...

Self-adhesive finger pads, an alternative to thimbles

Self-adhesive finger pads, an alternative to thimbles used by tailors and garment designers, work great for beading and wirework, too. The pads stick to your fingertips and serve as a comfortable buffer against pokes from needles and wire.

I have a suggestion to make wire loops more even.

I have a suggestion to make wire loops more even. I slip a cone (item H20-2256FN) over one side of my round-nose pliers (it fits perfectly). I mark the cone with my wire cutters, then I make all my loops at that mark. It works well. Maybe you can...

Anti-scratch Heat Shrink Pliers

I use the heat shrink tubing that normally goes over exposed electrical wires to place over pliers so they don't scratch the metal. I just use a hairdryer to shrink it nice and close to the tools so they never scratch the surface of wires or beads.

Don't Pinch The Digits

This is probably obvious, but I recently discovered this little tip. When you are using a crimping tool, make sure you keep your fingers well away from the jaws or you could end up crimping your fingertip instead. I didn't realize I knew words like...

Using a Bead Board

A bead board is a small investment that will pay huge dividends because it will help you design beaded jewelry and is an invaluable visual aid and time saver. Bead boards come in a variety of designs from single to multi-channel styles that have...

Easy Clean Up for Bead Spills

If you spill beads, stretch a knee high nylon across the opening of a vacuum hose and secure the nylon with either tape or a rubber band so that there is a little bit hanging loose that will suck up into the vacuum hose end . Then "vacuum" up the...

Basic Beading Crimp Pliers

You may have learned to squish crimp beads with a pair of chain-nose pliers. This works but there is an alternative method that makes a more professional-looking crimp end. Crimp pliers are specialized pliers with two sections for crimping. First,...

Finger Clipper Wire Cutters

Don't have flush wire cutters? A pair of fingernail clippers does just as well and can get in really close to beads.

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.

Binder Clip End Keepers

I use binder double clips on the end of my projects, so the beads keep on the wire and don't fall to the floor.

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

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

I use plastic shrink tubes used to cover electrical repairs which are easily found at hardware stores to cover my needle and bent-nose pliers.

I use plastic shrink tubes used to cover electrical repairs which are easily found at hardware stores to cover my needle and bent-nose pliers. I cut a small piece for each tong and blow dry it to fit snug. They last for a project and can be easily...

I use the clear plastic boxes that Swarovski crystal comes in to store my pierced earrings, until I am ready to sell them.

I use the clear plastic boxes that Swarovski crystals come in to store my pierced earrings until I am ready to sell them.

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

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

I have these huge fingers and they really aren't made for the tiny, intricate work needed for some of the work that has to be done on some jewelry.

I have these huge fingers and they really aren't made for the tiny, intricate work needed for some of the work that has to be done on some jewelry. Even going into some of the packages that items come in can be a challenge for me at times. Take tube...

I like to use an old coaster with cork lining to hold my seed beads.

I like to use an old coaster with cork lining to hold my seed beads. It has just enough of an edge the beads don't run off. A nice mini beading board.
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