by Tom Triplett, Content Development Manager, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
The major advantage of a twisted beading needle is the large collapsible eye that makes it extremely easy to thread.
Twisted beading needles come in light, light-medium, medium-heavy and heavy duty. Use light needles for smaller (2-3mm) beads and freshwater pearls, light-medium and medium-heavy needles for 4-8mm beads and heavy needles for beads larger than 8mm and large-holed beads.
Cut a length of stringing material the length needed for your project.
Hold the twisted beading needle in one hand and the thread in your other hand. Pass the thread through the eye of the needle.
Place the first couple of beads in the design onto the needle.
Pull the beads down the needle and onto the thread.
Note: Pulling the beads past the eye of the needle will cause the eye to collapse. You may feel a bit of resistance on the first pass of beads and that is normal. There will be less resistance when stringing on additional beads.
Continue to string on the remainder of the beads in the design.
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