You can use whatever beads you want to use, put some beads on a piece of
thread and you can call it beading!
Me, I use mostly seed beads, and the pattern designs on this site revolve around seed beads.
90% of my designs are made with a mixture of Czech and Japanese Size 11 Seed Beads.
When you purchase a kit from us, the seed beads will be Czech and Japanese Size 11 Seed Beads plus whatever other dangle beads and/or findings that the original piece was made with. Exceptions do apply when the original beads are no longer available.
What I recommend to start with!
You need beads, needles, thread and a pair of scissors to start with.
Beads should always come first.
What are you going to make, find something pretty on the internet, and find out what kind of beads it was made with and get those. It can be that easy and is a great place to start.
I've beaded with everything from gold and silver to plastic letter and flower beads.
I think every bead has it's own place in life, and I love them all.
Needles, there are lots of different kinds of needles out there. Don't try to bead with a sewing needle! Always buy beading needles.
Beading Needles come in different sizes and styles.
I use inexpensive needles myself, because I bend them, contort them, and break them all the time!!!
An important thing to know when buying needles is that the Needle size is relevant to the the Bead size.
If you are using size 11 seed beads, you want to buy a size smaller in a needle, so you would buy size 12 needles.
The number 11 in the seed beads refers to the diameter of the hole in the bead, not the outside of the bead.
The number 12 on the needles refers to the diameter of the outside of the needle.
With seed beads and needles, the bigger the number the smaller it is.
Thread, I like Nymo thread, I tried a few other threads, but don't even remember what they were called, because I always ended up going back to the Nymo thread. There are some different sizes in Nymo thread, I use mostly size D. If you are doing simple necklaces where you don't have to go back through the beads too many times, you can sometimes find Nymo size F, which is a little thicker. If you are going to make a design that requires you to go through the same beads many times, you may want to get a thinner thread, say size 0. The O size is too thin for my tastes, but I can see a use for it in lots of other applications.
Scissors, I like a little pair of scissors with a sharp point!
You need to find a pair of scissors that are comfortable in your hand. I like little ones!!
Patterns and Stitching! There are hundreds of free instructions out there, some of them won't make sense at first!
But you don't have to understand it all to start beading.
Find some free instructions that you do understand.
I find that pattern designers are like writers, if you like one of their books you will like other books by the same author.
So if you understand their free instructions, you will probably like and understand their patterns.
Just to clarify, not all bead sites call instructions patterns, some times they are just bead graphs!
I hope this information helps is some way!
The information Below
is for what to do and what not to do on most web sites with patterns.
This is mostly my opinion based on what I have learned from other sites and designers and their opinion.
These are Basic, Polite things to do!
Most sites would rather you not copy from their site and email copied information to your friends.
We would all rather you copy the address that is in the title bar of your browser:
Example, this pages address would be:
Copy that address into an email and send that to a friend.
Then all your friend has to do is click on that link to see what you were looking at.
The bead sites are happier, and you don't have to worry if the picture is going to make to your friend.
I get asked
so often if you can sell something that you've made from one of my