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How To Solve Beading Problems

How To Solve Beading Problems

Beginning beaders often run into trouble on their first projects. It’s important to learn from your mistakes early on, so you can continue to learn new beading skills and create more complicated projects. There are many common problems and mistakes that beaders may encounter, but luckily, there are ways to fix those errors.

Selecting the Wrong Beads for a Project

A common mistake for beaders new to jewelry making is to use the wrong type of bead. This may be because you simply didn’t notice what kind of beads were necessary, or ignored the directions and used whatever kind you wanted. A new beader may watch a tutorial or read a project, then imitate the project without following the specifications on what type of bead to purchase. This often leads to unsatisfactory results, as the finished product will not look like the sample. Using beads even slightly different in size, shape, or manufacturer can cause it to look different from the example. To solve this problem, closely follow the instructions, and make sure you buy the correct type of bead.

Working With Too Much Thread

New beaders may be frustrated with having to stop mid-project to add new beading thread. To combat this, you may try stitching with an extra long piece of thread that will last longer. This, however, causes many issues. The thread can snag on your work table or supplies and also tangle more easily. It can also cause you to spend more time on each stitch, adding time on to your overall project. To start, use one arm span of thread at a time, which is the length between your hands when you hold them out to your sides.

Splitting Thread

Thread splitting occurs when you accidentally pass your needle through the thread in your beadwork. This is when using nylon beading thread like Nymo or Silamide, but is not an issue with gel-spun or fishing line type threads. A split can cause your beads to twist, creates weak spots in your beadwork, and makes it more difficult to tear out stitches to fix further mistakes. To avoid splitting the thread, position your needle as far away as possible from the existing thread in each bead. If you do split the thread, the best option is to remove the beading stitches until you get to the split. Leave a thread tail long enough to weave in, trim your thread, and end it there. It is much better to repair it immediately than go on with the split there – it can cause holes in your beadwork down the road.

Remove a Knot from Beading Thread

Knots in your beading thread are inevitable during jewelry making, but they are a nuisance. Stretching and conditioning your thread before using it can help prevent knots, but projects that use longer lengths of beading thread will eventually knot. If you do find a knot, stay calm, but remove it. Insert a beading needle or beading awl into the center of the knot and try to work it loose. Don’t pull on the knot as it will tighten it and make it even harder to remove. Keeping the knot in your thread can lead to a weak spot and may cause your project to fall apart. If you can’t remove the knot, clip the thread and tear out any stitches as necessary and start a new thread.

If you ever run into problems with your beading, hopefully this guide can help you move forward. The most important thing to do is stay calm and work slowly on your jewelry making.


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