Glossary

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  • This traditional African stitch closely resembles a DNA helix, hence the name African Helix. All the actual weaving is done by looping over the thread. This makes for a very flexible, comfy tube that is wonderful embellished or plain. How to Do African
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  • What is an awl tool? While they are used for various sorts of crafts, including bookbinding and woodworking, awls are perfect for many purposes in beadwork. How to use a beading awl Paired with a hammer, the awl makes a great hole punch tool. All you
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  • This thick steel tool is a measuring device for both wire and metal sheet. B & S is short for Brown and Sharpe (also known as American Standard or American Wire Gauge) and is a universal system for finding the gauge, or thickness, of metal. The larger
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  • A ball-peen hammer in action. Ball peen hammer definition Ballpeen hammers are among the most inexpensive jewelry tools available. They're usually less than $10, and they're essential for texturing and flattening pieces. How to use a ball peen
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  • This method is worked with a crochet hook. It forms a tidy chain along the edge. Place a slipknot on a Beaded crochet cord makes a great finish or a strap for other beadwork. Make an initial chain of four (or more) stitches. Leave a bead in each chain
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  • Embroidery involves sewing decorative stitches on fabric. Beads can be incorporated into any embroidery stitch. Backstitch (also known as return stitch and running stitch), buttonhole stitch, chain stitch, couching, cretan stitch, cross-stitch, feather
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  • Knitting one bead into one stitch is the technique to use for knitting charted designs. Insert the needle into the stitch to be knit as usual, slide the bead up against the needle, and pull the bead through to the front as you complete the stitch. Related
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  • Begin by creating a foundation row in ladder stitch or using a secured thread. String one bead and pass under the closest exposed loop of the foundation row. Pass back through the same bead and continue, adding one bead at a time. To decrease within a
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  • Chainnose pliers can be used for all sorts of things, including breaking off beadwork , as demonstrated here. Chain-nose pliers Chain-nose pliers have smooth flat jaws that taper to a point. If you're in the market, make sure to buy ergonomically
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  • String 1A and 1B six times; pass through them again to form a circle for the foundation round and pass through the next 1B. *String 1A, 1B, and 1A; skip 1B and pass through the following 1B in the previous round. Repeat from * twice, then step up for
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  • String the first round of beads and pass through them again to form a circle. Start a new round by stringing 2 beads; pass through the last bead of the first round and through the 2 beads just strung. Repeat all around, passing through the next bead of
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  • Use cones to finish a multistrand piece. Attach each strand of beads to a wrapped loop or an eye pin. Use the wrapped-loop wire to string the wide end of a cone, covering the ends of the stringing material. Form a wrapped loop at the tip of the cone that
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  • String a crimp tube and pass through the connection finding. Pass back through the tube leaving a short tail. Use the back notch of crimping pliers to pinch the tube into a U, leaving a wire on each side of the bend. Rotate the tube 90° and use the
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  • Begin by stringing a small number of beads and forming a circle by passing through the first bead strung. String 1 bead and pass through the bead opposite the first bead of the circle, forming the "daisy." Related Free Article: Try This Unusual Daisy
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  • Begin with a foundation row of even-count ladder stitch. String 2 beads, pass down through the second to last bead in the ladder, and up through the next bead. String 2 beads, pass down the next bead and then up through the following. Repeat to the end
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  • Flush cut pliers have one flat side and a pointed tip for reaching delicate spaces in your beadwork. Flush cutters for jewelry making A flush cutter is a basic wire jewelry tool useful for cutting wire under 18 gauge. For heavier wire, it's important
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  • A head pin is a wire with a nail-like head, ball, or decoration on one end. Typically, the other end of the pin is made into a loop. Headpins are often used to create earrings or dangles for necklaces. Headpins may be purchased or you may create your
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  • Chainnose pliers can be used for all sorts of things, including breaking off beadwork , as demonstrated here. Jewelry jump rings Jump rings are circles of wire that are used to connect one object to another. You may purchase jump rings or you may create
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  • Knotting may be used in between beads to keep them from sliding on the thread, and will also keep them from spilling all over the place if the thread should ever break. Knotting may also be used to add decorative touches to a jewelry design or to simply
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  • L
  • Double-Needle Ladder Stitch Using two needles, one threaded on each end of the thread, pass one needle through one or more beads from left to right and pass the other needle through the same beads from right to left. Continue adding beads by crisscrossing
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  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for warping your bead loom. Note that you will need one more warp thread than you have number of beads in a row. To weave the beads, tie a thread to an outside warp (tie onto the left warp if you are right-handed
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  • Begin by stringing a base row of 13 beads. String 5 beads and go back through the fifth bead from the end of the base row. String another 5 beads, skip 3 beads of the base row, and go back through the next. Repeat to end of row. Passing through the fifth
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  • Don't forget the end bead, or all your work will slip off! Pass Back Through (PBT) To pass through means to move your needle in the same direction that the beads have been strung. To pass back through means to move your needle in the opposite direction
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  • When the thread is pulled tight, PT will create a loop. Pass Through (PT) To pass through means to move your needle in the same direction that the beads have been strung. See also: PBT vs PT demonstration
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  • Once you've mastered right angle weave beading , the possibilities are endless. Right-angle weave There are two types of right-angle weave that produce the same finished beadwork, but that use different thread paths. The double-needle technique is
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  • Twisting wire is easily done with round-nose pliers. Round-nose pliers for jewelry making These beading tools are essential for making perfect loops and rings. If you can only buy a handful of tools, a round-nose plier should be among them. Choose a pair
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  • S
  • An “S” clasp is a simple, comfortable clasp that can be formed with a torch or torch-free. Using a butane torch to ball up the wire ends to form a clasp is a nice touch when using thin gauge (20–24) fine silver. But if you want to finish
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  • Join Lisa from Beaducation as she teaches the fundamentals of this basic jewelry-making skill. This class reviews what tools to use and how to make even, consistent loops every time.
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  • String 4 size 8° and 5 size 11° beads. Pass through the size 8° beads again. *String 1 size 8° and 5 size 11° beads. Pass through the last three size 8°s and the size 8° just strung. Repeat from * until you reach the desired
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  • Begin by stringing a row of beads. For the second row, string 2 beads, pass through the second-to-last bead of the first row, and back through the second bead of those just strung. Continue by stringing 1 bead, passing through the third-to-last bead of
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  • These St Petersburg chain instructions demonstrate how strong and quick the beadwork is. St Petersburg Chain Named for its Russian origins, St Petersburg stitch is more obscure than its popular cousins, but it is nevertheless a fast and simple method
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  • Stringing is a technique in which you use a beading wire, needle and thread, or other material to gather beads into a strand. Popular stringing materials include beading wire, braided thread, elastic cord, fiber cord, leather cord, nylon thread, silk
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  • A tension bead (or stopper bead) holds your work in place. To make one, string a bead larger than those you are working with, then pass through the bead one or more times, making sure not to split your thread. The bead will be able to slide along, but
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  • Thread burner tool meaning This little tool was originally designed for sculpting wax molds, but beaders found a great use for it. The tip has a tiny heat element that works perfect for cleanly trimming thread close to beadwork. It is used for trimming
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  • String 3 beads and tie them in a circle to form a triangle. This is your first unit. Pass through the first bead again. String 2 beads and pass through the bead just exited and the 2 just strung. Continue adding 2 beads at a time to make a series of triangles
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  • Begin with a foundation row of ladder stitch. Join the ends together to form a tube. String 2 beads. Pass down through the next bead and up through the bead after it. Repeat around the tube. At the end of the round, pass through the first beads of the
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  • Wrapped-loop bails turn side-drilled beads, usually teardrops or briolettes, into pendants. Center the bead on a 3" or longer piece of wire. Bend both ends of the wire up the sides and across the top of the bead. Bend one end straight up at the center
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  • COIL To make a coil , use one hand to hold the end of your wire against a mandrel. With the other hand, wrap the wire around the mandrel in tight loops. To remove the coil, slide it off the mandrel and cut. Add vertical loops on either end to use the
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  • Learn how to make open and closed loop spirals and the proper tools to use for mastering this technique. Watch as Lisa from Beaducation.com shows you how to make one of her favorite shapes to incorporate into many or your designs.
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  • WIRE-WRAPPED LOOP For a wire-wrapped loop , cut the desired length of wire and make a 90? bend 2" from one end. Use round-nose pliers to hold the wire near the angle and bend the short end up and around the pliers until it meets itself. Wrap the wire
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