Size 12 beading needles work nicely for me for most of my seed beading needs (they can make multiple passes through seed beads that size 10 can't) but most of mine bend so, so easily and can only be reshaped so much. Any recommended brands?
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Find the cheapest ones you can, they will not bend easily, break maybe but not bend.
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shanks has good advice and I have found that to be true too, but now I only use John James needles as a rule and have recently tried some of the pricier Tulip needles. I bought three tubes of Tulips (11's) and handed one needle each to some of my most bead intensive pals.......we all used them and abused them and found them pretty darn great considering they cost more. I really only use 10, 11 and 12 needles as they work for what I do best. We compared notes after months and all of us mentioned the fact that the needles were still pretty much straight. Of course it depends on just how hard you are on needles as to your personal experience. Donna
Have you tried the Tulip needles yet? They are very nice and I find, I can use one needle for a very long time without bending or breaking it. I have done at least 6 projects with the same needle, and it still is not bent. They are a little costly at $4.99 for ( I think) 4 or 5 needles, but well worth the extra expense when you don't have to throw them away after or during ever project.
Thanks all! I usually use either the John James or the cheap size 12s from FMG. Shall have to try the Tulips.
I like the John James for the thinner needles. I buy mostly "Pony"brand, They all rust after I use them.(I use an emery board to smooth them out before I use them again. My hands are always warm, The needles dont last long.
I will have to try Tulip, never heard of them.
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I've been using Tulips for about a year now and really enjoy beading with them.
They come in little tubes with corks on the top. I put the tubes in an Altoids tin - easier to keep track of.