So many seed beads, what to do?

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murralis wrote
on May 19, 2013 1:43 AM

What are the quickest, easiest, way to use up all---- these seed beads I have acquired? Their should be some projects that will use them up "easily".

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tcwhit wrote
on May 19, 2013 10:57 AM

Tons of things! Almost any peyote/brick/herringbone stitch bracelets, or how about a beaded box? Or maybe bead embroidery on a jean jacket or a shirt? Spiral necklaces? I just trimmed out a boring old denim skirt that showed no signs of wearing out anytime soon. Also did a suede blazer over the winter with beads and matching sequins. The way I feel, if I bought it, I can put beads on it. And yes, that includes curtains and lampshades.

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on May 20, 2013 4:35 AM

Hanging drop is a nice choice. It needs many beads and it's a easy work.  Or you can make some bracelets, necklaces or jewelry case. There are so many choices

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murralis wrote
on May 20, 2013 12:30 PM

I am not familiar with Hanging Drop. Could you explain more about it?

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D.M.Z wrote
on May 20, 2013 2:08 PM

Murralis, maybe she means fringe? Fringe does use up lots of beads, especially if you do some branched fringes.............and of course they look divine on necklaces. Donna

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shanks wrote
on May 21, 2013 12:44 PM

It may not be quick, but if you will look at the post (loomed portrait) and take a look at her work you would have no problem using up the seed beads.

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trayck wrote
on May 22, 2013 4:29 PM

what about French Beading some flowers?

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on May 23, 2013 12:21 PM

Yes fringe/fluff bracelets/necklaces can use them up quite quickly, especially if you do a lot of passes and make it really thick:

If you have limited amounts, but a lot of things, freeform peyote works wel

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You could also do peyote/loom as the base for some type of embellishments with other beads on top.  Loom pieces can also use a lot of beads quickly and you can do some cool patterns even if you don't have a lot of any particular bead.

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murralis wrote
on Jun 5, 2013 9:05 PM

Thank you all for the ideas, every time I get my juices flowing I get ill and have to pull back. I did order the book "Kumihimo Braiding with Beads". It looks like I could use up some of the beads that way. Has anyone tried it

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on Jun 7, 2013 11:55 AM

Yes Kumihimo is a good way of using beads, though you might want to make sure you have good color mixes and consisten shapes/sizes of beads to be able to make the pattern.  We usually use about 2 14g tubes of 6/0 for Kumihimo or 3 14g tubes of long magatamas.  Not sure how much you would need for 8/0 etc.

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JanetWinslet wrote
on Jul 22, 2013 10:23 PM

How about making  some jewelry, like bracelets, necklaces ,rings or cup mat. And they may use many beads. U may have a try!!!

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