|Seed beads are small beads in glass, metal or crystal, clear or opaque. They also come in mini size and are used in embroidery on clothes, for example.|
Little hint Use beads from different sources thus different sheens for a 'rainbow' effect.
Must-haves for making bead rings are the 'spinning top' beads used at the center of each ring. In glass, plastic or crystal, the best known, due to their perfect regularity, are Swarovski's crystal beads, in production since the 19th century !
Weaving seed beads
|The indispensable cutting pliers, for cutting wires. If fine enough, the pliers can also be used to crush crimp beads and twist wire.|
A small flat gripping plier can be useful for holding the wire while you're working.
|If you're starting off, begin with this easy seed bead necklace : models adapted for kids and teens but which allow you to get some practice...|
Next learn the weaving technique needed for seed bead rings and mini Bead animals.
A Magali creation
|Another kind of Bead rings : the twist necklace, which can be adapted according to your taste and the beads you have to hand...and the bead ring ...for the same twisted effect...|