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To Bead or Not to Bead?

To Bead or Not to Bead?

Have you ever beaded a necklace?

I like to choose color first. Then I decide what style of necklace I'd like to create - will it be funky, elegant, classic or retro? Then I begin to assemble possible beads and jewels from my inventory of materials.

And that is where the adventure begins! Why, you ask? Because when handling beads, especially tiny beads or crystals, they jump out of your hand and literally bounce onto the floor out of site and HIDE there! You find yourself on your knees with a flashlight with your face close to the ground hoping to see the errant escapee! You might be lucky and find it immediately or several days later when you hear it getting sucked up by the vacuum cleaner!

After the project beads are chosen, I am excited to create the necklace design on the board. What length will the necklace be? Will it be a long opera length necklace or a choker? What will be the focus of the necklace? Will metal beads be used, i.e. gold, silver, bronze, copper or gun metal? What will the patterning be? Then, of course, what type of clasp will be used? 

Finally, the stringing onto the beading wire begins. What can possibly go wrong? You finish beading and discover you have one wrong sized bead! And naturally, it is in the middle of the necklace which means you have to un-string half of the necklace in order to fix the issue.

Did I mention that I LOVE beading? Because I do. And no matter how many beads drop, I'll keep on keeping on! Try it. You might fall in love.

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