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Using Collapsible Beading Needles


About this Tip:

Collapsible beading needles can be especially helpful when working with seed beads and ribbon.

Components:

The products featured in this tip are listed below.


Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
These are the 2 different styles of beading needles.
Step 2:
The first example I will show you is how to thread our hand-dyed silk ribbon through the eye.
Step 3:
Once you have pulled it through the eye, you're ready to string your beads. I use these needles to string gemstone beads, lampwork glass, ceramic beads, polymer clay and czech glass onto ribbon.
Step 4:
You can see in the image how the eye is more elongated as it pulls through the bead.
Step 5:
Now you've successfully pulled a bead onto ribbon with a collapsible needle!
Step 6:
When you finish the project, the needle may look a bit misshapen. I recommend placing the eye of the needle over one side of your round nose pliers. Slide the eye down working it around until it has regained its shape.
Step 7:
Good as new.
Step 8:
The second example I have to show you is threading seed beads onto One-G thread.
Step 9:
Simply slide on as many seed beads as you want that will fit the length of the needle.
Step 10:
They should glide over the collapsible eye without any trouble.
Step 11:
Now you have strung your beads and the eye is still in its original shape.

Designs using this Technique:



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Measurements: overall length: 3.5"




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  1. Princess Rabbit
    Princess Rabbit says:

    I’m so glad I decided to check out this section as I’m about to start making Czech glass necklaces using ribbon. I didn’t know exactly how this would work, but now I do!

    Thanks!

  2. c  es mom
    c es mom says:

    I am so excited to get started beading!! Any tips or advice?

  3. c  es mom
    c es mom says:

    What kinds of staples, tools, etc will I need?

    Thanks!

  4. DB
    DB says:

    I am excited to see this as I have some Christmas wired ribbons that I think would work well with some wooden beads.

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    Jahna n says:

    I love this magazine!! any tips where I can fine instruction on making scroll bracelets???

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    Violette N says:

    love the site and will be ordering soon. good instructions also

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    Amor S says:

    I am glad I found this site. I would like to purchase the needle to use for my ribbon to go through the beads.

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