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“To Dust Thou Shalt Return”

Description from Melody F: Tiny seed beads make wonderful designs, and the smaller the bead the better the "resolution" for making a picture. However, those little beads, especially the 15/0 ones, and even the 11/0 beads sometimes, look like dust to me and are almost impossible for me to handle. I buy 8/0 seed beads, since they are manageable, and come in many beautiful colors. But I admire the beadwork of those whose eyes and hands can master those miniscule beads.

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  1. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Melody, I hear you! I used to have the best eyes for superfine work and tiny things, and I love and admire work with fine detail. But my eyes are not what they were, and worse my hands have an inherited tremor that is getting progressively shakier. Threading any seed beads, especially those 15/0’s, has become quite inefficient & frustrating. 8/0’s still make great beadweaving projects, and their thicker, rounder shape can make them feel a little more akin to lampwork, especially with the beads of one color that are lined in another color. Those are my favorites.

  2. FromTheBunker
    FromTheBunker says:

    I concur! I can still manage 11/0, but the 15s are beyond my 70 y/o fingers.

  3. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    I agree that it is harder to see smaller beads. I ever felt that I could use 15/0 beads. Now these 70 year old eyes have developed macular druzen & cataracts. 11/0 are looking like 15/0 used to look. Maybe when I get my cataracts removed it will be better.

  4. Melody F
    Melody F says:

    Good to know that I am not alone with this limitation. EBPCornell, I also have an involuntary movement, more of a twitch than a tremor, and it is small but irritating and bad for painting and beading. But I did make over 50 stretch bracelets this summer, and a dozen or more necklaces. Pam, I have cataracts too. FromTheBunker I enjoy your posts a lot! Keep on!

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