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Tips & Techniques

Get tips and techniques to become a better beader at Lima Beads.


Using Collapsible Beading Needles

About this Tip:

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


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: 0.35mm diameter

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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!


  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?


  4. DazzleBeads
    DazzleBeads 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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    M manthis says:

    I love beading! Am teaching my 26 year old daughter how to bead! I like your prices and the variety of beads and baubles!

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    Digidiva says:

    Love your site. Your selection of charms, beads, and supplies is a feast for jewelry artists. Your payment and checkout process is a walk in the park. What fun to log in to Lima Beads.
    Cheers & Smiles, Anne

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    Bobbie C says:

    Nice design. Thank you. Do you have a video showing HOW you got all those threads through the little hole in the needle? Where can I find the brown/green smooth rondelle bead in the photo? What size is it? TIA

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    Bobbie C says:

    Where can I find a photo of the finished project? I like the colors and elements. Is it a necklace, bracelet or earrings? Thank you.

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