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Using Collapsible Beading Needles

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Using Collapsible Beading Needles

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

Step-by-Step Instructions:

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These are the 2 different styles of beading needles.

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The first example I will show you is how to thread our hand-dyed silk ribbon through the eye.

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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.

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You can see in the image how the eye is more elongated as it pulls through the bead.

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Now you've successfully pulled a bead onto ribbon with a collapsible needle!

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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.

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Good as new.

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The second example I have to show you is threading seed beads onto One-G thread.

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Simply slide on as many seed beads as you want that will fit the length of the needle.

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They should glide over the collapsible eye without any trouble.

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Now you have strung your beads and the eye is still in its original shape.

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