Beadaholique Live Class: Seed Beads

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In this live class, Kat Silvia and Julie Bean chat about seed beads; how to use them, sizes, threads, and even some wonderful design inspirations. Seed beads are incredibly versatile and we wanted to give you a chance to see them side by side and to lead by example with our projects, kits and tutorial videos to help get you started.
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hi everyone welcome back to our next Facebook live class and we are on YouTube live as well we are so excited to kind of get everybody and be everywhere yes thank you for joining us here we love doing these classes we do it every month it's always the first Friday of the month and it's just it's so much fun for us to hear you guys and get questions and so we just have such a great time to do this so thanks again for joining us yeah and we love to always hear what you're up to - so please leave comments because we are live so if you're watching this you know definitely leave comment to say hi we love highs yesterday and we like questions we do so today we're gonna be talking all about seed beads and all the great things that you can do we're gonna be talking about sizes and threads so we have a lot to go over today but kind of you know before we really dive into everything that we're gonna do I just want you to guys to kind of get a really good look at the table here and just kind of see everything that we're doing so we're gonna have our camera guy kind of come in close and give a nice little sweep of everything that we're gonna be talking about today we've got lots of great techniques to use with seed beads we have bead weaving we have loom off loom kumihimo beat embroidery stringing and you know we're gonna talk a lot about how people don't think of seed beads as used as spacer beads so we're actually going to talk about that - we have some metal seed beads that we're gonna go over and the most important thing is we're gonna actually talk about some of the terminology so that when you're shopping for beads you a know that you're hitting the right thing are sure of what's gonna work for your project so that's what we want to do we want to make sure that you guys are getting the right seed beads for what you want to do yeah we're gonna demystify seed beads here exactly yeah so if you do have questions that you've been wanting to know seed beads are so fun please post those questions here we're gonna answer them for you they're really the building blocks of a lot of jewelry designs and you can do so much with them and I think I can speak for myself that I'm gonna guess with Kat - I think in our personal collection oh very supplies you probably have more seed beads than any other supply because they're so versatile and they're just yeah they're yummy they're funny yeah it's probably for me it's probably about 70% see me - oh yeah cuz unique you really get a chance to use them in different ways so it's just it's so fantastic so anyway so if you've joined us before we'd always do a nice I'm gonna start by talking now these lunched today at so with this kit it's going to be an odd count peyote kit and you're gonna be able to make all right so we're gonna have and then the others launching today is we're gonna have these lovely ombre pallets now we're gonna talk a little bit about that a little bit later but today we're gonna be giving you one of our beautiful purple pallets here yeah and then the other great thing that we're gonna do is we're gonna be talking about some storage opportunities so if you can kind of see me behind this this is a beautiful piece and what's great is that these little tubes just kind of fit right in here so you can organize all of your seed bead tubes you can kind of color donate them or size them out so it's all in one great little spot so you can leave it on your table or the cool thing is I'm gonna do is it actually has a little velcro piece here so that you can set it up to be a nice little Tower so very cool and it comes with this nice little yeah I'll hold this for you it comes with this nice little storage bag so you can win all three of these pieces and all you need to do is just leave a comment below say where you're tuning in from or a question anything qualifies you in the comments to win this so and we're gonna be announcing it live so you have to be tuning live to win but we are going to be talking about that a little bit later so excuse my velcro all right I have one of these at home I love it I don't know where my seed beads would be without it and they used to all be kind of in a shoe box and I would just kind of dig through them but now so much is here so it's really really nice especially when you're trying to pair colors together I think usually see them all at once mm-hmm instead of you know trying to be like oh yours this one and there's that one but now you can just be a I'm gonna compare it to the different rows so that's a really great tool exactly and like I said I try to size my now too so if I know that I'm doing like a NATO project I have all the ones and I know what I have and then I know what I need to shop for and when I have those ramela's a color coordinating line yeah I do and I love it and then eventually it devolves yeah but then I get it organizing day spring cleaning yes yes so alright so you know I think we're ready to kind of start talking about some of these specific seed beads I think let's do let's get a little technical in the beginning here and let's start talking about the seed beads and we have little examples here of all the sizes so I'm gonna kick it off with Julie here so why don't you give us a good little start there all right so I'm gonna start by looking at to house and so Kat actually made these wonderful samples for us which is so helpful she's strung all of these so when you're looking at seed beads an important first thing to realize is the higher the number the smaller the bead which is a little bit counterintuitive mm-hmm um so here we have 15 hose and this is generally gonna be the smallest size you're gonna see and now all the beads you see available here are available at and we've actually put together a little product collection where you're gonna be able to go onto the website and Rachel's gonna put the link here in the comments and you're going to be able to see more details on everything you see on our tables yes I don't give you the chance to kind of click on this you and look at the description to really understand what you're what you're getting yes okay so I'm gonna keep right so we have our 15 oh we have a 15 Oh Touhou now this is a Japanese seed bead is a nice round shape and they're very uniform so that's a 15 oh and I'm going to put a little penny right next to so you can really see how that is in terms of their size now next one it's gonna be an 11 oh and this is probably one of the beads sizes and styles that we use most often so this is an 11 Oh Touhou it's really versatile we do bead weaving with it we do loom work with it a whole bunch of different stuff the next size you're gonna see here is an 802 ho followed by a 6o so you see that graduation of sizes so again the higher the number the smaller the bead and so we have the six oh and it's going to be the largest one now right here I also have a my yuki round so this again is also a japanese seed bead but i want to put it right next to the Toho now these are both size eleven and this is a really good time to point out that not all seed beads are the same so we have an 11 Oh round Japanese my yuki bead at eleven oh round Toho bead but they are slightly different in size they are and you know a lot of people we get a lot of questions of can I mix and match different brands and it really just depends on the design that you're going for but if you are doing let's say a loom piece I would do meu key rounds or Toho rounds just to make sure that you're kind of getting a nice uniform side panel yep I agree um if you're curious how that my yuki round differs from the Toho then my Yuki it's just a little bit shorter in the height profile so if you line them up together if you were to line ten Toho eleven O's together it might be like this wide on a strand mm-hmm the my Yuki rounds it might be this wide so it's just a slight difference but if you're doing something like a bead weaving pattern or a loom pattern and you're trying to make it fit a class but this is what I've run into before I've had to add an extra row of the Mikey round eleven OHS do you have it the same clasp as for the loom Toho 11s yeah and a little different and again if you're curious about you know exactly how many beads fits a clasp we do have we will retry and I think we have just about everything covered a clasp for each style so if you're like oh I really want to know if it's 15 or thirteen or fourteen we do have different projects that help show you exactly what we've discovered and the patterns that we've made that help kind of debunk that for you and that's a really good also point for cat is um she brings this up a lot which i think is great if you are doing a project and say you want to use a class or you want to do something similar to what we've done here check out our projects we to list all the ingredients but we also list videos to reference we list instructions so even if you don't want to make the same exact loom pattern that we've done you can still look at our project and you'll be able to find ok I want to do a loom piece as 15 rows wide yes it's a clasp that will fit it yeah and the good thing is is so let's say you're on our website and you look for a clasp if you look below you'll see a little note that says projects using this item click on that and you'll be taken to the projects that we've made so it'll kind of help you figure out which bead was used with this that we know that works and which width yep so it's a great tip which with yes exactly all right so I didn't continue here I know you have some different types of Toho's here you and we love these so these are Toho demi rounds and we've got two sizes we have an 11 oh right here and we have an 8 Oh and I really wanted to pull these off the strand so you can see them they're almost more like a little doughnut shape they're quite a bit thinner than a traditional Toho bead and they are a great bead for little spacers and I'm gonna pull up some examples here I have three different examples using Toho demi rounds alright so you see in this project here where we've done these wonderful Swarovski cushion stones we just used that little Toho Demi right as just a little gold accent so it's a very subtle you swear it but it's also a great little spacer here we've used a lot more of them and you see how they look all lined up it's quite a different look than if you'd lined up a bunch of eleven oh yeah absolutely and then we've got these right here and so that nice narrow profile really creates an interesting design element you know and I really like the use of the gold it kind of adds that little metallic flash that really helps it Sam yeah we love we love using the Demi rounds and the the a toes and the eleven O's give a nice versatility yeah they actually it was a surprise to me of how versatile they were yeah yeah we've used them a lot we have we have I really love them alright so those are the toe hose and no caps got now some delicas and some other beads to show you yeah so let me start in because we've been talking about me Yuki's and Toho's so I just kind of want to pull - ID here and the delicas you can see now I have 15 11 and 10 and the 15s here you can see they're just that little tiny cylindrical shape and I love the delicas because they kind of look like little tiny bricks especially for bead weaving if you're doing coyote or loom they really give a nice quality to the pattern and really help it stand out and the kids that I was showing you earlier those use at the Miyuki 11o delicas so again I'm just gonna kind of separate some of these out here so you can just sort of see the size and the shape so I have this beautiful orange color here so you really get a chance to see that they're tiny little cylinders so I just love these and like I said again these are great especially if you're doing like a brick stitch and you really want to kind of sit nicely now we've used delicas in many things you actually used the 10 o's for kumihimo so it gives it a nice little sort of jagged look which is really really fun so I have again the 10 oh the 11 oh and the 15 oh and the 15 o are there just so eighty bitty and tiny and you can yep perfect so yeah you can really see how small they are up against that penny but again you know seed beads we actually googled what is a seed bead and it's really just a generic term for a small bead so you know obviously they're kind of fast oh yeah so so it can kind of really apply to a lot of things that's why again we kind of wanted to do this class that we can talk about all those differently alright so I have three other ones down here as well now the use are the czech glass sol-gel so these are going to have that beautiful sort of luminescent quality and I have the 11 the 8 and the 6 o so what's great about these is they're Czech glass so they actually do have kind of a little bit more of an organic feel so they're not as uniform as let's say a Japanese see beat'em yuki or a Toho but you're gonna be able to do some really neat stuff with that and I actually have a wonderful example here done by our designer Rachel and she put four of those soul gels together now she used these really saturated colors which just looks really beautiful and she did a spiral crochet a beaded crochet with the wood beads and just really brought out that dimension so again she used these 6o beads and this is just such a beautiful piece and it's really really stunning when you get to see it all worked up and you get that nice little rainbow effect with that beautiful palette so yeah okay so let's continue we have a few more check-ins that I want to kind of go over really quickly so up here we have we actually got a question as to what is a number one seed bead now I couldn't find what a number one is but this is a one OH so if you're looking at getting some larger beads this is a Czech glass one OC bead and again you can see there's a little bit of irregularity but I actually really like it in this particular finish this is what they call a Picasso finish so this is that beautiful blue Picasso in a Czech glass and then we also have the seven oh and this is Czech glass Matoo bows so again a little bit of irregularity but what's nice about the Matoo bows is you can see that they kind of have a cylindrical shape but it's rounded so that's actually kind of cool alright and then these are tri cut Matoo bows and these are six oh and then we also have czech glass a toe here so all of these ones here are czech glass really beautiful and again just really great I love again seeing the metallics to use as spacers alright and finally we have some beautiful unions here now unions are sort of a beautiful mix of the Toho and Miyuki so we have the eleven oh the eight oh and the six oh and these come in some really funky colors and Julie has a beautiful example here this is one of our kumihimo kits and these are the unions here on the side and you really see that they kind of they play with each other but that's all the same color seed bead it creates all the same - it's so interesting it just makes this really interesting effect when you have so many use together it's a very modern artistic effect you know with just again it's and it's all the same and then you you can see that carried through here with those Czech glass fire polish just a beautiful way to showcase those beads it really is and I'm gonna say that probably the 8o size is my favorite size to use for kumihimo so we're looking for a kumihimo project and you want to use some seed beads EDA whether it's a Toho Idaho or a union that's a really great option for you and you have an example there of actually a kumihimo kid that uses the 802 hoe so these are all the a toto hoes and you can see that you can really create some very interesting designs even with just two colors of seed beads and then they do work up really nicely and they fit very easily on size 18 s lon court yeah and I love the spiral defect that kumihimo gives to us you can really have a lot of fun playing with colors especially when the bead is all uniform so absolutely here's another example if we want to look at more a toes worked into a kumihimo design along with the czech glass beads and these are actually kits on the beadaholique website as well one thing that's nice about kits if you are looking at just starting to make jewelry making they're great because everything is there for you or if you are an experienced jewelry maker but you want to try a new technique or in your pattern it's a really great way of doing it I think that's great it's a great tip you know if you just want to try something new the kids take you from start to finish and they give you everything you need usually usually sometimes you have to provide scissors or a pliers or something like that but we make sure that you have all the right beads and everything to make a completed project yeah and I think since I was over here right now metal bead go for it so there's also metal seed beads so you know we've got the wonderful glass beads but we do have metal as well and I want to show you how that would look worked up so here we have a flat kumihimo braid with a metal bead Center and this is what the metal beads look like these are size 6/0 and one thing that's really interesting about them is I find their holes to be quite a bit larger proportionately to the last beads so these are really great if you want to put them on a little bit of a heavier cord yeah you know and I use a lot of the metal seed beads especially in the 604 stringing string is great they actually work as great little spacer beads they you yeah they added just that little metallic that you might need or you know it's great to kind of extend at the back of a necklace if you just kind of want something really and slim USU usually get quite a large tube so it's a really great value yeah as opposed to buying like 10 metal beads a time you're gonna get a couple hundred metal beads which is nice and it's always something it's it's good to have on hand because you know like I said if you need to just extend something or if you want to use it as a focal it's great to have yeah and actually now that I'm thinking about that's another really great tip if you are doing stringing and you want just that little metallic element all of these would be wonderful stringing and you could get like a gold-plated see a bead yeah and whatever size or shape you want and that's gonna be a great thing to add to your project you'll get quite a few beads they'll cover a lot of territory yeah and again it's just it's kind of good to have in your bead tower yes absolutely and what I have here are finishes I'm going to talk about them in in just a little bit yeah I just want to finish talking about some of the other seed bead styles that we have here so really quickly we have some beautiful bugle beads and now these are kind of that cylindrical shape but they're just a little bit longer and we do have some great bead mixes here this is a Toho and this is a green mix and you're gonna get a couple different colors of the bugle beads and you're gonna get several different sizes of seed beads so this is great if you're just starting out you kind of want to experiment know stuff speaking of color palettes we do have some of these beautiful Czech glass palettes and this is a beautiful sort of wine colored and pink we do have Miyuki triangles which are really fun and kind of sharp and can add a little dimension and then we also have some Miyuki cubes now I have an example here and this is a square stitch again done by Rachel we have a lot a lot of her projects out here today but she is behind the scenes for us so she's helping us with some questions and I actually hear that we have a couple of questions I love Ann okay that's an excellent question so um the question is do the metal beads have harsher edges and I would say yes yes they do because it is metal they are they are smooth but they are still definitely more prone to cutting a thread if that's what you're thinking of then a glass bead so I would definitely recommend using them with a cord of some sort whether it's an S LAN or like our lovely not scraping yard I would not use them with say an emo or a KO or something like no I think you know eventually if it kind of rubs on it you'll you'll end up tearing that thread so but yeah but but if you're using something sick so you're probably not doing fine bead weaving so you're gonna want something that's a little bit more durable but if you want that look of a metal bead that's still in class you can do a plated bead and there's a lot of really wonderful there's that well play silver plate palladium you know yeah bronze you could get basically any metal finish you're trying to achieve in a glass seed bead with a metal plating and they're really high-quality the you know these beautiful plated beads they are expensive but you're getting a beautiful quality and you'll be able to use it again as a spacer if you did want to go on the slightly more inexpensive side but still have that metallic look if you go to Toho the galvanized starlight is there gold that we use a lot it's the one that you see here in the mummy hemo so that's sort of one of those ones where it's nice and round it gives a little bit of that it's not plated but it does have that nice gold metallic pop that you might be looking for yeah it's very affordable oh yeah very far what we use it all time and speaking of affordable seed beads at are all 20% off right now so if you are looking to buy some seed beads to be plan that we might up well you know this these are inspiring we hope that these facebook live live classes are inspiring for you and so we definitely wanted to be able to give you something a little bit extra we do the giveaway each time but we're also doing the 20% off right now as well yeah you guys a little something extra exactly all right so one last thing I want to answer so I always get the question of what a hank is so when you're shopping you might see something that's done by a hank or a half a hank so I have a couple examples here on my table here so this is what a full Hank looks like and a hank is actually 20 or I'm sorry twelve strands of 20 inches so you can see that they're kind of looped here at the bottom so this here is that 10 inches but this is a full hank of seed beads now these are those czech glass these are 10 o's and you can see that they're a little irregular I actually pulled out sort of a matte finish here and then metallic finish and these are the same but I just kind of wanted to showcase and let me kind of see if I can pull out one of these strands so you can even see just on the strands it's a little jagged but what's really lovely is there's a lot of great things for that look and Julie you actually had some wonderful suggestions for using and why you might want to use a little bit of an irregular seed bead yes I'm gonna pull up this one that Kat has right here so this is a 12o Czech glass tri cut and it is very irregular so the heights of the beads are irregular and oh so where the cuts are and this happens to be my very favorite seed bead of all time and that is because I love vintage and antique jewelry and so I use these in all the same techniques that you see here I use some four loom I use them for bead weaving I use them for stringing and I get a very irregular look and it is not uniform that the edges are not clean but I like that because it looks like antique jewelry especially when you're using in black it looks like old jet jewelry yeah I like that it's really vintage it's really vintage and I'll go and I'll you know hunt the antique shops and I'll find some vintage like old hobnail beads or something and I'll pair it with these and it looks so cool and it looks just so authentically vintage yeah so I use these all the time and I love them and I'm going for that irregular look because it creates such a different look that you just don't see all the time yeah absolutely so I I love the irregular I already am Czech beads well and so Julie has a twelve oh there and this is actually a thirteen oh this is a Charlotte and this is a half a hank so if you guys just just kind of want to see that side-by-side there so this is gonna have six of those strands but just eighty bitty tiny beads and the irregularity here is really nice and actually like you can see that it as I kind of move it around it does sort of sparkle it's got that little Sheen to it and those little cuts that really kind of are true to the Czech glass and just really really lovely you just imagine I just want this whole strand this is my bracelet this right here but yeah so it's so really fun to work with the irregular seed beads and I love the tip about you know if you're going for that kind of inch look there's there's no wrong way to do it so but just so you know Czech glass is gonna give you that slightly more irregular shape different than a Touhou or M Yuki yeah and I think that's a really great tip for any type of jewelry project you're gonna do is think about what you want your end result to be um like I want to pull one of cats peyote bracelets please if I may absolutely and this is so stunning I think they're all drooling over this it's very clean it's beautiful the edges are very smooth so in this case she used in my yuki delicous they're very uniform they've got that nice cylindrical shape so she wanted a nice clean look yeah so that's why she chose that my Yuki delicas over like a Czech glass bead yeah and you can see as you're kind of looking at that this is the perfect example of that sort of brick that I was talking about so so those delicas are nice and cylindrical and you can see that they just click together nice and easily so it gives you that smooth almost a ribbon-like effect it feels right it's like a fabric it does which i cool and it's very strong and it's just a great look so really think about what do you want your end result to be I think that will save a lot of frustration we are making jewelry and you want you have in your head you're like I'm gonna make this it's gonna look like this so really think about the bead you choose because you know we get a lot of questions about technique and tension and different things like that that affect the overall end result of the look but also it could just be the bead you're choosing yeah not giving you the look you want so think about that yeah so give that back to you so I think right now I'm gonna go over and look at so let me talk about some fun stuff yeah I know we do a lot of technical we're gonna try to go back and forth so users finishes or sizes there's cuts there's measurements so what you're gonna try to go back and forth between the technical and then just the fun and the example yeah the design element you know so I'm gonna look over here so over here is something we've been working on in the unthe and these are new palettes featuring my Yuki 11 o delicas so when I say palette that means that we as a design team have chosen a set of colors that we feel work really well together and we have a lot of palettes on and these are new ones launching today in this case they all feature four different full tubes and my Yuki delegates that are really color-coordinated and we've done a project for each of them to show you what they look like and this is a prime example to show you different examples of how to use the my Yuki delicous so in this project here we see we use this marigold path palette and I just straw these on beading wire and so that's a different not loom work it's not bead weaving it is just stringing but you can do it in a color blocked pattern and here I just glued those guys in there to create this medallion and we do have videos showing you how to do this so that is one way to use the delegate which is really quick and easy and fun here we have these wonderful earrings that Rachel does she created a window which is so cool if you see this got that window to them using the ultra violet pattern palette and ultraviolet is Pantone color of the year so we definitely want to do a palette in that I think you'll be seeing it a lot in fashion and the coming months and that's a brick stitch and that's a brick stitch she did it in pink too so what's nice about these palettes is you could do any one of these projects in any one of these palettes yeah then you would have enough beads and you'd have the right number of colors and so forth so here is a luma piece that captive which really really highlights that ombre effect you can see that and it's nice how those create that nice sharp clean line because it is the my yuki delicas and again this is this wonderful almost like an ocean e palette and here you really see the difference in the finishes and we're going to talk about the finishes in just a moment and how they come into play in your projects because with that really bright shiny one in the middle it just pops and then finally I created some little beads so you can also use seed beads as just little accents where you create your own little beads so this is just peyote and I just zipped it up the back which we again have videos for and then strung it with some of the tier cast soulful spirit collection and I put this all on a leather cord that was pretty fun i just made four little tube of beads and i could have made more if I wanted to but it was nice little accident with these mixed metal colors from that palette nice so we do have a question okay okay so the question is can you keyed Ella Kazan drowns be used interchangeably in the same project theoretically yes it just depends on what the clasp and the fit and finish of the project that you're looking for however if we do have a project that uses delicas it might not work with rounds but if you're creating something I think absolutely there you know especially they're both eleven O's if you're using the rounds and the delicas that we have I think yeah I don't I don't here's the thing I don't see why not it just depends on the project I know that's cafe but yeah but I would again just sort of caution you on the fit and finish that you're trying to go for in terms of the class or if it needs to slide in like the loom that Julie was showing you there the eleven o delicas fit perfectly into that Miyuki slide on I haven't tested it with the rounds but I can I definitely want to try to do that but we do have other slide ends that work with that so it might not be entirely interchangeable but the pattern will definitely work and I'm also a firm believer that whatever you can imagine do the wrong way to do it yes I was like it could work yeah it's just like I love the vintage look and I use all the try cuts and use all the check it's very irregular it's very organic you know but that's fine well and a great example of that is you know we get a lot of questions about oh I don't want to work with the 50 nose they're too small for me can I do that same pattern in a different size and more often than not yes there's a great example here and this uses one of our touhou palettes in the 50 nose and this is a beautiful herringbone and honestly you could do that in an eleven oh it might be a little larger in a NATO but I feel like you could absolutely do that same pattern in a 1500 so definitely something to kind of keep in mind Athena you don't want to work with it itty-bitty teensy tiny beads you could do it nicely your size it'll just be a little bit wider yep absolutely and I love this bracelet I'm gonna wear there you go it's nice she walks away with it yes yes home with me this weekend maybe well I just actually while we're wearing a few things I want to point out your earrings here now these are really sweet and this is a great way to use seed beads they are just simply strung up and over that ear wire which is so cute and it's it adds just a little tiny pop of color yeah and I think it really brings home again the point that you can use a lot of seed beats are just a few yeah so if if bead weaving is not your thing don't be afraid of seed beads yeah they could still be used in so many applications and I love that it's just a little tiny pop of color there that's so beautiful you know what I want to do real quick what I want to do a reminder about our giveaway that's yeah so let's do a reminder about our giveaway okay so just you're just going to you about the pallets so one of the pallets that we're gonna give away is we're gonna give away like we were saying it's that Pantone color of the year that ultra violet so we have this beautiful purple palette to give away and then we're gonna be giving away one of our odd count peyote duo kids and these are launching these are both launching today at so you can be sure to check that out and all the different colorways so if you just want to draw your attention down here so that is the kit that you're gonna be making it's those two beautiful bracelets and I will say this that if blue and gold is not your thing pick your favorite one and I'll pull it for you so if you know if you want a different one I'll give you a different one because we like to accommodate here alright and then we're also giving away this beautiful seed bead Tower and this is a wonderful thing it's a portable bead tray and you can fit all of your nice little tubes in here so really great for any sea beador alright so those are the three item States over a 50 dollar value so all you need to do is just leave a comment below and we're gonna be picking a winner live here and in a little bit so get those comments and let us know where you're tuning in from just say hi anything qualifies you and keep those questions coming we love them absolutely so one last thing I'm good just gonna touch on the peyote bracelet kits one more time so these useless eleven o meu ki delicous but one of the things that you're going to get with your kit and that we get asked a lot is how to read a bead chart so this is an count peyote chart and this is actually comes in the kit for you so you'll be able to read it so we want to make it nice and easy and very clear for you to read the colors and everything so you can actually create these and we use a graph paper and we actually have a peyote paper that you can print out yourself and kind of color in we've you know back in the day I use colored pencils but anyway so you start here and then you just kind of work your way and then it works back and back and forth in rows and you just kind of work your way down and I made these patterns nice and large so that you could read them so obviously this isn't the whole bracelet but you just kind of keep repeating and you go back to the section to where you want it to be but I wanted to make them nice and big and easy to read because there's nothing more frustrating than I heard to read beat it is true each little dot corresponds to a bead yeah and so you're just picking out your colors and what's great about like the pilots is you get the bead with it that are important really use whatever colors you want so you bought two or three different kits you want to mix and match the colors and the patterns they all work well together it's yeah it's it's really really great to be able to kind of to do that it makes it fun and you can make it your own you know so if you wanted to do a pattern in a different color and mix and match go for it do you want to show the kicks yes so over here we have the four different kits and I was really excited to create these so this is our first foray into the odd count kits here so this is the Athena and then over here we have this beautiful purple and gold and pink and this is the Jasmine and this duo down here I loved kind of playing with that argyle style because we need to do odd count you're allowed to get that corn kind of center line so you can create those beautiful diamonds and arrows so this is the Harley and then over here I went for a little deco style so this is the Zelda so really nice sort of metallics and white and black so really fun kits and you'll be able to make two full bracelets with these kits and you know I know we get a lot of questions about sizing so I designed these kits so that you can weave seven and a half inches of weaving and then the clasp adds a half an inch so these are eight inch bracelets but you just weave until you get the size that you want and then you add your clasp so nice and easy and great to kind of make for you for friends you can wear them together a supper I'm really great yeah absolutely so let's see I know you've got something interesting there and I'm gonna getting back into some of the technical stuff so let's get a little technical really quick so we do have this on the website but I just I printed it out just to kind of show you guys so we do have a seed bead size chart and this actually goes through the the type the hank the inches the size and the recommended needle and thread so there's a lot on this this is on our website here so I'm not going to spend too much time on it but just in case you do have additional questions about sizing or needles I'm gonna get to talking about thread here in a little bit but before I do that I want to kick it off with Julie and she's gonna talk about some of the beautiful finishes and kind of what they mean so when you're shopping you know exactly what you're getting yeah so really when the main point that's class is to help you understand like what the description actually means so if you see a seed bead description often to say like my yuki delica 11 o matt transparence what does that mean that's a lot so listen we've already talked about the sizes and the styles and the brands but let's go ahead and look at the finishes so I have a bunch laid out in front of me right here and so we're gonna start with silver lined so this is what we have right here silver lined you'll also see color lines and what that means is the actual hole of the bead has been lined whether it's with silver in this case and it kind of creates that wonderful glow effect or it could be color lined you'll sometimes see red or green and so that interior colorant really shines through to the outside of the bead so this is like a silver lined blue here we have a transparent and a transparent matte let me put a couple of these on my hand here so transparent is gonna be see-through you're gonna still see the color of course but if you were to put say a gold head pin through there or if you were to put some black thread you would probably see it through it and here is a transparent mat and so the matte finish of course not shiny and it is transparent as well so still see-through but it's got that nice almost like a frosted look to it next we're going to look over here at our luster so luster if you think of like photo paper when you buy photo paper you often see luster or you buy paint it's like a soft Sheen and so that's gonna be what luster is here we have a gold plate we'll see a lot of different platings and seedbeads gold plate is what it sounds like it is like you buy a gold plated head pin you buy a gold plated earring hook and so we have gold plated CDs is actually gold plating on top of the seed bead here we have galvanized now galvanized to me looks very metallic the true definition of galvanized is a silver plate a silver plating on top of it mm-hmm and so we have this and whatever color it is it just it from me in real terms it just pops the metallics so there might be like a galvanized pink to me it's gonna look like a metallic pink here we have an a/b and it might show up a little bit better than the tube a be is like a soft rainbow effect a B stands for aurora borealis and so if you see here it really does show you some other colors at play there in addition to that soft blue you see some pink you see some purple it's just a really nice soft rainbow Matt is going to be basically without shine or frosted it's really nice for creating contrast and designs especially if you're doing say a loom pattern I always love to have at least one matte because it the finishes play off each other as do the colors it creates a nice contrast here we have a traditional opaque which just has a nice shine to it it's a solid color it's not transparent it's just a really nice solid color and when you see opaque unless it says matte it is going to be shiny here we have a silk satin which looks much like mica and that's what that finish is going for it also kind of shimmers and that's really cool worked up and then finally we have iris which is again a real nice rainbow effect almost like an oil slick so those are the main finishes you're going to see and you'll often see them in combination together so don't be surprised if you see more than one finish yeah and we actually do have a couple of questions here great questions so the question is how many how do you know how many beans you need per inch and I believe we have on that chart on our website and actually will tell you based upon the size and the type yeah so what it'll say is yeah so it'll say the type of bead and then it'll say beads per inch so this is actually again just a great little chart and what I want to point out is some of these say like thirteen point five or sixteen point three so it is kind of an approximation but if you need pardon me if you are looking for like if you're okay if you're asking how many beads do you need to weave to weave an inch that depends on the water yeah in the pattern so so that's a little bit more of a difficult question but this does sort of help you with the beads per inch and you can really kind of see that now please do keep in mind that if you're doing excuse me an 800 or eleven o deme round this is obviously going to be a little bit different the best way to do it is what I like to do here is that I'm gonna keep these here so that I can remember you know oh okay so I have this many on the Strand it's this many inches take your calipers and kind of make a little mental nose if you're looking for like the dummy rounds and we were talking a little bit about the Miyuki 11 Oh rounds and the Toho eleven are rounds having a slightly squatter profile so that again can kind of change per bead so there's no unfortunately definitive answer it's just if you get your toe hose line them up on a thread measure them out and then you'll always have that information yeah and if you are talking about like trying to figure out how many you need per inch for like a kumihimo pattern or a loom or an awesome be 12 in piece I make a sample swatch yep we do that a lot yeah and we keep them around we know they're all in little baggies so I think I'm a little bit rusty but I know like for when you crochet or you knit you make like a little square so you could do your count it's kind of something similar to that if you're familiar with crocheting or knitting you make like a little sample swatch and then you will always know like okay if I use speed it will equal this and so that's a good way of just kind of trying to figure that out and ascertain that information yeah and and there's unfortunately just no other way to do it but kind of trial and error with the specific means that you've got especially you know sometimes you'll go to a beach shop and they'll have seed beads but they won't tell you exactly what kind of seed bead it is so sometimes that's really hard and we actually had a question from Facebook earlier saying I have these irregular beads and I have these regular like uniform beads can I put them together can I use them in the same patterns and again it's just a matter of if you use a regular beads with uniform beads the result will be irregular because you're now combining and now all the beads are irregular right so just keep that in mind as you work so if you picked up some beads or you know I've actually picked up some vintage seed beads and they are very irregular yeah but it's just again that kind of effect but to try to figure out an inch is adjustable from there okay cuz it could be ten and then it could be eleven and then it could be nine you know just depending on how exactly those beads are yeah absolutely yeah and we do have another question for you move on oh okay great questions yeah the question is how would you care for beads to keep the finishes from rubbing off well if you haven't used them yet I would keep them in their tubes mm-hmm and then if you have used them I like to put each piece of jewelry that I have just in the simple ziplock bag yeah that's what I do and I keep them separate so it's like if I had these two pieces here they'd be in two separate zip locks and then those go in my jewelry box yeah I like to keep everything just separated out all so that way when you're kind of digging through stuff stuff doesn't get tangled that's a big thing that happens to me yeah but yeah a lot of these finishes they're really they're really stuck on there yeah they're yeah I was like they're not meant to rub off if you come across a seed bead and it turns your hand green the bad seed bead yeah but yeah a lot of these coatings they're really really nice especially the plating it's you know it's 24 karat so it's really really nice stuff and they even the galvanized you're not if you get like pink be or green beads it really shouldn't rub off again don't wear heavy lotions perfumes that will tarnish any piece of jewelry regardless whether it's a seed bead or just a metal so keep that in - often but all right so I'm going to talk a little bit about some of the threads and needles so we get a lot of these questions as well the big question is what goes with what and we do our due diligence here we really do hard work to try to make projects and nice and easy for you guys so that if it's a project this is the needle this is the thread we use this is the bead we used so that can kind of be a really good guide for you I do want to say the question is what goes with what it depends if you're making multiple passes through a bead you have to be aware that you might want to use a lower poundage of thread so let me just start by kind of talking about the fireline here and this is something that we use a lot so out here I have the four pound the six pound and the eight pound and side-by-side there's not a wide difference the four pound is going to be your lightest and what's really nice about this is you can use this to do multiple passes through beads now this is what I used for our kits and for the odd count peyote kits if you've done odd count before you know that you have to do this whole little turnaround to get your thread going back the other way so in the 11 o delicas this is definitely what you want to use because if you go up higher you're gonna have a little bit as a hard time getting your thread through there if you're doing those multiple passes and you don't want to break your needles or break your beads because they are a glass bead so you have to keep that in mind as well so if you're doing let's say an intricate piece now this is a great example here where you can go higher in your poundage of thread but you can see that this was not done just by weaving once through there's multiple passes here to catch extra beads so you know there's an edging here that happened so you're actually going through a lot of those beads a couple of times so you have to be aware of that when you're doing it now to err on the side of safety I'd say go with a four-pound and what you can do is you can always weave back through to reinforce your work just to make sure that it's nice and strong but we do have these little spools here so if you're not sure go ahead and pick up a little spool this is 15 yards so you can get this this one here is the 6 pound but you can get this in 4 as well so you can kind of it pick this up and test out again a little swatch but then you'll know for next time for sure so we do also so we have fire line we also do have the wild fire and this is actually really great to use with Miyuki it is the dura line so it's a really nice strong beading thread so this is going to be really great to use the other thing that we use a lot here is we use Nemo thread so I have a couple of colors of Nemo here but I did want to pull out this because if you're trying to find your right colors we have the gray the black the white and the gold in this nice little package here now we were talking we were actually chatting earlier about sort of the edging on your beadwork now with the crystal fireline you're gonna get a nice sort of Sheen to it so actually I'm gonna go back to my peyote kits here and just kind of show you the edge so you actually almost really don't even see that crystal fireline on that edge there but we do have a couple of loom pieces here and I recommend using the Nemo 4 loom I wouldn't recommend it for this type of bead weaving but if you want to take a look at Julia's piece here so she did these cute little bags yes I have the puppy dog so there's three colors we have the white we have the red and we have the black now I chose to use black thread because it was gonna be all black beads along the edge so even though I have black thread going through white beads which might be a little bit counterintuitive it still looks a lot cleaner than if I had all this like all the and turnarounds in white so that's something to keep in mind when you're choosing your thread color if you are using nine Mooney it choose whatever color coordinate it to whatever it's gonna be on the edge yeah or it utilize it as a design element okay it make it red you know so but just so you know you are gonna see that little edging there if you're doing it so you could do red you could do white if you wanted but I like the nice sort of sleek look of the black there again it's all about preference absolutely and it's all about your your design and kind of what you want to achieve so alright so the last thing I'm gonna talk about really quick here I have some needles on my table oh I didn't want to say this so we have a kumihimo project that uses 10 Oh miyuki delicas and it actually uses this great little Griffin silk now Griffin silk is fantastic because it comes with a little needle on the end of it so you can actually use the needle and string right through those beads so it's one of those twisted wire needles now they're really flexible so not really for that for the bead weaving but to kind of load up your kumihimo those are great all right so I have a couple other needles here so the one that we probably use the most often that will look very familiar to you is we use that size 12 but we also do have a package that has size 10 and size 13 so if you're unsure based on the beads that you're going to do these are kind of two little packages that'll really get everything there for you if you're doing loom work you will need a specific loom needle and you can see that this is a much longer needle and it's much thicker so this does go through the Meucci 11o delicas if you're curious with the name oh so that's what we recommend for a lot of our loom work there but we do also have a ten short a thirteen and a twelve in these beautiful tulip needles and these are really and just incredible quality you won't be snapping needles with these these are wonderful to use but again size 12 is probably the thing you're gonna use the most but any other ideas about needles and thread Julia you know my only other tip is if you are you know trying to decide which needle to go with I love working with thirteen I will say they can be harder to thread they ask they're small small so if you have any ice site issues or shaky hands or anything like that you probably are gonna want to not go with the thirteen they're really nice and I use them when I'm doing my 15 Oh beans and I'm doing multiple passes with them so they're really good for that but that is just one thing I do like to let people know so a twelve is great you can use a ten - so the bigger the needle the bigger the eye is gonna be yep so keep that in mind as well when you're choosing yeah the thirteen is gonna be the the smallest one that we have here but again if you're doing a really tiny intricate work it might be worth going with a thirteen yeah so I want to show a few examples of more bead work oh because so many examples I think we're done with the technical questions definitely ask them feel free to even if you're not watching this live definitely keep asking questions we check for the days and weeks to come and even beyond that so don't feel like you can't ask us a question we won't be able of course answer it live but we'll definitely answer it for you but I want to show some examples of really pretty beadwork done with seed beads before you go into that well do you actually have a question okay question from Kimberly about christen silk okay sure so what's really great is the Griffin silk will tell you right up here so this is a size number six and it'll tell you the millimeter diameter so that will hopefully help you so you kind of have to look at the millimeter and then look at the seed bead to find out the hole size but like I said so the size six fits with the I was kind of pull it in here for you so this is the ten o delica so this will fit nicely there I have used a lot of the size for Griffin silk with the 800 beads and you can actually see that's something that we use most often when we do our wrap it looms here so it's that size four so it's a little bit thinner of the Griffin silk and these on the side here those are 802 ho seed beads so that can kind of help you there as well it's you know what it's the best thing I can tell you is to check out the size of the Griffin silk but if you if you want to do I believe it's it goes all the way down to size two mm-hmm yeah so size two of Griffin silk will work with the 11 o delicas so hopefully that kind of kind of helps you we do get a lot of questions about using some of the larger beads so with the Griffin silk you're probably not doing multiple passes probably in general so you can kind of go with something that'll be nice and snug on it and you'll have that nice threaded needle to kind of help you out there yeah you can also again this is a good situation where if you have a project in mind you can check our projects that we've already done with Griffin silk and what's similar to what you kind of have in mind and see what beads we use and what size we use so that's another situation where you're doing a little bit of research on our website but we've done the legwork for you and you can just say like oh I want to use this bead they use this size with theirs and it worked yeah and absolutely I mean reach out to us on Facebook we answer questions and comments reach out to customer service say hey I want this thread and this bead does it match you know and they're they're there to help you because sometimes we might have a little bit more information or we've been able to test stuff for you we do try to make our descriptions as descriptive as possible but if something's missing from there please let us know so that the next person we can add we can add a little bit more language there to help them kind of be like oh yeah this works with that so yeah we really do love questions questions are what help us to be better and they also inspire us to do new video ideas too yeah you guys are our community so we want to help you out we don't ever want you guys to get frustrated so if you are frustrated reach out Philly's absolutely I think we have another question as well oh great great question so we get it we get questions about using wax to protect the throat we do have a couple of different styles of beeswax and that's really helpful especially if you're doing loom work and you're using Nemo definitely definitely recommend it for that it'll make it so that it tangles less so if you're not familiar with conditioning your thread and using wax what that does is it helps to smooth out your thread it also helps to prevent tangling and nodding and it makes it so it's just like a smoother glide as you pass through yeah cuz let's see if I can take this off for here just a little bit so this is the Nemo but look at how spirally it is and it's it's actually not too bad but when you do the wax if you go kind of through it it'll actually kind of straighten that out a little bit so it'll be a little bit easier to work with so it won't kind of keep coiling up on you so yeah yeah definitely it's I think it's worth it with the Nemo for sure I do too and I'm going to show some examples of bead embroidery here and that would be another instance where I would definitely want to use wax because you're going through the foundation and some cases you're going through suede and it just helps to pull through better yeah so let me just show how you can use seed beads in bead embroidery so this is something that we really love here we don't do as much of it as we would like because time-consuming memories is time-consuming but you see that we've used delicas here and they really create a very interesting look that nice cylindrical shape and you can really freeform and use different beads colors and create patterns it's like a little mosaic it really it does look like a most is feels like it should be in a room or something like it and then here's another example of being embroidery using Toho and these are size 11 oh it's just that nice round shape so a different look you see the side-by-side comparison of the delica and this is 11 Oh delicate or some 1102 oh but both are really wonderful for bead embroidery yeah and then if we want to us we just have a few more examples kind of here at the bottom so here is a brick stitch this is a circular brick stitch on the inside and this I believe is using them a Yuki route it is the 11 arounds so that's just a really pretty look and you see how they all line up this is a crochet so bead crochet and eight warp kumihimo round braids you usually have a pretty similar look to them and how you can usually tell if it's crochet or if it's kumihimo is the ends so this comes to a nice little end right here and goes on to a loop so it's crochet and then if we look at our kumihimo end you'll usually see some type of end cap yes so that is one of the differences but they they do both creates this really lovely kind of our rope a beaded rope yeah and then we have a couple examples there of using the demi rounds so this is a strong example and I love just again you're seeing that beautiful gold there and it kind of gives that nice little snake like look but a really beautiful piece there yeah and here this is definitely a design element where those are all stacked up together it's really creating that wonderful layered look you in yeah really dimensional and then I think you've got some over exercise as well so I have a couple pieces over here so I just want to kind of point out how you can use seed beads as just a little tiny spacer so these are those lovely diamond dues so this is the fish-scale as bracelet and you just use those little tiny little dots in there and it just adds a little pop but it also kind of helps continue and allows you to add that really nice clasp on the end where otherwise you would just kind of have some thread now we do get a lot of questions about and I'm I always hope that I say this right I believe it's Shalini spiral or Shalini spiral depending on where you're coming from but these are using this is a graduated bead style so this is a tube of peyote but what makes it that Shalini is that it's a different size of beads and then I have two different variations here so on this one the largest size is that six oh and on this one the largest size is that eight oh so an incredibly different look but by just using a graduated size of Toho beads so you really get a chance to see how they can all kind of be used together yeah absolutely and that's a fun thing to remember too you don't have to do a design just with eleven oh yeah just with ten oohs you can mix and match experiment have fun there's there's no wrong way to do it so yeah it's it's a wonderful thing and we have a couple of examples here I know Julie showed the demi rounds on some memory wire but these are also some Toho seed beads on memory wire as well and just some really fun little looks so we're gonna start to wrap things up here a little bit and if you guys have more questions I keep shouting them out really fast and we'll try to get to them but keep leaving those comments we're about to announce our giveaway winner lives so get those less comments in but I did want to show you a really cool piece and we didn't we just have a lot of Rachel on our table here today well she creates really amazing designs whoa and we love our CDs Rachel does too mm-hmm she says hi yeah she's waiting but she's waving she's giggling behind the camera so this uses this beautiful Czech glass try cut motivo and this is actually a belt that was done on the rapid loom so really cool it's got that nice edge and the Griffin silk there so this is a great piece and I just I just love this so you know how I used to live in Arizona so I'm used to seeing a lot of this kind of style so it's really nice that you can create this with just some beautiful Czech seed beads so really really lovely so have fun with seed beads or sketch to do and we didn't we just love create will never stop our love of seed beads never never and I think what's been really fun is by pulling this all together you can see what a variety of looks you can get yeah we'll see beads oh yeah so it's been really fun to put together this class for sure yeah we have we have a lot of fun and you know we love doing our mu ki pallets and pallets it really gives you the opportunity to kind of gives us the opportunity to kind of help you know guide you a little bit in making some beautiful projects and we hope that you love them yeah absolutely and anytime you want to send us pictures of what you're doing I would love to see it yeah be sure to follow us on instagram at peta Halik I love hearing like oh I made this project and thank you Julie thank you God it's so fantastic and we love that you guys are doing that so we should have tagged us and we'll give me some love yes I was thank you all right I think we're ready for a giveaway winner is so our giveaway winner is Charlene J bass congratulations Charlene so all you'll do is you'll email service at beadaholique and we will get this out to you just let us know where we can send your beautiful gifts you're gonna get this hombre palette and this ultra violet and you're gonna get the Athena odd count peyote if you did want another one let me know and then you're also gonna get this beautiful a seed bead tower so really fun so if there's so much you guys and again keep the questions coming we'll still be here to answer them even if we're not live so if there's something that we didn't get to or something that you want to see more of or are curious about how do I use that in a project we're probably versed in our website very well so we can help you out absolutely and if you have an idea for future classes let us know yeah if you if there's a technique you want to see that we haven't done a live class on yet before let us know and and we love to accommodate you guys you guys again are our community and we love you so much so thank you for tuning in we hope you have a wonderful start to your spring and stay dry it's not drying here in LA yes but have a wonderful weekend everyone and we'll see you back here at April the first Friday of the month at 10 a.m.

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