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Hi! This is Megan with and today I'm going to show you How to Choose the correct needle for your bead work projects it's a little bit of a overview of the most common types of needles and which ones you would want to use for which project the most common one I use most is just a regular standard english beading needle I have a size assortment of tens and thirteens these are going to be what you use if you're doing bead weaving or you're working with beads that have a small hole or if you're working with a fine beading thread you in here two tens and two fifteens Needles are sized so that if you have a higher number you have a thinner needle so if you're going to work with something more delicate you need the higher number thirteen or twelve maybe and if you're using something that's got bigger holes like a size ten seed bead as opposed to an eleven you might be able to work with the size ten needle also it's going to depend on the type of thread you're using wildfire is going to be a little bit heavier then like a fireline or a nymo as you can see the wildfire fits just fine through the size ten. You can always run it between your finger and your thumb nail too and you can fit wildfire into a size twelve beading needle if you work at it so the english beading needles are going to give you a very slim profile to fit through your smaller hole beads including a seed bead or even just a czech glass bead It's going to fit right through there that's your standard english beading needle next I'm going to talk about big eye needles big eye needles are probably second most commonly used for me if you do more stringing it might be your most commonly used needle and I have here another assortment so I have some different lengths of the big eye needle the big eye needle is going to be really handy for use with of thicker string. So a thicker thread. If you're going to use silk cord if you're going to use a Super lon nylon cord it's not going to fit through a regular needle the big eye needles perfect for that just take your finger nails and pull the sides of the needle apart put the tip of your thread in and pull it to the end give it a tug and that's the easiest ones to thread, very easy to thread the big eye needle you're gonna need to have a slightly bigger hole on your beads I have here kind of an medium sized hole bead it will fit through that and a larger hole bead will be a breeze but you're not going to be able to put this through a small hole bead if you're doing stinging with beads that have a hole that's probably you need it to be over a millimeter, depends on what you're using with it. If you're using a really thin thread with it you could still use it on a smaller hole bead usually the advantage in a big eye is that it allows you to thread onto a slightly thicker cord another type of needle that we offer is the flexible twisted wire needles these again are going for beads that have a slightly larger hole these one's are interesting. They're really flexible they're kind of hard to see. I'll hold it up to a dark background they're just twisted wire with a loop at one end they're not particularly sharp or pointy. They're just to pull through and the loop sense it's flexible it will actually contract a little so if you're going to put it through a large hole bead get thread it then you'll go through that no problem with these it just pulls right through on a bead with a slightly smaller hole it will contract and it will close the loop a little bit and it will also pull through so this is going to be another alternative, this is really handy if you need to be able to have your needle flex a lot to get through a curved opening and then if you need it to be able to move a lot while you're stringing and one other option I want to talk about is Gum Arabic Beading Glue. This is what you would use if you want to create a thread needle which if you want to not use a needle and you just wanna stiffen your thread and the really big advantage to that is that you don't have to double the the thickness of your thread on all these other options you end up having to pull a folded piece with two ends through with the Gum Arabic you're going to just end up with one so it's basically just going to stiffen the tip of your string and make it hard enough to go through on its own so just dip the end in I wipe off the excess. You'll need to wash your hands let it dry for a couple of minutes and that will get nice and stiff and you can just thread onto your stringing material and one other thing I was going to mention is read the description for the products that your buying because a select number of products do actually come with a needle such as griffin silk when you pull out the griffin silk at the top of the card there is actually a needle on there and what's on here is pretty much a twisted wire needle so it's gonna be kind of bent up but it totally works and its on there. It's actually connected to your silk cord and you can use that to do your stringing just like you would with twisty wire or the big eye needles so keep that in mind and check it out because some of your products might actually come with a needle on them, then you don't have to pick one that is kind an overview for the needle options for jewelry making and how you choose which to use.

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