Product Demo: Beadsmith Twisted Wire Needles

SKU VID-1122
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Any Level
Flexible twisted wire needles by The Beadsmith are perfect for getting into small bead holes or when you have a slightly thicker stringing material that needs to fit through a smaller hole. In each pack you will receive 50 needles!
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(gentle guitar music) - [Instructor] Hi, this is Julie at Beadaholique and in this video, I want to introduce you to flexible twisted wire beading needles and that is what you see, right here, and they are super fine. Actually, I'm not sure how they're going to show up on camera because they're so fine. So, these you get in a pack of 50, which is pretty amazing, and they are really, really thin and they're a very fine twisted wire with a little loop at the end for the eye of the needle. I want to show you a good application for them. So, I like to do kumihimo, it's one of my favorite techniques. And, when you do beaded kumihimo, you pre-string all of your beads onto your cord and one of the common types of cords you use is S-Lon and that's what I have here. And, I wanted to be able to use four millimeter Czech glass beads. Now, I could try this and try to poke it through every hole. But, if I'm going to do a couple hundred beads, that's really time-consuming. What I normally would use would be a big eye needle for S-Lon. So, a big eye needle has a big eye and you would put the cord through it and then, you'd string on one of your beads. And, this is what I attempted when I was doing my design and look what happens: it can't go through. The big eye needle with the S-Lon bent like that, which it has to do, will not go through my bead. And, there are so many pretty four millimeter glass beads out there, I definitely wanted to be able to use them. So, I had to find another solution and that is when these twisted wire needles came in play. So, what you do, you can put the S-Lon through that loop and because it's so much thinner than the big eye needle, now I can take that same bead and it just, whoops, I pulled up the needle, out. I needed to have more in here. Let me show you again. Okay, so I put it though that loop and, now, we can string on. And, you see how this needle bends? It's really flexible. And, you do get quite a few of them. I will say, though, I've strung several hundred of these beads and I kept using the same needle. My needle help up, which was great, so I haven't had to really use any of the extras, yet. So, I do want to show you one other little thing about these needles because, what you're doing is when you are sliding that bead down, you're actually squishing the loop, because you're putting a bit of effort in, a bit of pressure to pull that down. So, that loop becomes a little bit compressed. I'll show you the before and after. I'm gonna show you what to do about it, too. Okay, so there's a brand new loop and there's the one that's just a little bit compressed. So, all you need to do is take a toothpick, or a round object, put it in that loop and just twist it. And suddenly, your loop is right back to normal and perfectly intact and you can go ahead and keep on stringing your beads. So, I hope you enjoyed this quick tip. It's really a little introduction to these flexible twisted wire needles, if you're not familiar with them. I love 'em, I think they're one of my favorite new needles. They're just super handy and they are available at Beadaholique along with other techniques using various needles as well as a lot of kumihimo projects, if you're interested in that, as well. Thanks so much for watching.

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