Classes

Beading 2019

This is the third time we’ve worked with beads in the residential homes and it usually proves popular.

Over the years I’ve got closer to identifying what makes a good bead for the residents to work with. At least I’ve been able to cross some options out.

  • Plastic beads are a definite no. They don’t like anything that appears childish
  • Glass beads are problematic. The residents like the feel of the beads but as they are usually coated there are issues with the holes being blocked
  • Metal & stone beads would be suitable but unfortunately are too expensive to be able to provide enough for all groups.
  • Wooden beads are light, can come in a range of colours and the holes are easy to clear.
  • Cording – black elastic is best. It is more viable to the residents for threading and being elastic means that fitting are not required.

This year I sourced my beads from The Bead Shop, I raided their sale section to get Philippine Wood beads in a range of pinks, purples and silver. The center holes are between 2 & 4 mm which will go well with the 1 mm cord I have left from last year.

Their blurb also mentioned the Surgeon’s knot as being suitable for learners to jewellery-making. I did a quick search on google and found this video which I found to be clear.