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Seed Beads are called that because they have the appearance of small seeds, when you buy seed beads they are not sold as a quantity but rather than in weight. The thought of counting out those tiny beads, it doesn't bare thinking about. Seed beads come in many different sizes and probably the most common is the 1mm size. Obviously there are other sizes to consider.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

There are differing approaches to the measurement of seed beads. Some suppliers and shops gives different sizes, for example the size measurement of 11/0 means that 11 beads would measure at one inch in size. This can only be a rough estimation and not exact as it usually relates to the length of the beads when they were on the plastic rod before they were cut. Obviously you would lose some length due to when they are cut.

The appeal of seed beads are how versatile they are and also the flexibility of uses they have for decoration. Some people spruce up old clothing by decorating them with seed beads. It can bring a whole new dimension to those old garments. The most popular usage for seed beads however has to jewelry.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

As they come in many different colors and sizes you can create bespoke jewelry items that no one else will own. In fact using beads is only limited by your imagination, seed beads come in matt finish as well as a shiny look. Other designs are cleverly made as they are clear on the outside and have color in the middle very much like a marble. These type of designs can make any piece of jewelry like a bracelet look fantastic.

The beading community is large, there are many people who love working with seed beads and like the way that they can express their artistic skills by using different color palettes and sizes. So really there are no limits to what you can achieve after you buy seed beads. As they have a low cost you can experiment without being hit in the pocket.

A lot of beginners like to take a more planned approach and like to follow patterns. By using patterns you can achieve more elaborate beaded designs, usually patterns have diagrams and instructions for you to follow. All though it can take a lot of concentration to follow a pattern the item you create at the end can be stunning, you will be amazed that you actually created such a complex item.

Once you have mastered following patterns you can then start putting your own twist on the design and make it more your own work. Within time you may even start creating your own patterns which other people can follow, imagine someone else recreating your work, the ultimate in flattery.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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