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Here I would like to have a brief discussion on seed beads. Like anything else in order to be successful, you should be armed with pertinent information on materials, sizes, colors shapes etc. etc. first of all; you don't have to be an Einstein to know why they are given the name 'seed' beads. Their small size, some as small as a grain of sand, some are elongated; some are round having the appearance of seeds. Seed beads can be made from several types of materials, but the majorities are made of glass.

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.

Crafts people from around the world use these tiny jewels in a variety of projects. Just a few of the things that seed beads are used in are; quilting, jewelry, loom work and embroidery. Many jewelry makers use seed beads as spacers when manufacturing bracelets, necklaces and other stringed jewelry pieces. The uses of seed beads are only limited by the craftsman's imagination.

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).

The rule of thumb to remember when buying seed beads, is that the higher the number the smaller the bead. The measurement/size usually refers to how many beads will fit in a one-inch square. For example if 18 beads fit into a one-inch square, the bead is considered an 18/0 size, the term is usually spoken or expressed as eighteen ought. The “ought” simply means zero. A 6/0 bead would be quite a bit larger than a 18/0

Seed bead manufacturers use varying degrees of quality control when producing their products. Higher quality manufacturing methods produce more uniform beads, exhibiting more exact shapes and sizes. These beads will usually command a higher price. The manufacturers employing lesser quality control may have products with irregular shapes and sizes, and their prices should reflect this shortcoming.

Seed beads can be bundled for sale in a number of ways. The 'hank' is one way of packaging, and you can expect to get 100 beads or more on a hank. Some vendors package their beads in small tins, and even small glass jars. The jars are used by some crafters to separate their beads by color and size.

With the information that you have gained from this article, you should be able to confidently shop your local stores, or online and get the perfect seed beads for your projects. Good luck and happy beading.

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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