Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pearls on string

Spied my favorite color green in a big roll of string at Hobby Lobby. Not sure what the string is used for . . . found it near the yarn aisle. Anywho, rummaging through the Skitzo Leezra Studio craft stash and somehow pearls and green string ended up in the same idea bubble above my head.

How does one string pearls onto string without a correctly sized needle? So glad you asked because I took photos! How serendipitous!

Cut your string longer than your finished project, usually 10" or so. (String is cheap. Your time and effort is priceless.) Tie a knot to end of string so beads won't fall off. You'll trim that knot when you complete your project.

1. Grab some beading wire and cut about 10". Fold in half and mash the center with your fingers for a crisp fold. Pull your string to rest in that center fold. Run a bead onto wire toward the string.

2. Slide bead to end of wire and butt it up to the string.

3. Hold the string with a 4" or so tail. Slide bead from wire to string. You may need to use some force.

4. Pull the short end of the string through the bead.

Once you get the hang of it, you can stack lots of beads on the wire and slide a whole row of beads onto string.

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