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« on: February 16, 2011 11:56:48 AM »

Hi
this is the question for those who work with sead beads..Is it too stressful for eyes..what are the precautions that you take in consideration?
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2011 07:41:11 AM »

Really good light - less stressful on the eyes, but also it lets you see your pattern better, and if you are working with many colours, lets you see the true colour of the bead better.  I like working by a sunny window, or I have a floor lamp with a redirectable task light to put over my work too.

A steady work surface too, with some kind of mat to prevent the beads from rolling around too much.  I like microfleece pads myself.  Different colours so that you can have a surface where the beads can stand out from.  Good posture too to prevent neck and shoulder strain.

A large supply of good sharp beading needles because that makes it easier to pick up the beads.  Good thread.  I have worked a lot with Nymo, but I am really digging the new Miyuki beading thread.  Also a good thread conditioner to prevent fraying and to allow you to weave in and out more smoothly - I use Thread Heaven.  Have tried bees wax and synthetic wax, but prefer the Thread Heaven.

If you are following a pattern, having a pattern stand or book stand helps so that you don't have to stop to flip pages or hold up the pattern to refer to it.

Also really good sharp scissors - it is a lot easier to thread the needle with conditioned thread and a fresh cut, plus good sharp small scissors to trim the stray threads after weaving.

If you are stringing a lot you may want to get a bead spinner - like this: http://www.beadfx.com/images/7509584.jpg.  Also, if you  are netting, or doing a weave where you have to pick up multiples of the same colour of bead, I find that if you pile them into a small pile, and then slip your needle through the pile, chances are you are picking up several beads at once, as opposed to picking them up one by one.  
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2011 11:15:06 AM »

I second what Onyxnox says.  Good lighting is very important.  I frequently use a bead spinner- I love it!  Definitely take care of your back and neck.  If you're doing beading for a while, make sure you take a break every 15-20 minutes.  Stand up, walk around, do some stretches, etc. 

I have really good ideas, so using the smallest of seed beads doesn't bother me much.  If you do need some help, I wonder if using a desktop magnifier like this would help:  http://www.skymall.com/shopping/detail.htm?pid=203661751&pnr=24R&cm_mmc=Shopping-_-TheFind-_-24R-_-product
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2011 09:42:12 PM »

Some of the crafting task lights - I think Ott Light may be one have something I personally would like - the light, and a couple of arms - one to hold a pattern, another with a magnifier.  I think it was designed for cross stitchers/needlework, but it probably would be pretty great for beaders too.
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