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« on: September 06, 2005 07:34:59 AM »

I'm on a kick of doing multi-strand 6/0 seed bead and some 11/0 and tiny 3 cuts. When I say multi strand, I mean multi, like 12 or more. Thing is, it takes FOREVER to string them all up. It's a pretty mindless activity since it's mostly all one color per necklace.

What's your method for stringing thousands of tiny beads?

For what I'm doing, they're mostly going onto soft-flex, and so threading it onto a needle is out of the question. I've tried using a long needle with tape at the end, and then transferring them to the soft-flex, to just using the soft-flex and picking the beads out of the palm of my hand.

I'd like to get a bunch made for a craft show in a few months which is why I'm in "manufacturing" mode instead of "relaxing".
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2005 08:11:43 AM »

when I'm doing that I use a super fine wire, then I can run the sofflex up the wire and then slide the beads off.

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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2005 08:35:01 AM »

I've seen a tutorial for a handmade bead spinner posted somewhere on here (or a link to it) I'll try to look around later for it, and I'll let you know if I find it. That seems like it would be the fastest way. I suppose, if you don't want to make one, you could always buy one.
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2005 09:18:35 AM »

I've seen a tutorial for a handmade bead spinner posted somewhere on here (or a link to it) I'll try to look around later for it, and I'll let you know if I find it. That seems like it would be the fastest way. I suppose, if you don't want to make one, you could always buy one.

perfect! That's exactly what I needed! I did a search here on bead spinners and came up with this link to instructions on how to make your own with a plastic dish, some hot glue, and a dowel:

http://kimberlychapman.com/crafts/beadspinner.html

Wont exactly work with soft-flex, but at least if I can get a bunch onto a wire, it's easy to transfer them to the soft-flex from there.

Thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2005 01:05:50 PM »

I've seen a tutorial for a handmade bead spinner posted somewhere on here (or a link to it) I'll try to look around later for it, and I'll let you know if I find it. That seems like it would be the fastest way. I suppose, if you don't want to make one, you could always buy one.

perfect! That's exactly what I needed! I did a search here on bead spinners and came up with this link to instructions on how to make your own with a plastic dish, some hot glue, and a dowel:

http://kimberlychapman.com/crafts/beadspinner.html

Wont exactly work with soft-flex, but at least if I can get a bunch onto a wire, it's easy to transfer them to the soft-flex from there.

Thank you!
OMG!  I'm so glad you posted this!...I'm working on a multistrand and gong nuts from boredom stringing seed beads...I read this post and the link and made my own spinner in about five minutes...didn't even need to glue it...it works great!  I use big eye needles and bend the end and then I can string it onto the nylon beading thread I'm using...It's much faster and tons more fun using the spinner as opposed to stringing each one.  Have you tried using the big eye needles...maybe if you just put the barest end of the softflex on the big eye needle it will work?
Anywya, you just saved me...thanks
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2005 01:22:55 PM »

Excellent! Glad this helped other people - it can get so tedious - and glad to hear it works!

I just got a container at lunch (with some lunch in it) and will try it when I get home (after I wash it). I do have big eye needles, you mean the ones that are really long, and are split most of the length?
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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2005 03:51:26 PM »

I've seen a tutorial for a handmade bead spinner posted somewhere on here (or a link to it) I'll try to look around later for it, and I'll let you know if I find it. That seems like it would be the fastest way. I suppose, if you don't want to make one, you could always buy one.

perfect! That's exactly what I needed! I did a search here on bead spinners and came up with this link to instructions on how to make your own with a plastic dish, some hot glue, and a dowel:

http://kimberlychapman.com/crafts/beadspinner.html

Wont exactly work with soft-flex, but at least if I can get a bunch onto a wire, it's easy to transfer them to the soft-flex from there.

Thank you!
That's the one! Glad it helped, even though I didn't technically find it Smiley Keep us updated!
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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2005 03:52:26 PM »

Excellent! Glad this helped other people - it can get so tedious - and glad to hear it works!

I just got a container at lunch (with some lunch in it) and will try it when I get home (after I wash it). I do have big eye needles, you mean the ones that are really long, and are split most of the length?
Yep, those are the ones.  I just curved the tip a little.
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2005 05:47:42 PM »

So it works great! Well, as long as my slippery fingers don't drop the needle (I used a fat knitting needle as the dowel) and spill beads all over  Roll Eyes which of course I've done about 3 times now...

In the last hour and a half I've managed about 5 yards... including cleaning up a few spills.

I'm using a yard long piece of wire, and then transferring to the softflex. The big eye needle wasn't long enough as the lip on my container seems to be too tall? Or the 6/0 beads are so heavy that when they start stacking up they weigh too much.

Had to glue the knitting needle to the container because of the weight too - it would get all lopsided like a badly loaded washing machine.

wheeeeee!
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2005 08:27:52 PM »

So it works great! Well, as long as my slippery fingers don't drop the needle (I used a fat knitting needle as the dowel) and spill beads all over  Roll Eyes which of course I've done about 3 times now...

In the last hour and a half I've managed about 5 yards... including cleaning up a few spills.

I'm using a yard long piece of wire, and then transferring to the softflex. The big eye needle wasn't long enough as the lip on my container seems to be too tall? Or the 6/0 beads are so heavy that when they start stacking up they weigh too much.

Had to glue the knitting needle to the container because of the weight too - it would get all lopsided like a badly loaded washing machine.

wheeeeee!

I had to cut down the side of the margarine tub because it was too high for the big eye needle.  I alwo used a wooden chopstick for the center and since it is square, the two slits  (which are also square) held on to it really well.
Glad you got it working. Grin
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