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Learn to make jewelry using two hole beads! Having only two holes makes them relatively easy and quick to create projects. Two hole beads come in a variety of colors, textures, styles and shapes.
What is required to get started?
A needle and thread (try using braided fishing line for two hole beads)
and a pile of beads
hardware or jewelry components such as clasps, jump rings, chains, etc.
Some brand names of beads to help you get started are:
SuperDuos made by Matubo in Czech Republic
Twin Beads made by Preciosa in Czech Republic
Seed Beads, Japanese Miyuki or Toho
Be highly aware that seed beads are easily crushed to a powder. They are made from glass and will shatter to a powder easily. So be careful when using the seed beads in your designs.
Tools for projects using two hole beads include:
Needles (size 11 or 12 or most projects, your pattern will specify the correct needle size, I would buy only the needle size I need for a project instead of an entire supply of different sizes you might not ever use).
Small Sharp Scissors
Chain Nose and Long Nose Pliers
Awl: This tool is useful for when you find a blocked hole in a bead and also handy for untangling threads.
Two Methods of Attaching a Clasp are:
Using a loop of beads
Using jump rings
Using a loop of beads:
Take thread through bead at the end of piece, a new loop of beads are added going through the attachment ring on the clasp
Take thread back through first bead of the new loop and then through the bead at the end of the piece of jewelry again
Sew around these beads for added strength
Using Jump Rings:
Open and close jump rings by twisting them apart
Place the open jump ring through a loop of beads at the end of the jewelry and through the attachment ring on the clasp and close again
If you would like to learn more about working with two hole beads, check out the book entitled “Learn to Use Two Hole Beads,” with 20 Fabulous Projects, A Beginner’s Guide to Designing with Twin Beads, SuperDuos, and More, written by: Teresa Morse
Reference Used for Book Review: Learn to Use Two Hole Beads by Teresa Morse
Book Review written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan