Just a few of the questions are thought of when thinking about using beads in place of buttons. How can you possibly use beads for buttons and expect them to remain in the button hole? There’s no shank, the bead is too big, and how are you able to attach it? The things beads can be used for go far beyond bead bracelets and necklaces, as you will find out.
The first thing you should learn is which type beads you are able to sew on like a button with no problem and which beads you have to make shanks for before you are able to sew them on. The second thing you should learn is that you don’t need to make your button hole as large as you would for a button.
Beads such as pony beads, pearls, small glass or wooden beads up to about 5mm or 6mm do not propose a problem regardless of being round or square. The bead is sewn on in the same fashion as a button with the button hole just a little bit smaller than you would typicallyuse.
Beads like the large 8mm to 12mm lamp work beads or enameled beads should have a shank added. You also need to add shanks to odd shaped beads such as cylinders, triangles, hearts, fish or teapots. Yes, there are actually glass beads shaped like fish and teapots that have been used in making bead buttons. There are two methods that many people like to use.
The first method permits the bead to hand. You can create a metal shank, by using a heavy wire through the bead with a stop at the bottom of the bead and developing a loop at the top. The other method is to create a woven shank using heavy thread. This adds a nice professional touch that will also raise the bead slightly away from the garment.
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