I'm April Bell and I make jewelry. I have an Etsy site for my jewelry under the name Stella Magia Designs. I have created this blog as a space for me to showcase items that I am working on or have made whether they are for sale, for gifts or just for me.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Blog quickie: April’s Homemade bead spinner
This is what the most common spinners look like
When I first heard about bead spinners, a contraption that
helps you speedily string up long strands of seed beads, my first response was,
“Wow, what an awesome idea!
When I looked them up, my second response was, “They cost
HOW much?!?!” Yeah, I wasn’t having that...
Then one day I was stringing up a bunch of seed beads for a
project, probably one of my beaded flowers, and the bead spinner popped into my
mind. I had already gotten tons of Pringles caps from people because I asked
for them to use as trays for beads that I was working with stuck something
through the middle of it to use as a spinner handle.
Hey, it works for me! :-D
I’ve used many things as the handle but I have settled on
using a large nail. The cool thing about
the nail is that not only is it removable, like most things I've used, but you
can heat the tip of the nail to make it go through the plastic cap easier.
Speaking of heat, if the hole in the cap gets too big or doesn't fit around the
nail snugly, I just take the nail out, and pass the hole in the cap over a
lighter flame. That warms the plastic enough to be more malleable so you
can push the plastic down to make the hole smaller. Much of the time, just
holding it over the flame is enough to make the plastic snug up the hole on it’s
The Pringles caps work for me now but if I ever need to do
much more beads than I normally use, I’ll probably find a new container. Maybe a yogurt cup, not the Yoplait type but
the short wide Chobani type. One day, I’ll probably even try getting the long
curved needle to see if that makes it work even easier.
Lastly, here’s a hilarious video of someone trying to use
one of the pricier, electronic bead spinners: