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Old 07-03-2013, 01:56 AM   #1
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How do I know how much to buy?

I'm wanting to make some solid beaded leggings, I've never done a project nearly that big before - biggest I've done is probably my moccasin tops. I'm ambitious and a little bit stupid and crazy though and I think I can do it ;)

The question is, how do I know even roughly how many beads to buy?? Is there some kind of formula per square inch of solid beading? Of course it's going to vary a whole lot based on size and weight of the beads.. I have no idea if there is an answer to this but I thought I'd ask and give it a shot anyway! I know I can just buy more if I run out but I don't have a local source so that's kind of a pain if I can avoid it!
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Yes, it was listed here once as I remember, long ago.

Wow!! Found it!
In need for some nothern buckskin advice!!!!!!

Of course, allow for culling of beads, and some extra if you want to make something to match..ESPECIALLY blues which tend to be IMPOSSIBLE to match dye lots.

Good luck!
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Buy all your background at once. Particularly, blues and reds. They vary a lot.
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Yes, it was listed here once as I remember, long ago.

Wow!! Found it!
In need for some nothern buckskin advice!!!!!!

Of course, allow for culling of beads, and some extra if you want to make something to match..ESPECIALLY blues which tend to be IMPOSSIBLE to match dye lots.

Good luck!
Thanks for posting this....lol :) I need all the help I can get.
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oh yay! Thank you very much that helps a lot! I was also concerned about dye lots for the background too and didn't want to end up with a two tone thing going on if I ran out.

Now for another question there may not be an answer to - what makes a lighter overall finished product - many small beads or fewer larger ones?? I would prefer them to be as light as possible for obvious reasons!
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oh yay! Thank you very much that helps a lot! I was also concerned about dye lots for the background too and didn't want to end up with a two tone thing going on if I ran out.

Now for another question there may not be an answer to - what makes a lighter overall finished product - many small beads or fewer larger ones?? I would prefer them to be as light as possible for obvious reasons!
If you plan on using white, buy lots... white is one of those colours that is also impossible to match up.

One of the things that most bead calculators don't include is spilling your beads and losing half of them down the floor vent...lol

I usually buy what I will need for a project and then buy extra to keep for repairs, spilling and bright ideas that come later for a new piece to add on to the sets...lol I also sew into the moc, barret etc liners a few beads of each colour I used so that they can be repaired years down the road.

Bead work is heavy no matter what you use. If you are concerned about the weight, start doing some weight bearing exercises so you can carry it...your body will be forever grateful for that gift.
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If you plan on using white, buy lots... white is one of those colours that is also impossible to match up.

One of the things that most bead calculators don't include is spilling your beads and losing half of them down the floor vent...lol

I usually buy what I will need for a project and then buy extra to keep for repairs, spilling and bright ideas that come later for a new piece to add on to the sets...lol I also sew into the moc, barret etc liners a few beads of each colour I used so that they can be repaired years down the road.

Bead work is heavy no matter what you use. If you are concerned about the weight, start doing some weight bearing exercises so you can carry it...your body will be forever grateful for that gift.
Thank you! ha ha yes I'll be doing leg lifts as I bead LOL.
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I usually buy what I will need for a project and then buy extra to keep for repairs, spilling and bright ideas that come later for a new piece to add on to the sets...lol I also sew into the moc, barret etc liners a few beads of each colour I used so that they can be repaired years down the road.
Excellent advice!
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