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Old 09-07-2008, 02:10 PM   #1
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Beadwork Questions

I have never made beaded vests before and was thining of doing one. About how many hanks of beads would I need? Does it depend on the size and type of bead I plan on using?

Any tips would be much appreciated.
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:01 PM   #2
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This will depend on what size bead you are using...how many colors...etc. you will need at least one hank for every color.
Size comparison chart.
Italian............3 4 5 6
Czech............11 12 13 14 16
french............12 13 14
jap................12 13 14 15 15 hex

once you have decided what sizes and colors, measure the length and width to establish the surface area of whatever you intend on beading. area = (L x W)

following sizes are for czech (most likely what you will be using)
10 = 130 beads per square inch
11 = 187 per square inch
12 = 228 per square inch
13 = 272 per square inch
Multiply the number of beads in you selected size by the number of square inches in your planned project. = total number of beads needed.

approximate number of beads per hank.
10 = 3100
11 = 4000
12 = 4500
13 = 5000

Divide that number into the total number of beads needed. Round up to a full hank number. This formula works for hanks of 12 inch loops. Cut beads usually come in 6 inch hanks, so be sure to double the amount if you plan using those.
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and another thing...

couple more hints......I couldn't think of anything better to bead on for that project than baby sheeting.IfHaven't seen any at walmart in a long while, but k-mart still has it. you are using czech 11s like I do, bead with artificial sinew. It'll split down easy. Very strong. bead all the way through the fabric, and then once all 3 pieces are fully beaded, wonder under a lining on the inside. This will cover up all the threads and protect the work from the inside, making it last longer. Then you can put a nice rolled edge beading all around the edges.
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The color I wanna use for back ground is pearl white and then I also now I'll be needing black and dark brown and light brown Plus fire colors.
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sounds good. like color choices...I use pearly white on small projects. If it was me, I'd start out with a key of your white, maybe .5 key of the blk and brn. draw everything out too.
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Are you going to bead the fronts and back of the vest or just the front pieces? That will make a big difference in the amount of beads you will need.

I have a pic in my gallery of a fully beaded Lakota style vest I did a couple years ago. My suggestion is that you bead on canvas or duck cloth. Its cheap, strong and breathable. You only need to preshrink it before using and then bind the edges so they won't fray. Baby lap pad could be used but the rubberized coating on it will hold in heat and sweat, something to keep in mind.
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Vest

The design I have in mind for the first vest is White background, geometric design around the edges in fire colors. Main design is gonna be a bull elk on both front sides. Not gonna do the backs of the vests. Havent figured out a design for a second vest yet.
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The design I have in mind for the first vest is White background, geometric design around the edges in fire colors. Main design is gonna be a bull elk on both front sides. Not gonna do the backs of the vests. Havent figured out a design for a second vest yet.
For a men's XL sized vest if you are only doing front panels, one kilo should more than suffice for the background color.

Next time I bead a vest, I will start with two kilos of background to fully bead all sides.

For the designs you can use the square inch guess-timator tips given above, but I would probably take that number and add at least 15% to it, if you are going to order it by the hank.

I second the recommendation for Canvas for something like a vest. Crib-sheeting, I think would be way too hot for a vest...
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Thanks everyone who has given me great tips so far. I am getting anxious to find out how it will all turn out especially since I have never made one before.
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WOW! You can't get any better explanation than this. I never used a formula like this before. I guesstimate and use the left over beeds on another project. Thanks your info will be very helpful.
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Leftover beads are never a bad thing! but crib sheeting too hot?..oh come on its not like the thing is going to have sleeves.. but I'd listen reel close to whatever Czechy has to say.
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