Today we will be exploring the various different tools and methods that fuse bead artists use to place their beads onto pegboards! I've also created a video that follows along with this blog post, to help you better visualize the methods and tools featured. Be sure to watch the video below first, then dive right in to this post for all those juicy details!
I hope that this blog post will inspire you to get creative with your fuse beading techniques, and introduce you to some new methods and tools you may have never heard of! I'm sure you're very excited, so let's dive right in and "Get Tweezy"!
- It is easy to grip and is the most comfortable tool to use.
- Specifically made for use with 5mm fuse beads.
- Only compatible with 5mm fuse beads.
- You can only pick up two beads at a time, which forces you to do a lot of back-and-forth.
- You cannot use this tool with Mini beads.
- Can lose its grip over time and require replacement.
- Occasionally beads get stuck on the teeth.
- Top Tier Tip! To prevent this, you can smooth out the teeth with a nail file.
- Can pick up up 6 Mini beads at a time.
- Can pick up 4 Standard beads at a time.
- They are metal, which gives them more tension which holds the beads on the tweezer more effectively in comparison to the standard plastic tweezers.
- Occasionally, the beads get stuck and you have to slide your finger down the tweezer to free the bead. Doesn't sound so bad.. Until you find yourself placing thousands of beads!!
- Effective for beading outlines, but is not practical for creating an entire project.
- Works great for filling in large single-color areas.
- Only compatible with 5mm fuse beads.
- Often has inconsistent results. Beads can get stuck inside the pen.
- Top Tier Tip! Hold it at an angle while beading and give it a slight shake frequently to ensure the beads keep flowing smoothly. If it jams, tip it upside down and press the button until it comes free.
- The bead loading chamber is a bit small. Considering that the ideal use for this tool is filling in large sections, it can be inconvenient to have to refill it often.
Perler Bead Tweezers Plus
The Perler Bead Tweezer Plus is a bit of an unusual, niche beading tool. It is a plastic hybrid tool that combines the scoop functionality of the Spoon Straw and Bead Pen with the ability to tweeze.
- The scoop makes it convenient to pour small amounts of beads on the board to work from, much like the Pouring method.
- Eliminates the need to individually pick beads from a separate container.
- Features an ergonomic design, making it comfortable to use over long periods of time.
- Compatible only with Standard 5mm beads.
- Can only pick up 2 beads at a time.
- The tweezer tips don't have any teeth to grip the beads, so beads occasionally slip.
- Once you get used to the flow, straight lines can be done in one quick motion.
- Loading the straw is simple and quick.
- No machinery required, making jams and technical issues (such as those with the bead pen) nonexistent.
- The straw is very inexpensive, which makes it a great choice for "beaders on a budget".
- Straw may get bent over time with repeated squeezing, and will need to be replaced eventually.
- If you don't apply even pressure to the end of the straw, extra beads can slip out.
Wow, who knew so many household objects could be so useful for placing beads?! I've really learned a lot! So how do you use this method? Start by piercing the center of each bead to load them on to the straightened part of the paperclip or pin. Use your index finger to release beads onto the pegs.
- Paperclips and pins are cheap, simple, easy to use, and are readily available in most homes.
- Easy to load the beads.
- Hard to hold and control the flow of beads.
- You need to use 2 hands occasionally to guide the beads.
- Takes practice to get the hang of it.
- Allows you to fill a large area quickly.
- This method requires very little back and forth. It's much quicker than picking up 2 beads at a time with a standard plastic tweezer, for example!
- Most beads fall onto the pegs on their own when you pour, so you only need to move those that didn't land on a peg.
- Dropping beads on the pegboard, as well as knocking them over onto the pegs, can knock over beads that have already been placed. This can lead to issues with your project if not fixed.
- Very imprecise.
- This method cannot be used with multiple colors at once.