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Is there a difference in stability between prestringing and placing a bead?

There are a lot of pros and cons to both methods of placing beads into your knitting, but when looking only at stability there is a difference between prestrung and placed beads. Having used both ...
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Name of collage or embroidery mixing pearls, sequins and beads

Consider beading, being the decoration of fabric with beads. Or, more specifically to embroidery, bead embroidery.
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Creating food-safe silicone beads

You can use food grade silicon for casting as well as for making molds. What you need to look for is chocolate casting silicon. They are pretty expensive and there are plenty of manufacturers, but you ...
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Needle size for sewing floss design onto construction paper

From personal experience I wouldn't try to sew or embroider any paper, especially not old, fragile paper. Any thread or floss is really thin compared to the width of paper, so any force you apply to ...
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Name of collage or embroidery mixing pearls, sequins and beads

At first I was going to say this isn't really a collage, since it's sewn rather than glued, but I learned that this does qualify as a three-dimensional collage. A 3D collage is the art of putting ...
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How to make chewable silicone beads?

I've used a food grade silicone in the past that has the consistency of pudding. It is rather soft and very weak and would not hold up in the example you provide. I have used a more expensive silicone,...
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Is there a difference in stability between prestringing and placing a bead?

In my experience in doing both, I largely prefer to place the beads. Pre-strung causes a whole host of issues: Sharp Beads may fray or cut your yarn Beads (especially glass beads) can easily break. ...
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How to cast beads using DIY casein plastic?

I actually did this six months ago, and the shape that I cast is still solid, virtually indestructible and mold-free, so I am speaking from experience here. The instructions I wrote down here for ...
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Are silver lined seed beads appropriate for turkish or mosaic lamps?

I don't have experiences with translucent mosaiks, but silver lined beads will create a very different look than your example image. The main goal of silver lining beads is to make them more visible ...
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What magnification do I need to read an inscription on a gemstone?

Likely 10 X would be enough; and practical. Higher magnification is difficult to hand hold steady enough , so certainly at 30 X you are talking about expensive equipment that is mounted on a stand : ...
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What magnification do I need to read an inscription on a gemstone?

It should be possible to calculate this, but note that it will depend on your eyesight as well, and the contrast you can get (directional lighting may help) If you look at how many characters there ...
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How to cast silicone beads?

I agree with the basic idea of what fred-dot-u mentioned, but I'd tweak the method a bit. Put your beads on a wire. Cut apart an old coat-hanger with snips and use that. This would give you a ...
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How to cast silicone beads?

If your objective is to create a silicone product, take a different viewpoint of your research thus far. Silicone molds work because silicone sticks to almost nothing other than silicone. If you ...
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Needle size for sewing floss design onto construction paper

since the construction paper is delicate, using a sharp needle would be more suitable than a blunt one. choose a needle that matches the thickness of your floss without causing any damages to the ...
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Attach ring shaped bead for use as toggle clasp

I can envision a number of approaches to avoid wrapping the wire around the ring and the need for crimping beads. The exact process would depend on what the beads are made of and how flexible or ...
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How to cast beads using DIY casein plastic?

This is an old question but from the number of views, other people have a similar interest. Nothingismagick's answer addresses how to make multiple beads. I'll address two holes in the discussion. ...
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How can I strengthen my melted bead art?

Two things I can think of: Make sure the design is not fragile. The dragon of your example looks strong enough, but if you create a deer with thin legs, for example, I think it's more likely to break. ...
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