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our eyes are our greatest tool.

Our eyes are a beader's greatest tool.

By: Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Beading creates pieces of jewelry that are beautiful to behold but, while beading, we must care for one of our greatest tools: our eyes.

One of the first announcements Beadphoria makes to their beginner students is to please bring glasses to class if you need them for reading or close up work. Making sure that a 2×2 millimeter crimp tube is in the proper place in your crimping pliers is much easier if everything is in focus! Beadphoria keeps a few pairs of “cheaters” in various strengths on hand for those who may have forgotten them.

If your eyes have a tendency to become dry, keep eye drops handy. When concentrating on seed beads or on a layout on a bead board, we have a tendency to blink less. This causes eyes to dry quickly.

Proper lighting is essential!  Try to use natural light from a nearby window, or bead in a well lit room. Beadphoria uses lamps that simulate daylight to help reduce eye strain. These lamps also let you see the true colors of beads. Your local craft and office supply stores carry them.

When using a drill or motorized bead reamer, wear eye protection. Small particles can easily dislodge and cause major problems.

Take a 15 minute break every 45 minutes. Your eyes will get a rest, but you also may gain a fresh perspective on your jewelry design.

If you have any questions about beading, or protecting your eyes, feel free to contact me directly at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com . Always happy to share the joy of beading with you, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of www.Beadphoria.com .