We can all view tutorials on YouTube and most of us learn to read a beading pattern and even some of us begin to create our own patters either on paper or in some type of beading software. Me, I use both the graph paper and the software, but only after the inspiration has taken on somewhat of a final form in my mind, so that I have a very specific picture in my head of what I want, then I use the paper to try to figure out all the angles and directions that I will need to use to get to the finally product.
But, I digress, more to the point, this series is about the things that I have learned through my own experience that one should or should not do when beading. Bear with me because I do ten to ramble a bit.
First of all and I think the absolute most important thing is lighting. Now suffice it to say that I am about half-blind. My vision is very poor and the lighting in my house is really sub-standard especially for any type of art work including beading. So what are the choices, a good overhead light, lamps, lots of windows. Well yes, all of the above. However, you need to decide what time of day you do most of your work. For me that means in the middle of the night, when everyone else is asleep and the house is completely quiet. This also means that I am totally dependent on artificial lighting.
I have a fairly bright overhead light at the ceiling so that helps, however, most of the time I find that it is generally either blocked by my head because it is behind me or not direct enough because of where I sit. So I procured a desk lamp, you know the kind, round base, little adjustable pole with light bent over where you work. Typical light. However, I have found that it does not help me. If I happen to be working during the day, I still use it but find myself turning to the window so that I can see better. So here is what I did.
I went to my local hardware store which for me happens to be Home Depot because that is where my daughter is employed, so I like to be loyal you know. Anyway, I bought some of the ecolights, you know the kind, well here is a photo of one