The big question of this blog post: how to count how many beads you need? There is a simple formula that always works. Please keep in mind to string a bit extra, just in case. Ok, here we go:
Length x circumference beads in 1 row = how many inch/mt to string.
For sample: Length: 15cm bracelet x 11 beads in 1 circumference = 165 cm (1.65 m) to string. I always count 10 cm more just in case. Rather have some leftovers on the string than to attach another piece to it.
So again, this time for a long neckless to wrap multiple times: 180 cm x 6 beads in a circumference = 10 m and 80 cm (so 11 meters would be ok).
Now you know how much to string in a project, but how about the number of beads? If you know how long the string needs to be, string 1 cm first of the beads of your choice. Now count how many beads cover this 1 cm. Multiply with the total of cm you need to string for the full project. Let’s say: 7 beads in 1 cm and your project has a total of 165cm: 7 x 165 = 1155 beads. If you are running out of a particular color: now you know how to count how many beads you need.
There is hardly a difference in length to string if you use the beads diagonal in your project or flat. For this reason, I always string a bit more to be sure of it but the outcome on how long the string needs to be, wouldn’t be that of a difference between flat or diagonal.
The bigger the beads, the fewer beads you need to cover up the full length of the string and the end product. If you need to string many beads, and they are of the same color: use a beads spinner. This is a simple spinner, through in the beads, set your needle in place, and spin it around. The needle will catch the beads and you can add rows and rows to your thread. Works a lot faster than picking up every bead individually.