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January 22, 2011

Tutorial: How to Make Bead Spinner

A bead spinner is not required, but if you string many seed bead strands you may find this simple spindle tool a reason to celebrate! 
And you do not have to spend $15-$65. You only need one wooden chopstick and small plastic jar(container). I used one from apple sauce, and it holds up to 100 grams of beads!

Using an awl, make a hole in the center of jar. Push the stick down through the hole gently and slowly, allowing the pushing to widen the hole. Keeping about a couple centimeters (about 1 inch) of the stick sticking out from the bottom of the jar, use a couple drops of super glue to stick these two part
 Ideally, the bowl will be at least a third of the way filled with beads.... Hold the wire down in the beads, pointing to the left, while you hold the top portion of the dowel and spin anticlockwise. Turn the dowel quickly, spinning it as fast as possible. Based on a very simple scientific principle -centrifugal force - the beads are "forced" onto your wire/needle. 
My bead-spiner's base made from two glued spools from wire . So, your full of beads spinner can stay upright even if you do not use it.