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Sunday, June 2, 2013

(Product Review) Express 500 Piece Wooden Barrel Bead Assortment

Express 500 Piece Wooden Barrel Bead Assortment Review

Express Wooden Barrel Bead Assortment (500 pc) (482349)

Reviewed by kelly60 on 2013-06-01

Product Rating: 4

Community Rating: Very Helpful


Pros: Medium size works well for children or adults, beginners or experienced beaders. Nice color variety.

Cons: A few beads had rough edges. Can be choking hazard for young children.

Summary: These beads work well for children or adults, beginners or more experienced crafters. They are lightweight yet sturdy with bright colors.


Quite often while I am working on one of my latest jewelry projects, I need something to keep little hands busy. Since they enjoy making their own projects, I like to keep a supply of beads handy for them to use for their own crafts. One of the beads that they enjoy working with is the Express 500 Piece Wooden Barrel Bead Assortment.

For around $8 you can pick up a 500 piece assortment of these wooden beads featuring a nice variety of bright colors  that the kids will love. These medium sized beads measure 3/8 inches long by 1/4 inch wide, with a hole size of 1/16 inch. These work great for stringing on yard or a thicker cord, and the kids love stringing them to make their own jewelry or other craft projects.

The beads are lightweight, yet sturdy enough to hold up to most anything they have used them for. They have created some beautiful necklaces and bracelets from them, and I must admit that I have used these in a few projects myself.

These are nice beads for beginners as well as more experienced beaders. The bright colors work well for a variety of projects, and the kids really enjoyed working with them.  


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Saturday, June 1, 2013

(Product Review) Beadalon Big Eye Needles Review (2.25-Inch 4 Pieces)

Beadalon Big Eye Needles Review (2.25-Inch 4 Pieces)

Beadalon Big Eye Needles 2.25-Inch 4 Pieces

Reviewed by kelly60 on 2013-05-31

Product Rating: 5

Community Rating: Very Helpful


Pros: Easy to thread, sturdy, flexible, works well for a variety of beading projects.

Cons: None.

Summary: These needles work well for a variety of beading projects. They are sturdy, flexible and easy to thread.


I have been making jewelry for myself, as gifts and to sell for many years. Much of the jewelry I make is made with beads. I recently picked up a package of these Beadalon Big Eye Needles after I got fed up with many failed attempts at threading some of my other needles.

These needles come in a package of 4 needles that are 2.25 inches long. They are made from high-tensile stainless steel Beadalon wire. They are strong, yet flexible enough to easily string beads individually or from a beading tray. One of the best features of these needles though is the big eye design. The eye actually covers much of the length of the needle, and the flexibility of these needles makes it easy enough for nearly anyone to thread without a problem. If you have poor eyesight or unsteady hands like me, you will really appreciate these needles.  

These are a great size for many projects. According to the manufacturer, this needle fits all sizes of bead cord and is very flexible. Obviously I haven't tried every type of wire and cord to test this out but I have used them on a variety of materials with no problems. The needle easily handles anything from size .005 thread to multiple sizes of beading wire and cords that I have tried. They work well for many types of beads as well. I have used them for a variety of seed beads and small bicone beads as well as for larger beads, and never had any problems. They worked well for all projects I have used them on, and saved me a lot of time that was previously spent trying to get some of my other needles threaded.

I recommend these needles for anyone who enjoys beadwork. They work well for a variety of projects and are easy to thread, even for those with poor eyesight or unsteady hands. I have been very pleased with this purchase and I think you will be too.



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