Jay Tuma
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Jan 12, 2021

I get lots of questions, so I thought I'd answer a few you may have.

  1. What kind of beads do you use.

    Two kinds. The majority of my work is done with size 11 Miyuki Delicas and size 15 Miyuki Delicas. I also use some size 11 Toho Beads, but not very often. They are just slightly different than Delicas, but mixing the two together can be tricky.

  2. How do you do it?

    Well, that requires a long explanation, but I'll make it short. I create a pattern or buy one and then buy the beads. Once I have them I have to organize them and lay them out on my beading table with little slips of paper with symbols that are used in the pattern.

    Example: Navy Blue might have % as its symbol in the pattern.

  3. What kind of thread do you use?

    I use Nymo Thread.

  4. What is the stitch used?

    Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch. Which is the technical way of saying the beads are woven together one bead at a time working left to right and then turning the piece around and going back the other way.

  5. How long does it take?

    This depends on multiple factors. The width and height of the piece, how many colors are used, how much time each row takes to layout, and how long it takes to attach each row. My current WIP (work in progress) The Scream is 101 beads wide and has 460 rows high and it takes 15 minutes to lay out a row and another 10 minutes to add it. If you multiple 460 rows by 25 minutes you get 11,500 minutes. Divide that by 60 minutes and you get 191.66 hours. Not a quick piece.

If you have more questions, please ask! I'd be happy to answer.

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