For some seed bead patterns, try using a gemstone bead of the same size. If your pattern calls for a 4mm crystal bicone, try replacing it with a 4mm gemstone or glass bead. You can even try substituting a crystal bicone with …
Yes, I’m one of those people who sees a seed bead pattern in a magazine and just has to make it right away. No, there’s no waiting around to place a bead order or head up to my local bead shop to see if they have the exact beads that are called for in the pattern.
But even with an extensive bead stash like mine, I still find that there are times when I don’t have the exact same beads that are called for in a seed bead pattern. When that happens, it’s good to know that there are ways you can substitute beads in your seed bead pattern so that you don”t have to wait to start beading.
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