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CROCHET TOOLS + TUBULAR BEAD CROCHET STARTER JIG AND TUTORIAL
Tubular Bead Crochet Jig and Tutorial

The tubular bead crochet jig and tutorial from StudioDax, patent pending, is a great method and tool to start the bead crochet ropes. If you have struggled with this technique and had a hard time with the first inch, or if you always wanted to learn bead crochet ropes, get a starter kit and be on your way to learn this wonderful method, the easy way!

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NEW - Just added - Video Demos - showing all of the basic steps plus how to add a new cord, a new beaded rope segment and how to make an invisible joint to create infinity bracelets.

Plus Extra PDF created by marion jewels in fiber with information for switching from size 6 beads, to size 8, 11, and 15.

Coming up - 1 extra video + instructions - The StudioDax Tutorial has directions on how to make a 5 and 6 bead around crochet rope. Marion after a number of trials came up with a way to increase the number of beads around the rope all the way up to 11 beads using the same tool.

Personal Note - Please read my 2010 blog entry on the Bead Crochet Jig and Tutorial for more info. To find out about cord sizes, crochet hooks sizes...> More. As of 2021, 11 years later, I have just revisited beaded crochet ropes and added 14 short video demonstrations with more than 50 minutes of instructions to help you learn this technique, plus how to make an invisible joint to make an infinity bracelet. The kits now includes a 9 page PDF manual with all the links plus lots of info with all the measurements you will need to make neaded crochet ropes with Miyuki seed beads size 6, 8 and 11.

FOR TUBULAR BEAD CROCHET 
Bead Crochet Rope Starter Jig and Tutorial Kit + Video Demo

Tubular Bead Crochet Rope Starter Jig & Tutorial

Tubular Bead Crochet Rope Starter Jig & Tutorial
Tubular Bead Crochet Rope Starter Jig & Tutorial
Tubular Bead Crochet Rope Starter Jig & Tutorial
Tubular Bead Crochet Rope Starter Jig & Tutorial
Blurred Page Sample
Materials & Supplies
Examples of Finished Project
Close up of Bracelet

Includes the starter jig, a mini-clip, a cheat card (shown blurred) with the basic steps of crochet beaded rope, and the PDFs by StudioDax:

1. Read Me First - 2 page document with notes on best practice.
2. Jig Tutorial - The main step by step tutorial with 23 pages with over 65 pictures.
3. 6 Beads around Rope - Add an extra bead to the 5 bead rope shown in the main tutorial.
4. Breaking a Bead Already Strung on the Cord - Without damaging the cord.
5. Crochet Bead Rope Detail - An additional tutorial showing even more closeup photos if you need extra help.
+ 1 Medium EZ-Bob with enough C-Lon Bead Cord + Beads Size 6 for to make two sample ropes as shown on videos.
+ Includes Video Demo Access
+ 15 Short Video Demontrations
created by Marion, showing all of the basic steps plus how to add a new cord, join 2 segments, and how to make an invisible joint to create infinity bracelets.

+ Extra 12 page PDF created by marion jewels in fiber with lots of additional information, plus all the measurements for switching from size 6 beads, to size 8, 11 and 15. Access to the videos is on this PDF.

The tutorial is shown for right handed crochet, but the tool is non-directional. Just follow the steps left handed and it works fine.
The tutorial is written for beginners and it is best to start with size 6 seed beads, then move to size 8 seed beads.
Once the technique has been mastered, you can use the jig with any size and types of beads including size 15's.

 
Bead Crochet Rope Jig and Tutorial Kit + Tools + Video Demo
Tubular Bead Crochet Rope Starter Jig & Tutorial

Includes everything listed in the standard kit plus:
- 2 Lacis steel crochet hook size 7 & 8
- 2 comfort cushions for the hooks
- 1 big eye needle + 2 wire needles
- 5 tapestry needles Size 20 to 28
- 1 wood handle awl for breaking beads
- 1 bead mat
+ 1 clear vinyl bag to keep all your supplies and your project.

+ Includes Video Demo Access
+ 15 Short Video Demontrations, created by Marion, showing all of the basic steps plus how to add a new cord, join 2 segments, and how to make an invisible joint to create infinity bracelets.

+ Extra 12 page PDF created by marion jewels in fiber with lots of additional information, plus all the measurements for switching from size 6 beads, to size 8, 11 and 15. Access to the videos is on this PDF.

+ Get 2 sizes of C-Lon Bead Cord to play with...

Get 2 spools of C-Lon Bead Cord, one 92 yd in the standard size and one 50 yd spool in the Fine Weight Tex 135 size. It is best to start with a color, in the light to medium range as to light to dark, or in any color that blends with your beads. If your crochet is tight, the color of the cord will be barely noticeable, unless of course you work with lots of clear or transparent beads. Darker colors such as Black are not recommended for beginners. Use the crochet hook size 7 with the standard C-Lon Bead Cord and size 6 & 8 seed beads, and crochet hook size 8 with the Fine Weight Bead Cord and size 8 & 11 seed beads.

$ 6.25 each - Choose Color
See color chart HERE
MORE CROCHET TOOLS
CROCHET HOOKS

Crochet Hooks - Perfect for making jewelry with the C-Lon Bead Cords and the other bonded nylon brands, such as Tuff, D&E or Vintage Mastex, are also available. We tested the crochet hooks so we have recommendations as to sizes. Hooks are not standardized as to sizes. Each brand has its own system. Hooks are also like shoes, you either find the best fit and stick to this brand, or you change along the way to give yourself a rest. These are the best crochet hooks for tubular bead crochet.

 
Steel Crochet Hooks

The Lacis Steel Crochet Hooks are inexpensive, but they have one of the best hook profile. They catch the nylon cord nicely without pinching it. Hooks Size 4 and up come with a metal cap to protect the point. Can be improved by adding a cushion or cover over the handle. See listing below.

Sizes? See notes regarding sizes
4 - C-Lon Bead Cord Tex 400
5- 7* - 6 - 8 - C-Lon Bead Cord
8-10 - C-Lon Fine Weight Cord
10-12 - C-Lon Micro Cord/Nylon69
14 -
For going through bead holes

$ 3.75 each - Choose Size
* Size 7/1.5mm is actually in between Size 5 and Size 6. Yes, it's illogicall
Add a Cover
Comfort Cushion for Steel Crochet Hook Handles Crochet

Comfort Cushion by Susan Bates
Perfect for Lacis Steel Crochet Hooks

Turn the Lacis crochet hooks handle into a comfortable handle.

I really like the Lacis crochet hooks because you can use a smaller hook than other brands for the same cord size. This profile, thin head but hook that can handle larger cords without snagging them makes this crochet brand my favorite for tubular bead crochet and bead crochet. But the handles are very thin and really need cushioning.

$3.50 for 2 Pieces

 
Steel Crochet Hooks

Hamanaka Double Pointed Steel Crochet Hooks are well worth their price. They are super comfortable to hold, very light, color coded and they have two hooks into one tool.

My favortie crochet hooks for Chain Stitch Bead Crochet and Turkish Flat Bead Crochet.

Sizes? See notes regarding sizes
0-2 - Larger hook/C-Lon Bead Cord Tex 400 and smaller hook/C-Lon Bead Cord
4-6 - C-Lon Bead Cord/C-Lon Fine Weight Cord
8-10 - C-Lon Fine Weight Cord/C-Lon Micro Cord/Nylon69

$ 16.00 each - Choose Size
Sorry, 0-2 is no longer available
 
Clover Soft Touch Steel Crochet Hooks
Clover Soft Touch Steel Crochet Hooks
Lightweight and ergonomic. Feel incredibly nice in the hand. Comes with a metal cap to protect the point. Handle great to rest the thumb.

Sizes? See notes regarding sizes
0, 2 - C-Lon Bead Cord Tex 400
0, 2, 4 - C-Lon Bead Cord/Nylon18

6, 8 - C-Lon Fine Weight Cord
8-12 - C-Lon Micro Cord/Nylon69
14 - Can be used to go through bead holes.
Rule of thumb: For bead crochet ropes use finer (higher number) hook. For single chain crochet the larger size is usally best.

$ 8.50 each - Choose Size
NEW ARRIVAL
Clover Amour Steel Crochet Hooks

Clover Amour Steel Crochet Hooks
Nice hook profile. Handle good for either resting thumb for scoop holding or pencil holding (side holding). Tapered shaft. Color coded handles make it easier to find the right size.

Sizes? See notes regarding sizes
0 - C-Lon Bead Cord Tex 400
0, 2, 4 - C-Lon Bead Cord/Nylon18
4, 6, 8 - C-Lon Fine Weight Cord
8, 10 - C-Lon Micro Cord/Nylon69
12 -
Finer cord and thread or could be for pulling cords through bead holes.

$ 9.50 each - Choose Size
 
 
OTHER TOOLS YOU MAY WANT...
Beading Awl for Crochet
Wooden Handle Awl - $3.95
7" long with a point profile that works well for breaking seed beads off the cord without damaging the cord. Made in Pakistan.

Personal note - Using a wood block, insert point right into the seed bead that needs to be broken. This tool is very useful when making tubular bead crochet ropes.

Plus check needles and thread burner for ending cords in the tool section >> Tools
 

Patent Pending - What does it means - StudioDax has a patent pending on the jig and the actual process taught in the tutorial, so if you are a teacher and you wish to teach this method, you will need to purchase a starter kit for each and everyone of your students or you may be in violation of the patent. Contact us for quantity discount on this item. Thank you for your understanding!

Personal Notes - Other Suppliers - For the red, black & white sample bracelet I used Miyuki Beads Size 6 from Caravan Beads and a coral nugget as the focal bead. For the 12mm end caps, I ordered the Acorn Top Style Bead Cap from B'Sue Boutiques. Another style you may want to consider is the Ornate Victorian Bead Caps. Both styles cover the ends well, better than filigree bead caps. They are available in a variety of finishes, are inexpressive, and when I ordered them online, they arrived promptly.
Go to B'Sue Boutiques: http://www.bsueboutiques.com/bead_caps.shtml

Cord Sizes for Beads Sizes Recommendations - Here are links to C-Lon Cord sizes I would recommend for bead crochet
Miyuki Size 6 & 8 : C-Lon Bead Cord (Tex 210)
Miyuki Size 8 & 11 : C-Lon Fine Weight Bead Cord (Tex 135)
Miyuki Size 11 & 15 : C-Lon Micro Bead Cord (Tex 70)
Tuff Bead Cord with its Size 1, 2, 3 & 5 is also a very popular cord for tubulat bead crochet.

Steel Crochet Hooks Sizes and Recommendations - If you thought thread naming was confusing, try crochet hooks sizes. From one brand to another, different numbering systems are used and then to complicate thing further no standard exists on how to measure a hook, so even millimeter sizes are not a good indication to compare sizes between brands. Beware of sizes and numbers, you may have to try several sizes and brands until you find your favorites hooks for specific applications.

Single chain crochet with beads is much more forgiving as to size allowing one to use larger hooks.

Bead crochet ropes require more adjustments and trials as you want a thin hook to go between the beads, but still large enough so that it does not split or damage the cord.

Other factors in choosing a hook are the actual profile or tip of the hook and its handle. For the handle it depends on how you hold your hook. Do you hold it as a scooper or as a a pencil? If the handle is too thin you can add padding to make the handle more comfortable - taping shelf lining padding to the hook handle works well. Another option is to attach the padding with rubber bands, so it is temporary and can be removed easily.

Keep all these considerations in mind, when reading my recommendations. Your individual crochet style and technique will in the end be the final test!

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