Dryer Sheet Hack for Beading
Now, I’m going to be up-front here. The dryer sheet hack isn’t my invention! It’s a clever little trick I’ve heard a lot of beaders using. In fact, this post is really two clever tricks to solve two common beading problems. So, read on to make your (beading) life a little easier…
What two problems am I talking about?
These are just two little annoyances that won’t affect your beading, but they might affect your enjoyment. So, what are they?
Well, have you ever finished a project and, as you were trying to put back the leftover beads, they were so static they ended up sticking to your bead scoop, jumping over the board and generally being difficult?
Yes, that’s right, beads are just little pieces of glass, and they can be affected by static electricity, like a lot of things. (Now, I don’t know the ‘science’ behind that problem. So, if anyone else does, please leave a comment to explain it for the rest of us!)
Or, are you a fan of Fireline beading thread? Have you tried the ‘smoke’ version? And did you find your fingers end up black?
Well, the ‘smoke’ Fireline is actually coated in a black dye which can rub off on your fingers as you work. Don’t worry, it does wash off! But some people find this more of a problem than others. So, what’s the solution?
The dryer sheet hack for beading
It turns out that dryer sheets should actually be listed as ‘essential kit’ for your beading tool box! It doesn’t have to be new dryer sheets either. So, we can help the environment here too, by recycling some old dryer sheets for these hacks!
The first dryer sheet hack
Use the dryer sheet to wipe over your beading mat or bead board from time to time. This will remove the static that can make those beads jump around!
When you think about it, it’s logical really… We use dryer sheets to condition clothes, which includes removing static. So, the same idea works on the material of your beading mat.
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The second dryer sheet hack
If you’re working with ‘smoke’ Fireline, when you cut your length of thread, run it through the dryer sheet before you use it. This will remove any excess dye. So, your thread should still remain darker, but hopefully your fingers won’t turn quite so black!
And, by the way, you can also use a damp paper towel for this, if you don’t happen to have any dryer sheets to hand.
So, kiss goodbye to your black beading fingers…
The one problem I’m still struggling with is what to do about the static that gathers inside a new factory pack of seed beads. Ever tried pouring those out as they stick to the sides of the plastic and jump everywhere…?! I’m not sure the dryer sheet hack will work on that one, but maybe I’ll try it anyway!
So, I hope that little tip has helped you… Don’t be so quick to throw away your used dryer sheet next time. Pop it in your beading box instead! And if you want more handy beading tips, you can use this link, or sign up below to make sure you don’t miss a thing!