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Bead Sheet Designer Instructions

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  1. This program is written with a pixel resolution for display of 96 pixels per inch. This is what pixel per inch resolution most operating systems display images at and what typical 8-1/2"x11" sheets of paper are based on.
  2. Pick a Category from the list of categories on the left
  3. Pick an image from the image grid.
  4. Pick the size of paper you are using, either 8-1/2"x11" or A4 which is slightly larger, often used in the UK.
  5. Pick how long you want your finished bead to be. You can make them as little as 1/4" to 1-1/8" long.
  6. Pick a bead size in thickness or diameter, from 5 to 25mm in diameter
  7. These sizes above are all based on the actual diameter you want your finished bead to be. To determine what size you need, make a sample bead in the paper you want to use, then measure the diameter of it. This is the diameter you want. If the exact diameter is not in the list, go with the next size up to prevent a gap of your image.
  8. The quantity of beads on the sheet will be calculated for you. You are choosing the size beads, not how many you want to make.
  9. Pick a type of bead either a tube, sideways tube, tapered, variable tapered, allover print.
  10. Click on Make Bead Sheet

Different Bead Diameter Sizes

You can make several different diameters of beads with this program. Below you will see some examples. Just use your imagination but remember, you need to use paper that can fit and be printed in your printer for the image part of it. You can use other papers for your cores and wrap the printed paper around it.
  1. Size 5 or 6mm: Use one strip, 8-1/2" long.
    All styles of beads print in portrait orientation except for the side tube beads. The side tube beads print in landscape.
  2. Size 7mm: Use one strip, 11" long.
    All styles of beads print in landscape orientation except for the side tube beads. The side tube beads print in portrait.
  3. Size 8mm: Use 2 strips 8-1/2" long butted up together end to end. First do a blank core with the same sized strip, then add the strip that has the image at the end for the 2nd strip.
    All bead styles except for the side tube beads print on one sheet in portrait orientation. The side tube beads print in landscape.
  4. Size 8.5mm: Use 1 strip 8-1/2" and one strip 11" long butted up together end to end.
    All bead styles except for the side tube beads print on one sheet in portrait orientation. The side tube beads print in landscape. Use a 2nd blank sheet or recycled sheet and cut the opposite way.
  5. Size 9mm: Use 2 strips 11" long butted up together end to end.
    All bead styles except for the side tube beads print on one sheet in landscape orientation. The side tube beads print in portrait. Cut a 2nd blank or recycled sheet the same way.

If you are making tapered beads, you can layer and roll 2 or more strips together to achieve the diameter you are after. Or you can make the wide end of your first strip the actual length you want the bead to be and the narrow end the same width as the width of the wide end of the 2nd strip. Have the narrow end of the 2nd strip be the strip that has the printed picture on it.


Printer Settings

Set your printer to print either portrait or landscape depending on what beads you make. This will also be set in the program also. You will choose which way to orient your paper and printer.

If your printer is capable of printing borderless and you don't want a white margin on the side of your paper, set up your paper to Letter Borderless in your printer set up and then put all 4 margins to 0.

If you are printing an allover sheet, make sure to tell your printer to print the background colors and images. If you have a newer browser, the all over sheet should display your image as a tiled image in the dimensions you chose, otherwise, you will get a right and bottom margin that is white.


Types of Beads
The Tube Bead
This is the most basic of all beads designed with this program. This produces a sheet with all of the images down the left side of your screen. There will be as many images down the side as beads as is calculated for the size you are making. For example, if you choose to make 1" long beads, then you will get 11 beads down the side. The images may look distorted because the width of the graphic is a set width depending on what diameter bead you choose to make and the height is determined by how many beads end up being printed on the sheet. You can choose 20 sizes ranging from 5mm to 25mm. You will choose what orientation to set your printer at. To make beads from these sheets, cut the sheets into straight even strips as wide as the image height. Cut from the side of the image to the other side.
The Taper Bead 5 types
The quarter, one third, one half, two thirds and three quarters taper is the area of which the image is smaller than the wide end.
  1. One Quarter: The image is 1/4 smaller than the total length of the bead.
    For example Total bead height: 1", image height 3/4".
  2. One Third: The image is 1/3 smaller than the total length of the bead.
    For example: Total bead height: 1", image height: 2/3".
  3. One Half: The image is 1/2 smaller than the total length of the bead.
    For example: Total bead height: 1", image height: 1/2".
  4. Two Thirds: The image is 2/3 smaller than the total length of the bead.
    For example: Total bead height: 1", image height: 1/3".
  5. Three Quarters: The image is 3/4 smaller than th total length of the bead.
    For example: Total bead height: 1", image height: 1/4".

In other words, the quarter taper image is 1/4 the size of the wide end which has no picture. Depending on what diameter bead you choose, the orientation of how to print out the sheets will be displayed for you on the sheets. You will have the pictures on either side of the sheet, staggard. To cut these out, just put your ruler on the outside edge of the graphic at each edge and make diagonal cuts from one side of the paper to the other.


Variable Taper Designs
When you choose a variable tapered bead, the sheet will be printed on the left and right side of the sheet of paper in a solid strip as many times as indicated above with the length. You can then cut variable widths of tapered strips and there will be color on the outer edges of the bead as well as in the center of the rolled bead.


Sideways Beads
When you choose sideways oriented bead, the browser will have the images across the top as many times as calculated for the length of the bead. The height of each image is a set height according to which diameter size bead you choose to make. Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see what orientation to print out the sheet. When you cut and roll these beads up, the image will be sideways on the bead.


All Over Designs
You can use the all over designs for what ever type of bead you want. Tapered looks best but you can also cut each individual image out and wrap it around a different colored core of paper such as construction paper or recycled paper of any type. When you choose to have an all over design, the clipart will be sized just like when you are choosing to make other types of beads. If the measurements are not perfect, the right edge and bottom edge will be adjusted so it will fit on a sheet of paper so it will look distorted. Set your printer's letter size to Letter Borderless to eliminate the border. You can do this if your printer is capable of borderless printing. Otherwise, just set your printers margins to the smallest margins possible.