Love these beading mats. And nice that they come in 3 different colors. Depending on the project, especially when I'm working with 15/0 or 11/0, the background color is GREATLY important to this NEW beader.
They are awesome with a bunch of kids all working with beads at the same time or singly. They keep their area tidy and it makes for quick and easy clean up. They can also be set inside a lunch tray to be stored till they come back to it.
Makes beading faster & easier
I've been making beaded jewelry for quite awhile and never knew this product was out there. As a beader, your constantly trying faster and easier ways to keep your beads together and not losing any by falling on the floor and also faster ways to gather up a lot of beads at once. So, when I found this product on Artbeads.com, I could hardly wait to start using it. After using the mats, I found that not only do they keep your beads in one place without rolling onto the floor but the mat makes it so much easier to pick up many beads at one time. I do have a suggestion on what I found works great for scooping up a large amount of beads at one time. I simply use one of those small plastic medicine cups that you sometimes get to measure liquid medicine. The cups that are made with thinner plastic that make them easier to bend, I found makes scooping up the beads a much smoother process. You could also use a small scoop that has a flat end. What I found doesn't work very well using the mats is my bead grabber that uses thin metal prongs to pick up a bead. The metal prongs tend to get snagged in the fabric fibers of the mats. If I could change anything in the design of this product, it would be to make one large size mat as apposed to 3 separate smaller mats. I would also make the mat one solid light color.
A Must in jewlery and small craft work
How did I go so long without one! Beads, pins, crystals don't 'disappear." They stay put which makes your art piece a 100 times easier to work with. And as a bonus ArtBeads gave 3 Bead Mats. For multiple works going on or simply covering your work in process. It is strong but very soft. Wonderful product!