Sometimes when you see a specialized new tool, you might hesitate to spend the money and time to give it a try, thinking you’re doing fine without it and anyway, your tying bench is crowded enough as it is.
The Beadmaster Tool may look a little odd, but it is really very simple and super useful. If you tie with beads (and who doesn’t?) it will save you time, lost beads and pricked fingers.
Anyone who has tied a few dozen beaded nymphs knows working with beads can be a struggle. Inevitably, while trying to place a bead on your hook, it slips out of your fingers and falls on the floor. Have you ever tried to find a black nickel 1/16” tungsten bead lying on grey carpet? It’s not easy!
That’s where the Beadmaster comes in. If you watch the videos below you will see how easy it is to use. First, select the recess on the Beadmaster for the bead size you are using. Then, place your bead on any flat surface or, even better, a magnetic mat or refrigerator magnet. Now, put the selected recess of the Beadmaster over the bead and press down to push the bead into the recess. Finally, thread your hook through the smaller hole of the bead.
The best thing about this technique is that the tool holds the bead, not your fingers – no fumbled beads or pricked fingers. The Beadmaster also has a magnet on the other end of the stem to pick up hooks. We hope you find this tool as easy to use as we did. Watch the videos below for more information and give one a try.
Kelly Galloup reviews the Beadmaster. (Note: the tool is no longer sold with a magnetic mat.)