Safety pins (in various sizes from 1"-2")
1. Find or create a pattern you would like to recreate. Trust me, map out your beads before you begin! This will make things much easier, plus save you from having to redo bead lines. Simpler shapes work best and "8-bit" patterns tend to be a good option. I decided to go with Super Mario and a Minecraft Creeper.
Not all seed beads are created equal. You will find that your beads vary in height, width, and even hole size. To get the best results, try to match up beads of the same size proportion. Also, set aside beads with too small of holes for other projects.
What pins do you plan on making? Let me know in the comments below!