I arrange my beads on the pin, alternating tiny with larger ones, and mostly have the largest at the top. Some large beads will slide right off the top of the pin. You need a tiny bead, bead cap, or even a sequin to stop that.
Holding the pin at the bottom to stop them falling off, I add a blob of glue right at the top
You can simply glue the very last bead on the pin, but I like to glue them all with a clear drying tacky glue (Hi-tack FAST tack glue) and then use a metal/glass glue (UHU) on the very last bead to make sure they are secure. (It stinks so have to do that bit away from my daughters sick bed).
I twist the bead around the pin as I push it up to the top - notice there is a lot of glue squeezed up. I add another blob before the next bead and keep repeating to the end.
As you can see there is plenty of glue in between each bead.
So this is where you need the wet wipe. Gently remove the excess glue and leave to dry.
If gluing the whole lot with a metal/glass glue it would probably be best to clean the excess as you go along. You can only mix a little of it at a time and have to use it up within about 5 mins. In the video link I've put below she uses Glossy Accents to secure them.
With some of my pearly coloured pins I've been able to change the colour with my promarkers. I used sequins as spacers with some of my pins. Don't be afraid to experiment. A jump ring or two in between beads is a nice look too, or even wire wrapped tightly around the pin. If you use eye pins (they have a tiny loop at the top) you will be able to add charms to the top of the pin too using a jump ring to join them together.
Glue that will secure metal/glass/plastic
varous sized beads
silver or gold coloured spacer beads.
ditto bead caps
Now for the offer (not open to those already on my list to receive made up pins). I will give a small kit...to make 6 fancy pins.. to the first 5 followers to specifically request them in a comment. Make sure you read the comments prior to your's to see if you'll still qualify.
A few extra pix. Thanks to my Hubby who acted as the photographic half of the tutorial team lol.
These have bead caps
These are made with hat pins...they come with the tear drop bead attached.
The box of goodies I work from...lots more beads elsewhere though.
Tutorial I found On UTube
What and where to buy
I find the jewellery section of craft stores better......not so expensive - or as mind bogglingly confusing to beginners.
http://cuddlybuddly.com/shop/b15-flowers-decorative-embellishments-beads-buttons-glitters/325-beads-sequins/?page=2&manufacturer=31-trimits for USA
http://www.justbeads.co.uk/ for UK
http://www.art-of-craft.co.uk/cgi-bin/ss000001.pl?page=search&SS=H711&ACTION=Go!&PR=-1&TB=A for the hat pins.
You could also do a google search for the following in your area.
jewellery findings/spacer beads
Florist supplies/corsage pins