Well, it seems to be working, my little One Block Wonder pin project. E6000 glue; quilt pins (1 3/4″) and small alpha/number beads. Next to solve the storage question. And to build J1-15 to Z1-15!
So, here is how to do this: Sort your letters and numbers and lay a bunch out; ready for glue. Apply a dab of glue to the pin shank above the letter bead and below the letter bead. Then slide the number bead up the pin until it touches the letter. Hold for a brief moment the shove it into wax paper covered stryroam block all the way until it makes contact with the bead. This prevents the bead from slipping down, and any glue that might be excessive will be on the wax paper. They pull easily out of the styrofoam after they are dry.
UPDATE – It seems that someone else has written a great tutorial for this project -Nancy West has nice graphics and instructions on her blog – My Fancy Nancy Life . I’m not sure if I saw this when I was looking for a method, but her project is similar to mine. Differences is she likes fancy pins, my pins are “very utilitarian” . The pins she used are way more expensive than the yellow headed quilt pins I used. (I was making lots!!!). Of note; I bought my glue, the pins, the beads, numbers and letters, all at Hobby Lobby.