Beaded Jewelry

    'Abalone' Chips With Holes...

    Q: I have a lot of bags of these 'Abalone' chips which average about 1/4" to 1/2" in size. Please E-mail me for details.A: Warning - on 'Abaloni' shells - do not drill these without using a mask for protection, and they should be drilled under water. The dust is toxic. This is to be taken seriously! From what I've been reading in other sources, these shells can be dangerous. Dust = Toxic = Deadly. The dust that is produced when you drill or saw 'Abalone' (and other types of shells and rocks which contain 'Silica' and 'Nacre')...

    About Thread...

    Q: ...I admit it is the most elementary, but I am wondering what kind of thread is best to use so that I can make multiple passes through size 11 seed beads (I guess a hint or 2 on needle size and type is in order too!!), for instance, if I want to make a net or lace sort of pattern.A: 'Nymo' "A" on size 12 beading needles will get through several times. 'Nymo' "D" goes through about 3 times with most beads. There will be some variation with different 11/0 beads re: hole sizes - Japanese ones seem to...

    Albuquerque Beads

    Q: I have become interested in making some jewelry. Can anyone suggest a good, reasonably priced place in Albuquerque where I might find some?A: I've had really good luck with Southwest America on Wyoming, near Constitution. For clear glass beads, try Thunderbird Supply on Menaul, west of Carlisle. In Santa Fe, hit the Sioux Trading Post on Cerrillos, between IAIA and the School for the Deaf, and BeadWeaver on Paseo de Peralta. I do mostly Indian-style beadwork. For jewelry, try the Beadweaver folks in Santa Fe and Southwest America in ABQ. There's also a great bead...

    'Aleene's' Bead-It Loom...

    Q: I happened to see a loom made by 'Aleene's' that I was interested in buying. On the back of the package, there is mention of a book that 'Aleene's' also puts out with more expanded instructions on using the loom. My local craft store doesn't have the book, and I don't see it mentioned on 'Aleene's' website. Does anyone know of a shop in the Wash. D.C. area that has a good stock of 'Aleene's' craft stuff, and might have this book?A: 'M's' usually has some good informational products. I have this particular loom. I used it...

    Amulet Bags.

    Q: I recently made my first amulet bag in tubular peyote. I can't help but think of making a evening bag size, but I am not sure what I could use as a form. I thought of using a 2 litre soda bottle, but it was too slippery, and the beads wouldnt stay in place. I thought about using an oatmeal box, but I am at a loss as to what size it would turn out. Can anyone give me some guidelines about this?A: If the 2-liter bottle is the diameter you want, then try wrapping masking...

    Amulet bags, Peyote bags - need help I am a newbie.

    Q: Hi,I am new to beads and would like to make an amulet bag but can't figure it out. I picked up a bead magazine once and the instructions didn't seem to work like it shoud have. Maybe if I had a loom of some sorts?A: I bought the book, Beaded Amulet Bags (my apologies to the author if I messed up the name and I can't remember the author's name either). It's about $19 and has step-by-step directions for a number of techniques. OTOH, I learned by picking up Issue #4 of Bead and Button magazine....

    Annealing Kiln.

    Q: I would appreciate any information on where to purchase a small glass bead annealing kiln.A: I can tell you where to get one in England - but I guess you are in the USA. I suggest you ask on rec.crafts.glass, as there are lots of hot-glass workers in the USA there. That's if you don't find out here, of course. I think I know a great place for you to find what you are looking for. The name of the store is 'TSI', it is located in Seattle, on a Street called Nickerson. Okay, for all kinds of kilns,...

    Any Ideas???

    Q: What size needle do you use for the small... (I mean small) seed beads? I got a couple of packages at 'Wal-Mart' to practice with. I seem to have a problem getting the bead to fit over the smallest of beading needles, the colapsable (SP?) ones.A: I don't use a needle for my beading, but I use something called 'Tiger Tail'. It comes in different sizes and is very good for necklaces and some bead-weaving. I just started using the elastic for making bracelets, and I finish off the ends by tying it and then adding a...

    'Artistic Wire' - Stuff.

    Q: If you would like to see some of the fun I have been having with 'The Artistic Wire', 'WigJigs', and 'The Twist'N'Curl', take a look at http://craftwolf.com/wire/wirework.jpg.A: I was about to ask if anyone had any work using 'Artistic Wire' - or any other wire - and there was your message. I'm on my way to your wire-work site right now. I think you rejoined the 'Bead-List' just after the last round of wire- work discussion. There are about six of us actively using the stuff, and more new colors coming all the time. Assuming...

    Bead-Stringing Machine?

    Q: Some months ago, I read something about a bead-stringing machine of some sort. Just stick your needle in and POOF! the beads jump on. Anyone have any information about these, or where I can find one?A: I think I saw something like that once. It was a round platic thing that you put beads in. Then you were supposed to put the beads in and use a flexible needle to thread them. You'd like stick the needle in the botton and twirl it around and the bads go up on it. The problem is, you have...

    Bead And Gem Show.

    Q: Has anyone gone to these types of things before? I always miss them since I am on the road so much and in a truck that is 65 feet long it does not leave me too much room for parking to stop and look but I will be in a car in Feb. and that is where the show will be Tucson AZ can anyone give some info on these thanks in advance peg. are they cheaper for beads and other things that they sell then in the stores.A: I'm leaving for Tucson in about 10 days....

    Bead And Wire Alert!

    Q: Jig - The Olympus - for making professional wire jewelry designs. Transfer any paper design to wire using a clear acrylic jig with 481 holes. Just insert the removable pegs, and create your own unique designs. See lots of pictures and check out our special pricing through February. Full retail price ($49.94) on the Olympus starts March 1st.A: This is to share with you my extreme distress over a web site I just visited. On this web site, there is a carefully worded statment made that implies retailers use tubes and hanks to deceive their...

    Beaded Amulet Purse Pricing-again

    Q: I never felt like we reached a good conclusion on this topic, so I thought I'd ask a specific question. Since most of us have the book Beaded Amulat Purses- How much would you charge a gallery for the end product of project number 2? Assume the gallery is going to double your price when selling to the customer. If you don't have the book, how much would you charge for the beaded amulet purse project in Bead and Button?A: I don't think this is going to help but Carol Wilcox Wells asks between $1500.00 and $3000.00 and up...

    Beaded Christmas Tree.

    Q: I've just made all the branches for an adorable little beaded Christmas Tree. Any ideas how I can decorate it?A: Why, little bead ornaments of course. A friend and I decorated a mini christmas tree - not made up of beads - and we used larger beads on head- pins with tiny, thin wire hangers. 8mm faceted glass - even plain Druk (round) beads . The little angels made from combining a round, a side drilled crescent and a cone, would be cute too. We went wild, even stringing beads to make a nice garland. ...

    Beaded Stethoscope Cover.

    Q: Could anyone help me to find instructions for making a beaded stethoscope cover? I have searched high and low and don't know where else to look. Any help at all would be appreciated.A: I've never seen any directions - these would vary with the make anyhow, but I think you could do it kind of like a beaded bead. You'd have to be careful about the beads not going over the edge and interfering with skin contact - assuming that this is a 'working stethoscope'. That means you might have to be non-purist, and glue...

    Beaded X-Mas Trees.

    Q: In a catalog recently, I saw some kits to make X-mas trees from beads and safety pins. Does anyone know how to make these?A: I don't know if these are the ones you want, but there are instructions at: http://www.alltel.net/~latray49/CraftsPage/xmastree.htm. These are quite large and you can have mini Christmas lights in them. I haven't tried the new 15" tall trees in the kit, but I have done the bead and pins trees that I got from a pattern available at 'Craft King'. The patterns were $0.50 each and were called 'Twinkle Trees'. The...

    Bead Embroidery.

    Q: Has anyone ever made any bead embroidery? I have been asked to bead a dragon on the back of a friend's silk wedding dress/train and am feeling quite intimidated! Do I fuse the area first, or make an applique (it's a large dragon), or what? Do you think to bead the entire piece would be too heavy? I have 16 weeks to begin and finsh.A: If you bead directly on the dress, you could run into a problem... it is very large. I would do it as an applique and use a good iron on...

    Bead Info.

    Q: I am looking for a webpage that will give details about the different types of beads and their history. Any suggestions?A: "Peter Francis, Jr." is the head of the center, and a very knowledgeable bead historian. His book, 'Beads of the World', is a great reference. I met him once, and he helped me identify the probable origins of some beads I picked up at estate sales. The website has a chat room where you could ask specific questions. Another book (I know you're looking for web sites, but...) that is an excellent reference is 'The History of Beads'...

    Beading Graph Paper

    Q: Has anyone heard of a beading graph paper? It would have little squares arranged like bricks, alternating back and forth from row to row. I would like to find a website to download a drawing to print on my PC. Barring that, a mail order source would do.A: I recently purchased a book called "A Beadworker's Tool-Book" it contains graph paper for a number of different sizes of seed beads and seven different stitches including Peyote, Netting, Right Angel Weave, etc. The author says that the graphs are a "true representation of your beads in both...

    Beading Loom Question.

    Q: I'm wondering what other people use for beading looms. Right now, I use a home-made 'PVC' pipe frame. I have seen 'Mirrix' looms, and I think they're interesting and hope to get one soon. However, I will be teaching some beading classes this fall, and I think the cost of the 'Mirrix' looms will be prohibitive as a class loom. Does anyone out there use some other looms - I can't seem to locate any other suppliers.A: 'Fire Mountain Gems' sells several different looms. You can get one of their catalogs through http://www.nfobase.com/. While...

    Beading Small Bottles/Vials.

    Q: Can someone please tell me how to go about beading small bottles or vials?A: There is a relatively new book out: "Beaded Needlecases", that might be helpful. Or, if the color and shape of the bottle are interesting, and you want them to show, consider creating a bead netting overlay, as is done in the project featured in the also rather new book beaded boxes. If the bottle has relatively straight sides or a very gradual taper, then you may find inspiration in the many amulet purse pattern for tubular, or spiral peyote. Or, coat the bottle...

    Bead Looms

    Q: Please check out Virginia Blakelock's book "Those Bad, Bad Beads". It has great tips for looming, off loom techniques, and how to make your own loom, any size you want. All you need is wood, springs, and nails. If you haven't seen Virginia's work, seek it out. It is truely inspiring.A: Virginia Blakelock's video is great as well. You can watch her and listen to her as she does an actual piece. From the selection of equipment, to stringing of the loom, to working with the beads. She covers everything very, very well. ...

    Bead Looms/Delicia Beads

    Q: Do bead looms come in different sizes? I have one that came from Darice that is (I think 38) warp threads and works fine for Mill Hill seed beads. But, what if I want to use a larger size bead? OR a larger sized piece of beadwork one would rather not have to piece together? What are and where can I locate Delicia beads?A: I don't have any loom advice, but I did want to say that I LOVE the peyote stitch! I have done loomwork, and still do on occasion, but I don't like to deal with...

    Beadplan Program.

    Q: Whatever happened to the Beadplan people, and is there a new one out there for non-'Mac' users?A: The 'BeadPlan' people deserted us. You can check on 'eGroups' for a mail-list of those of us who were trying to figure out our options. I can still use my 'BeadPlan2', but the newer 3 is inoperable, because I can't get a new site code from Carlos. This was recently debated on another beading list. Users of 'Photopoint' have the option of turning off this feature under "user preferences". This is what I have done. You don't see...

    Beads In Bulk?

    Q: I'm making a beaded curtain for a window that's 4 ft. tall, and 5 ft. wide, using smallish seed beads. I want it to be fairly dense; I've figured it will take in the neighborhood of 300 4ft strands to get the effect I want. I'm new to this craft. So far, I've been buying 'Westrim' beads from my local craft store - but it's getting very expensive! Is there anywhere (online, mail-order, wholesale, etc.) that I can buy a large quantity of beads at a reasonable discount?A: RC, did you get a pattern for...

    Black Chain & Findings?

    Q: Anyone know of a wholesaler that carries black laquered chain and/or gunmetal chain, and findings to match (headpins, and earwires if possible)?A: The Redhead and Gene Paul Minerals in New Jersey have findings, and is getting some chains of my selection finished to black, gunmetal and antique copper. You might want to try them, phone: 201-391-5955. Tell them 'Greyhawk' sent you. :) I'm trying to locate a source for a type of ring I saw someone wearing. It was made of silver and had a silver hinge so that it could cover your finger above and below...

    Black Nylon French Hooks.

    Q: Can anyone tell me where to find black nylon french hooks? I have catalogs from 'Fire Moutain', 'Rio Grande', and 'Rings and Things'. 'R&T' has the translucent nylon, but I can't find black ones.A: I just updated, and revised my new website. For all those who know me, please take note of my new webpage, and E-mail address in my signature below. I found them at my local craft store. This seems to be the time of year that they carry them. I already discarded the packaging, so I can't tell you the brand, but...

    Camp Craft Ideas

    Q: I just landed a job as Arts & Crafts Director at a VERY low budget Girl Scout camp for the summer. I have a few ideas for fun crafts, but I'm still trying to come up with innovative ideas. I'm especially looking for crafts that can be related to nature (such as easy-to-make birdfeeders, etc) or made of recycled materials. The less materials I have to buy, the better. We also have a lot of candle wax laying around (in huge blocks) so if anyone has any fun candle ideas other than the same old...

    Choker Wire - Help Wanted.

    Q: A few years ago, I bought some "choker wires" in Germany. Essentially, it's just a length of wire with a small tube attached at one end. Beads are then threaded on a slight bend and put in the other end. It is then pushed into the tube as a clasp (the bend sort of wedges it).A: I have one of those, but didn't find it just now with a quick look. If you'll E-mail me, I'll write back when I find it, hopefully still in its packaging. I haven't seen anything exactly like you are describing, but...

    Clasps.

    Q: I am trying desperately to find one part of a clasp. I use the spring clasps on my bracelets, and have been using jump rings for the other part of the clasp. The problem I have been having is that the thread slips through the jump rings, or they bend, but they always come off. I have resorted to super gluing a seed bead over the opening on the jump ring just to keep it from falling off.A: 'Rio Grande' gives EXCELLENT service. I've been a customer for several years, and have never had an...

    Clear Elastic Cord.

    Q: I was at 'Marlboro Gem and Bead Show' yesterday and finally found some illusions... see through... cord labelled: "clear elastic cord". This is the best I have seen. Unfortunately, there is no label with manufacturer and width. It came 25 feet in a baggie. I'm Unable to figure out maker name from seller. It is so pliable, smooth, and expensive. It's 40 cents a foot. Does anyone have any idea what it's called, and where I can buy it in quantity and get a better price (per foot)?A: I would like to know this...

    Counted Beadwork.

    Q: I'm new to this ng. I'm am hoping someone can help me. I am interested in counted beadwork and looking for charts, books, etc. that may help. I am looking for designs of small purses, scissors and needlecases that you can wear around your neck. I am also interested in antique beaded purses.A: If you mean using beads in counted cross-stitch, you should probably try a cross-stitch group. :) Antique beaded purses were done by knitting, crochet and also by looming. You can bead instead of using floss when doing cross stitch. Such instructions are in cross...

    Crimping Beads.

    Q: The crimping beads I buy in the craft stores always seem to either break or let the wire loose. I have a crimping tool, and use it as directed. Is there a better brand of crimping bead out there, and if so, how I do I tell?A: Stick to the French ones. I sell lots of them and have never had any problems. 4 sizes, 2 finishes, starting at 6.50/mass (1200 pcs). Contact me if you would like more information. I like to use the smooth cylinder-type crimp beads, instead of the ones...

    Crocheted Beaded Bag.

    Q: Life is just full of lessons. For months, I've skipped past all the posts regarding beaded crochet, because I wasn't interested in that medium. Yesterday, I was gifted with....guess what...a half-finished bead crocheted evening bag. It appears to be from at least the 1940s - Filet crochet in a nice deep blue. Started as a circle, then up in a cylinder about 4 l/2 - 5 inches across.A: Most seem to be drawstring tops, with a crocheted cord (or sometimes a twisted "drapery" type cord) for the drawstring. If the basic pattern is filet...

    Daisy Bracelet

    Q: My daughter is in the process of trying to make a daisy bracelet and the middle bead keeps popping out of the middle. The thread isn't too tight, I checked. Anyone have any ideas? Send me the instructions if you have them PLEASE. I'm not even sure she's doing it right.A: Does the middle bead come all the way off or just stand up compared to the others? If the middle bead is just standing up, it may be big enough thatvyou may need one or two more edge beads to be able to go around the middle...

    'Delica' Beads.

    Q: I am looking for a source (either mail order or a retail shop) that will ship. I need them for a project, and I've been unable to locate them anywhere in my area.A: I have purchased a great deal of 'Delicas', in both 10gr and 100gr quantities, from 'General Bead'. Their prices are unbeatable, shipping costs are the lowest I've ever seen, and their service and helpfulness are fantastic. I highly recommend them. Their website is at http:www.genbead.com and of course, you can order over the phone. Ask them to send you their separate...

    'Delica' Colors In 15s.

    Q: I'm looking for a mail-order source for these in quantities of between 15-15 grams per color. Anyone carry these, or know someone who does? I have a few colors and I LOVE them! I WANT MORE!!!A: See 'Caravan Beads' at: http://www.caravanbeads.com/Pages/email_catalog.html Scroll down to read the price lists. This is a humongous page. At the very top are the 'Miyuki' 15s that match 'Delicas' in colors. The site seems to be under construction, but you can write E-mails to them still, and the phone number is also there. They seem to have them. I carry...

    Discussion On A Variety Of Methods Used To Procure Beads.

    Q: I have only purchased beads in bead shops. I have heard of others purchasing beads on the internet, and in catalogs. I would like to start a thread discussing what your experiences are as I am wanting to branch out, and take advantage of what the internet and catalogs have to offer. I have already been given a few names of catalogs from a helpful, fellow beader.A: I have bought and sold many items on 'Ebay', and also 'Boxlot Auctions'. To answer your questions, finding out if a person is reputable is as easy as checking their...

    Dr. Laura's Beads On 'Ebay'?

    Q: I can't believe this! Check out 'eBay', do a search on "Dr. Laura necklace"...she's got beaded necklaces up for sale, with proceeds to go to charity.A: Wow! I don't know if it's just me, but I didn't like any of them. Not my style at all! I'd rather just give the money to charity and let her keep those necklaces! I can't help wondering if any celebrities will be showing up in Tucson in February, now that so many of them seem to have taken an interest in beading. If they're really serious about it,...

    Ethics - On My Soapbox.

    Q: The reason I have been thinking about this, is because of questions I have been asked lately by several people. There has been a fiasco here. It was a big mess, the most action that this newsgroup has seen in a long time - full of flames and insults. Lets make sure we make no personal attacks here - no names used - no fingers pointed at ANYONE!A: When it comes to making copies of someone's pattern in a book or magazine, that's covered too. Don't think it's not taking money away from anyone, because...

    Ethics Questions.

    Q: I have several ethics questions I would like the input of this board on. I've read the article in 'Beadwork' on "Ethics", but these are more of a "grey" area, or at least I think they are. I am designing my website and I would never want to do the wrong thing! 1. I design a bead purse, but use a border pattern in it that I found in a beaded wall hanging on someone else's website. Do I write "border pattern designed by x?" What if I wanted to offer my pattern for...

    Experimenting In Polyclay/Opals.

    Q: Here's a work-in-progress jpg getting prepared to be put up on 'eBay' - two beads with opal chips inset. Rumors about not being able to blend the two are GREATLY exaggerated. The oval cabs were placed post-curing, but the chips were baked at 275F right along with the polymer clay. http://www.jewlart.com/opalbeads/opalexperiments3.jpgA: These are gorgeous! You might want to see if you could make them a tad thinner, though - they would take a very tall bezel as they are (I don't work in clay, so if this is asking the impossible, just ignore me!). BTW, what is your...

    Finishing Off Loom Work.

    Q: I'm new to loom beading, and I'm having some trouble with weaving the warp threads back into the work. Anyone with suggestions for finishing loom work?A: There are several methods of finishing off loom work, depending on what the piece is intended to be, and how you wove it. If you use the double warp method, or if you use a blunt needle to weave with, you can usually pull the warps up and only have to finish off a few. If not, I suggest 'Virginia Blakelock's' method. If the warp or end is coming...

    Flowing Beads.

    Q: I've been looking at examples of posters work and all your strung beads just flow in such a graceful line! Mine don't. Mine look stiff and awkward. What kind of thread do you use?A: Thread? I use 'Nymo' or 'Silamide' Stiffness. I know exactly what you mean... I hate pieces that don't drape. That's why I rarely use 'Softflex' or any of the wire-cored products. They are recommended with 'Bugles', though... 'Bugle' edges are sharp, and they'll cut the thread. Another thing I've found when it comes to drapeability is the shape...

    French Cut Steel Beads.

    Q: I just recently received a shipment of French cut steel beads from England (11 colours: royal blue, aqua blue, light aqua, sky blue, lime green, copper, burnt copper, forest green, mauve, royal purple, orange).A: Unless it's something that they have in too small stock of their online site, or catalog, I don't think they carry them. The only online site, I know of, to get them was 'eBay'. They go for about $20-25 for about 12 short loops. That's for the steel beads. The French brass beads, which can be electroplated, were also made after WW2, so...

    GITD Beads.

    Q: Can someone refer me to a source of glow-in-the-dark beads? I'd prefer loose beads (not already made into jewelry or kits), At a good price, of course. :-)A: I haven't personally run across any glass glow-in-the-dark beads. Have you thought about making your own out of glow-in-the-dark Fimo? That way you could make them whatever size and shape you want. HTH! 'The Fimo' is a good idea, but I'd actually prefer already-manufactured beads if I can find them. (And unless GITD Fimo has gotten a lot more glowy in recent years.) Of course if anyone...

    Gold Filled Chain.

    Q: I'm looking for gold-filled chain by the foot. I would like to find a supplier in Los Angeles, but if not, anywhere in the US. Can anyone help, on Saturday, I saw a lady in a swap meet with 25 foot rolls full of different chains, but she wasn't speaking.A: I can't help with a supplier in L.A., but try 'Rio Grande' at http://www.riogrande.com. They have a pretty good selection. I got a flyer from a company back in August you might want to check out. It's called 'The Bead Warehouse'. The E-mail address is beadw...@erols.com...

    Hello, And A Really Helpful Book.

    Q: I live in Canada. I have worked in a bead store and specialize in loom weaving. I wanted to let you know about a really good book. It's called "The Beader's Companion" by 'Judith Durant' and 'Jean Campbell'. It is very descriptive on just about every aspect of beading. I strongly recommend that you look for it.A: I too live in Canada, and do a lot of loom beading. I recently finished making 'DH' a bookmark, and I don't want to take it off the loom until I know how to propperly secure the ends....

    Hello... Help...

    Q: I'm just starting to learn beading, and would like recommendation on some book titles to learn to bead on cloth and varieties of fabrics... I'm interested in using beads for embellishing and also amulet bags... any information would be appreciated.A: The "Beads to Buckskins" series by 'Peggy Sue Henry' has instructions for beading on leather, and heavy fabrics. 'Wendy Conner', who wrote "The Best Little Beading Book", is supposed to be coming out with a book on bead embroidery. I don't know if it's been published yet. There are a lot of online sources for all sorts of beading:...

    Help-Beading Garments.

    Q: I am interested in adding beads to doll clothing. I am using 15/0 beads and have tried adding two, three, and even one at a time, but am not able to get a smooth flow. I have tried on various fabrics, and still no luck. What am I doing wrong? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!A: One technique is to couch the beads. Couching is laying down a (relatively) long thread of beads on the surface of the fabric which is then held down with little stitches that cross the thread. It is possible...

    Help With Stretch Bracelets.

    Q: I am a new subscriber to this newsgroup, and a not-very-experienced beader. I have seen department store ads recently for simple bracelets strung on elastic thread. Can anyone point me to instructions for making these on the web, or in some publication?A: You can check out our auctions on 'eBay' under "knightmates", or if you can place a $20 order, you can order direct from www.ravendance.com. We sell 'Swarovski' crystals on the webpage and auctions, the elastic cord ($5 for 4 yards), and crimp beads ($7 for 100 I think - if you just need a few,...

    How To Put A Hole Through Tumbled Stone.

    Q: I love the look of largish tumbled stones, especially clear ones, used as beads. Can you tell me how to go about drilling holes in these?A: If you are just talking of doing a few what you need is a diamond tipped drill bit of the right size, and what works best, is a flexible shaft with a drill press atachment. The reason being, you will be using water with it, and using a 'Dremle' or hand drill gets electricity and water a little close for safty. It will take a while, but the object is to keep...

    I Am Writing An Article About Gemstone Beads.

    Q: I am interested in writing an article about Gemstone beads: How they used to be made, how (and who makes them) they are made today, equipment, techniques, etc. Can anyone help?A: Sounds like it will be an interesting article when complete. I'd enjoy hearing the answers to those questions myself. If you haven't already, perhaps a post on rec.crafts.jewelry? 'Peter Rowe' is an amazingly well-informed moderator, and could probably steer you in the right direction. Try 'Peter Francis's' site http://www.thebeadsite.com He is a tireless bead researcher and may have archived some writing on this subject, or he might...

    Illusion Necklaces?

    Q: I happened to see one of these in a catalog today, then looked on the web and saw a few more. One of the websites said they were strung on "micro strands". Does anyone happen to know what the stringing material actually is? It looks to be some sort of monofilament?A: Monofiliment it is. Try a fishing supply store for the best deal. Also, hardware stores. Just make sure to note the diameter you need, as there are many available. I was reading your letter and thought I would jump in. I use 6lb....

    I Need Serious Advice From Professional Beaders - This Is Not Spam.

    Q: I am seriously working on starting a co-op for professional beaders to market their work. We would do all the marketing directly to high-end businesses such as banks, hospitals, hotels, that often exhibit artwork and sculpture in their lobbies on a lease basis. A percentage fee would go to the co-op, much like a gallery arrangement. I would like to hear people's serious opinions on this. That is: would you be willing to join? Would you be willing to pay a small annual fee/dues to cover administrative and marketing costs?A: Uncanny! I just posted a note, on one...

    Info On Pearls?

    Q: Can anyone help me learn more about pearls? I have been using faux pearls in my designs, but want to use more freshwater and cultured pearls. I think I need to educate myself before investing in/using them.A: Why not contact the 'GIA' ('Gemmological Institute of America') and do one of their courses. You will then have access to all the most recent information available on pearls of all types. There have been some good sites posted for this, but there is also a book you might find at your local library, or 'Fire Mountain' (I think) carries it...

    Info wanted on BEAD jewellery firm

    Q: I had come across a company that had people make beaded jewellery at home for money. The name of this company is KevinChris Corp., but unfortunately I lost their address and phone number. I believe they are in Ontario so if anyone knows of them, or has any info on them, could you please e-mail me the info.A: I would be vary wary of these types of firms. There is a steady stream of customers that come across my counter that paid for the kit to begin making the jewellery the company required, and then were told...

    Kiln For Lampworking.

    Q: Anyone out there have any advice on where to buy a good, small lampworking kiln? I was given one years ago, and it finally gave up, so its time to buy a new one, and I'm overwhelmed.A: Both great suppliers for lampworking supplies and kilns. I believe both have websites. You might also want to ask this question at 'The Society of Glass Beadmakers'' website. You can tell I'm getting around to my newsgroup reading all in one fell swoop today! I have a really great lampworking source list; it includes websites, periodicals, organizations, and...

    Knots For Pearls.

    Q: I started the stringing at the ring end, and just doubled my thread over the ring, and applied the "metal tubing". Sorry, I've forgotten the official name, and started through the beads, one by one, and knotting each one with an overhand knot. All was fine until I reached the end of the beads and needed to tie off the second half of the clasp. At this point, I had two strings coming out of the last bead. What should I do?A: First off (it's probably too late for this...), you should not knot between the last two...

    Knotting strands of beads

    Q: Silly me, I thought it would be easy to re-string some uncut gemstones onto bead cord and knot between each one. Is there an easy way?A: I am taking a beading class currently and we just learned how to knot pearls, etc. Here are some of the basics: 1. Tape stringing thread to the table. 2. Pull string out in front of you, on an angle, flat on the table. Bring the needle around and under the thread to start knot. Gently pull knot, keeping the loop as large as you can until you...

    Lalique Moulded Glass Beads.

    Q: This is my first message. Does anyone out there know anything about/ever actually seen 'Lalique Moulded Glass Beads C1920' (open buds)?A: I saw the exhibition in Washington DC. a few years ago at the Smithsonian. What a wonderful collection. I don't remember seeing just beads. You could check the book that the Smithsonian produced about the 'Lalique' collection. I went to the 'Lalique' exhibit as well, and cried my eyes out (my poor hubby - he's not used to an emotional wife!). After staggering away drunk with joy from the sheer beauty, I can't remember any item,...

    Lampworking with Loren Stump

    Q: I just found that Loren Stump is going to be teaching at the Corning Museum of Glass in May, 1996. The class is entitled "Advanced Moretti Techniques" and he will be sharing some of his secret techniques in three different one-day classes.A: Sounds great! I would love to hear more. I have seen Loren's work in Bead & Button Magazine, as well as the annual Beady issue of Lapidary Journal. The 4th annual Hot Glass Horizons '96 in an intensive three-day conference featuring hands-on instruction in a variety of hot glass and kiln forming techniques. This program...

    Looking For A Rosery Pattern.

    Q: I'm hopeful that someone could direct me somewhere, where I could find a rosey pattern. I am actually trying to impress the mother of the man I've recently given my heart to, and would be very grateful for all, or any help given. I am still new to beading, and don't know much.A: I am in the process of making two decorative Rosaries for an ex-customer and I've had to do some research myself. Go to http://beadwork.miningco.com/ and do a search. I think they hade one "Hugs Candycat". Starting from the " Y " ( yes, rosaries are...

    Looking For Bead Lace/Weaving Books.

    Q: I'm new to this list and to beading. I've been beading on and off since I was a child, but my passion for beads recently turned into my newest obsession. I'm looking for some books to teach me and show me patterns for beaded lace and netted beading and weaving techniques. I'm not a huge fan of the loom, I have one and stringing it turns me off of using it - sorry to all of your bead loom lovers.A: I am doing this in a hurry, so i don't have the address, but go to 'Bead and Button'...

    Looking For "Granulated" Or "Sugar" Beads?

    Q: Actually, I don't know what the heck they are called, but this is what I would name them. Round glass beads in assorted colors and sizes that have sort of an uneven granulation on the outside like they have been rolled in sugar. The granulation looks sort of metallic. I have looked in all of my catalogs, and several places online. Does anyone know what I am talking about, and where I might find them?A: It is called "Fret Beads". The beads are rolled in tiny pieces of glass to produce a sugar look to the bead. I find...

    Looking For Necklace Spacers.

    Q: I am trying to find a particular type of necklace spacer and I am having a tough time about it. I am looking for a spacer that has loops on both sides for attaching items. I am not too worried about the type of metal that it is made from at this point. I am just trying to find a source for such a spacer. I am looking for something that has at least 5 loops on either side (more would be better).A: Try looking for "ends" or "clasps" instead of "spacers", if you actually...

    Looking For Pattern.

    Q: I'm looking for a pattern for a beaded headpiece, the kind that drapes over your head to about eyebrow level in front and has a long fringe in back. I don't know what these are really called; I call them "Cleopatra hairnets". Most of the ones I've seen are made of seed beads and bugle beads, though some are made of larger beads.A: For all who may be interested, 'Anne Benson' has a book out called "Beadwork Basics" Unfortunately I do not own the book but took if out of the library. There was a headpiece...

    Looking For Suppliers.

    Q: I´m opening a little gifts shop and I want to do myself some jewelry. I need some suppliers for findings (earrings, rings, etc) in gold and silver. I want also some stones, most cabochons to the findings.Because my shop is goint to be a tiny one, I really need good prices.A: Try 'Indian Jewelers Supply'. Their prices are reasonable even when you are buying in smaller amounts - say, between ten and fifty pairs of earwires, or something like that. They are online (barely) at http://www.ijsinc.com/ and you can order their catalogs from their. They do have a good...

    Making Beads (And Quality).

    Q: They are very round, but are not perfect and I think the finish I want to put on might disguise the imperfection! Is this acceptable, or is this considered kids stuff? I am an artist by profession, and am used to being very precise. Am I being too, excuse the expression, "tight-a$$ed" about this, or are there certain things that are looked down on quality-wise?A: I tend to mix things up, but I have a "bottom level" of quality. Any given piece might be all high-end stuff, or all middle, or a mix. If...

    'Martha Stewart Catalog'.

    Q: Did anyone else get one of these? They have a very expensive kit for making glass wire & bead snowflakes. Good lord! I have the wire, and have enough beads to support the third world - does anyone out there know how to make these babies?A: I think that 'Martha's' kits are a fabulous deal for someone who has not yet accumulated a lot of beads - all the supplies are gathered together for you - you don't have to run around looking for all the supplies, and if you average out the cost per flake...

    Memory Wire.

    Q: I made my first projects using memory wire and clearly need some advice before attempting another. First, is there a way to finish the piece by turning the wire into a loop that doesn't require the strength of Hercules? Second, I tried to finish another piece by cementing a stone on the end but unfortunately it popped off. It may have simply dried in too cold an area of the room, but I'd love to hear from others who have had success with this method.A: I certainly don't have the strength of Hercules, but I have made...

    Mill Hill Beads

    Q: I am teaching a group of my friends how to make Beaded Amulet purses. Seeing how we are counted cross stitch fans also, the topic of Mill Hill beads came up. I am hoping that someone can answer my questions. Where do these beads come from? Someone once told me that they were made in the USA, I found that hard to believe. While I believe that they are packaged in the USA, they must come from somewhere else. Are they delicas or tohos? Can you get them anywhere else than besides Mill Hill? ...

    MY 'FMG' Story.

    Q: When I first became a member of the jewelry community on 'AOL', I was told not to buy from 'Fire Mountain Gems', because they had ripped off the product of a person and sold it as their own. The jewelry professionals at AOL were incensed, and I believed them when they told me this.A: Just to let you know, although I rarely post in the news group, I have been having a really hard time staying out of this issue, so I will simply add that I do know PERSONALLY all of the folks who we discussed at dinner...

    Nature Beads.

    Q: I have beaded some necklaces using 'Job's Tears' (which I grew last summer) and rose beads (which I made from the bounty of roses my husband has given me over the years). I have mixed 'Job's Tears' with glass bead....various others...very pretty. The rose beads are intermixed with silver, and/or 'Job's Tears'. Both 'natural' beads seem to shrink over time (several months) leaving unsightly gaps... What do I do?A: This would be a major test of a beader's patience, but perhaps try stringing them temporarily, and waiting for them to fully dry before using them? 'Job's Tears' is an...

    Need Good Instructions On Finishing Beadweaving For Barrettes.

    Q: Can anyone recommend a good book or magazine article that shows how to go from bead-weaving on the loom, through taking it off the loom, and somehow mounting it onto a support on a barrette. I can sort of guess what might work, but I wouldn't mind benefiting from other people's experience.A: Try to go to http://beadwork.about.com and ask the lady that puts up a lot of information on the site about this question you have... she may be able to help you. Very professional finishing instructions for mounting the finished beadwork on the metal barette is in 'Carol Wilcox...

    Need Help Identifying Bead Necklace, Please.

    Q: Can anyone tell me anything about this necklace? I'd like to know the origin and the age. I'm pretty sure the beads are Czech, which isn't saying much. In the multicolored segment, there are some transparent beads with a little bit of color in the center, leading me to believe they were dyed at one time, and that they faded. There are a few whitehearts in the mix, both red and blue. The transparent blue beads are a very intense cobalt color. There are a few faceted beads in the mix, and in...

    New Beader.

    Q: I am a self taught beader, who has been active about 6 months. I have recently tried loom beading. I am having trouble getting my projects off the loom. What is the best method for removing projects from the loom?A: I just make sure the threads are a lot longer than the work, and cut them when I'm done leaving long ends to thread back into the work. Are you perhaps stringing your loom by going around the pins or slits which are there to separate out the strands? That would make it very hard to remove....

    NYC bead store advice needed

    Q: Hi, I'm going to NYC this weekend and I was wondering if anyone could recommend some good bead stores. I have the Bead Shops FAQ for NYC stores, but perhaps someone could recommend some of their favorites? I am particularly interested in good quality Japanese seed beads, and am always on the look out for interesting ...

    Opinions Please? 'Penguin Trax' Designs.

    Q: I've scanned 3 recent projects, and uploaded them to a (quickly built) webpage. I'd appreciate some feedback from the beading community at large. My 'DH' is a little biasedA: One could hardly tell that your page was just quickly built - everything looks great!! The "Tiger's Eye" piece is really special - and invokes a bit of an Egyptian aura for me. Commentary re: descriptions - put in "what" the piece is, and what size. You could also put in a reference (like a coin) so people could get an idea as to the size....

    Ouch! Beading tip!

    Q: After putting another hole in my already pierced finger, I had to put the needle down!!!!! Then I pick up my supper glue and dabbed a little on and the hole is gone. It feels better too!!A: There's also a product out there called "liquid skin" or something like that which works on the same concept, but is probably a little more flexible. I think people who bowl have been using it for years on blisters and such. Liquid skin you use for cuts and such, might not be too good to use, because it's a spray and...

    Oxygen Consumption? Lampwork.

    Q: I seem to be going through oxygen like it was water ;0 ... is it normal to run through oxygen very fast? I don't have any real measurement of how many hours I've used it, but it SEEMS that I am using up very quickly. I have a 90 (cubic foot?) tank and have only used it for a few hours (max 4) .... am I doing something wrong?A: Yeah, oxygen does go pretty quick. My small propane tank outlasts my full-size oxy tank about 8:1. How high do you have the regulator set? It should be set...

    'PC' Stitch?

    Q: Anyone have any experiences they want to share regarding 'PC' stitching for creating beading patterns for the loom. I bought it today, and have heard some negative comments, and am not sure whether I should return it or not.A: Cross stitch is done in squares and some people have good results in patterns for looming. However, if design is to be detailed (like faces or realist) beads are rectangles and the pattern will be not be in proportion (or they will be distorted). It all depends on beads and thread used for warps. When I loom...

    Pearls And Radiation.

    Q: I've heard that the latest and greatest colors of pearls in today's cool jewelry are created by subjecting pearls to radiation. Anybody know anything more about this? I have some coppery pearls I just love (not a natural color that I know of), but now I'm nervous I'll get cancer of the brainstem or something. How can I get educated about this?A: Some are. The irridescent colors are, I think, due to irradiation. Other colors come about when there are pollutants in the water the oyster lived in. Irradiating something doesn't make it radioactive, generally...

    Pliers.

    Q: I'm just getting started with purchasing beading supplies, and was wondering if the pliers with, or without the spring-action are better... or does it not really matter that much?A: I, personally, do not find that it makes a difference. However, most of my students prefer pliers with springs, so I'd recommend with springs for beginners. More important than with or without springs, is the quality of the pliers that you get. Try to make sure that your round nose pliers come to a tip of no more than 1/32 inch, if you plan to do fine work. Another...

    Problem With Needles.

    Q: I've been reading all the comments about threading needles with crochet thread, but that isn't where I have a problem. I am relatively new to the art of beading, and love to make earrings using wire bases, but whenever I try to thread the needle with silk beading thread, I run into a snag. Either I cannot get the thread through the eye (I broke three threaders), or when I tried the twisted wire needles, I keep loosing the thread. Does anyone have any suggestions?A: Here are some tips for threading needles... many of which I...

    Quality Findings?

    Q: Would someone please list in order from cheap to expensive, the terms used for the quality of findings? For example, I take it that goldtone are the least expensive, then what is next...gold plated? Gold filled? What is the best? What about for the silver looking metals?A: Goldtone & silver tone are about the same price & quality. Next would come plated - gold plate is usually a little more than silver plate; quality depends on what the base metal is and how thick the plating is. Gold filled would be the next step up in "gold"-...

    Ques: Coloring/Dying Bone Beads.

    Q: I need to know if it's possible to successfully color/dye bone beads? I need to color them for a project I'm working on and need colors such as blue, green, purple...etc. 'Fire Mountain' has dyed bone, but not in the shape or design that I need. So I thought I would take it on myself. I've thought about soaking some beads overnight in food coloring w/ a high color concentration, but am not sure if this is a good idea. My other concern is the 'durability' or hold of the color. I'd hate for the...

    Q: What Exactly Is Czech , Austrian , Etc "Crystal Glass"?

    Q: Are Czech, Austrian, etc., crystal glass beads made of 'Lead Crystal'? I have just started looking at glass findings.A: Crystal is made with lead, but I don't know all the percentages, but I'm pretty sure 'Swarovski' (the premier Austrian manufacturer) contains around 30% lead. I have no idea whether the lead is able to leech out of the crystal though, so I am unaware of any hazard that lead crystals represent. You cannot really be 100% sure of any colored glass, crystal or plain. Most glass contains heavy metal oxides as a basic pigment, or even a surface treatment....

    Repairing Brick Stitch?

    Q: I'm brand new, and a woefully self-taught beader. I made a brick stitch amulet bag as a Christmas gift, and it developed a hole & lost several beads within minutes of being opened. So, 1. What might I have done wrong? AND 2. Can I fix it?A: I made the bag with 'Delicas', using 'Nymo 00' (and no beeswax or 'Thread Heaven'). My local bead shop is of absolutely no help, and I haven't gotten a reply from an E-msg to 'Bead and Button' magazine yet. All you have to do is...

    'Rio Grande'.

    Q: I just recieved my 'Rio Grande' catalogs, and all I can say is "WOW" I have been reading those things nonstop. I just have a quick question: can anyone give me a very brief explanation as to what all of those waxes are for in the 'Tools' catalog? I know they have something to so with silversmithing. Do you carve the wax into the shape of the object and make a mold? It seems complicated. Can anyone give me a very short descprition as to the use of those waxes?A: Yes, the waxes are carved,...

    Rubber Cord.

    Q: I have been searching for rubber cord ('neoprene') with about 1/16" diameter. I have checked 'Rings 'N' Things', and 'Rio Grande' with no luck. Does anyone know where I can get this?A: Well, I'm not sure about the dimensions, but there's a product for children (we're all children at heart, right?), call 'S'getti'. It's stretchy "cord" that's like rubber. I'm guessing that it's 1/16", but it might be thinner. You may be looking for 'BUNAN' cord. It's used for O-ring gaskets in bus motors, but recently for handbag straps, necklaces, etc. You can get...

    Seeds As Beads Info Needed.....

    Q: I'm the East Coast Editor of a Bead newsletter called "About Beads", published in Washington state. I'm in the process of writing an article about Seeds used as Beads (not glass seed-beads). Does anyone in the NG have a suggestion of any type of seeds that were strung like beads and used as personal adornment, etc.A: There's going to be a little about the use of vegatable ivory (tauga nut) pieces and slices used as beads in an upcoming 'Bead Soc.' of 'Great Britain Newsletter'. I could ask the writer to send her text, and maybe pictures on to...

    Selling Your Wares.

    Q: I've recently entered the jewelry/bead-making world. I've sold a few pieces to friends/family. A local shop approached me about carrying my jewelry, but i'm curious as to the best business method. Especially since I'm just starting out, and would like to burn as few bridges as possible. Has anyone here sold work through a gift/craft/other shop? Did they purchase the items as one bulk lot, or on a piece-by-piece commission basis? What's a fair repair policy for a piece that should break? I feel responsible for a piece that breaks say, within...

    Sequined And Beaded Ornaments.

    Q: I'm new to this ng, so I'm hoping this is an appropriate question: Does anyone know where I can find patterns or kits for sequined and beaded x-mas ornaments made with styrofoam balls?A: There is a company that does nothing but design these kits. They are fabulous and the name of the catalog is "The Cracker Box". I don't have an address for them, but you can usually find their ads in the backs of magazines or in the little magazines of catalogs that come in the mail. If you like to do these, then you...

    Silk Thread.

    Q: I have seen 'Gudebrod' thread referred to as a fiber for beaded knitting. Does anyone know what size of thread would be used, and where the thread can be purchased?A: 'Fire Mountain Gems': (800)423-2319 carries the 'Gudebrod' silk. I have used size E and F for doing beaded knitting, they both work well! I have also used the 'Kanagawa' silk. It comes on a 20 meter card and is enough to do one small pendant bag. If you prefer online shopping, you can purchase both the 'Gudebrod' and the 'Kanagawa' online at http://www.lacis.com/catalog/catalog.htm. Size "E"...

    Silver Indian/Bali Beads.

    Q: Does anyone know of a good wholesale supplier of 'Sterling Silver' Bali beads, and/or Indian beads? I can't find the unusual beads that I'm looking for.A: 'Fire Mountain Gems' in Oregon carries them. You can reach them (at 1-800-423-2319) during regular PST hours. Didn't work? Try http://www.singarajaimports.com Try "Da Bead Babe". Her store is here in the town where I live, and she has really nice beads imported from India. She has some that are not real silver, but are a base metal as well. You say large qtys, but I couldn't find anywhere on the site...

    Source For Bags.

    Q: I need small plastic bags, hopefully the zipper kind, for putting finished earrings in. Anyone?A: Most jewelry supply places have them; I know that 'Rio Grande' does... check out their website if you don't have a catalog. Their website doesn't have everything, but it's a start. 'Fire Mountain Gems' has what you are looking for at a very good price. Lots of sizes to chose from too. Give them a call at: 1-800-423-2319. During regular business hours PST. Be sure to ask them to send you a catalog and tell them Meg sent you! A packaging discussion came up...

    'Split Loom'.

    Q: Is there anyone out there who makes 'Split Loom' necklaces? I saw one book, and ordered it. What I really love is beading with people who do the same kind of necklaces, and bouncing ideas off of each other.A: What was I thinking when I made such a glaring omission of 'Margie Deeb's' incredible split loomwork? I have been a huge fan of 'Margie's' work for such a long time, it's inexcusable that I should have made such an oversight. Anyway, here's her online gallery: http://www.minoa.com/contents/index.html This site is absolutely phenomenal! Graphically and beadworkly brilliant!!! I've NEVER...

    Stringing Beads On Wire.

    Q: I am designing a necklace for a friend. She has asked for it to be strung on "wire" vs. "thread". The beads I'm using are 10mm-15 mm glass, sterling silver and iolite chips. I would consider the necklace to be somewhat "weighty" when finished.A: 'Softflex'. 'Tigertail' will break. See http://www.softflextm.com/. Weigh your beads and buy the weight of 'Softflex' you need. There are a lot of places where you can buy it a spool at a time, rather than with the minimum like the manufacturer's site has. Is your friend asking for wire because...

    Suggestions, Please.

    Q: Does anyone have any ideas about how I can go about finding capable helpers? I live in New York City (Manhattan), which seems to me to be a difficult location for finding the kind of help I need (too big, too diverse).A: First of all, you need a link to your site that works: http://www.homestead.com/margaretduffydesign/index.html I saw three two-needle weaving, or netting type necklaces as samples. You could train someone from a small town where someone might need "homework" while taking care of family or an invalid, or among the immigrant community of NYC (you would not need any...

    Taking The Plunge.

    Q: Well, I'm gathering the courage to try to sell my earrings to boutiques, I have a number of questions which I will post once I can state them clearly. My first question, however, is simple: Do I need a resale number in order to sell to stores? I'd rather not get all charged up, and then look like an idiot my first time out...A: Sales tax is required to be paid by the FINAL consumer. The stores need a resale number to keep from having to pay YOU (or their other vendors) sales tax, because they...

    Thread And Others.

    Q: I was wondering where I could purchase a (I think it's called) 'Tigertail' thread, and the clamps you would use to close the single-strand bracelet.A: If you dont mind 'COD' ordering, 'Eclectic' has tigertail, crimps, clamps, etc... Try 'Electric', they have good stuff at reasonable prices. 'Tigertial' is expensive, but I use 'Aculon', its the same as far as I'm concerned, but a lot cheaper. 'Tigertail' is a wire, and it kinks and crimps easily. I would recommend 'Softflex'. Their website also carries crimp beads. If you don't want the minimum amount that 'Softflex' requires,...

    Tiger-Eye Beads.

    Q: Please let me know where I can find small round beads I call "Tiger Eye". They are made of glass, and come in different colors. I have tried 'Fire Mountain', 'Caravan Beads', 'General Beads', and 'Beyond Beadery', among others... without success.A: Could you describe them? 'Tiger's Eye' is a type of stone, so if you are talking about glass instead, you'll need to be a bit more specific. These are fiber-optic beads. 'FMG' definitely has them, and I suspect the others will, too, if you use the proper term. If 'FMG' doesn't have them, 'South Pacific...

    Trends

    Q: I have noticed that people in our area are wearing less and less bead jewelry, and seem to be going more and more to unadorned fine gold or silver chains. My last craft show was dismal; much admiration, few sales. I am wondering if the market for bead strands and the lariet-style jewelry is going or gone, and I have never seen anyone wearing amulet bags or the very complex seed-bead jewelry that is featured in the magazines. This is a small Caifornia town and styles here are very conservative, if that makes a difference.A: It...

    Type Of Bead?

    Q: Can anyone tell me what type of beads these are? They are tubes which are faceted, about 1 3/16 inches long. The color is hard to see, but they are sort of a milky yellow, opaque. I'm calling them "yellow glass tubes", but I wonder if anyone can tell me more. When I bought them, I was told they were "Czech." An hour searching online, and I can't even FIND beads like these!A: Satin Glass Bugles? Czech probably. I had a couple of pieces of vintage lampshade fringe that had rose pink ones, very similar. I'm...

    Unusal Request.

    Q: We are interested in finding some type of miniature novelty (dice, flowers, leaves, Holiday themes, etc., etc.) that would fit in a three foot plastic tube that has a 3/4 inch hollow inside diameter.A: Here's the address to 'AOL's' scale miniatures board; I think they may find lots of choices for you; this sounds interesting! aol://5863:126/mB:194432 There is a mail order company called 'The Oriental Trading Co.' that sells small toys and party favors in large quantities. They are very inexpensive. I once had the URL to a great company that sold something like a "Bucket of Stuff". It...

    Using Uphostelry Thread.

    Q: I've been having a heck of a time finding good beading thread (I live in god's country) and am wondering if using uphostelry thread would be a good replacement for 'Nymo', or other type nylon threads. Has anyone used it, and does it work with the thin beading needles (I hate those, too - they don't take monofiliment!)?A: I have used upholstry thread, and also the tread they sell at the hardware store for tying fishing flys with great sucess. There's only two things I don't let people get out of my store without buying, and that's the "Big-Eye"...

    "Volleyball" Beads.

    Q: Does anyone know where I can find volleyball shaped, and designed beads? A friend of mine found some at a craft store, but they were clearanced, and they didn't know where they came from.A: 'Enterprise Art' sells what they call "sportz beads". They come in football, basketball, baseball, & soccer shaped beads. You can find them on the net at www.enterpriseart.com (and request a catalog). I saw some ceramic (and metal), volleyball (and soccor, football, tennis, basketball, & baseball) beads in 'HHH Enterprises' Wholesale catalog. They have a FIRST order minimum of $35.00. After that,...

    Watches.

    Q: I am beading watch bands and really need a good supplier of watch fittings and findings. Can anyone help me with suggestions please?A: Try 'Rio Grande' in Albuquerque. I checked out the site, and it seems like they'd have some good products for those wanting to make watches with beads etc..., BUT I found the catalog request process very annoying. I clicked on "request a catalog" and was asked to fill out a form, which when submitted (after an error), sent me to a page informing me that there would be a $5.00 charge for...

    What Do I Do Now?

    Q: Well, it seems like everybody isn't doing quite as well this year as last. My sales have only been about 70% of last year's. I have talked to a few others and sales are lower for them too. I don't know how much of it is additional competition with all the new shops popping up.A: This sounds like a direction that could lead to success. Rather than selling at "craft" events (where the quality varies greatly), try to sell to high quality retail outlets. Another possibility, if the store is small and not sure...

    What Happened To Bead Fairies?

    Q: Does anyone know what happend to the 'Bead Fairies' site, and if it is gone forever, would people be interested in helping me compile info for an equally nice page?A: Hmmm, it was there last week when I sent some bead sources out. Beadnet, which is in the same network still shows up, so I don't think it's the server. Here's 'Beadnet's' address: http://www.mcs.net/~simone/beadnet.html Here's part of 'Susan Cooper's' site which has tons of links: http://suzannecooper.com/links/lotslinks.html If you get a new site organized, I'm sure we will send you loads of links to add to it. I removed...

    What Kind Of Beading Is Everyone Into These Days?

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