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')...
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...
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
I do mostly Indian-style beadwork. For jewelry, try the
Beadweaver folks in Santa Fe and Southwest America in ABQ. There's also a
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...
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...
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
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,...
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
I just started using the elastic for making bracelets, and I finish off
the ends by tying it and then adding a...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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
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...
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. ...
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...
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
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...
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
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...
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'...
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...
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/.
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...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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
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
I haven't seen anything exactly like you are describing, but...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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
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:
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.
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...
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
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,...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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....
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
There are a lot of online sources for all sorts of beading:...
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...
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
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
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
He is a tireless bead researcher and may have archived some writing on
this subject, or he might...
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
I was reading your letter and thought I would jump in. I use 6lb....
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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
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...
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,...
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
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...
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
Starting from the " Y " ( yes, rosaries are...
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'...
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...
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...
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...
Q: I´m opening a little gifts shop and I want to do myself some jewelry. I
suppliers for findings (earrings, rings, etc) in gold and silver. I want
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...
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...
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...
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...
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? ...
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...
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
Both 'natural' beads seem to shrink over time (several months) leaving
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...
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
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...
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....
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
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
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...
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...
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...
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
Irradiating something doesn't make it radioactive, generally...
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.
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...
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"-...
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: 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....
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.
1. What might I have done wrong?
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...
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,...
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
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
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...
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...
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,
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.
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...
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...
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:
This site is absolutely phenomenal! Graphically and beadworkly brilliant!!!
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...
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:
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...
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...
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
'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,...
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
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...
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
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...
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!
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".
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"...
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,...
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...
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...
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:
Here's part of 'Susan Cooper's' site which has tons of links:
If you get a new site organized, I'm sure we will send you loads of
links to add to it.
Q: I used to work with seed beads and make pins by sewing the beads together.A: Yes, the 'Spiral Weave' is nice looking - a friend just showed me
her latest "start" on one she's making. It's supposed to be easy,
I'm starting on a loomed 'Santa Clause' amulet bag myself, using
seed beads and a free pattern I found on the web. I also plan on
starting a loomed end piece (with dangles) to attach to a velvet
ribbon for bookmarks to give as gifts for Christmas.
An amulet purse? I would love to hear...
Q: Someone won an auction of mine. As I was, er, well, shopping (make
it, spend it, what can I say?), I noticed the buyer's name on several
beady auctions (we're talking 'eBay' here). It made me curious, so I did a
search for the buyer's name. I Found several pages of bids from this
buyer.A: Maybe reinstated? A new person with the same name? Same person, with a new
E-mail server(say, switched from 'AOL' to 'Hotmail' - they only show the name, but
use the whole address for ID)?
Did they "win" & not pay on yours, or has...
Q: Did you all notice the ad in the new 'Bead & Button' for new(?) 'Mill Hill'
seed beads called "Magnifica" beads? They look just like 'Delicas' and
from the prices on their webpage, they cost pretty much the same (maybe
a little more). Does anyone know if these are just repackaged 'Delicas' or
what? Just curious...A: For craft store beads, 'Mill Hill' has had the highest
quality. I have not seen the 'Magnificas', but their seed beads seem to be
Are they 'Delicas', or 'Tohos'? I have no idea. I guess you should call...