Beading

    Q: Has anyone had any luck with 'Justbeads'? I was planning on posting some things there, but it seemed there was a lot of stuff for sale and few bids... I like the concept of the site, but I can't afford to spend time posting auctions (and spending money) that will get no bidders. I've been fairly successful with 'eBay', and now 'Amazon' (somewhat)... 'Amazon' only charges 10 cents too...A: I have been selling on 'JustBeads' for 4 months now. I have been very pleased with with the number of bids, the quality of the buyers, and...

    Absolute Beginner

    Q: I am seeking some advice on what type of beading would make a good beginner's project for someone with some stiffness in the hands.A: I suggest you start with simple strung necklaces. If you make long ones, they don't even need findings. You can buy the beading thread with a needle already attached, so you don't have to thread the needle (always a tough task, let alone for someone with a little less hand dexterity). Larger beads are beautiful and also easier to handle than the tiny ones. My hands aren't stiff, but they tremor a bit from strokes....

    Adding More String.

    Q: I'm relatively new to this art, and I'm about to make my first beaded purse. How long a piece of string (for lack of a better word) should I start with, and what is the best way to knot together the additional pieces?A: Start with as long as you're comfortable with. I use 14' for a single thread (28' for doubled), but many people find they're more comfortable at about 6'. In general, you don't need to knot at all. When you have a foot or so of thread left, prepare another thread and work it into...

    American Indian Beadwork Designs.

    Q: Does someone know where you can go on the net to get free seed-bead Indian designs? I have designs for the 'Peace-Pipe', 'Thunderbird', 'Arrow', and 'Tomahawk', and 'Alphabet'. I would like some for an 'Eagle', 'Teepee', 'Bowls', and others associated with Indian culture. If someone knows of a good book to buy, I would like to know that too.A: 'Marelyn Letson' has some patterns on her site, and she has done a video of the NA peyote stitch, it is an excellent teaching video. She uses big pony beads and cord to show the stitch. http://members.tripod.com/meiwei/beading.html...

    Amulet Purses.

    Q: I would like to find some amulet purses to give as gifts for the holidays and I'd like to see before I buy rather than order from catalog or webpage or ebay.I live in Nevada. Does anyone know of a reputable craftsperson or beadwork artist that I could visit personally to acquireA: Look at the 'The Great Craft Festival' at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, 11/26-28. Maybe you can find some there. I've seen a bead person there before. 'The Santa Fe Casino' in Vegas has a Xmas Craft and Gift show this weekend too, but...

    Amulets.

    Q: Well, here I go again, advertising my ignorance! what kinds of closures do you use on amulets? An envelope flap? A drawstring inner lining? If you get one made, how do you finish it off? duhh!!A: I generally use an envelope flap, but I know a woman who makes draw string closures with silk cord that are just beautiful. She starts out the bag in tubular brick and then switches to tubular right-angle weave for the top. If you're talking peyote stitched amulet pouches, I defer to those experts. If you're talking about knitted beaded amulet...

    Anklet Measurements.

    Q: Could someone tell me the measurements for adult male and female anklets?A: Well, I'm not positive Brenda, but I think female ankle bracelets usually come in 8" and 9". Get out the tape measure ladies - I make bracelets in 6,6.5 & 7 inch sizes. Anklets start at 9", and go to 11. That's female sizes - guys I can't help you with. Could you find a handy volunteer? Sorry, but I just had to comment on the bracelet sizes. As a 'larger' woman, I find that the 7 inch bracelet is a bit too small for...

    Anyone Familiar With "Hobby Lobby"?

    Q: We have a new one being built here in Cincinnati. I was wondering what kind of beads and beading materials they might have. Is anyone familiar with this place?A: I am searching for "bamboo" beads. They are tubes about the size of 'Bugle' beads, and have joints at the ends and middle sometimes. I only found them in Vancouver B.C., but I want more, and did not realize they were rare. I lied (well, a little)! They have some "exotic wood tube beads" on pg. 122 of the Year 2000-2001 catalog, but they are...

    Any Patterns For Roses Or Butterflies? Looking For Classes In Chicago Area.

    Q: I am new to beading, and am looking for easy-bead rose and butterfly patterns. I also live in the Chicago area. Anyone know of any beading groups or classes that are starting, or looking for members?A: I have a free pattern of a rosebud on my webpage, if you are interested. http://members.aol.com/CarolB1234/index.html Classes. They are really into their stuff. I would call them & ask them for help if they don't have a class right now, they are a great resource of information. This weekend, they are having a 10-40% off merchandise, a grand re-opening sale. I can't...

    Artistic Wire.

    Q: I am looking for a mail-order source for what is called "Artistic Wire", which is used with the various wire jigs ('Wire Wizard', 'Wig Jig', etc) to make bent, and wrapped beads, as well as jewelry elements. 'Soft Flex' is the only place I've found it, but they have a $50 minimum order, and I'd like to order only 3 or 4 spools, which usually costs under $4 each. Does anyone know of a company on the web other than 'Soft Flex' that sells this wire? It's ususally 18 to 22 gauge, fairly soft, and comes...

    Bead Artist needs advice about wholesale

    Q: I am an artist who has recently begun to work in beads. Two shops carry my work and a third is interested. My question is, is it worth my time and money to get a wholesaler's license? I have noticed that many wonderful bead ads in Ornament and Lapidary have "Wholesale Only" catalogues.A: Hi, I design jewellery using glass beads and I have a tax # so that I can buy wholesale and it does make a large difference in my material costs. Also being able to slowly start buying various beads in 1/4 or...

    BEAD BOOK.

    Q: Does anyone know where I can purchase a book titled: "Bead, Accessories and Bags"? The publisher is 'NHK'. The book is in Japanese, but it has great illustrations and photos. A friend has borrowed this book, but needs to return it, and wants her own copy.A: Two places to try: 'General Bead', in National City, does carry some Japanese books. You could call them to see if they have that one. #2: 'Asahiya Bookstore' - it's in the 'Mitsuya' store, between 'Staples' and 'Computer City', in the shopping center on Mercury St, near Balboa Ave. Make...

    Bead Crochet Questions.

    Q: I have pre-strung size 6 'eBeads', leaving the thread attached to the spool (this is how we were taught in class). What type of container, or spool or whatever, do you bead crocheters out there use to make this project more portable? For my first project I have strung enough beads to create about a 20" chain, but if I get more ambitious and want a really long rope, how do I manage all those pre-strung beads????A: I use a small 'Ziplock' baggie to hold the spool or ball of thread with the beads. You can zip up...

    Bead Designing Software?

    Q: I have recently downloaded 'Beadesigner', a free software program for beading. I think it will work fine for 'graphic' designs, but I also would like to work up some photos into beadwork (mostly amulet bags). I also downloaded the 'Beader' program which will convert a picture into beads (peyote, brick, loom, etc.). Unfortuately, I find that when I load my picture and convert it, the program comes up with way too many colors (I use 11's mostly - it's getting old, it can't stay focused on smaller). To my knowledge, there are just NOT that many...

    Beaded Book Marks.

    Q: I'm making a trip to the city to the bead district this week. On the last trip, I used the 'Beadfairies' list of stores, but found many stores out of business, and others up scary-looking elevators. Does anyone have suggestions of where to go in the city for a day of beadshopping fun?A: A lot depends on whether you have a resale number and on what you plan to buy. There are some places along Broadway in the 20's (esp. between 27th & 28th St.) some of which require a resale number. 'Stone International' at 1160 Broadway, 5th...

    'Bead Fairies'.

    Q: I need some advice if possible. I am working on three new areas for the 'Bead Fairies' site. One for pattern sites, one for instruction, and another for online store sites. The dilemma is this: should I ask before I link? The manners my mom taught me say... absolutely, but on the other hand, a part of me wants to seek out great sites and link immediately. I Would appreciate your good/bad input.A: My imput would be - who would complain about being linked to your site? Not just because it's one of the best...

    Beading in New England

    Q: Hi. We are planning a vacation in New England this September or October. Can anyone advise on bead stores or bead fairs to visit while there? You will see from our address that we are not able to obtain this information at home. We are interested in general bead work, but not (yet) into exotic things such as bead making.A: In the immediate Boston area, visit the Beadworks on Newbury Street in downtown Boston. Sarah Young is the manager and she is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. She can direct you to other shops and studios throughout New England....

    Beading Leather.

    Q: 'Vibrant Jewels' http://www.vibrantpages.com/jewelry/welcome.htm I've created some jeweled centerpieces using vintage glass stones on a wooden disk, and I've glued the centerpiece on leather, but I'm not sure what kind of needle I need to sew the beads on. I have also looked at all those diagrams of how many beads to go through, backtrack, etc., and must confess I'm really puzzled...A: How thick is it? Leather thickness is usually expressed in ounces, the average weight of a square foot of a particular skin, as thickness varies somewhat across a hide. This is why leathers are usually shown with...

    Bead Jewelry Display Cases.

    Q: I am preparing to display my earrings, amulet/medicine bags, and chokers (all seed bead weavings) in a craft mall, and would like to find a medium size glass display case. It would need to be able to hold at least 10 pairs of earrings, 5 amulet bags, and 3 or 4 chokers, and be able to be displayed on a counter or table. I am in Northeastern Oregon, but do have access to Portland if need be, or will mail order if I can get a good catalog. Please let me know if anyone knows of...

    Bead Search.

    Q: I am desparately searching for a round, 12 mm, cedar wooden bead....preferably unfinished, or only slightly varnished. This is for a Buddhist [meditation] mala. I will need 108 of them.A: To Whom It May Concern: I just might have what you're looking for. Unfortunately, I am unable to tell you the exact size. Although I can tell you they are bigger than plastic pony beads. If you can help me out with a little hint on determining the size of them, I would have no problem parting with them. I only have 27...

    Beads In The 'Star Wars' Movie.

    Q: I am not a big Star Wars fan, so I probably won't see the movie until it hits the video stores, but the film clips on the TV spots are intriguing. The young female lead has many different headdresses and a couple have a lot of beads. So my question is, has anyone found close- ups of the beadwear in the movie? I would love to see some still pictures.A: Well, I am going to see it tomorrow (would've seen it sooner but I had two finals and a 22 page paper due), so I'll be...

    Beads In The UK.

    Q: Can anyone tell me where I can buy beads in the UK?A: According to my 3rd Edition of 'The Bead Directory', these are the stores listed in the UK: 'Beads!' 259 Portobello Rd. London W11 1LR phone/fax: 0171-792-3436 A shop with unusual, antique, prescious, ethnic and handmade loose beads, etc., as well as African beadwork. 'Spangles' 1 Casburn Lane, Burwell in CambridgeCB5 OED phone/fax: 011-44-638-742024 This shop is mailorder only with a specialty of birdcage lace bobbin spangles (beads surrounded in a tiny cage of beads). I'm sending Suzi my (long) list of bead suppliers in Britain - anyone else...

    Beadstores In Portland, OR & Boston, MA.

    Q: I will be traveling to Portland, OR next week and Boston, MA in Mid-January. I would like to do some bead shopping. Does anyone know where some good places are to get beads? I am also interested in vintage sewing tools.A: There is a great bead store in Hingham, Massachusetts. They are primarily mail order, but don't mind people coming in. Their sale room is wonderful!!! I don't know the name of the store, but they're in the book. There are several in Boston: 'The Pear Tree', and 'Beadworks' come to mind. If...

    Bead Stores, WA State.

    Q: Can anyone recommend any bead stores or tell me about ANY from the Canadian border down TO Seattle, WA, but not IN Seattle?A: I am not aware of any north of Seattle (I am counting the 'burbs) that will not require you to take a ferry. Since you are venturing south, why not add another hour to the trip and come to Olympia? I live outside of Seattle, and have never been to a store N. of Seattle, but in 'Bead and Button' magazine, there is an ad for a Bellingham bead store. I have never been there,...

    Bead Trade Shows.

    Q: Having never been to one of these, can anyone offer any advice, experiences, and discussion on bead trade shows? Do they differ from other type of bead purchases? Are the prices competitive? What types of exhibits, classes, etc.? What can I expect?A: I'm a newbie to the world of beads. I have picked up a lot of useful info in this newsgroup. I usually purchase beads from catalogs and stores. I've never gone to a trade show. 'The International Gem And Jewelry Show' is coming to Houston, and I thought it would be...

    Beadwork Looming

    Q: I have a bead loom and at present I am working on my first project which is a beaded hat band. My biggest problem is that once I have the right length for the band I don't know how to remove the work from the loom. The book that I have been using is called "The Technique of North American Indian Beadwork" and for everything else it has been very informative and helpful but on the removal of the piece from the loom the instructions are very vague. If there is anyone who could give me any advice on...

    Blinded by the Bead

    Q: I bought a very pricey magnification light with excellent optics. Never did get the hang of working with it though :) I now only use it for checking my work when I am finished. I have found that a high intensity lamp works best for me. I seem to just need my work lit up like NYC, no necessarily magnified.A: I haven`t received mine either. I always wonder if the post office is messing up my magazines. The U.S. postal system is really pretty good in getting everybody's mail around considering the volume of mail through the system each...

    Bracelet Metal Cuff Blanks.

    Q: Does anyone know where I can get inexpensive metal bracelet blanks.A: I have a very old 'Eastern Findings' company catalog. They are in there. They advertise in 'B&B', and 'Beadwork' all the time. If they have an 800 number, call and ask first whether or not they still carry them. My store ('Metalliferous' - in NYC - 888-944-0909) sells bracelet blanks in copper and stainless steel from 1/4" through 2" wide. We will be closed until Jan. 2, but E-mail me and I will provide you with more details. Cindy Tipton of Cindy's Crafts carries the...

    Brass & Steel Beads.

    Q: I acquired some vintage or antique steel, and brass beads (slightly faceted, 14s) from a friend of my mother. I haven't seen anything like them, even at good-sized bead fairs. I only have a small stash. I'd like to know what they are worth, or their replacement value. Any ideas?A: It sounds like you have landed some 'French Steel' cut beads. They are rare, usually found out in old purses. The French steel cuts have a huge hole like that of a delica bead. I have found mine at antique stores. I just bought...

    Building the Perfect Bead Box

    Q: My incredibly cool and adorable husband has gotten it into his head to build me the Perfect Bead Box. He found turn-of-the-century sterling plate hardware from an old cigar humidor and is going to build it out of thin clouded walnut. My question is: OK, you bead heads, if you were building the Perfect Bead Box to be a portable work center and storage space, what features would you want?A: Experience is the best teacher...if you'll be keeping any small beads in this box, be sure...that's BE SURE that there is a tight fitting lid for each compartment. ...

    Christian symbols and necklaces

    Q: I am trying to find Christian symbols that can be used in necklaces. Any ideas?A: Are you looking for sources or simply ideas for symbols? The latter I can give. Cross, fish, chalice, lamb, grapes, angel, manger, star, loaf, shepherd's crook, arc, alpha/omega, dove, church building, empty tomb, Bible, mustard seed, harp, praying hands, palm branches, donkey, lily, and crown of thorns. I'm sure there are more. Lamb? Do you know of a source for lamb beads? Lamb castings? Please email me the name of the source! Lambs are my favorite animals and I've been looking...

    Coin Beads.

    Q: I wonder if anyone can help me. I'm looking for some coin beads (well I don't really know if you would call them beads) they are the kind of thing which belly dancers use on their costumes. I'm going to make the 'Suzanne Cooper' slot machine amulet, but before I start I want to find the coins which hang on the fringe.A: Try 'Shipwreck Beads'. I do believe they have them in a few sizes in the catalog and they may also have them online. http://www.shipwreck.com/ It was in her last book. She had it as a...

    Columbine Beads

    Q: I was wondering if anyone has ordered from this company. Their 1-800 ordering number has an answering machine so I wonder how quickly orders are filled? If anyone has any experience with them, I would like to hear from you. I am ordering hex cut beads, triangle beads and square beads.A: If we are talking about the same place, Columbine Beads is in Iamjville, MD. Their beads are beautiful! I've taken a class there too. The shop is in a home, but is well organized. Linda owns it. Hope this helps. What size hex bads are you...

    Crocheted Beads.

    Q: Does anyone know how to crochet beads into a rope to make necklaces?A: A couple of earlier 'Beadwork' magazines had instructions for crocheting beads into a rope. I couldn't quite make it work from the instructions, it's probably because I've done very little crochet work. 'Carol Perrenoud' has made a video, carried by 'Victorian Videos', on bead crochet; she includes a rope necklace. I think-at least I hope so! I have bought the video, and I'm planning to try it next week. This video is fantastic, and yes, she includes really good instructions on how to make...

    'Delicas'.

    Q: I need to order some more 'Delicas' and I would like to find who has the best selection and descriptions. I have ordered from 'Fire Mountain' a few times, but sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between their beads (i.e. color lined and transparent look identical in the catalog, etc.) Otherwise, they have given me excellent service. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.A: You could try 'Caravan Beads' on the web. I think they are the ones who have all the colors posted to the web. They are very good to deal...

    Delicas, Antiques

    Q: I have been under the impression that delicas and antiques, specifically the ones sold through General Bead are the same only different colors. So recently I bought some antiques from a local bead shop, along with antique Bugle Beads. The Bugle beads are gorgeous, in fact if anybody knows of a wholesale source I would appreciate getting an address. I have not seen them listed in my listing from general bead. Anyway, the seed beads were terrible. They were definitely not consistent in size from one bead to the next. I thought that was the great thing...

    Does Anyone Make A Living From Beading?

    Q: What do you call making a living? I'm not being a wise-guy, but I think that different people have different ideas of what is enough to live on.A: I have been making some kind of jewelry for over 30 years. In the last 5 years, my sister and I turned to beadwork. It's true, everyone has their own opinion of what is enough to live on. We have been trying to divest ourselves of our "day jobs" for about a year now, and have done small and large craft/gift shops and sell to stores, primarily...

    Drilling Holes?

    Q: How do you do this with a drill? Do you use a drill you hold in your hands, or do you have your drill on some kind of apparatus that drops the drill bit down on the bead, and how do you hold the bead in place? With your fingers? If so, do you have any fingers left?A: You didn't say what type of bead you were interested in drilling, so I thought I'd share my experience with 'Lavendar Jade' 8mm rounds. I ran around our little island with a handful of undrilled 'Lavendar Jade' rounds, and...

    Drops

    Q: Has anyone on the list ever used drop beads in an necklace design? They are teardrop-shaped glass or stone that has been drilled from top to bottom.A: You could always try this. String beads with the drops attached on very light wire and hanging between the beads. I have seen necklaces with the drops but they usually have other large beads in addition to the drops. I also remember in the book BEADWORK by Jules & Kaethe Kliot (Lacis publication) the yused drops and seed beads but the drops are threaded kind of like tassels. I have used...

    Faceted Beads.

    Q: Does anyone know where I can get 12mm faceted beads in Massachusetts?A: I dont have it handy, but have you tried 'EuroGlass' in Boston? 'Peter' may not have the appearance of the best prices, but he sure as heck has only first quality. Do you know of 'Anne Bush' in Worcester? I know she sells beads through her web site, but perhaps she also has a retail space? Also, do you want fancy crystal, or low-cost for crafts? Try 'Crystal Blue Beads' in Watertown, on Mt. Auburn Street, also. They're at (617) 923-2337. The last time I was in...

    Faceted Crimps.

    Q: I have what I know is going to sound like a silly question. I usually use plain old round serrated, or plain edged crimps on my pieces. The other day, I purchased some faceted crimps (3mm). I tried crimping one shut, but it broke in half. Is there a special way to crimp this type? I feel like such a dork for asking this question, but I can't figure out how to keep these from breaking. Does anyone else know what I am talking about?A: I hear that all the non-smooth crimp beads are more...

    Fiber Optic Bead Sources?

    Q: I am looking for sources of fiber optic beads, especially faceted fiber optic beads. Does anyone know of any websites for fiber optic beads?A: http://members.aol.com/beyondbead/index.html I don't know if 'Betcey' has them on the website yet, but her catalog supplement that just arrived does have the faceted ones. If its not on her site, E-mail her, and she will reply with the info on what she's got. 'Fire Mountain Gems' has them also. 1-800-423-2319. As does 'Arizona Bead Company'. According to their ad in...

    Figuring A Price For Finished Pieces.

    Q: I've been doing some simple pieces from silver (sheet & wire), cabochons, a few settings & a dabble of silver & bead work. Basically, to arrive at my selling price I just doubled my material cost for each piece and this has pretty much worked out fine.A: The first thing that you have to remember is that, unless you are cheating the IRS, your time is going to be at least $30 an hour (if you don't care to be paid for your work) and will be a lot more as your equipment goes up. This covers...

    'Fire Mountain' Slam.

    Q: I privately asked the lady who listed her 'FMG' story, who these people were that had been hurt by 'FMG' so that we could make amends. She responded that I could read the board and find out for myself. I went back and read the board, and other than her story, there weren't any other listings which talked about 'Fire Mountain' in a negative manner. I thanked her for her input.A: I assume you are from 'Fire Mountain', and haven't been keeping up on the boards recently, so haven't followed any of this... but just wanted to...

    Fusing Wire Into Glass.

    Q: My wife and I make fused dichroic glass earrings in our kiln. We have seen some work by other artists where they have apparently fused some refractory wire into the glass, which is then simply looped to form the earring. This material looks like a gold and/or platinum alloy, and it obviously has the right properties for the application.A: * Looks good on the final product. * Highly ductile. * Does not oxidize or melt in the kiln at around 1500 F. * Coefficient of expansion is compatible with the glass. * Looks as if it does...

    Gem & Jewlery Show?

    Q: A "Gem & Jewelry " Show is coming to Washington, DC this weekend. Is it worth scouting for beads and the like? Any info about these shows anybody???A: Definitely. If it's the 'International Gem & Jewelry Shows' (usually held at 'The Sheraton Washington', the 'Convention Center', or out in the boonies toward Baltimore), it'll be packed and a lot of fun. There'll be everything from $150,000 necklaces, to semi-precious beads, to wooden fountain pens. I generally don't take my credit card because it's too tempting to buy a couple thousand bucks worth of stuff I'll never use....

    Gemstones Vs. Crystals.

    Q: Dear fellow beaders, I am a complete and total beginner beader. I am drawn to the beauty of antique/vintage beads and gemstones. My question is: can you, as an artist, tell the difference between a good quality glass crystal bead and a gemstone bead (assuming roughly the same color, size and cut of the beads)? Should I be saving up for real ruby beads (for example) or be looking for red, better quality, crystal beads?A: Yes, you certainly can tell the difference. While it is POSSIBLE to purchase ruby beads which are eye clean, you would pay such...

    Glass Bead Press Options

    Q: I'm researching how to make a glass bead press but I'm having trouble figuring out exactly how they work. Has anyone ever seen or maybe even used one? All assistance appreciated!A: Do you mean a tool to press hot glass into a flat bead? You can buy one from several outlets, such as Frantz Bead at 206-426-6712. The area code might be wrong, as it's changed, but if so, a Voice will give you the correct one when you call the number. See if you can find a copy (try interlibrary loan) of Perlen aus Gablonz (Glass...

    Glass Bead Sources.

    Q: I use alot of glass beads. Not so much seed beads, but larger ones. I am looking for a good source for these. I know of 'Fire Mountain Gems', 'Shipwrecked', and 'Ecletic Etc'. Can you give me some good sources for companies with lots of cool glass beads? Also, I am looking for a source for a bead I use a lot. It's a trianglular shape that is kind of like lampwork. It is Flat in the sense that a disc is flat. They are about 10-12mm long on the sides. Does...

    Glue...Help!

    Q: Friends of mine are looking for a glue that is a strong bond from metal to metal, that will stand up to jewelry shock impact...that's it...any suggestions?A: Is the bond going to show? Is there a reason that they do not want to solder the pieces? What kinds of metal and what texture? No glue will ever make a GREAT metal bonding material, though some are better than others. How much shock must the bond withstand (what type of jewelry, earrings, or bracelets)? Try 2-part 'Epoxy', or liquid nail. They both work well, but you have to...

    Graph Paper For Peyote.

    Q: I am trying to convert a loom pattern of the pow&mia sign into peyote, but I cannot find any graphs about.com used to have, but now it does not come up anymore.A: I don't know about online sources, but I bought some at 'Pearl's' in South Florida. Have you checked your bead store or (good) craft shop? http://www.flash.net/~mjtafoya/home.htm 'Aunt Molly's Bead Street' She has both loom and peyote graph papers. Look under the "Patterns" link. You can find free beading graph papers here: http://members.xoom.com/LisaAnnette/graphpaper/graphpaper.html Have you tried just typing in "peyote stitch graph pattern" into a search engine...

    Help.

    Q: I'm interesting in learning how to bead chains, purses, etc. Can anyone recommend a good book or website with instructions for novices?A: 'Creative Bead Weaving', I think is the title...by 'Carol Wilcox Wells'. Excellent beading primer, and projects to start. Also, try http://beadwork.miningco.com for basic instructions. http://www.suzannecooper.com has some instructions, too. There is a site from 'The Mining Co.' that has every type of instruction that you would need. The "addy" is: http://beadwork.miningco.com/ I learned to bead from this site, and some help from the wonderful people on their B board. Check them out....

    Help... Need Beads.

    Q: I am in search of some beads, here's the description: drk red the lot number is H0144B, 'Rocailles' czech beads, does anyone know where I can order these by the 1/2 or whole kilo?A: Try 'General Bead' - http://www.genbead.com They will probably call the silver lined - and may list as having a square hole, but they are a very popular color. I actually found them in Japanese 11's recently... *grin* (not here). Try my site, too - I have lots of Czech seedbeads, including dark red silverlined. They're under the size 10/0 section, but I have them...

    HELP! Newbie Question About Threads And Needles.

    Q: Are you actually sewing the bead designs? If they are calling for #10, you are probably doing regular free-hand beadwork.A: I've really been enjoying reading this newsgroup over the past week. :-) I'm new to beading, and obsessed already! I've already made necklaces for all of my friends. One of my pals wears her necklace everyday! I'm SO pleased, since I made it with power beads and other beads that will help her get through her impending divorce. Anyway, before I ramble anymore, I picked up a book on bead purses and I have NEVER sewn with beads, so...

    Help with dangles/loops on beaded earrings

    Q: I'm a beginning beader, working so far with 11/0 seed beads and 3/0 bugle beads. I seem to be having a recurring problem with the loops I add as dangles to the bottom of Deon DeLange-style earrings (bugle base row, Comanche stitch above, dangles or loops below). The loops have a tendency to twist - I haven't found a way yet to combat this. Am I doing something wrong technique-wise, or am I going to have to live with this?! :-) BTW, I use Nymo, size 0, for these earrings.A: What exactly do you mean...

    Help With Glass Bead-Making.

    Q: I have just begun using a small torch to make glass beads, and for some reason, they will not come off of the mandrels. I have the seperator on thick and thin, tried both. My bead-making has improved, but I have to break them to remove them from the mandrel.A: If you haven't already, try gripping the mandrel with a pair of pliers while you twist the bead. If that doesn't work, my only suggestion is that there's something wrong with the separator; check to make sure you're getting thorough coverage on the mandrel, so you have...

    Help With Website...

    Q: As you can tell, I am new to computers, which is the reason for my post. I am trying to build a website for my beading and HTML, and I we are not "getting along". One question I have that I can not find an answer for anywhere is: What size do I make the graphics (not DPI, but physical size)? Also, should I use GIF or JPEG?A: They should be any reasonable size that you like. Some people hate larger photos because they take longer to load, but if the photo is good quality, and the excess background...

    Highest quality catalogue

    Q: Could anyone suggest a truly excellent catalogue source of gem stone beads? Christmas approaches and I'd like to be able to give my old friend, a devoted beadworker, a gift certificate. She has very high standards.A: You might try Earthstone, New York City, or South Pacific, Montpelier, VT. Ask about their return policy, since your friend seems to have high standards. How about the address for these catalogues? I love getting catalogues and because I don't have time to get out to the bead shops, catalogues are the best for me. Could you e-mail the address either...

    How To Mass String Beads.

    Q: When I purchase beads, they seem to mostly come strung. How do they do that? Especially with seed beads and chips. I'm almost sure that they cannot be doing it by hand.A: I saw a documentary where workers in India held many thin, very long threaded needles in both hands and dipped them repeatedly into a big vat of seed beads. It was amazing how quickly they'd fill each one, and then an entire handful of beaded threads made a hank. Gee, I can't even get the dip-and-fill routine to work with a SINGLE needle...;-) I've also...

    Huichol & polymer clay?

    Q: I saw the article on Huichol beading in B&B calling for beeswax and petroleum jelly as a binding medium. I was wondering if anyone out there has tried using polymer clay instead (rolled into a sheet and mounted on a bowl or whatever). I have thought about doing this but wonder if the seed beads would survive being baked. Anyone know?A: The polymer clay Huichol idea sounds interesting enough to at least try, but what I suspect will happen is the polymer will shrink ever so slightly upon baking. Just enough to loosen it's grip on...

    Illusion Necklace Cord.

    Q: I got pretty good results making a glass illusion necklace using 'Berkeley Trilene "Extra Limp" #12' test line. Rather than gluing the scattered beads into position, I looped the thread back through a small seed bead on each side of the larger beads. This holds the beads in place, but unlike knotting, one can loosen the cord and slide the beads along if one wants to re-position something. One can also scatter seed beads along the threads by this method, using silver crimp tubes to end the monofilament strands. I covered the ends with a standard...

    'Kiln Wash'.

    Q: Awhile back, 'Cleaning Beads' discussed, specifically, how to get rid of that white powder that I believe was called "kiln wash." I ordered some India glass beads and was warned that they might have significant amounts of 'Kiln Wash', so I was wondering if anyone could post the cleaning information again. Also, I seem to recall that there was something special about where you had to dump the used water, something about the kiln wash made it dangerous. Any clarification on that would also be of help.A: You need to soak the beads in water, then...

    Knot For Attaching 'Nymo' To 'Softflex'?

    Q: I am making a necklace that consists of large turquoise beads strung on 'Softflex'. I am planning on placing seed beeds around some of the turquoise beads using 'Nymo'. I guess I'm going to place the knot right on the 'Softflex' unless I come up with a better idea. Can anybody recommend a specific type of knot for this? I've never done this but I've seen similar works with this type of technique. Also, should I use some type of knot glue and if so what kind - is nail polish okay, or...

    Lampworkers.

    Q: Is there anyone out there who could make a pair of 'Gumby's' for earrings and a larger one for a pendant in time for me to have them by the 22nd of this month?A: I just saw beads at one of the auctions that looked exactly like 'Gumby's', but I don't remember which auction it was - probably Amazon, either in beads or in Z-shop. I asked one of our local lampwork artists about the 'Gumby' earrings and pendant. She told me that she felt that 'Gumby' was a protected trademark and she wouldn't reproduce it. You might find...

    Lampwork Question.

    Q: I've been making some beads with 'Moretti' rods and silver foil. Sometimes when I put the silver on a bead and then case it with clear, it turns an amber color. Can anyone tell me why this is happening? It doesn't get bubbly or smokey like when there's too much propane. I'm puzzled.A: At 'Embellishment' this year, I bought a beautiful lampwork bead from 'Jeffrey Rogers'. He works in clear 'Pyrex' glass, and he somehow vaporizes silver and gold onto the clear glass as he works. The bead I purchased had nothing in...

    Lessons In San Diego?

    Q: I've taken some classes here in SD at several places, but there are none on wire work that I've found going on after the first of the year. A good friend and fellow bead addict wants to send me to a class as a 'Kissmas Pressie'.A: 'Shepherdess' has had wire work classes in the past; you could call and ask if they'll be having any more ('Lynn Merchant' was one of the instructors...). Also, 'Oksadusa' may have something....... In North County - 'Del Mar', I think. Fairly close to the Fairgrounds. I've only been there once - I stopped...

    Looking For...

    Q: I looking for pictures of early designs of glass beads. I am looking for evolving styles from the beginning of glass bead manufacturing to the present day.A: Take a look at 'Lois Sherr Dubin's', "The History of Beads". If your library doesn't have it, you might request it from inter-library loan, or take a look at a copy at your local 'Barnes & Noble', or 'Borders Books'. This book contains a wonderful timeline of beads throughout history. Perhaps, take a look at the big chart at the end of 'Sher Dubin's' book "The History of Beads"....

    Looking For Gold Findings.

    Q: The earring findings in the bead catalogs I have are more for costume jewelry. I want to make a pair of pearl earrings for my daughter for her wedding (Jan. 22) that would be of good quality gold. Does anyone know a source that I could find these - fast?!A: 'Fire Mountain Gems' in Oregon has what you are looking for. I have done several weddings using both their gold and silver findings as well as their pearls. You can reach them at: 1-800-423-2319 It sounds from your post as though you...

    Necklace For Eight Year Girl.

    Q: I have been lurking for some time and have found this newgroup full of information. Being relatively new to beading, I would like to know how long a daisy chain necklace and a daisy chain bracelet should be for an eight year old child. I am also concerned how to make the necklace safe for her to wear. This is to be a gift, and I certainly don't want to endanger her in any way.A: I think it would be best to make the necklace the same length you would make a short necklace for an adult -...

    Need Expert Info On 'Vaseline Trade Beads'.

    Q: Could someone help me with the history on 'Vaseline Trade Beads'? Specifically, where and when were they made? How were they made? I have some beautiful strands in three colors; yellow, green and greasy pale green, and want to be correct on the history I pass on to our customers.A: I'm no expert, but I do collect trade beads. 'Vaseline' beads are Bohemian, and are press molded, and then have the facets ground on. They date from 1830 to 1900. If you plan to sell trade or other ancient beads, I would strongly...

    Needing To Find...

    Q: I have been searching all over for a type of bead that my mother found this past weekendin East Tennessee. It is a magnetic stone bead. The necklace she brought back had small beads on it, but I would be grateful for any sized bead, really.A: Any stone or metal bead with enough iron in it will magnetize, so can you describe these a bit? How small were the beads; about as little as seed beads, or about the size of a pea? Natural stone color or silvery, etc. This would help us figure out what you are...

    New Beader In London, England.

    Q: I have just discovered bead looming (in the last 2 weeks), and am addicted. I have surfed the net several times re. beads, and SO much information is from the USA. I don't mind this - there are some great sites, but I would love to see some British sites, especially with details of suppliers - with the possibility of ordering over the net. Can anyone send me in the right direction? Are there tuition groups, etc. in London?A: According to some of my customers, there aren't a lot of beads available in England. Many of them...

    New Project.

    Q: If you use 'Nymo' beading thread, you'll do better, but if you can add a seed bead to either side of the bugle (that is, if it won't affect the pattern), you thread will never be ut....we do this all the time and it works like a charm.A: My old problem has come home to roost! I do have a solution of sorts... this did the trick, and I have made thousands of base rows like this. I use the bugle and a regular seed bead on either end as a "stack" ,count, seed, bugle, seed as...

    Nymo Beading Thread.

    Q: Can someone help me? I am beading bracelets on a loom, using 'Delicas' 11/o, and 'Size D' 'Nymo' thread. The 'Nymo' thread comes from two sources. (1) a large spool, 3 ounces (2) a small spool. The finished bracelet has a "nice hand" when I use the smaller spool. While the finished bracelet is "stiff" when I use the large spool, there is a difference between the texture of the threads. I know they are the same 'size D'. Is this normal?A: The 'Nymo' on cone, and 'Nymo' on bobbin is a different thread. One is designed...

    'Opal Beads'?

    Q: Why do I never see 'Opal Beads'?A: 'Opal' is too soft a gemstone - it's difficult enough to make cabochons, let alone drill a hole. The nearest thing would be a moonstone bead or a jadite. See 'Fire Mountain's' catalog. Actually, you can buy opal beads - I use them sometimes - and the prices range from sorta reasonable, to outrageous. Any gem dealer that sells carved 'Opal' will probably either have 'Opal' beads, or know where to find them; I usually find mine at the bigger gem/bead shows, mostly from Australian dealers. 'Lapidary Journal' sometimes carries ads...

    Questions About Beading.

    Q: I'm new to beading, and I'm in the process of trying to start a small business making jewelry. Can anyone tell me some good sources to buy beads wholesale - preferrably from places that don't require a tax ID #? I plan to get a tax ID # soon, but don't have one yet. Also, I am not sure how to price jewelry. Can anyone give me some ideas on how much to charge? I would appreciate any tips that anyone can give me for "getting started" on my business adventure.A: Most true wholesalers...

    Real Clay Beads.

    Q: I have some wonderful red clay that I would like to know how to work into beads. I tried making some, and a lot of them broke while drying. I know someone who can fire them for me. If someone can point me in the right direction, I would be grateful.A: It sounds to me like you were either working with the clay while it was too dry, or letting the beads dry too fast. After you make your beads, try covering loosely with plastic so they dry more slowly. Also, keep in mind that clay...

    Remove Tarnish Without Harming Beads.

    Q: 1. When cleaning something like a rosary, how do you remove silver tarnish without stripping the 'AB' finish from glass beads or harming the beads in any other manner? 2. If I wish to use something other than silver wire, what should I use? Do the more common crafting wires like tinned copper discolor? What if they come in contact with water?A: 'Rio Grande's' catalog had something re: running strings of "liquid silver" through a handful of baking soda to remove tarnish. Maybe that would work for wire, too. I don't know if it would...

    San Jose, CA - Looking For A Bead Buddy.

    Q: My name is 'Lori Peterson', and I have been beading for about 2 years now, and would love to find someone who understands my obsession with beads. My hubby and friends think I'm slightly nuts, so I would love someone to share my excitement when the local bead store gets a new color in or when I finally get the fringe right on my latest work-in-progress. I am also looking for someone with whom I could combine mail-orders with in order to avoid the dreaded "surcharge for small order".A: Wow! Only slightly nuts! Stick around us...

    Santa Fe Beads.

    Q: We will be going to Santa Fe next month. Could anyone advise on best beads stores there?A: When you check into your hotel, ask about the flea market in Santa Fe that's open on Saturdays. Lots of beads there! Let's see now... I know of at least five: 1. There is 'Beadweaver' on the Paseo de Paralta (tons of 'Delicas' - probably 500 colors).. 2. 'Winona's' is on the main drag into town and has tons of seed beads - lots of 11s, 12s, 13s, and 3-cuts. She's wonderful to talk to, as well....

    Seashells.

    Q: I am trying to find a tool that is best for drilling holes in seashells so they can be used in my jewelry. I am aware of the inherent dangers, so I need something that will work underwater. Any ideas?A: I used a rechargeable 'Dremel' tool when I drilled some seashells. It was a little slow, but it did work (you don't want to put the tool all the way under the water, just the bit). Use the hardest bit you can find. I might also try my other 'Dremel', but only with the 'Flex-Shaft' attachment....

    Semi-Precious, 'Bali Silver', 'Swarovksi', Czech, And More.

    Q: Ok, dumb question here. What is 'Bali Silver'? Is it Sterling, or some other composition?A: Some is sterling, some isn't. I sell '925 Sterling Bali silver' - they're little works of art handmade by Silversmiths in Bali, Indonesia. I don't sell gold-plated because plating always wears off. 'Vermeil' is gold (usually 14KT or better) over sterling silver. The plating is a little thicker than standard "gold plate", so it will wear OK (although it will EVENTUALLY wear off). 'Vermeil' is used by a lot of the "museum shop" catalogs for the reproductions they...

    'Shipwreck Beads'?

    Q: Has anyone ordered from this company? I'd like to hear of your experience before I go ahead and place my order.A: Their prices are so good; I just got a huge order from them a few days ago, and it's amazing to me to see so many beautiful beads for such a great price. About the shipping: if you order $50 worth, shipping on the first 10 lbs is free. I've never had to pay for my shipping. I live in Seattle, and the drive to shipwreck isn't a long one. I have only been to their old...

    Soda Lime.

    Q: I recently acquired a fancy glass bead, and had no idea what it was. I took it to a local glassblower who said it was "soda lime glass". Not wanting to appear ignorant, I thanked the man and left. Now to be ignorant... what is "soda lime glass"? Is this good?A: Calcined limestone, which added to the glass batch in small quantities, gives stability. Before the 17th century, when its beneficial effects became known, lime was introduced fortuitously as an impurity in the raw materials. Insufficient lime can cause crizzling. Soda-lime glass is the most common (90% of glass...

    Source For 'Fimo' Clay Beads?

    Q: I always seem to miss the appropriate bead show! Anybody know where I can get these?A: If you live in southern California, tomorrow at the bead society bazaar, you can find 'Klew' polymer clay beads sold by the artist herself. 'Fimo' is just one of many brands of polymer clay. Most artists use more than one brand. Particulars of how to get to the bazaar are at: http://home.att.net/~beadsla/bazaar.htm If you don't live in CA or can't get to the show, 'KLEW's' beads (which are stunning by the way!) are available online through 'Three Beads' http://www.threebeads.com ~...

    Sterling Chain.

    Q: Does anyone know where to get sterling chain thin enough to string beads on?A: If you choose your beads carefully, you should be able to do this. I use cable, fine 'Figure 8', or very fine rope chains. You can hang lampwork or furnace glass easily, and some larger 'SS' beads. Try 5-6mm sizes. It depends on the manufacturer, but the larger sizes seem to have larger holes, and of course, stone donuts will work. Maybe E beads. Some India glass has larger holes also, but semi-precious stones or pearls will never work....

    Still Looking For Bead!

    Q: I was unaware that the AB coating was done in a vaccuum chamber. I thought the coatings were applied (metallic salts) then fired on during the manufacturing process. I also have never heard of coating companies. Can you send me some details? I think I can etch the beads if I find some with AB finish, but have never heard of being able to apply an AB finish after the fact.A: One picture is worth a 1000 words, or at least 100. The bead is indeed a "druk" and the glass is quite common. It also is 'AB' coated...

    Stone Fan Source.

    Q: I'm looking for a reliable source (preferably online) for stone Egyptian-style mini-fans. I've surfed all over, but can't seem to come up with anything. Can any of you point me in the right direction?A: You may want to go up on 'Amazon' and do a search in 'Auctions' for "Egyptian fan." There's a seller named "dolphinx" that has several sets up for auction. I haven't dealt with them, but it may be a good starting point for your search. Here's the link. It's long and you'll probably have to cut and paste the pieces. After you reach...

    'Stretch Magic'.

    Q: I know that this has been asked and answered before, but I'm having trouble finding out the information in the archives. I bought some 'Stretch Magic' and make a watch. I have the 1mm and am using 3 strands (heavy lampwork beaded band). I'm having trouble with the knots. They seem to come undone, it could be the 3 strands, but I'm trying just to knot 2 strands together. What glue are people using and what shouldn't I use? I know I have read about some glues eating through the plastic (or whatever that stuff is). Any...

    Stringing Material.

    Q: I make fused glass pendants and some lampwork beads and I've strung a few on softflex ( I think ) but I was wondering what you would all recommend? I want the pieces to be strong, but I'd also like to be able to knot between the beads.A: Knotting between the beads is usually done with very soft stones and pearls. Also, silk is used. Illusion necklaces are knotted on clear nylon line. With lampwork, and most glass (other than illusion necklaces), I'd stick with the 'Softflex' and use small spacer beads rather than knot. I'm glad...

    Stringing Material Advice.

    Q: I have worked with 'Tigertail' and 'Nymo' in making necklaces. 'Tigertail' is so stiff that one needs to be so careful not to knick it, and 'Nymo' is so fine it breaks and easily slips through jumprings. What are some other stringing materials that might better suit my needs. I work with heavier beads, using some seed beads and metal beads.A: I really like 'Softflex' for heavier beads. I use .19 size and find it really drapes well for all seed bead projects. Mine usually have a dichroic glass pendant as the centerpiece and...

    Suggestions.....Please!

    Q: I recently purchased some lovely floral carved 'Bone Beads'. I wanted them to have an "antique" appearance, so I soaked them in tea water to color them. Now the beads have a terrible odor that I can smell when I'm wearing them in the necklace that I made with just 5 of them. Any suggestions as to how to get rid of this terrible odor?A: By getting them soaking wet, you made them grow bacteria. Bone is a natural substance, a natural base for germs, so you don't want to soak them. I'm not sure there's anything...

    Sunken Treasure Chest.

    Q: I'm getting serious about making this! I'm gonna start it Aug 19th, in Indy, my "Olympics project". The leather, to make the chest, should be here by then, 1/2 hide, very thick, 23.25 sq feet. The lights, which will be hidden pretty deep to give an indirect effect, will be 1 or 2 strands of 8 function christmas lights that I have currently made into "wreaths". I found a super fiber-optic lighting set for this, but they wanted over $400!!!A: I got the styrofoam and probably have what I'll use for the baseboard. Somewhere,...

    Swarovski Crystal?

    Q: I was thinking of some masculine colored beads, some chain, and I saw in 'Fire Mountain' some round, 8 mm 'Swarovski' crystals! Would these crystals throw a rainbow? If not, what is the name of something that would throw a rainbow like a prism? I'd like to make my cousin something so he would always have rainbows!A: 'Swarovski' crystals will indeed make rainbows - many beautiful ones, and they are available in many "masculine" colors. They are a high quality lead crystal, and should make a gorgeous sun-catcher. :) Please make it "child proof", that...

    'Swavroski' Crystal.

    Q: Has anyone seen round faceted crystal at the 3 mm size? The smallest crystal I can find is 4mm at 'Gemorama'... but the 'Swavorsky' is in quotes, so I don't know if it's real.A: Have you tried 'Purple Finch'? If they don't have them, they may be able to tell you who does. http://www.conknet.com/~m_bunis/pfinch/PFhome.htm And I would assume 'Gem-o-rama's' are 'Swarovski' - they tend to use quotes like that a lot - I think they are one of the places where English is not their first language! I have never had anything from them...

    The Dress!

    Q: Could you possibly shorten it at the waist? is there any way you could take up a tuck in the plain part of the skirt and cover it with some beading or braid or what have you? do you have a professional near you who does wedding gowns, etc. and who could alter the dress for you (IME, most bridal hire places ALWAYS have such a person on staff)?A: Buy it. You'll hate yourself for years if you don't. Things like beaded hemlines can be written down & diagrammed so that you can shorten it later. Who knows,...

    Thin Stretchy-Elastic String Needed.

    Q: I am fairly new to beading and I would like to make some of the bracelets that are very popular now - they are single strands of seed beads, worn many at a time (as seen on 'Claire Danes' in "Brokedown Palace" and in the Sept. 'In-Style'). I've ordered some beautiful size 15 hex-cut beads, but I am desperately seeking elastic-type string to string these on. I don't want the bracelets to have clasps - I'd rather be able to stretch them out to slide over my hand & have them shrink back to shape for a...

    Thread...

    Q: Where is the cheapest place to order seeds and 'Delicas'? I have ordered from 'FMG', but once I discovered cheaper alternatives I was like: "screw this!" Good service is important, too, of course...A: I would politely disagree with this. I often bead with size 15 beads, and a VERY fine needle, and don't really have any problem threading it with 'Silamide', and 'Silamide' is strong, flexible, and slippery enough to go through even TINY beads three or four times. I have been wanting to buy 'Kevlar' thread for my bracelets. I was wondering if anybody has used...

    Threading Beads With 'Crochet' Thread.

    Q: I've been making 'Crochet' beaded purses, using #30 'Crochet Thread', and #20 thread. I've just bought several colors in #10 thread but am having a hard time threading it. The only reason I bought them is I couldn't find the colors I wanted in the smaller sizes. Has anyone had as much trouble threading the beads as me? Any tips as to how I can prevent hurting my hands even more? I have arthritis and carpal tunnel. Doing needlework is good theapy, but this threading is killing my hands.A: I found that some of the Czech beads have irregular...

    Thread Size/Color?

    Q: I was wondering if anybody could tell me offhand - I am looking for 'Nymo' in size A......are there different colors, and who carries it?A: Several carry a big variety of colors in size 0 or size B, but I'm finding little in size A from online catalogs. I don't have a 'Fire Mountain Gems' catalog, or 'Rio Grande' catalog here. Maybe someone could check those, as their online sites are very weak, but they have lots of products in the catalogs. 'Beadcats' has light and dark brown bobbins. http://www.beadcats.com/index.htm 'Shipwreck Beads' has spools in black. http://www.shipwreck.com/...

    Tubular Peyote Tension.

    Q: I'm working on my first amulet bag and I am making the "Electric Blue" bag in 'Carol Wilcock's' book. This is my first tubular peyote piece, and I used a cardboard tube cut down to the correct size. I've finished the body of the bag and slipped it off the tube. It looks even and smooth, but it is a little stiff. I flattened it and added the bottom flap and stitched it together and it's okay, just stiff. Did I make the tension too tight, or should it be a little stiff?A: This...

    Types Of Beading.

    Q: I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction of what the different stitching methods are. I don't know what the "peyote stitch" is, compared to a "Brick stitch" or any of those.A: The new book from 'Interweave Press': "BeadWork Companion", $19.95 is an excellent resource for both the beginning and experienced beader. Most of my friends have been quite pleased with it, and because of its compact size and spriral binding, it is easy to take anywear. As more and more pattern books are coming out without stitch instructions, this book will become an even more...

    Types Of Beads.

    Q: I have a question that is driving me nuts!!! I apologize if the group has discussed the answer in the last week. I accidently erased the messages before I could read them. Is there any websites dedicated to new beaders? In particular, is there anyplace that actually explains what the different kinds of beads are and what they look like? I keep seeing referrals to different kinds of beads, and would like to know what they look like.A: That's ok, if we beaders can't help someone just starting in the hobby, then we would be a very sorry...

    Ultrasuede

    Q: Can someone tell me about Ultrasuede? Is it synthetic? Does it come in pieces large enough for cabochon backing, etc.? Most importantly, can anyone give me a source for it?A: Ultrasuede is a synthetic fabric. You can buy it in fabric stores by the yard. It comes in many colors, and sometimes with an embossed pattern on it to make it look more like tooled leather. If you buy a yard, you'll have plenty enough for your next 10 or 20 projects. ;} Since you're just using it as a backing, buy the...

    Uniformity.

    Q: I've just recently started beading, and the biggest problem I am having is searching through my beads to find ones that are uniform in size. Even the ones that come in the same packages seem to vary in size just enough to make things look uneven. Does anyone have a technique they use, or any advice to help make this an easier task?A: Although it may sound a little trite, you do get what you pay for. If you've been buying beads in little cellophane bags at the local craft/fabric store as opposed to spending a little...

    Unique Beads

    Q: I just saw these in the local bead shop: semi-precious beads that are cut to the shapes of diamonds, clubs, hearts, and spades. The shop was only selling them as strings, but I'm sorely tempted to buy some before they disappear.A: I've seen those beads sold too. I think they were sold under the name "poker beads." I think there are only 2 places I know that sell them. One place was wholesale only (not to the public) so I never got anything from them. The other place I can't remember the name...

    Vintage Nail Heads.

    Q: I finally have gotten around to creating a web page to show off my collection of nail heads. I know they are not truly beads, but they do have holes so it counts in my book.A: Hmmm, wondered what you meant by this? Then, I started to write the definition of a bead, and realized it included buttons, and then sequins. When I show my relatives a 'Mavis' lampworked mermaid, they agree, "That is not a bead!" To me, it is, and nailheads count in my book, too. Guess what's a bead is in the...

    Weaver's Knot.

    Q: I have lost the directions on how to construct a "weaver's knot", which is a great knot to connect one thread to another. I think I saw it in an old 'Bead and Button' - but then, I gave them all away.A: Here's a variation that produces the same (I'm told) results, but is easier than "chasing the rabbit around the fence" or whatever the teaching device is for the "weaver's knot": At the end of the new thread, tie a slip knot (you know, the kind you can pull on either end and the knot pulls right...

    What's Required To Sell My Beaded Jewelry?

    Q: I live in Boston and have been designing and creating beaded jewelry as a hobby, so far. Many of the people who have seen my work have asked me to make items for them, and now a clothing boutique owner who commented on the jewelry I was wearing has said she'd be interested in selling some of my jewelry designs in her store. I would be doing this to supplement, rather than replace, my "day job" (you know, the one that pays the rent and the cost of all the gorgeous beads!), but I would like to...

    what thread should I use to make bracelets?

    Q: I recently used a dental floss type thread for a bead bracelet and it stretched when it got wet and eventually broke! Now, to put my bracelet back together again, what thread should I use to insure that it will be sturdy and not fall apart again?A: That kind of depends on how you made the bracelet in the first place. Is it woven seed beads? I usually use doubled nymo, but I have heard good things about both Silamide and Synbond. If you made the bracelet of a strung strand of larger beads, I recommend one of...

    Wholesale Beads.

    Q: I am looking into starting a store which sells beads. I need some sites for places to buy beads in bulk - wholesale.A: We would be happy to send you our wholesale catalog which covers plastic beads, glass, bone, wood, ceramic beads, jewelry findings, beading supplies, tools etc. Just let me know an address, where to send, and I will get one right to you. Do you supply seed beads as well? If so, please send me a copy of your catalog as well. 'Sandra Gayton' PO Box 1404 Belcourt ND 58316 There are...

    Wire... And Classes!

    Q: Here is a message from a french beader: Do you know where I could find instructions or classes for crocheting silver (or gold) wire? I'd like very much to learn this technique.A: A great resource is the book: "Textile Techniques in Metal" by 'Arlene Fisch'. The 'Lapidary Journal' has had a number of patterns & techniques for this. In addition to 'Arline Fisch's' book (did you know 'Arline' is a "Living National Treasure" in her home state of California?), you could also seek out the somewhat more modest, but very helpful book, "Copper Wire Lace" by 'Anne Dyer',...

    Working With Leather Cord.

    Q: I'm trying to re-work a necklace for someone - wooden beads (including these HUGE carved elephants!) strung on a leather cord. I can't figure out how to attach a clasp. Originally, it had these two wrap-around kind of crimps covering the knots in the cord. I haven't been able to find anything like them, though. I've seen coils on the ends of leather pieces, but what keeps the leather from slipping out? I can't seem to make a knot tight enough to hold on its own, and I keep ending up with a gap in...

    Would Like Opinions On Pearls.

    Q: I am planning a necklace that will require a lot of pearls. I'd like them to be about 7-8mm. Not being rich, I'll have to go with fresh-water or czech glass. Have any or you ever seen czech glass pearls? The ads say that they look great, but I've never seen one for real. If you can help me, I sure would appreciate it. Also, I'd like to know where to get the little tiny cubes wholesale if anyone knows.A: I can't help you with your search for these beads, but I am very interested in hearing more about...

    Yet Another Question.

    Q: I was looking at the 'Fire Mountain' catalog yesterday, and saw the "DYNA-MITES". Is this just a fancy name for regular, high quality seed beads or are they really a notch below 'Delicas' and a notch above a good quality Japanese or Czech seed beads? Something 'FM' concocted or a true brand name?A: I use the 'Dynamites' quite a bit. I would class them as simply good quality Japanese seed beads. Some of the colors are highly regular, some not as good - (I've found the simple opaque ones aren't as good as, say, the silver- lined,...