Bead Necklace

    3-Hole Beads?

    Q: Does anyone know of a source (online) for the 3-hole beads used in making the popular "power bracelets." My daughter wants some for her friends...and of course, I'd like to do it myself!A: They were in 'Fire Mountain's' recent smaller sale catalog. They only had gemstone ones I think. I was pretty mad because I wish they had had them when power bracelets were really popular! It may take a while for it to load since I tried to leave it big enough so you could read the numbers and prices. The phone number to order is in the...

    About Auctions.

    Q: I've noticed several vendors stating that this week would be their last auctions for the year, I am presuming that they were quitting for a vacation. Is it your opinion that there simply aren't enough sales during this time of year to merit continuing auctions?A: I can only speak for myself, but for me, the fact that these are my last auctions of the year had more to do with timing than anything else. I'll be out of town for the last two weeks of December and wanted to make sure I had all auction-related business and shipping taken...

    Advice Re: Servers For Webpages.

    Q: I have registered a domain name so that I could use it as a trademark, and will be constructing a webpage over the next month. What I'm uncertain about, is how you locate a server to host the webpage once you have constructed it. Could you let me know about your positive experiences in this regard with various servers, and how much space they give you for your page, and at what price?A: I'm not sure if I understand you. If you've registered a domain name, then the assumption is that you should be setting up your own...

    Amulet purses and strap length

    Q: I have managed to make four amulet purses (2 by the loom and 2 by peyote), but I can't figure out how long I am supposed to make the straps. Are they actually for wearing around your neck like a necklace, or are they supposed to strap around your shoulder and neck like a purse, in which case the strap needs to be much longer. The purses I made are small, 1 1/2 " to 2 1/2" wide. The straps I made go around the neck and hang about mid-chest or higher.A: I have made varying lengths...

    Bead-Making Advice Wanted.

    Q: Believe it or not, my engineer hubbie, Kris (many of you know him from selling tickets at the 'IBS' shows), wants to start making lampwork beads (don't laugh too loud, he might hear)! I have wanted to learn how to make them for a while now, but he is gung-ho! Before we spend a lot of money on stuff we don't need, we'd like to hear from any lampwork artists that would like to offer advice. We need the whole setup: torch, glass, kiln, etc., and one thing I'm very concerned about, is safety. ...

    Bead-Related Stock Photos, Gift Wrap.

    Q: Does anyone know where I might find bead-related stock photos (for example, something similar to some of the online postcards on the 'Land of Odds' site)? I'm looking for something I might be able to incorporate legitimately into a logo or business card design. Also, any idea where I can buy wrapping paper with bead/beading-related designs?A: I saw some gift wrap recently (at "The Place to Bead" in San Ramon, CA) that sounds like what you're looking for. It looked like a huge jumble of beads that someone either scanned or photographed. If you have access...

    Bead-Stringing Machine.

    Q: I am looking for a machine that I saw advertised on a webpage (and now I cannot find the webpage) that strings beads. It was about $40 and came with two sizes of hooks so that you could string a variety of sizes of beads. Does anyone know what I mean, and where it can be purchased?A: I bought my Bead Spinner from Julie at 'Blessed Beads'. She also carries the replacement curved needles, etc. http://www.blessedbeads.com I've seen those advertised also (The bead spinners) and always wondered how they work, and if they really save time....

    Bead Books.

    Q: First, let me say I consider myself a pre-newbie to beading. I'm thinking about it, and have been lurking, reading, and not knowing most of what you all have been talking about. Does anyone know anything favorable or unfavorable about these books (The Book of Beads/J. Coles & R. Budwig)?A: If you're planning to do beadweaving (peyote, loom, spirals, etc.), none of those will be of use to you. I recommend "Creative Bead Weaving" by 'Carol Wilcox Wells' for off-loom weaving. I'm not sure about a loom book, but I'm sure someone else will post with...

    Beaded Beads.

    Q: I've seen three ways to make beaded beads now. Has anyone tried making these and what were the results? Any hints on sizes of seed beads to use or best size for the wooden beads? I'd appreciate a good starting point for this.A: I have made peyote stitch ones over a base bead - beginning with 3 drop in the center and decreasing by 2-drop and regular (I hate decreases - this is the only way I can do them w/o messing up!) I didn't anchor the beginning row to the bead in any way, and it worked...

    Beaded Flowers.

    Q: I am looking for books or instructions for making beaded flowers. So far, the only one I've found is 'French Beaded Flowers 1, a Guide for Beginners' by "Helen McCall". Can anyone tell me where to find books on larger, more advanced flowers?A: If you have a large library in your town, you can find books on beaded flowers there. Also, some libraries will "borrow" from other libraries from time to time. I have never asked for them to get me a bead book, but when my oldest daughter was in high school, the local...

    Beaded Ornaments - NOT Glass Ball Beading.

    Q: Does anyone have a source she could look at (I've already checked out miningcompany.com for 2 hours)? Maybe, let me know how an earring pattern could be enlarged (besides using larger beads) to make a hanging ornament for her tree and presents. Should she just take any old pattern and make it? Would it be stable enough, or would the finished product bend?A: We saw that site already and were thinking more along the lines of a Santa, Snowman, Nutcracker, candy canes, a present box, etc. The TapDancingLizard patterns are nice, but too formal for what...

    Beaded 'Tiffany' Lamps.

    Q: I make these all by hand, and the finished product is very nice! Anyone interested in seeing what this cute lamp looks like, may visit this page on my website at: http://bead_delights.tripod.com/main.html I have 3 other designs of 8 1/2" Beaded Lamps that are not listed on my page. This is the only current design that I have made in stock at this time.A: I seem to be having a problem with this person, who E-mailed me, then threatened me when I replied. The point I tried to make to her is that calling her items "Tiffany lamps"...

    Bead Embroidery

    Q: I saw a bead embroidery purse with a device on the front that was something I want to try. The beads looked like they were sewn on in neat rows but I can't figure out how it was done.The only thing I can come up with is wasted canvas which I've never used. Has anyone else used this method - either the canvas or just some other method of keeping the rows straight? It almost looked like the piece had been woven on but I saw the thread underneath attaching the fabric so I know it was sewn on.A:...

    Bead Hole Problem

    Q: I was wondering if anyone has a contraption they use for clearing holes in beads? I have some great beads with lousy, uneven holes, and was wondering what other people do about this. I'm trying to get a good tool that requires a mimimum amount of equipment.A: If the beads are polymer clay, take a drill bit, mold a handle from poly clay, embed the bit and bake. When cool, pull bit out (metal and clay don't bond) and glue it back in with cryanoacetate glue. Then use this hand drill to clean up and enlarge the...

    Bead Hunting.

    Q: I am just curious, how many of you look for necklaces at antique stores, flea markets, and garage sales to find cheap beads? I am new at this hunting, and it has become a passion.A: Yes, yes, and yes again!! That is a great way to find wonderful, sometimes, one of a kind beads. I do it all the time! Garage sales, thrift stores, church sales, and some antique stores (you just have to be a good judge of prices and know your beads, there are still bargains to be had). Also, put the word out...

    Bead Loom.

    Q: This morning, with an excess of optimism perhaps, I finally figured out how I could construct a simple bead loom so as to get the feel of things before going entirely off the deep end (my roommate would tell you it's FAR too late for that....).A: I'm glad you got the loom. I have several. It does not come quickly, but the results are well worth it. Do you crochet? I have a pattern for a crocheted bead bracelet that I love. It is just the beginning. I have several looms, 2 I made myself,...

    Bead Loom.

    Q: My wife is wanting to get into bead-work on a Loom... Does anyone have any thoughts on this subject? Where do I get a Loom? What ones are good and easy to use?A: I have been happy with my Vertical Loom from 'Cindys Crafts', you can go to my website to see a picture of it: http://www.erols.com/lora.frisch/sept3.html For starters, I think any cheap loom will do, or even a piece of cardboard that thread is wrapped around. I've had great luck with an inexpensive Bead-Loom I bought at 'Tandy Leather'. It's a Twin-Beam Loom, and it cost me...

    Bead Loom and Cross Stitch

    Q: I just bought a bead loom and am enjoying getting started in this new area of beadwork. Has anyone every tried adapting cross stitch patterns to beading on a loom?A: Yes, you can use a cross stitch pattern as a loom pattern, but you have to be careful of the aspect ratio of the beads used. Seed beads in general are not perfectly 'square'. So your pattern will come out squashed. Delica beads (Japanese made seed bead that are tiny cylinders) are closest to being square. These were also meant for looming as most of the...

    Bead Show List?

    Q: I just found out that the "Intergalactic" bead show scheduled for New Orleans this month has been cancelled. I've not been to a show yet, so I'm very disappointed. :( Anyway... I was wondering if y'all knew of any place that maintains a comprehensive list of shows?A: I prefer 'BeadPlan' - I've been testing version 3.0, and it's very nice. You can read about it at: http://www.BeadPlan.com/. If you have a 'Mac', 'Beadscape' (http://members.aol.com/equesse/beadscape.html) is the best. We've been through this fairly recently, using 'DejaNews' for more discussion. I agree with Marilee about Michelle's program...

    Bead Shows

    Q: My Mom and I sell new and vintage glass beads at all the Midwest bead shows ­ Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, and Milwaukee. We're interested in doing shows around the country and would like to hear anyone with recommendations on which shows have good vendors and good attendance. Quality is our prime criterion.A: If you folks haven't done the Bead Society of Central Ohio's Bead Show it should be a real experience. They moved to Vets Memorial downtown and out of the YWCA which was a pain for everyone. Last year the number of vendors about the same and the...

    Beads Losing Color.

    Q: I'm very new to beading. I recently started a project, and have noticed the colors on my beads are rubbing off. I read about this somewhere and read about something you can do to stop this from happening. Something about a mix of vinegar and water. If someone knows what I'm talking about (good luck I don't even know most of the time *giggle*), and could help me with this problem I'd really really appreciate it. :)A: Many purple and pink beads will fade because they are dyed. Buy quality beads and if you love purples and pinks,...

    Bead Storage/Organization Question.

    Q: Like everyone else, I have lots (read that... LOTS!) of beads. I also have a large amount of de-strung vintage beads. I'm looking for input on the most effective way to store them. Right now, half are separated into little jars/bags/containers. The problem is, that there are too many little containers to view. The other half are dumped into a big drawer. The problem is, I think they may get damaged by me digging around in them. Unfortunately, I don't have a whole lot of room.A: I started my collection sorting by type, and I hesitated changing it. ...

    Bead Swaps?

    Q: I have been hearing around the net about bead swaps and I admit, I'm intrigued. Has anyone ever participated in one? How do they work? Do you just ship a box of beads around, and take what you want and add more of equal value (and how do you figure their worth?)? If we could get one going here on this newsgroup, I think lots of people might join in. Could someone please tell of their experience (pros AND cons). Maybe then we could arrange one!A: A swap is what you make it! Generally the best...

    Bead Vial Stoppers.

    Q: I have a strange problem with my bead vials, and after checking with some beader-friends, we decided to throw it open to the group to see if anyone else has this problem. Over the past 5 years, I have purchased most of my seed beads packaged in plastic tubes/vials, usually about 4 inches long and with a plastic stopper. Of late I have noticed that in many of my vials, the stoppers are no longer snug, if you turn the vial over, the stopper just drops out!! My bead room is warm in the summer, so maybe heat is...

    Best Place For Sterling Findings?

    Q: Does anyone have a suggestion for a supplier for a wide selection of sterling silver findings (everything from crimp beads to separators to chain)? Right now, I'm buying small numbers at retail prices, but it would be nice to find a place that would sell small bills at wholesale prices (instead of a minimum order or $100 or something).A: I hate to break the bad news to you, Amy, but wholesale generally means buying in qty. Companies can only keep their prices low by cutting paperwork and labor - and it takes almost as much time to package...

    Boring

    Q: This newsgroup has certainly gotten a lot less interesting...A: Got any idea on how to liven things up? I suspect that most people are really busy with the holiday season coming up. For those that go to craft fairs to sell their ware, they are probably busy making stuff for sale. So what kind of projects are you working on lately? And heading out to the international bead conference in DC, after which I expect things will liven up big time as everybody tries to find out what was learned in the hundred or so classes...

    Bugles and Delicas

    Q: I've been having trouble using delicas and bugle beads together in commanche stitch earrings. All the bugles I have, have a bigger diameter than delicas (they work fine with regular 11/0 seed beads though).A: Even the bugles made in Japan are larger than the Delica beads. I get around this by using some seeds in the top part of my Commanche weaves, or by adding a bead or two to the first row after the base. For example, if my base row of bugles is 9 across, I'll put 2 Delicas in the first stitch, and,...

    'Caravan Beads'.

    Q: Has anyone read the "sad story" posted on the 'Caravan Beads' website? It's at http://www.caravanbeads.com/Pages/sally_t.htmlA: I read this on many of the bead discussion lists that I am on. There was also a post on one of those lists that said this woman had an ad for her business in the latest issue of 'BeadWork'. What nerve!!! I've personally had a bad experience with this particular bead shop too and yes, I did see the ad in 'Beadwork'. I've been keeping quiet about it - I'm sure things will pan out the way they're meant to, I'm...

    Crimp Pliers.

    Q: The web addy doesn't come through in your post... could you please post it again, so that I can find it? You definitely have me interested!A: I love them too, but I've been trying to figure out how to cover the crimp with a bead. I know the bead (obviously) has to have a large enough hole to fit, but I'm usure of a technique for finishing off a piece like this. After a necklace has been strung, what is the best way for getting the bead over the crimp and attaching the clasp? Sorry if this...

    'DMC' = Seed Bead Exchange...?

    Q: Is there a chart that changes 'DMC' floss colors for colors of "seed beads" such as 'Delicas' or 'Mill Hill'? I want to do a project, and would like to use beads instead of floss... Any suggestions?A: Yes Meg, there is. Unfortunately, I can't remember exactly where it is, sorry. Try either the 'DMC' site, or the 'Mill Hill' site. I almost want to say 'C.B. Beads', but I'm not sure. It is out there, I have seen it. It says there are some inaccuracies on this chart so I don't take it as gospel,...

    Does Anyone Know What Happened To SHIPWRECK.COM?

    Q: My attemps to find out have been futile. Have they gone out of business, or are they having technical difficulties, or is my computer on the blink again? Could someone please try and visit... and give me some feedback.A: I did like you suggested, and I'm thinking to myself, "Yeah, that's the ticket," but I was stopped dead in my tracks again. If this helps, I am with 'AOL', and my browser is stating that there is no such address. Does the top line of this message show up as a clickable link in 'AOL'? If it does,...

    Dummy Needs Help With Mosaic.

    Q: I launched into a mosaic with grout and marbles. What a mess!!A: Have you tried adhering the mosaic pieces in place first? Then, after that is dry, apply the grout. Thus, the grout is just for looks, and the adhesive is what keeps the pieces in place. We use silicone sealer, believe it or not. It works great (unless your work will be subject to a hostile environment, in which case you may need a clear-drying epoxy.) BTW, avoid getting grout on you, as it is somewhat caustic (wear rubber gloves) and definitely avoid letting...

    'Elizabeth Blood'.

    Q: I am looking for information on the lampworked bead and jewelry artist 'Elizabeth Blood'. Do any of you know if she has a website. I would like to see her work...A: I don't have a line on how to contact 'Elizabeth', but if by some odd chance, no one here knows, you may want to post the question on the 'SGB' ('Society Of Glass Beadmakers') board to further your search! Also, just had to tell you that I love the name of your bead studio/business! It's very clever, and started my day with a smile! 'Elizabeth' lives in Albany,...

    'Enamel' Beads...

    Q: I was reading the new recent 'Bead & Button' issue, and fell in love with 'Barbara Minor's' 'Enamel' Beads. I'm aware that she does participate in a # of bead shows, but I'm unable to get to them. Does anyone have any infomation pertaining to where I could find these wonderful, and most articulate 'enamel' beads?A: It is frustrating when there is no direct contact to an artist when an article is published, but it really is not 'Bead and Button's' fault. Near the time of publication, the author/artist is asked for a contact address to...

    Extreme Newbie Needs Help with Glass Bead Making.

    Q: I just started to work with the great additcing craft of beadmaking. However, one thing is driving me INSANE!!! I have the mandrels dipped in the pink coating stuff and heat the mandrel above the blue flame. I don't press to hard on the glass. These beads will NOT come off.A: Maybe your bead release is too runny, or it may need to dry overnight, rather than being dried in the flame. Also, you mention that you heat the coated mandrel before applying glass, which is good, but do you heat it for long enough? Have you...

    Eye-strain

    Q: I was wondering if I am the only one who gets eye strain from beading, and if not, what people do to make it easier on their eyes?A: I don't get strain as I am short sighted (so tiny things can come real close and still be in focus) but my Dad gets it when doing crafts as he is far sighted. Try one of those magnifiers that hangs around your neck and rests against your chest so you are looking down through it. Most US needlework catalogs seem to have them. I have a lighted magnifying lamp with...

    Faceted Bead Ornaments.

    Q: I'm looking for kits/instructions to make 5-pointed star and bell-shaped Xmas ornaments from 5 to 8-mm faceted beads. I have some 50-year-old ones that my in-laws gave to me. I don't dare take them apart. I can't decipher how they were put together. Can anyone help?A: Several years ago, 'The Beadery' was selling kits for making stars and bells with faceted acrylic beads and 24 ga. craft wire. It's possible that someone might still have those instruction there. Also, if you have a photo that you can post, we might be able to...

    Faith's Lampwork.

    Q: I wanted to share what I made today with one of Faith's lampworked beads. The bead is really awesome, and I hope that you're able to see the detail of the crashing wave - it is INCREDIBLE. This was definitely a bead that spoke to me - it makes me feel like I'm back home in California!!! This is a real change from Faith's usual figural beads (which are WONDERFUL!!), and I am surely glad that she made it, and that I was lucky enough to have someone buy it for me!!!A: Ain't that the truth!!! ...

    Fiber Optic Beads.

    Q: Have any of you tried making jewelry with the 'Fiber Optic' beads from China? They come in wonderfully vibrant colors and in several sizes. The price for them has dropped. I'm trying to find anyone who is using them, and what reaction they are getting from buyers... I know some people are reluctant to give out this info, but just remember that this is a big country, and there is room for all of us...A: I just happened to pick up some yesterday ('Mardi Gras' colors, since I'm in New Orleans). I personally think they're awesome and when...

    'FIRE MOUNTAIN' IS AWESOME!!!!

    Q: I want to tell everyone how wonderful 'Fire Mountain' was to me last week. I'm leaving town tomorrow to housesit, and I said to the order taking person: "Perhaps you can wait a week and send it then, so I'll be home to take delivery." She said she thought she could do better than that!A: Yeah, I've only had good experiences with them with at least a dozen orders over the past three years. I was pretty disappointed when they stopped their liberal assortability on price breaks for gem strands, and all that, and even though you can...

    Fishing Line For Bead Stringing.

    Q: Beads are being strung on something called "Micro Cord". Does anyone know anything about it? How durable?A: I cannot recall what I was watching on TV, but I recall reference to this new look being sported by the hollywood elite. I believe that in that clip, they were talking about a "floating diamond" on an "invisible chain". I recall them saying something about it being specially manufactured in California, and that it was a quality material...not fishing line. This might be what I saw in the 'Town & Country' magazine. There was an interesting looking...

    Free Daisy Chain Pattern?

    Q: I'm looking for some websites that have free patterns for beaded necklaces. I'm especially looking for a "daisy chain pattern", (well, that is what I call it!)A: You can find daisy chain stitch at 'Emily's' site, which is http://beadwork.about.com Go to the search bar and type in "daisy chain" at the bottom. It will take you there... that's not all... there are so many things to do for beading there. Take a look around, and you will be overwhelmed with all the information there.....Wink wink.... Here is a great site for "Daisy Chains", with wonderfully detailed instructions. ...

    Full Cat Beads.

    Q: I read a message the other night about a person looking for cat beads. While at a show this weekend, I spotted some fiber-optic full cat beads sold in quantity of 12 for $18.00..regularly $2.00 each. Vendor..wholesale JEMAN. They were in the usual optic colors... a different cat bead look.A: you were at the show in Columbus then, were you not? Do you live in Ohio? I was in Marlboro, MA. I didn't know there was a Marlboro Ohio, though. I'm sure, it is a common town name. I live in Attleboro, MA., just...

    Glue.

    Q: I'm making a treasure box for my four-year old neighbor and want to glue beads (various sizes, glass) to the top. The box will be pressboard or thin wood. Can someone suggest an appropriate glue which will dry invisibly and hold the beads well in the event of rough handling?A: It's something like clear cement (IMO) that you are looking for. I have used the following successfully: '527 BOND', 'E6000', and 'Hypo-Tube' cement. I am not sure if they make a hot glue specifically for use with glass. I have seen "Goop" for jewellers, but never tried it. I...

    Gluing Beads.

    Q: For a multi-strand, lay one strand in each channel of your bead board. Then, space the beads out so they lay just outside the area to be glued. Now comes the tricky part. Apply glue to the stringing material, then gently ease each bead over into place. It will pull the glue down inside the bead.A: Material would depend on the beads. I've seen these necklaces on everything from silk to stainless steel cable. I saw a great one where the beads were strung on fairly thin silver wire, that was just loosely knotted...

    Grams VS Hanks.

    Q: Can anyone tell me approximately how many grams of 11/0 seed beads are in a hank? I'm just curious - and price-checking.A: 'The Shipwreck Beads' catalog (which has some very useful charts and equivalences) gives 24 hanks per kilogram for 11/0, which is about 42 grams per hank. In my experience, hanks vary in size. Metal beads come in smaller hanks. When I was in New York buying beads in hanks, they were not all the same size, so I don't know how you can say that there are so many beads to a hank. Each manufacturer determines how...

    Hair Wrap Beading.

    Q: Where can I find information on threading beads onto hair? My daughter's friend got one recently, and now my kids want them too. I would like to make them myself, but I don't know how to thread those teenie beads onto hair strands. Any help or pointers would be greatly appreciated!A: There is a terrific little book called "Hairwrapping Techniques" by 'Darlene Roether'. It costs $10, and I bought it from my local bead store a few years ago. I have done a number of great hair wraps for my daughter using this book (and a bit...

    Help.

    Q: I am new to beading and haven't done anything yet. Maybe I should say that I am almost new. I am mostly interested in jewelry, necklaces, and ornaments. How do I begin, could you give me a good starter book, as I'm living outside the U.S.? There is so little information about it here in my country (things such as illustrated books or magazines). I would be grateful for any information.A: The best starter book IMHO is "Creative Bead Weaving" by 'Carol Wilcox Wells' This book is the beading bible... it covers most stitches...

    HELP!!! Beads Stuck!

    Q: I just came home from a wonderful flameworking class. Unfortunately, a number of my beads are "stuck" on their mandrels. We were using the new bead release that you dry in the flame. I think it was called "FPI"?? They were soaking in water for a few days. I brought them home on the mandrels and would really prefer that they become beads rather than plant sticks!A: Ah yes... the infamous "Bead on a Stick"! Our local bead society just had a program on how to get your beads off the mandrel and there are several...

    Help Threading A Needle.

    Q: I have been told it is possible to thread a size 12 needles without using a threader. When I use a threader, I pull too hard and break the needle. The manager of my LBS told me it is possible, but due to personal reasons, she hasn't been in the store. Anyway, she said there was trick, holding the needle upside down maybe? If anyone has any ideas, let me know!A: I've heard that you are supposed to put the eye of the needle over the thread - not try to put the thread into...

    Help With Patterns.

    Q: I wasn't aware that this group didn't support attachments, so I had to figure out a way to place the pictures on the net for you to see them. Here they are: http://briefcase.yahoo.com/sussandk I need help with all three sorts of patterns. Any help or directions to tutorials would be greatly appreciated.A: I just started learning the basic stitches with seed beads after working with other beads for a few years. I received a book yesterday that I'm really enjoying. I'll post the info here, in case you haven't seen the book. Title: "Creative Bead Weaving A...

    Herb Beads ?

    Q: Does anyone know how to make beads from herbs?A: I saw a description of spice beads mad of Myhr and Frankinsence in Lois Sherr Dubin's The History of Beads. I know that there are several books on decorating with herbs that have recipes for rose beads. These are made by mashing rose petals in a cast iron pan over a fire until you have a pulp. This is repeated over a couple of days. After the third or fourth time the pulp is rolled into beads and stuck to a pincushion with large hat pins....

    How To Price.

    Q: How do those of you who sell beaded jewelry price your pieces? I'm going on actual costs, and a fixed amount for labor for each design, figured from an hourly rate. Of course, this doesn't take into account the time I spend coming up with new designs, or driving back and forth from the post office to ship things, or keeping the webpage updated, etc. If any of you do something similar, what kind of hourly rate do you use?A: I thought I'd chime in on this one...I've only been selling for about 2 years, but what I've...

    Humming-Bird Feeder Hangers.

    Q: What kind of "hangers" are you making: strings of beads, peyote/brick "straps", loomed "straps"? The reason I asked is, you said you were using thread & seed beads. I've been hanging Indian "lampwork" and glass pony beads strung on hemp or nylon cord, and "sun-catchers"/bird scares using either the cord or craft wire. I would think the thread wouldn't last too long with the weight of a full feeder and the motion of the hanger swinging/rubbing against whatever it is hanging on.A: Used 'Nymo size A', the smallest needle I could get it through, and size 12 red silverlined...

    Info On Singaraja Imports Prices?

    Q: I see that Singaraja Imports(selling silver Balinese beads) will be at the Whole Bead Show and others.. Does anyone know their prices per gram of silver? I'd like to know.. so I can bring enough bucks!A: I just purchased from him at a bead show in Florida. The prices start at $1.35 a gram (I think) - and decrease depending on the number of grams you purchase. At 30 grams it's $1.00 a gram. I buy them at shows usually for about 62 cents a gram. They mail order between 70 cents and 1.00. Before you...

    'Janet Coles' Beads.

    Q: Does anyone know if 'Janet Coles Beads' in the U.K. is still in existence? If so, do they have an address/tel no.?A: That's not exactly their US version. 'Janet Coles' went bust some years ago - although I know 'Beadbox' people are related to it, something like the sister of the chap who wrote the book on beads with Janet is one of the owners of 'Beadbox'. There is a branch of 'Beadbox' in England, it's on the 'Beadbox' webpage. When 'Beadbox' first started, I got mail from them specifically stating they were the US division of 'Janet Coles',...

    Left Or Right Side For Pins?

    Q: I am beading some lapel pins. I cannot find information regarding which side of pins are worn... Is there a convention on this? Also, which way should the pin bar open?A: I recently read an 'Ann Landers' column that adressed this issue. Dang, and I threw it away. It seems some woman wrote because a lady at her office kept being condescending to her by removing the pin on her lapel, and moving it to the other side - telling her how silly she was for placing it on the "wrong" side, etc. 'Ann's' response was that...

    Light With Magnification.

    Q: My wife is a beader and hunches over the kitchen table while working on her stuff. She recently removed the swing light from my computer table to provide more light for her projects. She also uses a hand-held magnifying glass sometimes to check on her work. I want to buy my wife a good light that has a magnifying glass built in to the center of it and that clamps on a surface, or is freestanding and hinges so it can be placed over her work, or, I just went to a local store and saw...

    Looking For Beaders.

    Q: I am new here, so I'll begin by apologizing if I do something wrong in my ignorance. I do a lot of beading with seed beads, or delicas, and am looking for others who do this type of Native American art. Does anyone know where I can go to find other beaders to correspond with? Get hints? Give hints?A: As you are on AOL, your first stop should be to the 'Jewelry Crafts Boards'. Start with 'Channels' then go: 'Interests' - 'Hobbies' - 'Crafts' - 'Crafts Community' - 'Jewelry Crafts Boards'. Be sure to bookmark...

    Looking For Beads.

    Q: I am a case manager for an adolescent home for females with drug addictions and psychiatric problems. I know from personal experience how odds and ends accumulate, and we have no place to put them. If you have some beads to send us, we would appreciate it as we are looking to set up activities for the youngsters.A: I would be interested if you can supply some type of proof that this is a legitimate venture. As I'm sure you know, there are many scams out there. Also, does it matter what you get? The "left-overs" are...

    Looking For Foxtail Chain.

    Q: I've been trying to find an outlet to purchase "cheap" brass foxtail chain for stringing necklaces made from polymer beads, crystal beads, seed beads, etc. Also, any leads on brass findings for clasps, etc. would also be appreciated.A: Generally speaking, "foxtail" and "cheap" do not belong in the same sentence. My store ('Metalliferous Inc.' in NYC, 212-944-0909) sells a wide variety of metal supplies, and I would be more than happy to get a brass foxtail chain for you (we don't stock it - 'cuz it's kinda expensive...). If you could get back to me with some...

    Looking For Good Source For 'SS' Findings And Semi-Precious Beads.

    Q: I am looking for a good mail-order source for sterling silver findings and semi-precious stone beads. The local bead shop charges a fortune for these.A: If you want to use only one source for everything, 'Fire Mountain' is a good place to start. If price is a big consideration, try some comparison shopping. I like 'South Pacific'(www.beading.com) for both stone and 'SS', and 'Texas Beads' (www.tx-beads.com) for stones. These two companies have consistent good quality (maybe not GREAT quality) product. I also like 'Gem-o-Rama' for plain, round 'SS' beads, and some findings - earwires and clasps,...

    Looking For Klamath Falls, OR Bead Supplier.

    Q: Well, it's good to be home after a 60-hr round trip bus ride!!! I did manage to bead most of an amulet bag I was working on, although going through the mountains between Oregon and California was NOT fun and put a few bumps into my beadwork, and I did manage to stab a total stranger who was unlucky to end up sitting next to me when Greyhound over-booked... but she was nice about it and even showed some interest in my beads after that - what a way to get attention, huh?!A: I only have one Klamath...

    Looking For Porcelain Beads.

    Q: Has anyone seen porcelain beads like I am looking for?A: 'Fire Mountain Gems' has had porcelain beads in cylindrical form. I don't know if they are the size you are looking for or not. I also thought I saw them in 'Bead Lovers' catalog in maybe two sizes. I hope this helps. Are you sure they are not glass beads? We used to buy from 'Walco', but the beads you describe were called tile beads, but they're actually glass... I think they are porcelain .... part of the intro states " Tile mats are flexible,...

    Looking for seed beads-16/18

    Q: My mother is searching for some seed beads sizes 16 and 18 (all colors). She had been unsuccessful in locating a retail source. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where she could locate some?A: Try Empyrean Beads or Shipwrecked Beads (both have web sites) or BeadCats (I think they're starting one, but haven't seen it yet). Yes, seed beads come in sizes from 8/0 to 24/0 (6/0 if you count that size as seed). 8 being the largest and 24 the smallest (barely bigger than sand). Size 11/0 are the most popular size and I...

    Mags. And Orgs.

    Q: I was wondering if anyone could suggest a couple magazines to subscribe to that are about making beaded jewelry. Also, what professional organizations do those of you who sell your beads/jewelry belong to?A: 'Bead & Button' 'Beadwork' 'Jewelry Craft' These are my favorite magazines. I am also a member of 'The Society of Glass Beadmakers'. If you budget is tight (and none of these guys are cheap), you would be happy with either 'B&B' or Beadwork for seed bead work, plus whichever one of the others suits your needs: 'Lapidary Journal' - mostly stone cutting and setting, but...

    Mail Order Source Question.

    Q: I just got a catalog for a company called 'Beadbox'. They have a nice looking catalog with a lot of kits. There are also a lot of unusual beads in it. I'm cautious, because I seemed to remember seeing postings about this mail order source. What I remember was not positive: lost orders, kits incomplete, etc. Am I misremembering? Does anyone have any experience dealing with 'Beadbox'?A: I have ordered from them. They are very high priced. I ordered before I knew better, but I had no problem with them: they answered all...

    Matte Glass Beads

    Q: I tried posting this earlier, but apparently it never got through. Anyone know of a good supplier of matte glass rondell-shaped beads? Sometimes I prefer matte to glossy.A: I don't know a source of matte finish rondelle beads, but you can make your own from shiny beads using Dip &Etch. It's sold in many bead shops, also in the Rings & Things catalog (call 1-800-555-1212 for their 800 number - they are in Spokane, Washington). In MA, Crystal Blue Bead Shop in Watertown carries it. It's easy to use , and reasonably safe with...

    'Mavis Smith' Two-Hole Bead Bracelet.

    Q: I made up a quick bracelet today - it took no time at all, in fact, but it is both big and gaudy (like me!) and rather wonderful on, and I felt like showing it off. It fits a bit tight, almost like a cuff bracelet. I had a watchband in mind when I made it, which is why it looks like a watchband now!!!A: I haven't used these myself, but I know someone who does, and the ones she uses (from 'Rio Grande', I think) are VERY strong magnets - so much so, that I...

    Miracle Beads(JAPANESE Please).

    Q: The question is... are they SO expensive everywhere? I've found a couple of places that sell the real ones, but the prices seem sort of high. Does ANYONE have a source for purchasing them in larger quantities for someone who does have a resale license (a wholesaler, distributor, etc.?)A: I also have seen both the 'Wonder' beads, and the 'Miracle' bead, and agree that the 'Miracle' bead is superior. My local bead store owner told me that her research suggests that the price (even to the dealer) is more or less the same... high. She also said...

    Miracles

    Q: Anyway, Fire Mountain is now offering a Taiwanese version. I've been happy with their quality on other beads (except seed beads because they are non uniform) and I am thinking about getting some of these rather than waiting to find the Japanese ones. Has anybody seen these beads?A: Yes, I have used them. Their colors aren't quite as bright as the Japanese beads and some of them came stuck together. But for the price they aren't bad. I have mixed them with seed beads, including matte, crystals and glass beads. The combinations have...

    Mirrix Looms.

    Q: They are great. I own two: the 16 inch, and the 32 inch. I also own the stand and treadle (okay, I just had a birthday and 'DH' indulged me with the stand and treadle). I use both looms for tapestry weaving. The 16 inch loom travels around the house with me AND on trips. The 32 inch loom is on the stand with the treadle attached (although I have used the treadle on the 16 inch loom, because you don't need the stand to use the treadle and I wanted to see...

    Need A Source.

    Q: I design and create rosaries and chaplets myself. It can be an unbelievable meditation and form! You've got several choices in ways to approach it. Have you made any before? I collect Catholic antiquities. I can create my own centers and crucifix from molds of these vintage pieces. One could also "repair" a piece by utilizing the original work.A: Yes, I've made several rosaries recently, but am still new enough at it to need help now & then. (-: I've used 'Swarovski' crystal, plain glass beads, and wonderful bone and 'Sandalwood' beads, and will soon...

    Need Help With Computers And Beading.

    Q: I am not a beader, but my mother is. I am in the process of helping her pick out a computer to aid in her projects. I would appreciate feedback on the following: 1. Is there any advantage to using either an 'iMac' or 'PC' for this work? 2. Is there any software available that works well for making pictures of designs (the preliminary design that shows each bead and its color and placement-scalable)? Does she need anything fancier than a standard "paint" program included with 'Mac' or 'PC'?A: 'Emily's Mining Co.' site has a good comparison of...

    New.

    Q: I have some questions for all you knowledger bearers out there. 1. I am left handed, and I have a terrible time reading patterns from books and magazines. I tried holding a mirror, but it is still awfully hard to follow, any suggestions? 2. I have a few places that I mail-order for seed beads (Japanese). I am very satisified, but I am having a hard time getting all the colors I want. It is almost impossible to get seed beads that coordinate with bugle beads. I have tried a great many places, but their...

    Newbie Needs Help With Wire.

    Q: I want to make a necklace with 4mm pearls. I want to use wire pins (forming loops on the ends) to form individual links that will gradually create the strand when they are all linked together. The problem is the size of the holes in the pearls and the wire. If I use a regular wire pin it won't fit through the hole. I used a finer sterling silver wire pin that fits through the hole, however, the metal on this is too soft. Where do I find wire for these types of projects?...

    New Donut Pendants.

    Q: I have some of them up at 'Amazon' on the Z-shops as pins, but will make them into pendants if they don't sell. I LOVE them. Some think they are strange, LOL. Marilee doesn't like the proportion problems of the cows being smaller than the flowers (perhaps I will re-name those science fiction donuts. Then Marilee will like them better, and others will take a fresh look! LMAO).A: I have had great success there. It seems the pricier the item, the better it sells. I don't sell as many lower-priced things there. Now,...

    Oh, Oh, Oh, Somebody Please Look!

    Q: I just finished this piece and had to share with somebody!!! It turned out way better than I had expected. I thought that maybe when it was worn, that you would lose some of the design, but it looks great too!! I'm so jazzed.A: I could see the lion face quite nicely, but I couldn't see the joker, but it was an incredible piece of beading. Is it black and transparent? Red? Mandy I used a black flat cord for the necklace part. The other beads I used were black of course, silver lined rose, silver lined red,...

    Old World Beads.

    Q: 'Fire Mountain Gems' used to carry a line of beads that, I think, they called "Old World Beads". They were kind of ethnic-looking, came in lots of matte colors plus antique gold and silver. They no longer carry these and I am having a hard time finding them. I need some, in antique silver, that are fairly large, with holes large enough to accommodate a leather thong.A: I am not sure what 'Fire Mountain' was stocking, but it sounds like India Silver (pot silver) beads would work for you. 'The Bead Bugle' sells them...

    OT:MS?

    Q: I've been reading this group for quite awhile, and have been beading for over 12 years now. This past year I was diagnosed with MS, and was wondering if there are any others out there who have had to deal with this, and have somehow learned TO deal with it? I'm not looking for sympathy, but maybe one of you might have some advice to give. I am lucky at this point not to have any real physical issues, but I do have what appears to be the lesser common problems with my cognitive abilities: Planning, organizing, etc....

    'Ott-Lite' - The Perfect Beading Lamp.

    Q: The 'Ott-Lite', a lightweight, portable, full-spectrum, fluorescent lamp is now available through 'Chevron Trading Post & Bead Company'. Its true color feature gives beaders better visibility, with less glare, and less eyestrain. The lamp also folds to a compact package that protects the bulb and has a carrying handle.A: Just purchased 2 'OTT-LITES', a floor lamp for 69.99, and the small "travel type" one for 39.99 at 'Office Depot'. Thanks to the gals at 'The Upper Midwest Bead Retreat' for telling me where to get a good deal on the 'OTT-LITE'. I also purchased my...

    Pattern/Design Piracy On The Internet: Has Anyone Experienced It?

    Q: I know that there are a lot of bead designers and others on this list that offer information, patterns, etc. online and through E-mail. So, I thought I'd ask you all - Have you had any problems with people taking your information, designs, advice, etc., SLIGHTLY repackaging it, and calling it their own?A: I have just experienced this from someone who had previously been very complimentary of some techniques she learned on my site, but when I removed the copyrighted material (for a number of reasons, including my publisher's suggestion), I noticed that she had posted the same...

    Peyote Pricing?

    Q: If I were to make a freeform peyote bracelet, or a necklace with a lampworked bead, what kind of price should I charge for it? Time wise, the freeform takes quite a while, plus each one would be unique. Has anyone had any experience in selling this type of jewelry?A: I have some limited experience here that I'm happy to share: I made a couple of freeform bracelets for a co-worker to give to her nieces last year for Christmas gifts...the bracelets were both quite small (for little girls) and made without a focal lampworked bead. It was...

    Plain Metal Beads???

    Q: I think part of the problem is that you have to figure out from hundreds of types of beads what you're looking for. The ones I've seen are heavy (apparently solid metal) mirror/shiny finish, plated, and gold/silver colored. Does anyone know what these are called in the 'bead vernacular'?A: Try calling shipwrecked beads and describing what you want to their customer service people. I would bet that they carry what you want; they have a very extensive selection of metal beads. Also, if you live in a larger urban area, chances are that there is a good bead shop...

    Power Bracelets / Schmoo Bead.

    Q: Can anyone help me locate the 'Schmoo' bead? It is the bead before the tie-off. I would like to find them in different colors.A: This is what they are calling the 3-hole bead that makes the closure - 2 normal holes, and one at right angles to lead to that sideways knot. I just saw these at beadsbymail.com - not sure if their prices are good, bad, indifferent - this is the first place I have seen them selling the beads alone. Their prices for 8 mm stone beads are NOT the best, though -...

    'Pures' Frames Needed.

    Q: I'm looking for purse frames, as I enjoy making beaded evening bags. I've sort of gone through all that 'Lacis' has. Does anyone else know another source? I can see that there are purse frames for sale in the 'Delica' Japanese books, but can't read the Japanese to send for them. Any other sources?A: 'Betcey' at 'Beyond Beadery' has some for the smaller bags. You can see a picture of hers at: http://members.aol.com/beyondbead/ on the page: http://members.aol.com/antler111/pursefrm.html Also, 'General Bead' carries a variety of them: http://www.genbead.com/purse.htm Try 'Fire Mountain'. I just saw some in their...

    Quality Beads?

    Q: What makes a good quality bead? Can things like plastic beads, 'Bugle' beads, 'Rocialle' beads, and seed beads be used in quality pieces? How about glass beads? 'Polymer' clay beads? Freshwater pearls? Can these be considered quality beads?A: The answer to this one is "everything is relative". The "better quality" at 'Wal-Mart' is not the same as the "better quality" at 'Bloomingdales'! Plastic can be new and cheap, or vintage (or 'Bakelite'!) and actually worth a good bit. Seed beads and 'Bugles' come in all sorts of quality levels -...

    "Raspberry" Ball Closure.

    Q: I've had a couple requests for instructions for this, so I thought I'd post them here. I originally learned this from a posting here by Jerrilynn. I've used the 'raspberry' ball in place of an 8mm bead if I didn't have one that matched.A: There is an example here: http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=230559&a=7553093&p=25773388 At the end of the bracelet, instead of adding an 8mm, add an E / size 6 bead. Add 3 size 11 beads to the thread then pass up through the bottom of the E so that the 11s are wrapped around the outside of it....

    Recent Beading Challenges.

    Q: I just wanted to update those of you who have so graciously answered some of my recent questions and listened to some of my rants. These two show the results of my personal plastic challenge. The white beads in the purple one are actually ivory colored rose beads. The tabular beads are glass, the rest are plastic and "genuine lucite" (no kidding, the tag on the original piece actually said that!).A: Your pieces are very interesting. The restrung piece is gorgeous and I also liked the blueplast a lot. You did a great job with the purse,...

    Recipes for rose beads and beads made of herbs or spices

    Q: I have found information of the existance of beads made from rose petals and spices. Does anyone have any recipes and historical documentation?A: I would like to share my research with you, but at the moment the manuscript is in the hands of a publication and I'm hoping it will appear soon.(Roses, Rosarium, Rosaries) There are some simple recipes using fragrant rose petals that are cooked and dried and strung. Using a pliers type tool, some are impressed with a 'design' that makes an appearance of petals. During the war (WWII) in Long Beach, CA there was a company...

    Rocailles Versus Seed Beads.

    Q: Although many beaders consider "rocaille" and "seed" interchangeable terms, others have told me that rocailles are distinguished as silver or gold lined cathedral glass seed beads. However, British beading publications often use the term "rocailles" to describe all types of seed beads in projects.A: Here in Britain, I think that rocailles are distinguished from other seed- beads by having a square hole. By the way, as an established "lurker" here, I must thank everyone who posts and shares their ideas and expertise so generously. Even though I first started beading in 1971, I have learned more here and on...

    'Sea Anemone Bracelet'.

    Q: Does anyone know if there is a place on the web that gives directions on how to do a 'Sea Anemone Bracelet'? Do they need to be made on a loom? I went to a show and saw one, and loved it.A: The 'Sea Anemone Bracelet' is from a booklet by 'Diane Fitzgerald'. It's really not expensive, either (~$7)....and yes, the true 'Sea Anemone Bracelet' is done on a loom. 'Diane' owns 'Beautiful Beads' in Minneapolis, MN, and teaches all over the country. I believe 'BeadNet' will have an address for 'Diane's' store. There was...

    Seed Bead Colors.

    Q: Is there a book, or poster, or something that shows the colors of 'Delicas' and other seed beads? I see a number system used on 'eBay' a lot (#112, etc.) but I don't know what the colors are and I know that the photos are often off-color. Is there a good reference book about these?A: The best way is to look at the sample cards of actual beads. Books or images on the net can be affected by different things, making the colours look different than they really are. 'Caravan Beads' offers the cards for sale, as...

    Seed Bead Sizes.

    Q: 'Japanese Seed-Beads' are the most uniform of all seed-beads. They are nearly as uniform as 'Japanese Delicas', and other cylinder beads, but have a more of a rounded shape. You'll do better to purchase Japanese seed beads, or very high quality Czech seed-beads for loomwork which requires uniformity. The odd-sized beads made in Czechoslovakia and France have their place too... they are great for bead applique/embroidery, freeform off-loom work, and sculptural work. Don't throw them out!A: That's often a problem with some of the lesser quality beads, especially those made in Taiwan, France, and some Czech. For quality, well-sized...

    Semi-Precious And A Thank You.

    Q: Everyone was so helpful when I asked my question about making a rosary that I had to thank you, as I came back to ask another question. I'm looking for an online source for 'hemitite', and other assorted semi-precious stones, as well as pendants and charms made of such, anyone have a good link?A: Try 'Fire Mountain', or better yet, 'South Pacific Wholesale' (www.beading.com). The minium order is only $50, and that's not half bad! Plus, they're super nice. 'FM' minimum is $50, 'SP' is only $20, last I checked, and the 'SP' folks usually get my order to...

    Size 24/0 Seed Beads.

    Q: I'm hoping someone can help me... I am looking for a source for those teeny, tiny seed beads. I had a catalog for a source at one time (about a year and a half ago), but I can't find it anymore. Does anyone have a source or a name of a person I can contact?A: http://www.beadcats.com/ 'Beadcats' have them in just a couple of colors online and in their catalog. I've not found a decent source for any smaller than 22s, but I really would like to buy some more too, especially reds and blues. 'Chevron Trading...

    Size Of Clear Elastic For Crystal Bracelets.

    Q: I was wondering what size of elastic is the best for the 4mm Swarovski crystals? I notice they come in sizes .5mm, .8mm and 1.3mm. I've been looking around on the web, but figure this is the best place to find out.A: We sell mostly the .5 mm clear elastic at $40.00 per 100 yards. 'Fire Mountain Gems' in Oregon carries Clear Elastic Cord in two sizes: .5mm and .8mm. The smaller size would probably fit in the beads you are interested in using. I would also like to mention that 'FM's' Clear Elastic Cord sells for $9.00 for...

    Snaps And Such.

    Q: Visit the jewelry section of 'Guild.com' to see some amazing and beautiful "bead=anything with a hole" jewelry made from very ordinary things (I have no personal connection with the site, I just saw things I knew would inspire folks here).A: Can you be a little more specific? There's a huge jewelry section, and I did a search for earrings as an example, and it came up with 12 pages of stuff to display. If you could guide us to a particular artist, or category, that would be more helpful. I didn't write down the artist, but...

    Source For Clasps.

    Q: I am having a hard time finding a good source for clasps. The people I have been dealing with are a nightmare. I'm mostly looking for unique sterling silver clasps.A: Try 'Prijems'...213-489-1234 They are just wonderful... they are wholesalers, so I do not think they really sell 10 clasps at a time...they are suppliers to many jewelry designers... I have known 'Jay', the owner, for many years. They deal in stone beads, the most beautiful 'Tourmaline', 'Lapis', pearls, and all kinds other stones...also, having chain in silver, gold and 14ct gold fill... you can call and...

    Source For Plastic Tubes?

    Q: I have a friend who needs an inexpensive source for 2" to 2 1/4" plastic tubes with caps. She is using them to contain needles in bead kits she is selling.A: They have those in the new 'Fire Mountain' catalog. They have several lengths of platic tubes with screw-on white caps. Here's the manufacturer - I ran across it chasing beadmaker links: http://www.nfobase.com/html/flex_products.htm I do not use the plastic tubes because they do not hold all the different size beads I use. I use the stacking/twist containers. They run $2.99- $3.99 for the small size. Got any sources for...

    String That Will Not Break?

    Q: I need to find a type of string that is thin enough, and flexible enough to use for intricate weaving, but that will not break, even if it is handled roughly. I have used fishing line, which breaks, and sewing thread, which breaks. For single strand things, I use 'Tiger Tail' or 'Beadalon', but obviously this will not work for the weaving. Does what I am looking for exist?A: It depends on how thin you need it, but 'Coats and Clark' button thread is virtually unbreakable. You can find it next to regular thread. Kat ...

    Sugilite?

    Q: I recently acquired a very nice piece of 'sugilite' (I think it's pronounced SOO-Jill-ite). Forgive me if the spelling is incorrect - can anyone tell me anything about this stone? I can't find it in my field guides, which, admittedly, are not extensive. It's a royal purple lustrous stone, very pretty. I've only seen one other like it. Does it require any special treatment or care? I plan to wrap it or set it in silver, but I'm not sure yet.A: Although I'm not a hugely knowledgable person, I remember that 'sugilite' is soft and scratches easily, so put...

    'Swarovski Crystal'?

    Q: I want to make a sun-catcher for a very special cousin of mine. He has 'Down Syndrome', and is mentally retarded. Quality won't matter to him, but I would like the sun-catcher to be visually attractive. Any suggestions?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. :) You may also find that even if quality doesn't matter to your cousin, it may matter to you. To reach me by E-mail, send to...

    Swarovski Crystals, Stones, Rhinestones?

    Q: I wonder if anyone can advise me. A couple of days ago, I bought from an antique fair a large box of findings, crystals, and rhinestones. Apparently these were from an old Jewellers in Hatton Garden in London, and I was told that these date from the 1920's/30's. When I got home I was amazed to find that it contains trillions of 'Swarovski' crystals, rhinestones, stones. There are also many packets of other austrian crystals, stones, rhinestones and marcasites. They are all in their original packaging with some old receipts. Help! I have...

    Tarnish Advice.

    Q: What am I supposed to do about tarnished small spacer beads? I have several necklaces with silver plate spacers between stones or glass, strung either on silk or softflex. Is there an EASY way to safely remove the tarnish? Is there a way to prevent it from happening? I almost feel guilty now whenever I include small silver beads in a design... and that's a shame. How would you deal with liquid silver?A: Well, that rather depends on the quantities you're talking about. I use sterling findings (spacers, beads, etc.) a lot. ...

    Tax ID?

    Q: Everyone, I'm new to the beading stuff, and wanted to know what a tax ID is and what it is for, as well as how I can get one. I would love to buy beads wholesale, but what is needed? I'm going to start making bead jewlery someone, I told my hubby that there is a bracelet that's in style made from beads. Would anyone here happen to know what it is and what type of bead it uses?A: A tax ID is a number usually assigned by a state agency (in my case, the 'Colorado...

    Thanks For The Help.

    Q: How did you get those rosebuds beaded in the center of the others (I'm sure there's probably a simple answer to that, but....)? I really like the look of it.A: A few months ago, I was looking for tigereye seed beads to make something for a friend who was coming to visit. I'd like to thank everyone for the help they offered. When my friend came over, she brought beads from a hematite necklace that broke. I told her I would try to restring it for her. I was a little nervous as I mostly use seed beads....

    Torch For Both Glass And Silver?

    Q: I'm getting ready to dive into two long-simmering fascinations: glass beadmaking, and sterling silver jewelry fabrication (for starters, I'll be concentrating on rings, pendants and bracelets with bezel-set stones, and I only want to work with silver). Right now, I'm in the "purchase the essential tools" stage, and I'm hung up on selecting a torch. Ideally, I'd like to buy one good torch that will be suitable for both hot glass AND silver soldering, but I don't know if such an animal exists, and frankly, I'm overwhelmed by the choices. I've been looking at Smith "Little Torch"...

    Traveling With Beads.

    Q: I am having problems finding something that will hold my seed beads securely when I travel. I am currently using small interlocking boxes. I think they are called bee hives. The problem, is that the drawers slide open and the beads fall out. I have seen tubes, but I would like to have something I can pick a bead out of easily with a needle.A: I bought one of those 'Bead Buddy' cases, and while not the most ideal solution, it does work and comes with a beadboard and space to keep tools, a beading...

    Very New To Beading, Need Help!

    Q: I saw a hairclip that was a barette with basically beads threaded onto wire, and stuck onto the clip. I would like to make something like that myself but don't know where to start. Any ideas anyone?A: These are great cuz they give the look of a hair wrap without the wrap, and you can use lots of beads instead!! I buy the little clips from 'Cindy Tipton' of 'Cindy's Crafts'. LMK if you need a link to her website. Get a barrette finding (these are called "French clips"), a spool of craft wire (should be 24...

    Want To Join In A Large Bead Buy?

    Q: From where are you planning to import these beads - India?A: I assume your comment is based on overall quality of the beads, and you are right, but I find I sell far more beads from India than I do other beads. Maybe it has something to do with more people being able to afford them. I would love to only have the highest quality beads for sale, but then I limit my market. A child with $5 to spend is more likely to buy a 30 inch string of India beads than a couple of higher quality beads....

    What should I do?

    Q: Now I am interested in the peyote and loom with seed beads. Please tell me the difference. Is it two different ways of beading the same thing or is it totally different? What is a beginner's project to start beading for both kinds? For now I am into jewelry but I can't help think in the future I will want to do some of those bottle covers as well as many other harder projects. I hope I am not asking too much but I have absolutely no idea and I have no one to consult...

    Where Can I Get A Catalog?

    Q: I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of a good bead catalog. I would like to order glass and silver beads. My town has a bead store, but is so overpriced and 'Rio Grande' does not have the selection I need.A: Good bead catalog. I would like to order glass and silver beads. My town has a bead store but is so overpriced and Rio Grande does not have the selection I need. I don't own a bead store, but feel that I should point out that price isn't everything! ...

    Who is 'CWW'?

    Q: Who is this supplier 'CWW'?A: I might be wrong on this one, but my guess would be that it is 'Carol Wilcox Wells' in Asheville, North Carolina. My hubby sells bead storage containers on our website, http://www.skypoint.com/~gadget I am his best customer, I have 20 of these trays, and mine hold everything I own: All my cabs in one, all 11s in another, etc... The big ones are great for larger stuff. I use a smaller plano for my needles and stuff, then I also use some pretty cool cosmetic containers which I pack full of whatever color...