Q: I bought an unfinished wood jewelry box and I'd like to paint it and then
glue some seed and bugle beads on to it. Can anyone recommend a good type
of glue to use? I know alot about beads but not much at all about all of the
different types of glues out there!A: Try Aleene's 'Tacky Glue', it dries clear and is very sturdy and long lasting.
Don't forget to sand down any rough edges before you paint.
I gotta say that I haven't had much luck gluing beads unless I use two part
Q: Can anyone tell me where I can get a pattern to make angels out of
crystal beads, or pearl-like beads, and what I can have for wings, could
that be 'Filigree'? I am also thinking of birthstone angels. Any
information would be good.A: There are some angel beads up for sale currently somewhere. It was
either 'Amazon' or 'Justbeads'? She used a piece of lace for the wings.
I have made angels using silver and gold wire in different sizes, threading
the beads on the wire, and then looping it to form the body. I...
Q: I'm looking for an internet source for a bead dish. I saw one used in the
'Bead & Button' Magazine, but can't find one. Anybody know where I can buy them?
I'm tired of spilling beads everywhere, using a saucer.A: You mean the ceramic one with several compartments? Try 'Beyond Beadery' in
Colorado, or 'BeadCats' in Oregon.
If you're talking about the flower-shaped white ceramic trays, they're
actually Japanese watercolor palettes. You can usually find them in the
watercolor or paintbrush/palette aisles of good art supply stores. Mine have
cost anywhere from $5 to about $16, depending...
Q: A colleague of mine is looking for someone who makes beaded haircombs. Anyone here
do that, and have a website she could visit to see your work?A: I just picked a hair comb up from the floor yesterday (my
daughter's). It was 3 strands of pearl/gold beads twisted and glued
onto the comb (about 3 inches long). She has others that are heavier
(wood beads), and 3-dimensional which were sewn on with a heavy thread
just looped around and around putting the needle through the bead
design, and around the top of the comb. It...
Q: I'm fairly new to beading - but have a question for
more experienced folks. I'm interested in making a bead curtain for my
bathroom window, which is tall and narrow (about 30" X 16"). My dream is to
weave images into the curtain, but I'm afraid that the small seed beads that
would make an image most lovely, don't have the 'heft' required to make a swingy
Has anyone ever tried this? I've searched the web to no avail, and all I've
seen have been the 60's style 'love beads' curtains, which don't have...
Q: Does anyone have info on where can find instructions for a beaded collar for
a large dog? I don't want to use seed beads, but perhaps plastic pony beads
or bone pipe beads for an Indian look? I am looking to decorate an existing
leather collar.A: I've been thinking of beading my llama's Halters, or at least
the nosebands (llama Halters don't have browbands like Horse
Halters) for shows. I use nylon halters, and will probably
squarestitch the nosebands, and then stitch them to the nylon. I
think squarestitch will hold up better than looming for this....
Q: I am taking a class this weekend on embroidering 'Ultra Suede' with beads and
I am to come with some ideas of what I would like to construct and design.
Now I don't have to worry about frames, because I have lots of vintage ones,
the problem I have is that I can't figure out what I am going to embroider.A: If you have access to a library, go and check out 'Threads' magazine back
issues. 'Threads' is published by 'Taunton Publishers'. I know for certain that they
had some lovely purses covered in their magaizine. ...
Q: I want to bead a chain about a quarter inch in diameter
(like a fat pencil), and I can do it in peyote but I was
wondering if anyone knew of a faster stitch.A: Have you tried beaded crochet? I have seen this demo'd at a few shows, and the
ladies who do it can do several bracelets during the course of the show. There
is an article in the Winter '98 issue of 'Beadwork'. If you know how to crochet,
it's basically slip stitches in a ring w/ a bead worked in every stitch. ...
Q: I am interested in bead loom designs, and I want to try a few. I have not
purchased a loom yet and would appreciate any input on what makes a good
bead loom. I have seen very large wood looms for $40.00, and I have seen
bead thread on a shoe box with a lovely bracelet in progress.A: You should be able to find a good quality 2' or 3' wooden loom for about
$20-$25. One place I know you can find this price and quality is Tandy
Leather, which has stores all over the U.S....
Q: Can someone tell me approximately how many beads are in a gram???A: All information from 'Bead Fairies' Measures Page
For more info:
Rocaille Seed Beads
size 6 - 1 hank = 2240 beads - 3 hanks = 1/2 kilo
size 8 - 1 hank = 2960 beads - 5 hanks = 1/2 kilo
size 10 - 1 hank = 3920 beads - 10 hanks = 1/2 kilo
size 11 - 1 hank = 4000 beads - 12 hanks = 1/2 kilo
size 12 - 1 hank = 4720 beads - 14 hanks = 1/2 kilo
size 13 -...
Q: I will be travelling to Florida from New Jersey, and I am wondering if
there are any great bead shops that I must visit. We'll be travelling
'The New Jersey Turnpike' to Delaware, US 95, & Route 4. We will go
through Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. I can probably get
the hubby to take a side trip/detour of about an hour.A: There is a very nice store that I buy all my beads from. I live 20
miles south of Daytona, and the place is 'Imagine...
Q: These sound like 'Pop' beads. Is there a hole in the end of a larger circle? Try
putting the small end into it - if there is a "pop" and it attaches -
taaadaaaa......very desirable for retro 50s/60s buffs.A: Some kind of thread-holding bobbin maybe, but 'Lace' bobbins have "handles" i.e.
the "snowman" shape he describes continues and narrows into a 4 inch (appox.)
long shape, and not too many in plastic.
In shape, they are like a little snowman, i.e. round body with a smaller
round head on top. They are about 1 cm long, the 'body'...
Q: Does anyone know if there is a 'Bead Society' in Boston, Ma, or in other
cities and towns of Massachusetts?
I recently started a jewelry business and need information about local craft
shows in Massachusetts.A: There is a flourishing 'Bead Society', 'Beaddesigner Intl.', that operates out of
Brookline. The phone # is 508-785-9097.
There is a small chance that is an old #, if you can't find them there, the
ladies at 'Crystal Blue Beads' in Watertown will be able to give you the #.
565 Mt. Auburn St. Watertown.
Great store for Czech...
Q: It looks as though I will have a chance to visit a few bead stores on
an upcoming visit to LA and Long Beach. What are the best ones
and do they have any specialities?
I'd also welcome opinions on places to eat, wearable art, fabric,
quilting, needlework, and weaving places.A: Sharon asked about bead stores in Los Angeles and Long Beach. I can help
with the LA area a bit. West Los Angeles has quite a few. None of them
stand out as exceptional in my mind, but I admit my bead expertise is not
Q: I am interested in hearing opinions on using beadtips in making necklaces.
Do a lot of you use them, or do you use them just some of the time? Do you
think they add, or take away from, the look/quality of the piece, or
neither?A: I sometimes use them; it depends what I'm stringing on, how many strands I'm
using, and what beads I'm using.
I've never had a beadtip open up on me, but I'd be a little leery of
depending on them to hold extremely heavy bead strings (of course, if
they're THAT heavy, who wants...
Q: Are there any software programs available for either 'PC' or 'MAC' to
graft/plan/create bead patterns for loomwork or peyote? Someone posted some
recommendations a month or so ago, but the post is no longer accessible.A: I didn't follow the discussions about beading s/w, but you can find more info
than you can deal with if you check out "deja," one of the websites where newsgroup
postings are archived.
If you go to http://www.deja.com , and scroll right, up at the top there is a
"Power Seach" option. Click on that, and enter "rec.crafts.beads" in...
Q: It is my understanding that most beaders would operate as small business
owners. In this way, there really is no self salary. This complicates things
in two ways, for income reporting, you can not really add a cost to the items
you make for your labor. This results in an income that is falsely high.A: I believe that in order to have a labour expense, that the IRS would accept as a
cost of your product, you would get all tangled up in declaring that you are
not the owner, but self employed. This brings you...
Q: I'm looking for a supplier of things like earring boxes, and those
plastic thingamajigs (highly technical term) you hook earrings onto,
and the batting-like stuff that goes in the boxes.A: You'll probably get lots of suggestions, but a source I use for most of
my packaging stuff (also a highly technical term!) is 'Action Bag &
I like 'Fetpak'(http://www.fetpak.com), 'eBay', 'Amazon', 'Boxlot' and 'Just Beads'.
ID: 'AllArts' (beads, craft items, collectibles).
'NewHouse Gifts' 'Delica Beads'(http://members.aol.com/crafts2001/delicas.html).
'Fire Mountain Gems' in Oregon has lots of things to chose from.
You can reach them at: 1-800-423-2319 ...
Q: I acquired some vintage or antique steel and brass beads (slightly
faceted,14s?). I haven't see anything like them,
even at good-sized bead fairs? I have only 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 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 some that answer (more or less) to your...
Q: I heard 'Charlotte' mentioned in catalogues, but I haven't seen any pictures. Is it a
type of a bead, or the way certain beads are shaped? Does anyone know of a
photo on the internet that shows what one looks like? I've been looking, but
no luck yet.A: Czech beads, usually size 12 or 13, normally opaque, with a bit cut off 1 side.
The effect is beautiful, as the light hits it differently, and the facet ends
up at different angles on different beads in the finished work. I don't think
the effect will show up...
Q: Most of what I do is polymer clay combined with other beads. My Q is,
how do you tell how strong the clasp and cord needs to be to support the
piece? I used 'Tiger Tail' on the heaviest pieces, but I don't like the
way it drapes with smaller pieces. Also, I have carpal tunnel, so I have
to get help with crimp beads and such, and is a lobster claw the best
for heavy pieces, or can I use a large barrel?A: Well, you ought to get lots of response to this question. I like the...
Q: I picked up some ostrich shell beads, but they have some sort of tacky
black crud on them. Does anyone:
1 - Know what it is?
2 - Have ideas on removing it?
Since I can test a cleaning method on a single bead, it should be pretty
safe. I just want to avoid having to scrub each bead with a toothbrush.
I have a sonicator, but am assuming that it will only weaken the beads.A: I had a few strands and assumed that it was a result of having been worn
for an unknown...
Q: I've just gotten some lovely beads that are a gorgeous cobalt blue.
What I'd like to know is how do I tell if they ARE cobalt? Their
pedigree is lost because they went from an estate sale to a swap meet to beader and then to
me.A: What kind of blue is cobalt blue? I can't remember. Is it the bright, true blue or more of a dark, bold color? Anyway, I doubt the beads are really cobalt since cobalt is a metal. Cobalt in its metal form would not be blue, unless...
Q: I am interested in 'Polymer' clay, and from time to time, I see heated debates
on the issue of copying what is an original work of art, ethics, and the
like. For some people, these issues are academic. For others, it has a
direct effect on their ability to make a living.A: I know you asked to be e-mailed personally, but as a new beader, I would like
to know some of the questions & concerns of others. Please reconsider your
request for private responses (unless someone can share with me why yours
is a more appropriate...
Q: Does anyone know how crackle beads are made, the kind where the glass is
visibly fractured and refused?A: I seem to remember someone telling me a long time ago that crackle beads are
made when the flameworker dunks the warm bead into cold water, thereby
fracturing the glass.
I'm not sure, but we used to crackle marbles in
a very hot cast iron skillet as children. Maybe
the technique is similar.
Oh, I always used to beg and beg and my mother would never let me try
that. You didn't say anything, so I guess nobobdy put an...
Q: I've heard that the ashes can be used to make glass beads. Before you think
it's too gross, I should say they are a dog's ashes. Any information would be
greatly appreciated.A: My bead store had a 'Xerox' copy of something about this that was a headline for 'YAHOO
NEWS'. Sorry, I don't have any more info tonight.
I myself, always wanted to be made into Christmas ornaments after my
demise. That way, the kids could bring me out every year and hang me on
the tree. My other plan was for my husband, and I. Whoever goes...
Q: Following everyone's advice (thank you, dear group), I began using crimp
beads in my designs (which are slowly beginning to sell in retail -
woohoo!). However, I prefer the silver-looking crimp beads, but cannot for
the life of me get these things to compress down on the wire. The softer
gold crimp beads work just fine. I'm only using needle-nosed pliers, and my
hand-strength is laughable. Do I need to invest in the 'crimp tools" I have
seen mentioned here?A: Yes, the crimp pliers make a big difference. Just be sure to read the...
Q: Does anyone know of an online source for "gold" crimp beads?A: 'Fire Mountain Gems' in Oregon carries them.
You can reach them at:
We carry gold and silver crimp beads in 3 styles. What we carry is not real
gold if that is what you are looking for...
Prices are around $3.00 per 100
'Paramount Novelties, Craft & Trim'
1 800 421-8021 Fax 213 744-0626
550 'Silver & Supply'...
Q: I saw one of these being made at a bead show recently, and I've been thinking
about it ever since. It was made by stringing beads onto crochet thread and
then crocheting a tube and only the beads showed. Does anyone out there have a
pattern for this? I want to make one. I'd also need to know the size of hook and
what size of beads to use.A: That was the site I meant to send, and I sent E-mail without the link.
the person that has those instructions on the bead patterns site...
Q: Your much anticipated package from 'Fire Mountain Gems' arrives,
but your mailman somehow manages to cram it into your mailbox,
which has an opening just slightly smaller than the width of the package...
You spend 25 minutes in the dark in the rain/snow trying to pry, coax,
and/or force the box out of your mailbox to no avail.A: Or the other thing is, when they seem to fit, all your little packages in
there, and you have problems getting them out, because it's like a
puzzle in reverse, and you have stuff already in one hand.
Yes, well, I...
Q: I will be in the Dearborn/Livonia/Plymouth MI area around Thanksgiving.
Anyone know of good bead shops around there?A: The closest I've ever found to your area is in Ann Arbor. It's called 'Findings',
on East Stadium. Let me know if you'd like their info.
Try these. I can't remember all of the shop names off the top of my head, but
this should at least get you started:
'Plymouth Beading' (Plymouth)
'Bedlam Beadworks' (Ferndale)
'Beada Beada' (Royal Oak)
'Beads SRO' (Royal Oak)
'Baglady Beads' (Hamtramck)
'Findings' (Ann Arbor)
'Bead Gallery' (Ann Arbor)
You can find street addresses...
Q: I'm thinking of ordering some Delicas from General Bead for the Basket
Bag project in 'Beaded Amulet Purses'. But, I don't have any idea how
many beads would be in the standard 10 gram retail package - I'm used to ordering beads in the 6" x 1/2" tubes. Anyone have an idea of an approximate number or how many packages of each color I might need for this project?A: I've had similar conversations the last two afternoons with
a couple of my customers. One had just called General about
their samples and they told her...
Q: I'm searching for beads that are shaped like a hockey puck. They must be quite
small (around 5mm across, 2-3mm thick) black, with the hole running through the
wide part, not through the thin part. Do beads like this exist?A: Running through the wide part? A rondelle/spacer bead? I would think most
general bead places would have it, including 'General Bead'!
A hole piercing the 5mm width? As opposed to beads presenting the 2-3mm edge
I've seen vintage 'Swarovski' - something like that. They look like 2 flat
rhinestones glued back-to-back.
I also have some larger (about...
Q: I'm going to buy some small wooden Russian dolls to make into jewelry -
they are like the very innermost doll of a Russian nesting doll.
I was wondering how would I go about drilling a small hole through the
doll so that I can string it?
Is this something that a jeweler would be able to do? Would I have to
have a woodworker do this? Can I buy a tool to do this?A: I use a "Dremel" which is a small high speed drill for all my drilling.
You can buy it at a hardware store. This...
Q: Can anyone offer some tips or advice to work with this stuff, or another
product that maybe isn't so thick and viscous? What do you use it for?
What other industrial strength adhesives are good to use for this
application?A: I love 'E6000', and usually get anyone coming to visit London from America
to bring me a tube, since it's very rare over here.
However, I find it's not so good on slick surfaces. I sand or scratch
everything a tiny bit to give it some 'tooth' to grab onto. Since this
is so, I wouldn't expect it to...
Q: What is interesting to me, is how this thread points out that when you make
something public, although you may have followed all of the legal rules and
used your personal integrity to give credit as you feel appropriate, someone
else is bound to disagree (you maybe lucky enough not to hear from them
though).A: I'm thinking about using this thread in my freshman writing class on
argument (I teach English at the 'U. of New Orleans' by day, and make
lampworked beads and teach classes in beadmaking at the 'New Orleans
School of Glasswork' by night) to show...
Q: Having acquired some 'Lapis Lazuli' chips as a gift. I am curious as to how
I can tell if they are real or dyed.A: A bad dye job will come off in hot (not necessarily boiling) water. A good dye
job won't. Real Lapis has little flecks of gold in in (pyrite - fools gold). If
yours has lots of white and just a few gold flecks, it is real but low quality
(most likely for stuff they made into chips). If it is very uniform, with no
white or gold - be suspicious...
Q: Can someone tell me: What are fiber-optic beads?A: They are beads made from fiber-optic quality glass - the kind used for
telephone cabling, etc. They have a "cats eye" look to them, and are
sometimes called by that name.
Fiber optic beads are made out of fiber optic cable - the stuff used in
telephone wiring. They give an appearance like a "tiger's eye" and are dyed in many
colors. The purple is my favorite. The round ones are especially good for
earrings. They are available from many different sources: 'Fire Mountain',
'GemORama', and 'Annie's Wholesale Beads', among...
Q: I am making a hand knotted necklace on silk cord. I have about 1/2
inch space between each bead. My question is, what should the finished
length of the necklace be for a little girl (age 9)? I want the
necklace to hang no lower than the neck, however, it is not a choker
(there should be some slack). I'm thinking maybe it should be 13 in.A: I make a lot of children's jewelry, including some for my own two girls.
The 13 to 14 inch range sounds about right for the length you described;...
Q: When I was a kid and wanted to do a rainbow effect with sead beads I could
never find a good, "standard-size", plain, opaque color sead bead in purple.
Ideally, I would have liked red-violet, violet, blue-violet, but it always stuck
in my mind that this was one color that was not to be had. The best I was ever
able to do was a sad chalky pale lavender I found in tubes at a local hobby
shop, literally 35 years ago.
I've since learned that beads have varying prices based on the amount of
gold needed to make...
Q: After much thought, I have decided to give up beading and to get rid of my
beads - years worth of buying and collecting....'Delicas', 15s, 11/0s, etc.
Lots of colours, and such.
I have found that while I enjoy the designing part, and the buying part, I
really don't enjoy the actual making part.
So, any suggestions on how to sell the beads? Here? By type, lot, or...?A: How about on 'JustBeads' auctions or 'eBay'? Even 'Yahoo', for that matter!
You could do large lots if you don't want to prolong it. Feel free to
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?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 beads from Gablonz) which...
Q: I'm looking for glass beads in the crow or pony styles. Anyone know
where to get them? I'm in San Diego and would prefer a store in the
area as opposed to mail order if possible. They don't have to be Czech,
or lampwork, or anything fancy.A: If by "San Diego", you mean the place just north of Aunt Jane, then try 'General
Bead' in National City. You can take a look on their website (www.genbead.com).
Take a look through their close-out board while you're in the store. Be
prepared for a long wait...
Q: I have been making polymer clay beads and jewelry for about five years
now, and I never used to worry to much about what my "filler" beads were
made of in my jewelry, but now, I'd prefer to use glass seed beads
instead of plastic ones. Okay, no problem - buy nice ones from now on.
BUT I have a big jumble of beads that I'm not sure what they're made
of, and they're so little - how can you tell?A: I took some glass seeds and put them in water. All of them (100%) sank....
Q: Someone asked about where to find these the other day.
I looked in 'Fire Mountain's' catalog #7233 and they have them in several
sizes both in 3/4 and round.A: This 'Fire Mountain' catalog must truly have everything! I suppose I will
find out myself in a few weeks; I called for mine today. Is it really
244 pages (that's what their website said)?
Yes, it's really that big a catalog! You're going to see all kinds of
goodies that you just have to have! They are very, very nice to deal
with...they also offer specials...
Q: A friend gave me an 'Opal' Rondelle necklace to restring. It is currently
on 'Tiger Tail', and looks awful. It is stiff and requires leaving a visible
tail to lie correctly. He told me it could not be strung on silk, as
this would cut the opals! Does anyone have any advice on a stringing material I could
use so it would do these beautiful rondelles justice, and yet not damage
the stones? I will finish with gold crimps and french wire.A: If 'Tiger Tail' didn't damage the stones, I can't imagine silk would, but we have
Q: I'm trying netting for the first time, and decided to try out the netted
evening purse from the August issue of 'Bead and Button' (pg 52).
The project starts with 144 beads (I'm using 'Delicas') tied into a circle
from which you start the netting. For the life of me, I cannot keep these
strands of netting from twisting. By the time I get to the third row of
netting, it's a jumbled up mess. I've tried to make sure that I'm weaving
onto the correct row, but I must be doing something wrong. I've...
Q: I always use two rounds (usually 6 mm) with the
crimp bead in between at the end before the clasp and I use a crimper tool that mashes and then rounds the crimp. What's your experience? What size do you use for the tiger tail? Isn't acculon the same thing?A: I assume you are talking about soft-flex and yes, I've started using it and I'm very happy with it. I used tiger tail for a while and found
if I used a heavy enough guage it didn't break, but there was still
the kinking problem. ...
Q: I am new to lampworking and have just had to change my 'Mapp' gas tank for the
first time. The torch worked fine before, but now I can only get a tiny
flame... when I turn up the gas the torch goes out. Does anyone know why
this would happen? One theory I have is that the torch head is dirty, but I
don't know how to clean it...A: I have seen this problem with HOT HEADS, and I used to own one...
One thing - are you using the disposable canisters, or bulk?
Yf BULK, and you are...
Q: I am very new at this new interest of mine and I am also very excited
about it. I am having a hard time finding people who want to help though.
I have been to a couple of classes which taught me a few techniques but
after the classes I am on my own. Today I went and purchased $75 worth of
books hoping I can learn from them. Did you all just pick up this hobby
without any education or by going to
Walmart and buying a few packs of beads and begin beading.?...
Q: My wife wants to learn what you can use to dye silk cord or thread.A: To dye silk thread brown shades, use tea or coffee until it becomes the
right shade. This works well. I have also resorted to using permanent
magic marker when I couldn't find anything near what I wanted. It
doesn't come off, and the silk takes the color well.
Here's a subject with which I am well acquainted! I use silk thread in most of
my beading projects, and I find it economical to buy white thread in quantity
Q: I will make a homepage about beads, and sell beads for Japanese people.
The beads market in Japan is not as big as in USA. However, if I do it right,
I think beads can be a big hit, just like 'Tamagochi'.A: Last summer, the international 'Glass Arts Society' held their convention in
Japan. Japanese glass and bead lovers were introduced to the variety of
lampwork (handmade) glass beads - mostly from the USA. They are expensive -
but they would provide the unusual designs that
the Japanese love. Please check out 'The Society Of...
Q: So many bare ears, necks, and wrists!!! I on the other hand, weighed
5lbs extra dripping in my own beads. I can't figure out what the folks
would wear. Most are very young, and I don't think sparkly will get it.
About the only thing I was wearing was a litle head band I call a
coronet because it's like a little beaded crown thing with spiky fresh
water pearls, stones, and stuff. The band is wrapped in irridescent
double color ribbon that is almost transparent and shows thecolor of
the fabric band underneath.A: There's a practical thing...
Q: Has anyone on this NG ever attempted these? 'Theresa Williams', A.K.A. "The Bag
Lady Press", has some really nice patterns. I am looking for a basic manual
that explains, really well, how to do bead knitting.A: Theresa is the author of several very practical bead knitting books.
However, the one that sells, and sells, and sells again, is the
very first: "Bead Knit Pendant Bags".
It is helpful if you already know how to cast on & how to do the
Knit stitch, and perhaps the basics of increasing/decreasing. Beyond
that, her books handle...
Q: when I make bracelets or necklaces (beaded),
how can I hide the knot? I tie the 'Nymo' thread or elastic on the clasp, then
I string the beads. The knot is always there. What can I do?
Tips and advice would be very helpful.A: There are a number of ways to achieve this. The easiest is to use
something called a bead tip. There are several types. One is like a
clam shell.... you thread it on over the knot, apply a little glue to
the knot for security, and clamp the "clam shell"...
Q: A friend of mine has a couple of questions about lampwork beads.
1. Even though she holds them at least one inch from the flame,
they still turn completely grey sometimes. Why does this
2. Why do smoke-like trails appear in the beads?A: I had this same problem when I started a few years ago. The
problem with all black/gray beads went away when I went from
straight propane to the bench burner with oxy/propane set up.
Colors ever since. I still have to turn the oxygen rate...
Q: Am looking for all types of beads. Where should I look?A: Check out 'Bolek's Craft Supplies'. They have a large assortment of beads for a
very good price. 'Bolek's' sells in bulk.
Stop by and check out our selection! We have beautiful, handmade 'Venetian' beads
that we hand-pick and import ourselves as well as Austrian crystal,
semi-precious stone, freshwater pearl, and this evening I'm adding 'Peking Glass
I have a lot of beautiful beads, cabs, and cameos, I got them in a
closeout sale. I don't know the names or types, but I can send you...
Q: I'm relatively new at beading in general, and loom beading in particular. I
find that the most work involved in looming is warping the loom. Is there an
easy way to do this? I'm working on a piece for a friend (an American flag for
his rearview mirror) and it's 26 rows wide. I spent the better part of 2 hours
last night threading the loom! There has GOT to be an easier way to do this.
Any help would be appreciated.A: Don't know what you are doing, or what your loom looks like,...
Q: Someone brought up magazines. How about you wonderful people posting your
favorites for me, please. I don't want to waste my money, but don't want to
miss out on any that have good beading projects/work. Along with that
list, would I be pushy to ask for favorite catalog list too? ;-)A: I subscribe to 'Bead & Button'. I haven't done a lot of projects out of it,
but the ones I have done came out nicely. One warning though, make
sure you read the materials list, and instructions carefully before you
begin, and scrutinize the photos....
Q: I would be asking myself why they were selling it on 'eBay' instead
of 'Sotheby's' where there would at least be some research into authenticity. You
can't save idiots from themselves, no matter how hard you try. However, this
auction does give me some ideas. I have a piece of old cloth that I am
convinced is part of the "Shroud of Turin". What do you think my reserve price
should be set at?A: There is a sucker born every minute. This so called bead is like the
emperor's cloths. It looks like a plastic...
Q: Has anyone used a 'Mirrix' bead loom, with or without a shedding device
for beading? I am very new to loom beading, and I am considering
purchasing one, but wanted to see if anyone has had any experience, good
or bad, with this loom.A: I keep seeing these looms mentioned, and I have never seen or heard
of them. Would someone please post or E-mail me a location where I can
check them out?
I love my 'Mirrix' loom. It is expensive, but very easy to use. I've done both
with and without the shedding device....
Q: Has anyone actually tried the sanding method to hold the color
onto the finished (shrunk) material? I am afraid that even with roughing
up the surface, my inkjet and/or my permanent markers will smudge. Also,
has anyone found a place to purchase 1/8 inch hole punchers?A: If you punch before baking, the holes should bake down to the right
size, shouldn't they?
I used 1/8 when I was making buttons from shrink plastic and that seemed to give a good, average size buttonhole after shrinking. I think 1/6 would shrink down a bit fine for anything...
Q: Any suggestions on where is the best place (price and reliability) to
buy the rods for lampworking? I have been using 'CR Loo', and I'm not overly
happy with them.A: I have been very happy with 'Arrow Springs'. They are easy to deal with and
quick to ship, but they are at the show in Tucson that begins next
thursday, so you may have trouble working with them this week. Normally
they are very responsive.
I am not great at this linking stuff, but I think this is how you get to
I having been...
Q: A nice boutique is interested in taking some of my hand-designed necklaces
on consignment. I know how much I would like to sell them for, so do I just
tell them the price I need to receive and let them decide on their selling
price, or do I need to lower my asking price so the retail price will not be
as high? This is my first experience with consigning items and would
appreciate any and all pointers.A: There's not a definitive answer by any means, but - figure out the very least you
should/can make from them as...
Q: I noticed two new amulet books offered by 'Helby'.
Has anyone seen these books? Are they on the net anywhere
('Beaded Obsessions' by 'C&B Assemi', 'C Thomsen', 'C Bell', 'C Sweet',
'BeadTime Stories' by 'Elizabeth Ann scarborough')?A: 'BeadTime Stories' is at http://www.olympus.net/personal/scarboro/
This is an interesting book, because 'Annie Scarborough' (well-known
fantasy author) has retold fairy tales, with an amulet pattern for
I suggest that you visit http://www.sylnet.com/books and use the search engine
available there by title, subject, or author....
Q: I know 'Perler' beads are at the low end of the bead spectrum (if
they're on there at all), but I really have nowhere else to turn. My
local craft store is dropping them from their stock. What I'm looking
for is the 400 ct. bags of 1 color. I have found one place, but the
selection is extremely limited. If anyone knows of anyplace that has a
good selection of these, whether it be online or off, could you please
help me out?A: We might not be able to do you any good either. Others have occasionally...
Q: I can't resist those beautiful
things anymore. I have a question. How do you get that thread through those
tiny holes in the needles ? I am a quilter and a cross stitcher so I have been
threading needles for years, but I can't seem to get that beading thread
through the tiny holes in the beading needles. I bought the thread and the
needles at a bead shop, so that isn't the problem. Any advice for a newbie? And
PLEASE don't advise the use of a needle threader. I already broke the one I
tried. The thread seems...
Q: In this month's issue of 'Bead & Button', they had a review of a new kind of clear glue that they used for stringing those "illusion" necklaces. I'm sure this would be helpful to you, as they used it for just that reason - keeping the beads from sliding around. It's called "Hot Stuff Special T Instant Glue".A: I'm trying to put a bead on various stringing (satin, leather, suade). I don't want
it to slide around. I just want the bead to SIT THERE with the stringing material
showing on either side! I...
Q: I'm new at this, and would really like some help, please. The bead store
where I bought my beads suggested I use 'Soft Flex Wire' .014 clear (3 strands
X wires per strand) for single strand bracelets (Right? Wrong? Is there something
better?) I also want to do 2, and 3 strand bracelets, necklaces, earrings and
fancy name bracelets. I also need a source for fancy letters for the
bracelets, not those white/black cheap looking things, or the black/gold of the
same kind. Different color cheap looking things.A: 'Soft Flex' is rated by weight, so you...
Q: I need help with tools (pliers). What types of pliers would I get to
start with: round nose, chain nose, and wire cutter.... what else?
Are chain nose & flat nose the same thing, and what is "crimping plier"?
I'm a beginner, and wish to make necklaces, earrings, and bracelets
for fun (I love stones and beads!!!!) and would appreciate if someone
could suggest what to look for, and would appreciate if someone
could speak about his/her favorite tools.A: 'Fire Mountain Gems' has a nice beginner kit of tools that includes flat
nose, chain nose, round nose, and...
Q: I just learned about this nifty auction feature on 'Yahoo'. You can set
it to alert you when your favorite seller lists items. So, I have it
set to alert me when "beckibead" lists new auctions.A: What a GREAT idea! I wish eBay would do it! I don't know if 'Yahoo' still
offers it, but I know when selling, you used to be able to pick the
exact time you wanted your auctions to end, instead of it being at the
same minute that you put them on (only 7 days later). As a seller, I
Q: If there were a magazine dedicated to seedbead work, would you buy or
subscribe to it?A: It would depend on how inspiring the projects were and how well they were
I like the way 'Bead and Button' writes instructions that work.
The initial 'Beadwork Magazine' trial issue (issued three summers ago) was a very
beautiful first effort, with a lot of novel projects. The magazine has not
duplicated the level of excitement of their initial issue since then.
Also, attractive color photos of the projects would make me buy it. I would
not buy it if it were...
Q: I was wondering if anyone has, or knows where I can find, patterns for
christmas ornament earrings, and possibly other holiday earring patterns.A: I have a pattern for beaded marble earrings up on te 'Jewelry Crafts' web
If you do them in Christmas colors, then they look like beaded Christmas
There is another book - "Beaded Holiday Earrings" by 'Jeanette Shonga' that has
some really nice earrings for other holiday designs. I think 'Fire Mountain
Gems' might have it.
They do look very nice and I'm going to give them a try. I
Q: I am new at lampwork bead making and I ordered some "Pixie Dust" to put
a nice finish on my beads. Does anyone know what the best way to apply
this stuff to your beads is?A: I usually just roll my hot beads in the 'Pixie Dust', and then depending on
what final effect I want to achieve, I may case the entire bead with clean
I use "pixie dust" quite often. I prefer to put it in a pint glass jar
(my favorite is a 'King Kelly' marmalade due to the shape). Shape
Q: Does anyone know where I can get plastic tubes (the kind used for storing seed
beads) in quantity reasonably? I am looking for 6", and possibly 3 or 4".A: 'General Bead' stocks skinny tubes in four different sizes.
'Helby Import Co.' stocks 4 and 6 inch tubes (1/2 and 1oz)
too, but you have to have a business (both sell tubes by
the hundreds). Prices vary from US$6.50-9.50/100. I believe
that the 'Rainbow Bead Co.' may also stock tubes for sale.
I didn't see your message until now, but if you would be interested in 2...
Q: I need some patterns for pony beads. If anyone can help me, I would
really appreciate it!A: what more do you want? There are a lot of good links from the 'Geocities'
site. Are you looking for something in particular, that you can't find there?
We have some project sheets, but they are not significantly different from what
is seen on the Web (except our graphics are a little clearer).
I will be away for 2 weeks, but E-mail me if you want info about our kits and
sheets for pony beads.
The person most likely...
Q: How does everyone come up w/ a price for the items you make? I just go by
what I have seen before. Is there an actual formula?A: I have several ways that I price my items. I figure cost of supplies,
and then raise the price 300%. I borrowed this formula from someone who
does flower arranging. You can add some cost for time in there too, but if
you are just letting your creative juices flow as I sometimes do, then
all the time would make the piece too costly.
I did, at...
Q: I'm not so unhappy as it could seem. It's just
very, very frustrating because I know somewhere inside of me, there is a creator
who wants to work, but where?A: Liking beads and "playing" with them is the way to develop creativity with
them. Keep playing - do something and if you don't like it, pull it out and
do something else. Experiment. Remember, you only have to show your
successes to other people. Look at patterns, pictures, needlework,
art, and anything else that inspires you. Put together motifs from different
Q: Did everyone get their projects finished that they were making for others as
gifts this holiday season?
What was the most difficult project you intended as a gift?A: I finished a necklace for my sister-in-law - forgot to scan it though, so
I'll ask my brother to take a photo. I also made a friend who collects
mini-shoes, a tiny leather beaded moccasin - came out really cute. I didn't
finish the suncatcher for my oldest brother - it's woven with a hole in the
middle - sky above, waves below and will get a dolphin bead...
Q: Does anyone know a bead store
online that sells the magnet closures
for necklaces and/or bracelets?A: 'General Bead' has magnet clasps for $10.50 for 6
in G and S (sometimes but not when I ordered).
You can get a very good quality 9ct and 'SS' magnetic
clasp from 'AG Jeweller's Supplies' for $24.05/12
and 21.01/12 respectively. If you want something special,
I'd recommend these above the others which I believe are
the same as the ones supplied by 'Rings & Things'. 'AG' is not
online, but they do mail-orders.
Sawgrass Corporate Ctr
1145 Sawgrass Corporate...
Q: Our daughter recently visited from California wearing a bracelet made
entirely of seedbeads. It was a woven, daisy-chain that had an interesting
closure we are trying to duplicate. It was a "ball" or "raspberry" (also
woven/stitched from seed beads) that fit into the loop on the other end of
the bracelet. Does anyone know how to make this "ball" or could you send
us to a site that would have instructions?A: What type of closure are you looking for. What type of bracelet? Is it
beaded, are you using 'Aculon'?
I was referring to...
Q: I am looking for the recipe for Rose Petal Beads. I saw it on tv but lost the
recipe. I have a wedding coming up in August and want to make rose petal purses
with small beads instead of rice bags. Anyone out there know the recipe for
Rose Petal beads? I know you take the rose petals, put them in a food processor and add
flour (I think), water, and another ingredient, mix well, spread out and roll up
bead and push florists wire through until dry, then string. I just need the...
Q: I have countless recipes for rose petal beads which yield a dull ebony bead.
My Aunt purchased a rose petal bead rosary in Spain in the 1970's. It is a
soft red color and to this day, still smells like roses and is still somewhat
oily to the touch. She said the shop keeper told her not to get the beads wet
or they would come unfurled. Does anyone know how these beads are made?A: Back issues of 'The Herb Companion' have recipies for these beads. Many
herb-related sites probably do, too, but as I...
Q: I know I'm not alone here ~ I've heard other beadworkers say that online
auctions are just not the best forum for finished work, but I do see a FEW
beaders having some success selling on 'eBay'.
So, how do you all do it? Do you list your jewelry at rock-bottom prices to give
bidders an incentive? If so, does the bidding go high enough to make it worth
your time? Do you "brag it up" real good? Does the category you list in seem to
make a difference? Any input would be appreciated!A: I've had the same...
Q: I will be in San Francisco 11/12/17 and plan to go to 'Lacis' and 'General Bead'.
I would appreciate any suggestions of other bead stores to visit while I am
there.A: Global Beads in 'Mountain View' is fun, for beads in a variety of natural
materials. 'Rising Arrow' in Sunnyvale is great for its seed bead
varieties, and I think 'Gemboro' in Palo Alto is having a clearance
sale - they mostly have semi-precious stone beads. Although
perhaps these are too far south for you.
Do you know of any good shows or shops south of the...
Q: I wouldn't be surprised if 'Sandi Graves' at 'Stormcloud Trading' in
Minneapolis carries them. I don't have her number handy, but her ads are
in 'Beadwork' and 'B&B'.A: Unfortunately, I don't know of any supplier who at the moment
carries the 13 shorts. I have a small stash that I've used sparingly
for the last year because I can't find a supplier. I
was only able to get 10 at the time. You CAN use the long 13s, but they
WILL bend. I use a hemostat to pull it through to try to keep...
Q: Becki, I've read how you like 'Soft-Touch' and the review of it in one of
the bead magazines was excellent. The review says it lies flat and
straight, and drapes nicely. Well, the 30ft spool of it I got pretty
soon after it first came out has given me nothing but trouble. It curls
like it's been coiled around a pencil and I have not been able to use it
despite my efforts. I remember reading a rumor somewhere on the net
awhile ago that there were problems with some of the 'Soft-Touch'. I...
Q: I would like to know if is there any specific software for beadcraft
design.A: I'm a software engineer (still have another year in school), and would
be interested in what you would be looking for in a software tool for your
use. My wife has recently tried her hand at making jewelry with beads, and
now thinks this is what she wants to do with her life.
Anyway, you and anyone else out there looking for this type of software,
E-mail me with a wish list, and I'll see if I can come up with something if
Q: I've never seen it in bead form, but have conceived a great
desire for a blue tiger eye necklace. Do such beads exist? Are they
very much more expensive than the ordinary brown stuff? Are they
something synthetic?A: It's called chatoyancy, caused by parallel alignment of inclusions
inside the stone. Tiger eye is actually quartz. When gray or green it's
called cat's eye, when blue/gray or blue it's called hawk's eye, when
brown, it's tiger's eye, and a mahogany color makes it bull's eye or ox
You might like labradorite, it has a dichroic effect...
Q: I do lampwork, but am new to making jewelery and just made my first
necklace. I used some of my lampwork and some bought spacer glass beads
(larger than seed beads - round and diamond shapes). For stringing, I used
bead thread ('Nymo?'), but now I'm wondering if I should have used something
better. I read somewhere about how some beads can cut the thread. I know
this thread is really strong, but can glass beads wear through it.A: I string a lot of lampwork, too, and since the holes can be rough and
Q: New to newsgroups - new to beading! Please can anyone help. I am following a
pattern and once I have done two rows, they seem to form themselves into a
circle. I cannot get the rows to sit parallel to each other. Can anyone
please tell me where I am going wrong?A: L.., are you doing peyote stitch? If so, you have to remember that the
beads you string on equal the first two rows, not one row. Just a shot
in the dark... I know, because one of my first attempts on my...
Q: I have just started using hanks of beads rather than loose.
They inspire my creativity a lot more, and I like laying them out to see how the
colours work together.
I am wondering if anyone has any clever ideas for storing the hanks (preferably
something that would enable me to access them easily and would go on the wall
or stand up). My cousin suggested pins in a cork bulletin board, which I think
is a great idea.
Also, while I am posting, does anyone have any tips on selecting beads for
Q: I'm a relatively new lampworker, and would like to start making some of my
beads into jewelry. I've been doing stained glass, painted glass, and
fusing for a while, so this is just another facet (pardon my pun!) to my
glass addiction. I just got a 'Fire Moutain' catalog, and I'm totally
overwhelmed. Can someone give me a basic list of things I need to start?A: I know I am going to want spacer beads and seed beads, but will probably
wait on ordering any 'til I know exactly what color I want for a...
Q: I am a small, but well stocked bead store with a reminder to all of you
that are lucky enough to have a bead store in your area. The huge bead
stores are great, but they are becoming the 'Wal-Marts' of the bead world.
Every time you buy your beads from an out-of-town source you make it that
much harder for a small shop to stay in business, and I have seen this
happen many, many times lately. It breaks my heart when I spend endless
hours stocking, packaging, and working on adding a new line of...
Q: I'm looking for a good source for 'Swarovski' crystals, especially unusual
cuts or colors. I've checked out 'Purple Finch' and bought some things
from them. We currently pay about 5.5 cents per bead for 4mm, which is
better than 'Fire Mountain', 'Shipwreck', or 'Rio Grande'. Can anyone
recommend a site where we could get even better pricing?A: If you can get 'em! So many places are sold out of the best colours because
of this power bracelet fad. Spoils it for us day-in-day-out- beaders.
Could you give me the above company's URL? I tried www.purplefinch.com, but...
Q: Being new to beading, I'm not sure which beads are quartz and which are
glass. I had a customer a while back back out of a custom piece that I had
ordered some crystal beads for. I recently decided to use them on a
different project. I know they are 'Swarovskys', paid about $7 for a pack of
100 4mm from 'Fire Mountain'....so are they glass or quartz?
Secondly, does 'Swarovsky' produce both glass & quartz beads, or just one type?
Third, if 'Swarovsky' produces both, any good beginner tricks to differentiate
Q: I am traveling in this area 2/25 through 3/5. Any good bead/craft stores
or shows I should not miss?A: Check out 'Bead Fairies'' Site
There is a listing of Florida that you may want to go through.
About 1 & 1/2 hours (travel time) east of Tampa is a store in Orlando
called 'The Bead Bar'. It has very nice selection of the unusual, vintage
swarovski, findings in plate, precious metals, semi-precious bead
strands, etc. The store does stock some seed beads ('Delicas', very
little Czech), but not a substantial amount. Classes are taught at the
Q: It's not neccesary for me to get one, thanks Holly for the info.
I need to buy alphabet beads, ceramic ones, and plastic. Does anyone know of
a good online bead store that sells them for retail?A: Check with 'Fire Mountain Gems' in Oregon.
You can reach them at:
Very nice people to deal with and they have operators on-line 24 hours a day
7 days a week.
If you need special information, call during regular...
Q: 'The BeadAholic Quarterly', a newsletter for beaders, has been in publication
since March. It has been sent to subscribers all over the U.S.,
Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, and England. The hard copy is still available, but
there is a subscription fee.A: Ah yes, in good old tripod, the location I love to hate. After 10 minutes of
ads, 20 minutes of misdirection, and 40 "cookies", I start "Xing out" all those
screens and find what I initially wanted hidden underneath. By then, I'm too
angry to care, and "X" it out, too!
Q: Here's a little discovery I made the other day after hubby's
snoring drove me nuts and robbed me of sleep (hey, I might call myself a
"creative insomniac", but the beading juices just weren't flowing that night, I
was grumpy and mad!! LOL).A: So, I went out to buy some Silicone Earplugs, and looking at the stuff, I
noted a remarkable similarity in texture to 'Thread Heaven'(TM). So, the next
day I tried it on my beading thread, and BINGO, it worked just as well! So, I
ditched my very old and dirty lump of 'Thread Heaven'...
Q: I recently saw a sample of these, and just had to ask....
what the heck is does one do with "triangle" beads??!!
Czech micros...I know they are quite a bit smaller than 'Delicas', but are
they as precise, and if I made a 1 inch wide peyote 'Delica' piece, how
much smaller would a one inch wide czech micro piece be? Are they
not desirable for such use because of their size?A: I have strung black shiney ones on wire and knitted a bag with them.
They look really cool, and give a lot of...
Q: Hi, I'm trying to make a 3-strand necklace for a Christmas
gift, duplicating a necklace I bought. The strands are spiraled. I got
the strands beaded, but I don't know how to spiral it. I tried just
twisting, but it immediately untwists, even when the ends are knotted
together. There must be a trick to it, got any ideas?A: I don't know how you are ending this necklace, but I do recognize the problem!
You might try braiding instead - waaay back in 'B&B', there were instructions on
braiding strands already attached at both ends. ...
Q: I am very new at beading, and I started to do what I guess you would call a
"Victorian Weave." I had a long thread to start out with, and didn't know
if I would like the look, but I really do, and now I am going to run out of
my length of thread. What I need to know is, is it kosher to tie another
thread to it so I can continue? It's really a lot of work, and I really
like it, so I would like to continue on. Do I knot...
Q: I really need some help here. I have charted out a flat peyote necklace. The
main part of the necklace charted out at 67 beads across, and 126 rows down.
The strap sort of melts into the main part of the necklace, meaning the design
continues into the necklace part.A: Being uneven, peyote is a challenge I know, but I don't really mind the jog at
the end of every other row. Starting the danged thing is the real
challenge. In the past, I would find an area of 3 rows of solid color and bead...
Q: Does anybody have any ideas or examples for creative things to make with
charms? I would like to stay away from a conventional charm bracelet,
and maybe incorporate some beads into the design. I might try a
necklace.A: This may be a bit farfetched, but what would happen if charms were
dangled from buttons down the front of a blouse, etc.? A very simple, but rich
looking button with a tiny
chain, or link with the charm on it. Oh well...just a thought!
I just finished making myself a nametag in flat, even count peyote. The...
Q: Is there a way to tie off a bracelet using 'Stretch Magic' so that the knots are
bumpy, and so that they stay secure?A: If the knot was too big to fit inside a bead hole (after gluing), I'd
use a crimp instead of tying. Now, I'm using 0.7mm 'Opelon' elastic. It's
a little more expensive than 'Stretch Magic', but I'm getting much better
results with it. It makes a nice, tight little knot that doesn't
slip apart the way 'Stretch Magic' does.
Hi, I absolutely love the 'Opelon'! Yes it is more expensive than the...
Q: Are there any legal problems associated with using beads from old jewelry and remodeling
Like, if I buy old necklaces at yard sales and make new ones, are they
considering my creations, or not?A: Sure they are.....
In fact, many artists do exactly that and then remarket the earrings,
bracelets, or necklaces as 50 year old creations.
I'm not really fond of breaking up old beaded artifacts, but that's just a
personal feeling. It is a shame to leave a lovely grouping of beads just
laying around in a drawer instead of reusing the beads for...
Q: Does anybody have any ideas on what I can do to make REALLY tiny christmas
ornaments? I mean, for a 12" tree. I was thinking of putting single glass beads
on headpins and making a hook out of wire. I don't really know how I'd make the
hook. I might use plain earring hooks.A: You can make mini-snowmen. Different-sized round pearl beads for body, black
sequin and seed bead for hat. Jack in the box, soldiers (square bead for body,
seed beads for head and legs). You can use head pins to string them on...
Q: I have just recently started to bead & would like to corresond with
other beaders. I would also like to share tips like: What is the best place to
purchase supplies, where to find patterns, etc.A: Well, this newsgroup is one good source for that. Another is the 'BeadTalk'
mailing list - fair warning though, we're a chatty bunch, so be prepared
to get lots of E-mails if you join up! Tell 'em Banshee sent you!
Anyway, if you're interested, you can sign up from this website:
I've been beading for about 6 months now, and I...
Q: I am learning how to make beaded watch bands, and then attach them to a
watch, but was wondering what places sell just the individual watch with no band
attached! Any suggestions?A: 'Thunderbird Supply Co.' in Albuquerque sells watches like this.
Almost all 'wholesale' jewelers carry watches without bands:
'Rio Grande', and 'Fire Mountain' are two....
I am also looking for new watch components. At the moment, I am importing from
'Watch Us' in Connecticut...
Q: I'm thinking of purchasing a bead loom and would like to hear what other people on this list think of their bead looms? I've done mostly
off-loom techniques with beads - brick and peyote stitches. I've done
beadweaving on a little metal beginner loom, but would like a wider
loom, with more control over warp tension, etc.A: There is a most wonderful company in England called "Mad about Beads" who
make bead looms to any size, to your specifications, and they are the
best looms I've ever used. If you want the address I'd be glad to...
Q: Where did the people in this group learn to do their beading? Were you
self taught from a book, or did you take classes? I am trying to teach
myself. I've been visiting your sites and looking at your 'eBay' items
and I am so impressed with your beautiful work! Do you think it's
possible to learn from a book?A: I think it's possible to learn the basics from a book, but getting
together with other beaders is where you will learn the tips and tricks
that will help you refine your abilities.
Q: I have a dilemma. I make fused dichroic glass beads/pendants. I've
often been asked for wholesale pricing, and I just can't seem to come up
with a wholesale pricing schedule. I've sort of flip-flopped around,
but I think I need to set some prices and stick with them. I've had
some people think my pricing was good, and others say I'm not
competitive. I refuse go below a certain price. I'd like to know what
the rest of you beadmakers do. Do you set your wholesale at about 1/2
of what you...
Q: I would like to start using chain in my beaded necklace projects, but know
very little about how this is done. What size chain do I use? Does the
chain actually go through the bead, or do I use an eye pin and attach the
whole thing that way? I am thinking of the Y necklaces where there is some
chain, then some beads, then chain, then more beads, sort of alternating.
Also, in my choker projects, I would like to start using chain closures, as
I see this as the easy way to make the...
Q: This is a new site that has handmade beaded jewelry.
http://www.beadescape.com/A: While I wouldn't have put it this harshly, Laura has a point - if I had to
download some software every time I wanted to view a site, I would run out of
space in no time (not everyone has a 2 gig drive, y'know!). I also have a
policy of not tacking things into my system that I am not familar with -
nobody's site is gorgeous enough to risk operating glitches, or even corrupted
I think you a doing YOURSELF a major disservice with this...